San Diego Comic Con is just about a month away and there’s a ton of stuff that we’re excited to see come out of the show, like the big announcements from all of the major movie and TV studios and comic book big (and little) shots. However, one of the major draws to the West Coast mecca for geek culture is the exclusive toys that are available at the show.
Over the last couple of weeks, Funko, the purveyor of fine Pop! vinyls, has announced their lineup of SDCC exclusive figures. We have compiled everything right here for you so you can decide before you go which ones you can’t live without (or salivate over the exclusives you’ll need to hunt down on eBay if you can’t make it to San Diego).
Even if you make it to to SDCC, chances are getting your hands on these Pop! figures will still prove difficult. Distribution will be similar to last year, in that access to the Funko booth will be by lottery only. Funko didn’t provide many details on how that’ll work for 2017, and in fact may be trying to work that out with the comic con showrunners, but we will share the info with you once it becomes available.
Fret not! Funko has said that many, if not most, of the SDCC exclusives will be shared, meaning they will be available at Hot Topic, Gamestop, FYE, or any other stores or distributors that have exclusive license with Funko. While there won’t be any details on which will be available where until around the week of SDCC, we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop.
Wave 10: HBO – Game of Thrones & Westworld (Announced June 29)
With the news of the Funko Pop-Up Shop at San Diego Comic Con, I honestly thought we were done with SDCC proper exclusives. However, Funko managed to prove me wrong. Their latest showcase of exclusives focuses on two television power-houses, both from HBO.
First up is Westworld. There’s two exclusives for the show, only one of which I’m familiar with. I like the detail on the Musashi Pop! but the Robotic Dr. Ford Host looks a little flat. Either way, I’m sure fans of the show will enjoy them.
Secondly, we’re getting some new Game of Thrones stuff. The Mountain in gold armor looks pretty neat, though I think it would have been a nicer touch if they made it a 6-inch Pop!. Besides that, there’s a Tormund/Brienne 2-pack of Dorbz, a cute little pack that celebrates their odd relationship on the show.
Also, Funko stated in this update that they will share the procedure to getting into their booth at SDCC sometime next week, so we’ll keep you up to date on that when it’s announced.
Here’s the news straight from Funko:
Our final wave of SDCC reveals comes to us from HBO!
Even more characters from the futuristic park and hit
HBO TV series Westworld come to the world of Pop! vinyl as SDCC exclusives!
Pop! Television: Westworld – Musashi
Pop! Television: Westworld – Robotic Dr. Ford Host
Our HBO line up would not be complete without a few Game of Thrones SDCC exclusives!
Pop! Game of Thrones: The Mountain (Armored)
This exclusive features the fearsome warrior The Mountain with his fists clenched and eyes wide, donning his near impenetrable gold armor.
Dorbz: Game of Thrones – Tormund & Brienne 2-pack (Toy Tokyo)
It seems Tormund and Brienne’s flirtation in Season 6 has brought them closer than ever in the SDCC exclusive Tormund and Brienne 2-pack.
We have one more special reveal on the way – stay tuned!
Wave 9: Miscellaneous (Announced Jun 23)
When I spotted Funko’s exclusive release for today, I started to scroll through them and got bored pretty quickly. Right until I saw the Megazord. That one had me. I’m a huge Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan and I absolutely love that 6” Megazord.
Then I kept scrolling and spotted the Masters of the Universe stuff. Scareglow? A She-Ra Rock Candy. Yes, please!
I’m really hoping all of those are shared exclusives because I will need to track them down.
Today’s wave is a bunch of items that didn’t really fit in with any other category, but we love them just the same!
Five Nights at Freddy’s
Our Five Nights at Freddy’s San Diego Comic Con 2017 exclusives are from Sister Location, the latest game in the series!
Pop! Games: Sister Location – Jumpscare Funtime Foxy
Pop! Games: Sister Location – Jumpscare Baby
Fus Ro Dah! The mighty Dwarven Colossus joins our Elder Scrolls series as a super-sized 6-inch Pop!
Pop! Games: Elder Scrolls – 6” Dwarven Colossus
Our very first San Diego Comic Con exclusive Dr. Seuss Pop! is the flocked Lorax!
Pop! Books: Dr. Seuss – Lorax (flocked)
Initiate Megazord sequence! The iconic Megazord is a San Diego Comic Con 2017 exclusive super-sized 6-inch Pop! Megazord Battle Mode!
