"She's up all night for good fun. I'm up all night to get lucky."
August 30, 2013 7:04 AM   Subscribe

While promoting The World's End, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost covered "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk.
posted by quin (109 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
Mark my words, Random Access Memories is going to be defined by the number of great covers it inspires far more than the original music. My current favorite Get Lucky covers, for example, are George Barnett's version, with Daughter's cover running a close second.
posted by mhoye at 7:12 AM on August 30, 2013 [12 favorites]


defined by the number of great covers

Don't forget videos.
posted by curious nu at 7:14 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Nah, RAM is gonna slowly stew for a decade and by the end of it we'll think it's weird that we ever thought it wouldn't be a classic.

But still. Simon's voice is so luscious. Yummy yum.

(Is here where we go into length about the many ways in which The World's End was a complete letdown? Or about how, thanks to the genius of Pegg and Frost and Wright, it was still better than 90% of the movies that've come out this year despite its many failures?)
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:15 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


I know already before even seeing this that I am going to love it.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:17 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


mhoye: "My current favorite Get Lucky covers, for example, are George Barnett's version , with Daughter's cover running a close second."

Those are fantastic! Both of them!
posted by jquinby at 7:19 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


/Raises pint.

Such a great film, such a great album.
posted by Artw at 7:25 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


That George Barnett cover is excellent.
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:27 AM on August 30, 2013


I like the part where the Morning Zoo Kroo read the lyrics to the disco song while laughing. Would be improved by DJ 3000 doing the vocoder bits. Don't praise the machine.
posted by Nelson at 7:28 AM on August 30, 2013


(Is here where we go into length about the many ways in which The World's End was a complete letdown? Or about how, thanks to the genius of Pegg and Frost and Wright, it was still better than 90% of the movies that've come out this year despite its many failures?)

No.
posted by headnsouth at 7:33 AM on August 30, 2013 [17 favorites]


Nah, RAM is gonna slowly stew for a decade and by the end of it we'll think it's weird that we ever thought it wouldn't be a classic.

IMHO, Giorgio By Moroder is the single most awesome thing they've ever done. That alone should make RAM a classic.
posted by Talez at 7:35 AM on August 30, 2013 [6 favorites]


My personal favorite is Instant Crush. Probably a slighter song than a lot of the ones on the album, but so damn chill and satisfying.
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:38 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


I love Contact, which is in some ways the most traditional, but by god do I love it.
posted by Artw at 7:38 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is here where we go into length about the many ways in which The World's End was a complete letdown?

On first viewing, I felt Hot Fuzz was a disappointing followup to Shaun of the Dead. Boy oh boy was I wrong. I'm going to hold off judgement TWE until I've seen it a few more times, because I keep watching HF and finding new reasons to love it.
posted by figurant at 7:39 AM on August 30, 2013 [13 favorites]


TWE broke the formula of the other two films, and replaced it with half of a really strong film about aging, nostalgia, and community, and half of a very confused, generic sci-fi flick. The second the you-know-whats appeared the film turned mediocre.

The first half was great, though.
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:42 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm looking forward to buying a Cornetto(?) trilogy box set.

Hot Fuzz was one of my first dates with my now wife. And I thought TWE was way more entertaining than it had any right to be. Mrs. Pegg and Frost will get a few more of my bucks. They've earned it.
posted by DigDoug at 7:43 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


On first viewing, I felt Hot Fuzz was a disappointing followup to Shaun of the Dead. Boy oh boy was I wrong.

Huh, maybe I should watch HF a second time.
posted by DU at 7:45 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


On first viewing, I felt Hot Fuzz was a disappointing followup to Shaun of the Dead. Boy oh boy was I wrong.

I agree. But I was also felt similarly about Shaun of the Dead -- having seen it long after it had been talked up to death by folks, I was a bit let down the first time I saw it, but then catching it again just a few days later (thanks movie channels!), I liked it a lot more. So, for me, I've been putting off seeing The World's End until I can see it the second time. Not quite sure how that's going to work.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:45 AM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


Oh yeah, and thanks for all these "Get Lucky' cover links. The internets is fascinating.
posted by DigDoug at 7:45 AM on August 30, 2013


TWE broke the formula of the other two films, and replaced it with half of a really strong film about aging, nostalgia, and community, and half of a very confused, generic sci-fi flick. The second the you-know-whats appeared the film turned mediocre.

