Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
The Shadow Knows!
Based on the 1930's comic strip, puts the hero up against his arch enemy, Shiwan Khan, who plans to take over the world by holding a city to ransom using an atom bomb. Using his powers of invisibility and "The power to cloud men's minds", the Shadow comes blazing to the city's rescue with explosive results.
One of several nearly forgotten superhero movies that were lost in the wake of (and surely inspired by) the success of Burton's BATMAN. Could easily be part of a triple bill with THE ROCKETEER and DICK TRACY(this film is an interesting second-fiddle to those two). Ripe for rediscovery especially now. Very interesting to see the Alec Baldwin of 20 years ago through the lens of Jack Donaghy. The film's release on Blu-ray in June is quite welcome. Extra points from me for 90s nostalgia(even though I missed seeing the film until now).
It's also a nice way to celebrate Jonathan Winters(and that small window in the 90s when Penelope Ann Miller was the hot, sexy leading lady). Further, it's neat to see Peter Boyle as a taxi driver again.
easily as much fun as FLASH GORDON, and just as frequently clumsy. also John Lone is one of the most under-appreciated actors ever.
Small pleasures to be found in its Burton-esque production design and pre-code Hollywood nods; guys and dolls spouting sexual innuendos and humming tunes from 42nd Street in a Gothamy thirties-era Manhattan. Visuals effects are equally playful and imaginative, most of the time. Alec Baldwin is dashing but mannered as he remains in the shadow of Michael Keaton's equally composed--but more mysterious--Bruce Wayne. Doesn't overcome its core deficiencies; the obnoxious Jerry Goldsmith score, slouchy plot, and lack of chemistry between Baldwin and everyone else onscreen.
Bizarre tonal mishmash gets encapsulated in a single insane shot, which was cavalier then and would be wildly offensive today: Bad guy hypnotizes an innocent sailor (played by the creepy dude who recounts his dream near the beginning of Mulholland Dr.) into jumping off the Empire State Building's observation deck, and as he plummets to his death, his body bouncing off lower sections, the camera pans down to pick up heroes Alec Baldwin and Penelope Ann Miller walking on the street below, having an animated conversation about something else entirely. In general, the film works much better as a knowing comedy than as a straightforward, slightly old-fashioned action flick, which makes its constant switch-hitting between the two modes frustrating.…
Where has this film been all my life? It takes so many things I love and cram it into one of the coolest, awesomely badass films I've ever seen!
Alec Baldwin proves why he is such an awesome actor. Not only does he give an excellent performance, but he provides so much depth and even fear for his character. He's got the maniacal laugh down perfectly. John Lone makes a really good villain. Unlike most villains in superhero movies, this one actually feels like a true threat to the hero. You also get terrific performances from an impressively stellar cast that includes Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellan, and Tim Curry. The visual effects look amazing. The story is…
To think that mesmerism and orientalism weren't all the rage in 1994. Handsomely photographed & designed, this period stylish pulp jam deserves a re-appraisal. Baldwin crushes it.
There's a scene late in the movie when Ian McKellan asks someone, "What's going on?" I can't tell you disappointed I was that no one gave him an answer. I never got an idea of the bad guy's master plan except that he wants to conquor the world, but destroy it(?). But mostly he wants to fight the Shadow. The Shadow's call to be a super hero is kind of forced on him against his will in a general mission to fight evil (which I find to be an exceptionally broad and ill-defined calling). I think he gains additional super powers at the end, but I couldn't tell for sure. Luckily he's a millionaire so his evil-fighting won't affect his…
Good costumes and set deign don't quite make up for the troubled plot and inconsistent performance. I think if this movie were remade as an R-rated film with a greater emphasis on the anti-hero nature of The Shadow then it could be a success.
This is a film i use to adore as a young child. I was a huge Alec Baldwin fan and watched pretty much anything he was in. At 9 i was heavily into films such as Heaven's Prisoners, The Getaway, Malice, The Juror and this. I was also in love with James Spader too. What a cool kid i was.
After watching this for the first time since then, i was a little disappointed. It didn't hold up so well after all those years. The acting was a little hammy on Baldwin's part and the film just didn't interest me like it did years ago. But with that said I love the production design.
Was it just me, but when Alec was dressed as the Shadow he looked like an aged version of his brother William?
I know I'm not really "supposed" to like it, but I can't help it! 90's superhero film that flew under the radar. Definitely worth a watch.
Khan, Monolith y Phurba
This is another film that I finally watched for the first time and for the most part, I was pleasantly surprised. Other then the film needing a tad more action, it was actually pretty damn cool. One of those flicks that would definitely benefit from a good remake.
It had the look and tone of other dark comic book movies like Batman, Dick Tracy, and Darkman, although it needed a bit more fun and action. Alec Baldwin was very good as the title hero, and really liked how he started off evil, but he was forced to redeem himself in the beginning. It was a different twist rather then the character have a natural change of heart.
I also loved…
Based on the 1930's comic strips (which i've been recently obsessed with), I decided I needed to watch this finally. And I'm pretty glad I did. I really enjoyed the chemistry of the cast and the way they were able to portray the comics. And a younger version of Alec Baldwin is always great!
It definitely reminds me of the same feel The Rocketeer gives off! And this is a very underrated film but I think that is something that gives it a lot more charm.
i, quite frankly, give no shits.. i love this film in all its silly, cheesy, glass exploding glory...
...The sun is shining.... but the ice is slippery...
Took four sittings to re-watch. Started it two weeks ago, ate lunch to it a few times, watched bits before bed and finally finished it last night in my room with Shannon. VHS.
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