Pop! Power Rangers – 6” Megazord
Masters of the Universe
Our Masters of the Universe series grows with a glow-in-the-dark Scareglow Pop!, flocked Panthor and Battle Armor Skeletor Dorbz Ride, and She-Ra in Rock Candy form!
Pop! TV: MOTU – Scareglow (GITD)
Dorbz Ride: MOTU – Panthor w/ Battle Armor Skeletor
Rock Candy: MOTU – She-Ra
Long-time Funko collectors, rejoice! We’re bringing back Sike-O-Shriner in Pop! form for San Diego Comic Con 2017!
Pop! Funko: Sike-O-Shriner
Wave 8: DISNEY (Announced June 21)
So much good stuff out of this Disney line!
First of all, Chip and Dale are one of my favorite duos. I don’t have these guys in my collection at all so having a flocked version of them would be fantastic.
Secondly, the rooster was one of my favorite parts of Moana. Yes, I’m weird like that, but he was super funny, and this Hei Hei looks great.
Finally, two glow in the dark Pop! toys! Though I’m not crazy about “Pirates of the Caribbean,” that Jolly Roger looks amazing. It’s just a shame he’s limited to 1000 pieces because that means I’ll probably never get my hands on him.
Since I am crazy about Darkwing Duck, a glow in the dark Negatron is so up my alley. I’ll be working hard to try and acquire that guy!
As put in the press release:
Our Disney SDCC exclusives sure cover a lot of ground! We have some new characters from cartoons, movies, and Disney Parks! Plus, check out some fun versions of familiar faces, like flocked or glow-in-the-dark!
Pop! Disney: Chip & Dale 2-pack (Flocked)
Pop! Disney: Winnie the Pooh – Bouncing Tigger (Flocked)
Pop! Disney: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Mr. Toad (1500 LE)
Pop! Disney: Moana – Hei Hei
Pop! Disney: Disneyland Resort – Jolly Roger (Glow-in-the-Dark 1000 LE)
Pop! Disney: Darkwing Duck – Negatron (Glow-in-the-Dark)
Dorbz Ridez: Aladdin – Aladdin & Abu with Magic Carpet
Wave 7.5: RICK & MORTY – Tinkles and Ghost in a Jar (Announced June 20)
I don’t know why this wasn’t included with the rest of the “Cartoons” wave but Funko dropped the news separately for Rick & Morty fans that they’ll be able to get a Tinkles Pop! I don’t watch the show and have no idea about this character, but it looks pretty cool, and I like that little ghost.
From the press release:
As the Master Toy Licensee Partner for Rick and Morty, Funko has made a concerted effort to showcase the incredible oddities of this uniquely creative show! The San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Tinkles with Ghost in a Jar Pop! is yet another example of why we’re proud to partner with minds capable of producing something adorable, fascinating, and, inevitably, sinister. Keep an eye out for more Rick and Morty products from Funko, such as Pop!s, Action Figures, and even the upcoming Portal Gun!
Wave 7: WARNER BROS – Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings & The 100 (Announced June 19)
This was kind of a mish-mosh of a reveal seeing as how these are all over the place but oh em gee there’s some amazing offerings in this bunch. While I’m not generally a fan of Pop! Rides, I am a fan of Supernatural so to finally have Baby in Pop! form is a god-send.
Also, a fun fact about me: my two favorite characters from Harry Potter are Neville and Luna. While Funko already made both of those, I am super stoked for the Luna in the Spectrespecs, and though I wasn’t too crazy about Fantastic Beasts, the 6” Occamy is beautiful and I love the iridescence on it.
Pop! Television: The 100 – Lincoln as Reaper (750pc LE)
Lincoln from The 100 is featured as a Reaper and is joining the SDCC line up!
Pop! Ride: Supernatural – Baby with Dean
How do you raise a babyshifter? Dean is figuring that out! Dean & Baby are now a SDCC exclusive Pop! Ride!
The magic of Hogwarts continues with some epic SDCC exclusives!
