My top 20 Comic Book films-19-The Crow

I did my top 20 horror and SF films last year, and found doing the lists to be more fun than expected, so in a massive bit of logic here’s my top 20 films adapted or inspired from comics. I need to point out I mean comics, not ‘superhero comics’ which is a lazy, and incorrect way to describe a wonderfully varied medium and it’d also cut out some bloody good films!

Previously, in this list at #20, X Men.

At #19 it’s The Crow.

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Like an awful lot of the films on this list, especially ones based upon superheroes, this is a film which looks and feels very much of its time which isn’t saying it’s dated badly but this is early 90’s fairly low-budget filmmaking at it’s best. Of course the sad death of Brandon Lee during the making of the film has to be mentioned as it’s something that contributes to the general melancholy of the film.

Based upon the James O’Barr comic of the same name, it’s a simple enough tale of someone gaining superhuman powers to enact their revenge upon the people who murdered him and his girlfriend. It’s a pretty simple tale but it’s a effective one that’s well directed by Alex Proyas who went on to do the sublime Dark City, and really shows what he can bring to the story.

I wasn’t going to include The Crow in my top 20, but watching it again I was convinced by the performances of Lee, and the general feeling of loss that the film has. It’s a simple tale where the baddies are really baddies, and the goodies are really goodies. This works in what is a dark fairy tale for 90’s Goths and old romantics like me….

Next time, things get animated and heavy….

My Top 20 SF Films-9-Dark City

I’ve recently dived into doing ”best of’ lists, so as I’ve explained, I’ve decided to do my top 20 SF films. This is my personal list, so feel free to disagree with it and of course, you’ll be horribly wrong.

Previously at # 20, The Matrix19, Seconds, 18A Boy and His Dog17Sunshine16Dark Star15Rollerball14 Altered States13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind ,12Forbidden Planet11The Star Wars Trilogy and 10The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

At nine it’s another cult classic, it’s Dark City.

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This is the film that The Matrix is said to have ‘borrowed’ from, and it certainly does seem like there;s a bit of pilfering that went on. However I think Dark City is a far, far better film and I like both, but there’s a lovely element of subtlety in Dark City that writer/director Alex Proyas puts in his film that’s missing from The Matrix.

There’s lots of great little bits in this film but I’m not going to explain the plot as frankly I might give away a twist, and that wouldn’t be fair. This really is a film to come into without knowing what’s going to happen, engage your brain and enjoy one of the most highly original SF films of the last 20 years.

Next time, let’s go time travelling