Edgar Wright

Watch: How Edgar Wright Expertly Crafts Sympathetic Protagonists

By Jon Fusco

It’s a theater of misunderstanding.

With four incredible films under his belt, it’s hard to deny that Edgar Wright has carved out a place for himself in cinematic history. His films like Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Shaun of the Dead are immediately identifiable and there are countless lessons that aspiring directors, editors and screenwriters can take away from them.

“Wright is everything a filmmaker should aspire to be.”

In the words of video essayist Karsten Runquist, “Wright is everything a filmmaker should aspire to be. He has a unique style, perfect framing, good timing, great soundtrack choices, he knows how to work with actors, he knows when to be sad, when to be hilarious, and when to be awesome. The guy knows what he’s doing.”

One of the most crucial pieces of his craft is how Wright writes his protagonists. It is also the part that often gets most overlooked.

Runquist argues that the reason Wright’s protagonists are so likable is that they are misunderstood by the other characters who surround them in the story…a feeling we can all relate to.

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From:: No Film School

The 10 Best Simon Pegg Movies You Need To Watch

By Allan Khumalo

Everybody loves Simon Pegg. It’s not only the geeks who have a soft spot for the British actor, but anyone who’s ever seen any of his films. He’s humble, smart and a fine actor who’s provided some of the best laughs in over a decade. You’ll be hard pressed to find another well respected and likable actor (other than Tom Hanks, perhaps).

Heck, the guy seems to be living the dream. He’s worked with his idols Steven Spielberg and George A. Romero. He’s starred in some of his favorite franchises, like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’. He’s chums with the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Peter Jackson, among others. He’s skydived from Tom Cruise’s private jet. And of course, he’s Edgar Wright’s BFF. Not too shabby. Maybe we’re taking it too far, but one can’t help but envy Mr. Pegg, just a little bit.

More seen as a comedic actor, Pegg also has a natural ability to convey drama that makes his brand of comedy even more hilarious. His written and starred in some of the most fun movies in over a decade. He’s a pretty versatile actor who can slip into many different types of roles. He’s also a geek of note who loves to pay respect to anything that’s influenced or paved the way for him.

10. Paul (2011)

Paul (2011)

Pegg and Nick Frost play Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings, two British science-fiction geeks. After visiting Comic-Con they take a road trip through the American Southwest to visit the sites of reported extraterrestrial activity. Ironically, they bump into a real alien voiced by Seth Rogen who’s on the run from the government.

“Paul” never hits the heights of Pegg and Frost’s work with Edgar Wright. In fact, he is sorely missed in this love letter to all things → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema