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2014-01-30 09:21:27 AM  
American Splendor is one of my favorites.
 
2014-01-30 09:24:24 AM  
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance made the first one look good
 
2014-01-30 09:24:40 AM  
Dredd is one of those few movies I really regretted not seeing in theaters. Completely dismissed it because of that one trailer (the slow-mo break-in one). Turns out it was one of my favorite action movies of last year.
 
2014-01-30 09:25:54 AM  
I was, evidently, one of the only twelve people to view Dredd in a theater.

/Best Dredd adaptation starring Karl Urban and released in 2012 ever.
 
2014-01-30 09:30:27 AM  

strangeguitar: American Splendor is one of my favorites.


i just didn't dig it. then again, it really didn't look to me like something i'd like, but as a fan of paul giamatti i gave it a try
 
2014-01-30 09:30:59 AM  
Dredd was fantastic.

And I agree that Hulk took a lot of flak it didn't deserve. The hate for it sort of snowballed until it became outright trendy to call it terrible, however objectively it's a decent film, but perhaps not the film Hulk fans wanted.
 
2014-01-30 09:31:50 AM  

Dimensio: I was, evidently, one of the only twelve people to view Dredd in a theater.

/Best Dredd adaptation starring Karl Urban and released in 2012 ever.


Agreed.
 
2014-01-30 09:31:59 AM  
I don't care what people say, I still like the Lundgren version of Punisher. I thought he was written much truer to the older comics I remember than the Thomas Jane version.

I may have to check out the Luc Besson movie TFA mentions if I can find a subtitled version.

I liked Dredd, Urban was surprisingly good in the role, and I never would have expected him to do a role like Dredd.

I've always liked Constantine, but I guess that's because I've never read a Hellblazer comic.

Ang Lee's Hulk can suck my sweaty taint though. It's a kind of interesting concept done poorly.
 
2014-01-30 09:33:48 AM  
No love for Blade?
 
2014-01-30 09:34:12 AM  
"#3 - Scott Pilgrim..."

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2014-01-30 09:35:06 AM  
Eh, there's a few unfairly bashed good movies here (Daredevil, for instance) but most of it is justifiably forgotten or soon to be forgotten drek (like Supergirl, Kick Ass).  Hulk....Hulk is a noble try but just doesn't quite work.

Now Dredd, I'm still annoyed people skipped that one; I think they must have still had the memory of Judge Dredd tainting things; this was a much, much better movie.
 
2014-01-30 09:35:54 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: I liked Dredd, Urban was surprisingly good in the role, and I never would have expected him to do a role like Dredd.


Stallone took Dredd and said "Hey, I'm famous and people need to see my face!"

Urban took Dredd and said "Hey, the actual character never takes his helmet off, ever. Why should I?"

It's a risky move keeping your top-billed actor behind a mask/helmet for the whole movie, and they took that risk. It probably didn't help the sales, but it did keep the movie truer to the source material than Stallone's version ever could.
 
2014-01-30 09:38:02 AM  

JosephFinn: Now Dredd, I'm still annoyed people skipped that one; I think they must have still had the memory of Judge Dredd tainting things; this was a much, much better movie.


Like I said, the slo-mo trailer did not help it. Most people saw that and assumed it would be a stupid trick to get more 3D action to justify using the 3D cameras. No one knew you were watching it from the POV of druggies who just inhaled a substance that completely mind-farks you.
 
2014-01-30 09:42:57 AM  

beerrun: No love for Blade?


I believe Blade was loved enough that it wasn't underappreciated.
 
2014-01-30 09:43:54 AM  
by the way, i've heard very little about this "i, frankenstein" movie, but i noticed it's based on a comic/graphic-novel. any farker thoughts?

it looks like a good flick to my wife and me, and we're going to see it saturday. i'm extra excited after i found out yesterday that adam is portrayed by aaron eckhart
 
2014-01-30 09:44:40 AM  

bungle_jr: by the way, i've heard very little about this "i, frankenstein" movie, but i noticed it's based on a comic/graphic-novel. any farker thoughts?

it looks like a good flick to my wife and me, and we're going to see it saturday. i'm extra excited after i found out yesterday that adam is portrayed by aaron eckhart


It's one of those movies I have some interest in seeing.
 
