August 22, 2010 |
Comic book writer John Arcudi hates superheroes. Always has. Always will. A strange admission for the creator of one of the year's most critically acclaimed superhero graphic novels, a god somewhere (WildStorm, $24.99). "I was never really interested in superhero comics when I was a kid," says the Philadelphia author in an eyebrow-raising statement. "To me, the whole idea of superhuman beings is so ridiculous. . . . I find them absolutely impossible to understand.
March 12, 2004 |
From Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Jerusalem come the directors in the seventh annual New Filmmakers Weekend at the Gershman Y with films that trace the genealogy of a settee, the anatomy of a photograph, and the fantasy of a youth. Pearl Gluck's documentary feature Divan is the saga of a settee owned by the filmmaker's great-great-grandfather in Hungary. In exploring the history of the mystics and rabbis who slept on it, Gluck spins a story that connects old and new world. In their short The Unbelievable Truth, Nathan Caswell and Jeremiah Zagar explore how often the drama of getting that photograph sometimes exceeds that of the event framed.
June 25, 2007 |
Ke'sha'ndre, called Sha'ndre by his friends, enjoys being active - playing basketball, swinging on a swing set, riding a waterslide and going to the park. Recently, the 6-year-old visited the Garden State Discovery Museum, where he eagerly explored everything. He listened to his heartbeat, made an imprint of his face, piloted a car along a pretend turnpike, and visited the animal clinic, where he hooked a leash on a stuffed dog and took it for a walk. Ke'sha'ndre gets along well with other children and with adults.
April 16, 2010 |
With her Eastwood-worthy snarl, a purple wig that would do a Vegas stripper proud, and the martial arts chops of a John Woo assassin, 11-year-old Mindy Macready, also known as Hit Girl, is a force to be reckoned with. A potty-mouthed pip-squeak trained in weaponry and weird sidelong glances by her cop-turned-vigilante freakazoid father - Big Daddy, played with typically nutty gusto by Nicolas Cage - Mindy doesn't have the title role in Kick-Ass, but her presence is everything. Chloe Moretz, a 13-year-old who has already amassed more than 30 credits on her IMDB page, gives a performance of prodigious cool.
June 16, 1992 |
We all agree that Batman is a swell superhero, but still, something about him fails to satisfy. According to the endless hype, Batman is supposed to be this vigilante character who's acting out our collective fantasies of overcoming the seemingly insurmountable problems in our chaotic lives. If that's what he's trying to do, maybe he should find another line of work. Because most people today have trouble identifying with Batman. Serious trouble. It's not the double life, and it's not the danger, either.
July 9, 2007
THE CLOSER. 9 tonight, TNT. IN TNT'S "THE Closer," Corey Reynolds plays Sgt. David Gabriel, who occasionally bumps heads with his boss, Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), over his by-the-book approach to solving crime. Offscreen, though, Reynolds is all about the comic books, not the rule books, and the only head-bumping he's likely to be doing is against anyone who might stand in the way of his dream of playing the Green Lantern on the big screen. Sgt. Gabriel probably doesn't go home and read comics, Reynolds conceded during a recent swing through Philadelphia, "but one thing that I love about portraying a smart, well-spoken, articulate character who's a good guy on television is that it sets me up . . . in the way I want to be seen.
May 2, 2008 |
Tony Stark, a most dissolute and disarming arms manufacturer, builds flamethrowers in the basement. For kicks. The bucks aren't bad, either. Sporting wit (and goatee) sharp as a survival knife, Robert Downey Jr. is the billionaire bon vivant in Iron Man, the fast, funny and deliriously entertaining flick based on Marvel Comics' self-made superhero. Unlike genetic and environmental supers, this weapons whiz gives himself superpowers. A hard-drinking inventor/playboy/businessman, Tony is a hybrid of Howard Hughes and Hugh Hefner, 1950s fantasy figures gene-spliced for 2008.
February 14, 2003 |
He's a painkiller junkie in head-to-toe leather the color of spilled blood. He swoops through the cityscape in the dead of night, whacking slimeballs with his fancy billy club. He wears a pointy-eared cowl. And he's got Ben Affleck's dimpled chin. Daredevil, based on Marvel Comics' sight-impaired superhero - a blind man whose remaining senses are preternaturally fine-tuned - has been brought to the screen with a mix of jaunty humor and jagged violence that should have worked more effectively than it does.
November 5, 2010 |
Among those surprised at the sleeper success of "Despicable Me," no doubt, were the folks at DreamWorks Animation, and not in a good way. "Despicable Me" covers much of the same ground - halfhearted evil genius finally gives in to his sentimental side - as their new 3-D movie "Megamind," and does it a little better. "Megamind," though, is by no means a knockoff, and if you get past the eerie coincidences (characters named Minion, the lead's mangled diction), you see that it stakes out different territory, playing around with superhero mythology (especially Superman)
July 10, 2014 |
Ryan Brady was volunteering at Cooper's Poynt School in Camden, helping 5- and 6-year-old kindergartners with early reading and math skills, when he noticed something super about their wardrobe and backpack choices. "The kids there, they all have Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, all these superheroes from faraway cities," Brady said. "I thought, maybe if they had a superhero who was from their city, they'd have something to be excited about. " Thus, the Bolt was born. Brady, 25, a self-described geek who has loved comic books since before he could read, created Sean, a college student at Ruttledge-Camden (a stand-in for Rutgers-Camden)