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  1. 24 points
    Tom Hardy may not have gotten in with Venom, but here he is now! The Dark Knight Rises Directed by Christopher Nolan Based on "The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller (95 Points, 25 Votes) "Speak of the devil and he shall appear." Number 2 Placements: 1 Top 4 Placements: 5 Top 10 Placements: 8 Awards Count: Nominated for 1 BAFTA Box Office: 448.1m (518.8m Adjusted) Metacritic: 78 Synopsis: Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight (2008), in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its Police force, which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city. Critic Opinion: "Nolan's nihilistic script, which he co-wrote with his brother Jonathan, seems to answer those questions with cannon fire. Batman has the baddest toys, if not the best argument. The finale of the film, with wealthy do-gooder Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) caught in the crossfire, gives us one astonishing image after another. We can mail this movie several Oscars for technical excellence, and already there's a stealth campaign to crown it with the ultimate honor. But while the film will lure a lucrative demographic into the scared cave of cinema, the effect is more experiential than emotional. Nolan, like Bane, believes we want cool chaos as much as we want a warm-blooded hero. “The Dark Knight Rises” is an argument that's hard to refute." - Joe Williams, St Louis Post User Opinion: "One of my top favorite movies of 2012, I really liked this movie just as much as I really liked The Dark Knight. The things I liked the most about this movie:the acting was good, the villains were really good Bane and Al Ghul's daughter, Anne Hathaway in leather, the soundtrack was also good, and there are some memorable scenes of destruction including the football stadium scene and the reason why Bane blew it up in the first place. Overall as Batman may not be over just yet but as for the Christian Bale Batman it was a satisfying way to end the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman trilogy Grade:A" - @Maxmoser3 Commentary: Fun fact, The Dark Knight Rises by far has the most pages of any movie in the RTM thread. Some are probably going to think this is way to low on the list for this movie and others are going to be baffled how it even made it. The Dark Knight Rises shows Nolan taking on some more of the comic book roots of Batman, and going full spectacle and crazy with it in a way he hadn't done with the previous two Batman flicks. While this movie has gotten a fair bit of detractors, The Dark Knight Rises still receives consistent love in this forum, two times being voted as the best film of 2012, all to the power of Nolan. Hail Nolan! Box Office Count: Under 100m (12), 100m (7), 200m (4), 300m (3), 400m (3) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (4), 00s (7), 10s (14) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Singer (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Nolan (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Snyder (1), Sonnenfield (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (6), Batman (4), Chris Evans (3), X-Men (3), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Men in Black (1), Superman (1)
  2. 22 points
    Get ready for the big countdown! Over the last few weeks I received 56 lists that have been tabulated, and it's now time for the big reveal. The comic book genre has taken the last decade by storm, and these movies are constantly the talk of the forums, so it's about time we get a definitive ranking! Just remember, as the countdown is going on, do NOT turn this into a franchise war thread. If you are a Catwoman stan and are upset that it got beat out by Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, no need to start a riot about it. This list is meant to be a fun consensus of what the 56 voters from the forums thought were the top comic book movies, this is hardly a rigorous or definitive list. As the countdown goes on, I'll update this first post with links to the write-up for each movie as they're revealed. That way you should have easy reference to them when the list is dead and done. Also, as one special twist: I know that I asked for everyone's top 30 comic book movies, but there were so many votes that I only felt it'd be fair to go ahead and do a reveal for the Top 50 for all of you! A few statistics I want to go ahead and reveal about the list. 38 Points was the bar to make the top 50, that means it would have required 4 users to list a movie as their number 1 for it to make the list (however, no movie made the list this way). The barrier to make it into the Top 30 was 75 points, 123 points for the Top 15, 173 points for the Top 10 and 217 points for the Top 5. To make the list, movies needed both broad support and high rankings for that broad support (there were some movies that missed the top 50 despite having over 10 votes for example). Only 5 movies managed to make the top 50 with less than 10 votes, the four movies with the lowest number of votes to make the top 50 had 8 votes (none of these managed to break the Top 40). The list will include Marvel, DC, and movies that belong to neither company. At least 10 movies managed to make the list that weren't traditional superhero films. There was also a movie that tied for fiftieth place in point totals, but had one less vote than the other films, and so it missed the list by a single vote (this one was also a fairly divisive film, so you'd either be thankful or disappointed in just barely missed out). Some of the results of this list may surprise you, and some of them will definitely not surprise you. Anyways, countdown will start soon! THE LIST
  3. 22 points
    Captain America: Civil War (2016) Directed by the Russo Brothers Based on "Civil War" by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven (101 Points, 24 Votes) "That thing doesn't obey the laws of physics at all!" Number 2 Placements: 2 Top 4 Placements: 4 Top 6 Placements: 5 Top 10 Placements: 8 Awards Count: 1 SAG Nomination Box Office: 408.1m (421.3m Adjusted) Metacritic: 75 Synopsis: With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges. Critic Opinion: "These days, that challenge looks rudimentary. A year ago, Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron found space to squeeze in three more heroes and a brand-new super-villain, along with another half-dozen characters from the ever-expanding Marvel universe. And now, in Captain America: Civil War—which serves in many respects as a third Avengers movie—we have fully a dozen heroes divvied up into two competing super-teams. At this rate, pretty soon Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige will have to rent out a stadium just to accommodate his lycra-clad swarms. Directed by the brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, Civil War is technically a follow-up to their superlative Captain America: Winter Soldier from 2014. But given the ongoing interweavings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—this movie also integrates last year’s Ant-Man, and serves as a setup for future films with Black Panther and a newly introduced Spider-Man (thank you, Sony!)—such details are becoming incidental. In any case, here, as in Winter Soldier, the Russos have achieved an uncommon balance of plot and action, humor and drama, all of it once again deeply grounded in character." - Christopher Orr, The Atlantic User Opinion: "I really appreciated how Marvel managed to make both Cap and Tony's arguments and cases good enough that I could understand where both heroes coming from. The action was also great, and I really appreciated that they managed to juggle so many characters in one film, without really feeling overcrowded. Some scenes really left me in awe and amazement too. Seeing Giant-Man appear for the first time, and Black Panther and Spider-Man's introduction sequence, were just amazing, and while Baron Zemo felt like he was a bit of a throwaway villain until the end, I actually found his character sympathetic, and he's one of Marvel's better antagonists." - @Fancyarcher Commentary: Coming in right above the Dark Knight Rises is another film that often takes some flack, while being highly praised by other corners of this forum. I'll say, Civil War is probably my least favorite film in the entire MCU and I don't entirely understand the love behind it. However, Civil War takes a risk at turning the protagonists against each others and giving more Avengers drama than the Avengers movie that preceded it. This is also a crucial film plot wise for the Phase 3 arc of the Avengers, as it introduces both Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Black Panther, and it also does some heavy lifting to set the stage of a disassembled Avengers unprepared for when Thanos comes to take his due in Infinity War. Box Office Count: Under 100m (12), 100m (7), 200m (4), 300m (3), 400m (4) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (4), 00s (7), 10s (15) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Singer (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Nolan (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Russo (1), Sandberg (1), Snyder (1), Sonnenfield (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (7), Batman (4), Chris Evans (4), Iron Man (3), X-Men (3), Spider-Man (3), Captain America (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Black Panther (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Men in Black (1), Superman (1)
  4. 22 points
    Iron Man 3 (2013) Directed by Shane Black Based on "Iron Man" by Stan Lee (39 Points, 16 Votes) "Bloody hell. Bloody hell." Top 10 Placements: 1 Awards Count: Nominated for 1 Oscar Box Office Total: 409m (440m Adjusted) Metacritic: 62 Synopsis: Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Critic Opinion: "Iron Man 3 is an ominously exciting, shoot-the-works comic-book spectacular. It keeps throwing things at you, but not with the random, busy franchise indifference that marked the hollow and grandiose Iron Man 2. Iron Man 3 is closer to a vision of the world teetering on the edge. (Imagine The Dark Knight Rises with less apocalyptic hot air.) The film was directed and co-written by Shane Black, the former high-testosterone action screenwriter (Lethal Weapon) who in 2005 directed the quirky, half-baked Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. His work here isn’t just skillful — it’s fast and furious. He wires each scene for maximum intensity, and the result is that rarity, a superhero thrill ride with something at stake." - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly User Opinion: "Along with Liberace and Spring Breakers Iron Man 3 is a case where I grew to love the movie on repeated viewings. I think it's the second best blockbuster this year after Gravity." - @Jack Nevada Commentary: A movie that was notoriously divisive upon its release, and was among the first MCU vs. DCU franchise wars given Man of Steel released in such close proximity to it. Iron Man 3 is a quirkier MCU film, that has since found a lot of stans (many of which aren't your typical MCU stans). Probably the biggest reason for this is Trevor, one of the great MCU villains who completely hams up the screen and became the center of the debate around the film. Box Office Count: Under 10m (3), 400m (2) Decade Count: 90s (1), 00s (1), 10s (3) Director Count: Black (1), Boden (1), Miyazaki (1), Radomski (1), Timm (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (2), Batman (1), Iron Man (1), Studio Ghibli (1)
  5. 20 points
    Spider-Man (2002) Directed by Sam Raimi Based on "The Amazing Spider-Man" by Stan Lee (120 Points, 30 Votes) "This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-man." Number 2 Placements: 2 Top 4 Placements: 3 Top 6 Placements: 4 Top 10 Placements: 11 Awards Count: Nominated for 2 Oscars Box Office: 403.7m (626.1m Adjusted) Metacritic: 73 Synopsis: Based on Marvel Comics' superhero character, this is a story of Peter Parker who is a nerdy high-schooler. He was orphaned as a child, bullied by jocks, and can't confess his crush for his stunning neighborhood girl Mary Jane Watson. To say his life is "miserable" is an understatement. But one day while on an excursion to a laboratory a runaway radioactive spider bites him... and his life changes in a way no one could have imagined. Peter acquires a muscle-bound physique, clear vision, ability to cling to surfaces and crawl over walls, shooting webs from his wrist ... but the fun isn't going to last. An eccentric millionaire Norman Osborn administers a performance enhancing drug on himself and his maniacal alter ego Green Goblin emerges. Now Peter Parker has to become Spider-Man and take Green Goblin to the task... or else Goblin will kill him. They come face to face and the war begins in which only one of them will survive at the end. Critic Opinion: "However, the real stars, as they are in the comic books, are the characters, and Raimi has cast them perfectly. Like you, I blanched at the thought of Tobey Maguire playing Spider-Man and wondered how the scrawny actor would fill out that amazing red-and-blue Spider-Man outfit. But the actor pumped some iron, and Raimi's effects geniuses and stunt men did the rest. Whoever's in that suit looks good. In the Peter Parker role, Maguire is perfect. Those doe eyes and stammering speech make him a perfect stand-in Everyman, and his inherent, shy-guy amiability adds credibility to the simmering romance between him and M.J. Dunst, who participates in one of the most gratuitous wet T-shirt scenes since "Wild Party Girls Spring Break Uncensored," adds enough sex appeal to turn any spider into an animal. Then, there's Dafoe, fresh off his turn as Nosferatu in "Shadow of the Vampire" and still, essentially, in character. With his snarl and menacing voice, the bony-faced actor puts the scare in archvillain and takes Spider-Man to the max. Let the summer begin." - Jack Matthews, New York Daily News User Opinion: "All five Spider-movies are flawed, including the sacred cow SM2, but this is easily the one that comes closest to capturing the full magic of the mythos. Breathtaking shots, moments that punch you in the gut, a villain who switches from nasty to incredibly fun to nasty again with incredible ease, and most importantly, a romance that was worth rooting for." - @Spidey Freak Commentary: The Marvel film that really re-invigorated the superhero craze and arguably paved the path for the Avengers and the MCU to be possible. While it's not exactly a modern superhero movie anymore, Raimi delivers a classic that ups the cheese and left audiences pining for more. I remember seeing this film in theaters as a little kid and all of the action spectacle being breathtaking to watch. This is a movie that really set the bar for how a superhero origin story should be done. Box Office Count: Under 100m (13), 100m (7), 200m (4), 300m (4), 400m (5) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (4), 00s (9), 10s (16) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Singer (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Nolan (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Parannaud (1), Radomski (1), Raimi (1), Rodriguez (1), Russo (1), Sandberg (1), Satrapi (1), Snyder (1), Sonnenfield (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Waititi (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (8), Chris Evans (5), Batman (4), Spider-Man (4), Iron Man (3), X-Men (3), Captain America (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Black Panther (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Hulk (1), Men in Black (1), Superman (1), Thor (1)
  6. 20 points
    Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Directed by Taika Waititi Based on "Thor" by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby (118 Points, 29 Votes) "Piss off, ghost!" Top 6 Placements: 3 Top 10 Placements: 10 Awards Count: 1 Kids Choice Award Nomination Box Office: 315.1m (309.2m Adjusted lol) Metacritic: 74 Synopsis: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). Critic Opinion: "It is a breezily funny moment, like a lot of Thor: Ragnarok. But once you gently pick away at it – what, exactly, is this Hollywood golden boy, whose celebrity persona has nothing to do with Thor, Loki, Hemsworth, Marvel or superhero cinema in general, doing here? – the scene makes no contextual sense outside the need for an easy laugh. Which, unfortunately, is also like a lot of Thor: Ragnarok. The film, the God of Thunder's third solo vehicle apart from his Avengers buddies, has made every conceivable effort to twist itself into an uber-wacky comedy that might have come out of the Judd Apatow factory. Its producers hired Taika Waititi – easily New Zealand's funniest man alive, if not the wittiest filmmaker in the entire Southern Hemisphere – to ensure the gags are fresh, the dialogue is deadpan, the pacing is tight and the visuals kaleidoscopically trippy. Hemsworth, already an expert at poking holes in his heartthrob persona from his time on Paul Feig's Ghostbusters and the recent Vacation reboot (really!), is allowed to flex all manner of muscles, comedic and otherwise." - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail User Opinion: "Anyway, to get to my own personal review, I loved the hell out of this movie. Seriously, it's nice every once in a while to have a Marvel movie (Hell, to have a modern blockbuster in general) solely concerned with telling a fun story and having a fun time. It doesn't take itself too seriously, yet ends up feeling all the more secure in its own identity for it. Plus it finally feels like Marvel has a good handle on where Thor fits in the MCU and how to utilize him best moving forward. This really does feel like the Captain America: Winter Soldier for the Thor franchise (despite the two having wildly differing tones) both in terms of quality and their place and impact on the wider Marvel Universe." - @rukaio101 Commentary: Everyone's favourite New Zealand director who turned Thor into everyone's favourite Avenger makes the countdown. Thor: Ragnarok takes a radical tone shift from the previous Thor movies, deciding to go full Norse space adventure ham and it pays off. Waititi is able to fill the movie full of personality, even if it's sometimes at the expense of the stakes of it all, and just create a wildly entertaining ride. It's a shame Infinity War and Ragnarok had to pretty much all of the major legwork Waititi did in developing the character of Thor. It also features the best character in the entire MCU, Korg. Box Office Count: Under 100m (13), 100m (7), 200m (4), 300m (4), 400m (4) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (4), 00s (8), 10s (16) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Singer (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Nolan (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Parannaud (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Russo (1), Sandberg (1), Satrapi (1), Snyder (1), Sonnenfield (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Waititi (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (8), Chris Evans (5), Batman (4), Iron Man (3), X-Men (3), Spider-Man (3), Captain America (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Black Panther (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Hulk (1), Men in Black (1), Superman (1), Thor (1)
  7. 20 points
    Persepolis (2007) Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Based on "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi (102 Points, 17 Votes) "Never forget who you are and where you're from." Number 1 Placements: 3 Top 4 Placements: 8 Top 6 Placements: 9 Top 10 Placements: 10 Awards Count: Nominated for 1 Oscar Box Office: 4.4m (5.6m Adjusted) Metacritic: 90 Synopsis: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Satrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. Critic Opinion: "hot in black-and-white to mirror Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels of her life growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution, Persepolis – in French with English subtitles – is like nothing you’ve ever seen in animation. It’s a mind-blower. Using a few deft strokes of her black pen, Satrapi brings a whole world to life. With her co-director, Vincent Paronnaud, she does the same thing onscreen, starting in 1978, when the shah is overthrown and the Ayatollah Khomeini drags in an era in which women wear veils, Western culture is condemned and radical Muslims make good on threats of violence. Enter Marjane (voiced as a teenager by the terrific Chiara Mastroianni), the only child of a mother (Catherine Deneuve, Mastroianni’s real mom) who warily tolerates her rebellion and the grandchild of a woman (Danielle Darrieux) who actively encourages it. Marjane is a sass queen to rival Juno. Blackmarket records, from Abba to Iron Maiden, are her drug. Like her hero, Bruce Lee, Marjane can’t be stopped, which is why her mom ships her off to Vienna. Today, Satrapi lives in France and uses her art to condemn repression. Her movie, alive with humor and heartbreak, is a smart antidote. What better way to chase away menace than Marjane’s irrepressible mischief?" - Pete Travers, Rolling Stones User Opinion: "Awesome movie." - @Alpha Commentary: Coming in at number 18 is the film with the highest critical acclaim of any movie on the list, at least according to the MC score. Persepolis is a charmingly animated coming-of-age indie film about an Iranian girl. It's bitingly funny, a brilliant satire, tragic and nuanced take on fascism and some of the modern political history of Iran. The film plays out in an autobiographic fashion, and in it's purely black and white colors paints many shades of grey. Box Office Count: Under 100m (13), 100m (7), 200m (4), 300m (3), 400m (4) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (4), 00s (8), 10s (15) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Singer (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Nolan (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Parannaud (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Russo (1), Sandberg (1), Satrapi (1), Snyder (1), Sonnenfield (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (7), Batman (4), Chris Evans (4), Iron Man (3), X-Men (3), Spider-Man (3), Captain America (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Black Panther (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Men in Black (1), Superman (1)
  8. 20 points
    Good thing I caught myself! Turns out Venom was 22 after all, it only had one point... I wonder how that happened? Men in Black (1997) Directed by Barry Sonnenfield Based on "The Men in Black" by Lowell Cunningham (89 Points, 25 Votes) "No, Elvis is not dead. He just went home." Top 4 Placements: 1 Top 10 Placements: 3 Awards Count: Won 1 Oscar Box Office: 250.7m Metacritic: 71 Synopsis: Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency's finest men only going by the name "K" (Tommy Lee Jones) , is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards (Will Smith) of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the "Bug" race. He takes the body of a farmer (Vincent D'Onofrio) and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called "The Galaxy". Now, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy. Critic Opinion: "Word-of-mouth will be monstrous based on the universally accessible performances by leads Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith and the excellent special effects. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family films, Get Shorty), the Amblin Entertainment production is a "Bugbusters" with mainstream appeal and should have paranormally endowed legs to finish as one of the year's top domestic and international moneymakers. A terrifically entertaining combination of alien conspiracy fears played for laughs and French Connection-meets-Ghostbusters thrills, with a stellar screenplay by Ed Solomon (the Bill and Ted films, the upcoming X-Men), Men in Black is so much fun one is actually mildly disappointed when it ends after an economically short 98 minutes." - David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter User Opinion: "Actually perfect." - @ddddeeee Commentary: Actually coming in at Number 22 is a kind of superhero but not really, comic book adaption that really should have stopped with the first movie. Men in Black is a blast, with two charming leads, a golden premise and a screenplay full of wit. This is a movie that carries over time, as the setpieces and the visual effects aren't the driving force behind what makes this movie resonate with audience. Men in Black is a pitch perfect comedy with Will Smith in his prime. It's a shame the sequels to this franchise never managed to capture the same magic that drove the first. Box Office Count: Under 100m (12), 100m (7), 200m (3), 300m (3), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (4), 00s (7), 10s (12) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Sonnenfield (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (6), Chris Evans (3), Batman (3), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Men in Black (1), Superman (1)
  9. 20 points
    Venom (2018) Directed by Ruben Fleischer Based on "Venom" by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane (89 Point, 15 Votes) "Eyes, lungs, pancreas. So many snacks, so little time." Number 1 Placements: 2 Top 2 Placements: 3 Top 4 Placements: 6 Top 10 Placements: 7 Awards Count: 1 VES Nomination Box Office: 213.5m Metacritic: 35 Synopsis: After a faulty interview with the Life Foundation ruins his career, former reporter Eddie Brock's life is in pieces. Six months later, he comes across the Life Foundation again, and he comes into contact with an alien symbiote and becomes Venom, a parasitic antihero. Critic Opinion: "
  10. 20 points
    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Directed by Joe Johnston Based on "Captain America" by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (66 Points, 19 Votes) "I knocked out Adolf Hitler over 200 times." Top 4 Placements: 1 Top 10 Placements: 5 Awards Count: Art Directors Guild Nomination Box Office: 176.6m (200,5m Adjusted) Metacritic: 66 Synopsis: It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins. Critic Opinion: "This is a classic WWII meets superhero romantic drama, updated with a glorious show of restraint from its lead. Weaving might not have so much to play with but it helps to keep the thing rocking along nicely, with the right amount of humour thrown in for positive effect. No clever messages here, just bang-on romance and action, with another fresh twist on 20th-century history woven in for the kids to dive into after the credits have rolled." - Ed Gibbs, Sydney Morning Herald User Opinion: "I loved this movie so much when I first saw it, I think I said it was my favorite movie of all time for a brief time. it has gone down quite a bitfrom that, but the first two-thirds are pretty much bliss, Chris Evans is fantastic as Cap, Hayley Atwell, plays the best love interest to grace the MCU so far. love the pulpy period feel Joe Johnson has created here, the third act is kind of a drag though. but overall very solid" - @Kalo Commentary: The Marvel Cinematic Universe makes its way back onto the list with one of its phase one films that helped to kick everything off. Chronologically the first film in the comic universe, Captain America: The First Avenger introduces Chris Evans as the leading titular man, and gave him a fresh comic book start after the not so fiery role of the Human Torch in two of the Fantastic Four movies. The First Avenger introduces a small twist to the comic book genre by also being a period piece, something unique during its year which helped it stand out from some of the other superhero films that had preceded it. Box Office Count: Under 100m (9), 100m (5), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (2), 90s (2), 00s (4), 10s (9) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Lester (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Batman (1), Superman (1), X-Men (1)
  11. 20 points
    The Wind Rises (2013) Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Based on "The Wind Has Risen" by Tatsu Hori (38 Points, 8 Votes) "Inspiration unlocks the future." Top 4 Placements: 1 Top 6 Placements: 3 Top 10 Placements: 4 Awards Count: Nominated for 1 Oscar Box Office Total: 5.2m (5.9m Adjusted) Metacritic: 83 Synopsis: Jiro—inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni—dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro—the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Critic Opinion: "By the start of the 1930s, Jiro has begun work on the design of a carrier-based fighter that will become the Mitsubishi A5M (the precursor of the A6M). And though Miyazaki has stated that the intention of the film is not to condemn war, “The Wind Rises” continues the strong pacifist themes of his earlier “Nausicaa” and “Princess Mononoke,” marveling at man’s appetite for destruction and the speed with which new technologies become weaponized. On vacation in the countryside, Jiro meets a German expat, Castorp, who quotes from Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain” (a novel whose allegorical portrayal of pre-WWI Europe is echoed in the structure of Miyazaki’s film) and warns of Japan and Germany’s road to ruin. It is also there that Jiro reconnects by chance with Nahoko, now a ravishing young woman, albeit one suffering from TB. Nevertheless, they fall into each other’s arms and “The Wind Rises” takes on yet another dimension — that of an old-fashioned, tragic Hollywood romance." - Scott Foundas, Variety User Opinion: "This might not be Miyazaki's final film, but from an artistic standpoint, it honestly makes sense that he made this with a conclusion in mind. It's a graceful reflection of his career in the though about the personal cost of making something beautiful, explained in the context of a visionary plane designer in early 20th century Japan. Jiro just wanted to make beautiful airplanes, insisting to himself that he knew why they would be use, but when it finally becomes painfully clear to him at the final scene, it's a moment of haunting yet subtle catharsis. The entire movie works like this, acting as a work of sheer beauty and wonder (the Ghibli charm, despite the more grounded setting in reality, is all over this film.) of the world that Miyazaki has created, yet never shying away from creating a powerful message. The Wind Rises is a masterpiece. Go see it!" - @Mr Pastaffelees Commentary: The Wind Rises kicks off the countdown as the first non-superhero film to make the list (don't worry, there'll be plenty of men in tights to come). Based off a manga, this wouldn't be the first film you'd think of when you think of the best comic book films, but there were enough users passionate about this work to push it on here. The Wind Rises is a tradition Ghibli film, in that while it's a Japanese anime, it remains universal and available to all who watch the film. Decade Count: 10s (1) Director Count: Miyazaki (1) Franchise Count: Studio Ghibli (1)
  12. 19 points
