Saturday, July 13, 2013

The best superhero movie of the summer - and maybe ever . . .

The Flying Man from Marcus Alqueres on Vimeo.

. . . is this video, The Flying Man, by Marcus Alqueres (remember that name, I'd say). In just a few minutes it tears apart the pop ideology of our surveillance/security state, while pondering the obvious parallels between superhero culture and terrorist culture.  If only Christopher Nolan were this smart!


  1. Definitely in the tradition of the deconstructed-superhero that Alan Moore was mining in the 1980s in the comic-book medium before he became largely bored with the genre-- basically, you can't take the premises of the genre seriously without imagining the destruction of nearly everything citizens of a modern democratic society take for granted.

  2. It's smarter than Alan Moore, I'd say.

    1. To be fair, last time we discussed the topic, you were only familiar with early-Moore, whose writing has progressively become more interesting over the years.

      That said, I think it's derivative of Moore. Whether its smarter or not, we'll only see Alqueres expands the premise to a feature length film-- even the horrible to mediocre adaptations of Moore's work to film (all of which he has disavows since he doesn't own the film rights) generally have a decent ten minutes or so.

  3. It's smarter because it's OUTSIDE the comic-con echo chamber. I'm sorry, but "Watchmen," "From Hell" - please!

  4. Honestly, this is well-within the "echo chamber" of mainstream superhero comics of the last twenty years, even if it pushes the boundaries of superhero movie. Sure, it's edgy, but let's see some follow-through before we declare Alqueres a genius who has reinvented the genre. This is the sort of reinvention that even a right-winger like Frank Miller could have pulled off (and has!)

    And while "From Hell" is a rather important transitional work in the Moore ouvre, it really has nothing to do with the superhero genre.

  5. We disagree, Ian. I didn't say Alqueres was "a genius who had re-invented the genre." I said this clip was "smarter than Alan Moore." Which it is. Honestly, I wish you could grow up about Alan Moore, but I guess that's a lost cause.