Wow.  Not even 24 hours have passed since you all started casting your ballots for the next installment in our Supermovie of the Week Club and Condorman has already built a commanding lead.  If this trend continues through Friday morning then that makes Cookie Monster double-screwed because he’ll have to screen and review both Condorman next Monday and Superman III the week after.  To make matters worse (for him), blog regular Kathode is suggesting we include yet another film in our burgeoning line-up: the 1980 Super Fuzz.  Writes Kathode:

“This guy has actual superpowers, not just gadgets. And the trailer’s pretty hilarious. And, you know, you’ll feel you haven’t done proper justice to the superhero film canon if you skip over this one. (Timeline-wise, its proper place is right now, after Superman II and before Condorman.) Cookie would love it! ”

No, no.  I’m pretty certain Cookie would hate it.  But that’s beside the point.  The reason I was going to skip Super Fuzz, despite it clearly focusing on a hero with superpowers, is that, despite the American actors and location, I consider this a foreign film (Poliziotto Superpiùand, thus, ineligible for consideration.  I mean, we could open it up to foreign entries but, if we do so, stand forewarned that we’ll be screening and discussing superhero movies from Mexico –

Japan –

Hong Kong –

Japan –

Thailand –

(Did I mention) Japan –

Russia –

Hmmmm.  Any of these movies look to be infinitely more entertaining than Superman II (III and IV).  As for Super Fuzz, a U.S./Italian co-production –

Thoughts?  Dare we do this to Cookie Monster?  At this rate, even at one supermovie a week, the fact that we’re watching them chronologically means we won’t get around to watching the new Avengers movie until late 2013!

Hey, speaking of Superman II, I’ve received a couple of impassioned defenses of the movie, most recently from none other than Patrick Gilmore (SGU’s Dale Volker) who dropped me an email the other day.  He wrote:

“I can’t keep silent.   If you give Superman 2 only  1 1/2 stars, what the hell are you gunna give 3, or The Quest for peace for that matter!?!”

I wrote back: “Hey, it’s not up to me.  Cookie Monster writes his own reviews.  Oooh.  Richard Pryor skiing down the side of a building in a pink tablecloth cape.  Can’t wait!”

To which he replied: “Cookie Monster needs to lay off the sugar. Superman 2 is the best of the series. Superman makes a cameo in that Richard Pryor movie, right?”

Not sure.  Well, there’s only one way to find out…and we will, eventually.

28 thoughts on “February 22, 2012: Yet another Supermovie of the Week dilemma! Potential foreign entries!

  1. Cool….1 vote for Silver Hawk! And my sympathies to Cookie Monster. Hey give CM a break, give him some Macarons!

  2. I do have to admit, I’m rather intrigued by Kekko’s red-eared rabbit dominatrix-ey outfit. And Silver Hawk has pandas! How can you go wrong with pandas!?? They’re so cute. Zebraman however, looks completely lame. And MercuryMan sounds… toxic. Yeah, I’m leaning toward keeping toward the more mainstream entries.

    As far as Superman II being the best in the series, that could very well be. I mean, the bar is exactly how high? There’s still space under 1.5 cookies, you know.

  3. Hi Joe

    I vote for Kekko Kamen… Umm, I mean Superman III

    Elminster
    (Thanks for pointing that out!!)

  4. no mercy eh? You are bound and determined to inflict Supie 3 on us? Maybe I can get a prescription from the doc to help blur the pain…
    Some of those Japanese flicks look pretty good, though I can see some issues in getting copies for the majority of viewers. Are we going to stick to chronological viewing, working our way up through the 80s to now, or will the picks be more variable?
    Love the clips, thanks for sharing, and now to get some sleep before figuring out what meds it will take to make it through Superman III( or maybe the quantity of red wine to tide me over)

  5. Mask of Kekko? Seriously? Live action fanservice and a waste of time. Unless you are looking for live action fanservice, of course.

    The Russian one looks like a winner to me.

