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5 Reasons why you need to see Baby Driver5 Reasons why you need to see Baby DriverAdriana Floridia7/6/2017 10:46:00 PMDirector Edgar Wright is kind of a big deal. Although he may not be a household name yet, with his latest film, Baby Driver, surely even non-film aficionados will soon know who he is. Most famous for his "Cornetto" trilogy, comprising of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, and all made with collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, these three films are something of cult classics. He also directed the Toronto-set Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which many consider a masterpiece of stylistic filmmaking. Baby Driver follows in its footsteps as an equally stylistic crime film about Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver who's paying a debt to a mob boss (Kevin Spacey). It's a story we've seen before, but it has never quite unfolded like it does in Baby Driver, »
- Adriana Floridia
Director Edgar Wright has been wowing us with his flashy, cool and whipsmart films since Shaun Of The Dead, showing us a world of strong (yet oftentimes goofy), weird and funny characters that light up the screen with charisma, character and outright fun. His follow-ups to Shaun, from Hot Fuzz to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World to The World's End have proven to be an absolute joyride in cinema and now... Read More »
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Mark Harrison Jul 3, 2017
Edgar Wright's films are often likened to musicals, with his precise use of editing and shot choices giving us some of the most stylish comedy films of the century. His latest, Baby Driver, isn't a comedy per se, but “a musical with car chases”, or “An American In Paris on wheels and crack smoke”, as an elated Guillermo del Toro described it on Twitter.
Centring around Ansel Elgort's Baby, a getaway driver who does his best work while listening to a personal soundtrack, it seems like the film Wright was born to make. He had the idea for the film after making his first feature, »
Edgar Wright has developed a massive Indie following, after making films like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, the latter three known collectively as the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy. His pedigree is nerd-solid, but his skill as a visual storyteller transcends the "nerd" subculture and sets him firmly in the upper echelons of filmmakers working today. Baby Driver is a perfect example of that visual storytelling, as the entire film jams with the beating cadence of a rock song, the smoothness of a jazz track, and the heart of a good R&B ballad.
In fact, music plays a huge role here, and not just in the soundtrack. Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a quirky, uber-skilled getaway driver for crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey). Baby can do things with a car that other people can only dream about while playing with Hot Wheels, »
It seems hard to believed that Sony's critically-acclaimed Baby Driver, in theaters nationwide starting tomorrow, is the first Edgar Wright movie in four years, since 2013's The World's End, the last of his "Three Flavors Cornetto" trilogy. Of course, within that time, there was another movie he was supposed to make, Marvel's Ant-Man, before it was revealed in May 2014 that the director was leaving Ant-Man due to creative differences with the studio. Ant-Man did come out a year later, under the direction of Peyton Reed, earning a modest $180.2 million domestically and $519.3 million worldwide from a $130 million budget. While it certainly isn't the biggest Marvel hit, it did well enough to spawn the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, but even though he's four years removed from leaving the project, Edgar Wright revealed in a new interview that he still has never seen the movie, or even the trailer.
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Now this is what I call a summer movie. Baby Driver has it all: thrills, laughs, sex, nonstop action, a killer soundtrack, a star-making performance from Ansel Elgort and a director – Edgar Wright – who can knock the wind out of you. When was the last time to got pumped by a car chase? This revved-up ride of a movie is loaded with them, and they're spectacular.
The British writer-director behind the "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy – consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013) – and also the director behind 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Edgar Wright, is known for his unique, kinetic, energetic cinematic style. Unlike most comedy directors working today, Wright finds humor in the filmmaking, utilizing framing, lighting, mise-en-scène, camera movement, editing, and sound to pull as much comedy out of a scene as possible. With his latest film, Baby Driver, Wright has not only improved upon his signature style, but matured with it. Like David Fincher, Wright is honing his craft with every film he makes, relying less on his style and more on imbuing the style with substance. If his early works are similar to those of Fincher's (Se7en, The Game, Fight Club), then Baby Driver is his Zodiac — a disciplined and elegantly orchestrated thriller that feels both effortless and impossibly intricate. »
- Adam Frazier
Marvel fans were thrown for quite the loop back in May 2014, when it was revealed that director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, after spending nearly a decade developing the project, even before Marvel Studios was created. The filmmaker, who wrote the original script with Joe Cornish and retained a screenplay credit and story credit, cited "creative differences" for his departure, which has become the go-to response for any actor or filmmaker leaving a project. During a recent interview, the director shed some more light on exactly why he left Ant-Man. Here's what he had to say below.
