Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
Junaid Chundrigar made a charming and funny series of shorts about Marvel heroes. (Thanks, Mark!)
Avengers ’78 is the finest Marvel movie that Marvel never made!
The first chapter from the book, The Avengers and Philosophy, is available online–for free!
The Belated Nerd looks back at the alien dragon menace, Fin Fang Foom.
It’s summer time and instead of beer bottles exploding out of coolers in a shower of refreshing ice, bikini-clad hotties and fireworks as we know it should be, everything is wilting and perhaps even melting. As far as I can tell there are only two possible explanations—Hot Lava Monsters have readjusted the earth’s thermostat to [...]
Earth’s mightiest heroes in their own webseries–holding meetings!
Genndy Tartakovsky talks live-action and animation (Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Sym-Bionic Titan) in an interview with Animation World Network.(via @aicnanime)
This last month at the Gutter, we’ve been mixing things up, with the editors writing outside of their usual domains. This week, instead of romance, Chris Szego will talk about movies or comics. Hey, wait! How about movies AND comics? Or rather, comic book movies? Recently, the theatre’s been a good place for comics. Not [...]
Salon talks about Iron Man 2 and superhero movies in general. Andrew O’Herir says Iron Man 2 doesn’t jump the shark, “it is the shark.” Matt Zoller Seitz says filmmakers take less chances with superhero movies than with zombie movies. Both agree Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash “has the right idea.”
Just as Project Runway has Models of the Runway, so too Project: Rooftop has spin-offs. Now there’s features like: “All Ages All-Stars,” redesigning superheroes for all ages (for example, Martian Manhunter); “How It’s Done,” spotlighting official superhero redesigns (like the Iron Man briefcase armor); and “Retrofix,” giving Golden and Silver age comic characters a new [...]
It’s the invisible hand of the market– Tony Stark privatizes world peace and runs into a little competition from Mickey Rourke’s Ivan Vanko / Whiplash in the trailer for Iron Man 2.