Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Synopsis: Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass—and now is back in town—to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.

As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past—from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.

Release Date: August 13, 2010

This Week in Blu-ray

This Week in Blu-ray, we give ample time to the Brits. God save the Queen, and all that. It’s unavoidable though, as both Doctor Who and a completely (and gloriously) reborn Sherlock Holmes come crashing in with sets that will have you using deductive reasoning to substitute buying Blu-rays for buying food for the next seven days. We also spend time with a favorite Brit filmmaker, Edgar Wright, as he brings Scott Pilgrim to the format of champions in a way that makes us feel complete. And it’s nice to feel complete. Unless, of course, you’re feeling completely surrounded by former comedic talents in an Adam Sandler-led movie about man-children. Then perhaps complete isn’t healthy. In the end, it’s another fun week of flicks and picks, all coming to you in glorious high definition…

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Join us each week as Rob Hunter takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. And remember, these listings and category placements are meant as informational conversation starters only. But you can still tell Hunter how wrong he is in the comment section below. This week once again sees a healthy number of releases worth buying and renting and only a few that should be avoided like a leprous Jehovah’s Witness. The much talked about but little seen Scott Pilgrim vs the World hits shelves today alongside Criterion’s release of Antichrist, Grown Ups, Ticked Off Trannies With Knives, and a few TV shows including the first season of the BBC’s excellent Sherlock.

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Tuesday night, fans of all things Scott Pilgrim were treated to not only a showing of the film at the Egyptian Theater in celebration of the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Blu-Ray and DVD on the 9th of this month, but a fantastic Q&A session hosted by Guillermo del Toro featuring the director himself, Edgar Wright. Accompanying him were Michael Cera, and Scott Pilgrim creator Brian Lee O’Malley. Being that this was my first time in the presence of the greatness that is Guillermo del Toro, I didn’t know what to expect — but it’s very clear this is the guy I want doing pretty much every Q&A for every event from here on out — ever, including the presidential debates. Before the film began, del Toro took the time to mention the difference between effortless directing, and the talent to pull it off using porn star boners as an example. Clearly, Edgar Wright is the pornstar boner of directing in the eyes of Guillermo del Toro. Who knew? It only got better from there.

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The Week That Was

Around here, we don’t ask much of you, dear reader. However, we do ask that you are honest with yourself. And if you’re honest with yourself this week, you’ll probably note that you’ve (sadly) missed a lot of wonderful articles that our crack staff of writers have put together. I know I have. So it’s time to catch up, to get tuned in, and get your fill of all the wonderful editorials, reviews and (when we feel like it) movie news that you missed. It’s also time for the return of my own weekly endeavor, The Week That Was. The column that talks about the week… that was. Get it? I look back over the last seven days and select for you the highlights. Just in case you were busy waging a maritime war against bloodthirsty prehistoric fish, or something of the like.

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There’s no need for a giant dissertation on the nature of the box office and the world of youth culture. There have been enough editorials written recently about Scott Pilgrim‘s apparent failure to defeat the World, some going so far as to question Hollywood’s co-opting of geek culture entirely. However, there is a need for some perspective. To gain that perspective, we’ll need to analyze a past of store clerks fighting zombies and policemen cleaning up small towns to realize that Scott Pilgrim actually did pretty well for himself.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Brian Salisbury joins us with his own theme music, and Robert Fure joins us with enough anger and rage to make you think you’re hearing music. We bash the idea of an animated Terminator film, sneak the word “taint” into almost every discussion, and then my guests go head-to-head in a huge action film trivia face-off. Who will emerge victorious? How many times will we mention Michael Dudikoff? You’ll have to listen to find out. Or at least skip ahead to the end where I announce the winner. Plus, we find time to review Scott Pilgrim vs The World and The Expendables.

