Mamo #174: A Fat Lot Of Nothing

The underwhelming summer of 2010 trickles to a close with a triple-header weekend of medicrity: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Vs. The Expendables Vs. The Women (Who Eat Pray Love). Is it time for TIFF 2010 yet?

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Antho42
Guest

I expect Scott Pilgrim to do poorly in the box office. It simply contains far too many elements that alienate the general populous. Just look at the premise: a slice of life of Canadian, hipster, slackers. As good as Edger Wright's first two movies were, outside of the UK, they did not light the box office on fire. Best case scenario will be to end up being a celebrated, cult classic, a la The Big Lebowski.

David Brook
Guest

Plus it's coming up against Julia Roberts and The Expendables, so it's got some tough box-office competition. I think you're right about it raking it in in the UK though. It might not do quite as well as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz because of the lack of UK stars, but there's a lot of buzz about it and so long as they point out who's directing it in the press, it'll do well.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Love TIFFR!

Used it mightily last year! Such a wonderfully useful layout. I will be using it again! TiffReviews is also good with their 'google calender' drop-in.

Got my 30-Coupons in the mail. Excited for tiff10

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Matty Price: You need to invent some sort of SNORRI cam device with the phone so you can walk up the streets of Toronto while Vlogging. Would be The Shit!

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Make time to see RUBBER! It is wonderful! Exceptionally wonderful!

I'd love to see TADFF move back to October.

rot
Guest

I am also determined to encounter you two this time at TIFF, even though this year I shall be rather scarce (10 stinking coupons)

kurt
Guest

Rot, ten is still one a day. Make 'em count.

rot
Guest

Matt, the movie you were thinking of was Doomsday. and video Mamo's would be awesome during TIFF

Andrew James
Admin

Doomsday was #6 of my favorite films of 08. I'm stoked for CENTURION! Seeing it this weekend.

Mad Hatter
Guest

I certainly hope to track you two down during TIFF and work it into my coverage…consider yerselves warned.

As for Pilgrim, I'm excited as hell about it, but I have no earthly clue how it's actually going to do. Part of me thinks that people who aren't aware of the comic will just chalk it up as "Another Michael Cera Movie"…and I haven't the foggiest idea how this is going to play outside of Toronto.

Looking forward to seeing it, despite Price's disconcerting "meh".

Marc Saint-Cyr
Editor

Don't feel so bad, Rot – I'm also aiming for just a 10-pass this year, mainly to go easy on my wallet.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Scott Pilgrim has been tracking high on Twitter since this past Tuesday when the soundtrack, score and game came out (all really amazing). At the time Inception was the only movie tracking, but now Expendables is there. However, I think this this will just advertise the fact that people who are active on Twitter aren't representative of the mainstream population and has just a big cross over with the Scott Pilgrim audience.

I think Scott Pilgrim will get around $15 million under both Expendables and Eat, Pray, Love. However, I can't help but wonder if they might have been successful at taping into the gamer market. There's yet to be any really great video game movies, but the audience out there as seen in the huge numbers of games sold when a big franchise game comes out is pretty huge. I don't think anyone has successfully tapped into that audience and I wonder if Scott Pilgrim might do better than expected in getting part of that audience. Perhaps not opening weekend but through out it's course. I don't know it's hard to say, especially judging from Toronto, which is just Scott Pilgrim central.

Kurt
Guest

I liked Scott Pilgrim. A Lot.

Antho42
Guest

Despite being a non-hipster and an ex-gamer, so far, Scott Pilgrim is my favorite film of the year. I love surreal, experimental melodrama ( it is what I Iike best about manga/anime). Kieran Culkin is the Tom Hardy of the film.

rot
Guest

Why didn't Kieran Culkin blow-up after Igby, seriously he was great in that.

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