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50 Greatest Comic Book Movie Adaptations

When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!

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55. The Adventures of Tintin

Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012

Price: DVD $34.95, Blu-ray $43.95

Studio: Music Box

Eric Elmosnino is Serge Gainsbourg and Laetitia Casta is Brigitte Bardot in Gainsbourg.

The life and career of French singer-songwriter-provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, who’s often regarded as the personification of 1960s cool, is the subject of the 2010 biographical film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.

As a singer-songwriter whose landmark musical output includes such sexually infused and scandalous 1960s songs as “Je t’aime … moi non plus” and “Les Sucettes,” he is often regarded as one of the world’s most influential popular musicians. His impassioned music was matched only by his legendarily excessive lifestyle and love affairs with Europe’s most beautiful women, including chanteuses Juliette Greco and Jane Birkin and international sex symbol Brigitte Bardot.

Directed by famed French comic book artist-turned-director Joann Sfar, the film begins with the Gainsbourg’s childhood in Nazi-occupied France and moves through his
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Serge Gainsbourg: His music sounds more luscious than ever, but the new hipster biopic 'Gainsbourg' doesn't do him justice

Serge Gainsbourg: His music sounds more luscious than ever, but the new hipster biopic 'Gainsbourg' doesn't do him justice
I’ll never forget the moment I first experienced the pop rapture of Serge Gainsbourg. It was sometime in the mid-’90s (I tend to catch up to stuff rather late — I didn’t hear the Velvet Under- ground’s first album until 1992), and I was in a noisy drinking establishment in my West Village neighborhood called Bar d’O, a name that Gainsbourg — who had a famous fling with Brigitte Bardot — would surely have appreciated. I was on my second martini, and the place was so loud that I couldn’t hear the music all that well. So when
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Saving Private Perez Modest, Seven Days In Utopia Bombs: Box Office

Miguel Rodarte, producer Wally von Borstel, Saving Private Perez Neil Patrick Harris-Katy Perry's The Smurfs Tops International Box Office, John Lasseter's Cars 2 vs. Cars Comparison Featuring Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo, in addition to Lucas Black, Brian Geraghty, and Deborah Ann Woll, first-time filmmaker Matt Russell's Golf & God drama Seven Days in Utopia opened with a highly uninspiring $1.23m at 561 locations. Seven Days in Utopia averaged an ungodly $2,203 per site according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Not faring any better, Beto Gómez's Mexican comedy Salvando al Soldado Perez / Saving Private Perez drew $670k at 161 locations, averaging $4,161 per site. Remember, all things being equal, the smaller the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be. Now, a clarification: as a non-English-language film clearly targeting Mexicans and Spanish-speakers living in the Us, Saving Private Perez couldn't really
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Weekend Preview: The Debt, Detective Dee, Gainsbourg, Resurrect Dead, Love Crime & More

You probably wish you were at either the Venice or Telluride Film Festival this weekend, but if you're staying local there are several indie releases worth checking out (we'll share the goods on the festivals). Among this weekend's options are Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (indieWIRE's Pick of the Week), The Debt, getting its long-awaited theatrical run after playing Toronto 2010, and Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, which Variety says is "both evocative and faithful in its depiction of the famed French singer's lascivious life." More films and details, reviews and trailers are below: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, France | Dir: Joann Sfar; Cast: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta | B- criticWIRE | 77% Tomatometer, 55% Metacritic | Sfar ...
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Gainsbourgs

  • MUBI
"A little bit of phantasmagoria and a lot more 'And-then-he-fucked…' grungy glamour, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is at its best when its mythologizing is carnal and infused with cabaret, and not making the inflated claim of its title." Bill Weber in Slant: "Writer-director Joann Sfar, a comic artist adapting his own graphic novel's version of the life of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, generally eschews staples of the musician biopic like stage-performance recreations and studio-session drama. His focus is first on the artist as a boy in Nazi-occupied Paris, born Lucien Ginsburg (Kacey Mottet Klein), wearing a yellow 'Juif' star with poise and already cultivating his interests in art and women, and then how he fashioned himself into the roguish seducer personified in the 1960s hit-making persona of salacious Serge (Eric Elmosnino, a near-lookalike with the requisite lascivious panache and curled lip)."

