Review – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

January 14, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [2010]

Starring: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick
Director: Edgar Wright
Screenwriter: Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright

Scott Pilgrim is, in many regards, the movie of this generation; of my generation. The cultural references are to video games, comic books and new media. Its outlook on life is one that feels uniquely in touch with many of the sensibilities I feel myself and my peers hold. It’s also a movie that I can imagine people saying, “maybe I have to read the comic to fully understand it”. Although I agree that it’s difficult not to think of an adaptation in how it relates to its source, I also believe that adaptations should stand on their own and not rely on an understanding of the source to get the most out of them. Fortunately for Scott Pilgrim, it does stand on its own.

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Review – Up in the Air

December 28, 2009

Up in the Air [2009]

Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman
Director: Jason Reitman
Screenwriter: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Sometimes a movie comes along that’s so tightly put together, so well acted and directed, and so brilliantly executed, that it’s impossible to deny its place as one of the best films of the year. Up in the Air is one of those films. Considering this is only Jason Reitman’s third film, after the wonderful Thank You For Smoking, and charming Juno, I’m starting to wonder how his streak of brilliance can continue, and furthermore, how long he can continue to make his movies better than the last. It’s hard to imagine him topping Up in the Air.

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