Thursday, January 7, 2010

#10 Shaun of the Dead: The zed-word

2004. dir. Edgar Wright, starring Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost.

Seen it before? No.

Have you ever played this game? It's fucking brilliant
If there was a zombie apocalypse in the suburbs, would anybody notice? I guess the answer is "Yes... eventually". Simon Pegg plays this loser Shaun who has a dead-end job and still lives with roommates at 29. His girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) breaks up with him for, well, being a loser and hanging around the pub all the time with his even bigger loser friend Ed (Nick Frost). Meanwhile, in the background, everybody is turning into flesh-eating zombies, and it takes an absurdly long time for any of the main characters to realize it. There are some particularly funny scenes where Shaun is stupidly watching TV and flipping past increasingly dire newscasts but not paying any attention to them whatsoever... The first half of the movie is hilarious and satirical, but then it settles into being more of just a regular zombie flick at the end. It's a fun movie if you have a high gore tolerance.

Position on the list: 230
Hey! It's that guy!: Bill Nighy. He makes every movie better. He almost made Love Actually tolerable, and for this he deserved an Oscar.

1 comment:

  1. dvd out-takes of simon pegg and nick frost ad-libbing are amazing. In one, Ed explains that the old woman at the bar did the first mixed race porno. hi-larious.