    X2: X-Men United (2003) Directed by Bryan Singer Based on "X-Men" by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (74 Points, 22 Votes) "You picked the wrong house, bub." Top 4 Placements: 1 Top 6 Placements: 2 Top 10 Placements: 6 Awards Count: Nominated for 9 Teen Choice Awards!! Box Office: 214.9m (321.2m Adjusted) Metacritic: 68 Synopsis: Several months have passed since the X-Men defeated Magneto and imprisoned him in a seemingly impregnable plastic chamber. One day, a mutant by the name of Nightcrawler infiltrates the White House and attempts to assassinate the President, setting off a chain reaction of anti-mutant measures by the government. Meanwhile, Logan is trying to discover his past. As scientist named William Stryker discovers Professor X's secret school and Cerebro, Magneto's partner, Mystique, is planning to break her leader out of prison. But when Professor X's school is attacked by Stryker's forces, Logan, Rogue, Iceman, and a few are lucky to escape. Those who remain meet in Boston, where they form an uneasy alliance with Magneto to stop Stryker and rescue Professor X. Critic Opinion: "Hugh Jackman’s charismatic Wolverine brings an X factor of his own into the power balance, as he seeks the secret of his own identity while battling Stryker’s aggressions against the scattered mutant multitudes. He’s assisted by his fellow X-men, with telltale noms de mutant like Pyro (Aaron Stanford), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Cyclops (James Marsden) and Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming). Faithful Marvel readers can explain all the subtexts better than I can. Suffice to say that I was steadily engrossed and entertained and ultimately moved by a drama that is, in the end, more human than mutant. Even if, like me, you consider yourself too serious-minded to sit through an already certified blockbuster not entirely of this world with a cryptic title like X2 , give this prolonged splash of special effects a chance. It is better than its genre." - Andrew Sarris, The Observer User Opinion: "Hmm back in the days this and Spider Man 2 were considering the best comic book films of recent times. Still a great film that I have seen many many times" - @Lordmandeep Commentary: The X-Men franchise makes another appearance on the list with one of the older 2000s film's that was once seen as one of the pinnacle movies for the genre. X2 ups the stakes and the quality from the original X-Men movie and helped cement the legacy of one of the longest running superhero franchises. X2 focuses not only on the action spectacle of the genre but has invigorating human drama which keeps people coming back to the film, despite its age. Box Office Count: Under 100m (10), 100m (5), 200m (1), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (2), 90s (2), 00s (6), 10s (9) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Batman (1), Superman (1)
  13. 19 points
    Watchmen (2009) Directed by Zack Snyder Based on "Watchmen" by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore (61 Points, 17 Votes) "I'm not a comic book villain. Do you seriously think I would explain my master stroke to you if there were even the slightest possibility you could affect the outcome? I triggered it 35 minutes ago." Top 6 Placements: 4 Top 10 Placements: 6 Awards Count: One Golden Reel Nomination Box Office: 107.5m (129.8m Adjusted) Metacritic: 56 Synopsis: In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. Critic Opinion: "Happiness is a relative thing in Watchmen, like the blood-spattered smiley face that is its most powerful symbol. The surly superheroes of the film's titular collective don't particularly care about saving the planet – and why should they? Their most powerful member, glowing blue quasi-deity Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), can stop most but not all of the bombs in an impending U.S.-Soviet nuclear war. Earth would only be relatively ruined. Such cynical fatalism hangs heavily over Watchmen, Zack Snyder's exceptional live-action adaptation of the apocalyptic 1980s comic satire by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Most of the visual details and all of the character shadings of the source tale – first a comic book series, later an award-winning graphic novel – arrive with gratifying exactness and astounding depth." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star User Opinion: "Watched the director's cut. I've never seen this film before till now. That was very interesting. Will need to watch again. So the "bad guy" is the hero? What does that make everyone else? I'm honestly amazed they somehow sold this to WB. It was R rated and without any major name actors. Not to mention those sex scenes." - @BoxOfficeZ Commentary: And the highly polarizing comic book director Zack Snyder finally makes his first appearance on the list. Watchmen was a slow moving and mature comic book spectacle, especially given its time. While we've had a few more risk taking superhero films in the 2010s, Watchmen was especially unique for its serious attempt at deconstructing the genre. Maybe this is why the film ended up becoming fairly polarizing, some are bored to death as it defies these conventions, while others have found a deep appreciation for the film. Needless to say, it's hard to find many comic book movies with sex scenes like this one. Box Office Count: Under 100m (9), 100m (4), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (2), 90s (2), 00s (4), 10s (8) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Lester (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (4), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Batman (1), Superman (1), X-Men (1)
  14. 18 points
    Batman Returns (1992) Directed by Tim Burton Based on "Batman" by Bob Kane (88 Points, 19 Votes) "You poor guys. Always confusing your pistols with your privates." Number 1 Placements: 1 Top 2 Placements: 2 Top 4 Placements: 4 Top 6 Placements: 5 Awards Count: Nominated for 2 Oscars Box Office: 162.8m (353.5m Adjusted) Metacritic: 68 Synopsis: In the sewers of gotham city to the rooftops of the gotham city the penguin wants to know where he came from well in his villain ways catwoman plans to kill rich man of gotham max shreak but as he battles with millionaire Bruce Wayne both ladies men have their own secrets Bruce Wayne is back as Bat man trying to stop the penguin Max is helping penguin steal gotham city while selina Kyle/catwoman tries to help penguin not knowing her man murder target also her murder is helping him but all four men have their goals taking gotham from crime winning gotham city assassination for two men and more money to be gotham citys number one rich man. Critic Opinion: "f " Batman" was the darkest, weirdest, most unlikely blockbuster ($410 million worldwide) to slip out of the Hollywood corporate system, wait till you get a load of Batman Returns. This darker, weirder sequel is easy to find fault with--seamless storytelling has never been Tim Burton's thing. But I wouldn't trade 10 minutes of it for "Lethal Weapon 3...... Alien 3" and "Far and Away" put together. Burton couldn't play it safe if he wanted to, and he doesn't want to. Entrusted with one of the most valuable franchises in movie history (the merchandising of " Batman" brought in more than $500 million), he's made a moody, grotesque, perversely funny $50 million art film. But like every other Burton oddity, from " Pee-wee's Big Adventure" to "Beetlejuice" to "Edward Scissorhands," it will probably be a big hit. Something about the filmmaker's eccentric, surreal, childlike images seems to strike a deep chord in the mass psyche: he makes nightmares that taste like candy." - David Ansen, Newsweek User Opinion: "BR may not be the greatest Batman movie (though it's just as valid as any other interpretation of the character) but it's the most weird, fucked up, surreal, nightmarish, sexy, psychological, dark, disturbing and sad fairytale movie ever released as a summer family blockbuster. And for that I love it." - @Darth Homer Commentary: After the major blockbuster smash of Tim Burton's Batman, Burton steps it up a notch in all things weird and releases this audacious sequel. Beloved by many and hated nearly just as many, Batman Returns presents a distinct vision from Burton in his prime. The film is almost as much nightmare as it is comic book film. Batman Returns was a major risk for a comic book sequel in its day, and in many ways that risk was walked back in the follow-up Batman films. You wouldn't see a case like Batman Returns today, in which a director makes a mostly conventional blockbuster smash hit and then is allowed to follow it up with auteur vision going in a completely different direction. Perhaps the closest comparison of Batman to Batman Returns is the Force Awakens to the Last Jedi? But even that may not do it justice. Box Office Count: Under 100m (12), 100m (7), 200m (2), 300m (3), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (3), 00s (7), 10s (12) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (6), Chris Evans (3), Batman (3), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Superman (1)
  15. 18 points
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017) Directed by James Gunn Based on "Guardians of the Galaxy" by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (85 Points, 29 Votes) "I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!" Top 6 Placements: 2 Top 10 Placements: 5 Awards Count: Nominated for 1 Oscar Box Office: 389.8m (392.4m Adjusted) Metacritic: 67 Synopsis: After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming. And the Guardians find that they are up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy. Critic Opinion: "While Marvel metastasizes as a movie brand, the irreverent Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has become a healthy off-shoot. There’s something loose-limbed and unexpected about this series, as if we gathered the zany aliens of other galaxies, Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Paul‘s titular stoner slacker, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Edgar in Men in Black, Londo Mollari from Babylon Five or Star Trek‘s Harry Mudd. Varsity players Captain Fantastic and Thor take your shield and your hammer and your solemn superhero powers and play nicely elsewhere. We’re going to stay here and groove to the oldies." - Thelma Adams, The Observer User Opinion: "When I left the theater a week ago I left feeling that this one was just as good as the first one but a week later I'm actually starting to think it's even better than the first one. I really loved this one, it struck a chord or two with me. It wasn't just a fun ride with great characters but it also felt like an emotional one to me and, perhaps in part for some personal reasons, it just really worked for me. It really felt like the director's movie as well, which is nice and rare considering the franchise." - @Arlborn Commentary: One of the quirkiest films of the MCU, and a sequel that cements its personality arguably even stronger than its predecessor, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 makes the list. Vol 2 takes the ensemble and soundtrack that made the first film work and amps it up. Further, Guardians manages to make a smaller scale film than the original, focusing more on the internal relationships between the characters, rather than galaxy saving shenanigans. Box Office Count: Under 100m (12), 100m (6), 200m (2), 300m (3), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (2), 00s (7), 10s (12) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Burton (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (6), Chris Evans (3), Batman (2), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Superman (1)
  16. 18 points
    Akira (1988) Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo Based on "Akira" by Katsuhiro Otomo (81 Points, 13 Votes) "Amoebas don't make motorcycles and atomic bombs!" Number 1 Placements: 1 Top 2 Placements: 3 Top 4 Placements: 5 Top 6 Placements: 7 Top 10 Placements: 9 Awards Count: Ranked #243 of All Time on IMDb Box Office: 0.44m (0.94m Adjusted) Tomatometer: 88% (7.56 Avg Rating) Synopsis: Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago. Critic Opinion: "There are certain science-fiction films, such as Blade Runner and Kubrick's 2001, that are so well realised that they can influence the genre for decades to come. Now Akira has been around for some 23 years (and is due for a Hollywood remake), we have seen how long a shadow it has cast not only over science fiction but also animation, it sits comfortably alongside those other lauded titles. Another thing it shares with them is how it always offers up something new or missed with every viewing. The plot, straightforward to some, impenetrable to others, concerns a futuristic neo-Tokyo biker gang whose lives are impacted on after an accidental collision with a secret government-run project dealing with telekinetic powers in children. Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated." - Phelim O'Neil, The Guardian User Opinion: "Not only is the art direction amazing, the character animation is superb. A lot of the animators on this movie also worked on studio Ghibli's films, but they never did something like this. Otomo recorded the voices before the animation, which is rare for Japanese productions. I'm not an expert, but I can tell that there is an extra level of craft here. This is Disney-quality character animation. Additionally, it's some of the best voice acting I've ever heard." - @cannastop Commentary: Starting off the upper half of the list is another manga adaption, that's partially tied to Studio Ghibli, but not really. Akira is a masterful animation that takes place in a futuristic Tokyo. The film is full of detailed, hand-drawn animation and strong technical craft. The film's visual flair soaks you into the universe it creates and it crafts a fully realized world. This movie is dense, packed and has found a lot of love from the users here that voted for it. While it only got 13 votes, only four of the users who voted for it didn't place it in their top ten. Box Office Count: Under 100m (12), 100m (6), 200m (2), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (2), 00s (7), 10s (11) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Burton (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), Chris Evans (3), Batman (2), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Superman (1)
  17. 18 points
    A History of Violence (2005) Directed by David Cronenberg Based on "A History of Violence" by John Wagner and Vince Locke (57 Points, 13 Votes) "You got anything to say before I blow your brains out, you miserable prick?" Top 2 Placements: 1 Top 4 Placements: 2 Top 6 Placements: 4 Top 10 Placements: 6 Awards Count: Nominated for 2 Oscars Box Office: 31.5m (44.3m Adjusted) Metacritic: 81 Synopsis: This is the story of a mild-mannered man, named Tom Stall, who becomes a local hero through an act of violence, he lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. But one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defense killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who wronged him in the past. Critic Opinion: "“A History of Violence” is the only film this year that has struck me as a fully realized, wholly rendered, singular work of art. Separate from our own world and fully rooted in its own reality, it is at the same time eerily familiar. Violence offers no easy answers. Only questions. We are left only with the nagging conundrum that Cronenberg lays at our feet. Is violence, for any reason, ever justified? He offers no hint as to which side of the issue he thinks you should land on. In fact, it’s refreshingly un-political. There is no agenda here. He just presents us with a moral dilemma and leaves the audience to its own conclusions. This is not an easy film. This is not a safe film. This is an unsettling psychological experience that takes some time to digest. But it’s worth the effort. It is such an intense mental and physical experience that its effects, indeed its importance, only grow with time. Cronenberg has created an organic masterpiece so disturbing, so profound, that it demands to be seen. There is no other way to describe it. Only after seeing it can anyone truly understand. Simply put, “A History of Violence” is the best film I have seen this year." - Matthew Lucas, The Dispatch User Opinion: "Cronenberg has often explored themes that deal with violence and how it affects us. Dead Ringers had two very different twins who's lives are surrounded by it and in films like Scanners and Rabid and The Brood, violence is the epicenter of the film. In History of Violence, the violence here is indicative of the life once led. Which begs the question, can you really ever outrun your past? Can you really ever get away from what you once were? I think you can, but Cronenberg isn't so sure. The past always seems to haunt you and this is especially so in this film. I have always admired Cronenberg's work, from his early vomit induced efforts to his more mature and layered films like The Fly and Dead Zone. Cronenberg's vision is often soaked in blood but he always explores the proclivity to commit violence. The act is just the extension of the Darwin like state that exists in all of us. A History of Violence is a film that is about as violent as they come, but the violence is nothing more than the human condition that we are all conditioned with. It's not so much that Cronenberg is a more mature director than he was in the 70's. It's just that he has different things to say. While a film like Scanners might look like it was nothing more than an excuse to watch Michael Ironside's head explode, there were some interesting and judicious decisions in those films that explored the human condition and our propensity towards violence. A History of Violence not only explores that violence, but the human reaction to it. This is a fascinating film in every way." - @baumer Commentary: One of the most thematically mature film to make our list, A History of Violence explores some depths about the nature of violence and the questions that extend out of that. Cronenberg gives a distinct artistic vision that many probably wouldn't immediately think of this film when told to think of a movie in the comic book movie genre, in fact it plays more like a film made to compete in the critics awards circles. I'd consider this to be a rather underappreciated movie, especially since it soars to some artistic heights that few movies in this genre dare to shoot for. Box Office Count: Under 100m (9), 100m (3), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (2), 90s (2), 00s (3), 10s (8) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Lester (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (4), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Batman (1), Superman (1), X-Men (1)
  18. 18 points
    Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Directed by Jon Watts Based on "Spider-Man" by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (49 Points, 14 Votes) "I'm... looking... at porn." Top 6 Placements: 1 Top 10 Placements: 3 Awards Count: Winner of 3 Teens Choice Awards Box Office: 334.2m (337.1m Adjusted) Metacritic: 73 Synopsis: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Critic Opinion: "But also because the screenplay gives him persuasive blue-collar reasons to be ticked off at the government and at billionaire Tony Stark. There are other bright spots - the girl Peter has a crush on, the girl who maybe has a crush on him, the wonderful Marisa Tomei as Aunt May." - Bob Mondello, NPR User Opinion: "Amazing. Easily the best Spiderman movie. Funny, great action scenes, and a character arc that works great. The movie never forget that Peter Parker is just a kid...one who isn't even old enough to have a driver's license. Tom Holland is the new Spiderman in my heart (sorry Tobey). Zendaya is fantastic as MJ. Peter's best friend stole most of the scenes he was in: great asset to the film." - @Water Bottle Commentary: Right after Far From Home comes the movie that preceded it, Spider-Man: Homecoming. This Spider-Man movie was the first one to feature Spider-Man in the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to this, Sony and Disney hadn't reached a deal and the character was unavailable for Marvel Studios to use in their films. You can see the change in tone and direction almost immediately. While the Amazing Spider-Man movies brooded a bit to long and generically, and Raimi's Spider-Man movies took on an older version of the hero, Homecoming returned the character to his high school roots. A big success for Marvel and for Sony. Box Office Count: Under 100m (7), 100m (2), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (1), 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (7) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Timm (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (4), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), DCU (1), Batman (1), X-Men (1)
  19. 18 points
    Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Directed by Jon Watts Based on "Spider-Man" by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (44 Points, 15 Votes) "I'm just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man." Top 4 Placements: 1 Awards Count: N/A Box Office: 372.7m Metacritic: 69 Synopsis: Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent. Critic Opinion: "For its first two acts, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" works for the same reasons as "Spider-Man: Homecoming". In order to distinguish themselves from other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they focus on the idea of a teenager struggling with having to moonlight as a superhero. There are class bullies and competing love interests, demanding teachers and parents and the general immaturity of youth. When "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was released in 2017, the new twist was necessary to distinguish this third cinematic iteration of the Spider-Man from the first two (which, having been launched in 2002 and 2012, was already quite familiar to audiences). This time around, director Jon Watts and co-writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers demonstrate that they can use that premise as the foundation for an entire series rather than simply being a way of not making this feel like a clone of the original films." - Matthew Rozsa, Salon User Opinion: "I slightly preferred this over Homecoming. It's a bigger, more exciting sequel that continues to develop the character while also setting the stage for where the MCU post-Endgame is headed. My only disappointment is that we'll have to wait another 2-3 years to see the effects of the end credits scenes (great cameo in the first one). Tom Holland has become the definitive Peter Parker/Spider-Man in my books, playing the role with the right level of earnestness and innocence. He also has fun chemistry with Zendaya, who continues to impress in everything. MVP though is Jake Gyllenhaal, who is clearly having the time of his life chewing on the scenery in a performance that is destined to become a gif giving tree" - @filmlover Commentary: The most recently released film to make the list. Spider-Man: Far From Home is yet another 2019 superhero film to make the list, so either this year delivered a swath of superhero classics or our forums have a hint of recency bias. Far From Home picks up where the titular Endgame left off, picking up the pieces and showing how the survivors of the epic conclusion will function in a changed world. Tom Holland continues to cement his role as leading man. Box Office Count: Under 100m (7), 100m (2), 300m (1), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (1), 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (6) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (1), Black (1), Boden (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Timm (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (3), Spider-Man (1), Studio Ghibli (2), DCU (1), Batman (1), Iron Man (1), X-Men (1)
  20. 18 points
    X-Men: First Class (2011) Directed by Matthew Vaughn Based on "X-Men" by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (42 Points, 16 Votes) "I've been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again." Top 2 Placements: 1 Awards Count: 1 SAG Nomination Box Office Total: 146.4m (163.8m Adjusted) Metacritic: 65 Synopsis: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN. Critic Opinion: "In some glorious zone between Mad Men and Thunderbirds comes this X-Men prequel, as kinetic as it is character-driven, and full of ridiculous retro pleasures. Since Kick-Ass, the British director Matthew Vaughn has not lacked ambition, and this movie includes Nazi doctors, the Cuban missile crisis and mutant superheroes in silly costumes. Oddly, it works." - Kate Muir, Times User Opinion: "Best X-Men film, best film based on a Marvel property in general. It's a blast." - @CoolioD1 Commentary: X-Men: First Class marks the first of the famous 20th Century Fox Marvel series to make our list. After two relatively big misfires in The Last Stand and Origins, First Class had the rough work of rebooting a franchise that most viewers didn't really care much about anymore. First Class managed to turn into a refreshing take on a series that seemed like it had run its course, and was able to get the saga back on its feet for another five movies before Dark Phoenix seemed like it finally pulled the plug (until the MCU adaption happens). Box Office Count: Under 100m (7), 100m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (1), 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (6) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Timm (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (2), Studio Ghibli (2), DCU (1), Batman (1), Iron Man (1), X-Men (1)
  21. 18 points
    Shazam! (2019) Directed by David Sandberg Based on "Captain Marvel" by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck (42 Points, 13 Votes) "SHAZAM!" Top 10 Placements: 4 Awards Count: N/A Box Office Count: 140.4m Metacritic: 70 Synopsis: In Philadelphia, Billy Batson is an abandoned child who is proving a nuisance to Child Services and the authorities with his stubborn search for his lost mother. However, in his latest foster home, Billy makes a new friend, Freddy, and finds himself selected by the Wizard Shazam to be his new champion. Now endowed with the ability to instantly become an adult superhero by speaking the wizard's name, Billy gleefully explores his new powers with Freddy. However, Billy soon learns that he has a deadly enemy, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who was previously rejected by the wizard and has accepted the power of the Seven Deadly Sins instead. Now pursued by this mad scientist for his own power as well, Billy must face up to the responsibilities of his calling while learning the power of a special magic with his true family that Sivana can never understand. Critic Opinion: "Feeling anything in a DC Universe installment is, in itself, evidence of filmmaking that’s superheroic (that overall bluish-gray glumness is completely gone). So imagine the shock to also encounter a nuanced, funny script, a richly developed surrogate family, a visual appreciation of Philadelphia and its heroic Rocky iconography, and not one but two expert jokes involving a strip club. Shazam! is so teen-centric, it sometimes plays like a spandexed Harry Potter. But the YA bent makes sense: The euphoria of newfound powers, unexamined and bursting out, is best expressed by characters (and films) that channel the irreverence of adolescence. Some heavy moments kick in near the end, as does a surfeit of slightly cheesy CGI, always a drag during climactic fight scenes. But for a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is." - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out User Opinion: "Hands Lightning with my hands Lightning with my hands Enjoyed this massively. Has a real kicker about 2/3 the way through and just feels like so much more a complete character than other CBM movies. Best superhero film since Guardians of the Galaxy? If it's not then it's tying with Logan." - @Avatree Commentary: Another 2019 film, potentially showing a little bit of recency bias on our forum users part. Shazam! marks the first live action DC film and the first film from the DCU to make its way onto the list. After a long stretch of the DCU attempting to go for a darker and grittier visual style and tone for their films, they finally made a film that breaks free from those self-important constraints. In the process, Shazam! comes out as a breezy comic book comedy that got a little swept under the rug of the Endgame hype. Box Office Count: Under 100m (7), 100m (1), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (1), 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (5) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Timm (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (2), Studio Ghibli (2), DCU (1), Batman (1), Iron Man (1)
  22. 17 points
    Superman (1978) Directed by Richard Donner Based on "Superman" by Jerry Seigel and Joe Schuster (123 Points, 27 Votes) "I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way." Number 1 Placement: 1 Top 4 Placements: 2 Top 6 Placements: 3 Top 10 Placements: 13 Awards Count: Nominated for 3 Oscars Box Office: 134.5m (516.8m Adjusted) Metacritic: 80 Synopsis: Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Clark discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor, while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane Critic Opinion: "Superman is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and -- you know what else? Wit. That surprised me more than anything: That this big-budget epic, which was half a decade making its way to the screen, would turn out to have an intelligent sense of humor about itself. The wit, to be sure, is a little slow in revealing itself. The film's opening scenes combine great intergalactic special effects with ponderous acting and dialogue -- most of it from Marlon Brando, who, as Superman's father, sends the kid to Earth in a spaceship that barely survives the destruction of the planet Krypton. Brando was allegedly paid $3 million for his role, or, judging by his dialogue, $500,000 a cliché. After Superbaby survives his space flight and lands in a Midwestern wheat field, however, the movie gets down to earth, too. And it has the surprising ability to have fun with its special effects. That's surprising because special effects on this vast scale (falling airliners, derailing passenger trains, subterranean dungeons, cracks in the earth, volcanic eruptions, dams bursting) are so expensive and difficult that it takes a special kind of courage to kid them a little -- instead of regarding them with awe, as in the witless Earthquake." - Roger Ebert User Opinion: "This is still the best Superman movie around, I guess I'm in the minority that likes this better than Superman 2." - @darkelf Commentary: The original superhero classic, and the movie that laid out the framework for the entire genre, Superman. I'd say from a pure influential standpoint this movie is ranked for too low on this countdown, as there's no comic book film more influential on the genre than the one that laid the foundation in the first place. However, it's easy to see why it wasn't able to punch through to a top spot given there are many aspects of this movie that may seem dated to the modern eyes. Despite this, Superman was still a technical marvel for its time and all of the caped heroes to follow owe a great deal to the original man in tights. Box Office Count: Under 100m (13), 100m (8), 200m (4), 300m (4), 400m (5) Decade Count: 70s (1), 80s (4), 90s (4), 00s (9), 10s (16) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Singer (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Donner (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Nolan (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Parannaud (1), Radomski (1), Raimi (1), Rodriguez (1), Russo (1), Sandberg (1), Satrapi (1), Snyder (1), Sonnenfield (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Waititi (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (8), Chris Evans (5), Batman (4), Spider-Man (4), Iron Man (3), X-Men (3), Captain America (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Superman (2), Black Panther (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Hulk (1), Men in Black (1), Thor (1)
  23. 17 points