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The Reject Report

It was presumed even if the final numbers weren’t as close as anticipated. Sorry, lovers of Lifetime Movies. The Expendables were able to break out on top above Eat Pray Love, and it looks like they’ve brought the .50 caliber guns with them. Meanwhile, further down the charts, Scott Pilgrim was barely able to edge its way into double digits. A sad opening for such a deservedly beloved film, but history may be a better prognosticator of successful film making than a weekend box office tally. We’ll get to that in a moment.

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Scott Pilgrim

Aubrey Plaza is someone on the rise, but she’s also someone that’s been turning out solid work for a few years now. She’s done plenty of excellent short films and is also pretty well known for her stand-up. With Parks and Recreation and Funny People, she’s starting to get more attention. Being a scene-stealer in the fantastic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will also surely help shed a bit more light. In the wonderful Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Plaza plays Julie Powers. Some will see her as a bitch, but she isn’t. She treats Scott like crap, and deservedly so. At the beginning of the film, Scott couldn’t be more selfish and Julie is one of the few that calls him out. Julie Powers is definitely similar to some of Plaza’s other roles when it comes to playing someone that couldn’t be more annoyed and expressive about it, but it’s different. Plaza acknowledges that she’s currently known for a specific type of character – a character that she couldn’t be more different from in real life – and she’s fine with that. Plaza is great at doing it and she always brings a different twist to it each time around. The sympathetic and outspoken Julie Powers is no different.

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Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Despite being a comic book adaptation, it’s unlike anything we’ve seen. This summer hasn’t been the greatest season for wide releases, but with the summer coming to a close, it’ll end with something more unexpected and out there with Edgar Wright’s name on it. Just like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it’s a film that has a heart big enough to win over non-nerds alike. It’s not a full on fanboy movie, and that seemed important to Wright. He hits the right amount of gray areas, has its hero being selfish and reckless and, most importantly, has a yeti fighting a dragon – where else have we seen all of this in one film? Unless I’m mistaken, nowhere. Thankfully, Wright (a film school reject himself) had plenty to say about his latest and best film thus far:

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr takes a gander at the demographically delineated movie selection this weekend. The ladies have Julia Roberts finding herself in Eat Pray Love. The dudes have Sly and the action family Stallone with the much anticipated The Expendables. And the fanboys fresh from Comic-Con have the high-concept slug-fest Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Sorry to all the teenage girls out there. You’ll just have to go see Eclipse at the dollar theater this weekend.

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As I mentioned to my beloved followers on Twitter late last week, I exited my own screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World convinced that director Edgar Wright’s style was perfectly matched with my own tastes. Wright’s films — everything from his work on Spaced to Shaun of the Dead to my very favorite buddy cop comedy Hot Fuzz — have all the right pieces to play perfectly to my own moviegoing disposition. His films have undeniable energy. This is oft referred to by people who don’t know any better as his ability to “play to the ADD generation,” but is more in line with Hitchcock’s knack for suspense. It’s just always there. Wright’s films are brisk and consistent because he doesn’t allow much room for downtime. The jokes are meticulously strung together to create not beats, but a constant stream of style and tone. I adore this in his films. I also love the way he casts the things. So to say that Scott Pilgrim — based on a series of books filled with wry observations about culture as I’ve experienced it in my 26 years on the planet — is built for someone like me is an understatement. To me, it’s the perfect marriage of filmmaking style (Wright) and razor-sharp writing without the loss of character depth (comic creator Bryan Lee O’Malley). This may be the case for many of you. But what does it offer to the rest — the millions of folks not familiar with the […]

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Scott Pilgrim Movie

The world that Scott Pilgrim faces off against is not our own. It’s a world where a man can be thrown against a building without being all that hurt, a world where a girl can pull a giant sledge hammer out of her purse before fighting the remnants of her experimental phase in college, a world where the comic book-style letters R-I-N-G float from the telephone when a call comes in. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a slacker who plays bass in a band, sleeps in the same bed as his roommate and dates a high schooler named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). Then, the girl of his dreams (literally) Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) roller skates into his life and inexplicably falls for him. Unfortunately, dating her means facing off against her seven evil exes in seven evil battles to the death.

