Posts Tagged ‘From Hell’

Comic Book Movie July – Final Thoughts

Donnerstag, Juli 31st, 2008

Persepolis, 300, Sin City, V for Vendetta, A History of Violence, Constantine, Ghost World, From Hell – eight unique movies that have little in common except that they are based on comic books. For Comic Book Movie July, I assembled them and tried to investigate whether that actually meant anything – an endeavour that quickly failed. Instead I wrote about them in the most boring fashion possible. But now, for the final conclusion of glorious Comic Book Movie July, the first and probably last Theme Month at Fabricated Truth, I will reexamine the question.

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Comic Book Movie July – V for Vendetta

Freitag, Juli 18th, 2008

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November”. You don’t know why you should remember the fifth of November? Obviously, you either aren’t British or not very well versed in your country’s history. On November fifth of 1605, Guy Fawkes and a number of co-conspirators tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, killing the King (James I.) and many other leaders of the country in the process. The Gunpowder Plot, as it is now known, failed and Fawkes was later executed. To this day, the failure (or the attempt) is celebrated throughout the Commonwealth on the fifth of November. But don’t worry, you don’t need to remember any of that to enjoy V for Vendetta.

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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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Minute Movie Review – V for Vendetta

Freitag, März 14th, 2008

Review:

V for Vendetta is based on a comic of the same name by Alan Moore, who was so fed up with Hollywood’s versions of his visions, he refused to even be named in the credits for this one. But unlike “From Hell” or “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen“, this film stayed true to the original story (although it is updated to our time). In a future Britain, an all-powerful government promises to keep the country from collapsing like the rest of the world. But the people’s freedom is restricted too much and a single “terrorist”, code-named V, fights the government. Remembering Guy Fawkes, he tries to steer up a revolution. The film is a mixture of political drama and action and as that works very well. It’s smart, it’s witty and it’s insightful – and just oh so much fun. A brilliant film that everyone should see.

Random Observations:

V for Vendetta at imdb.com

The title of this blog, Fabricated Truth, was actually inspired by this movie (or maybe the comic, I can’t recall). There is a quote along the lines of: “Artists use lies to tell the truth, politicians to cover it up”. In this spirit, the truth may be fabricated here, but it’s alright and even good.

Natalie Portman shaved her hair for this film. Now that is dedication. She also spoke with a British accent that sadly was not as noticeable in “The Other Boleyn Girl“.

My favourite funny-man Stephen Fry has a part in this that wasn’t in the graphic novel. Maybe that is why I like the movie so much more.