Sylviane Gold opens her New York Times piece on the film,
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Trailer Watch: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life; Jazz, Pop, Babes

Trailer Watch: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life; Jazz, Pop, Babes
Biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life captures the compelling saga of one of France's great characters, the infamous, influential, and hugely talented Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosino). See the trailer (posted below); New York Vulture posts an enchanting exclusive clip of Brigitte Bardot and Gainsbourg singing the Bonny and Clyde theme. Comic book artist Joann Sfar directs this portrait of Gainsbourg, beginning with his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, through his struggles as a jazz musician, and then his rise to pop stardom in '60s Paris. And the French musician's amours were gorgeous and sexy, from Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis) and Bardot (Laetitia Casta) to Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Music Box Films will release Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life on August 31.
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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life gets 2 new movie clips

Music Box Films' Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life - a.k.a. Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) - stars Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï and Sara Forestier. The music drama biopic opens opens August 31st and is helmed and written by renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar, based on her own graphic novel of the same title. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar.
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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life gets 2 new movie clips

Music Box Films' Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life - a.k.a. Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) - stars Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï and Sara Forestier. The music drama biopic opens opens August 31st and is helmed and written by renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar, based on her own graphic novel of the same title. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar.
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‘Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life’ Trailer

We just got the poster, and Apple now has the trailer for Joann Sfar‘s directorial debut, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. A biopic of musician Serge Gainsbourg, played here by Summer Hours actor Eric Elmosnino, it shows how he rose to fame through his classic music, as we expect a biopic to do. Also chronicled are his relationships with legendary women of the day, like Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco, and Jane Birkin, the lattermost of whom he had a daughter with, singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

I’m sure that there’s an interesting story to tell with the man’s life, but I’m not really getting it from this preview. Even though the cinematography is all quite lovely (as are the women), all I could really think while watching the trailer is “Walk Hard.” That’s a movie which managed to completely deconstruct the musical biopic subgenre, and
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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life movie poster

Movie poster for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life directed by Joann Sfar Check out the first movie poster for Music Box Films' Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (a.k.a. Vie héroïque), starring Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï and Sara Forestier. The drama helmed by Joann Sfar opens on August 31st. Taking the best from La Vie En Rose and AMÉLIE, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar...
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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life movie poster

Movie poster for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life directed by Joann Sfar Check out the first movie poster for Music Box Films' Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (a.k.a. Vie héroïque), starring Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï and Sara Forestier. The drama helmed by Joann Sfar opens on August 31st. Taking the best from La Vie En Rose and AMÉLIE, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar...
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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life movie poster

Movie poster for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life directed by Joann Sfar Check out the first movie poster for Music Box Films' Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (a.k.a. Vie héroïque), starring Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï and Sara Forestier. The drama helmed by Joann Sfar opens on August 31st. Taking the best from La Vie En Rose and AMÉLIE, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar...
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Twelve

Scream 4

Opens: April 15th 2011

Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Mary McDonnell, Emma Roberts Director: Wes Craven

Summary: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with family and friends, but it also brings about the return of Ghostface which puts the whole town in danger.

Analysis: Back in late 1996 when I first began covering film news, "Scream" was released and became more than just a sleeper hit. After years of genre movies being relegated to direct-to-video status, this comedic slasher spawned the biggest surge in the horror film genre since "Halloween" almost two decades before. Its post-modern stylings and witty self-aware dialogue went on to be a big influence on films and television in general.

Yet the "Scream" series itself never could quite capture that glory again. By the time the
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Review: Gainsbourg

This is the review for Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), starring Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Mylène Jampanoï, Sara Forestier, Kacey Mottet Klein and Razvan Vasilescu, directed by Joann Sfar. Joann Sfar’s debut film documents the life of the one and only, ugly as sin, sexy as hell, Serge Gainsbourg. Sfar has set himself quite the challenge - with the title alone - to convince us of Gainsbourg’s ‘heroic’ attributes. The film captures Gainsbourg’s cheeky wit; indeed, the subtitle makes reference to his most famous song ‘Je t’aime…moi non plus’, which translates to ‘I love you…me neither’. The song was banned in many countries after its release in the 1960s, due to the sexually explicit lyrics contained within the song, and Jane Birkin’s apparent orgasm at the end.
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DVD Releases: 'Gainsbourg'

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If there’s one thing that Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg (2010) - an innovative biopic of cult French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg - told me, it’s that he smoked...a lot. And sometimes, he didn’t shave for a few days. He also had an extraordinary allure for women since pre-pubescence. However, this was about all the insight provided by Sfar's competent effort.

