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Comic Book Movies 101: Bulletproof Monk
Comic Book Movies 101: Bulletproof Monk
Comic Book Movies 101: Bulletproof Monk

Comic Book Movies 101: Bulletproof Monk

With only a 3 issue mini-series published, I took an immense liking to the Bulletproof Monk comic book. Artists Michael Avon Oeming and Jason Baumgartner created stunning neon pop art style illustrations combining resplendent c...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: From Hell
Comic Book Movies 101: From Hell
Comic Book Movies 101: From Hell

Comic Book Movies 101: From Hell

I think it would be fair to say that cinema is to Alan Moore what the wood chipper was to Steve Buscemi in Fargo.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta, and particularly Watchmen have shown that you can produce...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Speed Racer
Comic Book Movies 101: Speed Racer
Comic Book Movies 101: Speed Racer

Comic Book Movies 101: Speed Racer

The bright lights, multitude of colours and fast-paced action of Speed Racer is a lot like Rainbow Sherbet: okay in small doses but a lot can cause a stomach ache. Directed by the brothers Wachowski, the film is not shy in push...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Howard The Duck
Comic Book Movies 101: Howard The Duck
Comic Book Movies 101: Howard The Duck

Comic Book Movies 101: Howard The Duck

Looking back at this Summer’s blockbusters, with the tent pole releases of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, and looking forward to next year’s ludicrously star-filled The Avengers, it can be hard to remember a time ...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: American Splendor
Comic Book Movies 101: American Splendor
Comic Book Movies 101: American Splendor

Comic Book Movies 101: American Splendor

  The film opens in 1950 as a housewife opens her door on Halloween to be faced by kids dressed as the popular comic book superheroes Batman, Robin, Green Lantern, Superman and a dowdy looking kid just dressed as himself… Harve...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec
Comic Book Movies 101: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec
Comic Book Movies 101: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec

Comic Book Movies 101: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec

Plot: The film charts Adele’s adventures in trying to bring her sister out of a coma. To do this she must ask a psychic scientist to revive an ancient Mummy that possesses the medical skills needed. The scientist is due to be e...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: The Last Airbender
Comic Book Movies 101: The Last Airbender
Comic Book Movies 101: The Last Airbender

Comic Book Movies 101: The Last Airbender

To say I was dragged kicking and screaming to see The Last Airbender would be an overstatement.  Whilst it wasn’t my choice to see the film, I went in with an open mind, hoping that M Night Shyamalan would prove the detractors ...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Flash Gordon
Comic Book Movies 101: Flash Gordon
Comic Book Movies 101: Flash Gordon

Comic Book Movies 101: Flash Gordon

After appearing on the cover of Playboy’s 1975 June edition under the name Andrew Cooper III, Sam J. Jones gets his first leading role as… ‘Flash – a-ah – saviour of the universe…Flash – a-ah – he’...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: The Mask
Comic Book Movies 101: The Mask
Comic Book Movies 101: The Mask

Comic Book Movies 101: The Mask

Plot reminder: Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) is a bank clerk who is sneered at, bullied and let down one too many times and contemplates throwing himself off a bridge. Instead, he discovers a mask and is transformed into his alte...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Priest
Comic Book Movies 101: Priest
Comic Book Movies 101: Priest

Comic Book Movies 101: Priest

I had high hopes for Priest. As a series of manhwa comics, it made for a very enjoyable read and could easily have been turned into a great movie, or even a series of movies. Alas, this loosely-based effort by director Scott St...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Comic Book Movies 101: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Comic Book Movies 101: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Comic Book Movies 101: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant ninja Turtles, heroes in a half shell, turtle power! Don’t pretend you didn’t sing along with that, even if it was just in your head. It’ll be stuck in ...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Josie & The Pussycats
Comic Book Movies 101: Josie & The Pussycats
Comic Book Movies 101: Josie & The Pussycats

Comic Book Movies 101: Josie & The Pussycats

Any film that begins with a parody of a boy-band singing a song delightfully entitled “Backdoor Lover” shows promise. And the fact the band members are played by funny guys such as Seth Green (Austin Powers), Brekin Meyer (Road...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Sin City
Comic Book Movies 101: Sin City
Comic Book Movies 101: Sin City

Comic Book Movies 101: Sin City

So Sin City gets to fall into a couple of our retrospective categories. The Comic Book Movie and also the Bruce Willis Action Hero.  But we have listed it as Comic Book as it is first and foremost; besides Willis only gets abou...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: 300
Comic Book Movies 101: 300
Comic Book Movies 101: 300

Comic Book Movies 101: 300

Zack Snyder made quite an impression with his debut hit Dawn Of the Dead, a remake of the George Romero horror classic. When you remake a film this highly praised and not only get away with it, but also have people like it – yo...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Solomon Kane
Comic Book Movies 101: Solomon Kane
Comic Book Movies 101: Solomon Kane

