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The Dark Knight 2008,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight
This film is quite possibly one of the best action films out there. Heath Ledger's performance definitely lives up to the hype. I could go on, and on about how great this film was. To those who say that Batman Sucks, you guys don't know what you're talking about. THIS is the superhero film to truly call a masterpiece; The Hulk does not stand a chance against The Dark Knight. Even though The Hulk was great, this one is better, far better. Acting wise, special effects wise and story wise, this film succeeds on many levels. The Dark Knight is a darker, more melancholic film than previous Batman films. This Gotham City is more depressing and more real than previous films. Heath Ledger as The Joker delivers the most intense performance of all. Not since Malcolm McDowell portrayed Alex Delarge in A Clockwork Orange has a villain been this menacing. He really did deserve that Oscar. If great directors such as Stanley Kubrick would have made a batman film, The Dark Knight would have been it. A true masterpiece and a film that will live on as the greatest superhero film ever made. Christopher Nolan definitely delivered something unique with this film, and it shows. He raised the bar higher for every super hero film that would come after it, and pushed the boundaries on how far a film in this genre can go. This film is brilliant and is among my favorites because this is the first time where a superhero film is serious and faces off with a more real villain. The performance of Ledger alone is what makes this film so unique, so good and it stands in a category by itself. This is a stunning picture that comic book fans will certainly love and cherish. Every moment, every scene of the film is incendiary. Of all the Christopher Nolan films, this is my favorite. He hasn't topped this film, he only equalled it with his following Batman film, but he will never release a stronger film. This is a smartly crafted picture where it strips away the cartoony, romanticized aspects that we know about caped crusaders, and offers us something raw, nasty and unforgettable. The fact that Heath Ledger died shortly after principal photography adds to the melancholic atmosphere of this film, very much as The Crow did for Brandon Lee. Unfortunately Heath Ledger is not around to see his Joker menace audiences the world over, but at least this film will live on as a testament of his talents.
The Dark Knight Rises 2012,  PG-13)
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan concludes his Batman trilogy with flawless intensity. This is a fine conclusion to a wonderful series of films. This trilogy has the distinction of joining the Indiana Jones films, Bourne films and of course the original Star Wars films as flawless masterworks of the cinematic medium. This is a spectacular film, one that reconfirms Nolan's as one of today's greatest filmmakers. This is the darkest chapter in Nolan's franchise. Eight years after Batman has retired, he is called upon once again. I felt that this was the most poignant and chilling Batman film. Brilliantly acted and directed. This is one of the best action films of the year and is destined to be a classic of the genre. This film tears across the screen and delivers something special. As far as I'm concerned this was better than The Avengers, only because I felt that this film had a bit more substance to its story. The Dark Knight Rises makes you feel all sorts of human emotions, Melancholy, hope, happiness, this film really is something unique. I had chills during the film. This is one epic film, and all involved should be proud of what they accomplished. I personally feel that this was one of Christopher Nolan's greatest accomplishments as a filmmaker. This film is destined to become one of the classic superhero films. In a way, Nolan's trilogy should be viewed as Batman's redemption because after the train wreck Batman & Robin, Christopher Nolan gave us two excellent Batman films that redefined the genre. Now with this third part, he completes his trilogy beautifully. What this film possesses is a poignant story that just elevates the trilogy to new heights of excitement. This film starts off slow, but it doesn't take too long for the action to take over. Once it starts, boy does it start. This is the action film of the year; if you're a fan of Batman you will certainly love this film. While The Joker proved an incredible adversary for Batman, Bane is just one of the meanest, most bad assed villains that Batman has faced yet. In regards to Bane's voice, I understood quite clearly, and Tom Hardy was perfect in the part. Another performance of note is that of Michael Caine as Alfred. This time around there is so much strain in Bruce's and Alfred's relationship that you actually feel some genuine emotion for the characters, and that's what Christopher Nolan's Batman films have, emotion and feeling. This is simply put a flawless action film that delivers a stunning cinematic experience. Even if Warner Brothers decides to reboot the franchise, the standards that Nolan has set with his trilogy will never be matched. This film is the perfect end to a franchise, and The Dark Knight Rises indeed. This is a brilliantly constructed picture that is epic, dark and explores new limits to the superhero formula.