Like 2009’s Notorious, nothing in the film successfully told me why the eponymous lead was, first and foremost, a revolutionary and inspirational musician and songwriter, making any mention of his record work a moment of novelty, seemingly a cheap nod to music fans. Gainsbourg’s offer to write a “dirty song...about lollipops” for France Gall makes sense only to those familiar with the ridiculously obvious sexual double-meanings of her song “Lollipops”, and the camp, over-the-top reactions of a record studio executive to Gainsbourg and wife Jane Birkin’s classic “Je t’aime,
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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

Gainsbourg

Blu-ray & DVD, Optimum

What first impresses about this unusual biopic is how spot-on the casting is: Eric Elmosnino, model Laetitia Casta and the late Lucy Gordon (who committed suicide before this was released, adding an unintended air of poignancy) are the absolute spit of Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. However, what's more impressive is that, despite being armed with a cast that automatically lends such realism, first-time director Joann Sfar turns the life of singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg into a surreal fantasy fairytale. Sfar, basing the film on his graphic novel, throws in animation, puppetry and creature FX into the story. To show what Gainsbourg is thinking he has Elmosnino share scenes with Doug Jones (a rake-thin actor who has performed creature roles in Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy) as Gainsbourg's caricature alter ego, La Gueule. With such visual and filmic conceits, Gainsbourg is more about capturing the
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Gainsbourg – DVD Review

A striking opening scene set on a beach featuring young Lucien Ginsburg asking a girl if he can hold her hand and then being subsequently turned down for being to ugly begins graphic novelist turned director Joann Sfar’s electrically charged biopic. It sets the tone perfectly for what follows as we witness the ups and downs of the one and only Serge Gainsbourg: a man who perfected the art of lust but took quite a few beatings before he learnt life’s vital lesson about true love.

Unlike La Vie En Rose Sfar doesn’t offer us a straight up biopic. The film’s quite surreal imagery is nicely encapsulated in a quite wonderful animated opening credits sequence. What follows from then on is a whirlwind account of the legendary artist that deals with fantasy as well as non-fiction. Gainsbourg was a dreamer and Sfar delivers a film
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Check out the UK DVD and Blu-Ray release details for Gainsbourg

Thanks to the ultra cool folks at Optimum, we have a look at their upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release of Gainsbourg, which hits the home formats on January 10th.

A vivid interpretation of the life of one of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary artists – singer, songwriter and hellraiser, Serge Gainsbourg. Beginning with an enchanting glimpse at his early life, growing up in 1940’s occupied Paris, we follow the metamorphosis of precocious Lucien Ginsburg into ‘Serge Gainsbourg’, through his successful song-writing years in the 1960’s, until his death in 1991. Tracing not only the major steps in his musical trajectory from obscure pianist to cabaret artiste to major pop cultural phenomenon, Gainsbourg also explores lesser known dimensions of his colourful persona: his Russian/Jewish roots and his aspirations as a painter. Gainsbourg encompasses the seminal moments of his career and glamorous notoriety, including the recording of “les Seccettes”: a thinly
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Win a copy of Gainsbourg on Blu-ray

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To celebrate the release of Gainsbourg on DVD and Blu-ray, 10th of January, we are giving you three people the chance to win a copy of the French biopic in glorious high definition Blu-ray!

A vivid interpretation of the life of one of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary artists – singer, songwriter and hellraiser, Serge Gainsbourg. Beginning with an enchanting glimpse at his early life, growing up in 1940′s occupied Paris, we follow the metamorphosis of precocious Lucien Ginsburg into ‘Serge Gainsbourg’, through his successful song-writing years in the 1960′s, until his death in 1991. Tracing not only the major steps in his musical trajectory from obscure pianist to cabaret artiste to major pop cultural phenomenon, Gainsbourg also explores lesser known dimensions of his colourful persona: his Russian/Jewish roots and his aspirations as a painter. Gainsbourg encompasses the seminal moments of his career and glamorous notoriety, including the recording of
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