Superman Movie Minute – 40th Anniversary Fathom Event

SUPERMAN MOVIE MINUTE - 40th Anniversary Fathom Event

SUPERMAN MOVIE MINUTE is back, just in time for Chris and Rob to celebrate Fathom Events' screening of SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE for its 40th anniversary!

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9 responses to “Superman Movie Minute – 40th Anniversary Fathom Event

  1. I saw it on the big screen and was floored.
    It was Tuesday at 3p. The place was nearly empty.
    I am a huge fan of the Fleischer cartoons and this was the first time I saw one on the big screen and was blown away. The scene of him shielding Lois from molten metal with his cape is just incredible when seen that huge.

    As for the movie, I feel I was completely transformed into ‘Kid Anj’. I felt like I was on the verge of goose bumps the whole movie and then got goose bumps at key times. I will say, I even welled a bit at that first sight of him in costume in the Fortress when he flies off.

    Even funnier, was how just like my kid self, I reacted to the ‘Can you read my mind’ sequence. I have seen this movie a million times so I knew it was coming. Heck I can recite it. But as I am watching it, I am thinking ‘what is this doing here? it is so long!’ and then (despite ‘knowing it’) I said ‘wait there’s another verse??’ I honestly think that was what I was thinking when I saw it the first time as a kid. Initially thinking it was cool to see him fly with Lois, then thinking ‘this is weird’, then thinking ‘when will it end!’

    Glad you guys are covering Superman II!

  2. I am going to see it tonight, so I’m glad I got to listen to the “after-action” podcast from the folks who made it all happen before I go in! Seriously, the Superman Movie Minute was one of my favorite pieces of entertainment of the past year, and I am seriously, not jokingly, convinced that this event wouldn’t have happened without your efforts! Psyched for Superman Movie Minute II!

  3. Thanks for this, guys! First, Rob I’m very sorry for your loss and am glad you had this movie to perhaps get you through this a bit easier.
    Second, you guys can ABSOLUTELY take credit for this happening!
    I saw the movie but was a bit cheated because I had to wait for my son who’s ticket I had. We entered the theater a couple minutes after the start time thinking we’d be missing a bit of the Fleisher cartoon. As I walked in, the movie had started and on screen was the red sun of Krypton! I missed all of the opening credits! One of my favorite parts of the movie!
    Other than that it was great to see it larger than life once again and your podcast this year helped to enhance it very much. Can’t wait for next year. Thanks again, John.

  4. I saw it on a Monday night and the theater was about 3/4 full, so not bad. Overall, great experience.

    It’s always great to see Brando on the big screen – the Krypton sequence was always my favorite.

    Some new details: Lois’s record collection, possibly a Clapton album? Lex’s library, mostly reference books, Lex’s lair is a great set in general. Clark’s room in Smallville: gas lamp and radio. Not sure if that’s Donner who tells Clark he’s blocking the TV set at the Daily Planet.

  5. First off, my sympathies to Rob. I lost one of my dogs, who was 14, in 2017 and my other dog this last August, so I know what you’re going through. I wasn’t planning on it, but I adopted an abandoned 10 year old dog thatmfrom an animal rescue. While I don’t think that makes me Superman, it does give me a great feeling to give a loving home to something that really needed one. The little dog has really been a godsend, and I recommend adopting a rescue dog when you’re ready for another.

    I’m so jealous that you guys got to see Superman on the big screen again. I haven’t seen it in theaters since my mom took me back in 1979. It took us a long time to get movies in my home town. At least we had a theater back then. We don’t now. Was the version of Superman shown the theatrical cut or the extended edition? I think only 1 theatre in my state had a 40th screening..

    On Superman 2 are you doing the theatrical cut or Donner cut…or are you going to let it be a surprise. I always liked the original version of Superman 2, although it had problems. Even though the Donner cut is really an unfinished movie, there is enough there that I like it better, and I can tell Superman 2 would have been a much better movie if Mr. Donner had gotten to complete it.

  6. I saw the 2:00 Sunday showing, and like Rob I was cheated out of the Fleischer cartoon. I felt like requesting a return of part of the ticket price, but I enjoyed the main feature so much that I completely forgot about missing the cartoon. I saw Superman at least twice during its initial release, and I’ve seen it at least once a year since then (that’s an average, of course), but none of those viewings, with the possible exception of the first one, compared to this one. Somehow, despite all of the times I’ve seen Superman, I had forgotten how spectacular this movie is. I’m not going to rehash what Rob and Chris said on the podcast, rather, I’m going to write about two parts of the film that have always bothered me, that didn’t quite as much this time.

    First and foremost, I have never liked Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. As a child I didn’t think she was attractive enough for the part, and her scratchy voice was equally off-putting. Throw in the smoking and she becomes my least favorite part of the movie. This time around, for some reason, her looks and her voice didn’t bother me, and I didn’t even notice her smoking until the balcony scene. I’m not sure, but I don’t think she smokes again after that, until Superman 2, at least. I hope that’s the case, as it would show Superman’s positive influence on her. He doesn’t need to make grand actions to inspire her to live a better life, the choices he makes are all the inspiration she needs.

    Gene Hackman’s goofy portrayal of Lex has also been an irritant over the years. Maybe it’s the fact that I have seen the train wreck that is Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, which makes every other Lex Luthor ever committed to film seem a thousandfold better, but I liked Hackman this time around. He’s no Clancy Brown, to be sure, but there’s a level of insanity to Hackman’s Luthor that makes his criminal genius the perfect counterpoint for Superman’s might.

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