Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies Based on a Graphic Novel/Comic (non-Superhero)


It's time for another Thursday Movie Picks post!  This was a fun week.  I even threw in a bonus pick, and I could have gone with a few others, to be honest.  I was kind of shocked that I found so many when I read the 'limitation' for the week, but it wasn't a limitation at all.

The theme of the week is:



So, the limitation was NO SUPERHERO MOVIES and at first you think COMIC BOOK and you think SUPERHERO but Graphic Novels in general have become wildly popular and they cover so many themes and genres.  You really would be surprised with how many pop up here and there.

So, I wanted to cover a range of subjects/genres here and so I wound up with extra, and you know what...I'm just going to go with TWO bonus picks this week.  I was only going to go with one, but what the hell.

So, first, here are my three picks:

Road to Perdition
What a technical marvel of a film, it saddens me that more people don't talk about this one.  I've always liked it, and found it to be Sam Mendes' best work, but after a conversation with fellow blogger Josh, I watched this again the other night and it is truly a marvel of a film.  Spellbinding.  Intricate.  Thrilling.  Engulfing.  Perfect.

Persepolis
What an inspired way to tell your story, to deliver an autobiography, to steal our attention and our hearts.  This beautiful (and poignant) story of a young Iranian girl growing up and growing into her own during the Islamic Revolution is equal parts charming, compelling, disturbing and emotionally arresting.  

Blue is the Warmest Colour
There are few words better suited to describe this movie other than perfection.  I spilled my guts on my thoughts regarding the film here.

BONUS #1

Ghost World
This was the first film I thought of because, in my eyes, this made Graphic Novels relevant or at least made them accessible.  Like, when people saw this and then found out it was based on a 'comic' they were like...wow...maybe I should give those a shot.  Sharp tongued and extremely poignant, this hits every nail on every head.  The only reason I didn't put this in my top 3 was that I figured it would land on a LOT of lists this week.

BONUS #2

From Hell
This movie is SO BAD, but I felt compelled to put this up here this week because...I actually read this Graphic Novel when it came out!!!  LOL, I remember that I got it at Hot Topic and my mom had no idea how brutal it was (since she was all like "I remember Dr. Jeckyl from when I was a kid") and I then had my friend sneak me in to see the movie because I really wanted to see Heather Graham's boobs (which didn't happen).  God, this movie sucked even then, to be honest, but now it's even worse!

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  1. Oh Noooooo! Don't tell me that about From Hell, it's on my Blind Spots list this year. Oh well. Your top 3 choices are all amazing films. RtP is one of my all time faves. Need to see Ghost World.

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    1. From Hell is just...bad. Great technicals though...like, the production design is superb...but the actual story is...bad.

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  2. Haven't seen any of your choices, heard nothing but good things for Blue is the Warmest colour so I probably should get round to seeing that one day. I like the sound of Persepolis though.

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    1. Read my review for Blue. I'm serious when I saw perfect. Like...SO PERFECT!

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  3. Hey, counting your bonus pick we matched up on all three. That's kind of awesome. I'm relieved to hear that From hell wasn't good (and no boobs!) because I tried very hard to find it this week but wasn't able to.

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    1. Yeah, I notices that and almost commented that on your post too! I can't tell you how depressed I was to be a 16 year old kid, snuck into an R-rated film with hookers and NO BOOBS!

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    2. I love your comment! I had to read it twice. I thought at first you snuck in with hookers. But no, they were in the movie.
      Too bad you weren't 16 when Boogie Nights came out.

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    3. Fo real! LOL, I was, like, 12.

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  4. I've seen two of these, Road to Perdition and Ghost World. I haven't seen Perdition in years but do really like it and am glad that it provided Paul Newman with a nice grace note to leave the screen with. I can't say the same for Ghost World, I just watched it last month after meaning to for years and sadly it left me cold. Persepolis and especially Blue is the Warmest Color are both on my to watch list but just haven't gotten there yet. On the other hand I've always had zero interest in From Hell and from your description it looks like my instincts were right.

    I'm not a comic/graphic book reader so I had to hunt and peck a bit but came up with three and actually was surprised to discover my third came from a comic magazine.

    The Losers (2010)-Based on the comic book series of the same name this is loud, fast-paced dumb fun. An elite team of agents is betrayed by their superior and being presumed dead set out for revenge. Stretches credibility to the breaking point but it moves at a breakneck pace and Chris Evans livens things up with a loose jokey performance.

    The Rocketeer (1991)-In the late 30's a young pilot discovers a jet pack that enables him to fly. Disguised as the Rocketeer he becomes a masked hero fighting the Nazi threat. Reminiscent of a Saturday afternoon matinee serial entry from the 50's but with a much higher budget and a fun somewhat hammy performance by Timothy Dalton as a matinee idol up to no good. Based on the comic by Dave Stevens.

    Weird Science (1985)-In this silly sci-fi comedy based on the old EC comic magazines two nerds shunned by their classmates create the ideal woman on their computer. When a lightning bolt brings the woman to life she tries to build their self-confidence but things quickly spiral out of control creating havoc all around. One of John Hughes quartet of highly successful 80's teen comedies.

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    1. I've only seen The Rocketeer out of your picks, and I LOVE that movie so much, but I didn't pick it this week because I consider it a superhero movie, but I know that that is a loose description and is open to interpretation. I love how much that movie actually holds up though. Like, it was spellbinding then AND now. My kids love it.

