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  • seandodson 7:44 pm on February 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The FT watches the Watchmen 

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    It’s not often that the Financial Times covers the comic industry – but then again its not often that a grapic novel as brilliant as The Watchmen is adapted for the silver screen. Here’s what it thinks:

    “The best comics (writes FT film critic Nigel Andrews) are honoured as near-prophetic screeds: their mix of words and pictures form a pop-hieroglyphic art that tilts at global or social anxieties, through fable and fantasy, and interrogates notions of heroism, while occupying an aesthetic vantage ground between literature and cinema.”

    He goes on to wonder if Hollywood can handle the Watchmen. Well can it?
    (via Art & Letters Daily)

     
  • seandodson 2:44 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , art trail, belgium, , brussels mural, comics, , , Hergé, , , tin tin,   

    Brussels’ art trail helps city shake off Eurocratic image 


    Let’s face it, Brussels has been painted as a stuffy sort of town. I’ve always whizzed through the Belgium capital en route to somewhere ostensibly more interesting. But recently I had been given a whole day to explore the city and I was thoroughly impressed with the place, not least the excellent working-class district of Marolles where I came across this fabulous art trail of mural paintings (above) by the city’s famous comic book artists. There’s apparently about 30 of them dotted around the city (there’s a semi-useful map here) , including work by Hergé, the inventor of Tin Tin. This kind of alternative art trail is an inspired way of encouraging you to explore the city’s lesser-known quarters. In seeking them out, you see that Brussels is far from the stuffy place you’re often led to imagine.

     
  • seandodson 11:45 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , comics, , eric tan, , , , indiana jones, marvel, , , , stan lee, ufa, x-men   

    Meet Eric Tan, new movie poster boy captures the classicism of the past 

    A bit of visual candy: Disney designer Eric Tan makes posters for new films in the old style. Taking inspiration from the work of the artists of the German UFA studios of the 1920s, Tan’s posters are used within Hollywood (The X-Men poster was produced for Stan Lee’s birthday), but have yet to be given a full theatrical release.

     
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  • seandodson 9:42 am on June 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bold creative, comics, , , , israel, lebanon, , , , , Waltz with Bashir, , will kim   

    Waltz with Bashir: Cartoon documentary about Lebanese war is no caper 

    Waltz with Bashir is an animated documentary (trailer is here) telling the story of Israeli soldiers fighting the Lebanese War of 1982. Screened in competition at Cannes this year, it is being touted as the first feature-length animated documentary. The Times (of London) has called it “a voyage of discovery into Folman’s uncharted subconscious,” as it deals with the suppressed memories of those fighting in the war.

    Software is so lowering the cost of animation that the barriers to making it continue to fall. Using animation in documentary also allows you to portray things, like memories, that you can’t with ordinary footage, it also offers the opportunity to stage things the camera missed first time around. Will Kim’s In Search of the Colors (above right), for example, uses various hand-drawn and painterly animation to tell a story drawn from his own experiences at a home for people with developmental disabilities. While the work of east London’s Bold Creative uses animation to tell stories straight the mouths of British teenagers. They told me that this approach – recording the kids’ voices but animating their faces later – allows the kids to open up much more, not least because they know they are not on camera. We have seen some extraordinary comic books dealing with complex adult issues in recent years. It looks like their animated relatives are following suit.

     
    • Andrew C. Sailer 4:13 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

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  • seandodson 2:09 pm on February 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Akira, , comics, , , , hollywood, , ,   

    Live action Akira to be relocated outside post-Apocalyptic Tokyo 


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    Variety is reporting that Warner Bros is reported to be developing two live action adaptations of Akira, a masterpiece of manga written and drawn by the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo. The remake will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and set outside Japan, instead being set in a New Manhattan, a city rebuilt by Japanese money after being destroyed 31 years ago. Typical Hollywood, re-setting Akira outside Japan is like relocating Quadrophenia outside Brighton. In my opinion it  just doesn’t make sense. 

    Even so, the live-action Akira will be set outside Japan, former ad-director Ruairi Robinson should ensure the film has a strong visual style and the budget will sufficiently blockbuster.

     
  • seandodson 6:45 pm on December 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: batman, , comics, dark knight, ,   

    The Dark Knight breaks out 

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    Holy bungled distribution Batman! The wrong trailer has been sent out! Or was it? Audiences in America who turned up to see an Imax preview of I am Legend, this week, have been treated to an apparent accidental taster of the forthcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight, which is not due to arrive until July next year.

    Six minutes of the film were “accidentally” screened in Imax cinemas and the bootleg quickly leaked on to the internet. The scene shows an intense bank robbery, not dissimilar bank-heist sequence from Michael Mann’s Heat, in addition to shots of the Heath Ledger’s Joker and some extra scenes from the movie (you can see the official trailer here).

    But although Warners pulled the bootleg preview from YouTube earlier today, you can’t help but wonder if this was accident or design. Set designs and short clips are routinely leaked months before the theatrical release (just take these recent shots of the set from the upcoming adaptation of The Watchmen). Seeing that Dark Knight has already one of the most elaborate viral campaigns for a forthcoming movie, it does make you wonder. For all those that saw it reported that the six minutes of raw action didn’t half leave them panting for more. The Joker couldn’t have planned it better.

     
    • Begbie 5:21 am on December 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      As the person who uploaded the video (King Kamali, title changed to Anarchic Arachnid for the giggle…) I can guarantee you that version at least wasn’t put on youtube by any powers that be…

      I got it off a download link a (regular and legitimate) poster on a popular Dark Knight forum uploaded. The other guys on the forum were paranoid it was a virus, but I took my chances and then stuck in on the tube.

      I’m seriously doubt WB were directly involved. Whether they were hoping it was leaked is a different matter.

      And the six minute prologue was supposed to be shown with the IMAX previews, it wasn’t accidental. It was advertised right, left and centre.

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