Showing posts with label comic book movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comic book movies. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crazy Theory #9/Head Canon: Nick Fury and Jules Winnfield

Amid the moderate twists and turns of Captain America: The Winter Soldier are the typical "easter eggs" that people far more fannish than I am take a part bit by bit, even when Marvel films present as trailers months beforehand. But this reference to the famous speech and theatrics Samuel L. Jackson made as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction 20 years ago stands out. Although the reference funny, I have now decided that Jules Winnfield was a period where either Nick Fury was undercover, had amnesia, or was looking for a moment of "clarity", to connect it to a speech Jules makes towards the end of the film. Given that action movies love the concept of ex-soldiers whose only skill is killing, Pulp Fiction was just the heavily layered dramatic/dark comedy version of one of those films. Or maybe after surviving Pulp Fiction, Jules went to Amsterdam and took up with S.H.I.E.L.D. there. Captain America: The Winter Soldier ends with Nick Fury and Black Widow claiming that they will be leaving the country for awhile to lay low after exposing Hydra and their own identities and pasts as spies and secret agents. Cap and Sam Wilson will apparently be handling whatever is left of the falling out. The fallout of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be addressed in Captain America 3 in a few years, with the announcement yesterday that the third movie will be taking up the Civil War storyline in the comics.

Yeah, I know, the filmmakers just stuck that line on his tombstone as a joke or for lack of coming up with a better way to sum up Nick Fury's existence. Although I think it is funny that in most screenshots of Nick Fury's tombstone, his birth year and the year of even his fake death are blocked by flowers.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Image Association: Deleuze and Films About Money

The Queen of Versailles (2012, Dir. Lauren Greenfield)

Wall Street (1987, Dir. Oliver Stone)
Danger: Diabolik (1968, Dir. Mario Bava)

"Money is the obverse of all the images that the cinema shows and sets in place, so that films about money are already, if implicitly, films within the film or about the film. This is the true 'state of things': it is not in a goal of cinema, as Wenders says, but rather, as he shows, in a constitutive relation between the film in process of being made and money as the totality of the film...What the film within the film expresses is this infernal circuit between image and money, this inflation which time puts into the exchange, this 'overwhelming rise'. The film is movement, but the film within the film is money, is time...And the film will be finished when there is no more money left."
-Cinema 2: The Time-Image by Gilles Deleuze, 1985

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tank Girl (1995)

Dir. Rachel Talalay || 1995 || USA

I remember liking Tank Girl as a teen in the 1990s, but looking at it now, it's easy to see what a mess this film is. It's not an odd or even fully enjoyable mess, and it's only occasionally amusing. It can't be chalked up to inexperience or disinterest in the source material, qualities that tend to factor into the better comic book films; because Talalay was an experienced director at this point and did like the material. But by all accounts, there was a lot of studio interference with the film because up until this past decade, very few people knew what to do with comic books or graphic novels as source material. The film is live action, but it also has clips from the comic books and animation sequences.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Crazy Theory #1: Thor: The Dark World and Nymphomaniac (NSFW/NSFWish)

Welcome to Crazy Theories, where I discuss weird theories I have about films for no particular reason.

Image taken from Honest Trailers: Thor: The Dark World
In November, already having seen the short trailers and character posters for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, I went to see Thor: The Dark World in theaters. I am not really a Thor fan, but I figured I would give it a try. Stellan Skarsgard's Erik Selvig spends part of the film running around naked before being placed in a psychiatric facility and bailed out by Jane and Darcy. I want to believe that this is Marvel's way of helping promote Nymphomaniac, a smaller film, although one generated by controversy because it is a Lars von Trier movie. And Lars von Trier is going to Lars von Trier.