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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Review)

Capturing its source material's quirky energy but not its soul

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
In Edgar Wright's adaptation of the cult favorite Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, the visuals pop with jagged panel-break split-screens and straight-outta-Batman illustrations. On the surface, 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' seems like a meticulously faithful adaptation — the operative phrase there being "on the surface." Grade: B.  

Year One (Review)

Jack Black and Michael Cera essentially play themselves in lifeless comedy

0 Comments · Friday, June 19, 2009
'Year One' features the hyper-stylized flow of Jack Black and the more laidback comic science of Michael Cera as a pair of pre-historic dudes bumrushing their way through the less-than-epic first era of Man. Problems abound in this tone-deaf mix, beginning with the fact that Zed (Black) and Oh (Cera), besides being completely incompetent as hunters and gatherers — the only jobs available at the time in their village — aren't even thinly disguised versions of the actors. Grade: D-.