2014-01-30 09:47:33 AM  

bungle_jr: by the way, i've heard very little about this "i, frankenstein" movie, but i noticed it's based on a comic/graphic-novel. any farker thoughts?

it looks like a good flick to my wife and me, and we're going to see it saturday. i'm extra excited after i found out yesterday that adam is portrayed by aaron eckhart


Reviewers are beating it to death with pitchforks and torches

I might've been a little interested with an R rating, but they lost me with PG-13
 
2014-01-30 09:49:19 AM  
I hated Scott Pilgrim because of Ramona Flowers.
Much like I hated (500) Days of Summer because of Summer!
 
2014-01-30 09:50:10 AM  
I liked Scott Pilgrim
 
2014-01-30 09:51:05 AM  
There's still a few stinkers on that list. Tank Girl, for instance, was indeed horrible. The Mask was quite popular, IIRC; not sure why it's on the list.

Definitely agree with Dredd -- Fantastic movie. And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thought Daredevil was very, very good, in spite of all it's flaws.
 
2014-01-30 09:51:21 AM  
No love for Blade II & The Crow?

Hell, for all its faults, even The Crow: City Of Angels felt like a living breathing comic book.
 
2014-01-30 09:52:29 AM  

beerrun: No love for Blade?


Blade was not underappreciated. It may even have helped create the contemporary comic book adaptation genre.
 
2014-01-30 09:52:45 AM  

texdent: bungle_jr: by the way, i've heard very little about this "i, frankenstein" movie, but i noticed it's based on a comic/graphic-novel. any farker thoughts?

it looks like a good flick to my wife and me, and we're going to see it saturday. i'm extra excited after i found out yesterday that adam is portrayed by aaron eckhart

It's one of those movies I have some interest in seeing.


scottydoesntknow: bungle_jr: by the way, i've heard very little about this "i, frankenstein" movie, but i noticed it's based on a comic/graphic-novel. any farker thoughts?

it looks like a good flick to my wife and me, and we're going to see it saturday. i'm extra excited after i found out yesterday that adam is portrayed by aaron eckhart

Reviewers are beating it to death with pitchforks and torches

I might've been a little interested with an R rating, but they lost me with PG-13


yeah, it doens't look "great", but it looks like a good fun action hero flick
our daughter is now old enough to babysit our son, so we're starting to have date nights, and there really isn't much to choose from as far as movies go right now

1 more week and 2 more days till i get to take my son to see THE LEGO MOVIE!
 
2014-01-30 09:54:23 AM  

baconbeard: There's still a few stinkers on that list. Tank Girl, for instance, was indeed horrible. The Mask was quite popular, IIRC; not sure why it's on the list.

Definitely agree with Dredd -- Fantastic movie. And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thought Daredevil was very, very good, in spite of all it's flaws.


The theatrical cut of Daredevil made no sense. I could not follow how the Kingpin's identity had been exposed, either to Mr. Murdoch or to the public at large.

/Have not seen whether the Director's Cut improves upon that matter.
 
2014-01-30 09:54:25 AM  
Scott Pilgrim is one of the worst movies I've ever muddled through. It's so full of self-absorbed delusion and whiny narcissism that the inferior dialogue and overly contrived plot don't have enough room to ruin the movie themselves. It's quite a shame really, because the dialogue is terrible and deserved more screen time just so people could hate it even more.
 
2014-01-30 09:56:21 AM  

movieman_1979: No love for Blade II & The Crow?

Hell, for all its faults, even The Crow: City Of Angels felt like a living breathing comic book.


As someone said before, the list was about underappreciated movies. The Crow was pretty damned popular as I recall. Blade 2 wasn't as good as the first IMO, but still fairly popular.
 
