Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
There's a hero in all of us.
Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his feelings for Mary Jane Watson, a girl he's loved since childhood.
imagine this in today's market: a superhero movie that simply finds the main character struggling with a difficult romance, making him emotionally vulnerable, while he battles a single villain whose inner turmoil neatly parallels his own. even the perfunctory setup for the next installment at least builds organically on already-developed relationships from the first movie. i think the middle act of this (Peter losing his powers, the will-they-or-won't-they stuff with MJ, and the weirdly pointless bits about Aunt May moving to a new apartment) really bog things down; structurally it's a mess. but i'm prepared to forgive a lot solely for the El-train sequence, as exciting and resonant a comic-book movie action scene as you're likely to ever get. and Raimi, high on the clout he got from the first one, is allowed to go absolutely wild whenever he can. it's doubly refreshing to remember that movies like this used to be actually directed.
Now this is a superhero movie. Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 is a complex human story mixed with fantastic action sequences that still hold up beautifully. The camp is there, but not over done like the first of Raimi's films. It's a film of exceptional assurance, so supremely confident with itself that you can't help but sit back and marvel (no pun intended) at the craftsmanship laid in front of your eyes.
The Awesome: Don't give me any of that crap about Andrew Garfield being Spider-Man. No, just no. Toby Maguire brings charisma, awkwardness and a sense of misdirection to the character of Peter Parker, and wears the AMAZING suit of Spider-Man with confidence and wit. The characters work, the action…
With the exception of some scenes in which Spider-Man was flying through the cityscape, which looked more as if he was soaring the skies of a Grand Theft Auto game, the special effect of this second entry into the Spider-Man trilogy were a vast upgrade in comparison to its predecessor. Graphics were, however, not the only thing that was subjected to a much needed upgrade. The story was smarter, more dramatic and, above all, considerably funnier. Take the slow elevator scene for example or how most of the intense sentimental passages were directly followed by an effective gag; some of those totally got me by surprise, ensuing some genuine hilarity. I think it’s safe to state that the first hour…
It has taken me over ten years to finally see one of Sam Raimi's Spider Man films. Universally loved by every comic book fan, a big budget outing for the web-slinger was long overdue, and with Batman, Superman and X-Men ringing up massive box office numbers, Marvel unleashed 3 Spidey films in 5 years to coin in some cash of their own.
This second film in the franchise from Raimi sees Tobey Maguire struggling with his double life as a photographer for the Bugle and his extracurricular activities as Spider Man. His life however is about to spiral out of control as he faces his most dangerous enemy in the form of Doctor Octopus, a scientist whose mind and body…
Better than the original (which is not saying all that much). My kids loved it, though.
The sequel to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man was an improvement in every respect. The acting, the writing, the effects, everything got an upgrade for the sequel. Upon this film's release, it felt like one of the greatest comic book films of all time.
Upon rewatching it though...it frankly doesn't hold up very well. Admittedly it is still a very good film, borderlining on a great one, but there are just too many moments in the film where things just don't click for one reason or another.
I think one of the reasons for the change in stature for this film has to do with the fact that so many great super hero films have come out since 2004. This renaissance of…
I'm not sure what exactly disappoints me about this film. The action scenes are well-done, and that's really the reason to see it.
The story, about Spider-Man/Peter Parker's struggle with his identity and purpose, is supposed to be compelling. I think it's the quieter scenes that derail it, and by that I don't mean they take away from the stuff getting blowed-up, but rather the poor writing and bad acting. So anxious were the filmmakers to get this one out, they forgot to write another draft. (I also thought the actress who played Peter's aunt was fucking TERRIBLE.)
So we get two-dimensional characters like Harry Osborne and Peter's Aunt, and bad dialogue. Not to mention high-minded monologues about heroism and…
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I’m a fan of Christopher Nolan “realism” in my superhero movies, but man, does this film make a case for going full comic book. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” that chest-logo wipe, the horror movie push-ins (especially that brilliant Doc Ock hospital sequence). In fights, you can see the CGI, and it doesn’t matter. They’re inventive and dynamic and exciting and fun. It’s liberating NOT to be trying to play the illusion of “this could all really be happening in our world.” This is comic book hero as American Myth.
What’s interesting is how this embrace of unreality hits me harder emotionally than the more true-life superhero wave that followed. Any moment with Rosemary Harris’s Aunt May is heartbreaking…
Not without its problems - but such a sincere, relatable, tragic yet fun experience it's still one of my favourite movies of all time
The best of the original Spider-man trilogy. Doctor Octopus is a sympathetic villain, so he makes for a more interesting story than the villains in the other Spider-man movies.
Probably one of the best, if not the best, comic book movie ever made. Not surprising considering Micheal Chabon helped write the screenplay. It captures all we love about SM/PP: the love angst, the money problems, the self-sacrifice in the face of never getting things to go his way in hos personal life; the iconic beats (SP's total unselfishness in being a hero and the way the public sticks up for him in that great train sequence). The characterization of the villian work well; really liked AL Molina's performance. Music score is fantastic. Raimi and crew were on their A-game with this one. Even the Cinema Lobby posters for this film were awesome. They completely captured the iconography of this magnificent super hero.
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Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
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