TIFF Movie Review: James Gunn’s Super

I was one of the many who really loved James Gunn‘s Slither, and have been highly looking forward to his follow-up. Super premiered on Friday night as part of the Midnight Madness line-up of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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James Gunn‘s strange homemade superhero film Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, will soon premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. (On September 10, to be exact.) In anticipation of that event, Gunn has offered up the first still image showing Page and Wilson together. We saw them in footage debuted at Comic Con last month, but since then we’ve only seen images of Wilson and Tyler.

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So many of my favorite movie experiences are the result of seeing films during the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival. The program perches like a beast ready to devour the more ‘respectable’ films at TIFF. While seeing films at the fest is great, period, there’s nothing quite like catching the world premiere of a psychopathic genre film with a crowd of hundreds of eager fans of left of center cinema. Every August I’m always eager to see the new lineup, because it’s basically guaranteed to have at least one or two films I’ll be recommending to friends for the next year.

Tonight, Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes revealed three of this year’s Midnight Madness films via Twitter, and one is a film most of us here at /Film are eager to see: the world premiere of James Gunn‘s Super. Read More »

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I’d been looking forward to seeing footage from James Gunn‘s strange low-fi superhero movie Super, and Comic Con provided the goods. I really liked what I saw; Gunn has come up with a no-frills, low-budget approach that lets him play with some characters that are possibly quite sick and twisted. It’s the world of underround comics come to movie form, without all the overhead of a big studio film.

Now we’ve got the first photo of Rainn Wilson as the film’s ‘hero,’ The Crimson Bolt, and a snap of Wilson and his on-screen wife, Liv Tyler. Read More »

Comic-Con: First Look at Super

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I’ve never understood the fascination at Comic-Con with wanting to see panels for movies that audiences already know everything about. To me, Super is the epitome of what makes this place special: getting to be the first to discover and experience the geekiest projects worth getting excited about in the years ahead, right alongside the filmmakers and cast that created them. Last year’s big winner was Kick-Ass, and this year, I was hoping the similarly-themed Super would take the prize.

The film is written and directed by James Gunn, whose geek cred skyrocketed with the horror-comedy Slither. Now he’s turned his sights to the superhero genre, and he’s got an amazing cast backing him: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion and Kevin Bacon.

Gunn and all of the cast (sans Bacon) arrived to Comic-Con to show off the trailer and a clip from the film. Find out more about the film and the footage—and if my hopes were in vain—after the break. Read More »

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Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson will feature in The Ledge, a “suspense thriller” (as opposed to non-suspenseful thrillers) that will mark the feature debut of writer/director Matthew Chapman.

Terrence Howard and Charlie Hunnam co-star in the film about “a man (Hunnam) standing on a high-rise ledge who insists he must jump by noon as the policeman below (Howard) tries to manage the situation.” OK, sounds like Hunnam and Howard are leading the cast, so who will Wilson and Tyler play? Good question. Producer Michael Mailer has a great quote about the production, at least: “As more and more films succumb to the visual wizardry of 3D, ‘The Ledge’ explores the fourth dimension: the interior life of tortured souls hovering over the precipice of emotional nullity. This film is the reason why I became an independent filmmaker and why I continue to suffer in the trenches of independent filmmaking.” Take that, 3D! [THR]

After the break, news on the brother of Thor and a new comedy for Chris Evans and Anna Faris. Read More »

James Gunn, Nathan Fillion

I love me some James Gunn, so it warms my geek heart to see that he’s assembling quite the cast for his post-Slither feature film follow-up Super. The film stars Rainn Wilson as Frank, a man who transforms himself into a superhero named Crimson Bolt — despite having no real powers — after his addict wife (Liv Tyler) runs off with a local drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page plays a sociopath who becomes Crimson Bolt’s sidekick. While that plot description bears some similarities to Kick-Ass, you can be sure that Gunn’s deliciously weird sensibilities will make it a very different film.

Gunn just announced some new additions to the cast on his blog, and they include geek-favorites Nathan Fillion and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks). Fillion previously starred in Slither, and will play the role of a pop idol who inspires Frank. Cardellini played Velma in the Gunn-written Scooby-Doo movies. Find the rest of the newly announced cast after the break.

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Twitter snoops and the /Film faithful may recall that James Gunn and Rainn Wilson have been out on the town, shopping around their superhero project. The first deals seem to have been brokered now and the big announcements have hit: the film will be called Super and is also set to star Liv Tyler and Ellen Page. Some of the details sound a little Kick-Ass, but that’s fair enough, and besides, Page’s role sounds like such a good one I’m sure we can all get pumped up for this film on that basis alone.

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