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PHILm Review: Paul

While not quite an ‘out of this world’ comedy, the lovable characters and smart set pieces will delight

One of the things I love about the film industry is discovering an actor, director or creative team who consistently deliver quality. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are such a team. In addition to their individually flourishing careers they seem to be quite successfully working their way through their favourite genres, adding their own unique, British spin as they go.

Their comical send-up of the zombie / horror genre Shaun of the Dead was the utterly hilarious breakout hit that brought them to the attention of the cinema going public. Next they lampooned buddy-cop films in Hot Fuzz and have now turned their attention to alien movies with their latest Paul.

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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Movies

 

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Phil & Kellie Go To The Movies – Star Trek

The Future Begins

JJ Abrams' franchise reboot is visually stunning and highly entertaining.

The first time I ever cried in front of Kellie was because of Star Trek.

It always resonated with me that one of the preconditions of Roddenberry’s great adventure was that humanity had not only united when faced with the discovery of intelligent alien life, but that our better qualities had come to the fore. We became peaceful explorers and builders, not warriors or conquerers.

I grew up watching Captain Jean-Luc Picard courageously explore the stars, steadfastly maintaining his (and by extension, humanity’s) integrity; consistently doing what was right in the face of insurmountable odds, never just what what was easy. Discussing this with Kellie one day, I simply burst into tears at the beautiful simplicity of Roddenberry’s vision of what we could can become.

So, going to see J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the classic franchise, I wanted more than just star ships, space battles, sci-fi gadgetry, alien oddities, and the original crew. I wanted to see that stalwart and uncompromisingly brave vision of humanity.

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Posted by on May 16, 2009 in Movies

 

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