A trend in audio commentaries for comic book movies? They’re often much lighter than, say, a historical drama or a war movie. The participants are typically jovial, and perhaps it’s because they finally see the light at the end of the tunnel after a two or three experience, or maybe even more than that in some instances.
After spending a few years on a project, and coming out of that high-stakes process with a movie they’re actually proud of, the filmmakers in commentary tracks for comic book movies seem more than happy to go down memory lane. If you’re in the mood to get some insights into some of the finer comic book adaptations from the past few years, here are five recommendations on where to get started.
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Edgar Wright makes movies for movie fans, first and foremost. Is there a wide audience for a zombie comedy that upends the genre while also delivering one of the most affecting horror tales of the 21st century? Maybe not at first, but Shaun of the Dead exists and it is spectacular. It took too many people too long to fall in love with a stylized rom-com martial arts adventure that appropriates video game language to provide commentary on how relationships evolve, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has rightfully become recognized as a one-of-a-kind pop masterpiece.
And speaking of pop masterpieces, Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver held its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival over the weekend and it’s remarkable for two reasons. First, Wright’s unique voice remains intact, even as he plunges into a genre that is new to him and a story that takes away some of his more familiar crutches. Second, he’s made a movie that feels like it has the capacity to win over the average moviegoer as quickly as it wins the hearts of his fellow cinephiles.
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Last night, attendees of South by Southwest were lucky enough to see the world premiere of Baby Driver, the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World director Edgar Wright. The first trailer debuted just before the screening was over (watch it along with a much different international trailer over here), and if you’re somehow not convinced to see the movie, maybe the early buzz from the first reactions to the movie will help.
We have a round-up of some brief reactions to Baby Driver after the jump. Read More »
UPDATED: A much different international trailer for Baby Driver has been added. Our original post follows below.
This weekend brings the premiere of Baby Driver to the South by Southwest Film Festival. We’ll have a full review from our own Jacob Hall who is down in Austin, Texas for the film’s premiere (among other things), but until then, fans can satiate their appetite for a new film from the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World with the trailer for this new film.
Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is nearly mute and suffers from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears, so he relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. Edgar Wright promised a movie that was powered by music, and the first trailer certainly gives us that.
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Audiences heading to South by Southwest will be treated to the premiere of Baby Driver, the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright. It’s one of my most anticipated films of 2017 (it’s on Jacob Hall’s list too), and I can’t wait to see what Wright has in store for us this time.
For those who don’t know, Baby Driver follows The Fault in Our Stars leading man Ansel Elgort as a young getaway driver who is nearly mute, suffering from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears. He relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. Now Edgar Wright has revealed the first page of the Baby Driver script, illustrating just how important music will be to the movie, even more than usual. Read More »
It’s been over three years since we’ve gotten a new movie from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright, and that’s a shame. But thankfully, we won’t have to wait too much longer since he has a new action thriller come to theaters late in the summer of 2017.
Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver who is nearly mute and suffers from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears, so he relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. The first Baby Driver photos have emerged showing Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) in the lead role, preparing for a music-fueled drive, as well as the supporting cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Elsa Gonzalez. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Sony is reorganizing its release calendar, and that means a few big titles are getting shifted around. First off, The Dark Tower has been postponed from February 2017 to summer 2017, as we reported earlier today… and it’s taking over Jumanji‘s slot, which means Jumanji is now getting pushed to Christmas 2017.
Meanwhile, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver has gone from being a spring movie to being a summer movie, and The Equalizer 2 — the first sequel of Denzel Washington’s entire career — is getting delayed one year to fall 2018. Get full details on the Jumanji release date and more below. Read More »
Even though Scott Pilgrim vs the World was praised highly by critics, resulting in an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was a disappointment at the box office for Universal Pictures. After costing $60 million to make, the movie only made just over $47 million worldwide. The film has become a bit of a cult classic, and it’s found a decent sized audience on home video, but it deserves so much more attention than it’s gotten, if only because it’s evidence of Edgar Wright’s skills as a masterful and economical filmmaker.
A new video essay examines an easily overlooked element of the graphic novel film adaptation: the transitions. If a film is directed and edited properly, each scene moves seamlessly from one into the next and you may not even notice. The Scott Pilgrim vs the World transitions are some of the most efficient and meticulously planned, so much that you maybe didn’t realize how many of them happen in a short span of screentime. Read More »
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A little over a month ago, Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick expressed interest in playing the Marvel Comics superhero Squirrel Girl. Advised by her brother that the character perfectly fits her, Kendrick said she would probably be down to be half-squirrel if the opportunity arose. Fans of the comic didn’t think it was a bad idea at all, and now she has the support of one of her former directors in the form of Scott Pilgrim vs the World helmer Edgar Wright.
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Movie mash-ups are a dime a dozen on the web, and sometimes even though they can be good fun, they bring together two movies that fit together pretty easily. But did you ever think that a mash-up of Christopher Nolan‘s gritty, grounded Dark Knight Trilogy and Edgar Wright‘s fantastical, energetic Scott Pilgrim vs the World would make the perfect combo?
The YouTube channel Inventor Headquarters has taken footage from all three films in The Dark Knight Trilogy and spiced them up by editing them in the style of the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs the World, complete with little animated fighting effects and onomatopoeias. This could be the most fun thing you watch today. Read More »