Wednesday, May 02, 2007


I need to talk about movies for a second.

I have seen Spider-Man 3 and I am here to tell you that it's better than the second one, which was better than the first one. I don't think I'm going out on a limb here when I say that the Spider-Man movies may actually be the most perfect superhero movies ever made, at least since the first two Batman ones. And I say this as someone who doesn't really even like Marvel all that much, aside from like three titles, two of which are being written by the same dude now.

Let's not even get into the ones that we know are automatically not going to count: The third and fourth Batman, Daredevil, Elektra ... Catwoman. Both Batman Begins and Superman Returns were big, but uh

- The fight cinematography in Batman Begins is godfuckingawful. I know it's supposed to serve a point, but I still call bullshit. It's unwatchable.
- Superman doesn't actually fight anybody in Superman Returns. Think back! The plane rescue is awesome, hands-down, and the thing with the bullet in the eye, but do you remember Superman actually throwing a punch anywhere in that movie? I don't.

Basically it seems like a lot of the time, superhero movies sacrifice action for character, or the reverse. The Spider-Man movies have both, in exactly the right amounts. Do you have any idea how hard this is to pull off. I don't, but clearly it is damn hard. Sam Raimi is probably tired right now, but next year we need to hand him a big sack of money and get him on board whatever Justice League movie is in the works (there has to be one). I'm just talking here.