    And one of the Japanese movies would be fun (but I’m a sucker for goofy Japanese movies):

    Yatterman! It’s got a great J-Pop theme song and looks like silliness and fun.

    On the other hand, Zebraman looks fun and heartwarming. But I’m not sure Cookie is a fan of heartwarming movies.

  6. I didn’t get a chance earlier to thank you for your comment yesterday.

    The good news keeps coming. In response to my confusion as to the disappearance of the mass (tumors don’t disappear completely without treatment) I arranged for an appointment with the surgeon that pronounced it inoperable hoping that we might be able to do something now. After seeing him today she concurs with my confusion. Her best guess is that it was never cancer in the first place (the tests were never conclusive). It may have been a bug bite or stinging plant that induced an severe inflammatory reaction resulting in the tumor-like symptoms (the mass, open necrotic wounds, loss of appetite, and extreme lethargy to the point of not getting up to go to the bathroom). The heavy steroid dosage got him over the hump. Long story, long – he’s going to be fine. There is much rejoicing in the butterflie household this evening.

    In appreciation of everyone’s support I’m attaching a photo of the happy canine. His Lordship the Death Eater, Emperor of All He Surveys enjoying some premium lap time.

    Again thank you.

  7. Superman 2 was pretty good up until the very lame ending. Superman 3 and 4 were utter crap. Supes 3 was just a vehicle to show off Richard Pryor, though it did have some neat moments, such as the appearance of Lana Lang (the actress would later go on to play Clark Kent’s mom in the TV show Smallville) and the fight between Clark Kent and evil Superman. Superman 4, however, has absolutely NO redeeming qualities.

    I should add that Superman Returns also ranks as one of the worst comic book movies ever, mainly for it’s portrayal of Superman as a total d-bag who thinks too much of himself.

    Have you seen the movie “Chronicle” yet, Joe? I haven’t seen it myself but I hear it’s really good. Basically a superhero movie shot in “Cloverfield” style, from what I understand.

  8. G’day Joe

    Jack Cat update…
    Vet is sure it was a snake bite, but Jack Cat is not showing all the signs, vet says not all cases show all signs. Jack Cat is not quite paralyzed but his limbs have little movement and his muscles have no strength. Jack Cat is staying at the vets for the night again. He is on IV fluids to try and flush out the venom through his kidneys.

    Janet.

  9. Will you be doing a trip doen memory lane with Stargate Atlantis like you did with SG-1. Ive been rewatching all the episodes and would like your opinion on them.

  10. I’m all in favor of foreign entries for Supermovie of the Week. Let’s make it more challenging and say we only allow supermovies with subtitles.
    So… when will we get our Canadian SOTW? 😉
    – KB

  11. This is a repost of a previous comment that I suspect got eaten by the spam filter because of a bad link. Apparently having a PhD does not include the capacity to use a comment section or HTML properly. I think the science is slowly degrading my common sense into viscous goo.

    I didn’t get a chance earlier to thank you for your comment yesterday.

    The good news keeps coming. In response to my confusion as to the disappearance of the mass (tumors don’t disappear completely without treatment) I arranged for an appointment with the surgeon that previously pronounced the tumor inoperable hoping that we might be able to do something now. After seeing him today she concurs with my confusion. Her best guess is that it was never cancer in the first place (the tests were never conclusive). It may have been a bug bite or stinging plant that induced an severe inflammatory reaction resulting in the tumor-like symptoms (the mass, open necrotic wounds, loss of appetite, and extreme lethargy to the point of not getting up to go to the bathroom). The heavy steroid dosage got him over the hump. Long story, long – he’s going to be fine. There is much rejoicing in the butterflie household this evening.

    In appreciation of everyone’s support I’m attaching a photo of the happy canine, His Lordship the Death Eater, Emperor of All He Surveys enjoying some premium lap time. The link is up there ^ in my properly moderated and not defunct comment.

    Again thank you.

