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Tron 2 was really good... Wait, what??? I really like the tv show Murdoch Mysteries. It's a murder mystery show set in late Victorian/early Edwardian Toronto. Good show.

 I don't know if it has been shown where you are but "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" is worth a look (set in Melbourne, Australia in the 1920's) is another good Pulp crime detective show.

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A couple of television series to consider "Relic Hunter" (female "Indiana Jones" type character searches for mystic artifacts, modern day setting) and "Ripping Yarns" (A parody of the "boys own" adventure stories that were common in Britain in the pre war period).

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Well if we're switching to T.V. Hello Tales of the Gold Monkey and  Bring em back alive. I'm a bit questionable if they count as pulp but the Flash Gordon, Buck Rodgers, and Fu Manchu tv series were based on legends from the pulp era.

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If you watch with your hands covering your eyes and only peeking through your fingers you can try the Frank Miller version of The Spirit.

 

Its actually  not awful.  The first half or so is pretty poorly done, disappointing stuff, but it gets a lot better as the movie goes along and is pretty solid by the second half.

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Crap movie but the clothing was spot on...

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

 

 

While directing is uneven and acting can be bad, and as screenwriting can be very unreliable, the one area that is rock solid amazing and perfect in almost every Hollywood film is the set design and costuming.  Those guys break their backs trying to get every single detail right, even things you barely notice or will never see.  That's where the real professionals work.  All that CGI and the explosions just distract everyone from the solid, excellent jobs by unsung heroes.

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3 minutes ago, Christopher R Taylor said:

 

While directing is uneven and acting can be bad, and as screenwriting can be very unreliable, the one area that is rock solid amazing and perfect in almost every Hollywood film is the set design and costuming.  Those guys break their backs trying to get every single detail right, even things you barely notice or will never see.  That's where the real professionals work.  All that CGI and the explosions just distract everyone from the solid, excellent jobs by unsung heroes.

 

I hella totally agree with you about the real professionals in the film business who put in the hard work are the set designers, costumes, et al. It's truly a craft and an art. I know someone who did costumes for Chicago theater productions and was the only costumer in the crew. It's very hard work even when you may start from existing pieces of clothing and make modifications.

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Danger Diabolik ! could easily be adapted for a Pulp scenario.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger:_Diabolik

The villain has the requisite cool lair and his robberies don't have to be superpowered. Stealing $10 million from the police on a dock; scaling a building to steal a necklace; getting away from the police using a catapult and misdirection; getting away from fellow criminals in a plane or airship; destroying the entire country's tax records; stealing a giant ingot of gold.

It could easily be done

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6 hours ago, death tribble said:

Danger Diabolik ! could easily be adapted for a Pulp scenario.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger:_Diabolik

The villain has the requisite cool lair and his robberies don't have to be superpowered. Stealing $10 million from the police on a dock; scaling a building to steal a necklace; getting away from the police using a catapult and misdirection; getting away from fellow criminals in a plane or airship; destroying the entire country's tax records; stealing a giant ingot of gold.

It could easily be done

Sounds like he might be the inspiration for Monkey Punch's classic manga Lupin III (and the anime TV series and movies adapted from it, including Miyazaki's first film The Castle of Cagliostro). Lupin has a similar knack for escaping the scrapes he gets himself into, and has attempted such grand-scale crimes. He doesn't always get the prize, but he always lives to steal another day (in spite of the INTERPOL Inspector whose entire way of life revolves around bringing him to justice). And in the process he often brings down criminals who are much worse than he is.

 

The ,music video for the Beastie Boy's "Body Moving" was directly inspired by Diabolik, even using the character's name in the end credit. It might even have used footage from the movie.

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