“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2010) dir. Edgar Wright

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My 9-year old son just announced this is his all-time favorite film and I can easily understand why. The movie is full of humor, great fight scenes, a terrific rock score, and a video game motif that my son dentifies with strongly. But it’s much more than that. It’s an extremely clever analysis of a particular phenomenon … the phenomenon of dealing with past significant others when you’re in a relationship. Many people in their 20s who haven’t had a lot of life experience or self-awareness ask questions they don’t want to hear the answers to … and suffer the consequences. Hopefully, as one gets older, a person realizes there are certain doors you don’t open for your own sanity … a pointless exercise especially if the person you’re with is awesome. Some people take a more perilous journey to such awesomeness than others, but if you focus on who that person is today and less on how they got there, you’ll be happier. The person you’re with will always have some knowledge or experience you haven’t had. But so have you. And you’ve likely made similar bad choices or worse on your life journey. This is a film you’ll either love or hate. I love it! So, enough with the Oprah s–t! Let’s boogie!

P.S. The fact that director Edgar Wright claimed the 1980 “Flash Gordon” film was an influence on the production design of this film is reason enough to put this in the “awesome” category.

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Seth Rogen v. Ray Liotta in “Observe and Report” (2009) dir. Jody Hill

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One of the greatest fight scenes in recent film history from Jody Hill’s terminally sick and brilliant comedy “Observe and Report.” Seth Rogen’s mentally ill mall cop does battle with real cop Ray Liotta and several of Ray Liotta’s fellow cops in a fight to the finish … with Queen’s incredibly cool hard rock anthem “The Hero” from the 1980 cheese film classic “Flash Gordon” playing full blast behind the mayhem.