In a summer full of comic book movies with varying degrees of success, I’m putting Captain America: The First Avenger in the “win” column.
This being my first ComicCon after a 3 year absence, it was fun to see what had changed and what had stayed the same. Also, it was good to come back to promote a show on Cinemax that I was in called Femme Fatales. The power of HBO pulling some of the strings to see to that I had a badge.
Strangely though, this particular unexpected combination actually works well enough to make Cowboys and Aliens a relatively fun summer popcorn movie.
Before I assess the merits of the 2011 San Diego International Comic Con, I have to say flat out that in all my years attending this event, this year was my favorite. That being said, I also have to point out that I almost always thoroughly enjoy Comic Con and look forward to it every year. Sure, I’ve had a few bad moments over the years, like the time I had just gotten Ken Foree to sign a vintage Dawn of the Dead poster magazine, previously signed by Tom Savini and George Romero, only to accidentally leave it in a Japanese restaurant that would remain closed during the remaining days of the Con.
Bellflower has a weird, ugly, but sort of sweet, likeability to it. I was pretty fascinated by the whole thing and liked the natural acting, the palpability of the menace in some of the scenes, and really, who doesn’t love a home-made flamethrower?
Rise of Matt Weinhold’s Respect for a Planet of the Apes Remake.
This film manages to have some laughs and have some genuinely cool horror moments, too. Good thing they’re calling it a horror-comedy, yes?
Crazy, Stupid, Love is Smart, Funny and Weird.
I have to say, they finally got Conan right. I am of course referring to the 1982 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Earl Jones.
Don’t be afraid of the Dark is a remake of an old TV movie from 1973. Del Toro has called it the scariest teleplay ever written. I vaguely remember it from when I was a kid, and I do remember it being scary. This version, though starting out pretty good, eventually causes me to, well, not be afraid of the dark.