Archive for June, 2010

23
Jun
10

More hyped for Scott Pilgrim

On top of the comic book and video game references, Scott Pilgrim is heavily influenced by music.  Not surprising since the titular character plays bass in the indie rock band Sex Bob-omb.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’s soundtrack listing is making the rounds on the internet, and I’m frothing.  Director Edgar Wright has enlisted Beck to provide the songs for Sex Bob-omb and Broken Social Scene will contribute a few songs as Crash and the Boys, another band featured in the book and movie.

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12
Jun
10

Boarding Scott Pilgrim’s hype train

It’s been hard to find a movie worth getting hyped for in what’s probably the weakest summer movie season in years.  Beyond Christopher Nolan’s Inception, the lineup of safe sequels and 80s reboots has failed to grab me.  After seeing the latest trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, I’ve now got something to look forward to.

I had good reason to pass on the latest big-screen comic book adaptation: the source material looked like some wanna-be manga, and I’m pretty over Michael Cera.  However, the movie’s been generating positive buzz so I checked out the graphic novels rather than wait until the film’s Aug. 13 release to see what the fuss was about.  What I found was a fun, light-hearted story of slacker boy-meets-mysterious girl that captures the fantastic elements and action typical of manga and blends it with a western sense of humor, not to mention loads of references to the comic books and videogames of my adolescence.  I became pretty engrossed and breezed through five of the six volumes encompassing Scott Pilgrim’s story in two quick sittings (the sixth and final volume is due out July 20).

The books rightly earned critical praise and a loyal fanbase, but I’m curious how the film will fare with general moviegoers.  Although it’s a simple story of a boy trying to get the girl (via defeating her seven evil exes), it screams niche with its comic book action, loud colors and videogame references.  Whether or not it finds box office success, a lot of credit must be given to director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) for faithfully bringing Scott Pilgrim’s world to life (and color) with inspired casting choices and great production values.  Not only that, but the actual comic book aesthetic also makes the transition with speed lines and onomatopoeia popping up in the action.  It makes for a movie with lots of personality and energy that I’ll be anticipating with each passing week.

07
Jun
10

It has a name

Probably one of the most recognizable sound effects in movies is The Wilhelm Scream.  The name may not ring a bell, but if you’ve seen a Stormtrooper get blasted or some Nazi bite it while trying to hit Indiana Jones in the face, you already know what I’m talking about.  It’s allegedly been used in 217 movies.  Pretty impressive, but I think it could take a break.  I propose the Wilhelm Scream to be retired for a little while, to be replaced with the Happy Look Out Ahhhh! scream (and not just the Ahhhh! part either).

06
Jun
10

Ode to bullies

What would 80s movies have been like had there been no bullies to harass our lovable underdog protagonists?  I think it’s fitting that someone at the Huffington Post paid tribute to the likes of Johnny Lawrence, Chet, Ogre, Stan Gable, Greg Tolan, Biff Tannen etc. Enjoy!

05
Jun
10

Ed O’Neill gets older…

…but the newspaper he reads stays the same age.

After reading this story at Slashfilm about how there’s apparently only one newspaper prop used in all of Hollywood/TV Land, I’ve only got three thoughts:

1. My world is shattered.
2. Someone’s got a real eagle eye.
3. Someone’s also got too much time on their hands.

    04
    Jun
    10

    This could be my new addiction

    Failbook – where your funny status messages are immortalized

    Funny Facebook Fails

    Or “This is a good way to find out who wants your girlfriend.”

    Funny Facebook Fails

    03
    Jun
    10

    The Best Day of Adrien Brody’s Life

    Just.  Watch.