2000s, 3/4, Action, Adventure, Bryan Singer, Fantasy, Review

Superman Returns

#5 in my ranking of the theatrically released Superman films. Batman Begins came and went to great fanfare, and Warner Brothers needed someone to help them reboot the long-neglected Superman franchise. Who better than Bryan Singer, the man who made the well-received first two X-Men movies? It helped that he was a big fan of… Continue reading Superman Returns

1980s, 2000s, 3.5/4, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Review, Richard Donner

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

#1 in my ranking of the theatrically released Superman films. It's interesting, but I really feel like every element of Donner's director's cut of his film that was taken from him with only 75% of the material shot is an improvement over the original except the ending. The ending is just as dumb as the… Continue reading Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

2000s, 3/4, Fantasy, Gore Verbinski, Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

#3 in my ranking of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This is the least of the three original Pirates of the Caribbean movies, more overstuffed, unfocused, and all over the place tonally than the previous two films. However, it still has that overarching and earnest desire to entertain, this time on a larger scale,… Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

2000s, 3.5/4, Fantasy, Gore Verbinski, Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

#1 in my ranking of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. I've always considered Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to be the best of the franchise pretty purely because of its tone. It feels most like the kind of fun adventure tale that each movie seems to shoot for. It has a better… Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest