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Hot Fuzz and 300

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at 11:56 AM

Hot Fuzz and 300

I start my first DVD movie reviews with Hot Fuzz and 300. Both movies are released on Tuesday, July 31st.

Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz is the second movie from Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright who brought us the wonderful Shaun of the Dead. Teaming up again to write, direct, and star, these two have made another funny and smart spoof of a genre. This time its the action genre, or more specifically the buddy cop action genre. With amazing acting, great screenwriting, and a casual directing style, the guys score again. The movie starts out with Nicholas Angel who is described as the best cop in London, however it is making the rest of the department look bad, so they promote him and ship him off to a small town far away. Nick is forced to move out there and soon begins stirring chaos with the locals, find the police aren't doing there job correctly, and uncovers a huge plot. Meanwhile, he partners with a bumbling cop who craves action 'like in the movies'. It begins quick, slows down to a crawl, and then explodes for an excellent ending. The movie could have used some good cuts to shorten it's length from 2 hours to about an hour and half and it would have been a much better movie. The pacing is somewhat scattered which took away from the many great laughs. Cutting out some of the subplots and tightening up some of the scenes could have turned this into an extraordinary movie. If you keep watching through the somewhat boring parts, the scattered gags throughout are very rewarding, however it is the ending that makes this movie. The ending is action-filled and hilarious, especially if you know your action movies. Give it a try, I wasn't disappointed.


300 is an amazing story. From a little, low-budget production with no real star power and filmed completely on a set with only green screens for backgrounds and environments, this morphed into a hyper-realistic and brilliant movie with excellent graphics and wonderful acting. It is bloody and gory, but its also emotional and real. The movie 300 is about the historical stand of 300 Spartans against an entire army of Persians who came to destroy the Spartans. Historically, the movie is not accurate, however if you ask any of the people involved, they will tell you it wasn't supposed to be. Originally the story was history, then Frank Miller (Sin City) decided to make a graphic novel of the story. Frank researched and gleaned the main story points, but changed various aspects. The graphic novel was a huge success for Frank Miller and he won many awards for the book. Then, through many connections, a team of filmmakers came together to make the graphic novel into a movie. Zach Snyder, the director and screenwriter, had such a vision for how it would appear on the big screen, that the studio heads handed him the movie. And it turned into a great movie. Many may be turned away from the story due to its graphic display of violence, however it is gloriously staged. Enough cannot be said of the visual style as it is amazing to behold. Zach Snyder started in horror and makes a huge step into the epic territory with this movie. From the opening sequences to the ending credits, 300 keeps your interest the whole time with no filler. If you are looking for a deep meaningful experience, this movie probably won't do it, but if you are looking for a great time, this movie will entertain you completely. Without a doubt, 300 is a must-see movie.

That's it for the reviews this week. Check out Movie Gallery at 1008 West B in McCook to rent these two movies or the many others that were released this week (like Pathfinder) and make sure you come back and let me know what you thought.

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I LOVED 300! I think that might be a "must have." A wee bit gory, but what a great story (rhyme not intended).

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Thu, Aug 2, 2007, at 12:26 PM

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.