Archive for the ‘Film Screenings’ Category

Well, we’ve made it to the end of our little series. We are very sad to say goodbye to this project, but we are very thankful for its success over the past three years. It’s been very special to share our love of cinema and comics with you, and it’s been a pleasure to come together as a community every month engage and entertain.  We hope that in some ways we’ve challenged or expanded your view of both the cinematic and comics medium, we can confidently say that we ourselves learnt a lot over the course of the series and we are thankful to have had this opportunity.

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Our good friend Brendan Brown has put together this video to reflect on the past three years, we screened it at our last show Justice League: The New Frontier and offer it again here for those who wish to revisit or those who missed it:

 

We also wish to say thanks to many of the people and groups that helped us bring this project to life, we really couldn’t have done it without them!

Thank You

Past and Present Metro Cinema Staff and Volunteers

Warp One Comics and Games

Dave Bryenton

James Steer

Zachary Selman-Palmer

Co-Presenters & Speakers

Jay ‘n Jay

Shades of Grey

Comics! The Blog

Suzette Chan

Scotch & Comics

Edmonton Girl Geeks

Mike Perschon

Allan Mott

Crime Watch

Boozy Boob Tube

Poster Designers

Smokey Draws

Caitlin Jones

Balam Graphics

Andrea Brown

Erik Grice

Parker Thiessen

Shawna Iwaniuk

Vic Malhotra

Sylvia Moon

Samathan Sheplawy

Laila Aslund

Brendan Brown

Christian Whitty

Roger Garcia

Clark Park

Jordan Carson

Whimsical Cake Studio

Our Audience

Everyone who came out to a film and supported us these past three years!

image (2) image (5)We also wish to thank each other for the hard work and support that each one of us put in over the past three years, Graphic Content: A Comic Book Film Series has been a team effort and one that we are very proud to have done together.

Erin Fraser and Matt Bowes

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For our last Graphic Content outing, we decided to go out with a bang and show two films for the month of June. Join us at our normal Metro Cinema time slot on June 17th for 2008’s Justice League: The New Frontier, the fantastic adaptation of Darwyn Cooke’s mid-century Modern styled retelling of the Justice League’s origin story. There will be cake, laughter, and maybe even tears.

As a fun bonus send-off, we’re also bringing back the most-requested film in Graphic Content’s three-year history, the classic Superman starring Christopher Reeves. Come to the Metro Cinema on Father’s Day, June 15th at 3:00 PM, for the screening, and your dad gets in free!

Thanks to everyone who’s made the time to come out to the twenty-nine Graphic Content screenings, and we hope to see you at these last two! Check out the last Graphic Content poster, courtesy of Jordan Carson:

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Hotshot pilot Hal Jordan (voiced by David Boreanaz) is a dissenter in the Korean War, hospitalized after killing a man in self defence. Wonder Woman (Lucy Lawless) has teamed up with a group of Vietnamese women who’ve evicted the men from their village when Superman (Kyle MacLachlan) comes to investigate. And in Central City, The Flash (Neil Patrick Harris) suits up to protect his reporter lady love, Iris West from Captain Cold and his Rogues. All of these heroes find themselves at the breaking point of history, as an extradimensional entity known only as The Centre threatens to tear the world apart.

Join Graphic Content on their final outing for an adaptation of Darwyn Cooke’s fantastic retelling of the founding of the Justice League, a film that has one foot set in the past, and another looking towards the future. Thanks for three great years, Edmonton!

 

The last son of the dead planet Krypton, Kal-El (Christopher Reeve) is found as a baby by Jonathan and Martha Kent when his spaceship crashes just outside of Smallville, USA. Given the name “Clark” by his adopted parents, the boy grows up strong in the American heartland, developing amazing powers under the light of the yellow sun. One day, Clark finds a glowing crystal, and with it finds out about his alien heritage, the knowledge imparted to him by his birth father, Jor-El (Marlon Brando). The boy becomes a man, and moves to Metropolis to work for the Daily Planet newspaper, finding love in Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and danger in the form of criminal genius Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman).

As a tribute to the film’s themes, Graphic Content presents this special Father’s Day screening of the classic film. ADMISSION IS 2 FOR 1: BRING A FATHER & HE GETS IN FOR FREE.

 

 

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For our second-to-last Graphic Content screening, we’ve chosen to team up one last time with our pals at Comics! The Blog to present one of our all-time favourite superhero films, 2004’s The Incredibles! While the finest Disney film of the last twenty years isn’t a direct adaptation of a comic book, we feel that Brad Bird’s nuclear family unit is the best representation we’ll ever get of the Fantastic Four.

Stay tuned to the Graphic Content site as Brandon and James from Comics! The Blog! fill us in on the reasoning behind their book club picks, but in the meantime, here’s the excellent poster for the event, courtesy of Andrea Brown!

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Times have been tough for Mr. Incredible, aka Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), as a government crackdown on all caped crusaders has led him to a crushingly boring job, an ever-expanding waistline, and a life of obscurity in the suburbs. That all changes when he’s called in for a series of secret assignments dealt out by a mysterious benefactor (Jason Lee). When Mr. Incredible disappears after one of these missions, his wife, the former heroine known as Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), must team up with his gifted kids Dash and Violet to crack the case and bring the culprit in for justice, one last time. The Incredibles is a love letter to the atomic era aesthetics of comics’ glory days and the greatest depiction of superhero family dynamics ever seen on film.

