The 13-ish Best Edgar Wright Movie Characters

The 13-ish Best Edgar Wright Characters

Edgar Wright‘s latest feature film hits theaters this week, and by all accounts Baby Driver is another winner blending action, laughs, and Wright’s own unique sensibilities. (Don’t take my assumption for it though, check out Jacob Hall’s review out of SXSW.) Wright has yet to deliver anything less than a very good time at the movies, and while a lot of factors go into an acclaimed film, one of his many strengths as a filmmaker is in the variety of fun and fun-loving characters he packs into his work.

The scripts are obviously key to the films’ highly quotable nature, but pairing the words on the page with particular performers is what ultimately results in such memorable characters. That combination has resulted in a bounty of fun, funny, and fascinating characters in Wright’s films, and while some are leads, others only manage a few minutes of screen time. It’s an issue of quality trumping quantity, and it’s why someone with two scenes in a movie can be far more memorable than someone who’s in nearly the entire thing. What I’m saying is Shaun of the Dead‘s Ed is an obnoxious twat whose “funny” behavior upsets the film’s delicate tonal balance and ultimately keeps it removed from absolute greatness. Look, I don’t like saying it anymore than you like hearing it, but there it is.

It’s also why the list below is heavy on the male members and light on the ladies. Wright’s films feature plenty of women, but you have to look all the way back to his UK television series, Spaced, to find an example of one with meat on her character’s bones. But that’s a think-piece for a different time. For now let’s keep things moving with a look at the best characters in Edgar Wright’s feature films.

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Shaun of the Dead Print

With the release of Baby Driver just over a couple weeks away, Mondo wanted to pay tribute to Edgar Wright‘s breakthrough feature film Shaun of the Dead.

The horror comedy is a near-perfect film that is expertly shot, meticulously written, and absolutely hilarious. The film marks Edgar Wright’s first feature collaboration with Simon Pegg, who takes the spotlight in Mondo’s outstanding new print by artist Rich Kelly which has a sparing but stylish use of red.

Check out Rich Kelly’s Shaun of the Dead print from Mondo after the jump. Read More »

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(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)

Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about our favorite ends of the world in the movies. We then opened the floor to our readers: what is your favorite cinematic apocalypse or post-apocalypse? And you let us know!

We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question, tying in with Cars 3what is your favorite movie vehicle? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com!

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Our All-Time Favorite Long Takes in Movies

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite long take in movie history?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with a special guest. This week, we are joined by Life director Daniel Espinosa.

If there’s a long, uninterrupted shot that really blows your mind, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite long shots below!

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Edgar Wright Music Reel

There are a myriad of ways that we could compliment Edgar Wright. From his economical, near flawless scripts to his fast and fierce shooting style, you can spot an Edgar Wright film from a mile away. But one of the things I look forward to the most is how the director Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World uses music to enhance his movies, making for some of the most memorable scenes from his career.

A new video features some of Edgar Wright’s greatest uses of music in film, television and music videos. Even if you’ve seen all of Edgar Wright’s movies, there’s probably some footage here you haven’t seen before, especially in the music video arena. Watch the Edgar Wright music reel after the jump. Read More »

Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute

Horror director Wes Craven, the man responsible for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, among many other films, passed away over the weekend, succumbing to a battle with brain cancer. It’s a loss felt by many horror fans and cinephiles, who are taking stock of Craven’s significant influence on the movie landscape.

In case you need any more evidence that Wes Craven was a filmmaker who inspired many directors working today, Edgar Wright has chimed in on his own personal blog with a fond remembrance of Craven and what his work meant to the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Read some of the Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute below! Read More »

Shaun of the Dead live

We’re still waiting to hear what film director Edgar Wright is doing next, but we know the next step for his first feature. Wright’s Shaun of the Dead has been turned into a live stage production by Almost Legal Productions. It premiered in late October of this year but is coming back in the next few months. Both Wright and Simon Pegg, who starred in and co-wrote the film, gave the officially licensed show their seal of approval. The show will be performed all over the UK during 2015 and tickets are on sale now.

Below, see a trailer for Shaun of the Dead Live, including some of the musical numbers and examples of audience participation, and read more about the show. Read More »

Shaun of the Dead Animated

The Disney Channel is quickly becoming something geeks need to keep an eye on. If having a brand new Star Wars series on it this week wasn’t enough, their long running hit Phineas & Ferb continues to attract in A-List geek talent. They’ve already done Star Wars episodes, Marvel episodes, Damon Lindelof wrote an recent Lost-themed episode, and soon Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will appear as their Shaun of the Dead characters Ed and Shaun. What could bring those two iconic character to the show? You can watch the Shaun of the Dead animated clip below and find out. Read More »

Shaun of the Dead score

The films of Edgar Wright are known for their eclectic musical choices, but it’s the pop song choices that are typically revered. The scores are highly underrated, to the extent the score for Wright’s first film, Shaun of the Dead, has never been available anywhere in any format.

That changes this weekend at MondoCon in Austin, TX. Mondo will release the Shaun of the Dead score by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead on vinyl as part of a carnival style, record-tossing booth. There are two editions, too, both with cover art by Jock.

But that’s not all. Previously announced, Mondo will release LPs of Nathan Johnson‘s score to Rian Johnson‘s Looper and Alex North‘s abandoned score for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Both have art by Jay Shaw.

Below, check out looks of all the LPs and read more information about them. Read More »

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Phineas and Ferb Shaun of the Dead

The Cornetto trilogy is done for good, but some of its characters will live on. For a few minutes, anyway. Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are set to reprise their roles for an episode of the Disney Channel series Phineas and Ferb.

More details about the Phineas and Ferb Shaun of the Dead reunion after the jump.

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