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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Comic Book Movies Meme

So here's another meme that's been circulating (I forget the exact source of this one) that basically involves taking the list of the highest-grossing comic book movies (according to, I believe), noting the ones you've seen and commenting as you see fit. What the hell, right?

The ones I've seen are in bold.

01. The Dark Knight (2008)
02. Spider-Man (2002)

03. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
: This is my favorite of the Spider-Man films.
04. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
: There are parts of two movies in this one, that given room to breathe, could have been two very good movies. Instead, we got one okay movie with a few good parts to it.
05. Iron Man (2008)
06. Batman (1989): Damn it Alfred, don't let Vicki Vale into the Batcave!
07. Men In Black (1997)
08. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006): Lame Cyclops death aside, there really are a lot of cool and fun parts to this movie, that put together differently, might have been, you know, a good movie.
09. X2: X-Men United (2003): Easily my favorite of the X-Men movies even if Cyclops disappears for 2/3 of it.
10. 300 (2007)

11. Batman Begins (2005)

12. Superman Returns (2006)
: Kevin Spacey is the perfect Luthor on paper, but he infuses far too much of Gene Hackman's silliness to the role on screen. Also, this movie should have restarted the character fresh (a la Batman Begins) instead of slavishly adhering to a continuity that isn't all that great to begin with (the Christopher Reeves films).
13. Men in Black II (2002): Where the first movie was kinda fun, this one is just dull and repetitive.
14. Batman Forever (1995)
15. Batman Returns (1992): Still my favorite of the "original" Batman films..."Bruce Wayne, why are you dressed up like Batman?" Oh Christopher Walken, you crack me up.
16. X-Men (2000)
: I still remember the awe of seeing a live action X-Men film the first time I saw this; it holds up pretty well today, even if it is a bit light on the action.
17. Fantastic Four (2005)
I had such low expectations for this that I ended up liking it more than I probably should have, terrible, terrible, wasted Dr. Doom aside...
18. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
: To this day, I have seen no movie in a theater more times than I saw this one: fourteen.
19. Superman (1978)
: You will believe a man can be suspended by wires in an attempt to simulate human flight.
20. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
21. Wanted (2008)

22. Hulk (2003)
23. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
: Again, take Dr. Doom out of the picture and this is a halfway decent flick. Lowered expectations also played a part in making me accept a Galactus that wasn't wearing a purple miniskirt.
24. The Mask (1994): I was fourteen when this movie came out and I absolutely loved Cameron Diaz's boobs in it.
25. Ghost Rider (2007)
26. Superman II (1981): Easily the best of the Reeve's Superman films, but still not without its problems. Maybe I'm just a few years too young to really "get" what everyone seems to love about these movies, especially the first two. They don't do much for me, and seem unnecessarily silly and really stiff for all the praise that's lauded on them.
27. Batman and Robin (1997)
28. Road to Perdition (2002)
29. Dick Tracy (1990): Man, I loved this movie when I was kid. Still do; it's a lot of fun, packed w/neat little cameos (Mandy Pantinkin, Dick Van Dyke).
30. Daredevil (2003)

31. Casper (1995)
32. Blade II (2002)
33. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
: Needless to say, I ate this up as a kid. It hasn't aged as well as the first one...
34. Constantine (2005)
: Mrs. Teebore really likes this. It's okay, as long as you accept it shares nothing in common with the character it's adapting, and view it on its own merits.
35. Sin City (2005)

36. Hellboy II: Curse of the Golden Army (2008)

37. V for Vendetta (2006)
: I haven't read the source material but I really enjoyed this. I find it eminently re-watchable.
38. Blade (1998)
39. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
: What a travesty of a film. So much potential wasted. Still, I really like the idea of Tom Sawyer growing up to be spy and serving as the American liaison to the League, though I imagine Alan Moore is bewitching me as I type for thinking as much...
40. Superman III (1983)

41. Hellboy (2004)

42. Annie (1982)
43. Spawn (1997): Generally speaking, I have a tendency to like, at least on some level, most movies I see in a theater. Some people *cough* Dr. Bitz *cough* like to give me a hard time about this, from time to time. Well, this tendency was even worse when I was younger. I liked almost every piece of crap I saw when I was kid. But I didn't like this.
44. TMNT (2007): A pleasant surprise, with lots of energy, and lots of fun. That Leo/Raphael fight is pretty bitchin' all on its own.
45. Blade: Trinity (2004)
46. Dennis the Menace (1993)

47. The Crow (1994)

48. Popeye (1980)
49. The Rocketeer (1991): I loved this movie as a kid and continue to love it to this day.
50. Timecop (1994)
: This was a comic book? What a crappy movie.
51. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time (1993)
: Even as a kid, I knew this was the lesser installment in the franchise. And I liked the movie with Vanilla Ice rapping...
52. Catwoman (2004): The only reason I saw this movie was because I had a free ticket for it. It was not worth it.
53. 30 Days of Night (2007)
54. Richie Rich (1994)
55. Judge Dredd (1995)
56. The Punisher (2004): A fairly spot-on adaptation of elements of Garth Ennis's early Punisher work, though I could have done without Travolta and with a little more guns a-blazing. All in all, it's fun enough to watch.
57. The Shadow (1994)
: Another movie I knew sucked even when I was a kid.
58. From Hell (2001)
: I've never read the source material; apart from that, I thought this was an enjoyable enough murder mystery/serial killer movie.
59. A History of Violence (2005): Ask Dr. Bitz about this one sometime.
60. Mystery Men (1999): I saw this once then promptly forgot about it.
61. Flash Gordon (1980)
62. Elektra (2005)
63. Bulletproof Monk (2003)
64. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
65. The Crow: City of Angels (1996): Ah, the first of many crappy and wholly unnecessary Crow sequels. Thankfully, I stopped watching them after this one. Unfortunately, I saw this one.
66. The Phantom (1996)
67. Howard the Duck (1986): Despite admittedly worshiping at the altar of Lucas, I've managed to avoid this reputed stinker.
68. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

69. Supergirl (1984)
70. Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
71. Virus (1999)
72. Ghost World (2001)
73. American Splendor (2003)
74. Sheena (1984)
75. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993): It may not be the best Batman movie anymore (then again, it might) but either way, its still damn good.
76. Tank Girl (1995)
77. Barb Wire (1996)
78. Steel (1997)
79. Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992)
80. Brenda Star (1992)

1 comment:

  1. Who the hell hasn't seen Annie?!

    Also, as a child watching Howard the Duck, not so bad. Probably now at 27 it would suck, so i think you missed your opportunity on that one.



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