Watchmen 2009,  R)
Zack Snyder has proved once again that he can direct a solid graphic novel adaptation. If you haven't read the graphic novel, then this film is a great alternative to reading it. The film is almost a dead on adaptation of the novel. The film boasts a strong cast, and has awesome action sequences. This a terrific adaptation from the original novel, and the film soars in the hands of Zack Snyder who directed 300, and in the same style; he stayed faithful to the source material and it makes the film that much better. Watchmen is a terrific action film, but is also a misunderstood one at that. The film won't appeal to many people, but it will definitely appeal to fanbs of the graphic novel medium. Snyder's understanding and respect for Alan Moore's original work makes this film truly a unique viewing experience. Even the weaker actors such as Malin Akerman (whose repertoire is highly questionable) gives a great performance. But the best performances of all belong to Jackie Earle Haley who plays Rorshach and Billy Crudup who plays Dr. Manhattan. Watchman is a film that may appeal to action movie buffs, but it's a different type of super hero film. The book broke many rules of the super hero formula and it set a new standard in comics. The film itself will likely find more respect in the years to come. But Zack Snyder truly crafted a superb adaptation of this remarkable graphic novel. Watchmen is truly a one of kind unique viewing experience, and if you don't feel like reading Alan Moore's original work, then give this film a look.
Kick-Ass 2010,  R)
My first opinion of Kick-Ass was that it was going to be a childs movie. So when my dad rented it, I skipped on it. I then read multiple reviews on IMDB and Flixter, and they all were positive, so I changed my mind. I watched, and boy was I wrong about this being a family friendly film. I was in awe and I enjoyed every moment of this film. Kick-Ass is an unconventional super hero film, as this film really breaks free from the typical superhero stereotypes. The superheroes in the film have no special powers, but they sure as hell kick ass as the title implies. The weakest character of the film is titular character, Kick-Ass. He gets his ass kicked more times than he actually kicking ass. The character who truly delivers in the film is Hit Girl. Kick-Ass starts off as a comedy, but ends up more action oriented as the story builds up and unfolds. The film still possesses humourous elements during the action sequences, but it's slightly toned down compared to the first hour of the film which set the pace of what was to come. The result pays off, and Kick-Ass ends up being one of the best films of 2010. The concept as I've said is unconventional, but thats what makes this film good. Kick-Ass is a different type of superhero film, and thats what makes it a must see.
Batman Begins 2005,  PG-13)
Batman Begins
Christopher Nolan's sweeping first chapter in the rebooted Batman is a much needed breath of fresh air in the super hero genre. Batman & Robin was a travesty of cinema; Joel Schumacher butchered something that Tim Burton worked hard at making. Batman forever was an average flick, but its follow-up tried to outdo everything, with much bigger effects, over the top villains and ridiculous costumes. The film was like a nightmare, it was like the equivalent of attending a Justin Bieber concert or getting your teeth pulled out. Schumacher made the worst superhero film ever made with Batman & Robin, his total disregard of the material and wanting to make everything flashy was a slap in the face to the fans. I've been a diehard Batman fan since childhood, and loved the Tim Burton films. But the series sunk to whole new low with Batman & Robin. However Warner Brothers delivered hired Nolan to helm Batman Begins, and the rest is as they say history. Christopher Nolan crafts a unique new take on the Batman tale. His understanding of what makes a good action film by giving us some real villains that can exist, unlike the stupid villains Schumacher gave us with Batman & Robin, these villains were real, and they were believable. Nolan has made a fantastic picture with this first entry of a stunning trilogy of films. This film brought back my fate in the franchise, and re-established Batman as a superhero to take seriously and not make fun of. The aspect that stands out the most about the film is Bruce Wayne's conflict, and what he tries to do to clean the streets and eventually become the Batman. Really, this is an astounding film, one that erases all the mistakes that Schumacher has made with his second Batman feature. This is a real treat to watch and is the definitive Batman film. This film was only matched by its sequels, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. This is a brilliant film that brought back faith in the character, and as a diehard fan of Batman, I was simply blown away. Christian Bale has made the character his own, and he is the best Batman since Michael Keaton. Batman Begins is the beginning of the darkest saga in the character's history. Brilliantly effective and with memorable action this film is a fine return to glory for the legendary Dark Knight.
