Tag: Scott Pilgrim

It really was Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

by on May.27, 2011, under Articles, Comics, Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

Long time readers will know I like Scott Pilgrim. I like the comics. I like the movie. Long time readers will also know that like is an understatement when it comes describing Scott Pilgrim and me. Scott Pilgrim was not the perfect film ever but it was one of the best films to come out of the year 2010 for a variety of reasons, the primary one being that the creators of the film actually cared. They took time, and lots of money, to provide everybody with a movie that cared as much about giving us an entertaining story as anything else it tried to do, including making money.

And Scott Pilgrim flopped, financially. The estimated markets still say it only did half of its budget internationally, and numbers aren’t good on the DVD/BRD sales either. I’m going to let Movie Bob explain why this is a bad thing.

Get it? We vote with our money and we’ve been repeatedly telling Hollywood that movies like Transformers and The Expendable are the only way to make money and movies like At the Mountains of Madness die.

I don’t have the answer to this problem but I’m hoping this point gets across.

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Hugo Nominations – Visual Media (Part 3 of 3)

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Articles, Films, News, Television, Videos, Visual Media, Writing

The Hugo Award Nominations are available

Man, do we have some great nominations this year. The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention. In part one I went over the novel, short stories, and relate work nominees. Part two I went over and speculated on the Best Graphic Novel category. Now let me go over the categories everybody is familiar with:

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Which in laymen’s terms is “The Movie” category. Nothing in this list should surprise you. Dramatic Presentation for Hugo Awards is another name for theatrical film.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner)
  • How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (DreamWorks)
  • Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright (Universal)
  • Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich (Pixar/Disney)

Really there isn’t a bad movie in this list. Long time readers of this blog will know, of course, that I’m throwing my weight behind Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I love the movie. I love the comic for which it draws the majority of its ideas. The only movie that comes really close to beating that is How to Train Your Dragon. Both were excellent movies but Scott Pilgrim and is a perfect world, they’d both win and have it be meaningful.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Next we have our short form dramatic presentation, which can actually draw from anything. For example we have three particular episodes of Doctor Who:

  • Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell (BBC Wales)

All of them excellent episodes from the fifth season of Doctor Who. I’d actually have a hard time selecting only one of these.

But in comparison we have a short film, originally posted on you tube entitled:

Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury, written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti

Warning. The above video does have rather explicit lyrics, if the title didn’t tip you off to this.

This is both a surprise and not much of a surprise. The Hugo Awards are well-known for not being shy when it comes to the concept of sex and sexuality. The appreciation, humor, and appeal in the film is readily apparent.

And that is the last of my coverage of the nominations. There are, of course, many other categories including best editor, best fan writer, etc. Please take the time to look over the names and see if there is anybody you would like to congratulate.

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Aaron Sorkin on the misogyny of The Social Network

by on Oct.13, 2010, under Articles, Comics, Films, Opinions

I haven’t reviewed The Social Network, not because I didn’t like it. I consider it a movie on par with Scott Pilgrim, and we all have seen how much I blogged about Scott Pilgrim, and definitely a better movie, in a certain way, than Inception.

As some of you may know, both films, Scott Pilgrim and The Social Network, are sometimes poked at for having primarily misogynist views of women through out the film. Aaron Sorkin, the writer for The Social Network, has supposedly commented on the his film’s misogyny via a blogpost which I will share in the following link.

Aaron Sorkin responds to a commenter in my blog on kenlevine.blogspot.com

I can’t verify if this was indeed Aaron Sorkin, but the blog writer believes so.

Sp having read it, I wonder if similar points could not be made for Scott Pilgrim. Although realizing that Scott Pilgrim is a completely fictional world. And unlike what Aaron constantly tries to reassure us, the manga it is based off of portrays women in a very realistic light, rather than a mostly negative or non-human perception. So I am not so sure but perhaps a little bit? In Scott Pilgrim we have two main characters, Scott, who gives us our primary vision of the world, and Ramona, who is explained to be somewhat soul searching, throughout the film, as we discover her past through her “evil”-ex’s that Scott has to fight, which is why she is portrayed as being hesitant throughout the film, well except for in her sexuality.

I guess it comes down to the old point of: When do we allow for misogyny themes/view points in fictional and semi-fictional worlds and when do we not?

What do you guys think?

