April 25, 2009

Confessions of a Superhero

Saw this last night – free on the Sundance Channel on On Demand, so check it out if you've got it. A story about the people who dress up as movie characters around the Mann's Chinese Theater for tips. Tragically sad in some places, and sometimes verges on condescending – like when it shows the footage from the B-movie roles of the Hulk and Batman, you can just hear the mocking laughter that would erupt from the hipster audience. The filmmaker got a lot of access to the four main people (Superman, Batman, Hulk, and Wonder Woman), including access to Batman’s sessions with a shrink, in which he confesses to Soprano’s style murder that may or may not be real (probably not). It’s generally sympathetic and a great portrait of people who are cast aside by the Hollywood machine. Don’t understand some of the reviews on IMDB, which are somewhat lukewarm. I found it totally riveting.

Other scenes on Youtube, including a press interview with the cast, for geeks of the movie.

Update: the full movie can be watched on Hulu - something which I haven't really explored, mostly because I already spend too much of my time on the computer.


Matt said...

I met the guy who plays Superman along with the director at a viewing in Austin little over a year ago. Superman was in full costume and character and a super gentleman. This documentary is one of my favorites. Batman is a trip huh?

Have you seen "King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters"?

Henry Baum said...

King of Kong is also awesome. I heard they were making that into a non-documentary movie, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

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