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The Reject Report

And somewhere in that world waits Julia Roberts, hiding in the shadows, waiting for her chance to pounce and eat, pray, and love the competition back into the nether worlds from whence they came. Scott Pilgrim might be fending off a league of evil exes for his true love, but he’s going to have a tougher time going up against not only Roberts’ popularity among the fairer sex but the testosterone-heavy multitude that will be pouring themselves into theaters to see Stallone and his posse rip people’s throats out. It’s going to be an all-out war at the box office this weekend, and The Other Guys might as well stay at their desks. They don’t have a shot of repeating.

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Oh, that Mondo Tees. They might as well have all the security codes to my bank account and an automatic standing order for every single product they release. The latest in their line of geek brilliance is a gorgeous poster for Scott Pilgrim vs The World from artist Martin Ansin – who’s toned down his glossy palette this go ’round to create something Andy Warhol and Frank Miller’s abandoned love child might have had up on his entertainment room wall. Leave it to Martin Ansin to make Michael Cera look like an unflinching bad ass.

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One of the most anticipated movies of the Summer finally hits screens this weekend, but if you aren’t planning on seeing Eat, Pray Love, go ahead and hit up Scott Pilgrim vs The World. It’s got flaming sword fights, a magenta-haired romantic lead, and a guy who can do everything except get a steady job. Plus! Vegan police! Evil Exes! Sex Bob-omb! It’s everything your mother forgot to warn you about. And now you can wear it on your person by winning our Scott Pilgrim vs the World prize pack.

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Comic-Con 2010

Last weekend was the crucible of Comic-Con, and no fewer than one billion trillion news stories came out of the convention aimed directly at your sensibilities as an audience member. We weren’t the only site on the block that had coverage of course, and hopefully you read more than a few of our peers (because there really are some great sites out there). You were most likely inundated with new information about the movies hitting theaters soon or in the next year. Did any of it change your mind? Was there a movie you were dying to see that you cooled on? Was there a movie that landed on your radar for the first time? Is your confidence renewed in anything?

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Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con 2010 has come and gone, and it all ended with a big burst of fireworks. It may not have started that way or seen them in the middle, but the finale still captured our attention and had our eyes looking upward. There were huge, big-budget movies there. There were tiny, independent films. There were remakes, surprisingly no Spider-Man reboots, a few comic book properties, and movies there that had no business being there. This isn’t a list of what movies people are looking forward to the most. That buzz goes far beyond Comic-Con. No, friends. This particular list is a catalogue of just how well a few standouts did over the weekend. They either picked up steam or put themselves on the map.

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In a three-way, melee attack of awesome that will leave you wondering how we removed your heart from your chest without breaking the skin, FSR is gearing up to head to sunny San Diego in order to stay indoors all weekend. Interviewer extraordinaire Jack Giroux, Robert “Fists of” Fure and I will be sharing the experience with you from Wednesday night through a hungover Sunday morning. Pack your bags, dear reader, because you’ll be coming along for the ride. Just don’t believe Fure when he tells you he’s a commercial airline pilot.

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Scott Pilgrim Movie

Now that Inception is upon us, nothing can stop the world of fandom from turning toward the summer’s final treat, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Based on the wildly popular Scott Pilgrim comic series by Brian O’Malley, this one looks to be the energetic kick that we’ll need just before the fall movie season starts up. Universal today released a new featurette for the film focused on explaining just what makes up the world of Scott Pilgrim (played by Michael Cera) and why he must endure so much torture in order to win the heart of the girl he loves, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). After the jump you will find the film’s official synopsis, the new featurette and assured bliss.

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JJ Abrams and Edgar Wright

Last night at a packed theater at the Regal Cinemas downtown I had the opportunity to enjoy said fare, as Edgar Wright sat down for an excellent two hour Q&A session moderated by the monstrously talented J.J. Abrams. It was strange seeing J.J. as the guy pressing the questions, putting the focus on another filmmaker; I almost sort of wished the event was a double-whammy of Abrams/Wright goodness, but the evening was more than satisfactory being Edgar Wright-centric.

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