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Prime Time Viewing


With my next postgraduate Open University module due to start in just over the month, I qualify as a legitimate student and so tonight I decided to take advantage of the Amazon Prime Student deal. It might be useful if I decide to buy any course books and should also be handy for Christmas but this evening I rose to the heights of watching a couple of streaming films.

Weirdest was Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010). It clearly showed its debt to its origins as a comic book, with ample use of framing and angles that are familiar in that medium. It reminds me a little of the two Bill and Ted films although modern production tricks push the visual envelope so much further than that pair could achieve. Visually stunning but actually rather violent, I was glad to have finally seen it but, unlike how I avidly watched Bill and Ted, I probably won’t be rushing back to it (but twenty year old me would have been hooked). Man Up (2015) was funny and definitely more romantic. A single woman stumbles into someone else’s blind date; it is a RomCom so you can probably guess the ending.

There is a vague link between the two – the former film was directed by Edgar Wright while the latter starred Simon Pegg and both of them have worked together on some of my favourite films, like the trio of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013). Meanwhile, there are more things I want to watch on Prime over the next few months but I’ve got too many other interesting things to do to let myself get too square-eyed.

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