Today's selection is about a character from Over There named Judge Dredd.
No, not Sylvester Stallone. The real thang, from Karl Urban, "Scottie" "Dr. McCoy" on the J.J. Abrams' excellent Star Trek reboot franchise.
Not only is Urban the absolute highlight of the new Star Trek stuff (he does the seemingly impossibly by playing a dead-on version of Dr.Leonard McCoy without just aping DeForrest Kelley), but he was sublime as Dredd. Some of the GREATEST chin-acting of all time. His eloquent use of very simple and minimal body language was just amazing.
Post by coke & comics on Dec 25, 2016 22:20:29 GMT -5
Iron Man. A definite contender for my list. A great film. If this hadn't been so good, we may have no MCU. And this remains one of the best of the series.
Dredd. An awesome film.
Justice League: New Frontier. One of the best comics ever, and this adaptation is hard to argue with.
Lois & Clark. I quite enjoyed this show when it was on.
Adventures of Superman. Haven't seen much of it.
Flash Gordon (1980). I mean, the soundtrack is great. And the costumes are cool.
*Haven't seen: Fullmetal Alchemist (Not a huge anime guy; want to learn more, but more inclined toward films than series) Immortal (Greatly appreciate the recommendation; will hunt it down; one day I won't be an idiot about European comics) Speed Racer (Only ever heard people hating this film; I'll check it out)
"We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be." ~Angel
"For all their indisputable intelligence, men take this farce as something serious, and that is their tragedy." ~Brothers Karamazov
Post by Reptisaurus! on Dec 26, 2016 0:28:13 GMT -5
5. Batman: The Brave and the Bold. (2008-2010)
Because I love team-up books like some men love their mothers.
And it's a comic history nerds dream, with the '50s Green Arrow palling around with the '00s Blue Beetle, and the most Outrageous Aquaman ever. And the Dick Sprang Batman will always be my favorite Batman.
Post by Prince Hal on Dec 30, 2016 13:18:21 GMT -5
#5 The Phantom (1996)
Didn’t think I’d see the love for this one this year, but I’m thrilled. It got so much right about the Phantom, from the delicate balance between fun and suspense, with just the right touch of irreverence balanced by legit suspense.
I didn’t care for Treat Williams’ campy take on the villain (though his chaos-worship is eerily prescient of the Ledger Joker and a current real-world villain: “Like I've always said, there is opportunity in chaos.”), but loved Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Catwoman-esque Sala and Diana Palmer’s more modern, independent woman aspect, and the period flavor was just fine. Something about the costume was a bit off, too (the "tattoos," the sudden appearance of eye-black when Kit put on the mask), but I could overlook it in light of the rest of what was going on.
Great stunts and set pieces, a self-aware Kit Walker ably played by Billy Zane, a great turn as a despicable henchman by future Dexter co-star James Remar, and crisp direction by Simon (Lonesome Dove) Wincer, an Australian, who grew up loving the character.
Never understood the lack of enthusiasm with which it was greeted. The marketing seemed off to me, though, from the poster to the taglines to the trailer, and maybe it became just one more old-fashioned adventure movie looking to cash in on a trend -- The Rocketeer (1991), The Shadow (1994) – that never quite took off.
(Although it was followed by Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Mummy (1999), which both were big hits…)
Anyway, I’ll always watch this if I see it on, and of course, my boys love it still.
"The rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance." -- The Tempest, 5.1
Post by M. W. Gallaher on Dec 31, 2016 9:24:17 GMT -5
#5 Batman (1966 tv series) As a preteen, it was impossible to resist this show. Batman was everywhere, and I was mesmerized. I wanted the toys (although all I got was the Bat-periscope, which I still have). I wanted the bubblegum cards (I got a few, and eventually bought a full reprint set--thank you 90's comic shops!). I wanted to listen to the theme song again and again. For some reason, I didn't especially want to read the comic books, and I'm not sure I was even aware that they existed, although I can't imagine how I could have not known that, since I remember my next door neighbor's father explaining, to my unbelieving astonishment, that Batman was actually about as old as Superman (I assumed Batman was a new creation, while Superman was obviously a show produced many years ago). Unfortunately, I didn't always get to watch the show. My brother, who had the seniority of control over the tv, and who never had any interest in super-heroics, frequently vetoed my choice, particularly, as I recall, on night two when the show aired twice weekly. But of what I did see, I loved: The Batmobile! The Batcave! Mr. Freeze--the most captivating of the villains, easily the scariest and most threatening! Bookworm! Batman! Robin! Guest stars Green Hornet and Kato! Batgirl!
Not everything about the show was great, even to my young, less discriminating self: The Joker's mustache! Aunt Harriet! Eartha Kitt Catwoman! Villains with less interesting costumes, like Louie the Lilac and Shame! The bumbling Chief O'Hara!
Like the Adventures of Superman, this primed me to gravitate toward DC when I started reading comics, particularly Brave and Bold and World's Finest. For that, my thanks go to the thrilling, spectacular Batman!