Superhero cinema and graphic novel goodies.
Superheroes and A History Of Violence
(Country: US; Year: 1994; Director: Alex Proyas; Writer: James O'Barr, David J. Schow, John Shirley; Stars: Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Ling Bai)
A restless soul comes back from the dead to seek vengeance.
Death Of A Superhero
(Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Ian Fitzgibbon; Writer: Anthony McCarten; Stars: Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aisling Loftus)
A terminally ill teenager escapes from reality by drawing a comic book in which he is transformed into a superhero fighting the forces of evil.
Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters
(Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Adam Cornelius)
Tetris is the most popular video game ever created, selling around 35 million copies worldwide since its original release in 1984. It is so addictive that dedicated players are known to suffer the Tetris effect of mild hallucinations and wanting to arrange things in boxes and blocks. Adam Cornelius’s equally addictive documentary follows the preparations for the Tetris World Championships in Los Angeles that have attracted some of the finest players of the game that the world has ever seen. The big question is whether the tournament might witness the return of Thor, a player unseen for twenty years who is rumoured to have reached the game’s supposedly unreachable level 30. Filled with unforgettable characters, friendly competitors and knife-edge tension, Ecstasy of Order captures the agony and the ecstasy of playing one of the world’s greatest games.
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: David Barras; Writer: David Barras, Scott MacKay; Stars: Toby Manley, Mark McKirdy, Fish, Jennifer Ewing, Mark McDonnell)
Two comic fans desperate to save their shop are delighted to find a rare first edition of Electric Man - but others are after it too.
(Country: US, UK; Year: 1980; Director: Mike Hodges; Writer: Lorenzo Semple Jr and Michael Allin, based on the matinee series.; Stars: Sam J Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Brian Blessed, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Peter Wyngarde, Richard O'Brien, Peter Duncan, Robbie Coltrane), Official Site
An evil alien ruler plans to destroy the Earth, and only an American football quarterback can stop him.
Flash Gordon and Electric Man
A History Of Violence
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: David Cronenberg; Writer: Josh Olson, based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke; Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk, Kyle Schmid, Sumela Kay, Gerry Quigley)
Violence begets violence in a study of retribution and small town defiance.
Night Is Day
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Fraser Coull; Stars: Chris Summers, John Gaffney, Steven McEwan, Kirsty Anderson)
Jason was just a normal twenty-something Glaswegian until, one day, supernatural powers were bestowed upon him. Since then he’s been hiding in the shadows, protecting the city in secret, while Police Superintendent Sloan attempts to silence all tales of the real-life superhero vigilante. But now a new danger is threatening the city: the Caillech, a not-so-mythological creature, has teamed up with the evil businessman Mr Philips and together they have vowed to destroy the world in three days. Can Jason stop them? This Glasgow-set sci-fi was self-funded thanks to the support and donations of local supporters and businesses.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Michael Barnett; Writer: Michael Barnett, Theodore James; Stars: Master Legend, Mr Xtreme, Zetaman, TSF, Apocalypse Meow, Conundrum, Thanatos, The Dark Avenger)
Ordinary folk by day, caped crusaders by night; a look into the lives of real life superheroes.
Superman: The Movie (Superman)
(Country: UK, USA; Year: 1978; Director: Richard Donner; Writer: Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, Robert Benton, Tom Mankiewicz; Stars: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine)
Classic comic book adaptation about an orphaned alien who becomes humanity's saviour.
(Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Eric Khoo; Writer: Based on the work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi; Stars: Tetsuya Bessho, Motoko Gollent, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Mike Wiluan)
Animation based on Yoshihiro Tatsumi's manga memoir A Drifting Life and other short stories.