When you look forward to a movie as much as I have been looking forward to Scott Pilgrim, you generally set yourself up to be disappointed. It doesn't always happen, of course -- Iron Man didn't disappoint me, although Watchmen did -- but I hoped that not reading the books would manage to keep my expectations in check. That's right, I'm not a raging Bryan Lee O'Malley fan, just an Edgar Wright fan. The director's last two films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are at the top of my Favorite Films of All Time list, so nothing could keep me away from another of his brilliant blends of comedy, action, pop-culture references and killer music.
It's Scott Pilgrim vs. the disappointing box office! Round two! Fight!
It's clear by now that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (a movie based on a comic book series that is inspired by video games and now has its own video game) is a typical nerd's wet dream. I wouldn't be exaggerating by saying that for some people, it's become a means of coping with the fact that there's about another 11 months until the next San Diego Comic-Con. One geektastic aspect of the movie is the obvious (and some not-so-obvious) references to video games, particularly some of our favorite classic 8-bit, pixilated and side-scrolling games of the '90s. In celebration of our nostalgia, here's some of our favorite gaming moments from the film.
By now, it seems everyone in the world must know the plot of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: in order to date the girl of his dreams, Scott must engage in physical combat with her seven evil exes. What follows is a tournament-style series of battles, as the exes become more powerful, and Scott has to use more advanced fighting techniques -- swords, bass guitars, amplifiers, etc. -- to defeat them. And while the video game references and supernatural aspects transform the film into something else entirely, at its heart it's still a fight movie, which automatically makes us think about all the great fight movies we've seen over the years. Here are some of the awesomest ones that give Scott Pilgrim a run for its money.
The reign of manliness continued this week as The Expendables once again conquered the box-office, likely due to the fact that five completely different, narrowly focused movies came out this weekend, dividing up new ticket sales between them. The Switch targeted the rom-com crowd, Lottery Ticket catered to mostly urban audiences, Piranha 3D went after old-school gore-hounds, Nanny McPhee Returns took care of the kids (at least, those not scared to death of Emma Thompson's make-up) and Vampires Suck went for the jugular of teens who love Twilight, teens who hate Twilight and people who like to be hit over the head with their "comedy."
"It's a man's world, but it don't mean nothing without a woman or a nerd." I'm paraphrasing James Brown, but the men were certainly on top this weekend as approximately 500 biceps rippled across theater screens to the tune of $35 million, putting The Expendables at the top of the box-office, over Julia Roberts' return to form Eat Pray Love and Edgar Wright's hardcore geekfest Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Looks like that call to arms worked, huh? This means there will now almost definitely be an Expendables 2, which director/star Sylvester Stallone wants to shake up the cast for. (If Mr. Stallone is looking for some casting ideas, we've raided our VHS libraries to come up with a few suggestions.)
As I've mentioned 12 to 15 times, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing/throttling/spooking Michael Cera when he happened innocently into my local dive bar to film a scene from the forthcoming movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. So I feel a strange protective ownership over the film. This, coupled with my age-inappropriate love for Cera, made me uniquely stoked to watch the trailer [via Videogum] for said movie, which hits theaters in October. But -- get ready for the haterade -- I am gonna have to say that after watching the thing, I am super not impressed.