Top 10 Anti-heroes Fighting The Superhero Film Monopoly

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8. GHOST IN THE SHELL

As far as comic book films go, this Japanese masterpiece of anime has some of the most ambient, beautiful and melancholy montages in any film, let alone of the animated variety. The quieter moments here are so much more arresting—and memorable—than the action sequences, but those are pretty exquisite too. The story is rather beside the point, evocatively bringing to light the ennui and isolation brought about by modern technology, and the film can almost be considered the animated equivalent to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece BLADE RUNNER.

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