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My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

Last week I brought you trivia on a young man named Edgar Wright, this week I bring you one of his movies. This has to be one of all time favourite movies, so I will say no but just get on with it.

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Many of the Zombie extras are fans of the TV series Spaced, which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and was also directed by Edgar Wright. They were recruited through the Spaced Out fan web site to be in the film.

Frequent references are made to Big Al’s claim that dogs can’t look up. This is a reference to the commentary to the second series of Spaced in which Simon Pegg (Shaun) and Edgar Wright talk about Nick Frost (Ed)’s claim that the difficulty in shooting a scene with a dog was due to the fact that dogs can’t look up.

The zombie that Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) find in their garden is Mary, the checkout girl from the film’s credit montage. A short story detailing her transformation into one of the undead was featured in issue 1384 of the classic British sci-fi comic 2000AD. The issue went on sale 7 April 2004. The strip was called “There’s Something About Mary” and was written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (the film’s co-writers) with art by Frazer Irving.

The game that Ed (Nick Frost) is playing throughout the movie is Timesplitters 2.

Shaun (Simon Pegg) complains that Ed (Nick Frost) isn’t his boyfriend, then says, “Thanks, babe.” In season one of Spaced, a conversation begins in a similar manner between the two actors (“All right, babe?”). This was, however, a total mistake. The writers used the same joke again, forgetting they had used it in Spaced.

ecause of the timing and the indisputable similarity of the names, the distributors were forced to hold the film back until two weeks after Dawn of the Dead was released in the UK.

The “pyjama zombie” had his voiced dubbed over by Simon Pegg.

At one point, a zombie can be glimpsed wearing a yellow cycling helmet and lycra shorts. He’s played by comedian Michael Smiley, who made appearances in Spaced as a bicycle courier named Tyres.

All of the newsreaders and television presenters are real people portraying themselves.

While flicking through the Yellow Pages, Shaun finds the number for an Italian restaurant named Fulci’s, a reference to Italian horror director Lucio Fulci.

I know its not October but there is never a bad tie to have some zombie trivia in you life right? Well until next week Bye bye

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

Hello, I see you have returned for more of trivia. This week i wanted to talk to you about a small british writer and director that is starting to make waves across the world. With his brand of quirky comedy and awesome filming style. I am of course speaking about Edgar Wright.

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His brother Oscar Wright is an artist.

Is a huge fan of action films.

Is a huge fan of George A. Romero’s zombie films, and his film Shaun of the Dead (2004) is filled with references to them. He also made a cameo appearance (along with star and co-writer of Shaun of the Dead (2004) Simon Pegg) in George A. Romero’s fourth zombie picture, Land of the Dead (2005).

Asked Simon Pegg to turn down a part in Dog Soldiers (2002), as Wright wanted Pegg’s first role in a horror film to be in Shaun of the Dead.

On most of his films, there are certain special features; such as a trivia track that runs with the movie, a scene of the movie with the characters voices dubbed, and a hand drawn easter egg of some sort.

Favorite film is Raising Arizona (1987).

According to the June 2007 issue of Empire magazine, the films that most influenced Wright were Raising Arizona, Run Lola Run, Dirty Harry, Raiders of the Lost Ark , Hard Boiled, The Evil Dead , and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

This is only a short one this week but I have lots more fr you this month. Until next time bye bye.

My Top 30 Favourite Movies: Part 3

By Geeky Gem

When last we meet I was just finishing a list of 20 movies I love. The problem there was I couldn’t stop and I came up another 10 but after this list that it I will add no more. Again these are just an add-on to the 20 you have already seen and are in no real order.

Harry Potter

While working on my top 20 before I made it 30, I came to notice I left off a series of movies that had me going to cinema once a year for a good number of years. Harry Potter, I will not say much as I have not much else to say about them other than brilliant.

 

Shaun of the Dead

The first part of the Cornetto trilogy never fails to bring a smile to my face. I can watch this movie over and over again plus it has zombies, this way I feel I can say no more on this movie. If you haven’t seen it go watch it now.

 

Gladiator

In a quest for epicness it would be rude to leave this movie off of any list. Brilliant and it has some of the best dialogue ever. On my signal unleash hell, stunning set and fights mixed with a simple story makes for a good watch.

