This 2010 action comedy is probably most famous for putting Dame Helen Mirren exactly where we want to see her: behind the operator’s end of a heavy machine gun. This mostly hilarious send up of black ops action capers is based on a comic book illustrated by Cully Hamner and written by Warren Ellis. While he didn’t write the script – and it shows – the movie still inherits his cheeky tone.
3. The Fountain
This magical realist romantic drama had a troubled production and almost never saw the light of day. To protect the idea, director Darren Aronofsky commissioned artist Kent Williams to illustrate it as a comic book for Vertigo Comics. Aronofsky said, “I knew it was a hard film to make and I said at least if Hollywood fucks me over at least I’ll make a comic book out of it.” Ultimately, the comic’s success helped jumpstart the production such that the movie came out a year later.
2. Road to Perdition
Based on the comic book by Max Allan Collins, Road to Perdition was a favorite at the Academy Awards. That’s probably more a testament to the star power of American Beauty director Sam Mendes and screen legends Paul Newman and Tom Hanks in leading roles. Still, Road to Perdition was released at an interesting time, just months after Spider-Man kicked off another comic book movie wave.
1. Blue is The Warmest Colour
As this coming of age romantic drama toured the film festival circuit, it received praise for its raw intensity and emotional honesty. The graphic sex scenes earned praise too, but it also raised eyebrows. Most notable criticism came from Julie Maroh, author of the comic Blue was based on. Maroh considered the lesbian sex inauthentic said it was shot from heteronormative and patriarchal gaze.
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