Holy shit… This is the 100th post for B-Movie Enema. Yowzers. How am I going to celebrate?
I’ve already looked at one Captain America movie way back in May 2016. So why am I double dipping? Because Cap is my A-1 Super Guy. He fights for freedom and awesomeness.
And also… America. Fuckin’ pure America. Pure like Budweiser changing their name to America. Continue reading “Captain America (1990)”
Frank Castle… It’s the A-1 super bad ass of the Marvel Universe. He is a marksman from the U.S. Marines who also trained with the Navy Seals. Basically, name some group in the military, and Castle probably had something to do with it.
When he returned from service, he was excited to come home to his wife and children. However, while picnicking with them, tragedy happened. A mob deal went sour and the shootout resulted in Castle’s family being caught in the middle and killed. He vowed to destroy every criminal and became known as The Punisher. Continue reading “The Punisher (1989)”
The Fantastic Four is Marvel Comics’ “first family”. Without them, there literally is no Marvel. They were the brainchild of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and launched in 1961 to capitalize on the re-emergence of superhero popularity in comic books that had waned by the late 1950s.
The Fantastic Four was comprised of leader Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) who could stretch like rubber, Susan Storm (Invisible Girl) who could turn herself invisible, The Thing (Ben Grimm) who was a hulking rock monster, and Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) who was both Susan’s brother and able to light himself on fire. They treated each other as family and even argued like one too. It was the first real example of a team of superheroes who didn’t always get along. Despite the overall high sci-fi type of tales they would tell, Lee and Kirby had created something that had a realistic flavor to the characters and their interactions. Continue reading “The Fantastic Four (1994)”
Marvel Comics… Man, what more can I possibly say about how awesome they are? Obviously, they know what they are doing with their movies. Over the past 20 years, Marvel has, for the most part, cranked out great superhero movie after great superhero movie. Starting with 1998’s Blade all the way up to today’s Thor: Ragnarok, no other movie studio has come close to recreating their source material into a major motion picture.
However, there was about 20 years before the release of Blade that things were pretty lean for Marvel getting their intellectual properties into movies. So, I’ll be looking at four of these attempts this month. There’s no better place to start than right here with The Incredible Hulk Returns. Continue reading “The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)”
Earlier this summer, Spider-Man 3 turned 10 years old. It’s really odd to think about that. The third of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy is only 10 years old.
Since the release of this movie, ALL of the Avengers movies have been released – among all the other outlying Marvel movies. DC has now created four movies in their own expanded universe. There have been 7 X-Men movies – including an entire trilogy of Wolverine movies and a completely rebooted X-Men series.
And as of today, Spider-Man himself has been rebooted twice. Continue reading “Spider-Man 3 (2007)”
You know… I don’t think the skeevy guy with the folding table and all the medallions and the chest hair with the white DVD boxes with “Captain America Good Action Yeah” written in Sharpie on it was telling the truth when I asked him if this was the new Captain America: Civil War movie I’ve heard so much about lately.
The late 70s really did give it an honest go by trying to adapt comic book heroes in a grown-up way. On TV, you had Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk. On the big screen you had none other than Superman just flat out killin’ it. There were some duds like Isis and Shazam, but the successful stuff kinda outshined the bad. Continue reading “Captain America (1979)”