Revisiting Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’

The Old, Cheesy, Amazing, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

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Marvel’s continuity shtick, one where various comic book characters and stories exist in one universe, used to be confined within comic book realms. In the early 2000s, there was no such universe and comic book movies were one-shot deals. Sequels were never planned and if a movie isn’t successful enough, then it joins the ranks of those one-off comic book movies: Hulk, Daredevil, The Punisher, Elektra, LXG and Fantastic—fuck wait—that movie actually had a sequel. Rise of the Silver Surfer, anyone?

Lucky for us, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man “hit the jackpot” on its first swing and eventually put Marvel on the movie map the same way Superman did for DC three decades earlier. X-Men, though really the first Marvel movie of this era, always felt like a half-hearted attempt, never fully embracing the silliness of weirdos in colorful outfits. Imagine Batman without the bat on his chest—that’s what Bryan Singer’s X-Men Continue reading “Revisiting Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’”

Kick-Ass (2010)

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With great firepower comes great kick-ass finale

Damon Macready (Nicholas Cage) was a good cop out to get NY kingpin Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong)—who in turn framed him for drugs and got him incarcerated. Macready lost everything while in prison, save for his little girl—thanks to his buddy Sgt. Marcus Williams (who showed up in the movie for a few minutes just to read Macready’s first graphic novel and reveal what this movie is all about: Macready’s revenge). Of course, Macready has since returned. This time as the masked vigilante known as Big Daddy. Big Daddy together with Hit-Girl a.k.a. his now 11-year old daughter Mindy (Chloe Grace Moretz), are on to destroying D’Amico once again. They’re no super-heroes; they’re only out for blood. Continue reading “Kick-Ass (2010)”