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14 minutes ago, TwoMisfits said:

Yes and no...she was diagnosed with acute kidney failure and stage 3 multiple myeloma...it's gonna be a long road, but the acuteness of the risk is lessened for now...dialysis helped a lot last week (and will be ongoing for months) and chemo starts today...I'll be a little more in and out and distracted this fall, so I'm gonna enjoy the escape and happiness this site provides, b/c when you also have to deal with siblings who all want to control the situation and the decision-making, and a mom not always making the best decisions (or the ones those siblings want), well, let's say, I'm happy to be home for the moment...

How many siblings do you have and how many of them try to take over?

Sends hugs and wishes for mom and for your energy and health too, long lasting illnesses of loved ones tend to drain the 'healthy' ones too.

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7 minutes ago, terrestrial said:

How many siblings do you have and how many of them try to take over?

Sends hugs and wishes for mom and for your energy and health too, long lasting illnesses of loved ones tend to drain the 'healthy' ones too.

5...and the number that want to take over changes as the decisions move one way or another (don't get me started on assisted living vs living with a sibling:)...this is how I somehow ended up with the limited power of attorney now...b/c I won't do anything unless my mom wants it...and that is now driving my siblings bonkers...


But that's family drama that I'm literally gonna leave my phone off all day for...I figure another reason my mom gave me power was b/c no sibling lives near me, nor do I live near my mom (nor could she live with me b/c of my house set up and family size, so I'm impartial on all the decisions)...so if I wanna ignore them to keep her wishes, I can...and now I am:)...


But let's get back on the comic movie train...I wanna see next up:)...

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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)





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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)




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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)






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I made an oops, apparently I said both X-Men: First Class and Shazam! were 41 and that threw off the ordering lol.


Shazam! was 41

X-Men: First class was 40

Far From Home was 39

Homecoming was 38

Dredd was 37


Didn't skip a movie just double counted, sorry about that!  


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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)





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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)





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Obviously this countdown is going to be much more MCU and DCU modern movie centric. And that's fine. But when you were a kid in the late 70s and early 80s when Superman 1 and Superman 2 came out, those movies literally blew us away. In my opinion Superman 2 is so much better than Superman 1. I understand and accept why it's so low on the count down here but it really should have been top 10 maybe even top five.

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Darn on the new Spideys being so low...I would have gone top 10 on FFH and at least top 20 (or maybe higher) on Homecoming...Tom Holland is just that good, that he literally is the role now...he's gonna be a Peter Parker they probably can't replace for a decade or two when he's all done (ala RDJ as Iron Man)...

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Superman II is the only Superman movie that would have made my list anywhere (probably near the bottom)...I liked it, but I didn't love it (even watching it awhile ago before MCU blew us away:)...


It will be interesting if the newer Superman movies exceed it, b/c I don't think any have...all being more flawed than that one:)...

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23 hours ago, Avatree said:

How many people voted for Alita? :( it didn't make the top 30, quite sad.


I forgot ☹️

Though with the Holland Spidey movies being so low, I hope ItSV is like super high.

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