Batman 1989,  PG-13)
Tim Burton delivers something truly special with his first Batman feature. Burton crafts a film with a dark comic book vision which makes this film one of the best superhero films to ever grace the screen. I say comic book vision because the film has that going for it. The way Burton has his characters portrayed are lifted right off from the pages of the comic, and he keeps the feel of the comics intact. Batman is a phenomenal, thrilling experience and I thoroughly enjoyed viewing this film. Aside from the Nolan Batman films, Burton's two Batman films are the best of the franchise, and it's easy to see why. I love the visual aspect of the picture, the dark, gritty and ugly streets of Gotham City are exactly what it should be. Michael Keaton is a terrific choice to play Batman, and of course he is only matched by Christian Bale. Keaton brings a sad quality to the role of Bruce Wayne. The films high points are its darkly comic situations, which are equally serious as they are darkly humorous. Aside from Michael Keaton, the film boasts a strong cast of actors, including Jack Nicholson as The Joker, Jack Palance as Carl Grissom and Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent. These for me, are the most memorable actors in this film. Batman is a terrific achievement for a superhero film, and it's only recently that this film along with its sequel has been matched. Tim Burton has crafted a memorable, entertaining superhero film that remains one of the best superhero films ever made. If you're looking for a great Batman film aside from Christopher Nolan's Work, check out this film along with its sequel. Brilliant, action packed and lots of fun from start to finish. Batman has the distinction of being one of the finest superhero films ever made, although The Dark Knight will for me be the greatest film in the genre. This film is still a classic in the genre and with a great cast of talented actors and effective direction, this is a unique film that is a must see for fans of Batman. Tim Burton definitely did a good job here, and this is my personal favorite of the two Burton directed films this is a must see and is sure to please genre fans. Batman has lots of style, action and entertainment value. This is a great film that delivers.
Marvel's The Avengers 2012,  PG-13)
Marvel's The Avengers
The Avengers is a stellar action packed superhero epic directed by the great Joss Wheddon. This film has got to be the best superhero film since The Dark Knight. I found the film really exciting, brilliantly conceived to deliver the ultimate in thrills. Everything about the film is flawless. The performances are great, the story is engaging and above all, the action is constantly exciting. The film is a thrill ride from start to finish, and Joss Wheddon's directing is immaculate, precise, and it's clear that he has a great understanding and respect to deliver a film that lives up to the hype, and in this case, it definitely does. This film is one of the best action films in recent memory. The beauty part about the film is that with every action scene that you think is awesome, there's always something that pushes the film even further. Another standout for me was Alan Silvestri's epic score, which added so much depth to several key scenes in the film. The Avengers brings back the smarts in an action film. In other words, this isn't your mindless action film in the style of a Michael Bay film. The film boasts a thrilling story with wit and charm. Also the comic relief scenes are good and are actually funny. Unlike many other action films which try too hard at delivering funny content, but ultimately falls short; The Avengers used that to its advantage and Wheddon was able to deliver a film with effective gags. Some standout performances here were Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. I personally feel that The Dark Knight Rises has some competition with this one. If you want a top-notch thrill a minute superhero film, then The Avengers is the film to watch. This film definitely lived up to the hype, and with Joss Wheddon at the helm, you know it's going to be a great film. I thought The Avengers was a flawless action film that delivered exactly what you'd expect and more. A solid pulse pounding action film, The Avengers is a must see for anyone looking for a great two hour action fill. This is a film that was brilliantly crafted by Joss Wheddon who comprehends the superhero format and directs a great cast to create the first great superhero film of the year. Lots of fun from start to finish, and once the credits roll, you can't wait to see it again.
