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2012-07-22 11:43:25 AM
The Watchmen wasn't perfect, but it could easily replace several of those on the list.
 
2012-07-22 12:03:24 PM
Was not expecting number 2 to be there, but tough to argue with their logic. Not a bad list.
 
2012-07-22 12:13:13 PM
TDKR isn't on the list. FAIL.
 
2012-07-22 12:19:57 PM
It's easy to argue with Batman Returns. Your mileage may vary.


SilentStrider: Was not expecting number 2 to be there, but tough to argue with their logic. Not a bad list.


Agreed. Solid list, all in all.

Nifty to see The Incredibles on there.


imapirate: TDKR isn't on the list. FAIL.


Also, this.

I can see their point for not including it because it's a brand-new release, but... hot damn, that movie rocked.
 
2012-07-22 12:22:24 PM

imapirate: TDKR isn't on the list. FAIL.


I'd give them the benefit of the doubt of not doubling up on two films in the same series/franchise, but they have Batman AND farking Batman Returns on there? Come on. I still haven't seen TDKR, but Batman Begins is a better movie than both of those (especially Batman Returns).
 
2012-07-22 12:26:48 PM

MeinRS6: The Watchmen wasn't perfect, but it could easily replace several of those on the list.


I agree. Not perfect, but a real good adaptation considering the sheer bulk of source material to work with.

Wouldn't put Batman Returns on the list, suffers from too-many villains sequel syndrome.
 
2012-07-22 12:28:19 PM

Hoban Washburne: I'd give them the benefit of the doubt of not doubling up on two films in the same series/franchise, but they have Batman AND farking Batman Returns on there? Come on. I still haven't seen TDKR, but Batman Begins is a better movie than both of those (especially Batman Returns).


simplicimus: I agree. Not perfect, but a real good adaptation considering the sheer bulk of source material to work with.


Wouldn't put Batman Returns on the list, suffers from too-many villains sequel syndrome.


I'd probably replace Batman Returns with Watchmen, sure.

The 1989 Batman is fine, fun to watch, and should be on the list. I don't really get that with Batman Returns. Again, mileages and whatnot.
 
2012-07-22 12:29:07 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: It's easy to argue with Batman Returns. Your mileage may vary.


I still remember as a child being really sad when The Penguin died and was buried at sea by his penguin minions.
 
2012-07-22 12:34:13 PM

The English Major: I still remember as a child being really sad when The Penguin died and was buried at sea by his penguin minions.


I remember thinking "Man, this is really messed up" as a child.

That, and Batman's mask apparently being made of Fruit Roll-Ups.
 
2012-07-22 12:34:47 PM
I was not a fan of "The Dark Knight". There are good scenes, but the whole movie seemed forced.

/List fails without Batman & Robin - a movie that sucked so bad it bent space time around and because cool
 
2012-07-22 12:37:21 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The 1989 Batman is fine, fun to watch, and should be on the list. I don't really get that with Batman Returns. Again, mileages and whatnot.


Right, I have no problem including 1989 Batman, but if you're going to have TWO superhero (let alone Batman) movies from the same series, Batman Returns would absolutely not be the one I included.
 
2012-07-22 12:41:12 PM
I really disagree with the praise for X2. Problems I had with the film: The Stryker character is really lame. There is a lot of bad dialogue, especially from Stryker and from Pyro ("You know all those dangerous mutants you hear about in the news? I'm the worst one.") They take the most compelling character, Professor X, and they basically hypnotize him and remove him for half the movie.

I would substitute First Class for X2.
 
2012-07-22 12:45:37 PM
First Class was actually pretty good. My only nit-pick is calling the dragonfly fire-spitting woman Angel.
 
2012-07-22 12:46:10 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: /List fails without Batman & Robin - a movie that sucked so bad it bent space time around and because cool


You had to love the line: "What killed the dinosaurs? ... DA ICE AAAAAAAAGE!"

All the more better with RiffTrax.


Hoban Washburne: Right, I have no problem including 1989 Batman, but if you're going to have TWO superhero (let alone Batman) movies from the same series, Batman Returns would absolutely not be the one I included.


Agreed.

Or at least replace it with the Adam West one for pure camp goodness.
 
2012-07-22 12:47:04 PM
Really? Spider Man 2 was without a doubt the worst superhero movie I've ever seen, and I watched Wolverine.
 
2012-07-22 12:48:13 PM
Wait, I thought there was a sequel to X2...
 
2012-07-22 12:50:35 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I remember thinking "Man, this is really messed up" as a child.


In the theater, I think I said something like "Oh, they're doing that because he was one of their pack." People around me were staring.

