The Castro Theatre will host an All Night Tribute to Edgar Wright tomorrow featuring all three of his films of his films and a Q&A with the director.
Edgar Wright has only directed three films, but they’ve all become cult hits (if not regular hits). The night begins with his most recent film, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, based off the popular comic series, starring Michael Cera (Arrested Development) who must battle his crush’s seven evil exes in order to date her. Bringing the Nintendo-era nostalgia, it’s a completely unique genre-bending film that combines the hilarity of adolescence with the action of a Sega Genesis game.
Following the screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World there will be a Q&A with Wright hosted by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks. But make sure you stick around because there’s still two more films to come.
His first two films were collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (part of the proposed Coronetto Trilogy) that many will recognize: Hot Fuzz and Shaun of The Dead. Hot Fuzz plays first and is the threesome’s homage to the action film. Parodying the genre without making fun of it, the film stands on its own as a genuine entry into the action oeuvre.
The final film being screened is Wright’s first hit Shaun of the Dead. His first feature length film, which also stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, is another homage, this time to the zombie film. Wright and his cohorts don’t make fun of the genre as much as they create their own take on it, but instead of bringing out the horror, they bring out the laughter.
Wright makes films like no other director, alive or dead, and this is a great place for the uninitiated to see every single one of them in one night. Even if you’re well versed in his filmography, it’s not an opportunity to pass up. Plus with Wright in person and some secret treats (like Wright’s fake trailer Don’t from the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez film Grindhouse) it will, without a doubt, be one of the best nights of film in San Francisco this year. Seriously.