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Anchoress
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posted 27 April 2004 12:29 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So there are a heckuva lot of movies based on comic strips - who has a fave?

I just saw 'Ghost World', and I was blown away. It was a great story, the performances were solid, and it gave me a bunch of deja-vus about the year after I graduated from HS. Ileana Douglas (sp?) was stellar, hilariously funny, and Thora Birch of course rocked.

Before that, I think I'd have pegged the original Batman as my fave.

OtToMH I can think of the following:

Batman
Superman
Ghost World
DarkMan
X-Men
The Shadow
Dick Tracey
Asterix
Spiderman
Garfield (upcoming)


Does anyone know of any movies based on foreign comic strips? Or older movies based on strips?

Also, for this thread, I'm excluding movies based on cartoons (Flintstones, Scooby Doo, etc)

BTW, WET stands for 'Weekend Entertainment Thread' - a little late this week, I know.

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al-Qa'bong
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posted 27 April 2004 12:35 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
L'il Abner, just for Julie Newmar's Stupefyin' Jones.

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Anchoress
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posted 27 April 2004 08:07 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Shameless excuse to bump this thread up - I just found out last night that MIB is also based on a comic book.
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Jesse Hoffman
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posted 28 April 2004 12:27 AM      Profile for Jesse Hoffman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmm alright well I can also think of...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
American Splendor

My favorites are probably Batman Returns, Ghost World, X-Men 2, and American Splendor.


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posted 28 April 2004 12:33 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
American Splendor is an awesome film. The recent Hellboy was fun. Ang Lee's Hulk was pretty terrible, but did have some interesting -- though unsuccessful -- formal experiments in it.

I haven't seen it, but there is a recent French film based on the Moebius comic Blueberry. I think it stars Vincent Cassel. I heard it didn't do so well, though.

Also, weren't there some Blondie movies made back in the day?


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posted 01 May 2004 09:44 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Haven't seen this one, but I'm curious to see if they did justice to the comic. I suspect not, but you never know...

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posted 02 May 2004 11:05 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Does anyone know of any movies based on foreign comic strips? Or older movies based on strips?

Yes, Anchoress. Many of the Japanese Anime movies are based on, if not strips, comic books or Manga as they are called. A few are also based on Hente (sp?), or anime porn.

I think the French are making or have made a movie about their long standing comic strip hero, Asterix. (again, sp?)


My favorite comic book to movie adaptation has to be "Spawn".


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posted 11 May 2004 10:33 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A quibble. If one is writing from Vancouver, USian strips ARE "foreign strips" - although I know the creators of Superman were Canadians, or was that just one of them?

In terms of the "foreignness" of cultures, Astérix etc are read just as much by kids and wannabee kids here as US ones are.


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posted 11 May 2004 10:53 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Canada's been sort of folded into the USian "domestic" market for comics basically the same way we have for movies; a Canadian strip or book is more of an anomaly here than a "foreign" example.

Indeed, except for a stint in during World War II, it's hard to even say we've ever had a comics industry. We're more of a scene, I guess.


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posted 16 May 2004 10:51 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by lagatta:
A quibble. If one is writing from Vancouver, USian strips ARE "foreign strips" - although I know the creators of Superman were Canadians, or was that just one of them?

In terms of the "foreignness" of cultures, Astérix etc are read just as much by kids and wannabee kids here as US ones are.


Huh? By 'foreign', I meant foreign language.


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posted 16 May 2004 10:52 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, I just found out that 'Mystery Men' is also based on a strip.
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posted 16 May 2004 01:04 PM      Profile for Jesse Hoffman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ugh, I thought Mystery Men was terrible.

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posted 16 May 2004 06:11 PM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Really? I thought it was quite fun.
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posted 16 May 2004 06:46 PM      Profile for Jesse Hoffman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Really? I thought it was quite fun.

Yeah, well I really dislike Ben Stiller and the movie just didn't appeal to me at all.

I can understand how someone would enjoy it though.


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posted 11 June 2005 04:54 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lots of new comic book movies...

I have to say I really enjoyed the Spider Man movies. IMO really shows what a difference in quality when there's a good script to work with and the performers don't phone it in (which maybe they're less likely to do cuz there's a good script! )


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posted 11 June 2005 08:20 AM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Akira was made into a good animated film.

As far as 'live action' renditions, while not taken directly from a comic, I really enjoyed the comic style of Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow.


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posted 12 June 2005 08:01 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Judge Dredd made into movie as well, and, IIRC, a particularly bad one, at that. Too bad— the comic books rocked.
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The Other Todd
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posted 12 June 2005 01:12 PM      Profile for The Other Todd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Anchoress:
Does anyone know of any movies based on foreign comic strips? Or older movies based on strips?
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Tintin was adapted into a movie, though I didn't catch it; did anyone?

Tip: if you've read the original graphic novels of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" do _not_ watch the movie.


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