Here is a look at last week's winners:
The Dark Knight beat Howard the Duck, 231-38
The Avengers beat League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 247-23
X-Men 2 beat The Fantastic Four, 237-28
Superman beat Timecop, 203-53
On to this week's matchups…
Ichi the Killer
Dredd 3D - After the horrible adaptation that was Sylvester Stallone's Dredd, the character gets a new chance with Karl Urban in Dredd 3D, and the movie was a fantastically fun. It fixed everything that was wrong with Stallone's and gave the comic a big, violent, explosive movie that it deserved. The movie also flopped at the box office, with more people dismissing it than it really deserved. There has been word lately that a sequel might still come, although it would have to be for a lower budget.
Ichi the Killer - Based on the manga comic book series of the same name, the movie is a Japanese film by Takashi Miike that is one of the most graphically violent movies ever based on a comic. The idea of the bloodshed here was even exploited by the DVD distributors who released the film in a "blood pack" edition, which actually had what looked like a blood pack surrounding it. They also handed out vomit bags at the Toronto Film Festival when it first screened there, just in case. The movie is about an enforcer of a murdered crime boss who sets out to find the mysterious killer, Ichi.
American Splendor - American Splendor is the biopic of Harvey Pekar, a cartoonist who brought his life to his art in his American Splendor comic book series. Paul Giamatti stars as Pekar and the biopic is less a true story of Pekar's life and more of an adaptation of his life in the pages of his comic. While the movie is not what one expects from a "comic book" movie, the film holds up well against the men in tights comic book stories that came out around it.
The Mask - Much like Men in Black, The Mask was such a tremendous success that almost no one talks about it as being a comic book adaptation anymore. However, it was based on the Dark Horse Comics series which was created in 1989. Jim Carrey stars as a luckless bank employee who is tormented by almost everyone. When he finds a wooden mask in an alley and tries it one, where he becomes The Mask, a being with tons more personality and a propensity to pull off pranks against those who do him wrong. If you want to further tie this into comics, The Mask itself is a depiction of Loki.
Iron Man 3
Hellboy - Guillermo Del Toro got his comic book start with Blade II, but in 2004, he got to create his own franchise by adapting Mike Mignola's Hellboy into a feature movie. This first movie starts with the discovery of Hellboy as a baby and then cutting to present day, 60 years later, where he is now a teenager (in his own years). The movie then sends Hellboy and his BRPD teammates on a mission to stop an evil creature who wants to take over the earth.
Iron Man 3 - The third movie in the Iron Man series takes place after The Avengers. This means that this follows Tony Stark almost dying at the hands of invading aliens and his realization that there are a lot of things he can't control. This makes Stark suffer from PTSD and doubt himself. When an evil organization led by a terrorist called The Mandarin decide they want to cripple America, Stark challenges them. What makes this movie so impressive is that director Shane Black had Stark forced to stop the bad guys without the use of his armor for much of the movie, helping him realize that he is a hero not because of his weapons, but because he is a hero. It was a fantastic conclusion of Tony Stark's story.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Ghost World - Released in 2001, Terry Zwigoff directed an adaptation of the indie comic book Ghost World. The movie follows two teenage girls, both outsiders, named Enid and Rebecca who become friends after high school graduation. The girls then meet an older outcast (Steve Buscemi) and what we get is a quirky character drama about outcasts trying to find their way in the world. Rotten Tomatoes, IGN and Empire magazine all ranked it as one of the best comic book movies of all time.
Captain America: The First Avenger - The first movie to present Captain America to the world almost entirely takes place in World War II, with only the epilogue at the end showing him arrive in present day America. In the movie, we see Steve Rogers origin story, going from a skinny weakling to a genetically enhanced super soldier who leads the allied forces against the Nazis and forces of HYDRA and the Red Skull. It was further proof that Marvel was taking their superheroes and putting them into specific genre movies and not just relying on the super hero genre to support them.