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Lost at Sea & Scott Pilgrim (manga reviews of Bryan Lee O’Malley works)

by on Sep.29, 2010, under Articles, Comics, Reviews, Writing

So Bryan Lee O’Malley is the creator of Scott Pilgrim. Scott Pilgrim, before it was an awesome movie that nobody but a few people and some critics watched, is a manga. It’s sister manga, Lost at Sea, was written by O’Malley prior to the first novel of Scott Pilgrim. I’ve read both. I consider them both excellent examples of how visual medium and text medium can be combined to write meaningful and entertaining stories. But don’t just take my word for it:

Before ‘Scott Pilgrim,’ a Girl Adrift By Jennifer B. McDonald (New York Times Review)

Pilgrim’s Progress By Charles Yu (New York Times Review)

For my female friends who managed to see the movie but not read the manga, who took except at the lack of dynamic female characters, I highly suggest reading the first link by Jennifer McDonald, in order to get a better feel for how the source material portrayed the female characters of Scott Pilgrim before they went through Hollywood filtering.

Anyway again I highly suggest both series. For my friends, I might be willing to loan out copies. Also note that Bryan has announced on his blog that a box set of Scott Pilgrim with fancy new art box and a poster will be released in the new future. Le sigh… sometimes being a fan costs way too much money.

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Just when you thought it was over… Scott Pilgrim!

by on Aug.25, 2010, under Articles, Films, Reviews

Go and Pay to See Scott Pilgrim Right Now
by John Lopez, Vanity Fair

Yes. Vanity Fair wrote an article telling you to go see Scott Pilgrim vs the World in theaters right now. Why? Well to summarize because it’s a movie worth seeing, and a movie worth supporting with money, and if people can’t support a good movie, then they should stop complaining about Avatar, Expendables, Transformers, and every other re-hashed cliched movie out there.

But go ahead and read the article.

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If I was a better reviewer I’d write stuff like this

by on Aug.19, 2010, under Articles, Films, Reviews, Writing

If I was less of a fanboy, I’d write stuff like this.

http://www.fearfulsymmetry.net/?p=761

Yes yes another review of Scott Pilgrim vs the World. This time by someone far more literate than I. I’ll get here, at some point, but he does manage to cut to the core of why the movie is good, while I was still hung up on the presentation. And he manages to do it completely spoiler free.

The following section is for people who have already seen the film at least once.

So a discussion question for all you people out there. One of my friends brought up what I thought was a rather strange interpretation of the film. They felt that since the film is presented in a very surreal fashion, with action sequences happening suddenly and often in a non-sequitur manor, that all the fantastic elements of the film are instead visualizations of the mental interpretation of how Scott Pilgrim learns to cope with Ramona’s baggage. That in fact, the fights with Ramona’s Evil Exs did not happen, or if they did, they didn’t involve the more supernatural elements shown to us on screen.

So my question: Was this your initial interpretation as well?

He also pointed out something I failed to mention in my review(s) of the film. A significant portion of the visual action of the film is metaphor. On top of the story elements, references, and entertainment value, the writers/director took time to use the surreal aspects of the film to creator metaphors to help you better understand the primary character. I consider this just another reason to like the film.

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Scott Pilgrim Vs The World Spoiler Discussion

by on Aug.15, 2010, under Articles, Films, Opinions, Reviews, Video Games

The following is a spoiler-y discussion of my second viewing of Scott Pilgrim.
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Scott Pilgrim vs The World Review

by on Aug.15, 2010, under Articles, Films, Reviews

So my last “full” review was Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was not a good movie. Since then I’ve seen two very good films, Toy Story 3 and Inception. Neither movie, however, prompted me to write a review for them. I made commentary on certain aspects of the film, but not the films themselves.

And then we have Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
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Scott Pilgrim Rant/Review

by on Aug.14, 2010, under Articles, Films, Reviews

Okay so I was wrong. It is a little past 1am in the morning and I just got home from watching Scott Pilgrim vs The World. And I need to rant about it. This won’t really be a review, and it will be spoiler filled, so I’ll put a warning and put it behind a cut. But if you like hearing my reviews of the films, I’ll do a quick one.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World is a very good film. It works on so many levels and its presentation exceeds that of what has been publicized. I don’t think it is a film for everyone it is it a film that deserves watching. If any of the trailers you’ve seen on the blog interest you, go see the film. If you’re a teenager, you’ll want to see this film. If you’re a fan of indie rock music, you’ll have a passing interest in this film. At its core it is a romantic comedy but it really does defy some expectations. Or at least it defied some of mine.

I saw it once at full price, and I plan on seeing it at least once more, and I really don’t care about the price.
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Scott Pilgrim Prequel Animation, and Movie Bob Review

by on Aug.13, 2010, under Entertainment, Reviews, Trailers, Visual Media

So I should probably just rename my blog the Scott Pilgrim blog. But I figure I’d share. The above animation supposedly is a direct prequel to the movie that released today. I’ll be seeing the movie later tonight, but don’t expect a review. Instead I’ll link you to Movie Bob’s review, which will likely sum up my words.

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