    X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Directed by Bryan Singer Based on "Uncanny X-Men" by Chris Claremont and John Byrne (94 Points, 29 Votes) "I'm gonna say to you what you said to us then: fuck off!" Top 6 Placements: 1 Top 10 Placements: 3 Awards Count: Nominated for 1 Oscar Box Office: 233.9m (253.5m Adjusted) Metacritic: 75 Synopsis: In the future, the mutants and the humans who help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde, and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up her intention. However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program, and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation? Critic Opinion: "Not being a comic-book aficionado, these movie adaptations don’t really matter to me. They provide no nostalgic allure. They are, to borrow one of my kid’s favorite phrases, not my favorite. And truly, such massive superhero fatigue has set in by now between all the various Batman and Superman and Avengers movies that the prospect of spending two-plus hours with these mutants inspired a shrug and a bit of dread. All of which is why “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is such a wonderful surprise. Actually, it’s more than that: It’s a kick in the ass. Director Bryan Singer returns to the series he launched with 2000’s “X-Men” and 2003’s “X2: X-Men United” with a sure hand on both the relationships between his characters and the enormous set pieces you’d expect from a summer blockbuster. The results are both dazzling and intimate, clever and — during one tour-de-force sequence — spectacularly funny." - Christy Lemire User Opinion: "easily the best superhero movie of the year and also the first X-Men movie I have really liked. I though X1 and 2 were decent but nothing special and the rest all mediocre and forgettable but this just had me gripped from beginning to end. Felt kind of like a superhero version of Terminator. I can't wait for the next one." - @John Marston Commentary: X-Men pops back up onto the list with a film that crossed over the rebooted 'young' universe and the universe from the original films. This generational saga film felt both epic and like a proper conclusion to the X-Men saga (with Logan serving as a nice epilogue). Because honestly, the original three films, the Wolverine, this and then Logan all combine to make a solid franchise, there's no need to acknowledge those other downers! Days of Future Past manages to both be weighty and emotional in its stakes, while also serving up quite a few laughs. A refreshing culmination of the X-Men movies. Box Office Count: Under 100m (12), 100m (7), 200m (4), 300m (3), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (4), 90s (4), 00s (7), 10s (13) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Burton (2), Singer (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Gunn (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Oshii (1), Otomo (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Snyder (1), Sonnenfield (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (6), Chris Evans (3), Batman (3), X-Men (3), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Guardians of the Galaxy (1), Men in Black (1), Superman (1)
  24. 17 points
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) Directed by Edgar Wright Based on "Scott Pilgrim" by Bryan Lee O'Malley (78 Points, 18 Votes) "I'm in lesbians with you." Top 4 Placements: 2 Top 6 Placements: 5 Top 10 Placements: 7 Awards Count: 1 Eddie Nomination Box Office: 31.5m (36.8m Adjusted) Metacritic: 69 Synopsis: Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. Critic Opinion: "‘Scott Pilgrim’ also has a similar relationship to realism and fantasy as ‘Spaced’: what we get are down-to-earth observations on everyday lives explained with wild flights of visual and narrative fancy, with plenty of nods to films and TV shows, loud music and daring edits. Whether you like or just admire ‘Scott Pilgrim’ will probably rest with how you feel about Scott, as played by Hollywood’s favourite nerd, Michael Cera. Scott is the 22-year-old jobless bass player in a garage band called Sex Bob-omb and is the kind of role that Cera regularly plays. But he’s also likeable, adorable at times, and free of the super-cool jive-talking that mars films like ‘Juno’. He’s self-centred and emotionally childish, but no more, we think, than most of us, and we enjoy the company of his friends, especially his vicious gay flatmate (Kieran Culkin). It means that when the frosty, unreachable Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) enters his life and he gives his try-hard younger girlfriend Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) the brush-off, we’re running along with him." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out User Opinion: "I rewatched it so many times and yet the jokes are as funny as ever; truly one of the funniest movies ever made. Wright is such a great stylist: every cut, every sound, every camera movement, every special effect, every performance tick puts a big smile on my face. It loses a little bit of steam after the Envy Adams segment, though." - @Goffe Commentary: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World continues our break from the men in tights movies to deliver a light comedy that focuses on the battles against evil exes Michael Cera must face in order to date the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers. Edgar Wright breathes style and personality all over this film, and it's hard not to be charmed by the movies quirks and visual flair. While this may not be a superhero movie, the comic book nature of it all is seen lovingly in every frame. Also, another Chris Evans comic book movie! How many of these is he in? Box Office Count: Under 100m (11), 100m (6), 200m (2), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (3), 90s (2), 00s (7), 10s (11) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Burton (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Wright (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), Chris Evans (3), Batman (2), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Superman (1)
  25. 17 points
    Batman (1989) Directed by Tim Burton Based on "Batman" by Bob Kane (75 Points, 18 Votes) "Batman... Batman... Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in, where a man dressed up as a *bat* gets all of my press? This town needs an enema!" Top 4 Placements: 2 Top 6 Placements: 5 Top 10 Placements: 8 Awards Count: Won 1 Oscar Box Office: 251.3m (567.2m Adjusted) Metacritic: 69 Synopsis: Gotham City. Crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) effectively runs the town but there's a new crime fighter in town - Batman (Michael Keaton). Grissom's right-hand man is Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson), a brutal man who is not entirely sane... After falling out between the two Grissom has Napier set up with the Police and Napier falls to his apparent death in a vat of chemicals. However, he soon reappears as The Joker and starts a reign of terror in Gotham City. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is in the city to do an article on Batman. She soon starts a relationship with Batman's everyday persona, billionaire Bruce Wayne. Critic Opinion: "Jack Nicholson’s 1989 turn as The Joker in Batman (★★★★☆) provided an almighty bang to start what was to become a tetralogy of movies, all four being re-released to mark the Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary in DC Comics. This Joker is a purple-clad supervillain who upstages Michael Keaton’s diffident Batman with no difficulty and whose capering craziness is periodically supercharged by the sound of Prince on the soundtrack. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie has a brooding noir feel. It even showed prostitution on the streets of Gotham City. The Joker is given an origin myth; Jack Napier (the JN initials leaning heavily on Nicholson’s own legendary bad-boy status) is a mobster and former street hoodlum with a fateful connection to the young Bruce Wayne. When he accidentally falls into a chemical vat during a shootout in a pharmaceutical factory, the fumes cause his face to contract into that hideous grin. A bad-guy barmstormer from Jack." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian User Opinion: "I still remember the whole experience when I saw this film, from the extremely long line and a whole story with that, the heat while waiting in the line, able to buy movie merchandise in the theater. yes I was able to buy a tshirt and a water bottle at the concession stand. The whole lead up, the Prince tie-in, etc, etc. It was truly a movie moment. Luckily for me, the movie did live up to the hype at the time. While the movie may have dipped a bit as I grew up, I can't necessarily remove everything that went along with it so it still give it a high mark. Maybe the 2nd best Batman movie for me" - @75Live Commentary: Making his first live action appearance on the countdown, and the start of the Top 30, is one of the superheroes who truly started the craze, Batman. While Superman may have preceded Batman, this was the film that really took off at the box office and showed there was a lot of money high blockbuster potential in these films. Tim Burton captures the brooding feel of the Batman comics, and in a world that can often feel dark, maybe that's why Batman's vigilante take has always resonated with audiences a bit more than the hopeful Superman. Box Office Count: Under 100m (10), 100m (5), 200m (2), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (3), 90s (2), 00s (6), 10s (9) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Burton (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), Batman (2), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Superman (1)
  26. 17 points
    Dredd (2012) Directed by Pete Travis Based on "Judge Dredd" by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra (55 Points, 16 Votes) "And as for you Ma-Ma... judgement time." Top 6 Placements: 1 Top 10 Placements: 4 Awards Count: Sadly Snubbed Box Office: 13.4m (15,3m Adjusted) Metacritic: 60 Synopsis: The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One - a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture - a 200 storey vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan. Critic Opinion: "This breathless science-fiction thriller isn't just gory. It practically revels in graphic violence, with several scenes shot in excruciating slow motion. If you have ever been curious about what a man's cheek looks like as it's ripped apart by a bullet, wonder no more. All the bloodshed happens in a bleak futuristic world in which people live in "mega cities." Law is maintained by helmeted judges, essentially modern cops with the ability to issue life-or-death verdicts without little nuisances like Miranda rights." - Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic User Opinion: "Dredd is a pop-art masterpiece, doing for the trends of the last 5 or so years coupled with some long time fears, rolling them all together, and celebrating them for all they're worth in great satirical fashion. Several of the most stunning sequences in the film involve the drug that the plot pivots around. The "Slow-Mo" drug, wherein everything gets hypnotic, glittery, and "rainbowy" and more importantly, does a great job of showing why people would use it(to beautify the grim, hyper-urban surroundings of the ultra-violent, poverty stricken hopeless shithole that is Mega City One and give weight to the film's conflict). Has there ever been a better excuse to use slow motion in a film before? I can't think of one, not even close. Also, if somebody told me that seeing bullets going through people's faces in slow motion in action movie would be awesome before I saw this movie I would've laughed in their faces." - @Ozymandias Commentary: And now for a short break from the conventional men in tights domination. 2012 had some major comic book hits, from the Avengers to the long anticipated sequel to the Dark Knight and the not so anticipated reboot of Spider-Man, the Amazing Spider-Man. Yet one film that got lost in all of that shuffle was Dredd. Despite solid reviews and online cult acclaim, Dredd fell through the cracks and didn't pick up much of an audience at its release. Since then, this high action octane thriller has slowly developed an audience and has become a solid comic book favorite. Box Office Count: Under 100m (8), 100m (2), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (1), 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (8) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (4), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), DCU (1), Dredd (1), Batman (1), X-Men (1)
  27. 17 points
    Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Directed by Robert Rodriguez Based on "Battle Angel Alita" by Yukito Kushiro (41 Points, 10 Votes) "I do not standby in the presence of evil!" Number 1 Placements: 2 Top 6 Placements: 3 Awards Count: Nothing... Yet! Box Office Total: 85.7m Metacritic Score: 53 Synopsis: Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita's true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death. Critic Opinion: "Watching "Alita: Battle Angel," the eye-popping, groundbreaking, visually dazzling stunner from Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron, you can feel the ground beneath you shifting. Or maybe that's just the rumble chairs with which certain theaters showing "Alita" have been equipped. Either way, "Alita" delivers a feeling that what you're seeing is fresh and new, similar to when you first stumbled into "The Matrix." It looks like the future, and the future is bright. "Alita's" grand visual presentation — the most immersive, complete use of 3D since "Avatar" — unfortunately accompanies a story that is as clunky as a bicycle with a busted wheel. Cameron co-wrote the script, and you can tell; "Alita" is saddled with a love story as bubble gum gooey as two teenagers passing notes in math class. Come for the visuals and hold on to your head." - Adam Graham, Detroit News User Opinion: "Loved it from start to finish. Th story of discovery is always fun. This had elements of Running Man, Matrix, Terminator and a few other films. I have given myself more than 24 hours to process it all and I'm comfortable saying it's one of my favourite films of the last 2 years." - @baumer Commentary: Another manga adaption, and this one from the film that drew all sorts of heated discussions earlier this year. Despite the banishment of half the Cameronites, this film still managed to find enough love to make its way on the list (maybe implying not only the Cameronites like moves Jim is attached to). Alita: Battle Angel is a visual treat for the eyes, pushing the boundaries of what can be shown on screen, even if the story is a little hokey. Box Office Count: Under 100m (7), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (1), 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (4) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Timm (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Batman (1), Iron Man (1)
  28. 16 points