It did feel weird that Pegg and Frost switched "character types" for this film (that's not a spoiler, they do talk about that in lots of interviews), but not bad - more just, unfamiliar. I felt like the last ten minutes sort of came out of left field, though.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:48 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Primal Scream's Loaded has had a powerful and lasting effect on the world...
posted by Artw at 7:50 AM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


half of a really strong film about aging, nostalgia, and community, and half of a very confused, generic sci-fi flick

I really wanted to love TWE, but this is pretty much what I took away from it. There were giggles in the second section, but it seemed more than a bit rushed and unconsidered. I walked out of the theater more perplexed than delighted.

I also really wanted to like RAM, and given the general response to it, not liking it seems like a bit of a failing, but it just does absolutely nothing for me. It's not that I dislike it, but it seems sort of tepid. It's got interesting textures here and there, which I enjoy, but that's about it, for me. I feel like I'm missing something.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:57 AM on August 30, 2013


Is Pegg doing Patrick Stewart specifically or is that a generic comical UC accent?
posted by nicwolff at 7:58 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


I love this, did Simon Pegg somehow swallow Patrick Stewart?

We saw TWE only yesterday, and we loved it. It's not Hot Fuzz with BLANKS, but it is it's own movie. Like the others, I think it'll get stronger with repeated viewing.
posted by arcticseal at 8:01 AM on August 30, 2013


Beaten to it by nicwolff.
posted by arcticseal at 8:01 AM on August 30, 2013


Apparently I have to watch Hot Fuzz again. Shaun was completely brilliant (if gorey). HF was ho-hum (but still gorey) until about the last 10 minutes.
posted by DU at 8:03 AM on August 30, 2013


TWE had a really weird and inconsistent message about alcohol. On one hand, it was overtly about the dangers of drinking. On the other hand, the beers are made to look delicious, the audience wants Frost's character to start drinking (and my audience cheered when he finally did), and the ending seemed to have Pegg's character's attitude toward life vindicated, not challenged. I read an interview where Pegg said that Benedict Cumberbatch, after seeing the movie for the first time, said it made him really thirsty for a beer. Pegg said it was meant to be an attack on alcoholism (as portrayed through his character's arc), and that Cumberbatch was just joking. I don't think he was joking. Half of the movie was a celebration if beer. Imagine that it were a movie about smoking or drugs instead of drinking; its inconsistencies become pretty apparent.
posted by painquale at 8:04 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


I don't like RAM very much.

And the thing is, I want to like it. And deep down, I like it very much.

But it makes me feel old and sad that now, as a married 40something my nights of clubbing and dancing and all of that are well behind me.

It's.... a bit strange. The song comes on, and I'm like "Yeah!" and then, immediately after, I'm like, "oh, yeah, that".

sigh.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:04 AM on August 30, 2013 [8 favorites]


I read an interview where Pegg said that Benedict Cumberbatch, after seeing the movie for the first time, said it made him really thirsty for a beer. Pegg said it was meant to be an attack on alcoholism (as portrayed through his character's arc), and that Cumberbatch was just joking.

Sounds oddly binary.

SPOILERS

It turns out that the drinking wasn't the important part of what Gary wanted.
posted by Artw at 8:12 AM on August 30, 2013 [5 favorites]


I picked up RAM on vinyl, and I find myself skipping the first songs on certain sides, or just cringing through them. I looooove "Motherboard." If this song were 20 minutes long, I would not complain. As it is, I could listen to it on repeat for quite a while.


DU: Apparently I have to watch Hot Fuzz again. Shaun was completely brilliant (if gorey). HF was ho-hum (but still gorey) until about the last 10 minutes.

Apparently my threshold for gore has been re-adjusted by movie-watching with my wife. Shaun is so tame, compared to the horror movies it references and alludes to along the way, and I can't even recall the gore in Hot Fuzz.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:14 AM on August 30, 2013


RAM is brilliant.

TWE is brilliant.

