Friday, February 17, 2012

Fantastic Short Film Friday - The Death and Return of Superman (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

Just released in theater's is an amazing coming of age superhero origin story about three friends gain special powers from a falling meteor and the resulting fallout on them and the world because of their powers. It's an amazing piece of science fiction that uses the framework of the anime Akira to create a truly riveting tale. In honor of the movie Chronicle I wanted to showcase a short directed by the writing of the film. Max Landis (the son of famed Animal House director John Landis and screenwriter of Chronicle) has released The Death and Return of Superman, an entertaining, drunken-fueled 17-minute rant detailing one of comics most famous deaths and returns of an iconic character.

Remember when the Man of Steel died and came back in the 1990s? Well, this is the closest we're going to get to a live-action Death of Superman movie. And it's kind of amazing. Also featured are Mandy Moore as Lois Lane, Elijah Wood as Hank Henshaw, Simon Pegg as John Landis, and some other surprises.

There's no real synopsis needed, but even if you don't like comicbooks and never read a superman story this is still a must watch just to see how crazy and out of control some stories can get and let's just say, this concise breakdown of that storyline brings my love of comics into question because I lived and breathed these stories when they came out in the 90's. I was that guy on the line retuning to the shop multiple times to get more then one copy since each shop had a limit of one. Juts bad.

Check this out if you you're curious to see what all the fuss was about in the 90's. Check this out if you just want a good laugh at the excess of modern pop culture in all its campy glory. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, The Death and Return of Superman.

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