Thursday Movie Picks
As I was wandering around the blogosphere today I stumbled upon an ongoing blogathon that I just had to jump in on for this week. Over at Wondering Through the Shelves they do a Thursday Movie Picks where there’s a topic each week and everyone who participates chooses 3 films that fit with the week’s theme. This week is superhero movies so obviously I had to jump in on it. Make sure you check out their choices and the other participants as well.
As I have already done a few of my top superhero movie lists, I thought I would narrow it down a bit and since I have been watching a lot of animation this month which is usually kiddie fare it’s the perfect excuse to go to the other end of the spectrum and list three of my favorite R-rated superhero movies.
This is still one of my favorite films. I love the look of it, the feel of it, and it’s entirely quotable. “Victims, aren’t we all?” “He went and got himself perished.” “It can’t rain all the time.” The soundtrack was also a standard in my CD player when I discovered this probably just after high school, mainly because I was a Nine Inch Nails fan with a collector’s mentality and the soundtrack was the only place to find their song Dead Souls. It just has a style all its own that’s been attempted to be copied several times over, but nothing has quite captured the same magic that this film has.
Before he made Hellboy his own, director Giullermo del Toro brought his touch to this vampire hunter with a touch of superhero. It even had Ron Perlman in it as one of the enemy of my enemy vampires. There have been many different variations on the vampire design, but this is one of the most imaginative and grotesque, with the mouth that splits all the way down the middle. There’s plenty of action and a lot of fun to be had here with the double crosses and begrudging teamwork.
Love it or hate it, Zack Snyder turned one of the most revered comic books in recent history into an feature film that was impressive for how closely it hewed to the source material. Even though critics of the film begrudge the fact that he missed a lot of the subtle underlying message in exchange for mindless action and violence, it’s still incredibly ambitious, stylish, and holds a large part of what makes the original comic so great. It’s one of the most mature looks at superheroes, and not just because of the blood and nudity. And whether or not you think it holds up to the source material, it helped bring the original back into the spotlight and introduced it to a new generation.
And there you have it! If I were to toss in some honorable mentions I would also include Dredd, the Toxic Avenger, Super, and of course Kick-Ass. So what are your favorites? Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.