And yeah, I forgot about the mask part. The two Keaton films and the two Nolan films are the only live-action Batman films I own.

I was pleased to see The Incredibles on the list, though. It was the first Pixar film I'd ever seen.
 
2012-07-22 12:55:04 PM

Mentat: Wait, I thought there was a sequel to X2...


I think they meant a Singer directed sequel that was made by the original team.

Also, let us never talk of X-Men 3 again.
 
2012-07-22 12:57:44 PM

Mentat: Wait, I thought there was a sequel to X2...


I think they were planning one around the Phoenix story, but nothing ever came of it.
 
2012-07-22 01:03:58 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: It's easy to argue with Batman Returns. Your mileage may vary.


I would honestly put all three Nolan batman films on that list.
 
2012-07-22 01:05:20 PM

The English Major: In the theater, I think I said something like "Oh, they're doing that because he was one of their pack." People around me were staring.

And yeah, I forgot about the mask part. The two Keaton films and the two Nolan films are the only live-action Batman films I own.


The only thing that disturbed me about the 1989 Batman movie was concluding the ending credits with Prince's "Scandalous."

That said, I will defend the crap out of "Partyman."


The English Major: I was pleased to see The Incredibles on the list, though. It was the first Pixar film I'd ever seen.


I can't remember which one I saw first... maybe Toy Story, maybe A Bug's Life.

The Incredibles is pretty damn good, though.
 
2012-07-22 01:06:59 PM
I was quite glad to see the awfulness that was Superman II did not make this list.
 
2012-07-22 01:07:25 PM

DamnYankees: I would honestly put all three Nolan batman films on that list.


I'd have no problem with that. It's a great trilogy all across the board.


simplicimus: Mentat: Wait, I thought there was a sequel to X2...

I think they were planning one around the Phoenix story, but nothing ever came of it.


From what I understand, the original plans were to make the third movie something of an all-hell-breaks-out monster flick with Dark Phoenix battling the X-Men, the Brotherhood of Mutants, and Sebastian Shaw's crew.

Then things promptly went to hell.
 
2012-07-22 01:08:49 PM

simplicimus: Mentat: Wait, I thought there was a sequel to X2...

I think they were planning one around the Phoenix story, but nothing ever came of it.


Yeah, I think Singer went off to pursue some other project, but I don't know if anything ever came of that. There was talk of bringing in some hackneyed douchebag in to direct it, but luckily the studios realized how completely farking stupid that would be and just scrapped it.
 
2012-07-22 01:09:42 PM
The Dark Knight wasn't a superhero movie. It was a supervillain movie, and it was perfect.
 
2012-07-22 01:10:09 PM
Here's my list:

10) Captain America
9) Batman
8) Batman Begins
7) X2
6) The Avengers
5) X-Men First Class
4) The Dark Knight Rises
3) Iron Man
2) Kick Ass
1) The Dark Knight

Haven't seen: Superman movies.
Didn't like: Spiderman movies
Haven't seen in a long time so i can't judge: The Rocketeer
 
2012-07-22 01:10:57 PM

Hoban Washburne: Yeah, I think Singer went off to pursue some other project, but I don't know if anything ever came of that.


That 'other project' was Superman Returns.
 
2012-07-22 01:12:22 PM

Hoban Washburne: imapirate: TDKR isn't on the list. FAIL.

I'd give them the benefit of the doubt of not doubling up on two films in the same series/franchise, but they have Batman AND farking Batman Returns on there? Come on. I still haven't seen TDKR, but Batman Begins is a better movie than both of those (especially Batman Returns).


B-b-b-but WALKEN! :P
 
2012-07-22 01:14:03 PM

DamnYankees: Hoban Washburne: Yeah, I think Singer went off to pursue some other project, but I don't know if anything ever came of that.

That 'other project' was Superman Returns.


thebreakthrough.org

I also said that X3 was never made, but thanks for putting me in my place on the whole Superman thing.
 
2012-07-22 01:14:49 PM

Hoban Washburne: DamnYankees: Hoban Washburne: Yeah, I think Singer went off to pursue some other project, but I don't know if anything ever came of that.

That 'other project' was Superman Returns.

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I also said that X3 was never made, but thanks for putting me in my place on the whole Superman thing.


Sorry - didn't get the sarcasm. I'm dumb.
 
2012-07-22 01:16:18 PM

DamnYankees: Sorry - didn't get the sarcasm. I'm dumb.


It happens. I'm sure I'll say plenty of dumb shiat today.
 
2012-07-22 01:17:09 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I can't remember which one I saw first... maybe Toy Story, maybe A Bug's Life.


I saw Toy Story for the first time in December of 2011, when my brother and his girlfriend bought us the Blu-Ray/DVD boxed set for Christmas because "we had to have them." So now I've seen all three. The only other Pixar flick I've seen is Wall-E.
 
2012-07-22 01:21:55 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: DamnYankees: I would honestly put all three Nolan batman films on that list.

I'd have no problem with that. It's a great trilogy all across the board.


simplicimus: Mentat: Wait, I thought there was a sequel to X2...

I think they were planning one around the Phoenix story, but nothing ever came of it.

From what I understand, the original plans were to make the third movie something of an all-hell-breaks-out monster flick with Dark Phoenix battling the X-Men, the Brotherhood of Mutants, and Sebastian Shaw's crew.

Then things promptly went to hell.


But on a positive note, X-Men First Class was pretty damn good.
 
2012-07-22 01:23:16 PM

GAT_00: But on a positive note, X-Men First Class was pretty damn good.


That's an understatement, I think. It's the best-acted superhero movie outside of the Nolan-verse, I think.
 
2012-07-22 01:28:22 PM

DamnYankees: Here's my list:

10) Captain America
9) Batman
8) Batman Begins
7) X2
6) The Avengers
5) X-Men First Class
4) The Dark Knight Rises
3) Iron Man
2) Kick Ass
1) The Dark Knight

Haven't seen: Superman movies.
Didn't like: Spiderman movies
Haven't seen in a long time so i can't judge: The Rocketeer


Not a bad list, although I would move Kick-Ass lower and XMFC higher. I've got about 5 more hours till I see TDKR and I'm starting to get anxious for the work day to get finished
 
2012-07-22 01:29:19 PM

alwaysjaded: Not a bad list, although I would move Kick-Ass lower and XMFC higher. I've got about 5 more hours till I see TDKR and I'm starting to get anxious for the work day to get finished


Be warned - TDKR is *DIFFERENT* from TDK. Tonally different. The first time I saw it, I wasn't really prepared for that so I was a bit ambivalent. Second time around I loved it much more when I took it on its own terms.
 
2012-07-22 01:42:57 PM

DamnYankees: alwaysjaded: Not a bad list, although I would move Kick-Ass lower and XMFC higher. I've got about 5 more hours till I see TDKR and I'm starting to get anxious for the work day to get finished

Be warned - TDKR is *DIFFERENT* from TDK. Tonally different. The first time I saw it, I wasn't really prepared for that so I was a bit ambivalent. Second time around I loved it much more when I took it on its own terms.


Yea, the previews kind of hinted that. But all the Farkers I have marked as having the same taste in movies as me have sung its praises so I'm excited. I wanted to wait till I got back to Houston Friday so I could watch it on IMAX but I can't wait so it will be in a theater that I suspect was once a feed store.
 
2012-07-22 01:45:55 PM

alwaysjaded: Yea, the previews kind of hinted that. But all the Farkers I have marked as having the same taste in movies as me have sung its praises so I'm excited. I wanted to wait till I got back to Houston Friday so I could watch it on IMAX but I can't wait so it will be in a theater that I suspect was once a feed store.


I say nothing other than to say you will be amazed.

It's the anti-Godfather III.


GAT_00: But on a positive note, X-Men First Class was pretty damn good.


DamnYankees: GAT_00: But on a positive note, X-Men First Class was pretty damn good.

That's an understatement, I think. It's the best-acted superhero movie outside of the Nolan-verse, I think.


Right on both counts.


The English Major: I saw Toy Story for the first time in December of 2011, when my brother and his girlfriend bought us the Blu-Ray/DVD boxed set for Christmas because "we had to have them." So now I've seen all three. The only other Pixar flick I've seen is Wall-E.


Up.

You gotta see Up.

Had I been an Academy member, it would have received my vote for Best Picture out of that lot.
 
2012-07-22 01:47:59 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Had I been an Academy member, it would have received my vote for Best Picture out of that lot.


Now, with a couple years of hindsight, I think Inglourious Basterds is clearly the best film of that year.
 
2012-07-22 01:53:43 PM

DamnYankees: Now, with a couple years of hindsight, I think Inglourious Basterds is clearly the best film of that year.


It's right up there.

Out of that year's nominees, I would've been happy with Tarantino getting Best Director.
 
2012-07-22 02:10:40 PM
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2012-07-22 02:11:26 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Up.

You gotta see Up.

Had I been an Academy member, it would have received my vote for Best Picture out of that lot.


One of those rare movies that gets better every time you watch it.
 
2012-07-22 02:17:58 PM
I wouldn't have put The Dark Knight so high on the list or would have replaced it with TDKR. TDK annoyed the hell out of me because of Two-Face. That entire last half-hour just felt tacked-on. You had an amazing story w/Joker and even Harvey Dent. Adding Two-Face to the mix felt like it lessened the previous 2 hours.
 
