Edgar Wright has only directed one box office bomb and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is it. Does that mean it’s a bad movie? Absolutely not. In fact, we think it’s an excellent representation of the growing cross-section of movies, gaming, and graphic novels. That’s why we’ve decided to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary with a podcast talking about what makes it great. Take a listen.
Jim and I got to see Edgar Wright’s newest action/comedy/musical, Baby Driver. And it’s glorious. Jim calls it the most entertaining movie of the year. High praise. I was blown away by the nerdy charm and magnetism of Ansel Elgort as the titular Baby. Seriously, he’s the perfect young Harrison Ford. I can’t believe they apparently cast someone who can’t act in the upcoming Han Solo movie, but what are you going to do? See this movie, and imagine if Ansel were cast instead of some forgettable male lead in YOUR favorite movie, that’s what I’d do. We also talk trailers and upcoming films, like we do, and then we get spoilery, but for Club Members only!
Edgar Wright is done. FINISHED!!! Over. For us, anyway (for now). In this show, relive the moments that made us think hard about being us while watching his films. And hear us chit chat about our next Direct director.
The First Post, The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant, The Two-Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive, The King’s Head, The Hole in the Wall, The World’s End. We went to all of ’em! Join us next week for our Edgar Wright wrapup.
Edgar Wright took a departure from his pasty-white British protagonists, and embarked on a journey of new discovery with a pasty-white Canadian protagonist. This week, we watched the ultra-kinetic coming-of-age video game sim known as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The film is a stage-based, third person brawler with character-driven set pieces and an impressive cast. It’s a mundane epic that punches the highlights out of your hair. Eric and Levi had a great time watching it. Join us next week for The World’s End.
You, the listeners, chose Edgar Wright as our new director on Direct. Levi and Eric are stoked! Wright brings his action comedy sensibilities to broad genre films and fill them with pop culture reference gold. Check out these resources as you begin with us on our Edgar Wright journey:
Special thanks to Joel Harris, who ordered us up a classic, the 2004 Zomedy, “Shaun of the Dead”. Directed by Edgar Wright, and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, it offers a lot of gore, laughs, and a surprising amount of heart. The guys discuss their history with the film, it’s motifs and homages, and where it stacks up against the other films in “the Cornetto trilogy”. Thanks again, Joel!