Posts Tagged ‘Frank Miller’

Comic Book Movie July – 300

Freitag, Juli 25th, 2008

The biggest surprise of 300 came at the very end of the closing credits. There was the usual disclaimer about the film being a work of fiction and that all events and characters were fictitious and that any resemblance to actual events and/or people was purely coincidental. Surprising about that was that somehow I had always laboured under the impression that King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans that defended the pass of Thermopylae long enough to allow the Greek city states to unite and move against the Persian invaders were quite real, had fought and died at the “hot gates” (the translation of Thermopylae). But apparently, they were all a creation of Frank Miller – and looking at this movie, it is probably better to not even imagine it having any relation to actual history.

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Comic Book Movie July – Sin City

Dienstag, Juli 22nd, 2008

Sin City is pulp. Sin City is violent. Sin City is cruel. But it’s aware of all that, so it’s okay, really. Frank Miller wrote first one and then many stories set in this fictional town. Stories that explored the darker side of society. Stories that were populated by criminals, thugs, drug lords, prostitutes and unlikely heroes. Stories that were common and yet strangely new and unique. They were heralded more for their unusual visual style than for their content. And thus Miller was happy creating comics, never thinking about turning them into a film. But then along came Robert Rodriguez and everything changed.

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Comic Book Movie July – From Hell

Freitag, Juli 4th, 2008

From Hell is a strange name for a movie (or a graphic novel, for that matter). One would expect the subject to be something like Hellboy - a character straight from hell, or a hellish story at least. But this is not the case with Alan Moore’s comic book From Hell and naturally also not with the movie based on it. It’s both much simpler and much more horrifying: From Hell was the return address on one of the letters the police and press received during the brutal serial killings of Jack the Ripper, claiming to come from the murderer.

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Comic Book Movie July – An Introduction

Dienstag, Juli 1st, 2008

It’s July and July means summer all over the world. (I’m not counting the southern hemisphere here for obvious reasons.) And summer means blockbuster season in cinemas. Big, loud and often simple movies for big, loud and often simple audiences. Some may remember the time when a summer blockbuster was still an event, when movies like Return of the Jedi or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were still something to talk about for weeks to come and that literally everybody had to see during opening weekend. Then came the time when summer blockbusters became the playground for Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and Co and plot was pretty much replaced by big explosions. And in recent years, the studios didn’t even bother to hire a writer to come up with an original concept any more. Instead, they just adapted successful comic book franchises. Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man, Antman, Aquaman, X-Men, you get the idea. Superheroes doing what they do best – protecting the world from evil. This month will not deal with those movies.

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