Comic Book: The Movie : 3 of 5
I have no idea where this movie came from or even how it got made, but I'm glad I stumbled upon it on Netflix. Mark Hamill (yep, that's Luke Skywalker) plays a comic book geek who's hired by a Hollywood studio as a technical consultant on a big budget feature for a Golden Age character called Commander Courage. They send him and a few studio guys to the big San Diego Comic Convention, and they film the whole thing from handheld video, totally rough and ad-libbed. There are all kinds of comic book related cameos, too - Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, and other names that only fans will recognize (nearly everyone in the film is in the comics industry or an animation voice actor!). There's a great Star Wars cameo, too - Mark asks some guys if he can share their table and they wave him away, and these are the guys inside the suits who played Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Chewbacca! The whole thing is pretty silly, but strangely appealing - all of the footage at the convention itself is amazing (tons of people in costume, everyone debating fantasy issues like happy nerds), and strangely makes me want to go someday (maybe I was affected bevcause I stopped by a comic shop recently for the first time in a few years). This is definitely a low-budget production, but there are some really funny moments, and I definitely enjoyed myself watching it.