Iron Man 2008,  PG-13)
Iron Man
Jon Favreau's Iron Man is a terrific and highly thrilling superhero action film. This is a brilliant film with a stellar cast and a well crafted plot. Robert Downey Jr. is perfect in the role of Tony Stark, and he brings charm to his performance, which really makes it unique. The film is packed with memorable action that reinvents the genre after many bad movies such as Daredevil and Cat Woman. This film brought the genre back in top form, and is certainly one of the best recent superhero films. The appeal of the film lies in the performances, the choice of actors], story and well crafted action. Favreau's direction is terrific and he is able to craft something highly engaging from start to finish. Where other superhero films have failed, Iron Man has succeeded. The aspect that stands out the most about the film is the action that is well executed. This is a must see action film that is among the finest superhero films in the last ten years. Along with Nolan's Batman trilogy and a few others such as V for Vendetta, The Avengers and Watchmen, this one is definitely worth checking out and is sure to deliver the thrills that you'd expect from a well made movie. This is a near flawless film that I really enjoyed from the first moment on, and if you're looking for an outstanding film, then this one is the one to watch. What makes this one work is the well thought out script and the varied talent involved in the project. An aspect that I really enjoyed was seeing Jeff Bridges as the villain, it was nice to see him playing a different type of character this time around, and he really did a great job. Iron Man is not a perfect film, but it manages to a well structured superhero film that proves, that when it's done right, the end result is an impressive and memorable picture that will delight comic book fans.
Iron Man 3 2013,  PG-13)
Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 is a big improvement over the second film. I very much enjoyed this film, and I thought it was the strongest effort in the series. This film what The Dark Knight was to Batman Begins. This is a brilliant and exciting superhero film that is highly entertaining from start to finish. This for me is a much more serious entry than Iron Man, as I found that film to be too light hearted in nature and that it wasn't the film that it could have been. This is a superbly crafted film that will certainly delight fans of the original who were disappointed with the second one. The film has a great cast that deliver some engaging and immaculate performances and director Shane Black, who wrote the Lethal Weapon films does a great job in the director's chair. It's clear that he has a clear understanding of how to create an effective and exhilarating action film, and the result is a brilliant picture that exceeds expectations. The tone of this film is much darker, much more serious than the first two films, and it adds so much more to the story, and you become immersed into this highly thrilling superhero film that is easily this year's The Dark Knight Rises. The biggest reason that I think that this is the most accomplished film in the trilogy is that it has one of the most realistic and menacing villains in an Iron Man film. Jeff Bridges was great; Mickey Rourke was laughable with his awful Russian accent, but Guy Pierce on the other hand is excellent in his performance as Aldrich Killian. He is one of the finest villains in the series, and he has terrific on-screen presence. Iron Man 3 is almost a near flawless film, and it definitely delivers some great action with a well layered plot. Iron Man 3 is one of the best films so far this year, and it most certainly is a stunning superhero film that will please fans of the original. This is what the second feature should have been, luckily Shane Black fixes the imperfections of Iron Man 2 and delivers a worthwhile third entry that is truly exciting and action packed.
The Incredible Hulk 2008,  PG-13)
The Incredible Hulk
After the dreadful Hulk film by Ang Lee, I was apprehensive about seeing this film. It was promising with the casting of Edward Norton and Tim Roth. So I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. What we have with The Incredible Hulk is a much needed improvement over Ang Lee's The Hulk. The story of the film is much more interesting and where Ang Lee's film failed, Louis Leterrier's film makes up for it. In this film we have a better looking Hulk, which is better proportioned and also the story is action packed and not silly. One thing that separates this reboot over The Hulk is it's solid story and far superior cast. I thought the cast was terrific and everyone delivered on screen. Edward Norton and Tim Roth were of course the best. The Incredible Hulk is a stunning action film with great visuals and loud chaos that thrills the viewer. The Incredible Hulk is an impressive superhero film, and I'm saying this as a person who's never truly been a fan of The Hulk. Putting that into perspective, I very much enjoyed this film, and is one of the best superhero films I've seen. Of course it's nothing compared to The Dark Knight, but The Incredible Hulk is still an impressive film. If you were disappointed with Ang Lee's version of The Hulk, then this reboot will more than suffice. A great film with enough thrills and good enough story to keep you interested Till the surprising ending. One of my friends was an extra for this which made for me pretty cool too.
