Top 7 Best Marvel Movies Since 2000

With the arrival of “X-Men” in 2000, the landscape of cinematic blockbusters changed irrevocably. Superheroes and super-villains that came from the Marvel universe still provoke excitement among fans and new-comers. Sure, the Batman and Superman films were released once in a while to remind us that the comic books of Marvel still belong to the world of films, but the last 13 years have seen many awesome movies that started the superhero movie renaissance. The sheer proliferation of Marvel franchises has left us with a difficult decision: to rank the best, the worst, and the ones which situate themselves somewhere in the middle. Of course, it also depends on personal taste, and some of you might not agree with our top 7, but we have created it according to the best special effects, acting, plot, superheroes and villains. Let’s take a look at them.

7. Iron Man 2

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Although we very much love the Iron Man series, and Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) adorable personality, we just couldn’t rank the second Iron Man movie better. It lacks some of t he excitement that we became used to in the first movie, and it seems like a movie put together from scenes that have no rhyme nor reason. Although the adoration for Iron Man 1 might have people rushing to see it, prepare to be a bit disappointed.

6. X-Men: First Class

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As we said before, we have taken many factors into account when creating this top 10. If we were to consider only the strength and talent of the lead performances, “X-Men: First Class” would definitely be in the top three. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, and James McAvoy’s Professor X make a formidable “duo”. Their bromance takes them to ugly places however, they have to fight for the survival of the Mutant race.

5. Punisher: War-Zone

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The Punisher” is an excellent movie, which sadly enough, was not very well advertized. But even if it wasn’t this doesn’t stop you from seeing it. Blame the marketing, blame the fact that people did not consider it any good, but blame yourself for not downloading it today. Ray Stevenson plays a bad-ass Frank Castle, who exhales badassery with every breath. Watch it today.

4. Iron Man

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A lot of credit was given to Robert Downey junior for his remarkable performance in Iron Man 1, but we should also thank the director, Jon Favreau for giving the characters enough space to truly express themselves. The movie is a Rock Star, exactly like its lead-character. The armor is amazing, the romance story subtle and exciting, and the finish… well, not all that we had in mind. When it could have ended with a big bang, it ended in a whisper.

3. Thor, and Thor: The Dark World

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There have been countless of movies with Thor and the vikings in the past, but the more that appeared, the more pathetic the story seemed. This is why THOR had a huge responsibility to live up to, and although many considered that it would fail, they were wrong. Chris Hemsworth’s natural charisma and powerful constitution make him one of the best Thor’s in history. Also, the mix between high-fantasy Asgard and the Earth scenes blend together perfectly to create one of enjoyable Marvel Franchise. Oh, and did we mention that Natalie Portman is in it? Thor, the Dark World, on the other hand, is somehow dorky and silly, but still super fun. The only person I feel bad about in all of this, is Loki.

2. Captain America: The First Avenger

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Out of all Marvel Movies, this is the one I enjoyed the most, because instead of trying to make Captain America look bad-ass and super-cool, they embraced everything about his dorky and old-fashioned personality. This patriotic superhero in red, white and blue is like a valuable jewel from the past: a selfless hero who actually has ideals. You Should definitely see it!

1. The Avengers

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For me, it was the Avengers that sparked the taste for superheroes and the Marvel universe once more. Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, the Black Widow, Loki all come together for an epic battle between good and evil. I would be inclined to say that Loki somehow steals the stage with his amazing performance, but maybe it’s just me. Although it takes quite a while for the movie to build momentum, the destination is A-M-A-Z-i-N-G. The movie simply radiates joy, and excitement, and there are no excuses for not seeing it, at least once. 

When Movies Beat Reality. And Logic. And Us.

They always say that life beats the movies, as it is often so surprising, so challenging and so mind – blowing, that the entertainment industry should focus more on real experiences than fiction. But you have to be honest, just as the movies critics and the fans were many times before, the movies beat reality any day. Cliches, you say? The same cliches, over and over again, used forever and for always, in spite the fact that everybody knows they are cliches and they teach us a bunch of wrong things? Apparently, you can’t have a box office success without using a few tricks that managed to piss off even the most passionate movie fans along the years, just as you can’t have reality plunging into a movie, as nobody goes to the cinema to see ugly women brushing their teeth and looking zombified, cause you know, aesthetics and all.

So basically, we are a bunch of ranters who complain about the movies cliches and bad lessons they teach us, but won’t pay a dime to see “realistic” movies that mirror realistic life. And why would one do that? But, these much circulated cliches make our life more interesting and more entertaining and there are a lot of fun instances when movies beat reality. So let’s see a few of them!

