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Ever since Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg has become an unlikely, quirky leading man. Sure he has had big roles in films like Star Trek but his lovable loser persona is the one that he is most associated with and that is front and center in his latest film (as both the star and Executive Producer) of A Fantastic Fear of Everything.
Based on the novella Paranoia In The Launderette by Bruce Robinson (writer and director of Withnail and I), film follows a former children’s author named Jack (Simon Pegg) that has recently also become a crime novelist. While researching the lives of Victorian serial killers, he unleashes a wave of paranoid fears that stem from his abandonment as a child. He »
- Kelly Michael Stewart
Written by Crispian Mills
A Fantastic Fear of Everything is a film that Wes Anderson would make if he didn’t give a flying sausage about storytelling. It has many of his auteur signatures (a twee pop-art sensibility, creative and meticulous set design, character idiosyncrasies, assured and muted-mustard cinematography, an affected offbeat soundtrack, love for all things quaint or vintage), but there’s no prevailing context or structure to uphold these aesthetic qualities. Instead, everything about A Fantastic Fear of Everything, all of its quirks and eccentricities, exist in a vacuum that suspends the film in a permanent condition of unfeeling.
The film stars Simon Pegg as Jack, a neurotic and intrapersonal-communicating East London writer hoping to sell his Decades of Death, a book about serial killers. His agent, Clair (Clare Higgins), sets him up with a potential Hollywood buyer, »
- Justin Li
During the FanExpo in Toronto last weekend, the 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival announced the first 10 titles of the festival this October and it looks like an exciting lineup.
The festival is moving back from Toronto Underground cinema into the newly restored Bloor Hot Docs for its 7th year (where it resided for its first five years) running from October 18th to 26th, 2012. As usual the first batch of films is an eclectic mix of horror, sci-fi, action and the bizarre. So if you have been a fan of the previous year's lineup then it shouldn't disappoint.
First up is the Canadian Premiere for the third film in the Spanish [Rec] series working as a parallel sequel to the first two films. Paco Plaza returns as the director but the co-director Jaume Balagueró of the first two films will be directing the 4th [Rec] installment next year instead. This time »
- Kelly Michael Stewart
I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Fantasia film Festival since the very first year and make no mistake about it, Fantasia has always been a highlight of every summer since. This year is no exception. With another impressive and diverse line-up, any movie crazed die hard genre fans such as myself are left with no choice but to spend hours studying both the program and schedule to fit in as many films as you possibly can. So I’ve decided to put together this list of must see films for anyone who is either new to the festival or simply doesn’t have as much time to properly browse through the program.
In recent years we’ve come to expect at least one horror anthology added to the incredible fantasia line-up. This year is no different as the tradition continues with Doomsday Book, a 2012 science-fiction film »
The first trailer for Fantastic Fear of Everything was released on Simon Pegg’s Twitter feed and it looks quite promissing and very entertaining. Pegg stars in the new quirky dark British comedy as a petrified writer named Jack, a children’s author obsessed with death and haunted by a hedgehog.
The film is written and directed by musician-turned-filmmaker Crispian Mills. He is joined by co-director and animator Chris Hopewell, whose award-winning work includes Radiohead’s “There There” and The Killers’ “Smile Like You Mean It.”
The film opens on June 8 in the U.K., but a U.S. release date has not yet been released.
Plot Summary: Simon Pegg will star in “A Fantastic Fear of Everything,” a psycho comedy in which he plays a children’s author turned crime novelist whose research into the lives of Victorian serial killers turns him into a paranoid wreck, especially »
Simon Pegg really needs to take a chill pill before he has a heart attack. Pegg has popped up on another couple of new stills from his latest starring role in the Chris Hopewell and Crispian Mills co-directed project 'A Fantastic Fear of Everything'. The stills come ahead of its appearance at this years Fantasia International Film Festival and comedy star Pegg ('Shau of the Dead', 'Paul') plays Jack, an author who's genre-switch soon becomes his worse nightmare. Amara Karan, Clare Higgins, Sheridan Smith and Alan Drake all co-star and you can head below for the new stills. »
The 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is almost ready to turn Montreal into an amazing display of sights and sounds starting on July 19 and running all the way through August 7. On tap for you right now is a bevy of new images from some of the flicks that will be shown there!
