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Building on the success of “Sandman” on Netflix, today’s release combines nominations for movies and series inspired by comic books. You will see that broadcasts can transcend the Avengers and Justice…
One of the most cult comics (or graphic novels) among amateurs, “Sandman,” by Neil Gaiman, has finally won a live-action version in series form in ten episodes of Netflix.
Gaiman himself had seen other characters appear on screen a long time ago, such as in “American Gods” or “Watchmen”.
The world of the comic book has been explored for a long time by Hollywood, far beyond the heroes of the Avengers or the Justice League. Check out the list below.
Neil Gaiman envisioned “American Gods” as a novel, but the story was also turned into a comic book, released by Dark Horse Comics. The plot, which mixes fantasy with touches of myth, centers around the character of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a man who just got out of prison and lost his wife, and is recruited by Mr. Wed (Ian McShane) as a security guard. Gradually, he discovers that his boss is one of the old gods, who is gathering forces on Earth to fight the new gods, represented by sentiments such as celebrity worship, greed, sex and drugs. Read the series review at binding.
Available on Prime Video (3 seasons, 26 episodes)
A lover of jazz, books and comics, Harvey Pekar is an angry civil servant in a hospital. In 1976, he finally managed to publish the magazine “American Splendor”, which depicts his everyday life, and became a secretive celebrity. Picard himself recounts his adventures in this film version, with Paul Giamatti in the main role. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for its screenplay and won Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Read the movie review at binding.
Available on HBO Max (101 minutes)
John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is able to see the demons and send them back to where they came from. However, as a young man, he attempted suicide, which means that he also goes to hell when he dies, according to the rules of fiction. Her path, then, intersects with that of a policewoman (Rachel Weisz), whose twin sister threw herself from a building, and was sensitive. The solitary and cynical demon hunter originated from the comic book “Hellblazer,” released by DC’s Vertigo imprint. In addition to this successful film, the character won an NBC series, which was canceled after one season and made available on the same broadcast. Read the movie review at binding.
Available on HBO Max (movie, 121 minutes, series, 13 episodes)
The road to perdition
After winning an Academy Award for his first movie, “American Beauty,” Sam Mendes directed this fine crime thriller set in the Prohibition era in the USA, in which Tom Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan, a cold-blooded killer working with gangster John Rooney (Paul ). new man). However, Sullivan’s teenage son witnesses a crime committed by the King’s son (Daniel Craig pre-007). To protect the young man, Sullivan crosses the country to fight a mob and try to escape a hitman (Jude Law) who has been hired to take down the duo. The film is based on the graphic novel by Max Alan Collins. Read the movie review at binding.
Available on Star + (117 minutes)
Long before Marvel’s Avengers assembled their rags in theaters, this early 20th-century film brought together adventurer Alan Quatermain (Sean Connery), Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend), vampire Mina Harker ( Peta Wilson), Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (Jason Fleming) and Tom Sawyer (Shane West). Oh, and there was also the Invisible Man (Tony Curran). The gang band together to stop a villain trying to cause World War I. The movie is based on Alan Moore’s comic book, the same as “V for Vendetta”.
Available on Star + (110 minutes)
signs of violence
One of David Cronenberg’s most award-winning films was adapted from the graphic novel “A History of Violence” (the film’s original title) by John Wagner. In the movie, the owner of a quiet café reacts to a robbery and becomes a celebrity in the small town where he lives with his family. At the same time, he attracts the attention of a group of gangsters who question his identity. Actors include Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris and guest appearances by William Hurt. Read the movie review at binding.
Available on HBO Max (95 minutes)
Paper Girls (New)
Already mentioned in the latest issue of the newsletter, the new series is based on the award-winning comedy. The plot was carried out by a quartet of teenagers with echoes of the 80s, which, as we said, can remind many people of “Stranger Things”. But there are good differences. If you don’t remember the synopsis, I’ll refresh your memory: A quartet of newspaper delivery girls meet in Cleveland in 1988 on the first day after Halloween. After an incident with some boys, they notice that the sky has turned pink, and when they try to go home, they end up in the future, where a war involving time travel is taking place.