Pop! Harry Potter: Harry on Broom
Pop! Harry Potter: Luna Lovegood with Glasses
Pop! Movies: Fantastic Beasts – 6” Occamy
Now receiving the 6” Pop! vinyl treatment is the Occamy from the hit movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
Wave 6: TV (Announced June 16)
Finally a Clara Pop! There have been so many Doctor Who Pop!s already that it’s almost criminal that Clara is just getting a release, but at least it’s happening.
That Tick looks sweet, too (and it glows in the dark!), and I might even pick up that Stranger Things Steve, just for the detail alone.
Besides those, there’s not much in this wave that grabs me. I never really watched Twin Peaks or Mr. Robot (though from what I understand, I should) and I fell out of favor with The Walking Dead long ago. Fans of those shows might be interested in these Pop!s. For the most part, they look pretty good.
Pop! Television: Mr. Robot – Masked Elliot Alderson
It’s a mask he can’t take off! To hide his true self, it’s Elliot Anderson featured in the fsociety mask!
Pop! Television: The Walking Dead – T-Dog
One of the original characters from the hit AMC series The Walking Dead is now a SDCC exclusive… it’s T-Dog!
Pop! Television: Doctor Who – Clara
Clara, the Impossible Girl, is joining the Pop! vinyl SDCC line up!
Pop! Television: The Tick –The Tick (Glow-in-the-Dark)
Be prepared when The Tick hits Amazon Prime Video on August 25th with this SDCC exclusive glow-in-the-dark Tick Pop! Neat!
We haven’t had enough of Stranger Things on Netflix! Steve and Mr. Clarke are receiving the Pop! vinyl treatment for SDCC!
Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Steve
Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Mr. Clarke
Wave 5: DC! (Announced June 14)
DC seems to have the largest showing at SDCC this year and there’s a lot to be excited for. First of all, Ares from the Wonder Woman film is a must-have for any completists out there (such as myself). Though I’m not really a fan of Dorbz, the Diana/Ares 2-pack looks great.
Funko is also giving us additions from other movie-property Pop!s with a Joker Batman based from the Suicide Squad line as well as two Pop!s from the upcoming Justice League. I’m really digging Bruce Wayne; it would go well next to the Tony Stark SDCC exclusive.
Luckily, the animation gets some love too! Man-Bat from Batman: The Animated Series looks incredible and is enticing me to start collecting that series. We also get a Wonder Twins 3-pack! Who would have ever thought that would be a thing?
Finally, that Red Batmobile. I have no idea what it’s from but it’s a thing of beauty.
As seen from the press release:
From comic books to the big screen and some surprises in between, Funko’s DC exclusives for San Diego Comic Con really runs the spectrum! We have key additions to the Wonder Woman and Justice League movie lines as well as a Suicide Squad The Joker inspired Batman! Speaking of Batman, we also have a stunning blue chrome variant, a special Batmobile action figure colorway, and Interplanetary Batman with a space helmet! We have the Wonder Twins and Man-Bat for fans of DC’s animated shows, while comic buffs will enjoy classic Nightwing and Deathstroke Dorbz!
Pop! Movies: Wonder Woman – Ares
Dorbz: Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman & Ares 2-pack
Pop! Movies: Suicide Squad – Joker Batman
Pop! Movies: Justice League – Bruce Wayne
Pop! Movies: Justice League – Aquaman with Motherbox
Pop! Heroes: Blue Chrome Batman (Toy Tokyo)
Pop! Heroes: Batman The Animated Series – Man Bat
Pop! Heroes: Interplanetary Batman
Pop! Heroes: Wonder Twins 3-pack – Zan, Jayna & Gleek
Dorbz: Classic Nightwing & Deathstroke 2-pack (1500 LE)
Action Figures: Red Batmobile with Green Batman (1500 LE)
Wave 4: CARTOONS (Announced June 12)
Here’s a few that I’m really excited for! As of a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as I am, shockingly the only Pop! I own from that line is Casey Jones, but that Baxter Stockman Fly Pop! needs to be part of my collection.
An epic amount of your cartoon favorites are now arriving as SDCC exclusives!
Pop! Animation: Ren & Stimpy – Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy 2-pack (2500pc LE)
This 2-pack makes us Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
Pop! Television: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Baxter Stockman
The mad scientist from TMNT is joining the SDCC lineup!
Pop! Telvision: Catdog – Flocked Catdog
Alone in the world is a little Catdog! This SDCC exclusive is a flocked (fuzzy!) variant!
