Archive for the ‘Comics go to the movies’ Category

Comics go to the movies – Surrogates

February 2, 2011

I saw this a few months ago, streaming it on my iPhone, and it didn’t make much of an impression me. It basically concerns people living their lives through synthetic versions of themselves. It’s “missing out on life” theme seemed better suited for the Logan’s Run-esque sci fi of the 70s. (Happy to see publisher Top Shelf doing well. Head guy Chris Staros is terrific.)

Comics go to the movies – Modesty Blaise

January 27, 2011

I’ve been watching streaming movies on Netflix an awful lot since getting my iPhone. It certainly comes in handy when you’re sick in bed. I had both back and stomach problems this weekend so I ended up watching Modesty Blaise from 1966, based on the long running British comic strip written by Peter O’Donnell (who died just last year). It concerns a thief who, with her platonic male companion, ends up a spy. Yep, a concept straight from the swinging 60s. The movie camps it up, not to an Austin Powers level, and not to a level of being, well, entertaining. Mostly it’s just incompressible.

I hadn’t read any of the source material…until today. In the spirit of being a well-informed blogger I dug out a reprint book that I bought at a holiday sale at my fav comics store, Comix Connection. I find adventure strips to be a tricky read but this was quite enjoyable. Seems like it would make a good movie…and maybe it already has.

In the early 00s a direct-to-DVD movie was made just so Miramax could extend their film rights for Quentin Tarantino. Alas, it’s not available for streaming. When I see it (someday) I’ll give you a full report.

What I’m reading – Wanted

November 5, 2010


If you have seen the movie, it’s very different from the book.

Full disclaimer: I saw the movie before reading the comic. (Heretic!) And what I had read up to this week was just snippets in Barnes and Noble. (Sacrilege!!) And the trade copy I read this week I got for $5 at the Allentown Comic Con and did have the above image on the cover since it was the official movie tie-in edition. (Blasphemy!!!!)

What I’m reading – Scott Pilgrim

September 24, 2010

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I was in NYC last week to do a cartoon/straight jacket presentation (not kidding) and, of course, stopped at the fabulous Strand Bookstore, where everything is discounted. They had volumes 2, 3, 5 and 6. I already have 1, so I bought 4 for full-price (shudder) at another comic shop. It was really great. Can’t wait to see the film version once it gets to DVD since it left theaters soooooo fast.

Comics go to the movies – Jonah Hex

July 5, 2010

Based on the trailer here, the movie version of the DC Comic should have been a lot better. (I drug a couple of friends to it even though it got horrible reviews). Take a look at the trailer and you’ll see just what the movie needs more of: Gatling gun horses!

A league of my own

June 1, 2010

Not how you see the library in real life

Sure, I go to sites, read comments, but rarely post. The Onion’s AV Club had a post about entertainment pilgrimages and I had to chime in. Here’s what I wrote:

By chance I re-watched the extras on my League of Extraordinary Gentlemen DVD just before going to Prague to visit my wife. LEO was filmed there but mostly on sets except for the library at the beginning and the stairs they walk down to see Nemo’s car. In Prague we trekked across the city to the monestary-ish joint where the library is and it was closed. Came back the next day, it was closed for lunch. Went to lunch, came back, still not open. (Since I’m the only one in the world who liked LEO I would whisper-yell at the crowd “I know you’re all big fans..”) When we finally got in we found that you couldn’t actually go in the library, Just see it from a roped off door at the far end. (Tried to find the stairs just by look. Found them but didn’t realize it till I got home to look at the DVD yet again.)

Road to Perdition and THE LAW!

May 19, 2010

In the “Graphic Novel to Film” class I teach we look at Road to Perdition. Jude Law plays a sleazy photographer/hitman in the film (a character that is not in the graphic novel) and one of my students refered to him in his reading blog as “The Law.” So any time he was mentioned in class the next day, that’s what we called him.

I think once Jude Law’s career takes the next inevitable step of appearing  in only direct-to-DVD action films, can make a meta actioner and call himself “The Law.”

Graphic Novel to Film presentations

April 6, 2010

 Well, it’s that time of year again. The students in my Graphic Novel to Film class have pick the subjects for their final presentations. It can be any comics to film adaptation that we hadn’t covered in class. Here’s the rundown:




This student is also looking at the earlier B&W, non-musical film.



This student is also looking at the the TV Hulk movie where they tried to introduce Rex Smith as Daredevil


Seriously, I haven’t the slightest idea what this is.


This student is also looking at the Thomas Jane and the Dolph Lundgren versions.




What I’m reading – The Middleman

March 19, 2010

Written first as a script that didn’t get produced, then turned into a comic, then turned into a TV show. I saw the show first and the comic read just like it, verbatim, and it works much better on TV.

The Cinematologist will see you now

March 17, 2010

Ever watch a superhero/sci-fi/horror/etc. movie and think, “Could that really happen to a human body?” Well, my friend (and grad school buddy) Kriota Wilberg answers these questions on her blog The Cinematologist. And here’s a video of her explaining how Peter Parker might be able to shoot webs out of his wrists in the Spiderman movies.