Directed by Keiichi Sato
Over forty years since it came into being, Akiyama’s “Ashura” remains a raw and affecting action-horror-tragedy, and its potency is only further amplified in this new anime. Keiichi Sato, director of Tiger & Bunny and Karas, oversees a masterful blend of digital animation and handcrafted artwork spiked with startling fights and chases and flashes of fearsome beauty. Vivid and intense, Asura is a journey through hell not soon forgotten.
A gut-wrenching, non-stop roller coaster ride through the hellish underbelly of inner-city America. A birthday »
- Uncle Creepy
The July 19th start of Montreal's 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is drawing closer (it runs through August 7th), and the powers-that-be have announced the second wave of films along with a few selections from the new Axis section of the event.
Fantasia Announces The Satoshi Kon Award For Achievement In Animation + A New Section Dedicated To International Animation Cinema + Second Wave Title Announcements
The art of animation in its many forms and disciplines has always had a strong place at Fantasia. This year, the festival has decided to give the form its own permanent section: Axis. From social realism to mind-bending fantasy, all styles and sensibilities will be showcased, now on a greater scale than ever. Further, the festival is proud to be rechristening its animation jury prize as The Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation, named after the dear, departed visionary whose feature debut, Perfect Blue, »
- Uncle Creepy
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
In the filmmaking business, hitting a slump is unavoidable and bound to happen sooner or later. That said, talented actors do not tend to plummet as enthusiastically into the abyss as Simon Pegg does in his new film, A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Easily among the year’s worst, one can only hope that it is remembered as a mere smudge on an otherwise mostly distinguished career. Fortunately for Pegg, audiences should have no qualms banishing his latest farce from their consciousness within minutes of leaving the cinema, if they even make it that far.
Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills alongside ironically-surnamed co-director Chris Hopewell helms a film with sure visual promise – elicited by a moody opening animated sketch of London’s night skyline – but the duo quickly appears out of their depth when tackling Mills’ own messy, tone-deaf screenplay. Horridly on-the-nose voiceover narration quickly dominates, »
- Shaun Munro
ill Manors (18)
The coalition government has repeatedly denied his existence, but Plan B proves he's for real with this intense, provocative survey of British urban decay in all its forms. A few too many forms, perhaps, as this crams in so many tales of hardship, exploitation, drugs and violence, and seeks to render them in so many ways (hip-hop numbers, tricksy visuals, flashbacks), it gets a bit carried away. Still, top marks for at least trying to tell it like it is.
Red Tails (12A)
George Lucas co-produces this story of the African-American Tuskegee Airmen and their role in the second world war, fighting both Nazis and racism. There's more of an eye for aerial action than grown-up drama, though.
- Steve Rose
It came, it saw, it massively underwhelmed. Nevertheless, despite lukewarm critical reviews, Prometheus shot to the top of the UK Box Office this week, comfortably ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman in second. I imagine Prometheus will have plenty of legs and should be at the top for another week or so yet as people flock to see what all the fuss is about.
The major release this week is Lucasfilm production Red Tails which tells the story of the first African-American airmen to serve in the American army during World War 2. It’s a project George Lucas has had gestating for some time now but he has wisely handed over directorial duties to Anthony Hemingway, an experienced TV director making his first foray into feature films. I can’t see Red Tails challenging the big hitters at the top of the Box Office pile, but it should do »
- Rob Keeling
The film takes us through the downward spiral of paranoia and delusions in the most terrifying laundrette in the world through the eyes of Pegg’s character Jack, a writer whose research into Victorian serial killers begins to leak into his everyday life.
I sat down with the actor last week to talk over the state of British films and how to get into the warped mind of Jack without losing his own.
You can see my interview with the directors here and my review will be up on the site shortly.
Here’s Monsieur Pegg,
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- Jon Lyus
The actor and frontman of Kula Shaker on how they came to make the comedy-horror film A Fantastic Fear of Everything
In an ideal world, Simon Pegg would physically assault his audience. "People need to be poked in the face," he announces, gripped suddenly by a passion so intense it causes him to surface from the fog of jetlag and shove aside his walnut and avocado salad. (He only recently returned to the UK from shooting Star Trek 2 in Los Angeles, and admits to needing help with key nouns and adjectives.) "Maybe not a poke in the face," he continues after a second's thought. "But the ribs, at least. I like the idea of confounding audiences to a degree, challenging their expectations. We are given what we expect so much now. There's this desperate fear of upsetting anyone. All we get in the cinema are 3D fireworks displays. But »
- Ryan Gilbey
Tomorrow sees Simon Pegg front the world’s first psycho-comedy as A Fantastic Fear of Everything enters UK cinemas.
