Scott Pilgrim

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Drama! Romance! Adventure! Indie Music! OCD! Awkwardness! Yelling Bird! Science! Exclamation Points! This week, I boldly tell Hollywood to adapt a webcomic, and they will boldly continue to ignore me.

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Worlds End

The World’s End closes out The Cornetto Trilogy with a bang. With Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and this apocalyptic bar crawl comedy, director Edgar Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg have finished a trio of films about the ups and downs of growing up and moving forward. As an ender, The World’s End isn’t all that upbeat. Wright hasn’t made a 180-turn putting out a self-serious downer, but this story of a few friends attempting to symbolically go back in time and finish an epic bar crawl ends the series on a bittersweet note. It’s fitting for the tonal shifts the other Cornetto films made, but audiences will leave The World’s End wondering what to make of the ending. For Wright, he wanted that ending to be a definitive (and happy) statement. As it turns out, in order to threaten the world with destruction, you have to fight it out in the schoolyard.

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Brie Larson got her start in children’s films, broke into television, and even had a short music career. The 22-year-old actress has transitioned into more grown-up roles, but she still gets cast in a high school student (even though, ironically, she was home schooled for her high school years). Her most recent role was in this spring’s hit comedy 21 Jump Street, based on the television series that ran on Fox from 1987 until 1991. The film comes out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, so Larson took some time to chat with Film School Rejects about her various roles, including the upcoming films James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now and Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrel to the Nuts.

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As many of you might have guessed, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is what one might call a craze-induced summer blockbuster. The United States’ 16th President hunting vampires is actually the least of the film’s bizarro nature; this is a film with a vampire throwing a horse and the weaponization of forks against confederate vampire soldiers. Making all of this a world audiences can buy into isn’t a simple task for an actor, but Mary Elizabeth Winstead and the rest of the cast  go about it as seriously as they can. Timur Bekmambetov made a very specific film, yet Winstead is acting in one of her own since, when 99% of the lunacy is happening onscreen, Mary Todd Lincoln usually isn’t around. When she is onscreen, Winstead faces another kind of challenge with her extensive makeup. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter marks another entry in Winstead’s career with a world-building director at the helm, and, speaking with us at the press day, that seems like the main appeal for projects such as these. Here is what Mary Elizabeth Winstead had to say about Timur Bekmambetov’s “idea machine” method of directing, the specificity in physical & dialog-driven action, and the strong life of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World:

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Comic-Con. A place of joy. A place of wonder. A place of really awesome costumes. Thursday marked the start of New York Comic-Con 2011. Not nearly as land mark as SDCC (which some would say is a benefit), but certainly not at the bottom of the scrap heap. In a city bustling with the creative minds from all walks of life, it would only make sense that once a year, those creative minds come together for one giant weekend of awesomeness. And we’re here to bring you all of it.

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Culture Warrior

I’ll be the first to admit that the title of this post is a tad hyperbolic. The box office should not necessarily be forgotten, and it does, to an extent, matter. Predicting openings, percentage drops, and analyzing receipts present an interesting way to interact with movies as well as provide one of many ways to attempt an understanding of audiences in terms of evolving trends and patterns, as our own Jeremy Kirk does so astutely twice a week. Waiting until the early afternoon every Sunday to see the weekend’s estimations has been part of my weekly Internet routine for as long as I’ve been a movie nerd. Box office is, simply put, a part of the conversation. But we aren’t movie executives. Our investment is the box office is tied only to our social, emotional, and intellectual engagement with the films that sell tickets. The amount of tickets sold to see the product should never be confused with the product itself, and box office has severe limitations and problems in terms of understanding audiences’ relationship to a film. My concern with the ways we interact with and form conversations around box-office is not in regard to whether we should have such conversations at all, but the problematic meanings we routinely extrapolate from these numbers. To be frank, unless you work for a movie studio, a movie’s worth is never measurable in numbers. I concede that this is an obvious point, but unfortunately the box office continues to disproportionately dominate so […]

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We get it, you saw the movie and no one else did. We’re very sad about it, as well. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have been one of the more entertaining and fun films to see a release in 2010, but that doesn’t mean it was able to take that quality to the bank. You know what the world needed? More people who had read the Scott Pilgrim comic series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. And even though the film’s release came and went, then came again on DVD and Blu-ray (another highly recommended gift — call that one a bonus), it doesn’t mean you can’t get someone started with the gift of Pilgrim. That’s where today’s treasure swoops in with the power of self respect.

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Drinking Games

Geeks everywhere can rejoice now that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is out on DVD and Blu-ray. (And per director Edgar Wright, anyone outside of the U.S. can order the region-free Blu-ray and “import away.”) While it may not have been the hit that everyone hoped, it is now available in its full glory for home viewing. So grab your drink of choice – whether it be beer, wine or Scott Pilgrim’s Coke Zero – and toast to the seven evil exes.

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Scott Pilgrim

What do you expect from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? Seriously. Do you expect that it will be as fresh and full of wit as the first time you read through Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic series? Will it be as ripped with energy and inventive humor as Edgar Wright’s first few films? One can only hope that it will be both. One can only feel confident — at least based on what we’ve seen so far — that it will deliver on these promises. But what if our expectations carry beyond that point? Is there a point where one can expect too much from such a property? I have a feeling that we’re about to find out.

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Matthew Vaughn Kick-Ass

With Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughn wanted to go against the grain and against the studios, and it looks like he may have done just that.

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A fantastic teaser poster is out for your eyeballs to enjoy.

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