Baby Driver BTS - Edgar Wright and Ansel Elgort

Few filmmakers have a track record like Edgar Wright. His “Cornetto Trilogy” of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End are easily some of the most rewatchable and expertly crafted comedies of all time. Spaced is a near-perfect TV show. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has rightfully become a beloved movie in the years since its theatrical release. His work is clearly influenced by masters of their respective genres, yet each film stands completely on its own, the result of a movie geek who understands visual storytelling on a level that few others ever will.

If you think that sounds a little hyperbolic, you’re wrong. There are too few directors working right now that actually know how to make a genuinely funny and satisfying comedy without letting their actors riff on each other for hours while the camera stands still.

Wright’s long-gestating Baby Driver hits this week, so we decided to take a look back at his career and explore some trivia about his work and career that you might not know.

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Baby Driver Trailer Remix

Blockbuster summer has been a fairly disappointing season thus far. For my money, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been the only movie that has truly delivered what a summer blockbuster is. Thankfully, the season is only half over, and we’ve got plenty of great movies coming down the pipeline, one of which will be arriving in just a couple weeks and just might have a soundtrack that rivals the aforementioned Marvel Studios sequel.

Baby Driver is the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World director Edgar Wright, and along with the crisp action, editing and camera work that comes with all of the director’s films, there’s a thumping soundtrack that keeps the movie alive in a mesmerizing way. In the spirit of the adrenaline-fueled action flick, DJ Mike Relm created a Baby Driver trailer remix using sound effects, dialogue and more to create an interesting track that wouldn’t feel out of place in the movie itself. Watch it below! Read More »

Baby Driver Music Featurette

Not long ago, we saw the full soundtrack list for Edgar Wright‘s latest film, the music-driven thriller Baby Driver. Since the music has been built up as an integral part of the movie (which has been described as a car chase musical), it provided insight into what we could expect from the movie. Thanks to a new featurette, we have an even better understanding of just how important music is to driving the film forward (no pun in tended), as Ansel Elgort‘s titular character needs beats thumping in his ears in order to get by in the world.

For anyone who has been curious to see how music is expertly used in Baby Driver, this is the video you’ve been waiting for. You’ll see what we’re talking about in the Baby Driver music featurette below. Read More »

hot fuzz sequel

The closest Edgar Wright has come to making a sequel is his Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, the unofficial series of genre films loosely tied together by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and ice cream). But would he consider making a sequel to one of his most popular films?

Maybe, Wright answers. And only one of his films really lends itself to a sequel: the second in the Cornetto Trilogy, the buddy cop comedy Hot Fuzz.

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Baby Driver - Baby (Ansel Elgort) with map

The most anticipated motion picture soundtrack of the year was probably Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But coming in close behind is undoubtedly the track list for Edgar Wright‘s fast-paced action flick Baby Driver.

When the reviews of Baby Driver came out of SXSW, including one from our own Jacob Hall, critics couldn’t stop raving how the film’s soundtrack combined with the movie made the film feel like a car chase musical, making the line-up of songs even more integral to the film than usual. Now if you’d like a taste of the songs that you’ll be hearing in the movie, the full track list has been revealed online.

Check out the full track list for the Baby Driver soundtrack after the jump. Read More »

Baby Driver BTS - Edgar Wright and Ansel Elgort

Edgar Wright has the kind of track record any director would envy. His Cornetto trilogy is well loved by fans and critics alike, and at least two-thirds of it has attained “instant classic” status. When he ventured outside his usual wheelhouse with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the result was a dizzying video game-inspired fantasia that felt like nothing we’d seen before or since.

And by all accounts, he’s knocked it out of the park again with Baby Driver, which pushes him into still more new territory. This one, you see, is a high-speed heist film that also happens to be a musical. Kinda. Sorta. It’s complicated. We’ll let him explain.

Last year, we got to chat with Wright on the Atlanta set of Baby Driver, and you can read our full conversation below. In it, Wright discusses his influences, the film’s long journey to the screen, the Atlanta setting, and more.

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Baby Driver - Baby (Ansel Elgort) in mirror

Baby Driver took SXSW by storm this past March, earning such high praise (it’s currently sitting at a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 22 reviews in) that distributor Sony was inspired to bump its release up from a sleepy August weekend to a prime June spot.

But we didn’t know any of that was going to happen in April 2016, when the studio invited us to visit the film’s Atlanta set. All we knew at that time was that Baby Driver was the new Edgar Wright movie – and considering his track record, that in itself felt like reason enough to get excited. And what we learned on set rocketed the film to the top of our most-anticipated list.

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Baby Driver trailer

The best thing about Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver is that it feels familiar and unique at the same time, a thorough blend of the old and the new. On one hand, it’s constructed out of the building blocks seen in classic crime, heist and car chase movies – it feels like an old friend. But on the other, it energizes those familiar pieces with a style and delivery that is unlike anything else hitting theaters this year – no one breaks into song, but this is pretty much a musical.

I don’t think a trailer can properly sell what makes this one special and why you should go out of your way to see it this summer, but new Baby Driver trailer is here for you to watch anyway.

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simon and garfunkel universe

With the uncanny coincidence of two Simon and Garfunkel-inspired movie titles, Marc Webb‘s The Only Boy Living in New York and Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, coming out this summer, Wright made a tweet for the asking of others to join this accidental Simon and Garfunkel Song Title Cinematic Universe.

Amazingly, Wright managed to recruit Rian Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Dwayne Johnson, in what possibly might be the best imagined cinematic universe ever. Though who knows, with projects started on Twitter now becoming a thing, the Simon and Garfunkel movie universe may not be a fake premise for long.

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Baby Driver Stunt Driving

Nowadays it’s become easy for blockbusters to use visual effects to pull off insane stunts. It’s part of the reason some action movies have become surprisingly mundane. There’s just something that lacks excitement about a stunt you know wasn’t actually done by anything other than a computer. Even the Fast and Furious movies have taken to having more visual effects heavy action sequences when they used to rely on real stunt driving. But thankfully, this summer brings a cure for the common blockbuster.

Baby Driver is the latest film from writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs the World), and a new featurette reveals that the action flick about a getaway driver trying to get away from his chosen profession is chock full of real stunt driving, with real cars, on real locations, with real people. For real.

Watch the Baby Driver stunt driving featurette after the jump. Read More »