2014-01-30 10:00:35 AM  

baconbeard: There's still a few stinkers on that list. Tank Girl, for instance, was indeed horrible. The Mask was quite popular, IIRC; not sure why it's on the list.

Definitely agree with Dredd -- Fantastic movie. And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thought Daredevil was very, very good, in spite of all it's flaws.


yeah there was no reason at all for THE MASK to have been on this list. it was wildly popular! ok, kids these days may not even know anything about it, but the movie IS 20 years old. it was released the year i graduated from high school, and i guarandamntee you everyone near my age knows and likes that movie
 
2014-01-30 10:07:58 AM  

baconbeard: There's still a few stinkers on that list. Tank Girl, for instance, was indeed horrible. The Mask was quite popular, IIRC; not sure why it's on the list.

Definitely agree with Dredd -- Fantastic movie. And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thought Daredevil was very, very good, in spite of all it's flaws.


See, I liked Tank Girl, but then again, it held the spirit of the comic for wackiness, and it had a Cole Porter musical number, and let Malcom McDowell chew scenery with glad abandon. It wasn't what folks were looking for, because I don't think a lot of folks had read the books. But then again, I got a chuckle or five at Howard the Duck. Much panned, and they over cutesied Howard more than a bit, but the spirit was right.

The Blade movies were all fun. And popular, so I can see them not being on the list. Even the anime series was tight. The spin off TV series just never really congealed, but the translation to the small screen was maybe reaching a bit. Especially given the saturation of horror/action series.

Urban's Dredd got the spirit of the books, and it gave us Anderson. It gave me hopes that they'd to Robo Commando, which was a fine British book from the same era.
 
2014-01-30 10:08:46 AM  

bungle_jr: baconbeard: There's still a few stinkers on that list. Tank Girl, for instance, was indeed horrible. The Mask was quite popular, IIRC; not sure why it's on the list.

Definitely agree with Dredd -- Fantastic movie. And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thought Daredevil was very, very good, in spite of all it's flaws.

yeah there was no reason at all for THE MASK to have been on this list. it was wildly popular! ok, kids these days may not even know anything about it, but the movie IS 20 years old. it was released the year i graduated from high school, and i guarandamntee you everyone near my age knows and likes that movie fapped to Cameron Diaz in that movie.


ftfy
 
2014-01-30 10:09:29 AM  
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scottydoesntknow: Dingleberry Dickwad: I liked Dredd, Urban was surprisingly good in the role, and I never would have expected him to do a role like Dredd.

Stallone took Dredd and said "Hey, I'm famous and people need to see my face!"

Urban took Dredd and said "Hey, the actual character never takes his helmet off, ever. Why should I?"

It's a risky move keeping your top-billed actor behind a mask/helmet for the whole movie, and they took that risk. It probably didn't help the sales, but it did keep the movie truer to the source material than Stallone's version ever could.


Actually press around the release of Stalone's was that he wanted to play it with the helmet on and the director refused to pay that much for an actor and not show his face.
 
2014-01-30 10:10:30 AM  
Glad to see Mask Of The Phantasm on the list. I'd have to put most of these on this list too... many are very good films.


bungle_jr: yeah there was no reason at all for THE MASK to have been on this list. it was wildly popular! ok, kids these days may not even know anything about it, but the movie IS 20 years old. it was released the year i graduated from high school, and i guarandamntee you everyone near my age knows and likes that movie


Maybe they were trying to point out that it was relatively unknown as a comic before it became a successful film... and forgot that talking point before writing the article?


scottydoesntknow: JosephFinn: Now Dredd, I'm still annoyed people skipped that one; I think they must have still had the memory of Judge Dredd tainting things; this was a much, much better movie.
Like I said, the slo-mo trailer did not help it. Most people saw that and assumed it would be a stupid trick to get more 3D action to justify using the 3D cameras. No one knew you were watching it from the POV of druggies who just inhaled a substance that completely mind-farks you.


