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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Even as cinematic self-awareness has reached an all-time high in recent years, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World represents a pinnacle of postmodern cultural reflection for the medium. At its core, the film (and the graphic novel on which its based) is a classic love story and coming-of-age tale, but it’s been filtered through very modern sensibilities, playfully satirizing a generation that’s become heavily defined by its pop culture influences—if not outright consumed by them. And how better to convey that than by literalizing those influences? The universe of Scott Pilgrim is one that’s specifically tuned to the zeitgeist of modern youth, populating its world with super powered hipsters, 8-bit weaponry, and death as represented by people bursting into coins. It’s deceptively smart, it’s funny as hell, and best of all, it doesn’t let its appropriately hyperactive mentality prevent the narrative from being driven by the characters. Moreover, the movie is exceptionally well made, featuring wonderfully choreographed, shot and paced action beats, a perfectly realized score from artists including Beck, Metric and Broken Social Scene, and some of the most stunning editing I’ve seen to date. After 8 viewings—none of which marked the slightest hint of diminishing returns—I’m convinced that literally every single scene transition comes equipped with some sort of clever play on location, sound, and/or imagery. Still, I’m not surprised that the picture failed at the box office. Scott Pilgrim is potentially a very alienating film, guaranteed to put off those (read: most audiences) who don’t have an affinity for its pop culture-obsessed stylings. I am confident, however, that the film will build a dedicated following over time, and will hopefully be looked at alongside The Social Network as a film that defined Gen Y in ways no future film is likely to achieve. If not, no matter; that the film exists at all is achievement enough for me.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Commentary with director Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley, a second commentary with Wright and director of photography Bill Pope, a third commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh, a fourth commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber, deleted and alternate scenes with director commentary, bloopers, and a trivia track. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as alternate footage, featurettes (“Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, “Music”, “You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb”, “Visual Effects”, “Sound Work”, “Pre-Production”), production blogs, an Adult Swim Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation feature, storyboard picture-in-picture, a digital copy of the film, and a copy of the DVD of the film.
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Peter and many other editors have been earning my jealousy over the last five days as they attend Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. The major reason for my jealousy is obvious if you just glance at the Fest’s schedule. But a more minor reason is that in conjunction with the event the Alamo Drafthouse and MondoTees roll out quite a few posters for films that are on the bill.
One such film is Antichrist, the latest from provocateur Lars Von Trier. The Drafthouse has given us the exclusive full-size look at the poster, which MondoTees teased last Thursday on Twitter. Read More »
I almost didn’t post this, because we’ve run a few clips and/or trailer from Lars Von Trier‘s Antichrist already. But goddamn, this is a hell of a trailer. For one, it is in HD Quicktime, and while I’ve understood previously that the movie has some great imagery, this presentation suggests that it might be a really genuinely beautiful film. Furthermore, this trailer is genuinely scary. It hints at the classic effect of the original Alien and The Shining trailers for inspiring fear. No small feat. Check it out after the break. Read More »
Three new posters have cropped up in the last twenty-four hours. One is only a design proposal, though it is probably the best of the bunch. The other two range from unimpressive photoshoppery to fairly well-done photoshoppery. Figure out which is which after the break. Read More »
Had I been in the instantly infamous premiere of Antichrist at Cannes this year, I’d have picked the pro side and clapped as loud as I could, with all my might, done my best to drown out the boos and the derisive laughter. Indeed, when I was still fresh out of the Antichrist wringer in the early hours of Saturday morning, I was immediately ready to get fed through again. Having said that, there was definitely a lot in this film that, under different circumstances, I would have hurled popcorn at myself. In fact, in one respect, this picture is an abject failure…
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Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss how terrible the Antichrist videogame will be, explain why Christopher Nolan directing the third Batman film would be a no-win situation, and wonder if there’s anything to get excited about in an 5th Indiana Jones film. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from IFC News and the IFC News podcast.
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Antichrist, the new film from Lars Von Trier that divided audiences at Cannes and is even getting a video game (!?!) has been set for a late October theater bow in New York City and Los Angeles, according to Variety. IFC will release the film on the coasts on October 23, two days after an October 21 On Demand premiere. Read More »
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Antichrist, the new movie from Lars Von Trier, was perhaps the most talked-about movie at Cannes this year. It continues to make headlines as it slowly winds towards theatres outside the Croisette and Scandanavian countries. And now, evidently, it is going to spawn a video game. A post on the video game message board NeoGAF led to some wild Googling, which turns up a Politiken.dk article (Google translation, which may contain movie spoilers) announcing the game’s development. What’s the deal? It’s after the jump. Read More »