Pop! Television: South Park – The Coon
The Coon and Mint-Berry Crunch from the animated hit show South Park are also joining Funko’s SDCC exclusives lineup!
Pop! Television: South Park – Mint-Berry Crunch
Wave 3: MARVEL (Announced June 9)
It’s no surprise that Marvel would get a major reveal, but what does surprise me is how few items are included in the exclusive wave, as well as how plain most of these are. I think the Gwenpool with the selfie stick is a pretty clever piece, but I’m not too keen on the Red She-Hulk and Bucky Cap Pop!s (although I do like that Tony Stark from Spider-Man: Homecoming and that may be the plainest from the bunch so judge me as you will).
From the press release:
Our San Diego Comic Con exclusives for Marvel include some of your comic book favorites and one major big screen personality! Gwenpool busts out her selfie stick and also joins the Rock Candy family, while Red She-Hulk & Bucky Cap both make their Funko debut! e also have Tony Stark showing off his snazzy street style while holding a familiar helmet!
Pop! Marvel: Gwenpool with Selfie Stick
Rock Candy: Gwenpool
Pop! Marvel: Red She-Hulk
Pop! Marvel: Captain America (Bucky Cap)
Pop! Marvel: Spider-Man Homecoming – Tony Stark (holding helmet)
Wave 2: SCOTT PILGRIM (Announced June 7)
I won’t lie; I’m a little surprised that Scott Pilgrim vs the World got its own wave of release news, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited. That Nega Scott Pop! is fantastic but I think the one I’m most excited for is the Ramona Flowers Rock Candy. The roller blades are a nice touch.
From the press release:
Funko earned the Power of new Scott Pilgrim figures! Scott Pilgrim with Sword of Destiny, NegaScott, and Roxy Richter Pop!s are coming for San Diego Comic Con 2017! We’re also offering a Scott Pilgrim Dorbz 3-pack – which includes Scott with Sword of Destiny, NegaScott, and Scott with his bass guitar – as well as Ramona Flowers in Rock Candy form!
Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott with Sword of Destiny (2000pc LE)
Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nega Scott
Dorbz: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott Pilgrim 3-pack (500pc LE)
Rock Candy: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Ramona Flowers (1250pc LE)
Wave 1: STAR WARS (Announced June 5)
The first wave of exclusives Funko announced was their Star Wars line. Most of what they showed focused on the recent Rogue One and The Force Awakens movies, as to be expected, but that Leia/R2-D2 2-pack is on point.
Funko’s first round of exclusives for San Diego Comic Con 2017 come from a galaxy far, far away!
From recent fan favorites Bodhi Rook, Combat Assault Tank Trooper, and 6-inch holographic Snoke to the timeless pairing of R2-D2 with holographic Princess Leia, these figures are essential for every Star Wars fan!
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Bodhi Rook
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Combat Assault Tank Trooper
Pop! Star Wars: 6″ Supreme Leader Snoke (Glow-in-the-Dark)
Pop! Star Wars: Holographic Princess Leia & R2-D2
“If we’re gonna date, you may have to defeat my seven evil exes…”
Do you know this one girl with hair like this? Think it’s Ramona Flowers? Nice try, but it’s actually this fantastic Ramona Flowers cosplay from the movie Scott Pilgrim vs The World by Mia Moore! You can find her on Facebook to check out her other costumes (Hint: she really likes variants of Ramona Flowers, and who can blame her!) or visit her website at XO Mia, where you can find awesome tutorials and convention recaps galore! All photos by Aperture Ashley.
Like the perfect wine and cheese, the strudel with le crème, or the beer with another beer, watching the right two movies back to back can bring out the finer, subtler qualities in both. That’s why I’ve assembled a list of my personal suggestions for possible double-feature nights. For the sake of variety (and because I like to challenge myself) I chose to avoid using direct sequels or deliver a double dose of a writer/director in the same pairing.
Get Down! Get Down Again! The Running Man (1987) / Total Recall (1990)
I avoided pairing movies with the same writers, directors, or lead actors…with this one exception, because I for a time was not sure which movie was which. Yeah, Arnold’s action movies are all chock full of one liners, explosions, “babes” of the day, and silly villains with sillier deaths, but these two both throw Schwarzenegger into man on the run situations so similar and satisfying it really is hard to know where one stops and the other begins.