The first film to benefit from investment from Pinewood Studios’ foray into film production this film was a labour of love for Crispian Mills and his co-director Chris Hopewell and in this interview they talk about getting the project off the ground and into cinemas.
I visited the set of the film last year and spoke to Crispian during post-production and these are good companion pieces to our coverage of the film this week as the road to Pinewood was a rough one.
Tomorrow we’ll have the interview with Simon Pegg up, for now here’s my chat with Mills and Hopewell.
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- Jon Lyus
★★☆☆☆ A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012) joins a growing list of disappointing Simon Pegg projects that lack the charm and wit of his early endeavours (with Edgar Wright) such as cult series Spaced and big screen outings Shaun of The Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). This surreal comedy, written and directed by Crispin Mills and Chris Hopewell, contains elements of Pegg's own distinctive style of humour, but is ultimately unsuccessful in its attempts to rekindle such past glories.
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This is the Pure Movies review of A Fantastic Fear Of Everything, directed by Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell, and starring Simon Pegg, Paul Freeman, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Kerry Shale. Simon Pegg plays Jack, a successful children’s author who wishes to be a serious crime novelist. However, while researching a novel based on Victorian serial killers, he undergoes a bout of paranoia, jumping at every bump and creak he hears within his rambling London flat. His agent contacts him with the news that a Hollywood big-shot wants to meet him, so Jack must smarten up his act… literally. He has to visit his dreaded local launderette to wash his only presentable outfit. However, it forces him to confront many of his worst fears, with a seemingly innocuous trip turning into an expedition with life-or-death ramifications. »
- David Hudson
Simon Pegg pops up in a selection of new stills from new fantasy comedy flick 'A Fantastic Fear of Everything'. The new pics, featuring Pegg ('Shaun of the Dead'), come courtesy of HeyUGuys and show the beloved ginger one in total fear in the much featured scary launderette. Pegg plays Jack a childrens author who decides to switch genres to crime novels which eventually evolve the novelist into a paranoid wreck. Chris Hopewell and Crispian Mills co-direct from the script penned by ex-Kula Shaker lead man Mills. 'A Fantastic Fear of Everything' also stars Amara Karan, Clare Higgins, Sheridan Smith and Alan Drake. Check out the trio of stills below. »
I’m not sure if I’m allowed to tell you that I saw Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell’s film last night, but I did and my review of A Fantastic Fear of Everything (a self-dubbed Psycho Comedy) will be up on the site next week.
From what I gleaned from the set visit last year and my conversations with the directors this is very much Pegg’s film. From the boost he gave to Mills and Hopewell’s vision when he jumped enthusiastically on board to taking the entirety of the film on his shoulders it will be a tour de force from the actor.
Also of note is that A Fantastic Fear of Everything is the first film to benefit from investment from Pinewood Films and I doubt you could find a more suitable bedfellow than this one. In these new pics we see Pegg confront fear »
- Jon Lyus
A Fantastic Fear of Everything sees co-directors Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell making their directorial debuts, and having Simon Pegg starring in the lead is definitely a) a nice way to make your debut, and b) a strong suggestion that the film is going to be brilliant.
The awesome first trailer landed last month, and now with only a few shorts weeks left before its UK release, a new image of Pegg and his co-star Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited) has surfaced via the film’s official Facebook.
“Jack is a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his »
- Kenji Lloyd
Ahead of its UK cinema release next month, Universal have just debuted the official poster for Simon Pegg's (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek) latest comedy, A Fantastic Fear of Everything. The film sees Crispian Mills from Kula Shaker making his directorial debut alongside Chris Hopewell, the award winning animation director behind a host of top music promos including Radiohead’s 'There There' and The Killers' 'Smile Like You Mean It', and also features Clare Higgins (The Golden Compass), Amara Karan (St. Trinians), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Inbetweeners) and Paul Freeman (Hot Fuzz). Take a look at the poster here...
"Jack [Pegg] is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a »
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