August 13, 2010
Directed by Edgar Wright. With Michael Cera, Anna Kendrick, Mark Webber, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Distributed by Universal Pictures. Running time: 1 hour, 52 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (profanity, cartoon violence, sexual candor) Playing at: area theaters
November 12, 2010
LET THE CULT mongering begin: among this week's new DVDs is Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. " The wigged-out comedy bombed at the box office ($31 million), but its small, devoted following claims it's as totemic among the Net generation as "The Big Lebowski. " Michael Cera has the title role as a 20-something who falls for a girl with seven ex-lovers, all of whom he must fight before a romance can commence. The story is cute, but the medium in this case is the message - it's visually designed by Wright to reflect Scott's Xbox, comic-book culture background.
August 13, 2010 |
Scotty Pilgrim has come unstuck in space. Scott, 22, bass guitarist of Sex Bob-omb, a Toronto garage band, is a human who jumps from encounter to objective like one playing a video game, endeavoring to get from Level 1 to Level 7 without getting zapped. Scott is played by Michael Cera, the Generation Y love puppy who in repose resembles a stick figure and in action a human joystick. Both of which make him the right dude for the job. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a ridiculously entertaining romp based on the graphic novels of Bryan Lee O'Malley and directed, with mash-up mastery, by Edgar Wright ( Shaun of the Dead )
August 13, 2010
"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" has a take-off on the arcade game "Dance Dance Revolution" that Scott plays with his (first) girlfriend, Knives. "Ninja Ninja Revolution" is not a real game. However, Cera and Wright hope that if the movie becomes a hit someone will produce it. - Howard Gensler
August 28, 2010
Animal Kingdom Down Under and dirty, David Michôd's murderously compelling crime saga takes place in Melbourne, among a group of thuggish brothers, their smiling, sinister aunt, and a newly orphaned teenage nephew caught in the fray. With Guy Pearce, mustachioed, as a cop. R Cairo Time Patricia Clarkson is radiant in this bittersweet and beautiful tale of two strangers - an American and an Egyptian - who spend a few days together in the bustling, baking-hot city on the Nile.
August 25, 2010
1. The Expendables (Lionsgate) $17.0 mil. $65.4 mil. 2 $5,189 2. Vampires Suck (Fox) 12.2 mil. 18.6 mil. 2 3,774 3. Eat Pray Love (Sony) 12.1 mil. 47.2 mil. 2 3,930 4. Lottery Ticket (Warner Bros.) 10.7 mil. 10.7 mil. 1 5,399 5. The Other Guys (Sony) 10.2 mil. 88.3 mil. 3 2,927 6. Piranha 3D (Weinstein) 10.1 mil. 10.1 mil. 1 4,092 7. The Switch (Miramax)
August 8, 2010 |
Jason Schwartzman landed in Philadelphia last Sunday night ("9:03 p.m.," he reports), and soon thereafter found himself at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, whereupon he spied - well, let him tell it: "Are you familiar with the band Spoon? They were in the lobby, and . . . I was scared. The way that my eyes saw the band was like out of a movie: With the angle of my eyesight, I happened to look right at a guitar case as it was being carried through the door and I scanned up and there was the lead singer, Britt [ Daniel ]
December 26, 2010 |
You know what's cooler than a million dollars? A billion dollars. That line from The Social Network , delivered by entrepreneur Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) to Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), captures 2010 at the movies. The Social Network and Inception , the films that best embody the year's mood, are about computer cowboys riding roughshod on and through the dreams of others, reconfiguring the landscape of private and public. Both films suggest that there's something even cooler than a billion bucks: Not caring about the money at all. In a year when five of the Top 10 box-office films are sequels - Toy Story 3 ; Iron Man 2 ; Twilight: Eclipse ; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ; and Shrek Forever After - The Social Network and Inception are originals.
June 2, 2014 |
SURE, YOU COULD ESCAPE the summer heat by heading to the most over-air-conditioned multiplex you can find. But you can also check out some of the city's best repertory offerings - none of them at venues where your toes will freeze, and many screening outdoors where you can tote your own concessions in a picnic basket. Many are part of weekly series, so if you like the selection and the vibe, there's more where that came from. "Starman" and "Escape from New York," June 20. Exhumed Films honors John Carpenter with a double feature.