Which to Watch First? The Running Man has some of the most groan worthy one-liners you will ever hear, like when Maria Conchita Alonso asks Arnold what happened to Buzzsaw, who was just previously bisected with a chain saw, Arnold replies “he had to split” and his fight with hockey-themed stalker named Sub-Zero is a standout. Total Recall, for all its 90’s tropes, is still a Paul Verhoven film and has more to it than the simple exterior suggests. The action matches the fun of Running Man and is guilty of its own terrible lines, but getting those laughs out of the way can help you appreciate the solid qualities in Total Recall. The ambiguity on reality, alone gives it points for giving its audience some thinking room. The Running Man
Even in the Future Nothing Works! – The Fifth Element (1997) / Serenity (2005)
These two are an obvious match. They’re both futuristic, space-based, sci-fi action movies with large, ineffective governments clashing with the little guy and except for only one having aliens, both Besson’s and Whedon’s future visions are very culturally diverse. The stories differ but the archetypes are familiar. I could see Korben and Mal getting a drink while Shepherd Book and Father Cornelius discussed scripture, and River and Leeloo finger-painted or beat up tough guys or did whatever two crazy super powered girls would do.
Which to Watch First? I recommend beginning The Fifth Element, and after all the colorful fun, ‘splosions and 90’s end credits music you can jump straight into Serenity’s dustier adventure through the not so shiny future. Elements of Serenity hit a bit harder as well, so best to save those for last. The Fifth Element
Huzzah for 80’s Fantasy! – The Dark Crystal (1982) / Legend (1985)
It is hard to think of many quality live actions fantasy films from the pre-CG era, but these two always to come to mind first. Unlike more memorable fantasy movies in recent history, both of these movies were original stores and not adaptations from source material. The Dark Crystal highlights Brian Froud’s notable creativity and we are lucky that Jim Henson was there to bring these creations to the screen, and amazingly do so practically. Legend uses a classic stable of fantasy creatures such as goblins, unicorns, witches, and Tim Curry but through the use of academy award worthy makeup and prosthetic effects that make them more than stock creatures.
Which to Watch First? Ironically Legend is the decidedly darker of the two movies, and I feel the opening music and narration of The Dark Crystal is a good gateway. Finishing with Legend’s theatrical ending and original closing song by “Tangerine Dream” is more satisfying that Crystal’s successful but strangely somber ending. The Dark Crystal
You’re not Claustrophobic, Are You? – Alien (1979) / The Descent (2005)
After watching these two back to back, you’ll probably want to roll around in a sunny field full of daisies, because anything darker or more confined will give you waking nightmares. While the subsequent films in the Alien franchise are all action heavy, our first introduction to Ripley and the Xenomorph is a tense, ominous, horror movie: seven crew members and a killer alien trapped on cavernous space ship where “no one can hear you scream.” The Descent is one of the best horror films released in the thousands and traps our leads in a literal cave full of hungry mutated humanoids. The jump scares are typical but predominantly very effective making this a fun one to watch with an audience, but the mental instability of lead Sarah and claustrophobic scenes of spelunking are the most riveting.
Which to Watch First? Starting with Alien will give you an intentionally slow crawl into this pairing, and more enjoyable character time before shit hits the fan. The melancholic ending will transition well to the jolting start of The Descent and again I will recommend the original UK ending, as it is unquestionably better and may even make you rethink the ending of Alien. Alien
Video Games and Real Life Had Twins! – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) / Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
These two love letters to video games and arcade nostalgia pair well because they are two answers to the same question. Scott Pilgrim starts off with an 8-bit Universal title and introduces video game elements into the real world of Toronto, and Ralph puts us a world of video games that functions just like real life (sort of). You’ll have to decide if you’d rather have life like a video game or a video game like life, but if The Sims start playing me I’m going to be worried.
Which to Watch First? Another case in which I will leave it to your taste. I would watch the family film first, and then the one made for grown-ups but they’re similar in tone, pace, and length to not make much difference. Though SP has better music. What you should actually watch first is “Raiders of the Lost Arcade” segment from “Futurama.”