    Deadpool (2016) Directed by Some Overpaid Asshole Based on "Deadpool" by The Real Heroes (75 Points, 21 Votes) "Time to make the chimi-fuckin'-changas." Top 10 Placements: 5 Awards Count: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes Box Office: 363.1m (381.1m Adjusted) Metacritic: 65 Synopsis: This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Critic Opinion: "Deadpool is subversive. It’s the first major comic book movie to venture this deep into satire and one of the rare ones to earn an R-rating. For those who feel superhero films have become stale and predictable, Deadpool provides as much of a shock to the system as the ice water bucket challenge. More often than not, fans have griped about the way bits and pieces of the Marvel pantheon were rented off to Sony and 20th Century Fox back in the 1990s. Fox, because of its incompetent handling of Fantastic Four, have earned the lion’s share of criticism. In the case of Deadpool, however, we can perhaps be thankful that the character falls under Fox’s umbrella. It would be hard to imagine the powers that be at Disney allowing this kind of flippant entry into their carefully constructed Marvel Cinematic Universe. Compared to Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy is a bastion of sobriety and good taste." - James Berardinelli, ReelViews User Opinion: "The movie was awesome. Much fun and the humor was nonstop. Not what I was expecting at all. The "Fox cant do shit" narrative just got kicked in the throat (again). I also like the narrative style. Reminds me of City of God (sooo good). Soundtrack was good, i loved the easter eggs, and the characters all had their own, unapologetic style. The opening credits were genius. Did a good job of getting you ready for what was to come." - @Jandrew Commentary: Coming criminally low on the list is a movie that one could say is a perfect film. Deadpool is an R-Rated comic book comedy that never overstays its welcome and leaves you thoroughly entertained throughout the entire film. It's remarkable that this movie even got to be made, but the internet demanded that it be so, and so it was so. This passion project by Reynolds showed there's more to the comic book audience than just films directed at families, and that there's a large market for adult oriented blockbusters. Deadpool is a love story for the generations that rocked the Valentine's Day world! Box Office Count: Under 100m (10), 100m (5), 200m (2), 300m (3), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (3), 90s (2), 00s (6), 10s (10) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Burton (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Miller (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), X-Men (3), Batman (2), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Deadpool (1), Dredd (1), Superman (1)
  29. 16 points
    V for Vendetta (2006) Directed by James McTeigue Based on "V for Vendetta" by David Lloyd and Alan Moore (71 Points, 17 Votes) "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." Top 2 Placements: 1 Top 4 Placements: 3 Top 6 Placements: 4 Top 10 Placements: 6 Awards Count: Rated #149 of All Time on IMDb Box Office: 70.5m (97m Adjusted) Metacritic: 62 Synopsis: Tells the story of Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself "V" (Hugo Weaving), she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. Critic Opinion: "JUST when we were ready to give up mainstream movies as braindead,along comes the controversial and gleefully subversive “V for Vendetta,” a piece of corporate-sponsored art that will have audiences rooting for a bomb-throwing anarchist. Loosely adapted by Larry and Andy Wachowski (“The Matrix “)from an ’80s graphic novel by Alan Moore,and stylishly directed by the Wachowski ‘s longtime assistant director James McTeigue,this is a thoughtful and highly entertaining conflation of “The Phantom of the Opera ” and “1984 ” that draws on many other pop culture sources." - Lou Lumenick, New York Post User Opinion: ""I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the worlds turns, and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you." A+" - @Noctis Commentary: An internetbros classic, so much so that the mask in the film became the mascot for internetbro group anonymous, a group with grand plans and no direction. It's easy to see why the mask became such a hit among the anti-government internet base, the film slaps you across the face with its message of freedom for the people. V for Vendetta leaves you rooting for the crazy anarchists, and maybe stirs up some anarchy within you itself. The film is entertaining and stylistic, and it's easy to see why it has made its cult impact. Box Office Count: Under 100m (10), 100m (5), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (2), 90s (2), 00s (5), 10s (9) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Batman (1), Superman (1), X-Men (1)
  30. 16 points
    Superman II (1980) Directed by Richard Lester Based on "Superman" by Jerry Seigel and Joe Schuster (57 Points, 13 Votes) "Kneel before Zod!" Number 2 Placements: 1 Top 6 Placements: 3 Top 10 Placements: 5 Awards Count: Not Much Box Office: 108.2m (350.6m Adjusted) Metacritic: 87 Synopsis: Picking up where "Superman: The Movie" left off, three criminals, General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa, (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran) from the planet Krypton are released from the Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space. They descend upon Earth where they could finally rule. Superman, meanwhile, is in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who finds out who he really is. Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and is determined to destroy Superman by joining forces with the three criminals. Critic Opinion: "Superman II is the most entertaining and exciting live-action Superman adventure. It delivers plenty of slam-bang action, a hearty dose of amusing sight gags, and a wonderfully endearing take on our hero's love life. Top-notch scripting and direction elevate this sequel above other depictions of the Man of Steel, with the exception of the later WB animated series." - Ed Grant, Common Sense Media User Opinion: "Kneel before this movie. My favourite superhero movie when growing up. Liked it more than even Burtons Batman. I saw the Donnor cut a few years ago but i prefer Lesters version. Donnors cut was obviously incomplete so it may have hindered it abit." Commentary: One of the original classic comic book films, Superman II is the successor of the highly acclaimed and box office smash Superman. While the film didn't reach the commercial or awards heights of the first one, many now refer to this film as the best of the Superman movies. While the Donner Superman films can at times feel dated or cheesy compared to the modern day comic book movie, they set the foundations of the genre and truly paved the way for all the films that followed them. Box Office Count: Under 100m (8), 100m (3), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (2), 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (8) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Lester (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (4), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Batman (1), Superman (1), X-Men (1)
  31. 16 points
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Based on "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" by Hayao Miyazaki (41 Points, 9 Votes) "Nice valley. Think I'll keep it." Top 4 Placements: 1 Top 10 Placements: 4 Awards Count: Ranked #214 on IMDb Top All Time Box Office Total: N/A Metacritic: 86 Synopsis: An animated fantasy-adventure. Set one thousand years from now, the Earth is ravaged by pollution and war. In the Valley of the Wind lives Nausicaä, Princess of her people. Their land borders on a toxic jungle, filled with dangerous over-sized insects. Meanwhile, two nearby nations are bitterly engaged in a war and the Valley of the Wind is stuck in the middle. Critic Opinion: "Since I've engaged in nothing but one big love-in for the movie, let me close with my single huge complaint about the movie: its indebtedness to the '80s sci-fi fantasy genre extends unfortunately to its second and third acts, which become rather aggressively routine. Big ships blow up; future war is waged; and while it's all very good, it's also all very noisy and it comes closer than it should to violating the pacifist spirit of the story to have everything solved by killing the bad guys dead (that other future Miyazaki hallmark, ambiguous villains, is not in strong evidence here). It's the one point at which I wish the filmmaker had resisted the tug of Star Wars a bit harder, but on the other hand, Nausicaä remains exciting enough, and so visually stunning, that I can hardly call it a "flaw"; more like a limitation that keeps a very excellent movie from being a masterpiece." - Tim Brayton, Antagony and Ecstasy User Opinion: "Basically...Princess Mononoke...impressive to see..." - @cannastop Commentary: One of the originals from Miyazaki and based off a manga that he wrote himself. Nausicaa was Studio Ghibli before Studio Ghibli officially came to be. There are some technical limitations seen in this movie that are often seen as keeping it short of being a masterpiece, and many will see Princess Mononoke, which comes along later, as the superior version of the story. Regardless, Nausicaa is a highly regarded comic book film that's found strong love and appreciation over time. Box Office Count: Under 100m (6), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (1), 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (3) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Timm (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Batman (1), Iron Man (1)
  32. 16 points
    Speed Racer (2008) Directed by the Wachowskis Based on "Speed Racer" by Tatsuo Yoshida (41 Points, 8 Votes) "Cool beans." Number 1 Placements: 2 Top 2 Placements: 3 Top 6 Placements: 4 Awards Count: 1 Razzie Nomination Box Office Total: 43.9m (55m Adjusted) Metacritic: 37 Synopsis: Hurtling down the track, careening around, over, and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive, and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized--the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret--some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless tycoons who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that Speed never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie, Speed teams with his one-time rival--the mysterious Racer X--to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as the Crucible. Yet, the ultimate test of Speed Racer's true racing grit will be at the pinnacle event of the World Racing League, the Grand Prix. But standing between Speed and the checkered flag are the world's best--and most cutthroat--competitors, fueled by a million-dollar bounty from Royalton to the driver who takes Speed out once and for all. Critic Opinion: ""Speed Racer" creates a timeless, visually seductive world suspended somewhere between the pop '60s and the sci-fi future. Its biggest disappointment, strangely enough, is its raison d'être--the races themselves. They lack suspense. The danger of creating a videogame world, where the limitless freedom of CGI replaces the laws of physics, is that the competitions lack any real sense of risk. These flying, flipping racing cars, seemingly impervious to metal-crunching collisions, belong more to the world of Tom and Jerry or the Road Runner than they do to "The French Connection" or "Bullitt." (Even the races in Pixar's "Cars" seemed more down to earth.) "Speed Racer" is sweet and flashy and often fun, but its thrills are oddly abstract—more esthetic than visceral. It's the colors you remember, not the crashes." - David Ansen, Newsweek User Opinion: "ust watched this for the first time since '08. It's a masterpiece of fluid editing and visual effects - which, because they are so stylized, haven't aged a day and will endure a lot better than the "realistic" CGI of most blockbusters - and, even more importantly, it doesn't have a single ironic or cynical bone in its cinematic body, which counts for more with each passing week. The plotting definitely isn't perfect (though this is only limited to the whole business with the Japanese company), but I hardly cared - it grabbed me right from that beautiful opening sequence, more specifically from the bit with Speed drawing smashing cars and the classroom around him turning into a race track. One of the main things that makes me admire the Wachowskis is that they're completely unafraid to go for pure, honest emotion, and in this movie they are basically doing it for two straight hours. I was completely won over." - @Jake Gittes Commentary: One of the few critically panned movies to make it onto our list. Speed Racer is a movie that flopped out of the gate and really didn't find love until post release. This Wachowski film is one that's picked up quite a bit of love from a few select users on this forum, as you can see by the two number 1 votes that torpedoed this film right onto the list. Speed Racer has a unique visual flair that isn't seen in most comic book films and is certainly one of the more unique choices by our users. Box Office Count: Under 100m (5), 400m (2) Decade Count: 90s (2), 00s (2), 10s (3) Director Count: Black (1), Boden (1), Miyazaki (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Timm (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (2), Batman (1), Iron Man (1), Studio Ghibli (1)
  33. 16 points
    Captain Marvel (2019) Directed by Anna Boden Based on "Captain Marvel" by Stan Lee (39 Points, 13 Votes) "I have nothing to prove to you." Number 2 Placements: 1 Top 6 Placements: 2 Top 10 Placements: 3 Awards Count: None, yet Box Office Total: 426.8m Metacritic Score: 64 Synopsis: Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. Critic Opinion: "After all of that, Captain Marvel is in the unenviable position of having to introduce a new character to the MCU, lay out her origin story, tie her in with the current MCU timeline, create backstories for several previously established characters, and set up even more significant elements for Avengers: Endgame. But Captain Marvel mostly bears the weight of those expectations. It rises to the occasion with strong performances and with its directors’ willingness to slow down and take their story seriously, balancing humor, action, and exposition in a carefully calibrated package." - Shana O'Neil, The Verge User Opinion: "It was really great origin story that has setup Endgame for Carol and how it all started for the Avengers. The first act was surprisingly well paced after the review I have seen that said otherwise and Brie does great job as Carol and Ben, Sam and especially the cat are great additions to the movie. I didn't think it would be as funny as the past MCU movies, but it was really funny and not overdone at all. All the fun starts when the cat enters the movie." - @tawasal Commentary: The first MCU and first traditional live action superhero movie to make the list. Captain Marvel may have been benefited by the list by some recency bias, but the movie is also genuinely liked by quite a few members here (despite some of the controversy it got with some other not so pleasant areas of the internet). Captain Marvel is the first female led MCU film, so it's nice to have that rep the list. This is also the first box office hit to make the list, and there will be many more of those to come. Box Office Count: Under 10m (3), 400m (1) Decade Count: 90s (1), 00s (1), 10s (2) Director Count: Boden (1), Miyazaki (1), Radomski (1), Timm (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: Batman (1), MCU (1), Studio Ghibli (1)
  34. 15 points
    Road to Perdition (2002) Directed by Sam Mendes Based on "Road to Perdition" by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Raynor (76 Points, 16 Votes) "May you get to Heaven an hour before the Devil knows you're dead." Top 2 Placements: 1 Top 4 Placements: 3 Top 6 Placements: 4 Top 10 Placements: 10 Awards Count: Won 1 Oscar, Nominated for 5 Box Office: 104.5m (162m Adjusted) Metacritic: 72 Synopsis: It is the year 1931. Mike Sullivan is a henchman of southern Illinois crime boss John Rooney. Having taken Sullivan under his wing as as orphan, Rooney's paternal affections for him are greater than for his son and heir, Connor Rooney, who is a violent and dangerous man. Sullivan's eldest son Michael, who is curious about his mysterious father, inadvertently witnesses a mob hit that is carried out by his father and Connor. Michael is caught and sworn to secrecy but Connor views him as a loose end. This puts Sullivan at odds with Rooney who is forced to side with his son, making Sullivan an enemy of the mob. Sullivan then takes action to protect his family and to put an end to the threat. Critic Opinion: "Muted and vivid. That's not the usual combination, but it describes "Road to Perdition," from its washed-out but distinct cinematography to its performances -- subdued yet percolating with suppressed emotion. Directed by Sam Mendes, this movie might not be as flashy as his Oscar-winning "American Beauty," but it's a smarter film, more mature and emotionally honest. And Tom Hanks, who stars in it, is superb." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle User Opinion: "One of my favourites. Beautiful in every way. Easily Tom Hanks best performance of the last 12 years and everyone else is pretty great in it too." - @CoolioD1 Commentary: Coming in, in my opinion, also way too low on this list is a beautiful and somber gangster film that's really unlike the other tights and capes movies that have been all over this list so far. Road to Perdition features a powerful performance from Tom Hanks. Sam Mendes, fresh off his Oscar darling American Beauty, crafts a stirring work that still holds up to this day. Maybe this film making the list will help to inspire more of our members to go out and give this one a shot. Box Office Count: Under 100m (10), 100m (6), 200m (2), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (3), 90s (2), 00s (7), 10s (9) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Burton (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), Batman (2), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Superman (1)
