Well, I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m catching up on my blogathons right now! LOL, this is what happens when you procrastinate. Bubbawheat, the blogosphere’s chief authority on all things Superhero Movies, has started his own Bloggers Relay (those are popular right now, aren’t they?) and he’s passed the first baton over to me! I’m honored and privileged and slightly terrified, to be completely honest.
Bubbawheat didn’t want this to be some never-ending relay that is soon dismissed or forgotten about (honestly, all of the ones I have participated in have been awesome and fun and yet after about seven or eight entries, I stopped keeping track) and so he set in motion a set of rules to govern this relay, giving it a definite end date. So, the initial list was presented by Bubbawheat and then I have a week to work on it. I have to remove 3 movies, with explanations as to why, and then replace them with 3 more (also with explanations). If a movie lasts five rounds, it’s cemented onto the list. If a removed movie is added and then removed again three different times, it is locked out and can no longer be chosen. Once 4 movies are locked onto the list, bloggers remove 2 titles…and once we have 8 locked in films, we can only remove 1.
Eventually we will have a locked in list of 10.
Here is why I am terrified. I’m nowhere near as versed in the world of Superhero films as Bubbawheat is…and his initial list of 12 (yes, there are 12 due to the rule changes, but it will end with 10) looks pretty damn perfect!
But, I will press on and hope that this works out for me.
First, the initial list:
Now, here are the three I’m removing:
Why? Well, I haven’t seen any of the Hellboy movies, so removing a film that I had seen instead (and one that I liked, mind you) felt silly. I understand that it has a large fanbase, and it will probably land back on the list at some point, so I saw no harm. Also, while I really love X-Men, the sequel was vastly superior in every way and made this original look dated by comparison (and they only came out three years apart). Lastly, there are already two other Batman movies on the list, and in my childhood, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was the superior animated film.
I honestly debated removing The Avengers, simply because I don’t get the hype AT ALL, but I thought I may receive death threats if I went that far.
So, what am I adding?
Well, for me, The Rocketeer came down to pure nostalgic bias. I adore this movie for so many, many reasons, but upon a recent viewing I was shocked to see how well it held up and how well it captivated my own kids. It’s a beautifully composed story and it handles the material, the era and the themes shockingly well. It has a dated appearance, but never feels weighted down by it. Next, I wanted to move on to a more modern take on the superhero tale, and that’s why I chose Chronicle. Much like Unbreakable (which was the first film I initially planned on adding when I saw I had the baton, until I saw it was already on the list), this is an origin tale of a different flavor, and one that utilizes those popular handheld techniques, but so such great effect…and pretty much simultaneously chronicling the creation of superheroes AND a super villain in a really interesting light. Lastly, I wanted to jump to an entirely different tone, and so I went with Mystery Men. I know that one may look at this as pure trashy ridiculousness, but it is utterly hilarious and really works as a time capsule for the late-nineties comedy. It is anchored by some really intriguing ideas, characters and comedic performances and, in my eyes, nails the tone.
So, I hope that this makes things interesting (and I hope that at least one of my entries remains on the list till the end).
I’m handing things over to my girl Ruth over at Flixchatter, even though I know what this may mean! Have at it!