Friday, May 4, 2007

Five Best...Comic Book Movies

Five Best…Comic Book Movies

#5. Ghost World

More of a “graphic novel” than a “comic book,” Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World is about two girls who spent all of high school together making fun of the world only to drift apart when they become adults. Seeing the movie was the first time I had ever seen Scarlett Johansson, and it also solidified Steve Buscemi as one of my favorite actors. Here’s one of the better snippets of dialogue:

Rebecca: You actually like that guy?
Enid: I don't know, I kind of like him. He's the exact opposite of everything I really hate. In a way, he's such a clueless dork, he's almost kind of cool.
Rebecca: That guy is many things, but he's definitely not cool.

#4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Beginning as a comic 1984, these mutated reptiles have had countless video games, shirts, toys, televisions show and other assorted junk with their faces on it. For my money, the second film is the best (mostly because of Vanilla Ice’s song, “Ninja Rap”) but the third movie, where they time-warp and go to Japan, is close behind

#3. Batman or Batman Begins

In choosing what’s better, it’s comes down to: Jack Nicholson playing Prince vs. Christian Bale making a badass Batman. Too close for my call.

#2. American Splendor

Another “graphic novel,” this movie stars Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar. Filmed entirely on location in Cleveland and Lakewood, Ohio, the film boasts an impressive soundtrack (Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” is played over the opening credits) and amazing acting from Giamatti, Hope David and even Pekar himself.

#1. Sin City

Simply put: it’s a great movie.

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