Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The three and the film’s producer Nira Park had previously worked together on the television series Spaced and the 2004 film Shaun of the Dead. The film follows two police officers attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in Sandford, a fictional small English town.

Over a hundred action films were used as inspiration for developing the script. Filming took place over eleven weeks in early 2006, and featured an extensive cast along with various uncredited cameos. Visual effects were developed by ten artists to expand on or add explosions, gore, and gunfire scenes.

Debuting on 14 February 2007 in the United Kingdom and 20 April in the United States, Hot Fuzz received critical and commercial success. Shortly after the film’s release, two different soundtracks were released in the UK and US.

The film is the second in Wright and Pegg’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy and was preceded by 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and followed by 2013’s The World’s End, each of them featuring a different flavour of Cornetto ice cream. It is also the most financially successful film in the trilogy.

Cast:

Sandford Police Service

Simon Pegg as Sergeant (Sgt) Nicholas “Nick” Angel
Nick Frost as Police Constable (PC) Danny Butterman
Jim Broadbent as Inspector Frank Butterman
Paddy Considine as Detective Sergeant (DS) Andy Wainwright
Rafe Spall as Detective Constable (DC) Andy Cartwright
Kevin Eldon as Sergeant (Sgt) Tony Fisher
Olivia Colman as Police Constable (PC) Doris Thatcher
Karl Johnson as Police Constable (PC) Bob Walker
Bill Bailey as twin-brother Desk Sergeants (Sgt) Turner (both)
Neighbourhood Watch Alliance and Associates
Timothy Dalton as Simon Skinner
Edward Woodward as Prof. Tom Weaver
Billie Whitelaw as Joyce Cooper
Eric Mason as Maj. Bernard Cooper
Stuart Wilson as Dr. Robin Hatcher
Paul Freeman as Rev. Philip Shooter
Rory McCann as Michael “Lurch” Armstrong
Kenneth Cranham as James Reaper
Maria Charles as Mrs. Reaper
Peter Wight as Roy Porter
Julia Deakin as Mary Porter
Trevor Nichols as Greg Prosser
Elizabeth Elvin as Sheree Prosser
Patricia Franklin as Annette Roper
Lorraine Hilton as Amanda Paver
Tim Barlow as Mr. Treacher
Anne Reid as Leslie Tiller

Sandford residents

Ben McKay as Peter Cocker
Adam Buxton as Tim Messenger
David Threlfall as Martin Blower
Lucy Punch as Eve Draper
David Bradley as Arthur Webley, the farmer
Ron Cook as George Merchant
Stephen Merchant as Peter Ian Staker
Alice Lowe as Tina

Cameos

Martin Freeman as Met Sgt.
Steve Coogan (uncredited) as Met Insp.
Bill Nighy as Met Ch. Insp.
Peter Jackson (uncredited) as a man dressed as Father Christmas
Cate Blanchett (uncredited) as Janine
Critical reception

From Rotten Tomatoes (91% approval)

The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.

My review (and a quote from the film)
‘Wot He Said”

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Off Land

 

Off Land is Tim Dwyer. It’s not clear where he is from, his “Slow Waves” album was released on Chilean imprint ‘No Problema Tapes’ but this is from a Romanian publisher. This appears to be his only album on bandcamp and it nicely fits into the ambient/chillout zone.

 

 

FLT

 

FLT is some french guy (?), mainly interested in ‘electro ambient music’ with touches of world music… or even songs…

I would call it a kind of chill-out space music.  All 20 albums are released free on bandcamp.

 

Templo

Templo is a producer based out of Denver Colorado, he has played alongside artists such as Shpongle, Ott, Kalya Scintilla, Random Rab and Bluetech. Appearing at festivals such as Envision, Gem & Jam and Sonic Bloom. The music sits somewhere between chill-out, downtempo, psybient and ambient. Definitely unique and rather trippy.

A Model Kit


A Model Kit are from Москва, Russian Federation. The music is tagged with everything from ambient to neo-classical and indie. This is because it doesn’t fit any predetermined genre. The notable thing is the use of the violin in the mix, it’s tuned differently and not far from Laurie Anderson’s work. The best description would be ‘an updated version of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra’

 

Pogo

Albums on Bandcamp

Pogo is from Pert, Australia. The music is hip-hop groove with bits of jazz, downtempo and voice samples thrown in. The three albums are available for free and have lots of downloads. Ten years ago this could have been charting material, but in today’s diverse media landscape, it’s a rare treat.

Toni Tennille

Toni Tennille: A Memoir
by Toni Tennille & Caroline Tennille St. Clair (2016)

 

This memoir covers Tennille’s life from her childhood in the segregated South to rise to fame in the world of pop music.

It’s a story I was vaguely aware of as she was a big star during my teenage years. Looking back at her videos, the music still has a timeless quality I can still enjoy. So this was a memoir I was interested in. It’s a well-written account of her time in the music industry, while I was aware of her contribution to ‘The Wall’, I didn’t know that she took over from Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria. I also didn’t know until reading the book that she had a TV series and flirtation with her own talk show. Her difficult relationship with husband Daryl is frequently mentioned, although never fully explained. An interesting read for a fan.

A disappointment was that she barely mentions the song I remember her for – “Do that to me one more time”
One her best was “Come in from the Rain”

And a recent interview

 

Nik Mar

Digital World

Nik Mar is a pseudonym of Niko Marantidis.
This music is upbeat, electronic heavy space rock. With drum and bass emphasis and very groove orientated.

Autopilot

The related Pupsidelic is similar, but more straight ahead drum & bass, without the textures and variety of ‘Nik Mar’.

 

Milky Way

 

Everything Theory

The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical romantic drama film directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or Motor neurone disease), and his success in physics.

 

Omega

Omega (Chess Team Adventure #5)
by Jeremy Robinson & Kane Gilmour (2013)

Jack Sigler, call sign “King,” field leader for a black ops organization known as Endgame, is accustomed to feeling capable of handling most any situation. It is a confidence forged in the fires of battle against both monsters and madmen. But the introduction of Asya, a sister he never knew existed, and the kidnapping of his parents has him reeling. Using Endgame’s resources, King and his Chess Team (Queen, Rook, Bishop, and Knight) scour the planet for his parents, tracking a man known to the world as Alexander Diotrephes, but known to King by another name.


This is better than the previous book as there is a more adventure than action and warfare in  the story.The action comes at the end on a big beach showdown, similar to ‘Rogue One’

It must be the first book that introduces time-travel into the Chess-Team world.  Maybe this is where the Continuum series starts.