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Spaced Season 2, Episode 7 “Leaves”
Directed by Edgar Wright
Aired 04/13/2001 on Channel 4
Before Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright wowed international audiences with their horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, they were part of the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced. This show was one of the first sitcoms to use a single camera setup without a laugh track. Spaced also featured quick hitting pop culture homages almost a decade before Community and blend of dry and surreal humor. However, the show’s greatest strength was its interesting characters who could be simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. These endearing characters are what made Spaced an enduring cult phenomenon in both the UK and United States.
Before rounding off the character arcs, Pegg and Stevenson overload the script with a huge number of in-jokes and running gags that reward viewers who have watched the show from start to finish. »
- Logan Dalton
Have you noticed that a lot of the same actors have appeared in the Edgar Wright films that make up the Cornetto Trilogy (or, more unofficially, the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy): "Shaun of the Dead" (2004), "Hot Fuzz" (2007) and "The World's End" (2013)? And we don't just mean those lovable scamps Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
It's all one big acting family for the Cornetto gang, as illustrated below in our handy infographic. Besides Pegg and Frost, Martin Freeman, Rafe Spall, Julia Deakin, Kevin & Nick Wilson and even Bill Nighy (who has a voice cameo in "The World's End") appear in all three films, with Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, David Bradley and James Bond* appearing in two.
*We're not gonna explain that joke. It's yours to get, or to figure out.
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Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, with the release of The World’s End, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Edgar Wright as director.
We all know that we do our best work when we feel comfortable and properly motivated. In movies, this is no different. Actors need to be able to be properly supported by their directors in order to produce their best performance. Similarly, directors need to be able to trust their actors and have a relationship with them such that they are able to make clear what is required. In order to accomplish this, actors frequently collaborate with a director, especially if they have a good friendship and/or a mutual respect for each other’s work. Edgar Wright is one of those directors who has been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
This weekend see’s the release of The World’S End, the final installment of Edgar Wright’s ‘Three Flavours Cornetto‘ trilogy. You’ll notice several themes, motifs and jokes are woven between all three films, but none are more evident than the cast. Wright and Pegg have a proclivity for casting their mates, going all the way back to Spaced. And with chums like these, who could blame them.
Part One can be read here. Have a Part Two. And a Bourbon.
Well fuck-a-doodle-doo! You’ll probably recognise his face but you will certainly recognise his voice. He is probably most famous for providing the vocals for Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which he recycled to wonderful effect in Spaced and Black Books. His best work has been on Science spoof Look Around You, featuring a plethora of folks from the Cornetto-verse, »
- John Sharp
With Edgar Wright's whip-panning, crash-zooming camerawork and dense, cineliterate scripts from Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, it was all but inevitable that the team behind Spaced would make the leap to the big screen. The spirit of Channel 4's cult sitcom lives on in Shaun of the Dead, Wright and Pegg's rom-zom-com that set a relationship breakdown against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse. It was Tim Bisley's amphetamine-fuelled Resident Evil 2 session in Spaced (alongside a hefty dose of George A Romero's classic Dead trilogy) that inspired this film... And what a film!
Shaun of the Dead is one of those rare occasions when the movie Gods align and everything just clicks. Wright's film manages to be whip-smart, scary and - despite being incredibly funny - never resorts to spoofing the zombie movie genre it's so firmly rooted in.
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Directed by Edgar Wright
Many pilot episodes focus too much on exposition and establishing who the series’ characters are. In those instances, pacing and humor frequently fall by the wayside. Spaced’s first episode is anything but a slow, disappointing introduction of characters and grating jokes. From the opening scene, intercutting Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg) and Daisy Steiner (Jessica Stevenson) leaving (or in Tim’s being thrown out of) their current flats, “Beginnings” is a surreal look at two people who meet by accident and form a friendship of necessity.
Tim and Daisy are London twenty-somethings who first meet in a café. Daisy first makes the mistake of thinking Tim is a drug dealer, but the two eventually bond while they search for available flats in the newspaper. After knowing each other for barely two weeks, they decide to pose as »
- Katherine Springer
6 items from 2013
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