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My favorite Comic Book movies

  • May 8, 2010
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Comic books, good or bad, silly or strange-they offer something for everyone. Tryed to take one movie from each series to talk about. OH-believe it or not, I have NOT seen the Superman movies, hence why none are here.
Iron Man
Staying in the construct of what the traditional comic book movie should do has the action fun, the characters good and the special effects not dominating. Robert Downey Jr is awesome as the lead and out of all of Marvel's other movies, has thankfully had the least amount of complaints from fans. Plus who wouldn't want to put on an armor suit and shoot lasers and fly?
See the full review, "The man of iron with the feet of clay and alcohol in his blood".
Creating NEW constructs of what comic movies can do is what makes this one coming in just under Iron Man. Sure it mezmorized just about anyone who saw it with it's complex story of a hateful psychopath launching a chaotic attack on Gotham City- and performances by it's cast were impressive, but it made up it's own rules instead of sticking to them. Why I should rate it LOWER I don't know. Maybe it's cause I hate rating something higher simply on merit of "changed the way we think of the industry." That or it could be cause I like Iron Man more.
See the full review, "Darkness only lasts till dawn: Gotham is in perpetual nightfall".
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Of all the Spiderman's this one while it goes OUT of it's way to make the hero troubled and down in the dumps, it's those silent moments of Spiderman swinging around town that you can almost hear his thoughts on things that make it special. I love the fight scenes with Dr. Octopus and Spiderman showing what a pudgy man with metal arms can do in a fight against a radioactive teenager. I talk alot of the melodrama in Marvel movies and this one is NOT an exception. Try and enjoy it otherwise, even during it's lulls.
See the full review, "For just $5 you can help this poor college student so that he can lighten up and have a social life".
Looking back at the original trilogy of X Men movies, this is the one I like the most. While all the movies had their problems, this one had the least with a nice origin story of the X Men and they're war for acceptance by the human world and Magneto and his brotherhood of mutants who will have their acceptance any way they can. The movie that kicked off the modern superhero/comic hero craze for the new decade and it did a good job.
See the full review, "Where do we go from here, chaos or community?".
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Ultra stupid and has little to do with it's comic and cartoon roots, but it's fun and had some interesting takes on a lot of old favorites. Casting, tech, weapons, back stories, personalities they're all butchered. But....it's fun. A sequel is in the works. Hopefully the next team can do better.
See the full review, "Written by a child at heart. This ain't your Dad's GI Joe.".
Judge Dredd
Yes, this bombastic, idiotic and kitschy 1995 Stallone movie has SLIGHTLY more to do with it's source then GI Joe did, but it's extra, extra bad. The movie is JUST able to cover the post apocalyptic world ruled by chaos and a facist police force. Lowered expectations are a must to enjoy anything but the corny lines. Try and ignore Rob Schneider's mugging and enjoy Sly and Armand Assante devour scenes, especailly when they are together. One of the first comic's I followed, this movie has that special place on the list.
See the full review, "He must be the law if this movie is legal".

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