Top 10 Anti-heroes Fighting The Superhero Film Monopoly

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1. GHOST WORLD

Airing this week on Sundance, Terry Zwigoff‘s sharp 2001 dramedy starred fresh-faced young Thora Birch (whatever happened to her?) and Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi at the top of his game, as well as the late Brad Renfro and always-great Illeana Douglas. Although there are some sly references to more traditional comic book trappings (like Thora’s catwoman getup), this film was one of the first to reinvent what it meant to make a film based on a comic. Striking a chord between random hilarity and listless melancholy, GHOST WORLD is a cult fave that deserves every bit of its underground status.

Don’t miss comic-to-film misadventure GHOST WORLD, airing on Sundance Channel this month.

Author: Dan Heching

topIt’s July, which means we are all hot, tired and pretty much superheroed out. We’ve weathered the explosive onslaught of THE AVENGERS and now (another) AMAZING SPIDERMAN, and still have a certain DARK KNIGHT to go. All this hoopla gets us thinking: are graphic novels and comic books responsible for classic fanboy superheroes, and nothing more? Of course not! This rich, literary (yes, literary) genre has inspired a wealth of other cinematic material, from dystopian yarns to biting black comedies, some of which you may not have even guessed.


Don't miss comic-to-film misadventure GHOST WORLD, airing on Sundance Channel this month.10. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD9.  30 DAYS OF NIGHT8.  GHOST IN THE SHELL7. V FOR VENDETTA6.  ROAD TO PERDITION5. THE CROW
4. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE3. AMERICAN SPLENDOR2. PERSEPOLIS1.  GHOST WORLD