This Pegg & Frost video is brilliant.

All y'all haters can toddle off to Wrongsville.
posted by Celsius1414 at 8:17 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


My takeaway was that Simon Pegg has an amazing voice. Also, I was reminded a lot of Steve Allen reading the lyrics to Hot Stuff back when I was a wee immlass.
posted by immlass at 8:23 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


The actual beer in TWE struck me as being more of a McGuffin than anything else. It's the thing Gary's trying to collect as they make their way through Newton Haven, but other than providing the excuse for why they can't just drive away, the booze doesn't seem to affect anybody much. They're all going full-on action hero, actively evading murderous robots, and making reasonably cogent arguments after eight-plus pubs.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:23 AM on August 30, 2013


My personal favorite is Instant Crush.

It's a great song, and one of my favourite references on RAM. I can't hear Instant Crush without hearing Eye in the Sky as a echo.
posted by bonehead at 8:23 AM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


I picked up RAM on vinyl, and I find myself skipping the first songs on certain sides, or just cringing through them. I looooove "Motherboard." If this song were 20 minutes long, I would not complain. As it is, I could listen to it on repeat for quite a while.

I missed all the hype/talk/et cetera about RAM when it came out, and had only heard Get Lucky. Just listened to Motherboard. I.. yes. 20 minute version, please!
posted by curious nu at 8:25 AM on August 30, 2013


I liked The World's End, but I think someone needs to make an Edgar Wright Bingo card.
posted by pxe2000 at 8:25 AM on August 30, 2013


Wait, I just figured out what felt wrong about the ending (I will obscure spoilers with alternate words):

At the very end, once [foo] has gotten to the final [baz], the [schmehs] have set up this whole come-to-Jesus encounter in the underground [blorg] with him to convince him to join them. However, anyone anyone else resists joining them, they just [smivish] them and don't worry about it, but for [foo], when he resists they give up and end up [yarping] the [biggle].

So I wasn't clear why [foo] was such a big deal that they didn't just [smivish] him rather than doing that whole thing in the [blorg] and then [yarping].
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:28 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Shaun is so tame, compared to the horror movies it references and alludes to along the way...

Well, I've been lapped several times by popular culture, I think. I started watching....I don't even remember what, but not a horror movie, a few years ago and I couldn't even get past the intro because of the numerous head explosions.
posted by DU at 8:30 AM on August 30, 2013


Because he called them on the fact that their [sproing] had basically gone to shit all over the [ichthyoid] and the entire thing is pointless if they [smivish] everyone.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:30 AM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


Final proof of the futility of the task.

Yeah, so, this probably goes without saying, but if you've made it this far without Having seen The Worlds End you've made a terrible mistake and should close the browser and go do so right now, it'll only get worse.
posted by Artw at 8:31 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


I got smivished once when I was 17. Don't do that kids, it's no yarping fun.
posted by kmz at 8:32 AM on August 30, 2013


No, I know, but it felt like if they hadn't set up the whole thing in the [blorg] they wouldn't have thought of that but they only set up the [blorg] to win over [foo] in the first place. [Foo] only convinced them that their [sproing] had gone wrong because they gave him that [blorg] rather than just [smivishing] him like they'd done with [dingle and dangle] earlier.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:32 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


"This far" referring to your life, not just the thread.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:32 AM on August 30, 2013


And I'm speaking more about how it felt like [foo] was given a greater import than everyone else. I actually honestly thought, while we were watching the [blorg], that the very last scene would be like something out of Brazil where you realize that the last few minutes you've watched were someone's hallucination and they're actually comatose or something, and that it was going to reveal that [foo] had actually tried [miffing] again and his buddies were visiting him in the hospital.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:35 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's because he said narp to their smivish.
posted by arcticseal at 8:35 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hot damn, this way is way more fun than ROT13
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:36 AM on August 30, 2013 [6 favorites]


Yeah, I thought it was going that way too. Would have made sense, but I'm glad it didn't.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:36 AM on August 30, 2013


I ditched work for the afternoon after a lecture at work complaining why I couldn't be more [schmeh] & bought a ticket to TWE. I couldn't have been more delighted, but perhaps that was my frame of mind.

