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Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.
With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.
Sin City (2005)
Co-directed by comic creator Miller and digital filmmaking pioneer Robert Rodriguez, this adaptation stayed faithful to the source material, with the filmmakers shooting actors on green screen and rendering the locations - almost exactly how they appeared on the page - in post-production.
Ghost World (2001)
Long before he was jousting with Shia Labeouf, comics »
• Russell Brand, Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), and Austin Abrams (The InBetweeners) are reportedly in talks to star in Vernon God Little for director Werner Herzog (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans). Based on Dbc Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning novel, the story is a dark, satirical portrait of a Texas town in the aftermath of a school shooting told from the point of view of its 15-year-old protagonist. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
★★☆☆☆Largely ignored by cinema audiences both in the UK and across the pond, directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's Girl Mostly Likely (2012) may also struggle to find adoration on the small screen. Whilst there are occasional moments of fun insight, it largely fails to harness the sharp comedic skills of star Kristen Wiig and suffers from a sketchy and unfocused script. Wiig is Imogene, a struggling writer who is part of an elitist New York literary circle, due largely to her 'connected' boyfriend and (now floundering) writing career. Her life begins to quickly fall apart when she loses both her lover and her job.
- CineVue UK
‘Whiplash’: Sundance Film Festival Awards’ rare double winner (photo: Miles Teller in ‘Whiplash’) Directed by Damien Chazelle — and acquired for domestic distribution by Sony Pictures Classics — Whiplash won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. The story of a young, ambitious 19-year-old drummer (played by 26-year-old Miles Teller) under the tutelage of a ruthless teacher (J.K. Simmons), Whiplash also features Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Chris Mulkey, and Damon Gupton. Whiplash‘s double Sundance Film Festival win is quite rare. Previous such instances in Sundance’s three-decade history include Tony Bui’s Three Seasons in 1999, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Quinceañera in 2006, Lee Daniels’ Precious in 2009, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station last year. Of these, Precious is — somewhat surprisingly — the only Sundance double winner to have succeeded both at the domestic box office and during awards season, »
- Andre Soares
Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield have been announced as the father/son combo at the heart of Ten Thousand Saints; the upcoming movie from American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. The story follows teenager Jude (Butterfield) who, after his best friends’ death from a drug overdose, moves in with this hippie father (Hawke) and starts a straight edge lifestyle with the local youth culture. It is based on the 2011 book of the same name by Eleanor Henderson which has been described as ‘vivid’ and ‘incredibly unforgettable’.
Hailee Steinfeld was confirmed at the end of last year to play Butterfield’s love interest Eliza. Butterfield and Steinfeld first worked together in Gavin Hood’s Ender’S Game last year and this is their second project together based on a novel. Alongside Ten Thousand Saints Butterfield will also film King Of The Kastle alongside Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver this year. »
- Victoria Bull
Joel and Ethan Coen movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ tops 2014 National Society of Film Critics Awards (Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) The National Society of Film Critics is the last major U.S.-based critics’ group to announce their annual winners. This year, their top film was Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a comedy-drama about a hapless folk singer. Inside Llewyn Davis also earned honors for the directors, star Oscar Isaac, and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. Additionally, the Coen brothers’ film was the runner-up in the Best Screenplay category. Inside Llewyn Davis is the first movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen to win the top prize at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Back in early 2008, whereas most critics’ groups — and the Academy Awards — went for the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, the Nsfc selected instead Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. »
- Steve Montgomery
6 items from 2014
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