First up, Jack The Giant Slayer, a 2013 Bryan Singer movie that adapts the classic Jack And The Beanstalk and adds a bit of giant killing. The basic elements of the original story is there: magic beans, a giant beanstalk, giants, a magical floating kingdom and Jack climbing the beanstalk. Of course, it's Bryan Singer and things are bit jazzed up with a horde of invading giants, a romance, a giant battle, huge collateral damage to the kingdom, an evil dirty dealing, murderous duke and a magical crown that controls the giants. There's some action, some humor and plenty of plant life. The giant's GCI isn't too bad most of the time. The cast are all pretty good. I didn't recognize Nicolas Hoult, who plays Jack, from anything but I see I had seen him in the X-Men movies, where he played The Beast. There's also Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Ian McShane. It's fun but bombastic at times.
Our second feature was Comic Book Villains, a 2002 black comedy written and directed by James Robinson. He's mostly a comic book writer. I haven't read any of his comic material but I did like his screenplay for The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Much more enjoyable than the comic book series for me. The cast includes DJ Qualls, Donal Logue, Cary Elwes, Michael Rapaport, Natasha Lyonne, Eileen Brennan, Monet Mazur, Danny Masterson and James Duval. The story is about a nice, and valuable, comic collection that Eileen's son had built over decades. He bought the comics when he was a kid and still has them. He's just died when the movie starts. The two rival comic shops hear about the collection and ask Eileen if she wants to sell it. She says no and that should have been it. The two rivals continue to try to get the collection, each seeing the riches or fame that they could get selling off the collection. First they try sweet talking her, doing chores and odd jobs around her house. Donal is one rival shop and he's only got DJ for a friend. He's one sad pathetic guy who dreams of getting famous for finding an unknown old and valuable collection. He's not even that interested in the money though his shop is on it's last legs and he's dead broke. Michael and Natasha are a couple and they own the other shop. They're the kind of people who open a comic shop because they want to own their own business. They sell all sorts of other things like Magic Cards, posters and toys but aren't really interested in comics. They want the collection for the cash they can get. The rivalry heats up, bad decisions are made, and soon people are dying because of the collection. The climax might have ended a little over the top but hey, they really did became comic book villains, done in by their greed. DJ is the only one who gets to know Eileen as a person and he's the only one who comes out of it the better. i found it for a couple of bucks and I was glad I got it. I'll be watching it again someday.