 

Star Wars

The trilogy that made people go, Oooo lookie space battles. With a theme tune you can’t help but hum along too even if sometimes it ends up sounding like Superman and vice a versa. A fantastic story, amazing characters and stuff blows up what’s not to like.

Labyrinth

This is another of m all time favourite, movies, so much so a few years ago I bought the soundtrack on CD. Something I do for lots of movies I like. I often wanted the Goblin King to take my brother away just so I could go to the Labyrinth. Sadly this never happened, no matter how many times I stood in my brother’s room and said the words. Sorry Dan.

 

The Princess Bride

If haven’t seen the Princess Bride then I feel bad for you and you must now hand in your geek card and go watch it. Then and only then may you have your geek card back. It’s a brilliant movie, fun for all the family and the fight between Westley and Inigo is awesome. Don’t believe me go back to Sumer Knights and look for my Sword Fights article.

 

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

This was Square’s first full length future and it fitted perfectly into the world of Final Fantasy. It was beautiful to look at and amazing to watch. The story is simple and cast is rich. If you haven’t seen it but like Final Fantasy then go check it out.

 

Spirited Away

As many of you know I love Studio Ghibli movies and this one is frankly my favourite. Another simple story line of a girl trying to find her parents in a mythical land is brought to life in this animation in a way that only Ghibli can do.

 

The Dark Crystal

The first time I saw this movie, I didn’t like it. I was young and the Skeksis vulture-like tyrants scared me. As I got older I watched it again as I love Jim Henson and found that I loved it almost as much as Labyrinth. A brilliantly dark movie, with lots of action for Gelfling Jen, as he tries to save his planet.

 Iron Man

Now The Avengers was on my first list but my favourite member of The Avengers is Iron Man, This is an awesome movie and it put not only The Avengers on the map but brought Robert Downey Jr back to us. He is brilliant as Tony Stark; he just brings something to him that I can’t picture anyone else playing him.

That’s it we have come to end of my journey to pick 30 movies I love. I so could have gone on and on but then that would be too much. Like 30 wasn’t? Ha ha.

My Top 5 Zombies

By @GeekyGem

 

 

This may seem like an odd subject matter, but if you know anything about me, and by now I hope you do, you’ll know that I like zombies a lot. This brings US to the article right here. I didn’t want to do the top 5 zombie movies I wanted to do the top 5 zombies. As zombies themselves, they always get picked for being the big bad in movie’s and TV. However, they used to be people, and it’s not their fault they got a virus and bit the next person they saw. So here are my top 5 zombies.

  
 

Ed from Shaun of The Dead

Poor Ed, he tired so hard to save Shaun in the movie, yes OK he was lazy bum, but when it came down to it, he had Shaun and Liz’s back at the end of the movie. This meant a lot to Shaun and that’s why he brought him home and locked him in the shed with the Playstation.
 
 

Bicycle Zombie from The Walking Dead

 
 
Now this poor Zombie was one of the first Rick comes across while on his way home after waking up from his coma in Season 1. Not only is this a zombie, its only half a zombie as its legs have been chopped up, she still wants Rick for lunch though.
 
 

Vivian from Dawn of the Dead (2004)

 
 

I have a thing about creepy kids in movies, they bother me. So add a zombie child in the mix and the creep level grows. Zombies do not freak me, out I am not scared easily, I just find children in horror movie’s creepy. Anyway zombie children are even more creepy as they have lost all the innocence they ever had.

 
Rain Ocampo from Resident Evil
 

Rain was a gun happy solider until that faithful day when she and the other members of her team went in to investigate The Hive. Well we always knew not every one would make it out alive didn’t we? Even though Alice tired to save her by shutting the Red Queen up this did not stop the T-Virus turning Rain into one of zombies.

 
 Bub from Day of the Dead (1985)

 
Bub, well where do we start with Bub. He has to be on the list right as he wasn’t just a mindless flesh hungry creature. Bub was smart, he was able to learn things and this was a rare quality in a zombie seen at the time. He has this innocence all over again just like a child. Bub rocks simple.
 

There we have my Top 5 favourite zombies. I think I have picked some interesting ones there. I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time, hope you don’t come across a zombie, if you do RUN and hide. I’ll see you on the other side.

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