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The 411 Movies Top 5 10.05.12: Week 342 - Top 5 Movie & TV Reboots
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 10.05.2012









Welcome to Week 342 of the 411 Movies Top 5, my name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.

Wait, what?

Yep, as Trevor Snyder said last week, this is the dawning of a new era as he has stepped down as the host of the Top 5 and I will be taking over. Most readers know me as the writer of "Alternate Takes," the 411mania comic book and movies column. I also wrote the 3Rs of the Movie Zone and a video game column called "Pixels 'n Bits" as well as writing movie reviews and taking part in the Wrestling Zone's 4Rs.

Well, I'm looking forward to starting up here with the Top 5 each week after Trevor did such a great job over the last few years. However, Trevor is taking time off here and there from contributing to the column and won't be able to join us this week. He deserved a break after the great work he did.

This week's column is all about reboots, to coincide with the rebooting of this column. There might be some new ideas thrown forth here but there might also be repeated questions. I have also invited a screenwriter and film critic named John "D-Rock" Dotson to take part each week in the column as well. We are also inviting you the readers to take part in the column, and every week a reader will be able to add their Top 5 to the mix. If you want to be involved, send me an email at Rocker1018(at)yahoo.com and I will get you in the rotation.

This week's idea of Top 5 Reboots means franchises rebooted over time, and does not include remakes of solo movie efforts. I am also giving some leniency and saying that Doctor Who is eligible, despite the fact that the storyline is set up to allow new actors to step in without really needing to start the story over. The reason is the change in focus of the show makes it at least a partial reboot stylistically.

This week's contributors include:
Michael Weyer (Check out the recent Shining a Spotlight column)
Bryan Kristopowitz (read his take on Machete Joe on The Gratuitous B-Movie Column)
Robert Cooper ( Check out the latest Hammer of Doom news report)
Jeremy Wilson (Check out his review of Resident Evil: Retribution here)
John Cash (411mania reader)
John "D-Rock" Dotson (guest writer)
Shawn S. Lealos (check out my look at the current Captain America Ultimates story over at Alternate Takes)

THE TOP 5 REBOOTS



MICHAEL WEYER




5. The Mummy

Stephen Sommers' stock may have fallen over the years but he still should be credited with this fun take on a Universal monster staple. Taking an already classic story of an ancient evil unleashed and amping it up with an Indiana Jones-vibe and CGI created the perfect summer movie, aided by a clever script and good actors. Brendan Fraser was perfect as the hero and Rachel Weisz got her big break as his feisty companion while Arnold Vosloo was fun as the sinister title character. It proved you could get mileage out of reviving these classic characters (sadly, Sommers would fail to replicate that with Van Helsing) and if any film was worth digging up again, it's this.



4. Star Trek

After the "Next Generation" series petered out, there were doubts that a revival could work. But J.J. Abrams managed the feat with a simple but effective idea: Retell the classic series but without ignoring what came before. Thanks to time travel, you could show a very different James Kirk joining Starfleet and thrust into his first mission, allowing a fresh take on the franchise that still let fans know the previous history wasn't being wiped out, just added onto. The cast was good and the CGI perfect for the property but was backed up by a great story with good twists on the characters we knew so well. The result was a hit that reminded the public how much power was in Trek and set the stage for more journeys to come with a fresh tone fitting for a series always looking to the future.



3. Batman Begins

Ever since the horror of Batman and Robin, talk of a reboot of the franchise had been going around. It took almost a decade but well worth it as Christopher Nolan was the right choice to bring the Dark Knight back to his roots. He chose well with Christian Bale, believable as both suave Bruce Wayne and Batman and adapting Frank Miller's classic Year One story with some touches (like Gary Oldman's wonderful Jim Gordon) was exactly what was needed for the character. Nolan got it perfectly, the tone, removing the camp aspects, playing it straight as possible and grounded in realism which is what Batman is about. The sequels may be superior pictures but it was this film that reminded moviegoers of the power of the Caped Crusader and helped ignite the new wave of comic book films that Marvel would coast on much better than DC.



2. James Bond

You can argue that the Bond franchise has rebooted itself several times over the years. The suave 1960's style of Sean Connery gave way to the more tongue-in-cheek tenure of Roger Moore with bigger sets and plots and a humor that could go a bit over the top at times. Timothy Dalton's underrated run re-established Bond as a cold killer for a darker time. Pierce Brosnan brought him back for a new decade, showing Bond could still work in a post-Cold War world and fitting the bigger style of 1990's films but eventually got too much with Die Another Die overloading the CGI antics. Some may argue they went too far the other way with Daniel Craig, a brutal Bond free of gadgets but it was a refreshing air for the character, a return to his roots much needed. It's the key reason why the franchise has lasted fifty years, the producers are smart enough to keep shifting it for audiences to keep with the times. I'm sure Craig won't be the last Bond as the world will always need 007 and his unique style to keep us safe and look great doing it.