Also, Simon Pegg's voice makes my toes curl. For the longest time, I couldn't figure out why I was blushing every time I heard Ben Finn's voice during Fable 3.
posted by mochapickle at 8:36 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yeah, so, this probably goes without saying, but if you've made it this far without Having seen The Worlds End you've made a terrible mistake and should close the browser and go do so right now, it'll only get worse.

It came out in the middle of a period of 80 hour work weeks for me, I'm hoping it's not left theatres by the time I'm able to sit in a dark room without instantly passing out.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:38 AM on August 30, 2013


....Wow, I just had a sad thought (unrelated to spoilers, smivishing, or Daft Punk) -

I just had the impulse to look up Roger Ebert's review for World's End realized "oh, wait, I can't do that." Damn.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:42 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


who is daft punk and why did he rip off the Ultimate Johnny Galecki Fan Video?
posted by mullacc at 8:44 AM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


Hot Fuzz is meant to be rewatched, there are payoffs for repeated viewings. They claim TWE is the same, so I'm all antsy for the video release. I'm assuming most of my quibbles will be resolved by the fourth or fifth viewing.

We watched the trilogy in the theater last Thursday and it was fun but it was awfully late and I was awfully hopped up on movie candy by the last hour and a half. I may have missed some things.

that it was going to reveal that [foo] had actually tried [miffing] again and his buddies were visiting him in the hospital

Do we know that's not true? The final VO isn't [foo], so I guess that makes a case that it's real, but I'm not sure I'm completely convinced. It was a weird ending.
posted by Lyn Never at 8:44 AM on August 30, 2013


No weirder than Shaun playing Timesplitters with a zombie while watching zombie reality TV.

Okay, maybe a little weirder.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:47 AM on August 30, 2013


I fucking love the ending, all the more because it came out of nowhere for me.
posted by Artw at 8:49 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's an Edgar Wright movie. If you see something toward the beginning that doesn't seem to pay off, or something that seems to come out of nowhere at the end, you probably need to watch it again. It's neat and tidy like a good Pratchett novel.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:49 AM on August 30, 2013 [9 favorites]


Lyn: if their intent was that [foo] had tried [miffing] again, then they were subtle about it to the point of nonexistance. I think it's more likely that it is real. No weirder than any other ending; I think it was that the penultimate scene feeling like a weak spot for me that made me more aware of it than usual.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:50 AM on August 30, 2013


The dialog in that scene was just very on the nose. The subtext became text, as it were.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:52 AM on August 30, 2013


I realize this is a thread about the movie, but I just want to mention that up until this exact moment in time I thought the lyrics were "She's up all night to get stoned." Huh.

To stay on track with everyone else, as far as I know TWE isn't being released in Malaysia so I will have to wait until I can secure it on video or whatever which means I won't be able to see it for a while.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:56 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


I thought TWE was excellent, but I also felt it had a huge amount of references & jokes in it that would be meaningful for a British person about the same age as the central characters but would not mean a lot to people without that frame of reference. Basically I felt this movie was more aimed at me and my ilk than any film since I left the 18-25 demographic has been and is ever likely to be again.

This is not to say there aren't plenty of jokes with wider appeal.
posted by biffa at 8:56 AM on August 30, 2013


Is Pegg doing Patrick Stewart specifically or is that a generic comical UC accent?

General comical accent, I think. I hear that exact voice used in ads and idents on my local radio station, and some years back Dave (a TV channel specialising in reruns of comedy and various banter-laden shows aimed at 20-30s men) had a lot of its interstitial announcements in the same style. It's pretty odd... it has always struck me as wanting to be a parody of the upper-class, very British alpha male you'd see starring in old war films, at the same time as wanting to actually evoke those associations. But whatever it is, it's weirdly pervasive in bits of the UK media at the moment.
posted by metaBugs at 8:57 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Come to think of it, Douglas from The IT Crowd talks with that voice, and is pretty much a distillation of that character.
posted by metaBugs at 9:00 AM on August 30, 2013


I need to see TWE again--I was extremely hungover when I saw it so I passed in and out of consciousness during it--but the bits I did see (everything up to pub four or five and the end) I quite enjoyed. When I mentioned to Shepherd that Edgar Wright raided my damn cassette collection for the soundtrack thus making me feel old, he kindly pointed that we are of the same age as Pegg, Frost, and Wright.
posted by Kitteh at 9:01 AM on August 30, 2013


Received pronunciation.
posted by Artw at 9:03 AM on August 30, 2013


I see on the wiki that Peter Serafinowitz supposedly had a cameo in TWE. Just saw it last night and didn't catch him - any idea where he was?
posted by echo target at 9:03 AM on August 30, 2013


When I mentioned to Shepherd that Edgar Wright raided my damn cassette collection for the soundtrack thus making me feel old, he kindly pointed that we are of the same age as Pegg, Frost, and Wright.

He's a few years ahead of me, so his late teen soundtrack is my mid teen soundtrack.

Also it's shot in Letchworth and Welwyn Garden, both in my neck of the woods as I was growing up and places I'd visit.
posted by Artw at 9:07 AM on August 30, 2013


I stand corrected: Edgar Wright is three years older than I am, so I think I am in the same age boat as you, Artw.
posted by Kitteh at 9:09 AM on August 30, 2013


I can't even recall the gore in Hot Fuzz.

Hi hi.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 9:30 AM on August 30, 2013


I was going to complain again that TWE hadn't been released around here yet but it looks like it finally came out last Friday. I really should try to get out to see it this weekend.
posted by octothorpe at 9:32 AM on August 30, 2013


I don't think the problem was that TWE left things unresolved. It was that the resolutions were weaker than the build-up, whereas in Shaun and Hot Fuzz they carry some sort of emotional pay-off as well as pure laughs.

The bit about the bully stood out to me for how well it was set up, how poignant the thing what's-his-name says is, and then how stupid the resolution was. Pretty much all the things involving non-Simon-and-Nick characters had awful payoffs—the "what the fuck does wtf mean" was especially garrishly bad, since that's taken from a bash.org quote from like 2003, and it's meant to be the capper on a whole series of not-that-good jokes. And Simon and Nick were great, but the story resolution takes neither of them to anyplace good.

I wish the stuff with the you-know-whats was as well-produced as the Wright-produced Attack the Block, in which the sci-fi stuff enhances the character stuff and vice-versa. Here the sci-fi message seemed preachy as fuck, and the resolution felt half-assed. Yes, it was well-directed, well-edited, and well-produced, but compared to the excellence of Shaun's and Fuzz's stories, this one was pretty lackluster. Like I said, it's still better than most of what's out this year, but the things it does well call even more attention to the things it does kind of poorly.

And with that all said, you should still really see it if you haven't already.
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:36 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Cornetto Megamix (contains swears, gore, and spoilers, so be warned)
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:07 AM on August 30, 2013


The actual beer in TWE struck me as being more of a McGuffin than anything else. It's the thing Gary's trying to collect as they make their way through Newton Haven, but other than providing the excuse for why they can't just drive away, the booze doesn't seem to affect anybody much. They're all going full-on action hero, actively evading murderous robots, and making reasonably cogent arguments after eight-plus pubs.

That's kind of my point. They allude to the tragedies caused by heavy drinking pretty heavy-handedly, especially with the confrontation between Pegg and Frost in pub 10. But whenever you actually see booze and its effects, it's totally awesome, or at least entirely benign. There is this really huge and interesting gulf between what the movie shows and what it tells. I agree with Artw that 'booze is awesome' and 'booze destroys lives' is much too binary, but those are the two messages that the movie simultaneously forces on the audience through two different channels. And it's weird that the makers of the film are going on about how the movie is a parable about how booze destroys lives, ignoring the 'booze is awesome' message whispered in the background.

I guess I should say that I loved the movie; this is an observation, not a criticism.
posted by painquale at 10:11 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


That George Barnett cover is excellent.

