Cockneys Vs Zombies

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It seems there’s a zombie mashup for every occasion; all we need now is Zombies vs Zombies, and the world will implode in an undead mass. While it’s true that the majority of these efforts are terrible, every so often something good squeezes through. Cockneys Vs Zombies just about hits the mark thanks to its charm and swagger and a number of funny moments and a good cast. Although the whole geezer thing gets irritating after a few minutes, it somehow doesn’t get too badly in the way of this entertaining jaunt through the East End.

Firstly, I’m surprised at how little money the movie has made given the critical consensus and a fair amount of hype and advertising around release, at least in the UK. According to Wikipedia, the movie has only made just over 100 grand off a 2 Million budget. That in itself is enough to make me recommend the movie – it’s a hell of a lot better than movies which rake in tens or hundreds of millions – better made, more inventive, funnier etc. Audiences outside of the UK may struggle with some of the speech and dialogue, but if you’re willing to give it a try, and if you like zombie movies, there’s no reason why you won’t enjoy this.

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Harry Treadaway and Rasmus Hardiker star as Cockney brothers who want to help raise the money required to prevent their Grandfather’s Retirement home from being demolished. Not having any particular skills or education, they decide to rob a bank. When the robbery goes tits up the brothers (along with their cousin Katy and two friends) take a couple of people hostage. While all this has been going on, a construction group has accidentally discovered an abandoned 17th Century graveyard underground containing zombies – unleashing a growing wave of the undead across the East End. Soon the group of friends and hostages are surrounded by zombies and need to set aside their differences to reach their loved ones and try to fight their way out of London.

The film has some very funny moments – the zombie chasing the old man (Richard Briers’ last role) and much of the action in and around the Retirement home. Although Alan Ford’s hard old man shtick wears then very quickly, the appearance of Honor Blackman and Michelle Ryan, along with the rest of the cast prove that the ensemble can carry and cover most annoyances. The movie doesn’t deviate far from most movies of its kind – the outbreak, the siege, and the escape are all present, but the addition of the elderly characters and the setting, along with the fact that everyone involved is having fun mean that this is infectious and entertaining, if not as timeless as Shaun Of The Dead. Give it a go if you are a fan of that movie as it shows there is still life in this beaten horse.

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Let us know in the comments what you thought of Cockney’s Vs Zombies – is it one film too many in the genre, or one joke too few?

Walk Of Fame – A Celebration Of Heroism

If any of you currently reading this are alive, then you’ll be familiar with a place in the US called Hollywood. You should also know that it’s where a lot of movies are made, and where a lot of stars hang out. You may even be aware that they have a ‘Walk Of Fame’ – stretches of footpaths, pavements, sidewalks which are adorned with brass  ‘Stars’ listing the names and achievements of hundreds of personalities who have entertained us over the last hundred years or so. What you may not be aware of though is the selection process, which simply involves having been involved in a particular field of entertainment for a particular amount of time, to be nominated (by anyone), to agree to be involved, and, oh yes, a hefty sum or donation.

Thanks to the Universe shattering, awful power of The Spac Hole, we have decided to create our own version of The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and dedicate our own little corner of creation to the people who have given us so much more than we could ever give in return. If any of you have ever played Sim City, or Cities: Skyline or any other decent City Building game, imagine creating a city, not unlike Hollywood, but entirely dedicated to the stars of today and previous days. See now as the gold-paved streets are laid with care, gasp as monuments are raised, watch as galleries and restaurants and gift shops are erected filled with memorabilia to your favourite actor, actress, director, show, or movie. Look! Over there, a group of fanboys are massing as they approach the newly opened Star Trek Museum which features full-scale a SS Enterprise and more, and over there a young lad wielding a plastic lightsaber is charging around a kilometer wide recreation of the Endor set. Yes, this truly is the greatest tourist destination unknown to man, and a galactic cry of thanks to all the men, women, and miscellaneous who have kept us from doing anything else with our lives since we dropped from the womb.

In this new series of posts I’ll be selecting a Star at random from every decade (who was born in that decade) starting from the 1880s up until the 1990s to be interred in this land of magic and wonder, who will for ever more see their name set in stone far beyond the places where Gods dare to tread. Each name will have a unique star placed and statue built-in their honour. Often accompanying these additions will be news of a new store or museum to go alongside those stars whose work is of particular genius, and you too can visit and see the place of your dreams, simply by closing your eyes….

