When Hellboy (Ron Perlman) turns to his friend and partner in world-saving, Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and notices an album collection of popular love songs, he remarks “Abe…you fell for the Princess?” To which the humanoid fish creature answers: “She…she’s like me! A creature from another world…”
And in the summer of 2008 (a time in which I was a high school senior and was contemplating my future), I connected more with Abe in that moment than I ever had before. For I too was in love with “a creature” from another world. A cinematic world. It was the Hellboy movie franchise, but specifically Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
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There’s never been anything quite like Black Panther before. The latest Marvel movie is one of the first major comic book adaptations with a black lead, and it’s already poised to be one of the franchise’s most successful entries, having sold more advance tickets than any other film in Marvel history. And as Candice Frederick put so eloquently in a piece for /Film, Black Panther is “specifically a black movie that celebrates the strength and beauty of black womanhood in an era in which both get tossed aside.” It may be one-of-a-kind for now, but it will surely usher in a new wave of superhero films that celebrate other races and cultures, and ones that emphasize the power and strength of women.
So yes, Black Panther is a singular film, one that comes at an interesting time in the surge of high-grossing – and occasionally prestigious – superhero flicks. If you’re looking to wade through the waters of what came before, there are a surprising number of excellent-quality superhero flicks currently available on major streaming services. Here are some you can mull over while you wait for your Black Panther screening this weekend.
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Every week, we attempt to answer a new pop culture related question. This week’s edition of /Answers asks the following: Which is your favorite comic book movie adaptation? And when we say comic book movies, we don’t just mean superhero movies. Every movie based on a comic is up for grabs, including Scott Pilgrim, Persepolis, A History of Violence, American Splendor, Ghost World, Men in Black, Dredd, The Rocketeer, Hellboy, Sin City, V For Vendetta, Road To Perdition, 300, Snowpiercer, and more. Find out our personal favorite comic book movies of all time after the jump.
As always, we have the regular /Film writing and podcast team providing answers, alongside a special guest filmmaker. This week we are joined by James Mangold, director of comic book movies The Wolverine and the upcoming Logan, as well as Walk The Line, Girl Interrupted, Cop Land, Kate & Leopold, Identity, and Knight and Day.
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Director Guillermo del Toro is a master of blending fantasy with reality. He takes the world of the supernatural and makes it feel all too genuine, sometimes forcing us to question what we call reality. But sometimes, del Toro also uses monsters and myths to show the resilience of mankind in the face of threats greater than ourselves. And in these fantastical stories, he also brings humanity, giving weight to larger than life scenarios.
The result is a relatively small but impressive filmography spanning just nine feature films, full of beautiful visuals, magnificent creatures, rich characters and a penchant for combining unreal terror with the very real threats of tumultuous sociopolitical times. And following the recently released Crimson Peak, we decided to have all of the Guillermo del Toro films ranked. Read More »
Mondo has released posters based around events, such as the Rolling Roadshow or Fantastic Fest, famous franchises, like Star Wars and Star Trek, and now they’re going directly to the source: the director. They’ve just announced the Director’s Series, which will feature sets of posters all from one specific director, and to kick off this brand new series they’ve teamed up with geek filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Posters for all of del Toro’s films, save for Mimic, will soon be available at Mondo’s official site and they’ve just revealed the first two: a set of Blade II prints by Mike Sutfin and Hellboy II: The Golden Army by Ken Taylor. Check them out and find out when to buy them after the break. Read More »
The visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures has narrowed down the films of 2008 to just seven selections. These seven films will compete in a “bake off” on January 15th to narrow the list to just three selections — the nominees for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Here is the lost of the final seven:
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Dark Knight
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
- Iron Man
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Discuss: Which film would you award the Best Achievement in Visual Effects?
Hot Toys has announced their 12 Inch Hellboy collectible figure. The figure perfectly captures the likeness of actor Ron Pearlman as Hellboy.
Hot Toys developed muscle figure body with over 28 points of articulation featuring caved occult symbol on Hellboy’s right shoulder. Bendable tail with wire inside. “Right arm doom” with bendable fingers.
More after the jump.
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Hellboy vs. Chuck
The Pitch: Hellboy meets Chuck. Two television advertisements, one above and the other below.
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Universal has released a third and final movie trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Like the recent television spot, the new trailer starts off with the origin story from the first film, before showing off all the cool creatues and baddies in the new film. They have also released the animated prologue which opens the film on Apple.com. As always, tell me what you think in the comments below!
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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. Hellboy II: The Golden Army hits theaters on July 11th 2008.
Adidas is releasing two pairs of limited edition Hellboy sneakers to coincide with the release of the Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
“Adidas Originals created a jaw-dropping statement with the Stan Mid – Hellboy in cooperation with Dark Horse Comics & Mike Mignola. The black shoe has the image of Hellboy printed on its side in red and extra details on the inner and outer sole, like a collection of three extra footbeds, plus lace jewels, a mini-comic and unique tongue branding.”
“The Forum Mid-Golden Army takes the court standard and mixes the appropriate trio of gold, black and white with Hellboy lettering across the Velcro strap, with an image of Ron Perlman as the titular demonic anti-hero on the outsole and footbed.”
Both the Forum Mid-Golden Army and the Stan Mid-Hellboy come in a specially designed shoe box and different tissue wrappings, making them true collector pieces. The shoes will both be released worldwide in a limited edition. A total of 5,000 pairs of the Forum Mid-Golden Army will be sold in adidas Originals stores and selected partner stores. 1,000 pairs only of Stan Mid-Hellboy will be available exclusively in adidas Originals stores. Retail prices will be $100 for the Forum Mid-Golden Army and $150 for the Stan Mid-Hellboy.
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