When assassin Eve [Zoe Bell] has a job go south on her, with tragic consequences, she somehow survives a knife through her skull but the injury finds her seeing her most recent, and unintentional victim – a fourteen-year old girl.
Angel of Death was written for veteran stuntwoman Zoe Bell, who first exhibited unexpected acting chops in Quentin Tarantino’s half of the Grindhouse double feature, Death Proof. Showing that Death Proof wasn’t a fluke, Bell is a towering presence in this feature cut of the web series, written by comics icon Ed Brubaker. The noir film follows Eve as she seeks redemption by carrying out the dead girl’s demand for vengeance.
One last season’s summer shows, ABC Family’s The Middleman, had me at the tentacle monster and reeled me in at the gorilla gangster. Javier [call him Javi] Grillo-Marxuach’s series – adapted from the graphic novel that was adapted from an unsold TV script [still with me?] achieved something that no other comics-to-movies/TV has ever done – the pilot script contained somewhere in the vicinity of 90% of the script that Javi wrote in 1988. The result was a fast-paced, character-driven and pop culture-fuelled super saga of a hero and his brand spanking new sidekick as they saved the world from villains that appeared to have jumped out of the pages of a comic – which is exactly what they were!
Coraline is the little 3-D film that could. Although it wasn’t any kind of a tentpole event, it quietly made almost $115 million in its theatrical run. Not bad for a 3-D stop-action animation film. The story, about a little girl who discovers an alternate world where her Other Parents dote on her – as opposed to her real parents, who don’t seem to care – is one of author Neil Gaiman’s most loved stories. Although it underwent several changes in its journey to film, Gaiman heartily approved of the film version which really does capture the feel of the book beautifully.
This 2-Disc Collector’s Edition of Coraline includes both 2-D and 3-D versions – though the 3-D is the kind with the glasses with the green and red lenses. When they [-whoever they may be] figure out how to transfer modern 3-D to DVD, I’ll be one happy camper. At least the DVD includes four pairs of glasses…