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Popcorn Panel: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

National Post’s Alison Broverman and Steve Murray are joined by Peter Birkemoe of Toronto comic shop The Beguiling to discuss graphic novel turned big screen film, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

  • Hello and welcome to our live Popcorn Panel discussion on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Can’t get enough on Scott Pilgrim? Why don’t you check out our stories on the series and the movies:
    by Ron Nurwisah, National Post at 8/16/2010 5:07:29 PM1:07 PM
    • Our panelists today:
      Alison Broverman: Arts writer for the National Post. Popcorn Panel wrangler.
      Steve Murray: National Post Illustrator and comic books artist.
      Peter Birkemoe: Owner, the Beguiling, an independent Toronto comic book store.
      by Ron Nurwisah, National Post at 8/16/2010 5:11:44 PM1:11 PM
      • Comments: We encourage your comments and question for the panel. They are moderated.

        We will be taking questions at the end of the panel.

        by Ron Nurwisah, National Post at 8/16/2010 5:13:17 PM1:13 PM
        • Yeah, I kind of want a Sex Bob-omb movie.
          by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:42:19 PM1:42 PM
          • Loved it as a movie, as an adaptation it surpassed my (already high) expectations. A minor quibble: I would have scaled back the transitional all caps text (e.g. THE NEXT DAY, etc.) as a mannerism, in part because the couple behind me could not resist reading everything aloud. And I mean everything!! Including all of Scott Pilgrim’s t-shirts. ‘SARS! huhuhuhuhuh’ Congratulations on being such great readers! (I had to move my seat)
            by handelsaurus at 8/16/2010 5:42:56 PM1:42 PM
            • I apologize if this was already covered but I’d like to ask the panelist’s opinions on the soundtrack and score, which I feel, other than the video game nods, help make it as fun and enjoyable a film as it was.
              by LeeCherolis at 8/16/2010 5:43:02 PM1:43 PM
              • I wish to make a fan-edit of History of Violence that adds sound effect type over the action scenes. And also over the sex scene on the stairs.
                by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:43:21 PM1:43 PM
                • I would love to see a Sex Bob-omb movie! Or at least a Rock Band style Sex Bob-omb video game.
                  by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:43:24 PM1:43 PM
                  • Oh yeah, the music! I thought it was perfect, actually.
                    by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:43:42 PM1:43 PM
                    • I kind of want a Sex Bob-omb full album.
                      by peterntrinh at 8/16/2010 5:43:47 PM1:43 PM
                      • Metric should probably release their next album as The Clash at Demonhead.
                        by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:44:28 PM1:44 PM
                        • The music was ridiculously good. The perfect compliment to the visuals.
                          by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:44:50 PM1:44 PM
                          • Is it a failure of adaptation that the Sex Bob-omb songs were actually pretty good (basically recorded by Beck as raw demos)? In the books they’re supposed to be really pretty bad.
                            by Justy at 8/16/2010 5:45:03 PM1:45 PM
                            • I had that feeling too. that the music as too good to be believable.
                              by Peter Birkemoe at 8/16/2010 5:45:37 PM1:45 PM
                              • I thought the songs were supposed to be good because Stills is actually talented, it’s just that Scott is terrible.
                                by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:45:43 PM1:45 PM
                                • That’s so tricky. You don’t want them to be so bad that the audience hates sitting through it. I felt like they kind of got better as the movie went on.
                                  by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:46:20 PM1:46 PM
                                  • Also, believability in a movie like this is something that may be sacrificed.
                                    by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:46:56 PM1:46 PM
                                    • I agree with Steve – I recall the first song the played as being pretty brutal, but fun-brutal.
                                      by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:46:57 PM1:46 PM
                                      • Later on they got a bit better.
                                        by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:47:00 PM1:47 PM
                                        • Man, I really want to see this again.
                                          by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:47:22 PM1:47 PM
                                          • See, the ultimate in promo events would be a Lee’s Palace show with Beck, BSS and Metric playing their respective SP bands.
                                            by Andrew Bates at 8/16/2010 5:47:26 PM1:47 PM
                                            • I hope that somewhere a hipster is walking out of a record shop somewhere with a copy of Manassas under his/her arm.
                                              by Peter Birkemoe at 8/16/2010 5:47:44 PM1:47 PM
                                              • This movie did not suffer from a lack of promotion!
                                                by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:47:48 PM1:47 PM
                                                • @Alison B. except I couldn’t figure out how TCAD could play that Metric song without a guitarist… ? Ha! As a fan, I wanted Sex Bob-omb to be good so I was thrilled when they were. Can’t wait to snag myself the soundtrack. Thank you Beck!
                                                  by LeeCherolis at 8/16/2010 5:47:51 PM1:47 PM
                                                  • They’d have to redo Lee’s Palace again to put the bar back in the middle of the room.
                                                    by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:47:56 PM1:47 PM
                                                    • I just spoke to someone who watched it in a nearly empty theatre in upstate NY. Maybe the promotional budget was blown on Toronto and Comicon, the two demographics who would all have gone to see it anyhow.
                                                      by Peter Birkemoe at 8/16/2010 5:49:24 PM1:49 PM
                                                      • @smurray It actually kinda bugged me by the time I saw it, I felt like they’d shown most of the movie ahead of time.
                                                        by darthmiho at 8/16/2010 5:49:33 PM1:49 PM
