Comics Movies

Comics and movies both blossomed in the cultural landscape of the 20th Century. And as they flowered they cross-pollinated one another with their brightest blooms and their most effective arrangements. The digital revolution has opened many doors to the previously unfilmable, leading to an explosion in the number of comic book adaptations. For many people 'comics movies' mean gaudy titans in tights pounding the snot out of one another. However, if you remove the properties of the two big American companies (DC and Marvel), a broader spectrum of the fantastic and mundane is revealed. Presenting for your selection, a cornucopia of pocket universes born of ink, transformed into light. For Superheroes peruse the DC and Marvel sub-headings under Comics Movies, stage left. Pictured: Marv (Mickey Rourke) takes a moment to collect his thoughts in 2005's "Sin City" - cinema's most faithful comic book adaptation to date.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Clancy Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Karl...

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his forme... Read more

Oldboy (2003)

Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Min-sik Choi, Hye-jeong Kang, Ji-tae Yu

Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) has been imprisoned in a room for 15 years with no explanation when, barely sane, he is released. Thrown back into the world... Read more

Shogun Assassin (1981)

Director: Kenji Misumi, Robert Houston
Starring: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Masahiro Tomikawa

A stunning visual ballet of violence and bloodletting that tells the tale of a samurai warrior who travels across the countryside pushing his young so... Read more

A History of Violence (2005)

Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Ashton Holmes, Stephen Mc...

Adapted from a graphic novel, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a quiet man living a quiet life in Indiana. A quiet shattered when a pair of fugitives wa... Read more

The Mask (1994)

Director: Charles Russell
Starring: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Green

Inspired by the manic 1940s cartoons of Tex Avery and based on the comic book of the same name, this loopy tale has a bank clerk discovering an ancien... Read more

Men In Black (1997)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony...

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are the nattily-dressed government agents whose top secret job is to track down any extraterrestrials landing on Earth... Read more

SLC Punk (1999)

Director: James Merendino
Starring: Matthew Lillard, Michael Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Lien

In this energetic comedy set in 1985 Salt Lake City, college-age best buddies Stevo (Matthew Lillard) and Heroin Bob (Michael Goorjian) try spiked hai... Read more

Ghost World (2001)

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Starring: Illeana Douglas, Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro

For sardonic high schoolers and best buds Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, the world around them is filled with living targets for their scorn and... Read more

Akira (1988)

Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Starring: Voices Of, Lewis Lemay, Jimmy Flanders, Drew Thomas

Groundbreaking Japanese animated epic set in the post-WWIII metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. The labyrinthine plot revolves around a battle between oppressive... Read more

Mystery Men (1999)

Director: Kinka Usher
Starring: Eddie Izzard, William H Macy, Tom Waits, Paul Reubens, Lena Olin, Hank Azaria, G...

Based on the Dark Horse comic book, "Mystery Men" is the story of seven superheroes, called upon to use their dubious "powers". This wild and crazy mo... Read more