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The Mystery of Kinka Usher

The answer to the eternal question: What ever happened to the director of ‘Mystery Men’?

The first thing to notice about Kinka Usher’s Twitter account — which we’ll assume is the real deal, even in the absence of a blue check mark — is its profile description: “I directed the movie that actually made All Star by Smash Mouth popular.” As far as legacies go, we can agree this would be an ignoble one, assuming that’s all there was to it. The description does not clarify the movie in question however.

So then, the second thing to notice, after a bit of scrolling, is the title of said movie: Mystery Men. The film, based on marginal superhero characters from an obscure comic book (where my Flaming Carrot fans at?) and released in 1999, stars Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, and an almost literally unbelievable list of others. Smash Mouth is indeed heard on the soundtrack
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Watch A Giant Melee In This Kick-Ass 2 Clip

It took a half-hour or so for me to get over my comic bias and accept Matthew Vaughn.s Kick-Ass for what it was: the violent, expletive-laden stepchild of a really solid vigilante tale, and a pretty exciting ride through and through, especially since it contained one of Nic Cage.s most legitimately enjoyable roles of the past decade. And honestly, I.m pretty sure the above clip from Jeff Wadlow.s Kick-Ass 2, courtesy of Movieweb, got me just as excited as anything from that first film. The fact that it brings to mind Kinka Usher.s Mystery Men may have something to do with it. Ten eye gouges full of kudos to Universal for dropping a clip that seems to be at a highly pivotal point in the movie, with Dave .Kick-Ass. Lzewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy .Hit-Girl. Macready (Chloë Grace Moretz) fearlessly standing in front of a
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Flickering Myth's Greatest Comic Book Movies: #21 - Mystery Men (1999)

Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #21...

Mystery Men, 1999.

Directed by Kinka Usher.

Starring Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Greg Kinnear, Kel Mitchell, Paul Reubens, Janeane Garofalo, Wes Studi, Geoffrey Rush, Ricky Jay, Eddie Izzard, Lena Olin, Tom Waits, Claire Forlani, Dane Cook and Doug Jones.

Superhero teams are all the rage in Hollywood these days, but before The Avengers - and even before X-Men - there was... Mystery Men.

Loosely based on the team created by Bob Burden as part of his Flaming Carrot Comics series, the film adaptation sees misfit superheroes Mr Furious (Stiller), The Shoveler (Macy) and The Blue Raja (Azaria) recruiting even more misfit superheroes in an effort to defeat the supervillain Casanova Frankenstein (Rush), who has escaped captivity and is holding the champion Captain Amazing (Kinnear) hostage.
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Rethinking Mystery Men

Feature Aliya Whiteley 25 Mar 2013 - 07:12

In the aftermath of The Avengers, isn't the underrated 1999 superhero movie Mystery Men worth reassessing?

In 1999, between the body blow of Batman And Robin and the kiss of life that was X-Men, the superhero movie was temporarily revived by a loose adaptation of the Flaming Carrot Comics. It was called Mystery Men.

It was panned, lost a lot of money, and years later the lead actor announced that it had been a terrible movie and he was ashamed of it. All of this suggests that it should be pushed under the carpet and left to rot, but there are so many great things about Mystery Men that it really doesn’t deserve that fate, no matter what Ben Stiller says about it.

To start with the plot - at heart, Mystery Men is a film about all pulling together. It’s not a novel
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Star In Your Own “Kick-ass”

Kick-Ass is Matthew Vaughn’s canny mainstream imagining of John Romita and Mark Millar’s Marvel Comic about a bunch of psychologically damaged homemade superheroes on self-empowerment rampage. Yes, I felt weird watching 11-year-old Chloe Moretz (she’s 13 now) take part in such violent shootouts. I also queasily admired Vaughn’s seemingly casual but ultimately quite calculated envelope-pushing. There’s some brutish B-movie splatter and the C-word too, but this is not transgressive filmmaking. (Indeed, while watching Kick-Ass I kept wishing I was watching the Takeshi Miike version.) Kinka Usher’s Mystery Men, adapted from Bob Burden’s comic, worked a similar concept over ten years ago, but that film...
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