Thursday Movie Picks – Comic Book Movies
Once again I saw a very appropriate topic from Wandering Through the Shelves Thursday Movie Picks theme for this week. The last time I joined in the topic was superhero movies, and this time it’s the other end of the spectrum that I cover for this site: non-superhero comic book movies. Check out his picks as well as the other choices over there.
Rather than picking three of my favorite, or what I think of are the best films based on graphic novels or comic books, I’m going to showcase a few lesser known titles from the past few years that you might not have heard of for various reasons. Click the posters to check out my full review of the films.
Bounty Killer came out just a couple years ago and I think it’s a timely choice considering that the latest Mad Max film just came out and this film is heavily inspired by Mad Max. It’s ultra violent, has a gorgeous woman in essentially the lead role even though the guy is the namesake of the movie. It has some great comic book inspired visuals for transitions and brief cameos from Beverly D’Angelo, Gary Busey, and a couple others. It’s not serious by any means and I imagine it would pale in comparison to Mad Max, but it was also done on a fraction of the budget. It’s worth checking out for a little bit of the ol’ ultraviolence.
We Are the Best came out just last year and it’s a Swedish coming of age film about three young girls growing up in the early punk scene in Sweden who want to start a punk band despite two of them having absolutely zero musical experience. It’s much more grounded and realistic than most coming of age films, there’s no big climactic scene involving a pirate ship in a cave filled with treasure, there’s just a whole lot of little moments that help shape the main character Bobo along her way into puberty.
The Scribbler is a bit of a psychological thriller with touches of Fight Club, Girl, Interrupted, and the Cell. Suki has disassociative identity disorder aka multiple personalities and is undergoing a new treatment that will help get rid of those personalities one by one. The question that really defines the movie is the question of whether or not Suki is actually the dominant personality or if she was created by one of the crazy personalities to try and fit in with the other normal people. On top of that there’s a bit of a murder mystery and some superhero elements without ever really being a superhero movie.
And those are my three, I do want to mention Road to Perdition as it’s a film that I watched just a few months back for the first time and really fell in love with it. It’s such a gorgeous film in more ways than one and I would consider it one of the best if not the best graphic novel adaptation out there.