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The Dark Knight vs. X-Men

In 2000, X-Men kicked off one of the most popular blockbuster film trends of the last decade: Superhero pictures. By 2008, the cycle reached its unequivocal pinnacle in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Rising to the top of the box-office, the front of moviegoers minds and the height of pop culture saturation, it’s the be-all, end-all superhero movie. Continue reading The Dark Knight vs. X-Men

The Spirit (2008)

Equal parts Watchmen and Sin City, The Spirit is one of the more ancillary and derivative superhero movies made in the past few years. It’s a curious film, one that doesn’t set up much of a universe, establish much of a protagonist and develop much of a plot. Instead, it’s far more interested in the sleek style of Sin City coupled with voiceover narrations akin to Watchmen’s prose. Continue reading The Spirit (2008)

Watchmen (2009)

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Watchmen is a film that is caught between two polar audiences: fans of the graphic novel and average moviegoers. If it stays true to its source material, the highly acclaimed graphic novel, the average moviegoer will be put off by its emphasis on exposition. If it adjusts to mainstream tastes, die-hard will strongly spread negative word of mouth and scare away potential audience members. Continue reading Watchmen (2009)