Holiday Film Marathon at My Multiplex: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Desperaux, and The Spirit

Posted by Guest Author on Jan 2, 2009 in Animation, Cinema, Comic Books

Joe Strike - Holiday Film Marathon at My Multiplex: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Desperaux, and The Spirit

Editor’s Note: This week we’re lucky to have film critic Joe Strike offers us his insights and first impressions of the films The Day the Earth Stood Still, Desperaux, and The Spirit.

I tell you, the synchronicity around here can really get to you sometimes. The other morning I went to see The Day the Earth Stood Still, or as us folks in a hurry like to call it, TDTESS (which is stupid since they’re all one-syllable words anyway). Weekend morning shows are $6.00 at my just-up-the-street cinema, I thank you from the bottom of my recession, AMC. Read more…

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The Spirit: Two TV Trailers

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 26, 2008 in Cinema, Comic Books

Being a Will Eisner fanboy I sort of have mixed feelings from what I’ve seen of the upcoming film The Spirit so far. The clips seems a bit better than I thought, but I still feel like the idea of turning The Spirit into some sort of superhero is misplaced as what makes him so special is that he’s so ordinary on a certain level.

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The Latest Poster for The Spirit Makes Me Dispirited

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 21, 2008 in Comic Books

The Spirit Poster

I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but I don’t have high hopes for The Spirit. Don’t get me wrong from what I’ve seen of the film looks fantastic (so it’s not a lack of budget), but it looks like the movie won’t be true to the spirit of the comic book that Will Eisner created. Eisner’s characters would be very much at home on the set of a film noir movie, but his stories aren’t about action heroes but about regular folks (so to speak).

Instead of a ham fisted approach to the movie I would have preferred that a team Coen Brothers tackle a film like this instead of trying to make the property into something that it’s not. Also at the risk of sounding like a whiney fanboy — you’ll notice the one thing that’s missing from that poster is Will Eisner’s name in big letters. Yeah I know that’s not “part of the marketing”, but it tells me that there’s a lack of respect for the story.

Poster found via newsarama.com.

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