Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies based on a Comic (Non-Superhero)


I totally got too busy to put something good together this week.

Which sucks!!! Because this week's category as part of Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks is a good one.


So, here is my minimalist post with my picks this week in the category of Non-Superhero Comic/Graphic Novel Adaptations:

From Hell 
(The Hughes Brothers, 2001)


Road to Perdition 
(Sam Mendes, 2002)


American Splendor 
(Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, 2003)


I reckon these sort of adaptations were sort of a thing back in the early aughts. 

Side Note: I've been to the University Heights section of Cleveland, where Harvey Pekar, the subject of American Splendor, is from. There's a statue of him in the library there. Really awesome!

14 comments:

  1. Giamatti is SO GOOD in American Splendor. Great movie.

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    1. I love that movie. Where's he been? I know he's odd-looking, but he needs more work.

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  2. I've only seen Road to Perdition which I liked a great deal, a very stylish look and packed with good performances. I've heard awful things about From Hell and I'm not much of a Depp fan but I've always meant to catch up with American Splendor I had no idea it was based on a graphic novel.

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    1. From Hell is silly but great looking. I'm not big into Depp either. Never really have been. But this movie was the shit when I was in high school (when it came out). My friends and I thought it was so cool...

      American Splendor is really a biopic about Harvey Pekar, who wrote the underground comic book series called American Splendor in the 70s and 80s. Great movie!!

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  3. I haven't seen any of these. I should definitely watch American Splendor and Road to Perdition.

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    1. You really should. Even From Hell is worth a watch. It's kind of stupid, but it looks great.

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  4. I was waiting for American Splendor to show up. I still haven't seen it, but know its reputation as something quite wonderful.

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    1. Great, great movie! One of the great low-key comedies of my lifetime. Paul Giamatti is Oscar worthy in that thing, man.

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  5. It's been years since I've seen From Hell, but I liked it. Great picks, I wouldn't have thought of these.

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    1. I liked it too, especially back then. Thanks.

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  6. Road to Perdition is just phenomenal all the way around. I love American Splendor, as well. Giamatti is perfect. Wish me luck on From Hell. It's on my Blind Spot list this year. I'm a bit nervous because I've heard both very good and very bad things about it.

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    1. I haven't seen From Hell in ten years but I remember loving it. It's just a really cool flick. Nothing grand or special about it really. Don't expect a masterpiece. Just a good looking, period serial killer procedural.

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  7. I've only seen Road to Perdition and it's easily my favorite, though I've heard great things about American Splendor and bad things about From Hell, I will probably catch the latter in October when I do my Graphic Horror series, watching horror & thrillers based on graphic novels. - Bubbawheat

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    1. American Splendor is funny in a very dry sort of way. Really well acted. Road to Perdition is gorgeous. From Hell will be a good choice for that.

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