Seriously, who is that guy?
posted by The Bellman at 10:14 AM on August 30, 2013


Pegg said it was meant to be an attack on alcoholism

Pegg is British, and was therefore born with his tongue pretty much stuck inside his cheek. It's a national failing. I mean gift. TWE both ridicules and celebrates the British male's love for pub crawls, beer and getting needlessly pissed for the sheer mad joy of it.
posted by Decani at 10:26 AM on August 30, 2013


Hot Fuzz is basically treasure. I haven't had time to do more than glance through the interactive screenplay yet, but there's almost no wasted dialogue and everything has a payoff. It's off the fucking chain!

Really liked The World's End but I really wish I'd listened to more music in 1993 as I am pretty sure a couple of song lyrics went right past me.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:29 AM on August 30, 2013


I was one of the few over-30s in the crowd when I saw it, but the audience was enthusiastic, even if they were too young to get nostalgic over the soundtrack.

Hot Fuzz is my number one, but The World's End may have bumped Shaun to third place.
posted by betweenthebars at 10:35 AM on August 30, 2013


There is this really huge and interesting gulf between what the movie shows and what it tells.

I think that part is intentional, not only in it's portrayal of alcoholism, but in other things as well. Over at AV Club's Spoiler Space, there was discussion about the movie's mixed message about growing up vs. staying young, and also whether the characters and the world were better off in the ending.
posted by FJT at 10:52 AM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


This now explains why I liked Attack the Block so much. Great movie.
posted by arcticseal at 10:55 AM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Over at AV Club's Spoiler Space, there was discussion about the movie's mixed message about growing up vs. staying young

Thanks for the pointer, I'm going to go check that out. Because while I most thoroughly enjoyed the movie (especially as the cap to a marathon of all 3, a couple weeks before it was released in a theater full of enthusiastic geeks and film nerds), I was left thinking exactly that: it's a very mixed message on growing up vs. staying young, and 3/4 of the way through I figured it was going to resolve in the traditional way (with the message that it's OK to stay young at heart but yo gotta get your shit together and be a mature adult, too), and that's not exactly the message I was left with.
posted by rhiannonstone at 10:58 AM on August 30, 2013


arcticseal, Attack the Block is awesome! The interviewer mentioned it during the Q&A at the showing I attended and I was really shocked that I was one of less than half a dozen people cheering. A theater full of people who entered and contest and/or stood in line for hours to see TWE early, as part of the whole trilogy, is a theater full of people who should see Attack the Block!
posted by rhiannonstone at 11:01 AM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


TWE both ridicules and celebrates the British male's love for pub crawls

This has basically been their approach for every topic in the whole trilogy. It's something Frost, Pegg, and Wright do better than anyone else. Pacific Rim had a similar ability to show something and communicate how ridiculous it is without losing sight of how awesome it is.
posted by echo target at 11:15 AM on August 30, 2013


That George Barnett cover is excellent.

He sounds great, but it's the video that really sells it. He looks like he's having so much fun and also just really enjoying the song itself. Watching it, the impression I get is not so much "George Barnett is a great musician" as "'Get Lucky' is a great song."
posted by straight at 11:17 AM on August 30, 2013


Maybe I'm wrong on this, but I got the impression that Pegg wasn't just doing an RP English accent, but that he was trying to do a Radio Disc Jockey voice, on account of he was in a radio station and all.
posted by webmutant at 11:24 AM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


painquale: "On the other hand, the beers are made to look delicious, the audience wants Frost's character to start drinking (and my audience cheered when he finally did)"

I think this has more to do with your audience, and your own expectations, than the film. No one in my theater cheered. I think we all winced. The reaction on everyone else's faces (on screen) wasn't of pleasant or even neutral astonishment, but horror. This is a guy who was psychically destroyed by drunk driving, and thematically by his friendship with Gary, who against his better judgement gets caught up in Gary's manipulations and drama once again, and no one wants to see him down that path.

And plus the bit about the first two bars being exactly the same, and serving cloned, non-interesting beer... I don't really see that as a celebration of drinking?

