I ended up having a little Abyss day Tuesday. I don’t know what happened, I just sorta cratered.
I was off, so I decided to DVD myself happy again. But where to start?
“Shaun of the Dead.” It’s a brilliant, comedic homage of zombie movies. There’s lots of arguing and profanity, people beating zombies with shovels and cricket bats, and it’s hysterical. Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright cowrote this, the first installment of their “Cornetto Trilogy.” This was a fine start. My mood was improving.
You find something that works, and you stay with it, so it was on to “Hot Fuzz,” installment two in the “Cornetto Trilogy.” This time, Wright and Pegg take on cop buddy movies. I like this even better than “Shaun.” One reason is that I’ve seen so many Dirty Harry, Lethal Weapon, etc, films. Also, the cast is spectacular, especially Timothy Dalton, Paddy Considine, Jim Broadbent, and Olivia Colman. Just fun. Over-the-top, well executed fun.
To wrap up, one of the sweetest, most-overlooked movies I’ve ever seen: “Matinee.”
“Matinee” stars John Goodman as Lawrence Woolsey, a maker of B horror films. Woolsey and his long-suffering actress girlfriend (Cathy Moriarty). The backdrop is Key West during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and people are on edge.
Stuck in the middle is Gene (Simon Fenton), a junior high Navy kid whose dad is on one of the blockade ships. Gene and his family move every year, and he finds his solace in the movies.
Lawrence Woolsey is in Key West to premier his latest film, “Mant.” He employs all manner of trickery, like electric shockers in the seats, smoke bombs, etc. It’s showmanship.
Add in a cute girl named Sherry (Kellie Martin), her reform school ex, and a twitchy theater owner, and “Matinee” is a little gem of a film.
I feel better. What more could I want?
Shaun of the Dead: B+
Hot Fuzz: A-