Monday, June 13, 2016


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This summer is another big deal for super hero movies. X-Men, Civil War, Batman vs Superman and the much anticipated suicide Squad to name a few. So, in honor of another super-summer, here are my top ten favorite super hero movies.

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10. The Dark Knight Rises
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Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Cain, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Coltillard and Morgan Freeman

Many complained that the final installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise didn't live up to expectations. I was not one of those people. The problem most people had was that they wanted another movie as groundbreaking and unprecedented as The Dark Knight. With those standards, you're just setting yourself up for disappointment. No, it wasn't as good as The Dark Knight, but it didn't need to be. If I expect every mob movie I watch to be as good as The Godfather Part 2, than even masterpieces like Goodfellas will be disappointing. The Dark Knight Rises was a brilliant final chapter in my all time favorite trilogy.

9. Captain American: Civil War

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johanson, Anthony Mackie, don cheadle, Chadwick Bossman, Jeremy Renner, Tom hollund and Paul Rudd

Everything great that was accomplished in Captain America: Winter Soldier was improved upon here. The big themes, the tough questions, the dark moments. Not to mention; what is probably the best onscreen incarnation of Spiderman we've seen yet. This movie succeeds on so many levels; not only does it get us psyched for the new Spiderman and Black Panther movies coming out soon, but it by itself is totally engrossing. This is easily one of the funnest superhero movies of all time.

8. Age of Ultron

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Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johanson, Anthony Mackie, Don cheadle, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and James Spader 

While it didn't get as stellar reviews as the first Avengers, this one gave me more of what I loved most about the first Avengers: character development! Not only does it tell more Tony stark story when it seemed there wasn't much left to tell, but it especially delves into my favorite Avenger, Hawkeye. Yes, the first Avengers had this sense of "I've never seen this before! This is a nerd-dream come true!" This one took me deeper into the lives of some of my favorite heroes.

7. X2

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan

Watch the opening scene of this movie and tell me it doesn't deserve to be on this list. There's a stigma in Hollywood that sequels are traditionally bad and unnecessary; I think this is mostly true, but the exception comes in super hero movies, where they are, in my opinion, traditionally better. Case in point, X2. The first X-Men did a great job at introducing these characters to us, but X2 really dove into the themes of prejudice, anger, rejection, acceptance and metaphors for cultural diversity the franchise would become famous for. Not to mention the big screen debut of my all time favorite X-Men, Nightcrawler.

6. Batman Begins

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Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Cain, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, and Morgan Freeman

I don't think it's possible to overstate just how game changing this movie was. Keep in mind, before 2005, the last Batman people had seen was George Clooney in that putrid, pathetic attempt of a movie, Batman and Robin. Christopher Nolan, my favorite director, introduced the world the best possible incarnation of Batman we had seen up to that point.

5. Guardians of The Galaxy.

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Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close

Guardians comes out in a time where I was getting ready to be done with Superhero movies, and this just got me even more excited. It doesn't feel like a superhero movie, but like a dark and funny sci-fi experience. Guardians was a breath of fresh air; and the brilliant ensemble cast and hilarious script helped make this one of the best of 2014.

4. Spiderman 2 (2004)

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Toby Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Alfred Molina

The first Spiderman was good; but Spiderman 2 brought the franchise to new heights. Arguably the first Superhero movie to show a deeply conflicted villain, one that tugs at your heart strings. Sam Raimi has never been better behind the camera than he was here, and that's what puts this movie so high on my list.

3. The Watchmen.
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Starring: Jackie Earl Haley, Patrick Wilson, Malin Ackerman, Matthew Good, Billy Crudup and Jeffery Dean Morgan

Before he directed gritty superheroes in Batman vs Superman, Zac SNyder directed the grittiest superhero movie you're ever likely to see. The movie plays like a direct, live adaptaion from the graphic novel; and it's amazing. The three hour run time goes by quickly in this expertly crafted superhero noir flick.

2. X-Men: Daysfuture Past

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Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage and Ian McKellan

You ever come across a movie that is so good and that you love so much, you can't even begin to describe it? That's how I feel about this one. This is one of the best acted Superhero movies ever; this all star cast brings their A game and it's glorious. The huge story flows smoothly and the stakes are high. This is a master-class of a superhero movie. The X-Men are my favorite marvel characters, and this is one of my favorite movies.

1. The Dark Knight

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Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Cain, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gylynhaal, Gary Oldman,  and Morgan Freeman

Anyone surprised by this? This is the Godfather Part 2 of Superhero movies. It isn't just the best movie of it's decade, it's one of the greatest movies of all time. Everything from Heath Ledger's immortal performance to Christopher Nolan's actual perfect direction; from the conflicted and flawed characters, to the deep and tough philosophical conundrums it presents; everything about this masterpiece works. I walked out of the theater in 2008 knowing I had just witnessed a historical landmark in American film-making, and guess what folks? It changed the superhero genre forever.

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