Michael Cera

Edgar Wright makes awesome movies. Perhaps his name sounds familiar from such films as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz? If not, please familiarize yourself with said films as soon as humanly possible. While you're at it, you may want to check out all three seasons of Arrested Development, one of the best half-hour comedies ever to grace television. Pay special attention to Michael Cera, who ever so winningly plays the young George Michael Bluth. Isn't he charming? And funny? Wasn't he fantastic in Superbad? Won't he make this fall's Nick and Norah's Ultimate Playlist even better than the sometimes trying-too-hard, over-adored novel?

As we all know from those Reese's commercials, sometimes two great tastes go great together. And it seems it's time for these two great tastes to meld when Wright directs Cera in an adaptation of Brian Lee O'Malley's freaking fantastic Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life. This awesome comic is about a guy who meets the girl of his dreams — but discovers he has to defeat her evil ex-boyfriends. (While you're at it, check out O'Malley's Lost at Sea, which is super cool but not, as far as I know, named after a song by Plumtree, which is a funny little fact about Scott Pilgrim that I just now learned).

This is a downright dreamy combination. And, just for the hell of it and since I'm talking about movies based on comic books, how awesome does Hellboy II look? And how cool is the (probably not that new, but I just discovered it yesterday) preview function on Netflix? All the teensy movies that never come here (or that I miss) and that I add to my queue, only to avoid actually getting for months — suddenly, their charms are all the more apparent! Fantastic!

Edited to add: Bryan Lee O'Malley has a few words for us over-enthusiastic internet-reading comics-junkies on his blog. Guilty as charged, Mr. O'Malley. And still really excited.

Superbad is pretty super-good, but I can't help but wonder if I would have liked it as much if it didn't star Michael Cera, whom I have also adored as George-Michael Bluth on Arrested Development and as slightly creepy campus tour guy Dean on Veronica Mars. Cera's a slender, wide-eyed 18-year-old with incredible comic timing and a subtle sense of humor that's hard to pin down. Why, exactly, is it hysterically funny when he runs (in Superbad), or when he tries to explain to his dad that his dud girlfriend is cute (in AD)? (Just say the word "mayonegg" to me and I'll keel over with laughter). Partly it's just that he looks so, so, so, so normal, like your best friend's little brother or the guy who makes those really good vanilla lattes. But he's not normal. He's brilliant.


Ahem. Sorry. Capslock excitement got the best of me there. You can also get more Michael Cera at Clark and Michael, where I am about to watch some funny interwebs TV about Clark and Michael trying to sell a script (at least that is what it says it is about). Also, there is a blog on this site, and Michael Cera most recenly blogged about Beulah, which is a band all people with good taste should like. So clearly he's more than just a pretty face the funniest 18-year-old of his era.

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