Here’s a bizarre Friday Five topic with which to kick off the new year. We went to see the new movie adaptation of Will Eisner’s comic book The Spirit last week. It’s a genre of movie that I tend to like, especially when they’re based on really good books and stories.
Sin City – Flying Burrito Brothers: Frank Miller’s Sin City graphic novel series is one of my favorites, and I was equally impressed by the movie. Miller is a master at weaving multiple plot-lines together into one cohesive story when you least expect it. He is also responsible for 300 and creating much darker themes and story-lines for both Daredevil & Batman. Speaking of which…
Dark Night – the Blasters: First of all, the movie The Dark Knight was NOT based on the acclaimed Frank Miller graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, (unfortunately). It is a brilliant book that not only started a darker, more adult themed comic book revolution, but also heavily influenced Tim Burton’s Batman.
Gentleman – The Afghan Whigs: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is not my favorite Alan Moore book or movie, but it was the easiest to find a song for. Both V for Vendetta and From Hell were better movies and Watchmen is one of my all-time favorite graphic novels. I am also looking forward to its film adaptation later this year, the trailer for which is linked to from the picture above if you’re interested.
Spirits in the Material World – The Police: Will Eisner’s the Spirit is a campy, funny, noir comic that often pokes fun at its own genre and medium. But it is often celebrated as introducing us to the first middle-class hero. He is often rumpled and disheveled, get’s beat up a lot, and is constantly womanizing.
Ghost in This House – Allison Krauss: Daniel Clowes’ cult-classic comic series Ghost World was adapted to the screen in 2001. Both were praised for their realistic, slice-of-life examinations of two recent high school graduates trying to adapt to adulthood. It’s cynical, funny, and heart-breaking. I know it’s a departure from the rest of the list, not being action, mystery, or about super heroes; but I highly recommend it anyway.