Geek Smithology

July 11, 2006

Top Ten Super Hero Movies

Filed under: Sight by Nathan @ 7:47 pm

Okay, MSN threw up their list of the ten Best Super Hero movies, and it’s actually pretty good. But it doesn’t get it quiiiite right, so that makes it a conversation starter, and in that vein I present my own ten Best…

10. Batman
Tim Burton truly did do something revolutionary with this one, and I’ve put it into my pantheon of movies to never watch again, because something tells me that watching it @ 31 will destroy most of the love I had for it @ 14. I just don’t think it will stand up and I don’t want to find out.

9. V for Vendetta
Perhaps not a conventional “super” hero, but close enough. The imagery was a little sledge hammery and the only thing leakier than its allegory is the Windows Forms TreeView abstraction, but something about the proceedings captivated me.

8. Bubba Ho-tep
Don’t even try to tell my that Elvis isn’t a super hero. If you don’t laugh at this movie it’s becuase you’re missing a soul. Probably because an Egyptian soul-sucking mummy took it from you.

7. Hulk
I know a lot of people didn’t like this, but that’s because they’re comparing it to Spider-Man and X-Men when Lee was trying to accomplish something completely different. I don’t want to act like an elitist snob (even if I am one <sniff>) and drop the you don’t get it bomb, so I’ll just leave it as a general disappointment that people would rather see action than character development.

6. Unbreakable
I’m not a Shamalan fan (WTF was up with The Village, anyway?) but I was riveted. Bruce Willis continues a good streak, Samuel L. Jackson is stable as always, and of course there’s that M. Night twist ending.

5. Hellboy
Talk about getting it right. With movies out there like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, this was a breath of fresh air. Crazy characters, crazy plot, and just plain fun from start to finish.

4. The Incredibles
Believe it or not I wasn’t looking forward to this one. The posters looked silly and nothing in the previews change my perception. But I trusted in Pixar and sure enough it was another gem. A little part of all of us identifies with Mr. Incredible, and that often makes for captivating cinema.

3. X2
Honourable mention to X-Men, but this sequel was when everything really started to come together. One thing that makes a good super hero movie is when great actors take it seriously, and you can’t beat the work of Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and Hugh Jackman. All I want to know is why the hell wasn’t Nightcrawler in Last Stand?

2. Batman Begins
Finally the vision of a darker Batman is realised. While not quite the ominous spectre of Dark Knight Returns, Christian Bale’s Batman is dark, sinister, and best of all (no offense to Michael Keaton) genuinely looks like he could kick some ass. Even the future Mrs. Cruise couldn’t sink this ship.

1. Spider-Man 2
Kudos to the first for setting the scene, but Spider-Man 2 had everything. Spidey is the quintessential Joe Blow hero with all the insecurities and difficulties that come with sudden power. The relationship with Mary Jane and Harry, Doc Ock, Aunt May. Everything is just pitch perfect and I can’t get enough of this one.

So there you have it. Agree? Disagree? Lemme know.

July 8, 2006

Cool (As in Miles Davis) Geeks

Filed under: Industry,Sound by Nathan @ 5:18 am

Just caught this post over at Chris Pirillo’s blog with this video of a geek jam session @ gnomedex — a servicible rendition of All Blues. I have only one thing to say to snobby jazz musicians that want to cut it down – the code review is tomorrow ;-)

Anyway, as a bit of an artist myself, it’s cool to see another side of geekery

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