1. Battlestar Galactica

When it was announced that Sci-Fi was going to do a rebirth of the campy, short-lived 1970's series, there were naturally doubts it would work. The announcement of such things as a female Starbuck and human-looking Cylons made it worse. But then it premiered and we realized we were witnessing a true event, a series that was more than just a revival. Instead, it used the idea of humans running from androids out to destroy them to create one of the most fantastically in-depth and stunningly well-written dramas of all time. The power of it all, humanity on its last legs and showing their darker side, was simply beautiful to watch unfold, backed by one of the best ensambles ever assembled for television. Yes, it had space battles and wild sex but it was also an insight to how humanity can rise and fall while blowing away fans on a weekly basis with amazing plot twists and a finale that left more to question than answer. Any memories of the old series were brushed aside as Galactica transcened being just a sci-fi series into one of the finest works television has ever had to offer.



BRYAN KRISTOPOWITZ




5. Knight Rider (2008)

This TV series reboot only lasted one season, and the show changed direction after a few episodes, but I liked what I saw for the most part. Justin Bruening did a good job as the new Michael Knight, the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) was pretty bad ass (you can't go wrong with a Mustang), and having Val Kilmer as the voice of KITT was an inspired choice. The first few episodes were a little too hip and edgy and fast, but once the show slowed itself down it became weekly must see TV. I really wanted a second season. The Foundation for Law and Government had just been reestablished and it looked like it would become more of an ongoing adventure show, just like the original. Too bad NBC wimped out on us and cancelled it.



4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

The best movie of 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes had everything in it. Top notch performances from James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, and Brian Cox (the man knows how to play a douchebag), brilliant action bits, insanely cool special effects, and a great story. Of course, you can't watch ROTPOTA without talking about Andy Serkis as Caesar. Easily the greatest motion capture performance performance to date, Caesar was incredibly sympathetic (that scene where he tries to shake that ape's hand the first day in the refuge still gets to me). You rooted for him. How often does that happen to the degree that happens here? Serkis should have been nominated for an Oscar.



3. Human Target (2010)

This show, starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley, never should have been cancelled by Fox. It had everything: slick action, bad ass characters, top notch writing, and a great sense of humor. The first season was damn near perfect. The second season, adding two new female characters, was a bit off compared to the first season but it was still, in my opinion, the best show on television. It's too bad that it didn't garner more viewers during its run. The show deserved a third season and beyond. Come on, Fox, put out the second season on DVD.



2. Batman (1989)

Yes, this is a reboot, if you think about it. The campy 1960's TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward did get the big screen treatment in 1966, and up until Warner Bros decided to give Tim Burton the chance to make a dark mega blockbuster the 1966 movie and the TV show were how the general public thought of Batman. Then the summer of 1989 happened, Batman rocked the box office, Michael Keaton became a bonafide action star, and movies featuring "dark superheroes" became viable. And who could forget Jack Nicholson as the Joker? Still an iconic performance. Christopher Nolan and his The Dark Knight movies likely wouldn't have happened if Burton hadn't been give the chance.



1. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Directed by first time director Lexi Alexander, Punisher: War Zone finally got the essence of the Punisher character right. Ray Stevenson owns every second he's on screen as Frank Castle aka The Punisher, and Dominic West is a superb villain as the psychotic Jigsaw. War Zone is also one of the most gloriously violent movies in modern history. The opening sequence still makes me nerd cheer. As I said last week, it really is one of the best B-movies of all time and one of the best movies of the 2000's. Every minute of the movie is pure magic. It's just too bad it didn't make a dime at the box office. We should be anticipating a second Stevenson turn as Castle. He is, after all, The Punisher.

God, this movie still kicks ass.



ROBERT COOPER




5. Kamen Rider Kuuga

This, along with the next entry on my list, are not hard reboots, why I included both of them is because they both had a very long break in between series and this bringing back of the show has led to very lucrative business. Kamen Rider is a series in Japan that had been running from 1971 to 1989, after Kamen Rider Black RX, the series was no longer running, and had only produced 3 movies that ranged from direct-to-video to 45 minute movies. What Kuuga did was bring Kamen Rider back for the Heisei period and it's success brought back a franchise that is still running strong. The show is a bit slow when it comes to pacing, but it is a strong series overall, and I'd say that it did well as a reboot to the Kamen Rider series, though granted every season of Kamen Rider has a different hero(for the most part) but this started a new era entirely.



