I’m not real big on “joining,” so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that up until a couple of weeks ago I had never seen any of the recent Marvel movies. In fact, I think the “Blade” movies and “Howard the Duck” were the only Marvel movies I’d seen. Due to this unlikely fact, I was a guest on Nick Nadel’s podcast Movies My Friends Have Never Seen, where we watched “Iron Man” (2008) and I gave my impressions. Fun stuff you’ll learn:
- I have an uncanny ability to catalog the substance abuse problems of mainstream comics characters.
- If you took a shot every time I mention “the Demonic Other” in relation to pulp villains, you would die, so be careful.
- We talk about how I *do*, in fact, like comic book movies, just maybe not the ones that make box office billions.
- The existence of the “Dylan Dog” movie was wiped from my brain entirely.
Another marvelous thing introduced to me by a friend is the 1980 Japanese horror action epic “Samurai Reincarnation.” The story of a Christian martyr who renounces his faith in order to work hideous black magic for revenge, this has everything you could possibly want in it: swordfights, nudity, glittery costumes, and martial arts movie legend Sonny Chiba. I wrote about this classic of bonkers world cinema for Vintage Ninja–read about it here.