In 2012 denofgeek.com 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.
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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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
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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.
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 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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
Great Expectations by 20th Century Fox by Mike Newell (DVD)
Mona Lisa Smile [Blu-ray] by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment by Mike Newell
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