4. Doctor Who (2005 series)

This is the other show that is not necessarily a reboot in continuity, but it was a vast change from what was around when the show had left the airwaves way back in 1989. The series only had one movie in between the two eras, with the 7th Doctor dying and we get a new 8th Doctor and Eric Roberts. So as you can tell, the inclusion of Eric Roberts was a bad idea (and the movie was poorly advertised in America) so the Whovians had to wait many more years for a new show. Come 2005, a new Doctor Who had arrived, just like my above entry, it was in continuity with the past, but it was totally different, with a huge overhaul of the effects, the sets, and the mood of the show. This show has gone to explode in popularity in America as well as the rest of the world. I do love old Doctor Who, but this show more or less a reboot with the same continuity, totally different shows, with some exceptions.



3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

It's amazing how they managed to make a hit of a tv show with a cult audience out of a movie that was okay at best. This is definitely the first true reboot on this list. There is no continuity in between the movie and this show, only a premise. The show itself is one that I enjoy quite a bit (obviously, it is on my list), the action is good, as is the acting, and I love the characters and how they interact. I'd say that it is quite successful, considering that it rode out 7 seasons as well as a comic book series.



2. Star Trek (2009 movie)

I think that this movie was a great way to bring back the great Star Trek series. It wasn't gone as long as it may feel to some people, but I think that break of 4 years was quite good to the seris. I think that almost every one was ready for something new rather than the swamp of continuity that had ended 18 years of consecutive Star Trek shows. This new Star Trek took the characters from the original show that we all know and love, and gave them a bit of a touch up for a modern audience. We got Kirk, Spock, Sulu, Uhura, Scotty, and old Spock (who was our one link to the classic series). The villain was decent enough, acting was great, and characters properly updated for this new era, for the most part. While this reboot has not really show how popular the series that it started can get, or how deep an impact it will have on the fan base. But I think for all intents and purposes, this was a great movie that rebooted a great franchise.



1. Batman Begins

I'm sure this is not all that much of a surprise, considering that the trilogy that this spawned, is more than likely over with after The Dark Knight Rises. I loved this movie when it came out and I still love it 7 years later. Granted, the next movie was much better, but this movie was light years ahead of the teepee of bat manure and cold puns that was Batman and Robin . This movie had a fault or two, but for the most part it was great, and had a good set up for the next movie. This movie also started an increase in popularity for the franchise, not like it need one, and it made Batman "cool" again. Christian Bale was of course a good choice for Batman (though a choice for phone salesman, he is not) and as an origin story, this is about as solid as you'll get for film, so until they redo Batman again, this will be the best franchise reboot of all time.



JEREMY WILSON




5. Batman Begins

I'm not counting Christopher Nolan's entire Dark Knight trilogy, just Batman Begins which effectively rebooted the franchise and gave filmgoers "Good Batman" again after a pair of Joel Schumacher...whatever the hell they were. The Dark Knight is a modern masterpiece, the best superhero movie ever and a great treatise on the nature of good and evil in the 21st century. Batman Begins is different, a very good film on its own merits as it gave us the "modern" Batman with the insanely gravely voice and a batsuit with no nipples. Cillian Murphy does a solid, creepy job as Crane, personally slotting in nicely between Ledger's Joker and Hardy's Bane in terms of Nolan/Batman villains and the plot is a nice way of reintroducing the character. It also brought a seriousness back to the series, treating its central hero and his adversaries with a level of respect that had been sorely lacking. It's a great start that led to even greater things for the franchise.



4. The Muppets (2011)

I've loved The Muppets and Jim Henson's work for my entire life and I think everyone who grew up in that era has fallen in love with at least something from the man's incredible, vast career. However, The Muppets are special and when it was announced they were doing another Muppets movie I'll call it a reboot for lack of a better term I think we were all excited, if a bit concerned. Those concerns were inflamed by pre-release criticism from a number of the muppeteers about the script and Rogen and Bobin sacrificing the characters for easy, cheap laughs. However, with an amazing marketing campaign that utilized a number of parody trailers and pre-release reviews that were almost uniformly glowing, The Muppets was released and became a hit. Not only that, it brought those beloved felt creatures Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang back to the public consciousness and delivered a great addition to The Muppets legacy. It was funny, heartfelt and a throwback to the good old days. I don't know what Jim Henson would have thought about it, but I'm pretty sure he'd at least be happy a new generation got the opportunity to fall in love with The Muppets. I know I am.