Superman 1978,  PG)
Revisiting this film a second time around, I loved it a lot more. Although I'm not that big on Superman, as I'm more a fan of Batman, this film was very much entertaining, and delivered good action, some good comedic elements and plenty of thrills. Christopher Reeve is effective as Clark Kent/Superman and Gene Hackman is terrific as Lex Luthor. For its time Superman has impressive special effects that still hold up to this day. Richard Donner's directing is terrific, and he does a great job at crafting an exciting action adventure that is lots of fun. Superman is a true superhero classic now, having watched it a second time around, I really understand the merit behind this picture. This is a great film that has stood the test of time, although many superhero films tend to fail in terms of delivering good action, effective thrills and at times comedy, this one is a near flawless film that really brings out those elements and doesn't make them irritating like Batman & Robin. With Superman you have one of the greatest superhero films only topped recently by The Dark Knight. Even with that said, this is a definite classic of which every superhero films are judged. With a brilliant cast of incredible talent, a great story and exhilarating special effects, Superman is a must see for superhero fans everywhere. This film has something for everyone. If you want an evening of good fun, and haven't watched this one, definitely do; it is worth your time. Though I'm still reserved on the whole Superman thing, I really thought this was a great film. A definite classic of the genre.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012,  PG-13)
The Amazing Spider-Man
Effective and very entertaining reboot of Spiderman, this film is a better version of Sam Raimi's film. I thought that this film had a more serious tone to the original, and it has a better cast. This is the film that the original should have been. Although not perfect, this is a terrific action film worth seeing if you were disappointed with the original. With this reboot there is more emphasis on the characters emotion, and it gives the film added depth, which is where the first film failed. Also with a much more serious tone, director Marc Webb has created a movie that definitely is worth seeing and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this version. The only thing that made me lose interest in the original was the fact that it seemed too silly for my taste, it was a decent outing, but lacked a truly compelling plot. The Amazing Spiderman offers that. Also the action here is much more thrilling and this one is much more fun. With a sharp script that has some humorous moments, this is one of the best superhero films in quite some time. I really enjoyed that this version was more about the characters this time around, instead of focusing just on the special effects. With an effective cast that deliver on-screen, The Amazing Spiderman may be a premature reboot, but when all is said and done, this is an accomplished superhero film and one that should appeal to fans of the genre. If you're looking for a more serious, yet still funny action superhero film, you may get what you're looking for with this film. The film has its flaws, but manages to accomplish something that the original didn't. This one is funny, serious, action packed and well paced. While tended to be a bit more family friendly, which turned me off the film slightly. Although this film is nowhere near the greatness of The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers, it still is among the best superhero films that have been released this year. A fun, entertaining and dramatic ride from start to finish, The Amazing Spiderman is terrific entertainment.
The Phantom 1996,  PG)
The Phantom
The Phantom is one of those films that you either love or hate. In my case, I loved it. Billy Zane plays Kit Walker/The Phantom aka The ghost who walks. Zane is perfectly cast in the role, and he gives a great performance. Treat Williams stars as the films antagonist Xander Drax, a powerful business man who is bent on destroying the world. The Phantom must do everything to stop Drax from achieving his goal.The Phantom is a seriously underrated action film. Sure the film is cheesy and has flaws, the dialogue is cheesy as well but. But for what it's worth, The Phantom is a thrilling, underrated film that really doesn't get the attention it deserves. A decent cast adorns this action period piece, and the film looks great, the sets, costumes, are awesome. The score is great too. The Phantom will definitely not appeal to many, but to the few who like these types of superheros, then The Phantom will definitely make for a good viewing experience. This is also Billy Zane's best role. The Phantom is a film that is meant to entertain, yes, it has a low budget feel to it, but who cares? I really don't understand why why people hate this film so much, I personally thought it was much better than most superhero films such as X Men: The Last Stand. Action packed, cheesy and fun, The Phantom is an superhero film that like many reviewers have pointed out has an Indiana Jones feel to it, and it's terrific, flawed, but well done nonetheless.

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  1. theyCallmeCoffee
    theyCallmeCoffee posted 20 months ago

    I loved the Dark Knight and Kick Ass...great films. :)