1. The Villain gets it in the end

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Always. Easier, harder, trickier, but the villain always gets it. And no, this is not quite as reality works. But the most important question is: say you’re a villain who wants to take over the world and become all great and powerful. Like don’t you watch a few movies before? Don’t you want to see where your predecessors made the mistakes that led them to their demise? Like, seriously, before coming up with a master plan, don’t you do your research and your homework? All villains in all movies end up ass kicked. Are they all stupid? I for one would love to see the villain prevail in a movie, but that would just be wrong cinema, of course. In real life, actually, many villains are still on the loose. Unfortunately. They should get it in the end. But I miss an original villain who just laughs best. For the variation.

2. Steering the car wheel: movies beat reality with mechanics

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How to film a car scene, inside the car, and let the viewer know the character is driving? Easy! Make him steer that wheel like he’s taking a needle curve every four seconds. While still maintaining a straight direction on a very straight highway. I understand it is quite dull to film a guy just holding his hands on the wheel in the right position and glue his eyes on the road, cause, you know, it is kind of dull, but movies have this talent of giving us bad driving lessons, like it is OK to play with the driving bagel however you want or don’t even dignify the road with a glimpse.

3. The U.S. is the only country in the world threatened by aliens, monsters or deadly viruses

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You know people always complained that in the movies everybody speaks American English, and we mean wild undiscovered portions of Siberia, Japanese Yakuza clan members or European countries inhabitants, fictional worlds like Asgaard, not to mention terrorists who by no means could ever speak with a British accent. But this is just the ice on the surface. While everybody in the world understands and speaks American English, America is actually the only place that attracts aliens, monsters and deadly viruses more than porn sites attract teenagers. Do movies beat reality? Well… think about it this way: even the aliens that invade the U.S. are ambitious enough to learn American English enough to say “Peace? No peace…”

There are a lot more. The woman who wakes up in the morning wearing perfect make – up. The couple who has awesome sex standing (you try that at home and see how exactly movies beat reality) and check upon your policemen friends, as three days before pension they got shot or involved in their “last” case that keeps them busy for the next year.

5 Popular Actors You Might Remember From The X Files. Or Not

If you’d ask me what is my number one TV show of all times, I would say “The X Files” without blinking or thinking that I managed to grow up a lot since then. I would say “The X Files” not only because it shaped the way I see television shows even today, but because it still confirms a theory I’ve been willing to share with anybody willing to listen: everybody played in the X Files, everybody had at least one guest appearance and a lot of them started out their TV or silver screen careers with an X Files episode. What am I talking about? I am talking about some very popular actors who made an appearance in the X Files you might remember seeing there and who are now famous, or at least on their way to stardom.

Compiling lists of such actors is not a world – premiere, as others have done it as well, and the waters have been stirred again with the fabulous Breaking Bad series which turned Bryan Cranston into a god. Did you know that Vince Gilligan chose Cranston because he was impressed with his performance back in 1998 in the X Files Season 6, Episode 2 – Drive? Of course you knew, everybody does! Seeing how so many contemporary stars seem to have been related one way or the other with the iconic nineties show, I will present you with my favorite five actors you might remember from the X files, just to remind everybody that this particular show rocked the ages back then and if you didn’t see it, you should give it a try.

1. Tony Shalhoub – Mr. Monk as a Paranoid Scientist

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Mr. Monk is heavily disregarded when people start making lists about popular actors who started out in the X Files or guest – starred in some episode or blessed the series with their already famous presence (see Burt Reynolds). But even if Tony didn’t actually begin his career in the X Files, I am sure many people who saw him starting with the 2000s screamed, just like me, pointing out at the TV: I told you everybody played in the X Files. I very much like him now, but I will never forget his paranoid and quirky character in Season 2, Episode 23 – Soft Light.

2. James Franco – So young then, so famous now

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Now this one you know, if not for 127 Hours, at least for the more recent This is the End. But did you pay attention to Cop Number 2 in Season 8, Episode 8 – Surekill? He was there, alright and I swear to God I recognized him years after when I saw 127 Hours.

3. Mark Pellegrino – One of the actors you might remember from the X Files? Probably not

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Admit it, you love him! If not because he confused the soul out of you with his character in Lost (Jacob, the mighty and powerful), at least because he is the world’s favorite Lucifer (in Supernatural, evidently). But this intriguing Lucifer also starred in Season 7, Episode 3 – Hungry in 1999, as a freak of nature who fed on human brains. I am not sure this part shaped his future career as a charming villain, but this X Files episode is considered as one of the very best in the entire Season 7. Mark might have helped a lot.

4. Ryan Reynolds – Turbo-ing his career since 1996

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Of course you know him! Who doesn’t? Other people making a similar list of actors you might remember from the X Files made an interesting point: Ryan may be the biggest name on the list. Before his short appearance in Season 3, Episode 13 – Syzygy, Ryan had a few parts, but boy did he bloom in the years to come! OK, the Green Lantern thing may have not been his smartest career choice, but Deadpool, people! In the X Files, however, she lived shortly, as the two main characters female psychos ended his life brutally, but Reynolds legacy is still powerful in the minds of the X Files obsessed fans. Me, for instance.