  12. Yatterman and Zebramna were both actually pretty good, albeit with the usual camp-o-meter at a sufficient level. I think I saw Silver Hawk, but it was so long ago I kind of forget (I saw a ton of HK films back then).

  13. Joe, the Texas Rangers have a new pitcher this year. He is Japan’s favorite son, pitching ace Yu Darvish. Have you or Akemi heard of him? If not, you are really out of touch with Japanese sports. He is suppose to be the greatest in Japan. All of the Japanese media (80 right now, expect about 100 more) is here following him around covering his every move.

    @ Janet – hope your Jack the Cat gets to feeling better. I hate snakes.

  14. I have been playing catch up/ketchup (yeh, I know it’s lame) with all your postings. Very sorry to hear about Maximus. My condolences. He will be missed. It reminds me of when my cat passed and I empathise with your loss.

    On a brighter note, all that Tokyo food and desserts… I feel bloated just looking at them all (‘ate’ ’em all in one sitting and doing that may just do that to a person). I’m not spending so much time on the internet any more – I’ve been doing more actual work.

    Re: Supermovies, I reckon we can bombard Cookie Monster with the foreign ones after we’ve finished the mainstream ones, otherwise we might not have started getting to the good stuff before the year’s out and his contract concludes.

    In my front yard, the piles of story ideas have grown and I have been writing back story for one of them. Some of them are on the production line for polishing (this is not publishing) and some are in line for overhauls or major revisions. The process would speed a little faster if I could find some beta readers to help me. I guess, I’ll just need to keep hunting for them. They appear to be rather elusive in my corner of the world.

  15. @ Debra – Would negative cookies be plain rice cakes? Low sodium saltines? peanut butter or cream cheese free celery sticks?

  16. Can’t remember your list of movies to see, but I’m sure this one’s not on there: Meteor Man! If it is, pardon my intrusion.

    You tell Mr. Gilmore he has friends here on your blog that think like he does. Great minds think alike!

  17. Ok. After watching those trailers I now have to see Black Lightning just to see how easy it is to make an American style superhero movie nowadays(or should I just go ahead and say a Marvel superhero movie?) and I need to see Silver Hawk because while it looks downright awful, if I know Hollywood, we’ll see an updated and CGI-enhanced American version real soon.

    Sadly, that Russian trailer is about 99% the same as American action movie trailers with the properly timed cuts of no more that 1.5 seconds, tons of fire/explosions, hot girl love interest, personal tragedy, and ultimate showdown. So formulaic, so easy. But seeing those cars only made me think of Men in Black II.

    -Mike A.

  18. @antisocialbutterflie: What a terrible scare for you, but I’m so happy to hear the good news! A kiss on the nose to what’s-his-name? His Lordship the Death Eater, Emperor of All He Surveys? 🙂

  19. Re: Foreign Supermovies. I kinda agree with Jovanna! In theory, Cookie could review the foreign films once we’ve … oops, should say, once he’s reviewed all the movies from the original list!

    BTW, thanks for posting the Avengers clip, it’s the first time I’ve taken a peek! Don’t want to jump the gun, certainly don’t want to tread on Cookies’ toes, but I really (unexpectedly) liked what Branagh did with Thor, so I’m genuinely looking forward to watching Avengers this spring.

    Country Gal

  20. Hey Joe,

    I’ve been watching a lot of Atlantis on Blu-ray lately (Almost at mid season 5) and I noticed something kinda funny. Did you know that Rodney Mckay starts a LOT of his lines with the word “look”. Was this done deliberately, Maybe to mimmick Teal’cs “indeed” or did nobody notice but me?

    Tried finding it online but I can’t seem to find anyone who also noticed this.

    Kind regards,
    Angelus

  21. @ Deni – Thank you. After two months of being told to prepare for the worst it’s like getting a death row pardon. I will convey your well wishes. Technically his name is Raisin, but I’m pretty sure His Lordship etc, etc is how he translates it in his head like the baby Alfie preferring to be called Stormagedden in an episode of Doctor Who.

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