Tuesday, May 20th at 7:00 PM. The movie runs for 115 minutes.. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box office opens at 6:15, so come on by early to check out the comics we’ve selected to go with the movie. RSVP on Facebook. 

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This month, Graphic Content presents a movie that was potentially released way before its time, 2008’s Speed Racer! Based on the classic cartoon series from the ’60s which in itself was based on a manga serialized in Shonen Book magazine way back in 1958, Speed Racer features spell-binding special effects, visual style and design courtesy of the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas).

I’ve written more about this unjustly missed film over at The Pulp, check it out here.

Check out the amazing poster for this presentation, by Sylvia Moon!

Speed Racer poster

Scion of the Racer family, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is an independent racing outfit’s best chance at winning the Grand Prix, a prize that seemed impossible to achieve after the recent death of his brother. When a mysterious operative named Racer X asks Speed to help him bust an international ring of motoring cheats, Speed must go undercover and win The Crucible. If he’s to make it through the race alive, Speed will have to rely upon the help of his girlfriend Trixie, his father and the rest of his family. Based on the manga series originally serialized in Shonen Book as MachGoGoGo back in 1958, Speed Racer is an infectious, candy-coloured ride through the world of hyperkinetic, over the top racing.

Tuesday, April 15 at 6:45. The movie runs for 135 minutes.. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box office opens at 6:15, so come on by early to check out the comics we’ve selected to go with the movie. RSVP on Facebook.

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This month, Graphic Content has decided to help you beat your winter blues with a look at our warm, nuclear-irradiated future. In 1995, British cult comics series Tank Girl hit the big screen, showing audiences the blasted desert wasteland our world will become in the near future. To help us bring this film back for one night only, we’ve called upon local podcast Boozy Boob Tube to celebrate this classic Nineties flick.

Check out the awesome poster for the screening, courtesy of Metro’s stalwart designer Parker Thiessen:

Tank Girl

In the year 2033, the Earth is a desert wasteland and water is the most important substance on Earth. The oppressive Water & Power corporation, lead by the sadistic Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell), controls the world’s reserve. Rebecca, aka Tank Girl (Lori Petty), roams the Australian countryside stealing water and helping communities in need. But when she and her gang are attacked, she’s forced to take her fight straight to W&P and bring them down once and for all. Based on the cult classic British comic series by Alan Martin and Jaime Hewlett (of Gorillaz fame), Tank Girl is a post-apocalyptic girl power Western. Join Graphic Content and their special guests, the equally zany ladies of the Boozy Boob Tube, for outrageous fashions, killer ‘90s tunes, and mutated kangaroos.

Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00. The movie runs for 104 minutes.. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box office opens at 6:15, so come on by early to check out the comics we’ve selected to go with the movie. RSVP on Facebook.

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This February, your friends at Graphic Content bring you something a little bit different from our normal comic-book fare. Reaching the screen in 1999, Mystery Men is a cult classic film based on stories from the cult classic comic series, Flaming Carrot Comics. The movie depicts the lives of ordinary, working class men and women who suit up and fight crime without the benefit of rich parents, alien powers or magic rings.

To celebrate this glimpse at the unseen world of caped crusaders, we’ve embarked on a titanic team-up of our own, as Devin Bruce of the podcast Scotch and Comics joins the fray this time out! You’ll remember Devin from last year’s pairing of Point Blank with the Balvenie Doublewood scotch.

Check out the awesome poster for the screening, courtesy of designer Clark Park!

Mystery Men

When insane super-genius Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) is released from the asylum, Champion City turns as usual to Captain Amazing to stem the growing tide of criminality. There’s one problem, though: the bored Captain is actually behind Frankenstein’s release, and he has now been taken captive! It’s up to a new group of uniquely talented individuals to save the day, as Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), the Blue Raja (Hank Azaria) and the Shoveler (William H. Macy) join forces with other like-minded misfits to defeat Frankenstein and his “Psycho-frakulator” doomsday device.

Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00. The movie runs for 121 minutes.. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box office opens at 6:15, so come on by early to check out the comics we’ve selected to go with the movie. RSVP on Facebook.

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This January, Graphic Content brings back to the screen one of director Sam Mendes’ (Skyfall, Revolutionary Road) most criminally overlooked films, 2002’s Road to Perdition. The Depression-era gangster picture is a twice-covered adaptation, first of the graphic novel by writer Max Allan Collins and artist Richard Piers Rayner, which itself is a quasi-adaptation of the classic manga series Lone Wolf and Cub, by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Gojima. As a special treat, we’ve partnered with fellow Metro Cinema curator Laura O’Connor for this screening, which will introduce our fans to her crime film series, Crime Watch!

Here’s the great poster for the screening, courtesy of Roger Garcia!

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Tom Hanks sheds his nice guy image in this Depression-era story, starring as Irish mob enforcer Michael Sullivan. When Michael inadvertently causes the death of a rival gangster in front of his young son, the duo must go on the run together to escape justice, not to mention a hitman (Jude Law) hired to take care of the situation.

And, just for fun, compare and contrast with the trailer for the original film adaptation of Lone Wolf and Cub, Shogun Assassin!

Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00. The movie runs for 117 minutes.. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box office opens at 6:15, so come on by early to check out the comics we’ve selected to go with the movie. RSVP on Facebook.

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