"The most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don't think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie. It was a really heartbreaking decision, to have to walk away from it after working on it for so long. Some people say, 'Oh he worked on it for eight years,' and that's somewhat true, but in between that, I also made three movies, it wasn't like I was working on it full time. But after The World's End, I did work on it for about a year. I was the writer-director on it and then they wanted to do a draft without me, and having written all my other movies, that's a tough thing to move forward. It's like, if I do one of these movies, I would like to be the writer-director. Suddenly becoming a director for hire on it, you're sort of less emotionally invested and you start to wonder why you're there, really."
What's interesting is back in April 2015, Joss Whedon revealed in an interview that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's Ant-Man script was the best Marvel script ever, and he didn't understand "whatever dissonance that came." With such a strong script in place, according to Joss Whedon, who knows a thing or two about Marvel movies, it certainly could have gone in a completely different direction under a new writer. However, since both Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish received both story and screenplay credits, that means enough of their work from the script remained in the film to warrant a screenplay credit, which they shared with Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd. Ironically, Edgar Wright was hoping that this Marvel movie would be a hit, so he could make a passion project of his that he had already written, called Baby Driver, which hits theaters next week. Here's what he had to say about how he was hoping for a hit with Ant-Man, that would enable him to make Baby Driver, even though he ended up making the movie anyway, speaking on the Variety Playback Podcast.
"The good thing that came out of it, is I got to move on to this (Baby Driver), which was a script that I had already written. One of the ironies about it is I had thought, in the back of my head, that 'If the Marvel movie does well, maybe I'll have enough muscle to get Baby Driver made.' So it's ironic, I guess, that I didn't make that movie, and I got Baby Driver made, and with a studio, which is, I think an original movie with a studio is very rare."
He also added that after he left Ant-Man, all of the "Hod's" (heads of departments) who were working with the director on that movie, all left with the director when he walked away, "in a show of solidarity." The director added that he wanted to get another movie off the ground as quickly as possible so he could hire them all back again. When it all was said and done, Edgar Wright's departure seemed to work out quite well for all involved.
Marvel brought on Peyton Reed to direct, with Paul Rudd and Adam McKay rewriting the script. While Ant-Man certainly wasn't Marvel's biggest hit ever, earning $180.2 million domestic and $519.3 million worldwide, from a $130 million budget, it was popular and successful enough to spawn the sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp, which starts filming this summer for a July 2018 release. Edgar Wright, on the other hand, is getting rave reviews for Baby Driver, which has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 31 reviews, as the director gets ready for its June 28 release. »
Writer/Director Edgar Wright is known for his unique films that both satarize and embrace whatever genre he chooses. We're talking Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and The World's End. Wright's dialogue is always poetic with the sharpest wit and most clever word-plays. His editing style is unmistakable, fast and in your face, smashing one scene seamlessly into another. His shots are colorful, with just as much to say as the dialogue that accompanies them. His action scenes are sincere, brutal, and among the best out there; it's a wonder that Wright hasn't been handed a giant action franchise on a scale even bigger than Baby Driver (Though we guess Ant-Man would have been that film, had he stayed on). Wright's actors are always top notch, selected with care and directed to perfection. All four of his previous releases are winners for these reasons, »
- Nick Doll
Aside from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Baby Driver, Edgar Wright's biggest films have been collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, including Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. The three films make up the Cornetto Trilogy, connected by the consistent appearance of the popular brand of ice cream. Yet, the biggest similarities between the films is they are all near perfect parodies of different genres, made with such love and respect that they are also among the best entries in that given genre.
Hot Fuzz is my favorite film of Wright's. Co-written by Simon Pegg, it follows London cop Nicholas Angel, who is transferred to a quiet English village where he feels his talents are lost, until a dark conspiracy is revealed under the surface of the peaceful town. Parodying my favorite sub-genre, the buddy cop film, Hot Fuzz contains plenty of laughs, »
- Nick Doll
There is nobody working in Hollywood today quite like Edgar Wright. The man has made four theatrically released movies and, while some might argue with you a tiny bit, he arguably has not made a bad movie yet. HIs latest movie, Baby Driver, is set to hit theaters shortly and, without giving much away, let's just say he isn't going to be hurting his batting average with this one.
Sony's TriStar Pictures looks as though they are going to have a big hit on their hands with Baby Driver, at least critically speaking. The movie debuted at SXSW this year and was met with rave reviews. With a cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and talented up-and-comers like Lily James and Ansel Elgort, it may not be all that surprising to hear. Couple that with an auteur like Edgar Wright and you have a recipe for something pretty special, »
The Guardians of the Galaxy films are famous for incorporating classic tracks into the films' scenes and narrative -- nothing beats watching Kurt Russell talk his way through 'Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)' by Looking Glass. James Gunn is not the only director who very carefully considers every track, writes to the music he has picked, and seamlessly weaves it into his films. Edgar Wright has been obsessed with his musical choices since his TV show Spaced, with the following soundtracks for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World all including some pretty deep cuts that make for fine listening, long after you've seen the film.