3. Star Trek (2009)

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek remains one of the most purely entertaining major Hollywood tentpoles of the last decade. While I don't consider myself a Trekkie in the slightest, I am a fan of the franchise and have always struggled to comprehend how so many of the series' cinematic outings haven't been up to snuff. Yeah, Wrath of Khan is great and The Voyage Home, The Undiscovered Country and First Contact are all good-to-very good, too much of the best Star Trek has been on the silver screen instead of the big screen. For a series set in space and revolving around exploration and battles and shuttling ambassadors back and forth (okay, maybe not that last part), it really felt like Abrams was the first guy to come along and have the desire and vision to shake things up. He wanted Star Trek to be a more visceral experience, a thrilling action sci-fi adventure that takes risks and delivers what the series is and should be capable of on the big screen. Plus, lens flares!



2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

I was as shocked as everybody else was when Rupert Wyatt and 20th Century Fox delivered Rise of the Planet of the Apes towards the end of Summer 2011. And it was good. Very good. Our collective surprise was probably due to an earlier less successful (to put it diplomatically) attempt from Tim Burton to relaunch a franchise that's been basically dormant (and dated) since the early 1970's, as well as a less-than-stellar initial trailer. Yet, here Rise came with the sublime Andy Serkis putting himself at least on the fringes of the awards season as Casesar, motion capture work that at least rivaled what he did as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies. The best part of Rise? It served not only as a good standalone movie, but also made you eager to see more installments. That's a win-win for audiences as well as studios.



1. Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

It's Battlestar Galactica. Everything is bigger, better, more interesting and more entertaining. It's one of the greatest shows of all time. End of discussion.



JOHN CASH




5. Wolverine & The X-Men

I know what you're thinking; it's a cartoon! Yes, it is, but so is The Simpsons. W&TXM was short-lived, but what it was able to do in two seasons was MILES better than anything X-Men: Evolution (the previous X-Men cartoon reboot) tried to accomplish in double the time. It was easy to tell that the team behind the show were fans, in that they tried to get as much of the lore of the cast in as they could without over-complicating things. It really did feel like a "spiritual successor" to X-Men: The Animated Series, and it's because much like the show most children of the '90s loved, it stuck as close to the comics as they could while keeping it interesting and fresh. I have it at number five because it has a cliffhanger ending leading up to a planned "Age of Apocalypse" season long story arc that we'll never get to see, thanks to what is rumored to be a lack of funding from previous financiers and Fox stepping in and reminding people that they have the reins on the X-Men at the moment.



4. Human Target

Not many saw the original Human Target, having only seven episodes aired in 1992, but luckily someone out there saw Human Target as being worthy of a second chance. Ahem. Starring some of my favorite "just-on-the-cusp-of-stardom" actors like Mark Valley (Boston Legal, my favorite show ever), Jackie Earl Haley ("Rorschach" in Watchmen), and the great-as-ever Chi McBride (Pushing Daises, Boston Public), Human Target really seemed to want to be a lot of things, and for the most part, it all went together quite smoothly. Mark Valley, in another timeline, would have been an AMAZING casting for Captain America, and you can really see it in the way he moves during his action scenes and doubly in the dramatic sequences. Unfortunately the show had a lot working against it; it came out around the time 24 was winding down, and many people dismissed Human Target simply as a knock-off. At the same time, Fox had other teetering shows like Lie To Me and Fringe (hard to believe considering how strong its been the last couple years) to worry about, so they quietly put the show to rest without trying to cram in a lot of stunt casting episodes like they always do.



3. Hammer Films "Dracula" series

'Tis the season! Before you buy candy, costumes, and obviously CHRISTMAS decorations, please keep an eye out for 1958's "Dracula" starring Christopher Lee (whom most will know as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings films at the turn of the century) and the wonderful Peter Cushing. Most play up Christopher Lee as the reason to watch this series of films, but it is my humble opinion, that these movies are to be watched solely to watch Peter Cushing BECOME world-renowned monster hunter Dr. Van Helsing. It's not all crosses and garlic; they don't muck about, and it shows through gore, masterful suspense, and most notably some of the most bizarre ways ever devised to kill or otherwise incapacitate Dracula (seriously, they kill him with a broken wagon wheel in one of them.) I have these at number three because they are pretty hard to find, and I believe it is currently impossible to get all of them in the same package without getting a torr-... through the magic of the internet!




2. Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy

One. Billion. Dollars. A comic book movie was something many were quick to point out would NEVER be a hit, and would always be made for the nerds, by the nerds. Three movies later, $2.45BILLION later, and comic book movies are now at the fore-front of Hollywood. All because Christopher Nolan knew what had to be done; Batman had to be believable. No plant people (sorry Ivy), no ICE TO MEET YOU; it needed to be about the man himself, spiraling down into madness, and his climb back up towards salvation. Batman Begins is probably the weakest entry in the trilogy, but it is by far the most important in my eyes, because without it (with an assist from Avi Arad's Spider-Man), Hollywood would have never given something like Thor or Iron Man a second thought as they threw it in the garbage. The Avengers, a MIRACLE of a film, would have been absolutely out of the question. The Dark Knight seems to be the favorite of the three, and by all means it sealed the deal on superhero films being able to be taken seriously, but it was Batman Begins that woke people up to the idea that maybe it wasn't all capes and tights after all, that they could be serious dramatic pieces with depth and soul.




1. Doctor Who

On a lonely Saturday night, I sat flipping through channels, eventually stopping at the Sci-Fi Channel to see what looked like robots and giant trash cans flying uncontrollably towards a sky-scraper. Inside, a man in trench coat and a blondie held on for all their worth to the controls to what looked like a worm-hole. At the last second, the girl lost her grip, hurtling towards the void, GREATLY DISTURBING the man. Luckily another man teleported in just in the nick of time, and teleported into the alternate reality on the other side. Yes; my first experience of Doctor Who was watching the last 10 minutes of the Series 2 Finale "Doomsday". I had no idea what was going on, or who these people were, but by the end of that scene on the beach, I was forgoing manly tear mode, and going straight into bawler status. That night I stayed up and watched every episode of the marathon, well into Sunday morning, and since then I've been hooked. It's really cliché, but its so hard to describe what Doctor Who really is to someone. They have to see just the right episode to get them hooked, whether it be the Doctor meeting Madame de Pompadour in "The Girl in the Fireplace" (my personal favorite), legendary episode "Blink" which introduced the Weeping Angels, or even just watching Matt Smith eat fish fingers & custard as he grows into his role of 11th Doctor, each Who episode is a film of it's own, while at the same time being able to keep a solid season story arc every series. I've gone back and watched as much of the original Doctor Who run as I could, and there are definitely stand out moments and characters, but it's just not the same show as the new version. It's great to see that Doctor Who is finally catching on huge in the United States, and hopefully we'll be able to enjoy the show for years (decades?) to come.



JOHN "D-ROCK" DOTSON




5. Rise of the Planet Apes

Growing up, I found it difficult to get into the original classic Planet of the Apes film. Not because I thought the film was in any way a bad movie, but because the make-up and special effects, as well as the idea of talking monkeys, just seemed silly. Viewing Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I realized why the ideas that were conveyed in the original movie had such an impact. What happens when an ape becomes self-aware? The film greatly demonstrates this through the outstanding performance of Andy Serkis as Caesar and the strong direction of Rupert Wyatt.



4. 21 Jump Street

Still fresh off 2012 is 21 Jump Street, which is currently sitting among my top picks of the year. This surprise, hit comedy took a too familiar source material in a new direction, found creative and clever ways to change our view about high school. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) remind audiences that, in today's high school universe, Geeks are king. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum elevate the comedy with shining chemistry, making this a worthy demonstration of how to execute a reboot.



3. Sherlock Holmes

2009 brought us many new and exciting surprises, including Avatar and Inglourious Basterds. However, the one film that snuck up on me was Guy Ritchie's slick revamp of the classic character Sherlock Holmes. For me, this was a great example of the ultimate reboot. Guy Ritchie took the personas of both Holmes and Watson and completely made them his own. Before this interpretation, the character of Watson had never been portrayed with such strong individuality. In the past, Watson seemed to come across as a simple sidekick, much like Batman's Robin. Here, Jude Law takes the role of Watson and makes him more than just a flat supporting character. Instead, in this version of Sherlock Holmes, Watson keeps Holmes in check, like a guardian. The witty humor and interaction between Downey and Law carried the film and brought a new sense of humor and delight to familiar characters that were viewed in the past as somewhat stale, making this one of my favorite restarted franchises.