I felt the same way watching the trailer... originally figured it would be as painful to watch as that Spartacus series. The wife and I redboxed it just because we like Karl Urban and Lena Headley... were impressed enough to buy it right away. Hopefully we see another one.
 
2014-01-30 10:10:44 AM  

beerrun: bungle_jr: baconbeard: There's still a few stinkers on that list. Tank Girl, for instance, was indeed horrible. The Mask was quite popular, IIRC; not sure why it's on the list.

Definitely agree with Dredd -- Fantastic movie. And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thought Daredevil was very, very good, in spite of all it's flaws.

yeah there was no reason at all for THE MASK to have been on this list. it was wildly popular! ok, kids these days may not even know anything about it, but the movie IS 20 years old. it was released the year i graduated from high school, and i guarandamntee you everyone near my age knows and likes that movie fapped to Cameron Diaz in that movie.

ftfy


both.
 
2014-01-30 10:13:55 AM  

clkeagle: scottydoesntknow: JosephFinn: Now Dredd, I'm still annoyed people skipped that one; I think they must have still had the memory of Judge Dredd tainting things; this was a much, much better movie.
Like I said, the slo-mo trailer did not help it. Most people saw that and assumed it would be a stupid trick to get more 3D action to justify using the 3D cameras. No one knew you were watching it from the POV of druggies who just inhaled a substance that completely mind-farks you.

I felt the same way watching the trailer... originally figured it would be as painful to watch as that Spartacus series. The wife and I redboxed it just because we like Karl Urban and Lena Headley... were impressed enough to buy it right away. Hopefully we see another one.


Hey now, while I will admit that the Spartacus series started off wrong (too much blood and slow-mo) it improved immensely after the 3rd episode. The 1st season finale is one of my favorite finales of all time. OF ALL TIME!
 
2014-01-30 10:17:26 AM  

MayoSlather: Dredd was fantastic.

And I agree that Hulk took a lot of flak it didn't deserve. The hate for it sort of snowballed until it became outright trendy to call it terrible, however objectively it's a decent film, but perhaps not the film Hulk fans wanted.


My only issue was that the origin story got farked around with

I could deal with the hulk poodle, I just couldn't stand the rewriting of the hulks origins to make it about daddy issues
 
2014-01-30 10:19:24 AM  

scottydoesntknow: bungle_jr: by the way, i've heard very little about this "i, frankenstein" movie, but i noticed it's based on a comic/graphic-novel. any farker thoughts?

it looks like a good flick to my wife and me, and we're going to see it saturday. i'm extra excited after i found out yesterday that adam is portrayed by aaron eckhart

Reviewers are beating it to death with pitchforks and torches

I might've been a little interested with an R rating, but they lost me with PG-13


Having reviewers pan a movie is a vote in its favor, to me.
None of them ever seem to rate a movie for its most important metrics: 1) Was it fun to watch, and 2) did I mind paying $ to watch it?

I always think back to a review of "Star Wars" that I read back in '77 where the guy said "This movie will never make a dime."
 
2014-01-30 10:23:48 AM  

give me doughnuts: scottydoesntknow: bungle_jr: by the way, i've heard very little about this "i, frankenstein" movie, but i noticed it's based on a comic/graphic-novel. any farker thoughts?

it looks like a good flick to my wife and me, and we're going to see it saturday. i'm extra excited after i found out yesterday that adam is portrayed by aaron eckhart

Reviewers are beating it to death with pitchforks and torches

I might've been a little interested with an R rating, but they lost me with PG-13

Having reviewers pan a movie is a vote in its favor, to me.
None of them ever seem to rate a movie for its most important metrics: 1) Was it fun to watch, and 2) did I mind paying $ to watch it?

I always think back to a review of "Star Wars" that I read back in '77 where the guy said "This movie will never make a dime."


all of this!
some of the funnest movies i've ever watched were looked down upon by the critics
 
2014-01-30 10:23:56 AM  

MayoSlather: Dredd was fantastic.

