I assume we're talking "favorite", not "best", here.
|Posted: 29 July 2019 at 10:55am | IP Logged | 2
Is CASABLANCA better than SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE? I would think that would be a yes, asking most serious film fans and critics. And yet, the latter would make my Top 50 easily. The former, not so much.
My mostly unscientific formula that dictates how much I like a movie:
Did I see it in a theater?
-- More than once?
Have I watched it more than once outside of a theater?
How many times?
Do I still watch it/do I plan on repeated viewings?
Do I own it? Did I buy it more than once (different formats, editions, etc.)?
The seeing-it-in-a-theater thing is not a huge factor, as I've discovered lots of favorites way after initial release (FIGHT CLUB, SHAWN OF THE DEAD, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. I have yet to see the original KING KONG on the big screen, but it, and these others, would all make [current] my Top 50).
I finally saw STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN in a theater...35 years after its initial release. But I have seen that on HBO many times, rented and owned on VHS; have had it on DVD and Blu-Ray. I watch it at least a couple of times a year, and will continue to do so. It's #1 on my list.
SUPERMAN, I did see in the theater. Once in 1978, and once last year. Have it at home and watch that annually. Not only in my Top 50, but probably in my Top 20.
As for other superhero movies, I would guess close to half of the MCU movies would make it. Certainly, INFINITY WAR (seen in the theater 3 times, at home a lot!) and ENDGAME (4 times in the theater), the first AVENGERS, IRON MAN, all three CAPTAIN AMERICA films, RAGNAROK, and, yes, THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Echoing Craig's initial sentiments: I've loved superhero comics for decades and movies just as long. The MCU has managed to fuse that love, making movies that, to me, capture some of the magic that the old Marvel Comics had.
Among non-MCU efforts (besides SUPERMAN): BATMAN BEGINS, and...dang. I thought I was going to make a list, here. WONDER WOMAN might sneak in there. Maybe THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE or SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. But, if I include those three with the others already mentioned, that only leaves about 30 more movies, and I'd have to include STAR WARS, RAIDERS, and THE MATRIX (but not including any of their sequels will leave some space).
Edited by Brian Rhodes on 29 July 2019 at 10:55am