The Damned At The World’s End

I heard about “The World’s End” before I saw the trailer, where a British group of middle-aged childhood friends return home to attempt a legendary pub crawl of drinking 12 pints from 12 pubs in one night and somewhere along the way getting ambushed by zombies. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost already did that movie, “Shaun of The Dead,” where all the characters are trap inside a pub surrounded by zombies. “The World’s End” needed a better premise than that if I was going to hand over my hard-earned money.

And then I saw the trailer.

The movie, besides being about a legendary pub crawl, is a remake of the “Village of The Damned” movies. The 1960 British version and the 1995 American version were based on “The Midwich Cuckoos” by John Wyndham, where a remote village undergoes a mysterious event for 24 hours and every child-bearing female becomes pregnant with alien children who are born with pale complexion, blond hair, glowing eyes, great intelligence and telepathic powers. Like the cuckoo bird that lays its eggs in other bird nests, the children become a threat to humanity.

With glowing eyes, robotic behavior and blue ink for blood, the damned at “The World’s End” is looking pretty damn good.

The Spock Vs. Spock Car Commercial

The Spock Vs. Spock car commercial came out just before the release of “Star Trek Into the Darkness” in the theaters was probably more revealing about the movie than the worst kept secret about who the super villain would be. (The inclusion of Carol Marcus played by Alice Eve was a dead giveaway.) One of the best kept secret was a cameo by Leonard Nimoy, where the younger Spock (Zachary Quinto) called the older Spock for help.

I saw the movie twice in the same week. The first time was at a sneak preview showing hours before the official midnight showing at the AMC Cupertino Square, where the audience—some dressed in costume—were hooting and hollering whenever major characters introduced themselves and events unfolded. The second time was with a general audience at the Camera 12 Cinema that was less enthusiastic about watching the movie, perhaps overwhelmed by the stunning visual effects and convoluted storyline.

As for the commercial, I found it fascinating that Nimoy would drop an F-bomb when he discovered that his golf clubs wouldn’t fit inside the trunk. If he played golf on a regular basis with this car (unlikely since it had no license plate), he would have already known that the golf clubs wouldn’t fit in the trunk. His emotional response seems… illogical.