And I agree that Hulk took a lot of flak it didn't deserve. The hate for it sort of snowballed until it became outright trendy to call it terrible, however objectively it's a decent film, but perhaps not the film Hulk fans wanted.


It groaned under its own weight. I think Ang Lee felt the burden of setting up a tentpole movie. It felt like he was trying to establish everything about the Hulk mythos. It is not a bad movie by any stretch. I will say it never lived up to the trailer. (Banner looking in bathroom mirror)"You know what frightens me the most? When I lose control, when He takes Over, I like it"
 
2014-01-30 10:24:44 AM  

loonatic112358: MayoSlather: Dredd was fantastic.

And I agree that Hulk took a lot of flak it didn't deserve. The hate for it sort of snowballed until it became outright trendy to call it terrible, however objectively it's a decent film, but perhaps not the film Hulk fans wanted.

My only issue was that the origin story got farked around with

I could deal with the hulk poodle, I just couldn't stand the rewriting of the hulks origins to make it about daddy issues


That part was dumb.
 
2014-01-30 10:25:09 AM  
The Losers was one of the few movies I rented, watched, and bought right after. It rocks
 
2014-01-30 10:28:03 AM  

give me doughnuts: Having reviewers pan a movie is a vote in its favor, to me.


Meh, the consensus on the tomatometer is fairly accurate. Although horror films tend to get bashed a bit more, if a horror movie goes above 45% it's usually watchable. The problem with most poorly written critical reviews is they don't fairly judge films in relation to their intended purpose. There will always be films held to an absurd standard of something they were never intended to be. That being said just about every film that falls below 30% consensus is deserving of its rating.
 
2014-01-30 10:29:44 AM  
The Daredevil movie was about as good as any movie made about him will ever be. Thomas Jane IS the Punisher. Check out the YouTube "laundry day"
 
2014-01-30 10:30:48 AM  
am i the only person who thoroughly enjoyed the ang lee hulk movie?
perhaps it's because i don't read comics/graphic-novels...?
 
2014-01-30 10:31:42 AM  

buntz: I hated Scott Pilgrim because of Ramona Flowers.
Much like I hated (500) Days of Summer because of Summer!


I liked Scott Pilgrim, it was a great homage to nerd culture. And Kieran Culkin stole the movie.
 
2014-01-30 10:31:49 AM  

Fano: Thomas Jane IS the Punisher. Check out the YouTube "laundry day"


I would rather watch that 10 minute short 9 times than watch any of the previous feature films. That was his love letter to Punisher fans and he did it perfectly.
 
2014-01-30 10:31:58 AM  

Mega Steve: The Losers was one of the few movies I rented, watched, and bought right after. It rocks


I was in tears with the elevator scene.  Very underrated movie and a lot of fun.
 
2014-01-30 10:32:32 AM  
The Losers is what convinced me Chris Evans would probably make a good Captain America
 
2014-01-30 10:34:02 AM  

Mega Steve: The Losers was one of the few movies I rented, watched, and bought right after. It rocks


genepool lifeboat: I was in tears with the elevator scene. Very underrated movie and a lot of fun.


texdent: The Losers is what convinced me Chris Evans would probably make a good Captain America


Well shiat, guess I need to watch it. I got it for like $5 out of a bargain bin last year but haven't bothered to watch it yet.
 
2014-01-30 10:34:32 AM  
I have to admit, on that list I had several movies I actually like watching and some I love.

Scott Pilgrim
The Punisher
Dick Tracy
The Rocketeer
Dredd
 
2014-01-30 10:34:38 AM  
i really liked Constantine.

Ordered Hellblazer after and still enjoy both.
 
2014-01-30 10:36:23 AM  
Not bad when you consider that only recently, the medium was considered the preserve of dateless man-children alone.

Haha it's funny because Superman is a 35 year old movie that was very well received, even by people who own matching silverware (that isn't themed); Batman is a 25 year old movie that was also generally well received; and there have been countless TV series featuring or set around comics characters.
 
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