In the end Gary gets what he's been looking for, his old crew back, to be the hero of his own story, and is a tee-totaller. The movie was thematically... complicated, and not at all optimistic for anyone, but I don't think it was a glorification of drinking. The message I left with was, we're the shittiest place in the galaxy, we (like Gary) insist on it, and in the end we're not even worth bothering over.
posted by danny the boy at 12:13 PM on August 30, 2013 [9 favorites]


Also, Rory, I think perhaps you connected less with this film because while say Spaced was about being a 20 year old slacker, and Shaun of the Dead was about being a 30 year old slacker, TWE is about being a 40 year old slacker.
posted by danny the boy at 12:17 PM on August 30, 2013 [6 favorites]


"Fragments of Time" is 150% magic.
posted by planetesimal at 12:28 PM on August 30, 2013


Whoops! Link.
posted by planetesimal at 12:35 PM on August 30, 2013


Like others here, I feel like this movie was targeted specifically at people exactly my age. Everything from the soundtrack, to the attitudes of each character was something I could relate to. I even know someone very much like [foo] (including some unfortunate mental health issues that he is working through). Even things like the [Skrimshaws ab Veeb] t-shirt (and tattoo), or when the intro to ["Hleb Redondo"] during the [schmehs] final [gimmerk] to [foo], struck exactly the right [bim] with me.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:42 PM on August 30, 2013


Yo Imma let y'all finish with your Get Lucky, but this cover of Fragments of Time is the best.
posted by digitalprimate at 1:58 PM on August 30, 2013


Spaced was about being a 20 year old slacker, and Shaun of the Dead was about being a 30 year old slacker, TWE is about being a 40 year old slacker.

Oh geez, that means the Spaced/Cornetto Trilogy is like a British version of Clerks. Or maybe Clerks is the American version of the Cornetto Trilogy?
posted by FJT at 2:59 PM on August 30, 2013


I guess I'll be a voice of dissent. I went in with high expectations but found TWE extremely uneven and underwhelming. I'm 40, so maybe it's the fact that I'm gay that made the difference. "This is 40" didn't resonate either.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 3:29 PM on August 30, 2013


I was just going to make an FPP of this video, where it's re-done as (sort of) a chacarera, and Argentine folk dance, by a couple of gauchos. Guess I'll just leave it here instead.
posted by dr. boludo at 3:38 PM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


Really liked The World's End but I really wish I'd listened to more music in 1993 as I am pretty sure a couple of song lyrics went right past me.
The music in the pubs, especially the first one, just killed me and made me feel bad for Gary. I think it was the first one both times I saw it as part of the trilogy so I was a little out of it by the time it started.

The interviewer mentioned it during the Q&A at the showing I attended and I was really shocked that I was one of less than half a dozen people cheering. A theater full of people who entered and contest and/or stood in line for hours to see TWE early, as part of the whole trilogy, is a theater full of people who should see Attack the Block!
Good point. Off to watch it now.
posted by oneear at 4:07 PM on August 30, 2013


I was just going to make an FPP of this video, where it's re-done as (sort of) a chacarera, and Argentine folk dance, by a couple of gauchos. Guess I'll just leave it here instead.

That is fantastic, dr. boludo! The Argentinian beat is so weird, unexpected, and right for the song. ¡Gracias!
posted by straight at 4:20 PM on August 30, 2013


Attack the Block is on Netflix Canada at the moment, so odds are that it is on Netflix USA as well.
posted by arcticseal at 4:48 PM on August 30, 2013


Am I the only one who can hear the chords for "Around the World" in "Motherboard?" I can't be.
posted by 4ster at 6:17 PM on August 30, 2013


I'm a little surprised that Attack the Block is still capturing peoples' hearts; I understood the initial enthusiasm, but I expected some critical blowback by now. I felt like that movie was pretty similar to The Goonies. I watched The Goonies for the first time as an adult, and thought, "if I saw this as a kid and hadn't seen many movies like this, it might have captivated my world, but it's a pretty forgettable adventure at this point." That's also how I felt about Attack the Block. But I haven't seen anyone else say this! So maybe I'm alone.

I think this has more to do with your audience, and your own expectations, than the film. No one in my theater cheered. I think we all winced.

I don't think your reaction was the intended one. It was presented as a punchline. I guess I'd have to see it again to really verify this, but Frost's hulking out was, I think, presented as triumphant and played for hilarity. You might have been horrified, but there was nothing horrific in the cinematography.

The movie was thematically... complicated, and not at all optimistic for anyone, but I don't think it was a glorification of drinking.

