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Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Always thought of it as the best film in the trilogy. And unlike the first film, it didn't drop on a rewatch. The romantic/love issues is still the biggest flaw in this film (biggest flaw in the trilogy), but luckily it does somehow fall a bit in the shadow. It's still there of course, but not as annoying or painful as it was in the first film. Instead we get a more troublesome Peter Parker, struggling to decide what he want's to be. Him losing his powers and regaining them and so on is one of the greatest things about this film, lifting it on very high ground.
Alfred Molina does also make a much better villain than Willem Dafoe's crackling lunatic. While he, indeed, was good, Molina brings in a much more complex and emotional villain. Overall, this is a more emotional film, which just makes me like it even more. There are some scenes that are just on the edge of being heartbreaking, when all those people on train see him without his mask. "He's just a kid." And the action is more dazzling this time around...
The Evil Dead (1981)
The high amount of inventive filmmaking and lunacy that has gone through this film is something to celebrate. It's at times extremely goofy, but that's a part of the charm with it. Liam Neeson, at an early stage in his career, is brilliant as the title character. He manges to embrace the madness of the character with an hefty amount of heart and emotion. He also brings a certain level of gravitas to the film.
The films is very outdated. The low-budgeted effects, while slightly charming, is also slightly distracting. The poorly done green screen is the most obvious one. It's a fun film, but it's not one of those that ages well.
Evil Dead II (1987)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Sam Raimi does a lot of things right with this incarnation of Spider-Man. He delivers an effective origin story, some fun action scenes, a few memorable moments and Willem Dafore delivers a scene-chewing performance. The film is however brought down by way too many cheesy moments, some subpar performance and a lack of chemistry between Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
The Gift (2000)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Bigger ain't necessarily better. It tries to be as grand and epic as possible, but it's ambitions is clearly higher than the final result. Because it is a mess. Certainly, the effects are spectacular and the action is quite good at times. But it does never manage to get a grip on it's story. I like that they try to explore the darkness in Spider-Man, but the romantic aspect of it takes way too much time. The chemistry between Maguire and Dunst is absent, and when the darkness in Maguire then results into him going "emo" it's getting fairly ridiculous.
Then there is the fact that it just can't handle three villains at the same time. Venom is easily the coolest villain and his effects are great, but judging by the way he is portrayed in this film, I say skip him. He is not done justice. That he is being played by a weak and whiny Topher Grace doesn't add any glory either. Screw New Goblin as well. Please. They should have focused on just Sandman, as he was easily the most complex villain in this film, despite suffering from shared screentime with the other two villains. Combine Sandman with the darkness within Spider-Man, as well as less Dunst and romance. Then we could have gotten a treat. Because now it is just big, spectacular mess.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
I would say that the biggest problem with Oz the Great and Powerful is that it lacks magic, or any sense of wonder and excitement. For all its visual dazzle, it fails to take me anywhere interesting. There's nothing in it that particularly sticks with me, and it doesn't take me anywhere I want to be. It's a dull experience. If you can call it an experience to begin with.
Another problem is that there's basically no character to hold on to here. James Franco plays a rather boring version of himself, and none of the witches manages to strike with anything memorable. The plot follows the formula very closely, but it doesn't do anything interesting with it. Such a shame, Sam Raimi.
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