      Blue is the Warmest Colour is...remarkable.

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    2. I know Rocketeer is sometimes considered a superhero movie but I don't get that. He has no superpower just the jetpack and it has fantastical elements but none more outrageous than a lot of the absurdities in the later Die Hard movies.

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    3. True, but then again...Batman has no superpowers either...just a mask and some weapons. Like I said, it's a loose description, and I love the movie so I'm glad you chose it!

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  5. Apparently I really need to see Road to Perdition again. I haven't seen it since it came out and all I remember about it is Jude Law's unbelievably creepy performance.

    Blue is the Warmest Color didn't really do it for me. Certain scenes were really really great (that breakup!), but as a whole I thought it was mostly dull, despite the great performances of the two leads.

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    1. My heart breaks for your comments on Blue. I literally breaks.

      And Law is CREEPY in Perdition, for real! I recently rewatched it and rekindled my love for it. It's very old world in its production, but beautifully so. Such a sharp and 'felt' film. Hanks is also top notch. One of his better, more underrated performances.

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    2. I know, I know. People LOVE that movie. It's possible I wasn't in the right mood for it when I saw it, but I just found very little to get excited about outside of individual scenes. And it pains me, because I LOVE Lea Seydoux in general, and thought Adele Exarchopoulos was pretty great as well. But I just... couldn't get there. Possibly because I could tell from the start that the two of them weren't right for each other.

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    3. I think that's why I love it so much, because it shows how you can literally become so consumed with someone who so clearly is your opposite...it felt honest to me.

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    4. I get that, and there were moments of clear-eyed honesty that don't crop up often in films, regardless of the sexuality of the central couple. And I appreciated that the film was very much trying to put a story with a novelistic scope on film. But for me, that kind of storytelling didn't really work on screen. It hit its big moments with pure blunt force trauma, but much of what happened in between didn't have any spark, and there was very little visually that impressed upon me the need to tell this story in this medium. I likely would have preferred it on stage.

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    5. Oh, on stage it would be fantastic!

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  6. Great post! From your list, I've only seen Persepolis, which is terrific.

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    1. I can't recommend the other two enough (three if you count Ghost World). All are brilliant films.

      From Hell...not so much.

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  7. Wow I have no idea Road to Perdition was based on a graphic novel! I so would've picked that if I had known. I still need to see Persepolis!

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    1. Yeah, I didn't know until I put this together either!

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  8. I'm thinking to make a top 5 Graphic Novels adaptation for my blog, and I wanted to see From Hell. I'm not sure anymore that I want to.

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  9. I really need to see Persepolis, it's been used a lot today. Love these picks!

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised to see it pop up so much yesterday.

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  10. I have no idea what a graphic novel/ comic book film would be except super hero. Maybe I am showing my age. I hate when that happens. I love Road to Perdition and my hubby adores it. I got him the soundtrack which he plays quite often especially when he is doing his art. It is so well acted and Jude Law is just evil. Amazing to see him in this film and then in Sherlock Holmes (would that be a graphic novel??) Anyway. I also loved Ghost World. I have not seen it since it came out but I found it quite compelling. Totally forgot Scarlett Johansen is in it. I have also seen From Hell...um...maybe they needed the money

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    1. A graphic novel is a book that is written in comic book form. It's more than a comic because it is usually hundreds of pages and it tells a specific story.

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    2. OK...would Zorro fit the bill?

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    3. Wasn't Zorro based on a television series?

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    4. No...Douglas Fairbanks Snr portrayed him in a silent film which I still have to see

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    5. Ah, ok, so then it wouldn't fit this bill.

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  11. Ah... Persepolis and Blue is the Warmest Color, great films as is Ghost World. The Road to Perdition is alright and From Hell has its moments.

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    1. I struggle to think of From Hell's moments :-P

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  12. I'm glad to see Persepolis popping up so often, and a little surprised to not see A History of Violence yet. Road to Perdition truly is an amazing film, so much to love about it, and the same with Ghost World for different reasons. Nice choices. - Bubbawheat

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    1. I highly expected A History of Violence to be very popular yesterday, so it's shocking to me to see it so sparse (I saw it on one list).

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  13. Persepolis is amazing! Loved the movie and the novel. Great picks!

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    1. I haven't read the novel yet, but I'd like to.

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  14. Ah, I actually liked From Hell! At least it looked great, that film really had amazing cinematography

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    1. From a technical standpoint, it's really sharp. Beautiful and so interestingly detailed...but...I just hated the film itself.

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  15. OMG. You rewatched Road to Perdition! SO good, right? I might break down and give it Best Picture. LOL, I got From Hell in a bargain bin ages ago, but I still haven't watched it.

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    1. UGH, yes! I rewatched it after your comment. Doesn't hurt that the wife loves that movie. YES! I think it may be in my top 5 now. UGH, that year is so good and so hard to finalize. Far From Heaven, Late Marriage and Y tu Mama Tambien are still my personal favorites of the year, but Adaptation, 25th Hour and Road to Perdition are fighting for those last two spots, with Talk to Her and The Piano Teacher itching to take a spot too!

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  16. Watched From Hell a long time ago, can't remember much.
    There's going to be a From Hell TV series, so maybe that will be good?

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    1. I had no idea they were making that into a TV show...why am I intrigued by this?

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