  35. 15 points
    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) Directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm Based on "Batman" by Bob Kane and Bill Finger (38 Points, 12 Votes) "You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven't fallen in and I thank heaven for that." Top 10 Placements: 4 Awards Count: 1 Annie Nomination Box Office Total: 5.6m (12.2m Adjusted) Tomatometer: 84% (7.02 Avg Rating) Synopsis: This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original comics and Tim Burton's live action "Batman" films. Unlike the campy 1960s version of Batman, this version is half-mad from the superhero's obsession with justice. It is only his unusual sense of ethics that keeps him from becoming a full-blown psychotic. The story describes the origins of Batman as it follows the Dark Knight's attempts to capture the elusive, deadly Phantasm who kills a crime lord and makes it look as if Batman did it, causing a media smear campaign against the Caped Crusader. At the same time, millionaire Bruce Wayne holds a party at his mansion. There he meets Councilman Arthur Reeves, the man behind the accusations. Reeves derides playboy Wayne for allowing his college sweetheart Andrea Beaumont to leave him. Suddenly Wayne flashes back to his pre-Batman days. He remembers how he met her while visiting his parents' graves to renew his vow that he would spend his life fighting crime to avenge their wrongful deaths. He has already devised an early version of his alter-ego Batman, but that is nearly forgotten when he falls in love with Andrea. The story then jumps from past to present and back as the mysterious Phantasm strikes again. Batman continues his investigation and discovers a disturbing link between Andrea, who suddenly shows up after many years absence, and the villain. Meanwhile, the Phantasm, feeling that Batman is too close to learning his/her identity hires the Joker to kill him. But the Joker has his own agenda and much action ensues before the mystery of the Phantasm identity is solved, Batman clears his name, and justice is served. Critic Opinion: "Mask of the Phantasm ends with two powerful epilogues, one with Alfred consoling Bruce after losing Andrea, the other with Andrea accepting the consequences of her actions. When Bruce put on the Batman mask for the first time earlier in the film, Alfred gasped in shock but also fear for his surrogate son. In their final scene, Alfred tells Bruce, “I’ve always feared you would become that which you fought against. You walk the edge of that abyss every night, but you haven’t fallen in, and I thank heaven for that.” Merriam-Webster describes “phantasm” as “a product of fantasy as delusive appearance.” That could easily describe Batman. The mask of the phantasm is the mask that Bruce Wayne puts on every day, and if he falls into the abyss, he risks a life like Andrea’s: completely alone." - Oliver Sava, The AV Club User Opinion: "It's really the best "pure" Batman movie adaptation to date -- no surprise since Burnett/Dini/Timm rocked the Animated Series. And Hamill's Joker is iconic/ However, some minor points deducted for feeling a bit like a made-for-TV movie getting a theatrical release (due to budget and animation limitations)." - @Plain Old Tele Commentary: The second animated film to make the list, and the first major franchise to make an appearance. It'd be hard, if not impossible, to discuss comic book movies without taking a look at Batman. Mask of the Phantasm was the first animated Batman movie to receive a theatrical release, and it ended up being a major bomb, despite being well received in its quality. Part of this could be because it may have played out more like a TV special that managed to get a theatrical release. Regardless, this film clearly had a strong amount of love from the users here. Box Office Count: Under 10m (3) Decade Count: 90s (1), 00s (1), 10s (1) Director Count: Miyazaki (1), Radomski (1), Timm (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: Batman (1), Studio Ghibli (1)
  36. 14 points
    Snowpiercer (2014) Directed by Bong Joon-ho Based on "Le Transperceneige" by Jacques Lob (77 Points, 21 Votes) "Order is the barrier that holds back the flood of death." Top 4 Placements: 1 Top 6 Placements: 3 Top 10 Placements: 6 Awards Count: 1 Movies For Grownups Nomination, and some other critics circles Box Office: 4.6m (5.1m Adjusted) Metacritic: 84 Synopsis: Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For seventeen years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis (Chris Evans), a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway. Critic Opinion: "It is a rare and refreshing experience these days to go to the theater and see an epic science-fiction action film in the summer that is trying to make a point. I very much enjoy watching franchise cogs that work mostly because of how they slot into all the other moving parts around them; I’m also totally partial to nonsensical, explosion-filled garbage that distracts me with sound and flashing lights. But Snowpiercer is that rare experience you don’t get to have much in the summer anymore, a loud, clanging, original action flick that’s grabbing you by the lapels and yelling in your ears. There’s been much made of Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s mixed first experience making an English language film, clashing with Harvey Weinstein over editing his movie into something more commercial. Supposedly this 125-minute cut is what the director is satisfied with, and that makes sense to me, because Snowpiercer is a demented nightmare vision of a Hollywood action movie, and it’s lost nothing of its committed, neo-Marxist message, which it tries as hard as it can to bash into your brain." - David Sims, The Atlantic User Opinion: "The direction by South Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bong (doing his first English language film) is excellent. The film definitely fits his trademark style of multiple events occurring in long takes. Scenes, such as the members of the train revolting, or the scene where the train goes over the bridge, and everything is in green dark, show a lot of things going on at once being captured simultaneously. Snowpiercer does however suffer from some of its action scenes, which while exhilarating to watch, do suffer from shaky cam overload. Snowpiercer is a film with a real message. It doesn’t feel like your usual average blockbuster despite the fact that it could easily have fallen into that very category. This film was clearly made with an intent. Sure there are some plotholes in the film, especially regarding the use of the train, but thanks to great direction, great directing and a great “muddy, dark” look that makes Snowpiercer a fantastic film to watch." - @Fancyarcher Commentary: Chris Evans makes his way back onto our lists, only not with the conventional character you would have thought of. In a year with another Captain America movie that came out, this film was actually my favorite of the Chris Evans flicks. Snowpiercer is a dystopian adaption of a French graphic novel that portrays class struggles and a man fighting to work his way up in the world. The vivid production and costume design brings the world to life, and it's filmed by the great direct Joon-ho. Snowpiercer was a small comic book gem that stands out among all of the big name men in tights. Box Office Count: Under 100m (11), 100m (6), 200m (2), 300m (2), 400m (2) Decade Count: 80s (3), 90s (2), 00s (7), 10s (10) Director Count: Miyazaki (2), Watts (2), Black (1), Boden (1), Burton (1), Cronenberg (1), Johnston (1), Joon-ho (1), Lester (1), McTeigue (1), Mendes (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Rodriguez (1), Sandberg (1), Singer (1), Snyder (1), Timm (1), Travis (1), Vaughn (1), Wachowski (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (5), Batman (2), Spider-Man (2), Studio Ghibli (2), Iron Man (2), X-Men (2), Captain America (1), DCEU (1), Dredd (1), Superman (1)
  37. 14 points
    If TROS makes even one penny more than TLJ I am going to incessantly drone on and on how Star Wars was never "dead"
  38. 14 points
  39. 14 points
    Ghost in the Shell (1995) Directed by Mamoru Oshii Based on "Ghost in the Shell" by Masamune Shirow (40 Points, 10 Votes) "There's nothing sadder than a puppet without a ghost, especially the kind with red blood running through them." Top 6 Placements: 1 Top 10 Placements: 3 Awards Count: Nothing significant Box Office Total: 0.5m (1.1m Adjusted) Metacritic: 76 Synopsis: In the year 2029, cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master”—a mysterious and threatening computer virus is capable of infiltrating human hosts. Working closely with her fellow agents from Section 9, the Major embarks on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity. Critic Opinion: "There are gripping chases and balletic combat scenes, painstakingly realised by Oshii’s animators, but the mood is mostly cold and melancholic, as Kusanagi broods over the fleshly implications of living in a world of data. In the film’s centrepiece scene – one of the single greatest animated sequences ever created – Kusanagi wanders through the nameless city, while the people around her make their way silently from place to place, hypnotised by advertising, defeated by the rain. Is she still human? Are they? This is a work of profound and melancholic beauty; every bit as essential in the 21st century as it was in the 20th." - Robbie Collin, Telegraph User Opinion: "the animation sequences are generally well done, with some really inspired action. The plot and worldbuilding are also enticing, and it's short enough that the slow pace isn't a detriment." - @Blankments Commentary: Ghost in the Shell marks the third animated comic book movie to make the countdown, and the second manga based film. Not to be confused with the white washed one starring Scarlett Johanson, this Ghost in the Shell is a more authentic anime adaption of the source material. With 40 points and 10 votes, this film averaged making the top 15 of each user that voted for it on the list. Ghost in the Shell is a visually stunning film and one of the more mature animations and comic book films to make the list. Box Office Count: Under 10m (4), 400m (2) Decade Count: 90s (2), 00s (1), 10s (3) Director Count: Black (1), Boden (1), Miyazaki (1), Oshii (1), Radomski (1), Timm (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: MCU (2), Batman (1), Iron Man (1), Studio Ghibli (1)
  40. 14 points
    Ghost World (2001) Directed by Terry Zwigoff Based on "Ghost World" by Daniel Clowes (38 Points, 8 Votes) "I can't relate to 99% of humanity." Number 2 Placements: 1 Top 4 Placements: 3 Top 10 Placements: 4 Awards Count: Nominated for 1 Oscar Box Office Total: 6.2m (9.9m Adjusted) Metacritic Score: 88 Synopsis: Based on the well-known comic, Ghost World tells the story of neo-cool Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) who, faced with high school graduation take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. Critic Opinion: "I wanted to hug this movie. It takes such a risky journey and never steps wrong. It creates specific, original, believable, lovable characters, and meanders with them through their inconsolable days, never losing its sense of humor. The Buscemi role is one he's been pointing toward during his entire career; it's like the flip side of his alcoholic barfly in "Trees Lounge," who also becomes entangled with a younger girl, not so fortunately. The movie sidesteps the happy ending Hollywood executives think lobotomized audiences need as an all-clear to leave the theater. Clowes and Zwigoff find an ending that is more poetic, more true to the tradition of the classic short story, in which a minor character finds closure that symbolizes the next step for everyone. "Ghost World" is smart enough to know that Enid and Seymour can't solve their lives in a week or two. But their meeting has blasted them out of lethargy, and now movement is possible. Who says that isn't a happy ending?" - Roger Ebert User Opinion: "certainly shares similarities to the faux-indie branch of the hollywood aesthetic ala juno, but dismisses with most of the pseudo-realistic, glossy nonsense of that, and instead brings a drama that really rings true. most of the mai n characters are degenerate and suffering in all sorts of subtle ways, and life is pretty shit in general, but it affirms the characters as real people and in the end is really sympathetic. quite amusing too." - @luna Commentary: Another non-superhero movie to make it onto the list, and the first showing from Scarlett Johansson (and not in her iconic Black Widow role!). Ghost World is a young adult comedy that's much more down to earth than most of the films we'll be seeing on this list. This is a film that went around many traditional Hollywood trademarks and cliches, and managed to nicely blend together tragedies in life with the comedies. Ghost World is a small gem that managed to sneak its way into the Top 50 of the list! Box Office Count: Under 10m (2) Decade Count: 00s (1), 10s (1) Director Count: Miyazaki (1), Zwigoff (1) Franchise Count: Studio Ghibli (1)
  41. 14 points
    I think its dumb and stupid for multiple reasons. First off, by the time the film came out (late Sep), the controversy of the latest rash of gun violence would have subsided (yes, I know there is the possibility for more mass murders in the meantime). I am... Rarely in favor of knee-jerk cancellation/postponement of these sorts of things as I think it gives far too little credit to actual moviegoers/TV viewers. Not like this is a new thing, as it dates back all the way to the reaction to the Columbine murders. Secondly, it is an undeniable fact that certain bad-faith actors in the political sphere had suddenly made this film a cause célèbre, and they're gonna get emboldened by this. Now one shouldn't take the reactions of the Acting in Bad Faith Brigade completely when making decisions. In fact, one should try to ignore them as much as possible. But if it turns out that Universal got spooked by Trump and Fox News ratcheting up the noise and deciding to just punt the movie in a straw that broke the camel's back sort of way? Just a bad signal to send, even if it is unintended. And that's not even getting into the artistic merit debate at all. So, in summary: It's shortsighted, gives far too little credit to the GA, and encourages all the wrong sorts of folks.
  42. 13 points
    A small update from The Netherlands: The Lion King dropped a mere 3.3% this week (Thu-Wed): €4.2M from €4.3M last week. Its total is now €21.7M, which is 3rd all-time behind Bohemian Rhapsody (€21.9M) and Titanic (€23.6M). Summer vacation in The Netherlands will only gradually end in the next 3 weeks, so it should not have any problem becoming #1 by a significant margin.
  43. 13 points
  44. 13 points
    my official prediction: she had a heart disease, this dude is the ghost of the guy she got a new heart from. movie ends with him saying "last christmas i gave you my heart" and everybody cheers.
