We live in such uncertain times, I don't know if it's the political rancor or too many superhero movies being made which has made me feel psychically sick and physically out of shape.
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Before the superhero genre was honed to a fine point by Batman Begins & The Dark Knight and then weaponized into unstoppable entertainment by Marvel Studios, it wasn't such a winner. M. Night Shyamalan saw that comic books had massive mythic appeal which could be made into great stories. So he invented his very own super villains & heroes in a very real world we could recognize.
I thought that Unbreakable was a one and done sort of experience. There was no open ending for a sequel. Sixteen years later came Split. This psychological horror movie seemed to be another stand alone until David Dunn appeared at the very end of it.
And now Glass is coming to unite all of these characters and make the the rest of us whole. With the years and years of meticulous, calculated crafting of the MCU, this feels organic and free of constraints. I'm ready to see what happens next.
Unlike the MCU or the DC Extended Universe, Mystery Men is just one movie so once you see this one you're all set. There is no post credits to wait to see. No origin stories to sit through as every character seems to run around and just blurt out their super (and not so super) talents like some latent fart. Oh yes, there are fart jokes plus Tom Waits, a possessed skull bowling ball and nonlethal weapons . I could go on, but you should be getting high by now and watching this,
Besides old school stoners Cheech and Chong and the barely tolerable Bluntman and Chronic, there are no good weed superheroes, much less anything resembling a Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Cinematic Universe. So about lunchtime, I drape my robe over my shoulders like a cape, get a little medicated and pretend I can fill that hole in my life while I stare out the window at the ocean. OK, that’s not true at all, other than the getting baked part. I don’t even own a robe.
I’m just relieved that there is a film like this for summer so I can slap up a posting which requires almost no work at all. Our favorite maryjane starlet Kristen Stewart is in it and that guy from The Social Network who’s going to be Lex Luther is too (so there is a superhero connection here).
Anyway, here's the red band trailer because if you are reading this, you are an adult, right? I need to go buy a robe.
If there is anything I've learned from comics, it's that you better hide your secret identity better than you hide your porn from your mom (and I'm talking digital & print). This is simply good advice I am spouting here, but your could apply this to any covert life you may lead. Your dual life, a secret existence that is you, but not you, the concept or idea of another you besides you, has facinated me for a long, long time. But unlike now, where that sort of superhero mystique is now fully vested in the culture, I was introduced to it in the early 80s by my friend Angel.
She killed, fucked, made the honor roll, became a successful photographer and was tough as a leather vagina so you'd best to think twice if you hurt her friends on the street or copied off her paper. She would cut you just for starters. Angel was so complex, a new actress had to play her in each of the four films made telling her story. So when it gets late and hazy, and talk turns nerdy as the Keaton/Clooney/Kilmer/Bale debate begins...well, that's my cue to slip away and go watch one of my Angels.