July 24, 2006 |
AS INDEPENDENCE Month comes to a close - and the controversy over "the American Way" being deleted from "Superman Returns" still simmers - it is worth asking whether there are any patriotic heroes left in comics. Of course there is the Man of Steel, although patriotism has been downplayed lately. There is also Captain America, but his status as a symbol of America has not really been explored in his book recently (that's a subject for another column). But a book exploring the complexities and realities of the American dream is "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters.
May 28, 2011 |
I WENT TO SEE "Thor" with friends at the movies. It is a must-see for any self-respecting comic-book fan from the Lee-Kirby era of Marvel Comics. We were a privileged lot, no doubt about it. My friend John and I would never have dreamed that the super-hero comics that we voraciously read in our youth would ever have received such fabulous treatment. It was beyond the pale. But here we are. And there you have them - Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and (soon!) Captain America.
March 24, 2014 |
AS HOLLYWOOD expands the boundaries of its "summer" season, the spring box office heats up a little earlier each year. This year, Captain America and various X-Men arrive before the solstice and long before school is out, and blockbusters like "Godzilla" turn up on the schedule. There are some interesting imports and independents, as well. Here are a few to watch for: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," April 4. Marvel-ous sequel has the title character (Chris Evans) teaming with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
July 5, 2007 |
HOUSTON - Philadelphia is a city that infamously threw snowballs at Santa Claus and venerates Ben Franklin. That never really warmed to Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt while embracing the fictional Rocky as a symbol of its gritty spirit. But what will the city of cheesesteaks and scrapple make of Captain America? Captain America is the gee-whiz, red-white-and-blue comic-book hero who stands for all that's good and right. It's also what people who have been around Joe Savery call the 21-year-old lefthanded pitcher who was the Phillies' No. 1 draft choice out of Rice University.
June 20, 2006 |
IN ONE OF those no-longer-rare cases of a piece of the story reporting the story, tmz.com says that Bruce Willis has filed suit against L.A. paparazzo Anthony Goodrich for telling tmz.com that Willis had smashed his camera in his face outside a West Hollywood restaurant. Goodrich said the camera-meets-face confrontation caused a cut nose and a chipped tooth. Willis claims that to be a lie. The suit, filed by Willis' attorney, Marty Singer, alleges that Goodrich and other "stalker-paparazzi" flashed high-powered strobes at Willis and that he "put his hand up in front of his face to shield his eyes from the blinding flash.
June 24, 2006 |
Bruce Arena sounded more like a man ready to say goodbye than a coach eager to sign on for another World Cup. He was noncommittal after the Americans were knocked out in the 2002 quarterfinals, too, though he said then he was open to staying on and eventually agreed to a new four-year contract. Yesterday he spoke in the past tense and showed little eagerness to stay. "Four years ago I was completely burnt out after that whole thing. I was a zombie for about two weeks," he said.
May 2, 2003 |
Unlike other directors of movies based on comic books, Bryan Singer has never been a big fan of the genre. As a kid, he preferred Captain Kirk to Captain America. Yet the boyish director from Princeton Township, N.J., helped turn superheroes into a serious business for Hollywood three years ago, when his "X-Men" surprised everyone and earned huge box-office bucks, grossing $54 million on its opening weekend. Singer likes to think it's because he focused on the human side of the "X-Men" stories.
February 22, 2008 |
Daniel Johnston is a 47-year-old troubled soul who plays through the pain of mental illness with a quirky pop sound that takes on the terror of unrequited love and Captain America. The Capitol Years is a bunch of age-30-and-younger Philadelphians whose Lennon-meets-Beck eclat makes for nervously contagious pop concentrating on loss, luck and doom. That might not make them ready-steady partners. But tonight, not only will the Capitol Years open for the dicey genius, they'll be his backing band for Johnston faves like "Speeding Motorcycle," as well as a few Beatles songs, both acts' most lasting love.
September 17, 2011
ATTACK THE BLOCK. Low-budget sci-fi horror film is high on energy and fun. (Unrated) A. BELLFLOWER. Pretentious mumblecore relationship movie, with the added twist of flamethrowers. (R) C. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Chris Evans portrays this old-school comic-book hero with conviction. Slow start, but good storytelling. (PG-13) B. CONTAGION. Virus goes on global rampage, but kills mainly well-known actors. Some intriguing ideas, but so-so execution. Matt Damon, Kate Winslet.
November 24, 2006 |
Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Activision. Rated T for teen. $59.99, Xbox360. Whether you're a comic-book enthusiast or just a gamer period, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is quite a blast to play. The controls are simple enough and range from simple button mashing to serious combos and a few nice signature moves. You control a party of four heroes at once, battling the forces of Dr. Doom and his so-called Masters of Evil, which are basically the best villains in the Marvel 'verse.