Yes, exactly. But what's strange about this movie is that the glorification of alcohol and the vilification of alcohol never speak to one another. People say that alcohol is bad, but they do things that show that alcohol is good, and the movie never sets up any sort of debate. There's no dialogue.
posted by painquale at 10:22 PM on August 30, 2013


OK, top this: a Rosh Hashanah version of Get Lucky, aka Get Clarity.
posted by etaoin at 11:30 PM on August 30, 2013


Wright and Pegg and Frost are three men whose work I give the highest praise I know to offer: When I see them do their thing, I feel an enormous sense of gratitude that I was alive to have witnessed it. I left "The World's End" dragging a giant sack of joy behind me. Little things like this keep refilling it.
posted by middleclasstool at 1:21 AM on August 31, 2013


The group of (mostly) old high school friends I saw it with drank at a pub beforehand, sneaked beer into the theater, and then went back to the pub after the movie. It was fun, but I wound up having to drive one of them home with a bucket in his lap (he had decided he wanted to do five shots in a row like Nick Frost) and then stand outside the car door for ten minutes trying to coax him to get up and go inside his house (which I had to unlock for him after finding and going through his whole keyring).

I kind of feel like I saw the movie twice.
posted by Corinth at 6:33 AM on August 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


I note that Pegg's characters get less sympathetic across the trilogy, while Frost's get more so.

Also I still have This Corrosion as an earworm a week later.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 7:26 AM on August 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes, exactly. But what's strange about this movie is that the glorification of alcohol and the vilification of alcohol never speak to one another. People say that alcohol is bad, but they do things that show that alcohol is good, and the movie never sets up any sort of debate. There's no dialogue.

The movie isn't about alcohol. Which, really, is a wonderful conceit, particularly in light of the pub crawl setting.
posted by mochapickle at 8:26 AM on August 31, 2013


Between this and the Miley/Syria FPP I have to say I quite enjoy threads with two topics. It's weird and fun and postmodern like those doubleup Nerds boxes.
posted by wemayfreeze at 3:30 PM on August 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


OK, top this: a Rosh Hashanah version of Get Lucky, aka Get Clarity.

Oy, vey. Some Evangelical doofus handed the scroll containing The Spirit of Christian Rock to some nice Jewish fellows and the poor bastards broke the seal and opened it.
posted by straight at 4:42 PM on August 31, 2013


When I mentioned to Shepherd that Edgar Wright raided my damn cassette collection for the soundtrack thus making me feel old...

My conversation with my husband at the end of the film in part consisted of "It had really good music...oh, of course it had really good music...oh..."
posted by biscotti at 2:57 PM on September 1, 2013


The big climax scene had me thinking of nothing so much as the climactic confrontation at the end of the original Fallout.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:57 AM on September 2, 2013


Another impressive Get Lucky cover?

Mario Paint?!
posted by DigDoug at 10:07 AM on September 3, 2013 [1 favorite]





TWE had a really weird and inconsistent message about alcohol.

When, during the big bad speech, they say "I think you've bitten off more than you can chew!" i assumed the film was talking to itself. Still, a good time out, kind of like a Doctor Who episode where the Doctor never shows up (this being the most aggressively English-focused of the three movies). I appreciated Simon's character's outfit...which was just perfect visual shorthand for "I thought I was really cool in 1993, In England. There is a very good chance I own a lot of John Constantine books." But it did feel like the seriousness of the material was undercutting the supposed goofy fun of the premise. Like Rory I left thinking there where two different movies occupying the same space, and maybe thats why none of the themes seem to talk to each other.

And Nthing that I didn't like HF until I saw it the second time and all the little call-fowards and plot tics linked up.
posted by The Whelk at 2:18 PM on September 5, 2013


Here is a very important question: I've never tried a Cornetto. Is it better than a Drumstick?
posted by Dr. Zira at 5:21 PM on September 9, 2013


Yes, it's better than a drumstick.

I got my wife to watch Attack the Block tonight, she loves it. Does well on repeated viewing too.
posted by arcticseal at 9:30 PM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's a big room, full of weed, and its Ron's.
posted by The Whelk at 9:57 PM on September 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


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