Animated Spider-Man Is Simply Spectacular

Here at Badmouth, we like to think of ourselves as trendsetters–people ahead of the curve. But it’s better to come late to a party than to miss it altogether — and that brings us to The Spectacular Spider-Man, which recently moved to Disney XD for season two after an strong first season on the WB. How on earth did we miss an entire season of what is undoubtedly one of the best superhero cartoons of the past 20 years? The only cartoon you can compare it to is the sublime Batman: The Animated Series, and that’s some rare company indeed. The over-simplified character designs are somewhat off-putting at first, but after...

Alien Trespass: Just...

Alien Trespass, a merrily obsessive recreation of the style and substance of 1950s B-movie science fiction, opens Friday, April 3, 2009. Possibly at a theater near you. I never really got around to asking the question I really wanted to ask the director of Alien Trespass. In a 20-minute...

Ed Brubaker: Crimina...

There are two faces to Sony’s Angel of Death, which began online serialization this week on Crackle.com. One is Zoe Bell, starring as the rebellious mob assassin who is, one presumes, the angel in question. She was at Wondercon last weekend promoting the project with the other key...

Zoe Bell: Not Stunt Casting

One of the more interesting projects being promoted last weekend at Wondercon, the Bay Area’s kid-brother version to San Diego’s massive Comic-Con, was Angel of Death—or, as it says on the title screen over the angry guitar soundtrack, Ed Brubaker’s Angel of Death. Brubaker, a comics writer who’s increasingly known for brilliantly layered crime stories, has written a feature film broken into ten short episodes, going up on Sony’s Crackle.com, one a day starting today, to be followed by a DVD release with the whole package and the usual bonus features. Like what Joss Whedon did with Dr. Horrible’s...

Interview: Michael Cera and Kat Dennings

The two stars of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist sit at the conference table. Both smile and say hello. They are young, pale and pleasant. A poster of the movie is propped up behind Michael Cera, where he looks much taller and a little sturdier than he does in the movies. Kat Dennings has very little make-up and looks a bit tired. Q: What draws them (Nick and Norah) to each other? What is their chemistry? Michael Cera: They don’t necessarily always get along—there’s definitely some tension. Kat Dennings: Sometimes they hate each other, sometimes they like each other. Michael Cera: They just click though, you know? Kat...

Badmouth on Badmouth

  Every now and then, I Google myself — which is not as dirty as it sounds — and I am always amazed at the other John Marcottes out there. There’s John Marcotte the social policy expert for the Urban Institute; John Marcotte the Director of Research Data Services at the University of Pennsylvania; and the John Marcotte IMDB lists as a grip on the 2007 Joaquin Phoenix movie, Reservation Road. But since 1999, “Badmouth” has been pretty much all mine. (Except for that dillweed spam-lord who owns badmouth.com.) But all th at is about to change as a new Badmouth hits the international scene: Badmouth the Swedish...