2012-07-22 02:18:43 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: alwaysjaded: Yea, the previews kind of hinted that. But all the Farkers I have marked as having the same taste in movies as me have sung its praises so I'm excited. I wanted to wait till I got back to Houston Friday so I could watch it on IMAX but I can't wait so it will be in a theater that I suspect was once a feed store.

I say nothing other than to say you will be amazed.

It's the anti-Godfather III.


GAT_00: But on a positive note, X-Men First Class was pretty damn good.

DamnYankees: GAT_00: But on a positive note, X-Men First Class was pretty damn good.

That's an understatement, I think. It's the best-acted superhero movie outside of the Nolan-verse, I think.

Right on both counts.


The English Major: I saw Toy Story for the first time in December of 2011, when my brother and his girlfriend bought us the Blu-Ray/DVD boxed set for Christmas because "we had to have them." So now I've seen all three. The only other Pixar flick I've seen is Wall-E.

Up.

You gotta see Up.

Had I been an Academy member, it would have received my vote for Best Picture out of that lot.


I'm really looking forward to Nolan and Hardy's take on Bane and seeing Gotham fall into chaos.

/ stupid mobile making me quote all of that.
 
2012-07-22 02:19:51 PM

WhoIsWillo: One of those rare movies that gets better every time you watch it.


It has a lot of texture to it, aye.

And there's a lot more to it than that famous opening sequence.
 
2012-07-22 02:24:40 PM

brigid_fitch: I wouldn't have put The Dark Knight so high on the list or would have replaced it with TDKR. TDK annoyed the hell out of me because of Two-Face. That entire last half-hour just felt tacked-on. You had an amazing story w/Joker and even Harvey Dent. Adding Two-Face to the mix felt like it lessened the previous 2 hours.


Warts and all, I love TDK, but I love TDKR about the same.

There's a tradeoff involved with each one.

For one, I love the Joker and anything he said/did in TDK, but his Rube Goldberg-esque shenanigans DID seem mildly implausible, even for a movie of this sort.

For the other, I love the story and tone of TDKR, but Bane's voice kinda lost me in some scenes.

It's a tradeoff, but I dig 'em a lot.


alwaysjaded: I'm really looking forward to Nolan and Hardy's take on Bane and seeing Gotham fall into chaos.


All I'll say is this: the trailers really don't give you any idea as to what to expect.

I saw all three trailers, and I was very surprised and pleased with where the story went and what it accomplished.
 
2012-07-22 02:25:08 PM

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Came here to say that.
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Excellent movie all around- did exactly what it was supposed to do. Woefully under-appreciated.
 
2012-07-22 02:25:13 PM

DamnYankees: alwaysjaded: Not a bad list, although I would move Kick-Ass lower and XMFC higher. I've got about 5 more hours till I see TDKR and I'm starting to get anxious for the work day to get finished

Be warned - TDKR is *DIFFERENT* from TDK. Tonally different. The first time I saw it, I wasn't really prepared for that so I was a bit ambivalent. Second time around I loved it much more when I took it on its own terms.


I think I cried during every scene with Michael Caine. VERY different movie and very well-done. Bane's a good, solid villain and Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is spot-on from the late-80s Frank Miller reboot.
 
2012-07-22 02:25:28 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: And there's a lot more to it than that famous opening sequence.


The scene where he goes through the photo album may be the single most touching scene in a film I've seen in the last decade, and I see a lot of movies.

Every time I see Up it moves up a few places on my 'best all time' list. It's now my absolute favorite Pixar film, beating even Finding Nemo and Wall-E.
 
2012-07-22 02:30:12 PM

brigid_fitch: DamnYankees: alwaysjaded: Not a bad list, although I would move Kick-Ass lower and XMFC higher. I've got about 5 more hours till I see TDKR and I'm starting to get anxious for the work day to get finished

Be warned - TDKR is *DIFFERENT* from TDK. Tonally different. The first time I saw it, I wasn't really prepared for that so I was a bit ambivalent. Second time around I loved it much more when I took it on its own terms.

I think I cried during every scene with Michael Caine. VERY different movie and very well-done. Bane's a good, solid villain and Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is spot-on from the late-80s Frank Miller reboot.


Here's a question - will Christian Bale get nominated for Best Actor this year? He was really great in this one, but I think he might get a nod for the trilogy as a body of work. He's always sort of under the radar in these movies, but I think he's actually the most impressive of the actors in TDKR (though they are all fantastic, including JGL who gives a great performance of what could be an extremely tiresome character).
 
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