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The AV Club was kind enough to let me know that a Scott Pilgrim movie is in pre-production. I know it was supposed to be an awesome and quirky comic with hi-larious geek references, but all I got out of it is that Scott Pilgrim is a pathetic loser who I want to punch. Repeatedly. Also, it's lazy storytelling to just mention video games and expect the readers to say HEY I LIKE TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES TOO, THIS COMIC IS AWESOME. This, of course, just adds to my frustration with the lazy "hey, remember that thing that was funny/awesome that one time?" geek references that seem to be everywhere.

Maybe I can't complain too much since I only read the first volume of the comic, but it was so mediocre and frustrating that I didn't want to bother with the rest of it.

Just go read "Lost at Sea" instead. That had some high school angst in it but was done in a much more interesting and less self-absorbed way.


In more awesome film news: Coraline comes out on the 6th!

Re: I'm spending too much thought on this!

Date: 2009-01-23 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thegreyghost.livejournal.com
I'd say that the difference is in subtlety and, like you said, how cleverly constructed the joke is. KoL is great for that, mostly because I'd say the real joke is that they satirize referential humor by how obvious most of their puns, etc, can be.

The two examples I think of for clever use of referential humor and gratuitous use are South Park and Family Guy. South Park can be very subtle with their references (like "Nana Skeksis" from the Nanny 911 episode had me rolling), while Family Guy just tosses them in your face. With South Park, it's there but they leave it up to the audience to recognize it. Family Guy steps up and says, "Hey, look! It's Mr. T! Isn't that funny?"

I do give Family Guy a lot of slack, though, since half of their jokes are also quite clever without resorting to pop culture reference.

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