Comic Book Movies 101: Solomon Kane

It’s 1601. James Purefoy is Solomon Kane, bloodthirsty barbarian and all round nasty bastard. All this changes when he runs into the Devil’s Reaper, a demon who tells him that his soul is damned for eternity due to all hi...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: The Green Hornet
Comic Book Movies 101: The Green Hornet
Comic Book Movies 101: The Green Hornet

Comic Book Movies 101: The Green Hornet

Seth Rogen it seems has fallen into the same trap every SNL performer does when they go into making films. They have a couple of standout roles (Knocked Up, The Pineapple Express) and then suddenly everything just gets so bland...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Men In Black
Comic Book Movies 101: Men In Black
Comic Book Movies 101: Men In Black

Comic Book Movies 101: Men In Black

Ok, let’s cut to the chase: how mega is Men in Black? It’s just super; the film, the song, the aliens, Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and the cute squid-like child that is born in the back of the car. Brilliant. Shame the same can...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Comic Book Movies 101: The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Comic Book Movies 101: The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Comic Book Movies 101: The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

It’s 1899 and an alternative and much more advanced Victorian era to that of our own history. ‘The Fantom’ is trying to start a World War by committing a series of heinous crimes and planting false evidence at...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Stardust
Comic Book Movies 101: Stardust
Comic Book Movies 101: Stardust

Comic Book Movies 101: Stardust

  The village of Wall borders the magical kingdom of Stormhold. One night Dunstan Thorne manages to get past the guard posted at a gap in the wall and into the fantastical Faerie market (jar of eyeballs anyone?). There he meets...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Tank Girl
Comic Book Movies 101: Tank Girl
Comic Book Movies 101: Tank Girl

Comic Book Movies 101: Tank Girl

Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett’s trail-blazing Grrrl Zeitgeist comic character gets the big screen treatment in a pretty liberal and commercially disappointing movie adaptation directed by Rachel Talalay. Discuss…...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Comic Book Movies 101: Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Comic Book Movies 101: Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Comic Book Movies 101: Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy In 2004, Guillermo del Toro, not at this point the huge box office draw he’s now become, adapted Mike Mignola’s graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. Featuring a cast of non-human (mainly) misfits, Lovecraftian be...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Hancock
Comic Book Movies 101: Hancock
Comic Book Movies 101: Hancock

Comic Book Movies 101: Hancock

Hancock is an alcoholic superhero who sexually harasses, makes lurid insinuations and has a penchant for sticking his enemies heads up someone else’s backside (particularly if anyone calls him an asshole). He is at times ...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Superman Returns
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman Returns
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman Returns

Comic Book Movies 101: Superman Returns

And so 20 odd years after the originals, Bryan Singer tried and succeeded, yet also failed, to bring Superman back in Superman Returns, a film that divided audiences.  The connection to the Reeves films works, and works well as...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Superman IV
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman IV
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman IV

Comic Book Movies 101: Superman IV

I don’t know if “WTF” was a term that existed back in 1987 in the capacity that it does today – but if it didn’t – at the tender age of 11 or 12 I may have invented it upon watching this. It wasn’t enough that my parents rip me...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Supergirl
Comic Book Movies 101: Supergirl
Comic Book Movies 101: Supergirl

Comic Book Movies 101: Supergirl

I was under 10 at the time and easily impressed by any old shit that came along. And despite the fact that I was let down by Christopher Reeve not putting in a cameo appearance (save that work for Marc McClure why don’t they), ...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Superman III
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman III
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman III

Comic Book Movies 101: Superman III

Now in my estimation this is the most underappreciated comic book movie ever made.  You would be right to think it isn’t as dramatic or powerful as the first two. It’s even a very dated compared to the technology we have today ...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Superman II
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman II
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman II

Comic Book Movies 101: Superman II

“Come to me son of Jor-el. Kneel before Zod!” This second film was almost all in the can at the time, so the similarity in tone is understandable. Thankfully they film had already set up a trio of super-villains ready for Super...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Superman
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman
Comic Book Movies 101: Superman

Comic Book Movies 101: Superman

So the screen fades in on a theatre where the curtains open to reveal a square shaped screen shows the black and white image of a comic book that is opened and then narrated by a small child. As the panels are skimmed over we h...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Kick-Ass
Comic Book Movies 101: Kick-Ass
Comic Book Movies 101: Kick-Ass

Comic Book Movies 101: Kick-Ass

At one time superhero status was only given to those individuals who sought asylum from their home planet or were bitten by radioactive bugs and as a result had incredible powers that a mere mortal could only dream of; being ab...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Spawn
Comic Book Movies 101: Spawn
Comic Book Movies 101: Spawn

Comic Book Movies 101: Spawn

I am a huge fan of bad films. Thought I’d just start this retrospective off with that bombshell. I can appreciate the good will invested in some pretty substandard features. It’s as if you root for the underdog when...