5. Shia LaBeouf – The child who turned into a sex symbol

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Season 7, Episode 6 - The Goldberg Variation. Shia plays a dying boy who, unknowingly, sets the main character on an impossible quest. Shia’s short appearance may have not been so spectacular to remember, but it still proves my theory that everybody played in the X Files and jumped from there.

Of course there are many other actors you might remember from the X Files: Seth Green, Danny Trejo, Terry O’Quinn, (who showed up in the show and in the first X Files movie playing different characters each time), the immortal Al Bundy, Michael Emerson and so on and so forth. Actually, they are so many, you might want to consider setting up a 9 Seasons X Files marathon to see them all. Which I do once in two years, but again, I’m with the obsessed crowd.

5 Interesting Facts You Probably Did not Know about ‘The Hobbit’

To say that Tolkien’s literary creations are a work of genius, would be an understatement. It is not every day that we encounter successful fantasy, but once we do, we never forget it. For those of you who have cherished every moment of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Hobbit” will definitely keep you at the edge of your seats. Just a few days ago, the second part of the Hobbit, “The Desolation of Smaug” was released. The movie may have been nearly three hours long, but to me it seemed like an adrenaline-filled, fascinating and magical adventure that melted into an oh-to-short moment in time.

It is actually incredible how Peter Jackson managed to produce such a complex movie from only one book, and considering that there are only a few dozen pages left to leverage in the creation of movie number three, we might expect a few scenes from Lord of the Rings to unfold in it, to the delight of its fandom. For those of you who have already seen it, the ending was probably not what you had in mind, and the wait might feel like too much to endure, so we have decided to present you with 5 little known things about the Hobbit and LOTR, to pass the time faster.

1. Characters that Appear in Both Trilogies

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The depth of connection between the characters of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit is incredible. Here is some fun trivia for you. Do you remember the scenes from the “Mines of Moria”? It is in that faithful place that the Fellowship of the Ring comes across Balin’s tomb. The same Balin that appears in the Hobbit (white haired, big nose). There is one more character that we see in both LOTR and the Hobbit. We are talking about Ori, the child-faced dwarf, and scribe, who wrote the book from which Gandalf reads in the mines. Thranduil, the high-elf who betrayes the dwarfs in the Hobit, is the same Thranduil who rides the giant Moose* in Lord of the Rings. Oh, and he is also Legolas’s father. Last on our list is Gimli, or more exactly his axe, which he inherits from his father, Gloin. He also has the same eyes… and eyebrows.

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*We just found out that Thranduil’s Moose is not actually a moose. According to “Middle Earth’s Biology as Shown in the Hobbit”, it is a different species of deer. 

2. The Corruption of Gollum

Tolkien decided to rewrite certain passages of “The Hobbit” to better fit his legendary “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Initially, Gollum was a sweet and lovely creature which willingly offers to give up the ring on condition that Bilbo wins the Guessing Game. He was given a darker side, more suitable for the story, to flesh out the evil of the ring’s corruption. Poor, little Smeagol.

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3. The First Hobbit, and his Anemic Dwarf Companions

In 1969 Tolkien decided to sell the screen rights to “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”, because he had some money issues. This lead to the ecranization of a pathetic Hobbit story, where the elves had German accents, Gollum looked like some new species of toad, suspicious gnomes and a big eyed Bilbo.

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4. In case you Were Wondering about the Eagles…

Several times during the movie, I could hear people asking why the pretty birdies did not swopp in to rescue the squad. Truth be told, it would have been a lot easier to pass the corrupted forest on their backs. For those of you who were wondering where Gandalf’s eagles were during the Hobbit movie, here is a little info for you: they did not get involved because our most beloved wizard did not have them at their beck and call. Also, they’re not bloody taxis. And they’re not even eagles for that matter, because they’re anatomy is unlike any eagles, they are Aquila.

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5. Bilbo, the Dragon Slayer

Initially, Tolkien considered handing the task of killing Smaug to the leaf-smoking hobbit. He quickly changed his mind, and decided to leave the matter to more capable hands. And to be frank, Bilbo doesn’t really look like much of a dragon slayer. 

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Best of the Horror Movie Killers

In the world of Horror, you will probably be faced with tripping and falling, screaming, hiding and getting caught, seeing a mouse, being chased by a mutated figure that won’t talk even though you are asking them why they are doing this, meeting friends at a secluded part of the woods at a cabin owned by one of the groups parents who are out of town, and finally, certain death.

Horror movie killers have many different backgrounds. From supernatural beings to just a regular human being who wants revenge on those who he considers wronged him. These killers also have distinct personalities from the other. One may be a stalking mute (Jason Vorhees), while the other may be an outgoing playboy (American Psycho). One thing is for sure, the killing style and body count are what draws people in to their world. No one will invest their time into a killer who doesn’t want to kill. The more brutal death scene the better. Blood is what the spectator wants and with this list of killers, they will surely get what they want.

HORROR MOVIE KILL COUNT

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