Available on Prime Video (8 episodes)
One of the most worshiped graphic novels in the world, and especially in Brazil, “Sandman”, by Neil Gaiman, finally got a live-action version of the Netflix series. The plot revolves around the character of Dream (Tom Sturrigde), who has been imprisoned for more than a century after a black magic ritual. When he finally escapes, he tries to take back his kingdom. Read more about the launch here.
Available on Netflix (1 season, 10 episodes)
A group of superheroes known as the Seven work for a company that invests in heroes. However, they get mistaken and are watched by another squad, the Boys, who try to keep the heroes in line. The highlight of the watch collection is Boss Billy (Karl Urban), who hates heroes and blames one of them for his wife’s disappearance. Despite working with DC and Marvel, author Garth Ennis launched “The Boys” with the independent WildStorm.
Available on Prime Video (3 seasons, 24 episodes)
The origin of this successful series is a comic written by Gerard Way (vocalist of the band My Chemical Brothers) in 2007, which was released by Dark Horse. In the premise of the plot, she gave birth to 43 women who were not pregnant on October 1, 1989. An eccentric billionaire managed to adopt seven of them, forming the Umbrella Academy. All children develop abilities, except for Vanya, number 7. Nowadays, the adopted siblings are separated after previous traumas, but they meet again in the wake of their father. That’s when the number 5 appears again, with the ability to travel in space and time, with news that the world will end in eight days. Gerard Way also appears in the credits as a co-producer.
Available on Netflix (3 seasons, 30 episodes)
v for revenge
Inspired by Alan Moore’s eponymous comic, which appeared on DC’s Vertigo poster, the film has a screenplay written by the Wachowski sisters, the same duo from “The Matrix”. The dystopian plot shows England under a totalitarian regime. In this scenario, the masked V appears, a vigilante who uses terrorist tactics to expose the government and unite society in search of freedom. On his journey, he enlists the help of young Evie (Natalie Portman). Legend has it that Moore never wanted to see the movie. Read the movie review at binding.
Available on HBO Max (132 minutes)
After successfully adapting the film version of “300” (Frank Miller’s comics), Zack Snyder is given the green light to lead the aspiring “Watchmen,” based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore (He Again). The plot takes place in 1985, in an alternate reality in which Richard Nixon is still president and the Cold War is still cold. In this scenario, Rorschach discovers a plan to eliminate the superheroes, who are already practically inactive. HBO has also produced a series set in the present, with alternate reality, 34 years after the events of the original comic.
Available on HBO Max (movie, 163 minutes, series, 10 episodes)
Set in 1941, in the quiet, fictional town of Peyton Place (the film’s original title), the seeming calm of the residents hides secrets, including cases of rape, abuse, and betrayal. The 1957 film, now airing, earned Lana Turner her only Academy Award nomination. He was also one of the sources of inspiration for David Lynch and Mark Frost to create the world of “Twin Peaks”.
Available on Star + (157 min)
Total disaster: Woodstock 99
As the title suggests, the documentary revisits the disaster that became the huge 1999 Woodstock Festival, 30 years after the original show, which was attended by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Limp Bizkett, Korn, Bush and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The event, which began as a gathering of 250,000 people, is slowly unraveling, with structural flaws, lack of security, abusive prices, easy access to drugs, and abusive behavior towards women, with the right to report rapes after the event. In three episodes (one for each day of the show), the series shows how the bomb was prepared before the explosion.
Available on Netflix (3 episodes)
The original 1987 film in the series introduced us to the character – the alien, not Schwarzenegger’s military brutality. The 1990s ended by presenting the many possibilities that franchising could offer. After a string of bad movies, now comes The Hunt, this writer’s best movie. The film goes back to the 18th century, when a Comanche warrior realizes the existence of an alien predator around her tribe and, at the same time, discovers that there are more ruthless colonists.
Available on Star + (100 minutes)
Screams and whispers
With the cancer already in an advanced stage, Agnes is cared for by her two sisters, both of whom have personal crises of their own, at their home in the country. Practically speaking, the only person offering any real support to Agnes is Anna, the devoted maid. The 1972 Swedish film, an Ingmar Bergman classic, won an Oscar for cinematography.
Available for free until October 11 at www.sescsp.org.br/sescdigital
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