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Movie critic David Thomson recently published a book called “Moments That Made The Movies,” which consisted of 72 hand-picked (and highly personal) “moments” from across the span of cinema – moments that he believes have come to define the medium it its entirety. And you know what? Not a single superhero movie in the bunch! What’s wrong, Mr. Thomson? Don’t think The Avengers has the dramatic weight of something like Sunset Boulevard? That Heath Ledger’s Joker doesn’t compare to to all those Jack Nicholson movies you selected? Oh, you don’t?
Well, we do. Enough to make our own list, in fact. Here’s our picks for 20 Superhero Movie Moments That Were Impossible To Forget, assembled to celebrate what is – in this day and age, anyway – cinema’s most popular sub-genre. A moment doesn’t have to be good or bad to have made the list, of course – it just has to have welded itself to your memory banks. Forever.
Let’s get started…
20. When Peter Parker Unleashed Those Godawful Dance Moves
Or as it’s better known: the point at which Sam Raimi lost his mind
Fanboy Soundbite: “What the hell am I watching here? Is this still Spider-Man 3? Is this, like, a trailer for a different movie about… jazz? Seriously, what has this got to do with Venom? … Did he just say ‘dig on this?'”
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In my opinion there isn’t a finer director working in the studio system than Christopher Nolan. Or out of it for that matter. From humble beginnings crafting cult classics, Nolan is now a powerhouse in blockbuster filmmaking who over the past decade has totally revolutionised the industry.
With The Dark Knight Trilogy, a series that actually became an instant classic, rather just being declared one by critics, he brought a dark and brooding, yet realistic slant to big budget movies that has since been adopted as standard; a film like The Avengers being light is now a key point of discussion.
Obviously that’s misunderstanding what makes his films so great; The Dark Knight didn’t work just because it was serious. And likewise Inception wasn’t awesome purely because it was different, although the subgenre of grounded sci-fi (Looper, Source Code and to a lesser extent The Adjustment Bureau) begs to differ.
But the studios are on to something; the brilliance isn’t just a Nolan trait, but something within the film’s make up they can use to their advantage. They’re just missing what it is. Christopher Nolan is a microcosm of how the studio system could be; within his methods are elements that could be extrapolated industry wide.
So without any more exposition (sadly unlike Chris not delivered amongst a startling action sequence), here are ten such lessons that modern Hollywood could take from Christopher Nolan. Yes this is coming from a Nolan fan, but hopefully even his most staunch detractors will see there’s some problems with cinema that his example could solve.
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