We’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.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of Pulp Fiction, Nate and Ryan invite their good friend Tim Yoder in to point guns at one another while screaming about the polarizing figure that is writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Pulp Fiction is a brilliant film that marked a change in American film, especially American independent film. Spawning several imitators and even more debates, Pulp Fiction solidified Quentin Tarantino as an important filmmaker. It also left many questioning whether he was a genius or just a provocateur.
Nate, Ryan, and Tim discuss Tarantino’s full catalogue as a way of better understanding who he is and how we might receive his work. If you haven’t seen all his movies, or haven’t seen them in a while, we suggest watching and re-watching them. It’s an interesting exercise and you’ll probably find that the films aren’t quite what you remember, for good and bad. However, we’d suggest spacing your viewings out a bit. Too much Quentin Tarantino can be quite Tarantiring.
In the episode, Tim mentions a video by Tony Zhou that analyzes the visual comedy of Edgar Wright, but also mentions Tarantino and is a fantastic, interesting video nonetheless. Zhou does an amazing job explaining quickly and simply why Edgar Wright is on another level when it comes to comedy film-making. A must see for fans of Edgar Wright. And if you aren’t a fan of Edgar Wright, what is wrong with you?