Band On the Road – The Blues Brothers (1980) / O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Twenty years apart in the making, and over forty in the setting these two films are incredibly different stylistically, but both have a group of musical criminals (or criminally inclined musicians) on the quest for charity and redemption, evading the law and various other colorful enemies they meet along the way. Neither are traditional musicals, but both are driven by a vast array of diegetic performances evocative of the locales the bands go through. They have very different senses of humor, which is why you won’t find Animal House paired with Fargo on this list, but these two form a pair of fun musical episodic adventures.
Which to Watch First? Here I’m really going to say it comes down to taste. Blues Brothers is the more farcical comedy with an upbeat soundtrack and O Brother is a retelling of “The Odyssey” through the music of the Depression-era American South. I’d prefer starting with Blues Brothers, but that’s just me. Tie
Creature Features with Likeable Bait – Jaws (1975) / Lake Placid (1999)
I’m not a huge fan of the run of the mill giant thing wants to eat you type creature features, but Jaws is the oft imitated, never duplicated template that set the bar for the whole genre. One reason Jaws still holds up, while most others do not, is that the human characters and the creature feel like equals and do not overshadow the other. Of course the shark is the anti-hero of the movie, getting his own POV kills before we even meet our full cast but by the time Brody, Quint, and Hoop-ah! set out to get him we know we’re in for a fight. It’s like Rocky II. Lake Placid plays out more like Home Alone 2, if Kevin was played by Bill Pullman, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Platt, and Bridget Fonda, and the burglars and hotel staff were a giant alligator. And Betty White is the pigeon lady. That cast alone elevates a surprisingly clever script of what I think is an underappreciated, solid creature feature.
Which to Watch First? It’ll be interesting either way, but seeing Jaws begin so many clichés for its genre and then seeing the next generation’s homage garners more appreciation for the tropes than rehashing them because they ought to. You also don’t want to go backwards from the impressive animatronic and CG alligator to the barely functional Bruce. Jaws
The Black and White of Neo Noir – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) / Brick (2006)
Tonally these movies could not be more different, but they have their roots in similar pulp, noir, detective material and are both revolve around a murder mystery. They are also both products of a sole writer/director on the project, and I find movies like that tend make more of an impression; in this case KKBB and Brick show how differently Shane Black and Rian Johnson can interpret similar source material, while pulling fantastic performances from Robert Downey, Jr. and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Which to Watch First? Brick. No question that while Brick is a heavy, gritty movie, you will rather take a walk through those grimy streets first to wind up at a Hollywood party with gay Val Kilmer than the other way around. Brick
Pleasing Your Eye Holes – The Fall (2006) / Pan’s Labyrinth/“El Laberinto del Fauno” (2006)
Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth is the more well known of these two, and even though they came out the same year and had many similarities, Tarsem Singh’s The Fall remains largely unknown to people who aren’t Lee Pace fangirls. Both of these films use the imaginations of young, traumatized girls as gateways to strikingly visual fantasy worlds. Putting these two films from foreign auteurs together is like matching The Wizard of Oz with Alice in Wonderland with more whimsy in the setting than the words.
Which to Watch First? Most people have already seen Pan’s Labyrinth and even though it is subtitled, while The Fall is in English, del Toro’s narrative is easier to follow and the world is more instantly engrossing. Pan’s Labyrinth / El Laberinto del Fauno
Non-American Love for American Action Movies – Hot Fuzz (2007) / Seven Psychopaths (2012)
It can be said that if you’ve seen one action movie you’ve seen them all, but that’s because for a lot of movie buffs they literally have. I wouldn’t call either of these movies parodies but Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths have a lot of laughs and fun with honest appreciation for all the good and bad action movies so influential to their careers. Hot Fuzz calls out its targets by name and is an Easter egg hunt of direct references, while Psychopaths is a more meta deconstruction of the genre and the writing process, but still with lots and lots of violence. To quote Sam Rockwell’s character, “Life-affirming, schmife-affirming. It’s called Seven fucking Psychopaths!”
Which to Watch First? Seven Psychopaths’ opening scene comparing the deaths of movie mobsters with real mobsters, delivered by Michael Pitt and Michael Stuhlbarg of Boardwalk Empire (a show about mobsters), so quickly sets the course for this movie’s take on reality that I was on board from the first few lines. While not as dark as McDonagh’s previous film, In Bruges, Psychopaths is big on the death, but the critiques it makes on the genre will be appreciated when revisited in the overall funnier Hot Fuzz. Seven Psychopaths
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