Discuss the glory that is Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and the recent cop-comedy masterpiece Hot Fuzz!
I loved Hot Fuzz. The Wayans Brothers and the co-directors of the reference-a-recent-movie-and-insert-a-dick-joke "comedies" Date Movie and Epic Movie (no, I didn't see them, but I got the general jist) should be tied up and forced to watch both Shaun of the Dead and this film, Clockwork Orange style, until they learn how to do a parody right. This movie is absolutely pitch-perfect. Not only does it lovingly spoof the gun-toting machismo and sweet-natured, subliminal homoeroticism of buddy cop movies like Lethal Weapon, it also homages rural thrillers like Straw Dogs, and Euro/Brit horrors (especially The Wicker Man). The cast is wonderful, from Simon Pegg's no-nonsense Nicholas Angel and Nick Frost's sweetly dim-witted Danny Butterman to Timothy Dalton's sneering, scenery chewing evil supermarket owner to the supporting turns from Jim Broadbent, Edward Woodward, Paul "Belloq" Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Bill Nighy.
Although I thought Shaun was a more character-driven, emotional film, with quite a few things to say about friendships and human relationships as well as being a spot-on zombie comedy, Hot Fuzz is probably a funnier movie. By a teensy margin, because they're both hilarious, and so is Spaced. Definatley see this movie if you just want to see a comedy done right.
Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women.