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Once Upon a Superhero (2018)

On the streets of Hollywood a self proclaimed Super Hero plummets into a world of drug induced confusion and loss of self , while desperately awaiting the return of his lost Superpowers in order to return to his home : the sun


John M Kline


John M Kline


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Credited cast:
Adam Marcinowski ... Solar Flare
Yvette Monreal ... Frankie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Bush ... Doc Compton
Jason Austin Cousins Jason Austin Cousins ... Hollywood
Thomas Dekker ... Teeto
Mike Foy ... MC Deez
Marcus Gonzalez ... Prostitute
Jason R. Hughes ... Captain Boulevard
André Van Driessche André Van Driessche ... Jumbo's Bouncer


A homeless wanderer, named Solar Flare, proclaims to be a real superhero from the Sun who's been exiled to live on Earth without his superpowers for 189 days. From the personal discovery of why he was sent here (to save this planet from an apocalyptic solar flare), to the array of bizarre characters that misguide him, we follow the lost 'superhero' on what quickly becomes a downward spiral journey into the underbelly of Hollywood - a place he comes to realize is not worth saving.

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3 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Very Atmospheric and a Great Ride
3 July 2018 | by FrankSilva_2009See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a sold-out screening at the Vista in Hollywood. Perfect location! The trailer gave me a little insight for the ride I'd be on but I was not prepared for the amazing adventure I actually went on.

John Kline put together a movie like none you'll see in theaters. Basically take everything you know about Darren Aronofsky or Andrei Tarkovsky and give it another ten pumps of awesome juice. A pure trippy ride at times and very well executed. The animated sequences were where I was really sold and settled into my seat to enjoy the flick.

The lead actor Adam Marcinowski did a great job of becoming Solar Flare a drifter of the streets that we more often than not never get a chance to connect with because we think they're crazy or mentally disabled. It's a sad fact of human existence and Mr. Marcinowski made me empathize and think twice before I walk past another life that I may think is lost. His performance gives an honest grim reality of the flip side for what most of us take for granted.

The score in the film was amazing and really tied everything together.

The movie in the end had a great message and I enjoyed the dark, atmospheric ride that I went on to get there. I could see A24 distributing this film. Must see! Hopefully it'll be streaming soon. I'd probably suggest having a glass of wine or a cordial before or during this film! It's a ride of epic proportions!

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