Here is a look at last week's winners:
Dredd 3D beat Ichi the Killer, 207-58
The Mask beat American Splendor, 196-57
Iron Man 3 beat Hellboy, 156-149
Captain America beat Ghost World, 259-31
On to this week's matchups…
Punisher: War Zone
Spider-Man - When Sam Raimi directed the first Spider-Man movie, it was still a fresh idea – the comic book adaptations. Sure, there was Batman, Blade and The X-Men, but Spider-Man brought a very popular comic book hero to the big screen directed by a very popular cult director. And, honestly, it was a load of fun. Over the years, it has declined a little based on what came out since then (specifically the awesome Spider-Man 2), but this movie was still a big hit and a very fun action adventure movie. It was truly amazing to see Spider-Man up on the big screen after so many years.
Punisher: War Zone - Some people love Thomas Jane as The Punisher but hated his movie. Me personally, I LOVED Punisher: War Zone and it was exactly what I thought a Punisher movie should be – a big bloody, R-rated affair with Punisher gunning his way through the underworld. I couldn't fathom how awesome it would have been to see Thomas Jane in this movie, but even Ray Stevenson was great in the role. This was shit on by a lot of people, but it was a great Punisher movie.
Thor - I loved Thor more than any Phase 1 movie outside of the first Iron Man and The Avengers. However, the movie was a tale of two stories. When the movie took place in Asgard, it was brilliant, which makes sense with Kenneth Branagh directing it. When it moved to earth, it was kind of just there – no better or worse than any other comic book movie. But, damn those Asgard scenes were great and Tom Hiddleston as Loki was the best bad guy in any Marvel Studios movie to date – just perfect.
Wanted - Everyone knows about Kick-Ass when talking about Mark Millar movies, but it seems not a lot of people mention Wanted anymore. The movie was a great deal of fun, and actually improved on the comic in a few places (thank God they didn't cast Eminem in the lead role). Basically, James McAvoy stars as a guy who learns he is the son of a famous super villain in a world where the villains extinguished the world of all heroes.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Edgar Wright directed Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, and this – his comic book adaptation. I thought it was damn near brilliant. I left Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with a giant smile on my face. I have never read the graphic novels it was based on and did not look at it like a fan of the source material would. I did go in with a slight bias as a fan of the director, though. Therefore, when the movie made me laugh (Chris Evans and Brandon Routh were great), surprised me (Kieran Culkin was magnificent) and then blew my mind with Wright's technical wizardry, I was sold. Hot Fuzz is still my favorite, but this one is right up there.
The Wolverine - I'll admit to it. I haven't seen The Wolverine yet. I spent the entire summer barely making ends meet, so if I didn't have press screening passes, I didn't see a movie. There was no press screening for The Wolverine, and feeding my son was more important than seeing the movie. It does come out soon, so I will at least rent it soon. So, was it as good as everyone says it was?
Amazing Spider-Man - In any other year, The Amazing Spider-Man could have ranked No. 1 on a list of my favorite comic book movies of that year. In 2012, it fell to two of the best comic book movies ever made. Marc Webb, who made 500 Days of Summer, helmed the movie and did a great job, crafting a fantastic and exciting experience. Andrew Garfield took over as Spider-Man and blew Tobey Maguire out of the water. I also loved Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and was happy to see her instead of Mary Jane Watson again. They also added a lot of room to move in future installments and created a really fun and exciting story in this rebooted effort. Sam Raimi's movies were great, but this version was on a completely different level.
Constantine - There were a lot of things wrong with Constantine, all starting with the casting of Keanu Reeves as John Constantine. I really enjoyed Reeves' Constantine movie for dumb, fun entertainment, but I freely admit that is not what the character of John Constantine is all about. The story needed to be dark, gothic and full of dread and evil. However, there were good points. Tilda Swinton as the angry vengeful angel was great and there was some fantastic exorcism moments in the movie. It wasn't what a Constantine fan would want to see, but it was way better than people give it credit for.