Inductees 14th May 2015:

1880s: Raoul Walsh. Awarded for contributions to Cinema. Actor, director, founding member of AMPLAS, discoverer of John Wayne, his works include The Birth Of A Nation, Regeneration, The Big Trail, The Roaring Twenties, They Drive By Night, and White Heat.

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1890s: Edward G Robinson. Awarded for contributions to Cinema. Famous for his tough guy gangster and fast-talking roles, Robinson was one of the first true superstars of Hollywood who embraced the villainous roles and made the bad guy more interesting than the good guy. Robinson starred in classics such as Little Caesar, Double Indemnity, Key Largo, and The Cincinnati Kid.

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1900s: Lon Chaney Jr. Awarded for contributions to Cinema, TV, and Radio. Like his father before, Chaney’s film career is mostly remembered for his work in the horror genre, he was also known for playing henchmen and other villains thanks to his physical presence. Works include The Wolf Man, The Mummy’s Tomb, High Noon, The Defiant Ones

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1910s: Lloyd Bridges. Awarded for contributions to Cinema and TV. Aside from a distinguished Lifeguard careers, Bridges film,stage, and Television work spanned six decades, showing a versatility between mediums and genres. Works include Sea Hunt, The Lloyd Bridges Show, Roots, Airplane!, and A Walk In The Sun.

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1920s: Peter Sallis. Awarded for contributions to Cinema and TV. One of the members of oldies favourite Last Of The Summer Wine, Sallis also gained recognition later in his career for his voice work in the Wallace and Gromit series. Other works include Doctor Who and Scream And Scream Again.

1930s: Rip Torn. Awarded for contributions to Cinema. Oscar nominated and Emmy award-winning actor, Torn has had a long and varied stage, Television, and cinema career appearing in works such as Cross Creek, Men In Black, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Larry Sanders Show.

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1940s: Martin Jarvis. Awarded for contributions to Cinema, TV, and Radio. A global theatre actor, a famed voice actor for many radio plays, audiobooks, and videogames, Jarvis has appeared in works such as Doctor Who, The Forsythe Saga, The Queen’s Nose, and Titanic. 

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1950s: Beverly D’Angelo. Awarded for contributions to Cinema, TV, and Music. As well as a string of TV movies and Broadway productions, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated D’Angelo has appeared in works such as Entourage, National Lampoon’s Series, American History X, and The Coal Miner’s Daughter.

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1960s: Shinya Tsukamoto. Awarded for contributions to Cinema. Japan’s original cult director and occasional actor, his works include Tetsuo series, Tokyo Fist, and A Snake Of June. 

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1970s: Andy Samberg. Awarded for contributions to Cinema, music, and TV. One of a never-ending string of SNL hit performers, Samberg has branched out with such works as Brooklyn 9-9, Hot Rod, and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.

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1980s: Harry Treadaway. Awarded for contributions to Cinema and TV. With a career gradually gaining momentum, Treadaway already has contributed to works such as The Disappeared, City Of Ember, Cockneys Vs Zombies, and Penny Dreadful.

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1990s: Saoirse Ronan. Awarded for contributions to Cinema. One of cinema’s biggest, most promising youngsters, Ronan has already been nominated for a Bafta, Golden Globe, and Academy Award and has appeared in a host of films such as Atonement, Byzantium, City Of Ember, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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In addition to the Star Wars and Star Trek museums featuring full size sets and spacecraft which you can walk through and interact with, this week sees the creation of:

A museum dedicated to Universal’ s Monster movies, featuring haunted house attractions, ghost trains, and other rides based on classic monster movies like The Wolf Man, in honour of Lon Chaney Jr’s induction.

In honour of Lloyd Bridges’s induction, a nightclub based on the disco from Airplane! – come and enjoy Jive-talking bar staff, authentic Disco music, and swing your partner by the foot and you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable night!

Let us know what museums, stores, attractions, clubs etc you think should be part of our Walk Of Fame, and what features there should be in each!