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Posts tagged ‘Comic Book / Graphic Novel Movies’

10
Oct

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the current poster child for cool. Much like Bruce Wayne/Batman, he’s remarkably intelligent (quite possibly a genius) and his bank account has lots of zeroes in it, to the left of the period. But unlike Wayne, Stark doesn’t keep his identity a secret. He believes wholeheartedly that because he and the Iron Man are one being, that he’s untouchable and that his loved ones won’t ever be in trouble, either. And that’s where Iron Man 3 kicks up its new storyline. Read more »

25
Mar

Photo Play – The Punisher (1989)

by HELEN GEIB

The Photo Play theme for March is… a tribute to the bulletproof vest

The Punisher (1989)

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Last Week: Hit Team (2001)
Coming Next: Top Hat (1935)

25
Sep

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

When confronted with the name Frank Miller most people associate it with the ultra-violent, terrifically edgy and stylized, black and white noir-like comic book series Sin City (and its terrific film adaptation). True, hardcore comic book fans would always associate the name with the 1986 masterpiece The Dark Knight Returns. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is a brilliant adaption of the first two books (out of four) in the 200+ page comic. Read more »

30
May

Movie Review – The Avengers (2012)

by HELEN GEIB and NIR SHALEV

SUMMARY

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.; Iron Man and Iron Man 2). Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans; Captain America: The First Avenger). Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson; introduced in Iron Man 2). Thor (Chris Hemsworth; Thor). Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, taking over from Ed Norton; The Incredible Hulk). Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Read more »

28
Jul

Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Disney-owned Marvel Studios is on a roll with the success of Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010), the financial success of The Incredible Hulk (2008), and the overall awesome nature of Thor (2011). They started slowly but have now introduced most characters from The Avengers team in their own, successful live-action films. Marvel’s roll continues with Captain America: The First Avenger. Read more »

19
Jun

Movie Review – Green Lantern (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Does it always have to be an origins story? On the basis of Green Lantern, the filmmakers would have done better to have skipped the explanations and started with the sequel. Read more »

12
Jun

Movie Review – X-Men: First Class (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

With comic book adaptations being released by DC Comics and Marvel Studios left, right, and center some are bound to be a miss. But X-Men: First Class is a hit because of a good screenplay (the most important part of a film is a good script), good actors, and true X-Men fans sitting behind the keyboard and the camera. Read more »

1
Jun

Best Comic Book Movies?

by HELEN GEIB

Whether you see it as a golden age for comic book movies or just an overloaded age, there’s no fighting the deluge. In this month of X-Men: First Class and Green Lantern, with Thor and Priest to our left and Captain America and The Smurfs to our right, let’s talk about movies made from comics.

What’s the best comic book movie? The most overrated? The most underrated? And the evergreen topic for debate- because there are just so many contenders for the title: What’s the worst comic book movie ever made?

7
May

Movie Review – Thor (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Comic book (or graphic novels or what have you) film adaptations are popping up quicker than good new comics can be written. Therefore, it was a good idea to look back at the famous, or just plain good comics that their fans love, to try one’s best to adapt them into film, and to please everyone in the end. Most adaptations of Marvel Comics materials are plain terrible (Daredevil, Elektra, Hulk and The Incredible Hulk, etc.…), but some work terrifically. Thor is part of the new wave of comic book film adaptations that are terrific; films like Hellboy and Hellboy 2, Spider-Man 2, Batman Begins, Iron Man, and The Dark Knight. Read more »

16
Jan

Movie Review – The Green Hornet (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

The Green Hornet is fun at first, but turns tedious in a long middle section. After the first act sets the stage, the movie flails around in search of a plot, merely marking off the minutes until the big action finale. Read more »