AdultsThu. Jun 29, 2017

Age of the Superhero (Heroes Part 4)

Superheroes are primarily thought of as comic book stars but the superhero is actually a multimedia phenomenon with roots going back to newspaper comic strips. Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and the Phantom all began as newspaper comic strips.  It was the Phantom, introduced in 1936, that was the first famous

AdultsTue. May 23, 2017

The Action Hero (Heroes Part 3)

    The Action Movie is defined by car chases, martial arts, gunfights, spectacular stunts, and lots of things blowing up. The Action Hero has to pull off all of this and look convincing doing it.  All movies have some kind of action, but the Action Hero as a specific type of movie

AdultsThu. Apr 27, 2017

Rise of the Antihero (Heroes Part 2)

   The antihero archetype goes back to the dawn of literary antiquity.  In Greek Drama antiheroes were common protagonists, but always in tragedies; and the antihero’s flaws inevitably led to the antihero’s downfall. This type of tragic antihero has also been common in cinema.  Gangster movies in the 1930s and 1940s are prime examples.  Jimmy Cagney in Public Enemy (1931)