Top 10 Best and Worst Superhero Movies

In 2012 did a ranking of the best and worst superhero movies Of All Time. Pleasingly they didn’t dismiss films that were made prior to the 21st century explosion of the genre, with entries for the original 70s Superman film and Tim Burton’s Batman. However, it’s unsurprisingly Christopher Nolan’s trilogy that re-imagined the caped crusader that dominates.

Ten Best

10. Kick Ass (2010)

9. The Incredibles (2004)

8. Iron Man (2008)

7. Superman The Movie (1978)

6. Batman (1989)

5. The Avengers (2012)

4. Batman Begins (2005)

3. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

2. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

The Ten Worst Superhero films of all Time

10. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

9. Hulk (2003)

8. Elektra (2005)

7. Catwoman (2004)

6. Captain America (1990)

5. X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

4. The Punisher: War Zone (2008)

3. Fantastic Four (2005)

2. The Green Lantern (2011)

1. Batman & Robin (1997)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Director: Sam Raimi Cinematographer: Bill Pope
 Spider-Man 2 (2004) on IMDb

The second of Raimi’s trilogy (and probably the best) is set two years after the events of the first and finds Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggling to juggle college classes and his job as a photographer for the Daily Bugle with carrying out his duties as Spider-man. Meanwhile Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) becomes a diabolical villain after a failed experiment kills his wife and leaves him neurologically fused to mechanical tentacles. Spider-Man must stop him from successfully recreating the experiment, which threatens to destroy the city. Propelled by exciting action and with plenty of humour, Spider-Man 2 is smarter and darker than its predecessor.

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  • Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  • Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
  • James Franco as Harry Osborn
  • Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus
  • Rosemary Harris as May Parker
  • Donna Murphy as Rosalie Octavius
  • J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
  • Daniel Gillies as John Jameson
  • Bruce Campbell as an usher in the doors of Mary Jane Watson’s show.
  • Stan Lee as a man on the street who saves a woman from falling debris during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus.
  • Dylan Baker portrays Curt Connors
  • Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn 
  • Elizabeth Banks and Bill Nunn as Betty Brant and Robbie Robertson
  • Ted Raimi as Ted Hoffman 
  • Elya Baskin as Mr. Ditkovitch,
  • Mageina Tovah as Ursula.
  • Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker
  • Aasif Mandvi as Mr. Aziz
  • Greg Edelman as Dr. Davis

Directed by Sam Raimi
Produced by Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad
Screenplay by Alvin Sargent
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Bill Pope
Edited by Bob Murawski
Running time 127 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Andrei Konchalovsky (Sight & Sound) Top 10 favourite Films (2012)

Andrei Konchalovsky is a Russian film director, film producer and screenwriter. He was a frequent collaborator of Andrei Tarkovsky earlier in his career. He is the son of Natalia Konchalovskaya and Sergey Mikhalkov and the brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, who is also a well-known Russian film director.

400 Blows, The 1959 François Truffaut
1963 Federico Fellini
L’Atalante 1934 Jean Vigo
Au Hasard Balthazar 1966 Robert Bresson
City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin
Fanny and Alexander 1984 Ingmar Bergman
Godfather: Part I, The 1972 Francis Ford Coppola
Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa
strada, La 1954 Federico Fellini
Viridiana 1961 Luis Buñuel

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Krzysztof Zanussi (Sight & Sound) Top 10 favourite Films (2012)

Krzysztof Zanussi is a Polish film and theatre director, producer and screenwriter. He is a professor of European film at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland where he conducts a summer workshop. He is also a professor at the Silesian University in Katowice.

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick
East of Eden 1955 Elia Kazan
grande illusion, La 1937 Jean Renoir
Leopard, The 1963 Luchino Visconti
Nostalghia 1983 Andrei Tarkovsky
Ordet 1955 Carl Theodor Dreyer
Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa
Seventh Seal, The 1957 Ingmar Bergman
strada, La 1954 Federico Fellini
Three Colours: Red 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski

Krzysztof Zanussi Collection – 5-DVD Box Set ( Constans / Persona non grata / Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa / Zycie rodzinne / [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import – France ]
The Structure of Crystal (Struktura Krysztalu) (Digitally Restored) [Blu-Ray] [Region Free] (English subtitles)
The Masterpieces of Polish Cinema – Krzysztof Zanussi – (Box – 3 DVD,s) – Region ALL by Jan Nowicki

Julian Jarrold (Sight & Sound) Top 10 Films (2012)

Julian Jarrold is a BAFTA Award-nominated English film and television director. His work includes Great Expectations (1999), starring Ioan Gruffudd, Kinky Boots (2006), Becoming Jane (2007) and he directed the first film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s iconic story Brideshead Revisited (2007), which starred Hayley Atwell, Matthew Goode, Emma Thompson, and Michael Gambon. Most recently Jarrold directed A Royal Night Out (2015) and in 2016, he became a judge at the Norwich Film Festival, while in 2017, he became a patron of the festival.

1963 Federico Fellini
Blue Velvet 1986 David Lynch
Cries and Whispers 1972 Ingmar Bergman
Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, The 1974 Werner Herzog
Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese
Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa
Spirit of the Beehive, The 1973 Víctor Erice
Stalker 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky
strada, La 1954 Federico Fellini
Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock

Kazuhiro Soda (Sight & Sound) Top 10 Films (2012)

Kazuhiro Soda is a Japanese documentary filmmaker and author based in New York City, USA. He is known for his observational method of documentary filmmaking. Soda obtained a degree in religious studies from Tokyo University in 1993 and a BFA in filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he has remained since, in 1997.

Atomic Café 1982 Jayne Loader/Kevin Rafferty/Pierce Rafferty
Close-Up 1989 Abbas Kiarostami
grande illusion, La 1937 Jean Renoir
Human Condition (I), The 1959 Kobayashi Masaki
Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa
Modern Times 1936 Charles Chaplin
Near Death 1989 Frederick Wiseman
Secret Sunshine 2007 Lee Chang-dong
strada, La 1954 Federico Fellini
Tokyo Story 1953 Ozu Yasujirô

Peace [DVD] (2012) Kazuhiro Soda






Ann Hui (Sight & Sound) Top 10 Films (2012)

Ann Hui is a Hong Kong film director, producer, screenwriter and actress. She is one of the most critically acclaimed Hong Kong New Wave filmmakers especially in 1970s and 80s. She is known for her films about social issues in Hong Kong. Her film works cover different categories, including: literary adaptation, martial arts masterpieces, semi-autobiographical works, female issues, social phenomena, political changes, and also thrillers. She served as the president of the Hong Kong Film Director’s Guild from 2004 to 2006. Hui has won numerous awards for her films. She won Golden Horse Awards (GHA) for Best Director three times (1999, 2011, 2014); Best Film at the Asia Pacific Film Festival; Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Director six times (1983, 1996, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018). She was honoured for her lifetime accomplishments at the 2012 Asian Film Awards. In 2017, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) invited Hui to become a member.

Flower of My Secret, The 1995 Pedro Almodóvar
Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski
Floating Clouds 1955 Naruse Mikio
Godfather: Part II, The 1974 Francis Ford Coppola
Travelling Players, The 1975 Theodoros Angelopoulos
Mirror 1974 Andrei Tarkovsky
Nosferatu 1922 F. W. Murnau
Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa
strada, La 1954 Federico Fellini
Time to Live and a Time To Die, A 1985 Hsiao-hsien Hou

Ann Hui’s Song of the Exile (The New Hong Kong Cinema) Paperback
Vintage photo of Portrait Ann Hui, actress, talks about”The River” at the Berlin Film Festival.
NIGHT AND FOG – ANN HUI 2009 HK movie DVD (Region All Free / R0) Simon Yam, Zhang Jing Chu (English subtitled)
The Golden Era (Award Winning Director: Ann Hui) DVD
A Simple Life [Blu-ray] (2012) by Well Go USA by Ann Hui

Laila Pakalnina (Sight & Sound) Top 10 Films (2012)

Laila Pakalnina is a Latvian film director and screenwriter. She has directed more than 20 films since 1991. Her film Kurpe was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. She also directed Dawn (2015) which was selected as the Latvian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.

Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky
Ashes and Diamonds 1958 Andrzej Wajda
Atalante, L’ 1934 Jean Vigo
Blow Up 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni
Breathless 1960 Jean-Luc Godard
Conformist, The 1970 Bernardo Bertolucci
Cranes are Flying, The 1957 Mikhail Kalatozov
Melancholia 2011 Lars von Trier
Once Upon a Time in America 1983 Sergio Leone
strada, La 1954 Federico Fellini

Rajko Grlic (Sight & Sound) Top 10 Films (2012)

Rajko Grlić is a Croatian film director and producer. He is a professor of film theory at Ohio University and artistic director of the Motovun Film Festival in Motovun, Croatia. He graduated from the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) at the same time as acclaimed Serbian film director, Emir Kusturica.

Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles
Exterminating Angel, The 1962 Luis Buñuel
Five Easy Pieces 1970 Bob Rafelson
Forty First, The 1956 Grigori Chukhrai
grande illusion, La 1937 Jean Renoir
Pickpocket 1959 Robert Bresson
Shadows 1959 John Cassavetes
strada, La 1954 Federico Fellini
Sunset Blvd. 1950 Billy Wilder
Zero de Conduite 1933 Jean Vigo

The Films of Rajko Grlic: Movies About Love, Sex, Revolution, War and Other Consequential Things (Paperback)
How To Make Your Movie: An Interactive Film School (Multimedia CD)




Mike Newell (Sight & Sound) Top 10 films (2012)

Mike Newell is an English director and producer of motion pictures for film and television, best known for directing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Newell won the 1994 BAFTA Award for Best Direction for Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky
Closely Observed Trains 1966 Jiří Menzel
Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese
grande illusion, La 1937 Jean Renoir
Leopard, The 1963 Luchino Visconti
Manchurian Candidate, The 1962 John Frankenheimer
Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa
strada, La 1954 Federico Fellini
Strangers on a Train 1951 Alfred Hitchcock
White Ribbon, The 2009 Michael Haneke

Great Expectations by 20th Century Fox by Mike Newell (DVD)
Mona Lisa Smile [Blu-ray] by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment by Mike Newell
MOVIE PHOTO: Amazing Grace And Chuck-Director Mike Newell-Camera-8×10-B&W-Still-VG


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