Ep 25: Pitch Perfect


Nate and Ryan get ready for one of the the most anticipated sequels of the year by watching Pitch Perfect, the 2012 film starring Anna Kendrick that struck gold with its acapella take on the classic underdog story.  Pitch Perfect struck a chord with audiences with its blend of humor and pop music, making it a bit of a surprise success when it was released.  In the months that followed, word spread, the soundtrack became the best-selling soundtrack of 2013 (a year after it was released, indicative of how its fame grew somewhat slowly), and had a breakout hit in Anna Kendrick’s performance of “Cups.”

Nate and Ryan discuss if its quality matches its popularity.  Nate brings up some of his own insecurities and personal hang-ups, and both of them mull over the worthiness of an extended puke joke.

What are your thoughts on Pitch Perfect? Are you going to be first in line to see Pitch Perfect 2? How do you feel about Anna Kendrick or Rebel Wilson?  When someone starts singing alone on screen, what is your reaction?  Let us know!

The Post Magazine article Nate mentions about Pitch Perfect’s recording and mixing process.

Episode 10: Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Film Title: Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldWe’re in full summer movie swing with a discussion about Edgar Wright’s 2010 action-comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  This energetic adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series stars Michael Cera as the titular hero.  In this episode, Ryan and Nate square off in an epic battle which sees Ryan trying to convince Nate that he’s missing out by not joining Team Pilgrim.

Bryan Lee O’Malley also happens to have released a new graphic novel, Seconds, which you would do well to check out if you are a fan of Scott Pilgrim.

This movie has its fair share of ardent fans and bitter detractors.  No matter which side you land on, tell us what you think.  If this is a niche movie, does it scratch your niche?  Do you buy Ryan’s assertion that this movie, while a tremendously fun ride, also has more to offer?  Do you agree with Nate that the movie doesn’t do enough with its characters to make you care?

We spend a lot of time discussing a list of The Top 50 Summer Blockbusters which was compiled by the staff of The Dissolve.  You’ll find their criteria for a summer blockbuster, as well as their list broken up into part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Just for good measure, here’s Tony Zhou’s amazing analysis of Edgar Wright’s flare for visual comedy.