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Top 10: Superhero Movie Duels

This video from WatchMojo is a few years old, so it can be forgiven some of the glaring omissions in their list and the weird inclusion of things like the Thomas Jane Punisher film or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 style).  Obviously things like Civil War, Man of Steel and Thor: Ragnarok should now be on this list.  I’m a little baffled as to even from the Reeve years, how a Superman III entry made this list.  To be honest, though I normally hail WatchMojo’s lists, this one is kind of a puzzle to me, and I would probably only include three or four of their picks on my list.  The film, again, that definitely is missing is Captain America: Civil War in which you could pick the brawl at the airport or the final fight between Cap and Iron Man or BOTH.  What’s missing from here for you?  Ok, what’s MOST OBVIOUSLY missing here for you.
Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises

Hugh Jackman’s 10 Best Movies

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman is done playing Wolverine.  As Logan continues to do well at the box office, it seems so weird to think that we’ve seen Jackman as the X-Man for the last time.  Perhaps only Sean Connery as James Bond has so indelibly taken a popular culture character and married it to his own identity.  For 17 years, Jackman embodied the character from the first time we saw him cage fighting in a bar in X-Men to his farewell in Logan.  Not too shabby for a song and dance man.

The Wolverine, Logan, Hugh Jackman

X-Men was most people’s first exposure to Jackman, but his talents are far from merely dicing people in super hero films.  He’s a consummate Broadway actor; an old-fashioned song and dance man, as I said.  He’s hosted the Tony Awards on four occasions; winning an Emmy for one of the shows.  He most famously got to put his musical gifts to use on screen as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables; Jackman’s only Oscar nomination.  He’s an outstanding dramatic actor, you need only watch The Prestige and Prisoners back-to-back to see the amount of range he has.  His good nature also makes him a gifted comic actor, which I think has been best shown in the underrated Real Steel and Eddie the Eagle (where, yes, he is playing Wolverine as a ski jumping coach, but it WORKS!).  It’s always possible that a payday or Ryan Reynolds stalking him to be in a Deadpool or X-Force film could give us another Jackman as Logan turn, but his career is far from over just because he’s said farewell to his most famous alter ego.

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Poll Results: Greatest Sequel of All-Time

After a month of debate, there were really only two movies that were ever in contention for the title of “Greatest Sequel of All-Time”, and over the last two weeks The Empire Strikes Back distanced itself from The Dark Knight to triumph as the Killing Time community’s pick as greatest sequel. Continue reading Poll Results: Greatest Sequel of All-Time

Poll: Greatest Sequel of All-Time

After a couple of months of taking it pretty easy on you with polls, we’ve got a whopper this month.  It used to be, with the exception of Godfather II and Aliens, that sequels were a dirty work in Hollywood.  They never were anywhere as good as the original and, in fact, seemed to completely lose whatever made the original film good in the fist place.  And then came the age of the franchise….

The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger, The Joker

Sequels started to get better.  Then as franchises popped up like mushrooms, some of them got better with each installment (though plenty still get worse every time out).  2008’s The Dark Knight, sequel to Batman Begins, snub for Best Picture was pretty much wholly responsible for the Academy expanding the Best Picture nominees to a max of 10.

X-Men 2, Alan Cumming, Nightcrawler

In going through this list, I tried to find films that were better than the original installment (or at least in the ballpark).  There are no MCU films on the list because it’s nearly impossible to pull a sequel out and have it stand on its own.  Not a criticism, but if I had included them, they’d probably be at least a third of the list.  One pick per franchise.  The story had to advance the characters and overall plot of the franchises’s story.  So carefully consider, vote on the main page at justkillingti.me, and in a month, we’ll crown the greatest sequel to ever hit the screen!

Godfather, Godfather Part II, Al Pacino, Michael Corleone, Fredo Corleone
“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.”