Baby Driver is Wright's next film, and the latest trailer not only included 'Tequila' by The Champs, but was also titled "Official TeKillYah Trailer" to put further emphasis on the music. The trailer also sports »
- Nick Doll
Edgar Wright is one of the most consistently amazing writer/directors working today. His major theatrical releases, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World haven't all been smash hits, but they are all stylish as hell with ingenious dialogue, loving satire, and a jokes-per-minute quota that is hard to match. Wright's films perfectly capture the feel of whatever genre he tackles, from his well-crafted scripts to his quick and unique editing style making his parodies of zombie and buddy cop movies love letters to the films Wright loves. Wright also writes to the music he picks for the film's soundtrack, allowing his music choices to be just as important to his films as those James Gunn hand-selects for the music heavy Guardians of the Galaxy films.
Wright's latest film, Baby Driver, appears to be no exception to this rule by lovingly embracing »
- Nick Doll
British comedians Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have started a new production company called Stolen Picture and announced their first project entitled Slaughterhouse Rulez. Pegg and Frost first worked together on the British sitcom Spaced and have gone on to collaborate with Edgar Wright on Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. In addition, the duo wrote, directed, and starred in the hilarious extraterrestrial comedy Paul. Frost and Pegg developed Stolen Picture to produce different types of scripted television shows or movies that fit into their unique brand of absurdity.
Deadline reports that Slaughterhouse Rulez will be a horror-comedy that takes place at an elite boarding school called Slaughterhouse. The hero of the story is Don Wallace, a lad from a modest background who must navigate his way through a Slaughterhouse with sadistic rituals, tough rules, competition, and status while being closely monitored.
The whole story takes »
Edgar Wright only has four major features under his belt, but he's already regarded as a legendary filmmaker.
Three of these films make up the "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy, a series of films which are all directed by Wright, written by Wright and actor Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End make up this thematic trilogy--which have a running joke of all being in reference to a different flavour of Cornetto ice cream. Despite this quirky running theme, the three films are vastly different. Shaun of the Dead is a zombie film, Hot Fuzz is a buddy cop movie, and The World's End is an apocalyptic pub crawl. All three are hilarious and highly regarded comedy films.
Wright has expanded from this team once already, »
- Adriana Floridia
Just a few weeks after Sony Pictures handed out a new Baby Driver release date, the studio has debuted a thrilling new international trailer that should appease both comedy and action junkies alike. This action-comedy marks the long-awaited return of beloved writer-director Edgar Wright, with Baby Driver representing his first film in four years, since 2013's The World's End. If the critical reception this movie has already gotten is any indication, the director is most certainly back and better than ever.
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, »
Finally, the very first trailer for director Edgar Wright's Baby Driver is here! It has been four years since we have seen anything new from the beloved filmmaker, whose last movie The World's End beautifully rounded out his Cornetto trilogy. Now he is totally switching gears and stepping away from the world of comedy with Baby Driver; an action-driven crime thriller that looks to be something very different than anything we have seen from him previously.
The Baby Driver Twitter account started teasing the arrival of this very first trailer last week with some simple photos and gifs from the movie, but they were stingy on the footage, whihc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byb2eJ_lLesSony has now released online. The movie is having its world premiere at SXSW this weekend, so they decided it would be the perfect time to finally give the public a look »
The action flick stars Ansel Elgort as a titular getaway driver who becomes involved with a number of seedy characters and crooks played by Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea.
It's finally here, folks! It's been three years since Shaun Of The Dead, Hot, Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World director Edgar Wright capped off his Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy with the release of The World's End, and now the style-for-days director is back with a bounce in his step and a song pumping through his veins with the upcoming release... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Simon Pegg/Nick Frost: "Simon and I are working on something," says Nick Frost, referring to his friend and creative partner Simon Pegg. "We're trying to do something a bit special at the moment." The two met in the 1990s and quickly became friends; they began working together on the British TV show Spaced, which was directed by Edgar Wright. Subsequently, the trio made Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Pegg and Frost also wrote and starred in the alien comedy Paul (above) and Frost says he'd like to do something else "in the sci-fi world." [Inverse] Stone killers with serious acting chops -- but which of them will be chopped... by The Predator? (See what I did there?) pic.twitter.com/H5lOw2K5vy — Shane...
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