1. The list of movies will be passed to another blogger who will post their list within a week.
2. The blogger will take their list, remove 3 movies – with explanations, and replace with 3 new movies – with explanations.
3. If a movie lasts five rounds without being removed, it is locked into place.
4. If a movie is removed three different times, it is locked out and can no longer be chosen by someone else.
5. Once four movies are locked into place, bloggers will replace 2 movies.
6. Once eight movies are locked into place, bloggers will replace 1 movie.
7. Once all ten movies are locked into place, the relay will be complete.
Confused yet? Good. Let me explain...no...there is too much. Let me sum up.
Bubbawheat from Flights, Tights & Movie Nights began with a list of The Avengers, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight, Hellboy 2, The Incredibles, Iron Man, Spider-Man 2, Superman, X-Men,Unbreakable, Batman: Under the Red Hood & Blade 2.
Andrew from A Fistful of Films rearranged things by removing Batman: Under the Red Hood, X-Men and Hellboy 2 and adding Chronicle, Mystery Men and The Rocketeer.
Ruth from FlixChatter yanked Blade 2, Chronicle and Mystery Men, and replaced them with Batman Begins, X-Men 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Terrence from The Focused Filmographer pulled out The Incredibles, Batman Returns and X-Men 2, before adding Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, V For Vendetta and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Jay from Life Vs Film dropped Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Superman, and Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm then put back in Incredibles and X-Men 2 and finally handed the ball over to us. Whew!!!
Our criteria was based primarily on overall quality, difficulty of concept, impact on the genre, and a 10-point must system. That last one was probably a mistake. Lets get started with a few thoughts on the films sticking around this round.
|1. The Avengers (Locked)|
|2. The Dark Knight (Locked)|
|3. Spider-Man 2 (Locked)|
|4. Iron Man (Locked)|
|5. Unbreakable (Locked)|
|6. The Incredibles|
|7. The Guardians Of The Galaxy|
A movie that went from low or no expectations to exceedingly high expectations in a matter of one trailer...and it still delivered Marvel's riskiest success yet. It felt more like Star Wars than the last 3 Star Wars films. That has to count for something.
Matt's Zack Snyder hate is high, but even he cannot deny the awesomeness that is Watchmen. Watchmen was thought to be an unfilmable masterpiece. However, Snyder's efforts here are the closest and truest interpretation of Alan Moore's material we'll ever get to see on the big screen. Don't think so. Read up on what Fox wanted to do with Watchmen when they owned the property. It's scarier than a visit from Rorschach himself.
|9. V For Vendetta|
Any other time we wouldn't consider V For Vendetta as a top film in the superhero genre, but after the events in Ferguson, MO and how Anonymous and other hacker groups have taken the mask of Guy Fawkes that or our "hero" V wears, and turned it into a symbol, this film carries even more meaning in this turbulent time. V is also another great adaptation of the works of Alan Moore and offered us a look at the future that we actually might not be that far away from. Plus, there's nothing wrong with seeing Natalie Portman in a baby doll dress.
|10. The Rocketeer|
Usually when there is no pressure and expectations are low, you get something great, case in point The Rocketeer. Before Joe Johnston was able to bring justice back to Captain America: The First Avenger, he brought us another hero that kicked some Nazi ass. Before we had The Shadow and The Phantom, The Rocketeer was the first big stab at creating a superhero from the days of radio serials. From the iconic score of James Horner to the slimy turn of former James Bond, Timothy Dalton, everything works for this film. It still captures the imagination of kids and adults because a guy flying around with a jetpack punching Nazis in the face is absolutely awesome.
Now, the superhero films we decided to substitute in are as follows.
|11. Captain America: The Winter Soldier|
We know this movie has only been out since April, but after watching it multiple times since then, we can't possibly leave it off this list. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is arguably the second best Marvel film ever made. It has a hero whose righteous indignation actually feels real and earned, a black comic relief character that manages to bring charm, dignity and usefulness to a role no one expected anything from, an enjoyable and self-reliant female lead who doesn't fall into any stereotypical or lazy love interest scenario, an actual scary villain that, which has been poetically said before, may be better at killing people than the hero is at protecting them, and has probably some of the best and grittiest action scenes of any film on this list. (Cap' and Winter Soldier street fight fo' life!) It's one of the few Marvel films and superhero films that feel genuinely important to the grand scheme of its own universe while still overcoming the obstacles of an early release date, a jumping of genres, and being directed by people primarily known for comedy.
|12. Batman '89|
Now, the superhero films we decided to give the chop.
|X2: X-Men United|
In historic Olympic fashion, we are going to hand the baton over to our friends over at Insession Film to make their choices. You have one week. Although, we'd like to think our list is pretty close to perfection so there is no need to change absolutely anything...YOU HEAR THAT JD, BLAKE, and BRENDAN?!? NOT A FINGER!!!!