“The tricky thing with Sparks is that – and this is a good thing about the band – there’s no one album that tells you the whole story.”
That’s Edgar Wright, the director of the new documentary The Sparks Brothers, explaining why any list of Sparks music on the Internet is only going to scratch the surface of this enigmatic, massively influential band that mainstream music lovers have probably never heard of. But in support of his new film, which details the unlikely 50-year-and-counting journey of Sparks (comprised of brothers Ron and Russell Mael), we had an extended conversation with Wright about his 10 favorite Sparks albums and why they – ahem – struck a chord with him.
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This week brings Edgar Wright‘s first feature documentary to theaters. The Sparks Brothers is a comprehensive, amusing, and wonderful documentary about the influential pop rock duo known as Sparks. If that name isn’t familiar to you, don’t worry. This film will tell you everything you need to know about Sparks, along with things people think they know about Sparks. And when all is said and done, you might just be a new fan.
When The Sparks Brothers debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, we sat down to talk with Edgar Wright and Sparks (aka Ron and Russell Mael) about having a 50-year music career boiled down to a 140-minute documentary, and playing with the traditional style of music documentaries. Plus, we talk about some of the fun “facts” that have been spread around about the duo over the decades and whether there might be another collaboration between them in the future. Read More »
(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, listen as Edgar Wright sits down to list some of his favorite Sparks songs before the arrival of his first feature film documentary, The Sparks Brothers. Plus, see what the visual effects artists at Corridor Crew have to say about some vintage effects done on Ghostbusters II and the actor replacement done on Army of the Dead. And finally check out some Easter eggs you can seek out at Disneyland’s recently opened Avengers Campus. Read More »
This week brings Edgar Wright‘s first-ever feature documentary to theaters. The Sparks Brothers is a chronicle of the ever-changing musical act known as Sparks. Lovingly referred to as your favorite band’s favorite band, the film takes a look at the surprisingly long legacy of the band that you may have never heard of until now. They’ve inspired at least one of your favorite bands, and you probably didn’t know it.
And now they want to inspire you to keep your mouth shut in movie theaters in this PSA put together by the Alamo Drafthouse. Read More »
The Scott Pilgrim vs the World soundtrack was already one of the best of its kind – a brilliant collection of songs from a brilliant movie. But this year, it’s getting a lot better with the release of the expanded edition of the soundtrack, featuring previously unreleased songs from the movie. That includes the long-demanded full version of The Clash at Demonhead’s cover of Metric’s song “Black Sheep,” as performed by none other than Captain Marvel star Brie Larson. Read More »
The trailer for Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho dropped today, and it’s pretty damn great. But if that hasn’t satiated your hunger for more Soho goodness, you’re in luck – there’s also a poster for the film. Like the trailer, it’s moody and atmospheric, and it features stars Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy front and center. See the poster, and some behind-the-scenes images, below.
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Any new movie from Edgar Wright is worth the wait, though Last Night in Soho has admittedly had a long one. Initially set to be released in 2020, the psychological horror movie from the Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead director was hit with delay after delay due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But finally, Last Night in Soho is making its way to theaters. Watch the Last Night in Soho trailer below.
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Edgar Wright has delivered incredible blends of comedy, action, horror and sci-fi with movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. But the filmmaker is about to give us something extremely different with his latest effort.
Last Night in Soho is a straight-up psychological horror-thriller starring Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) and Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit). The movie was meant to be released last year, but ended up getting pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the film is slated for release this fall, just in time for Halloween, and the first footage arrived in a quick TV spot teasing the full trailer that will debut on Tuesday. Check out the Last Night in Soho teaser below. Read More »
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The pop duo known as Sparks may have a career that spans over 50 years and 25 albums, but director Edgar Wright will probably be introducing them to a whole new wave of fans with The Sparks Brothers. The filmmaker behind Shaun of the Dead has delivered his first feature film documentary, in which he attempts to profile a band that he describes as “successful, underrated, hugely influential, and overlooked all at the same time.” Even if you know songs by Sparks, it’s very likely that you don’t know their whole story. Get a taste in the trailer below. Read More »
Last weekend, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World returned to select theaters for the film’s 10th anniversary. It’s actually been 11 years since the movie was released in theaters, but the coronavirus pandemic ruined what would have been last year’s celebrations, so here we are. And it turns out fans were so happy to return to theaters for Edgar Wright‘s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series that Universal Pictures will be expanding the anniversary screenings to even more theaters.
But don’t worry if you’re not ready to head back to movie theaters just yet. Because this summer will bring Scott Pilgrim vs. the World home in 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever. Read More »