  45. 12 points
    @Mr Pastaffelees stands in the middle of an inner-city intersection, directly facing the camera. Spaghetti: For this season of Survivor, our survivors will compete on an island where they’ve never been before. Manhattan. Welcome to season six of Survivor! *Two buses with the survivor logo drive down the street. The first bus is labeled “Veterans,” and @DAJK, @YourMother the Edgelord, @chasmmi, @Wrath, and @Fancyarcher are in the front.* DAJK: Can you believe it! We’re actually playing Box Office Survivor again! And in the Big Apple, no less! YourMother: I wanna get some Buffalo Chicken Wings while we’re here, if we have the time between challenges. DAJK: Can I have some with you? YourMother: Soulmates share their chicken wings, sweetheart. That’s the unspoken code of being one’s soulmate. chasmmi: Oh. Right. They fell in love in Season Four. I forgot about that. Fancyarcher: I’m so glad I get to play again after missing out on Season Five! How about you, Wrath? Wrath: Han’s not here… He’d be on this bus if he were here… Fancyarcher: Oh, you’re right… Aren’t you his father? Wrath: Yes. And if he’s not here, I’ll win in his absence. Like son, like father, as they say. (chasmmi side-eyes Wrath…) *We move to the back of the bus, where @captainwondyful, @ZeeSoh, @baumer, @Rorschach, @Sheikh, and @Keanu are seated. @ZeeSoh stares at DAJK and YourMother while they laugh and look in each other’s eyes.* ZeSoh: That should be me with DAJK. Rorschach: Um… What? ZeeSoh: (blushing and scowling) We would’ve had a showmance together if everyone hadn’t of voted me out. Rorschach: Well, you can always find another showmance partner. There’s… Nine newcomers? Yeah, nine newcomers. captainwondyful: So if New York City is nicknamed the Big Apple, then why is Roald Dahl’s book titled James and the Giant Peach? baumer: There is no relation between New York City and Roald Dahl’s novella. captainwondyful: Huh? I could’ve sworn there was a relation. baumer: Nope. Nada. captainwondyful: Well, that makes sense, because I was wondering where the giant bugs were… (baumer rolls his eyes) Sheikh: (hunched over and tapping his foot) I’m nervous about the game already… What if they vote me out before the game really starts? Keanu: Hey. Worrying can’t make you any younger. That’s what my insurance agent used to say. Sheikh: (laughs) Yeah. I guess you’re right. (Keanu crosses her leg, stares out the window, and smiles.) *The second bus is labeled “Newcomers.” @MeowwoeM, @Avatree. @PanaMovie, and @Reddroast are in the front.* PanaMovie: (cocks an eyebrow) I never thought Survivor would take place on the ‘island’ of Manhattan. I guess there’s only so many tropical islands in the world. Reddroast: Maybe they wanted the soles of our feet to burn on hot concrete as opposed to sand. PanaMovie: You do realize it’s not that hot in New York, right? It’s more ‘cold’ than anything. Reddroast: You wanna know cold? “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner. That’s what’s cold. PanaMovie: (cocks an eyebrow) Touché. MeowwoeM: I don’t think we’ll know what the weather’s really like until we’re outside of the bus! Avatree: Not even if I use my smartphone? MeowwoeM: A temperature is just a number on a screen, silly! It’s a different thing entirely to really feel the climate! Avatree: Huh. Well, that’s one way of looking at things. *Meanwhile, in the back of the bus, @Thanos Legion, @Premium George, @Kjtc, @Darth Lehnsherr, and @MrGamer are having discussion amongst each other.* MrGamer: Boy, I sure do have the heebie-jeebies waiting for the game to start! What about you, mister, uhh… Premium George, yes? Premium George: The universe is infinite. I am but a speck of dust in relation to the cosmos. MrGamer: Well, aren’t you the bluenose! What about you, Thanos Legion? Thanos Legion: Tell me, stranger. What is it that you do for a living? MrGamer: I write 1920s mobster novels! I’m the bee’s knee’s at what I do! Thanos Legion: Hmph. Seems to me like you will be of little consequence. MrGamer: Hey, I know my onions, mind you! I’ll outwit you! Just you wait! (Darth Lehnsherr leans towards Kjtc.) Darth Lehnsherr: Does it tire you out just listening to that guy’s incessant yapping? Kjtc: Dude. I’m tired regardless. It’s fine, I’ll just push through until I have time for a nap. Darth Lehnsherr: Well, it still grinds my gears. Kjtc: …You have gears? Darth Lehnsherr: What? No… The buses stop in front of a skyscraper and lets all the competitors out at once. Spaghetti is standing in front of the skyscraper. Spaghetti: Welcome, survivors! MeowwoeM: It’s the famous host of Survivor seasons three, four, and five! Sam Pastaffelees Ghetti! Wow! Fancyarcher: Spaghetti! Long time no see, man! Reddroast: Is it me, or does he look different in person than he does on television? Spaghetti: So first things first! I know all of you are eager to start the game! But we have two surprises first! Chasmmi: Well, it’s a good thing we won’t be surprised by an additional player, because there’s an even number of people here—twenty, to be exact. Spaghetti: Yeah… About that… ZeeSoh: Oh no… Here we go again… *A long black limo rolls up on the curb, and a @Claire of Themyscira , a confident woman in designer clothes, steps out of the vehicle before it drives away.* Claire of Themyscira: The box office queen is back, bitches. Coming from her own limousine. baumer: Well, well, well. If it isn’t Claire of Themyscira. Claire of Themyscira: That’s exactly who it is, boo. captainwondyful: I see baumer as more of a Koopa Troopa than a Boo… Sheikh: Yeah, I don’t think that’s what she meant. MrGamer: Back in the 20s, they’d call women like her a bearcat! Avatree: Um… Okay? *Spaghetti whistles for a taxi, which promptly pulls to the curb. He opens the backseat door and turns back towards the contestants.* Spaghetti: It’s true. Claire will be joining the game as the 21st contestant. But as I said, there’s one more twist to the game. DAJK: Really? What is it? (Spaghetti smiles.) Spaghetti: I’m not the host of the season. (MeowwoeM gasps.) PanaMovie: (cocks an eyebrow) Yeah, that’s a twist, alright. Premium George: All things must take their place in the cycle of time. YourMother: But if you’re not the host, then… Who is? Spaghetti: He’ll be coming out of that building in just a moment. But as for me, I’m out of here. Ciao! *Spaghetti gets into the taxi, and the taxi drives away. The contestants stare at the front entrance of the building, and Darth Lehnsherr impatiently checks his watch. Finally SLAM! sheepishly steps out of the building. The contestants stare with their jaws open as he nervously smiles at the contestants.* SLAM!: (in a cold sweat) Good morning, sunshine! The world says hello! *Crickets chirp. Many of the contestants are still in shock. SLAM! takes a folded piece of paper and nervously opens it in order to read the introductory speech he failed to memorize.* SLAM!: Hello, Survivors! I am SLAM!, formerly known as Slambros, and I am your host! Again, I say hello! *SLAM! looks up from his paper and stares expectantly for reactions.* Keanu: Goodness me. This game really is cursed. Ktjc: What? Cursed? Rorschach: Relax, man. It’s an inside joke. Chasmmi: Let’s hope so… *SLAM! continues reading.* SLAM!: You will be staying in the hotel behind me as long as you are competing in the game, and you will compete in many challenges that take place in the city and state of New York! But before I reveal the first weekly challenge, I will reveal the teams! As you may know, Avengers: Endgame recently became the highest grossing film of all time. So in celebration of that milestone, this year’s initial team names are themed around well-known setpieces from the Marvel films! ON TEAM ASGARD: Thanos Legion: Looks like it’s 3 teams of 7. Perfectly balanced. As all things should be. Keanu: Look at that, Sheikh! We’re on the same team. (YourMother stares in horror.) ON TEAM SOKOVIA: baumer: Really? You named a team after that fictional European country in Age of Ultron? You could’ve done so much better… Reddroast: Sokovia? More like So-boring-a. Fancyarcher: I’m just happy to be here, guys. Team names are just icing on the cake. ON TEAM WAKANDA: MrGamer: Well, our team sure packs a wallop! Claire of Themyscira: That’s exactly right! I’m on the WOKEST team there is! Wakanda Forever! Darth Lehnsherr: I’m on the same team as the incessant yapper and the flamboyant diva. Great. Just great. *DAJK and YourMother rush to each other’s side.* DAJK: Oh, YourMother! I didn’t expect to be on a different team as you! YourMother: These things happen, DAJK. Don’t worry. We’ll make it to the merge, and we’ll be together then. Okay? DAJK: Okay… (sniffles) (ZeeSoh flashes a wolf-like smile, unbeknownst to them. In fact, PanaMovie is the only one who notices this out of all the contestants.) SLAM!: Okay. So. Here is the thread where the rules have been established if any of you haven’t seen the rules yet: SLAM!: And here is the first weekly challenge. WEEKLY CHALLENGE #1 Welcome to the first challenge of the game. This will be an excellent way to determine where the strength of each team lies. For this first challenge, you will be crossing a busy street, finding and printing out your predictions, and crossing it again to turn them in. It’s inspired by Good Boys! You’ll love it! These are predictions you’ll be making: SLAM! The team that comes in first place will all receive three coins for each member to spend at the Tuck Shop, where there are many items that can enhance your game. Of course, first place gets immunity as well. The team in second place won’t receive any tuck shop coins, but they’ll be immune as well! But the team in third place—last place, per se—will have to go to Tribal Council, where they will eliminate one of their teammates. (I will also go ahead and mention that the first place winner of the second and third place team will also get some tuck shop coins.) Avatree: Well, the weekly challenge sounds pretty easy! Premium George: Nothing worth winning is ever easy to win. SLAM!: Oh! One more thing, before I go… SLAM!: And with that, the game begins! Outwit! Outplay! Outlast! *SLAM! exits. The contestants take a moment to take it all in.* MrGamer: Well, isn’t that a real hum-dinger! CONFESSIONAL – Thanos Legion: I. Am. Inevitable. In other words, I am inevitably going to win. CONFESSIONAL – Keanu: SLAM!’s gone a long way. He seems like a good host, but he has some big shoes to fill. At the very least, he hasn’t brought up how crazy he acted in Season Five when he found out me and Sheikh were falling in love. CONFESSIONAL – YourMother: I can’t believe they split up me and DAJK… I’ll have to make sure I make the merge so we can be together again. But ZeeSoh being on the same team gives me strange vibes. Will something happen between them? …No, I think our love is strong enough. CONFESSIONAL – ZeeSoh: With YourMother out of the way? DAJK is mine. And I’ll chisel him, ever so meticulously, into the person he never knew he could be. (evil smile) CONFESSIONAL – PanaMovie: I’m gonna keep my eye on that ZeeSoh guy. I think he’s up to something. CONFESSIONAL – captainwondyful: You, the viewer, might have seen that I’ve been saying a lot of really stupid things. (She picks at her fingernail, then looks directly into the camera.) Between you and me? It’s an act. I’m acting stupid. That way, I won’t be seen as a threat. CONFESSIONAL – Wrath: Han… If you’re watching this… Know that I love you… And that I’ve changed for the better… And that I’m going to do everything that I can to win. And with the earnings, I’ll patch together the divide between us. Keep watching. You’ll see. TO BE CONTINUED
  46. 12 points
    Before this list is posted, which will surely anger some people, please others, and otherwise be the safest list this side of an imdb ranking... I wanted to say thank you for putting in the time and effort to host the poll, compile the results, and manage the madness... And now... on with the disappointment and outrage!
  47. 12 points
    Aladdin now sits at a terrific 3.86 multiplier - which is, again, mighty impressive in my book given the inflated 3-day opening weekend due to Memorial Day. This weekend's loss of theatres and screens really hurt it, so I don't think it will be able to match or exceed American Sniper or Inside Out on the multiplier front, unless it has an exceptionally healthy Labour Day weekend boost. Toy Story 4 also just cracked the top 20 multipliers for 70+M Friday openers, with a 3.47 multiplier. It will also finish with an impressive multiplier, when all is said and done - particularly for the fourth instalment and largest opening weekend of the franchise. Toy Story 3 opened almost 10 years ago, and Toy Story 4 will come close to the third film's multiplier. Best Multipliers Ever for $70+ Million Opening Films (Friday Openers): Avatar (2009) — 77.0 million (9.73) Finding Nemo (2003) — 70.3 million (4.84) Zootopia (2016) — 75.1 million (4.55) Wonder Woman (2017) — 103.3 million (4.00) Inside Out (2015) — 90.4 million (3.94) American Sniper (2015) — 89.3 million (3.92) Aladdin (2019) — 91.5 million (3.86)^ Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) — 248.0 million (3.78) Toy Story 3 (2010) — 110.3 million (3.76) The Incredibles (2004) — 70.5 million (3.71) Despicable Me 3 (2017) — 72.4 million (3.65) Finding Dory (2016) — 135.1 million (3.60) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) — 84.6 million (3.58) The Secret Life of Pets (2016) — 104.4 million (3.53) The Jungle Book (2016) — 103.3 million (3.53) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — 94.3 million (3.53) Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone (2001) — 90.3 million (3.52) Spider-Man (2002) — 114.8 million (3.52) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) — 73.6 million (3.51) Toy Story 4 (2019) — 120.9 million (3.47)^ Black Panther (2018) — 202.0 million (3.47) Skyfall (2012) — 88.4 million (3.44) Peace, Mike
  48. 12 points
  49. 11 points
  50. 11 points
    Angry Birds 2 Tuesday OD 380 tickets sold across 9 theaters 203 across 5 theaters for adjusted FFH comp FFH adjusted comp: 1.43M

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