2. Casino Royale

Despite being rebooted several times over the years, "Casino Royale" was, in my opinion, the most daring attempt at giving the James Bond franchise new legs. This film was also the first Bond film to make the bold decision to hire an actor who would portray the famous Bond character with blonde hair. It wasn't the story that made me love this film, but the charismatic presence and powerful acting performance of Daniel Craig. Casino Royale was the needed reminder of exactly why we love James Bond. This goes without saying, but for the record, I cannot wait for Skyfall.



1. Batman Begins

This is undoubtedly my number one pick when it comes to reboots. Not only is this film a fantastic reboot of a popular franchise, but convinced many studios to push the reset button on their familiar properties. Batman Begins is the perfect example of how a reboot should be packaged to a studio. Not only did this film take the Batman character to dark and chilling places, but it expanded other characters in a way Batman films have never done before. Characters such as Alfred and Lucious Fox were given more emotional drive in the story arc of Bruce Wayne. At the end of the day, Batman Begins proved a sophisticated director could have a dominant impact on a beloved comic book property. Christopher Nolan's Begins returned a sense of prestige to the source material that we have been waiting for since the nightmare of Batman and Robin.


SHAWN S. LEALOS




5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

In 1992, Joss Whedon wrote a film that ended up as a cult favorite, but in no way can ever be considered a good film. Basically, Kristy Swanson played Buffy Summers who learns she is the Chosen One and gets to kill vampires, while training with Donald Sutherland's Watcher. She also is in love with Luke Perry, fresh in the midst of his 90210 stint. Five years later, Whedon brought the idea to television in an effort that not only dwarfed the movie but was the best genre series since The X-Files debuted. While Sarah Michelle Gellar was the weakest link, the supporting cast and the amazing writing helped it become one of the most important shows of its era.




4. James Bond (Daniel Craig)

I was never a huge fan of James Bond. I admit that I watched a lot of the movies over the years (but still have not seen them all), but I wasn't really a big Bond guy. I loved Sean Connery, thought Roger Moore was goofy and really liked Pierce Brosnan in the role, although his movies were the weakest. However, when Daniel Craig came aboard and Casino Royale came out, I was hooked. The series took the changes that Bourne forced and excelled in every way. While Quantum of Solace" was not the best movie, by far, it was still enjoyable and Daniel Craig has made me a fan of the franchise for the first time.




3. Amazing Spider-Man

I love Sam Raimi. His original "Evil Dead" movie is what made me decide to start studying film in college, and I actually did one of my college thesis papers over that movie and his achievements with no money. When he signed on to direct the Spider-Man franchise, I was one of the most excited people around. The first two movies were fantastic and the third was a letdown, but still better than many comic adaptations. However, when Marc Webb came on to reboot the franchise, I was not sold on him despite my love for (500) Days of Summer. I think Andrew Garfield is a great actor as well, but was not sold on him as Peter Parker. However, the movie was fantastic and on a whole other level than Raimi's. They took Peter from the '60s bookworm and transformed him into an outsider in today's society and it worked perfectly. I had few expectations about The Amazing Spider-Man, but now consider it one of my favorite movies of 2012.




2. Battlestar Galactica

The original Battlestar Galactica was cheesy, a television version of Star Wars, with Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict starring as part of a crew of a spacecraft battling the villainous Cylons while searching for the legendary planet called Earth. It was a relic that many love as a piece of sci-fi history. However, in 2004, Ronald Moore and Glen Larson rebooted the TV show and created one of the best shows on modern day television. The series was as much a political drama as it was a story of space wars, and that made it better than the original could ever dreamed to be. Everything about the new version was first class and it remains the best reboot to ever hit television.




1. Dark Knight Trilogy

Sure, this is a generic choice, but when Christopher Nolan rebooted the Batman franchise, he took a franchise that died a horrible death at the hands of Joel Schumacher and made it important again. It was no longer the goofy, colorful franchise of the last two movies, and also did not hold the gothic feel of Tim Burton's efforts. However, the Nolan movies took the hero and put him in the real world. The story was just as much a thriller as it was a comic book movie, even more so at times. Sure, there are a lot of people who like to bash the Dark Knight trilogy, but I disagree with those people. I think this was the greatest comic book adaptations ever made, until The Avengers hit theaters. With those two movies attempting to do different things, I still rank Nolan's reboot as some of the best films released over the last decade.


Thanks for reading my debut on the Movies Top 5. Remember, I want you the readers to contribute to the column each week. Please email me at Rocker1018(at)yahoo.com if you would like to contribute. As for this week, let me know which reboot you liked the best.







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