                                                        • Ok, we’ve got about 5 minutes left – last thoughts from our panelists and readers?
                                                          by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:50:14 PM1:50 PM
                                                          • If only it could have been marked exclusively as a teen comedy and let all the fighting come as a surprise to viewers. Not a chance these days I know.
                                                            by Peter Birkemoe at 8/16/2010 5:50:29 PM1:50 PM
                                                            • It was a lot, for sure. Apparently it was everywhere. Something like this should have been rolled out slowly, with buzz. A cultish movie that grows and grows.
                                                              by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:51:02 PM1:51 PM
                                                              • I went to school in snowy Syracuse. Listened to many basement bands (+ attended parties) that felt familiar in the film, and I would/will watch it again just for that feeling again! On several levels, Scott Pilgrim was a well-crafted nostalgia trip without settling into lazy ‘retro’
                                                                by handelsaurus at 8/16/2010 5:51:59 PM1:51 PM
                                                                • Lots to like if you weren’t dead of Scott Pilgrim hype overkill before the movie even opened! It’s true, would have been better to play it cooler.
                                                                  by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:52:08 PM1:52 PM
                                                                  • Q. Overall, was Michael Cera casting a + or – ? Many (non-videogamer, non-comics) friends reported Michael Cera-fatigue before the movie opened
                                                                    by handelsaurus at 8/16/2010 5:52:09 PM1:52 PM
                                                                    • Yeah, my fondest memory of that first book was how the fight scene came seemingly out of nowhere. A great shock.
                                                                      by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:52:10 PM1:52 PM
                                                                      • I think its box office dive will help make it a cult hit and midnight movie in years to come. Universal will be smarting, but it’ll grow in esteem as an underrated regional-rock-subculture-video-game epic.
                                                                        by qwiggles at 8/16/2010 5:52:31 PM1:52 PM
                                                                        • handelsaurus, i mentioned earlier that I was suffering from Michael Cera fatigue before I saw the movie, and was sort of dreading the casting decision. But he’s so funny in this, funnier than he’s been since Arrested Development. I think he’s a great Pilgrim.
                                                                          by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:53:22 PM1:53 PM
                                                                          • It was a minus, sadly. I think he’s great, but the general audience is not accepting him as a leading mandude. He needs to become a supporting actor in future projects.
                                                                            by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:53:41 PM1:53 PM
                                                                            • I didn’t think Cera was the perfect Scott. He seemed to take it off in his own direction instead of trying to fit the fairly clear cut mold O’Malley created.
                                                                              by Madeline Dee at 8/16/2010 5:53:50 PM1:53 PM
                                                                              • I would have cast Burt Reynolds as Scott, but that’s what I say about everything.
                                                                                by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:54:30 PM1:54 PM
                                                                                • Peter, what did you think of Cera?
                                                                                  by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:55:04 PM1:55 PM
                                                                                  • I should note that you only get Cera-fatigue if you watch every Cera movie. If you saw Year One then you deserve all sorts of fatigue. I like Cera!
                                                                                    by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:56:12 PM1:56 PM
                                                                                    • Thanks for re-addressing the question, I missed the 1st round. I would have preferred someone completely new … but just as good. Which is to say that I thought he was great as Scott
                                                                                      by handelsaurus at 8/16/2010 5:57:56 PM1:57 PM
                                                                                      • Alright, it’s time to wrap this thing up. We’ve all gained the power of popcorn! Thanks so much for reading and participating, and a special thanks to our panelists, Steve and Peter.
                                                                                        by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:58:43 PM1:58 PM
                                                                                        • I gotta say, as a final thing, this was an amazing production and everyone involved should be super proud of themselves. Quite the movie. Go see it!
                                                                                          by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:59:46 PM1:59 PM
                                                                                          • I think Cera pulled it off as well as anyone could have, and I have avoided most of his post Arrested Development roles, not because of him, but because of the films themselves.
                                                                                            by Peter Birkemoe at 8/16/2010 5:59:52 PM1:59 PM
                                                                                            • Thanks again for reading and chatting along. We got tons of comments so we apologize if we weren’t able to get to include them.

                                                                                              If you joined us halfway be sure to read the entire chat.


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