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In This Corner…

One is the first chapter in an epic trilogy based on the first of three massive novels set in Middle-earth, the fictional world created by author J.R.R. Tolkien. The other is the first chapter in an epic trilogy based on a 100-page children’s book set in that same world (with additional material plundered from Tolkien’s appendices to his work, and from the screenwriters’ imaginations). Ultimately, they are epic films about high adventure, fantastical creatures, magic, swordplay, camaraderie, and magnificent New Zealand landscapes. Eleven years separate their theatrical releases; did that time allow Peter Jackson to craft a superior new adventure, or just continue to prove that the first movie in a franchise is often the best? Step into the Reel Rumbles ring and find out as we pit The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring vs. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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As Marvel Studios begins their big push to the 2012 release of The Avengers, their films are increasingly taking on more of a soap-opera-like continuity between them. This serialization might be a little aggravating, but so far, it’s not keeping the films from being enjoyable in their own right (at least for the most part).

Still, comic book superhero films in general (and Marvel films in particular) are only becoming more prevalent nowadays. This year, we’ll see the X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class. And, only five years after the hit-and-miss (mostly miss) Spider-Man 3, the webslinger will be getting his very own shiny reboot in 2012.

But in The Avengers is Marvel’s juggernaut, and before it brings together Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, it has to introduce more members of its roster in their very own films. It can be a little exhausting trying to keep up with these Avengers, so if we really only want to check out one Marvel movie this summer, which should it be? With that question in mind, Flickchart‘s Reel Rumbles take on a slightly different form as we present: Pre-Rumbles: Thor vs. Captain America: The First Avenger.

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wall street 2 vs. legend of the guardians

Do any of these films have a chance at becoming one of  the best movies of all time?

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoolewatch the trailer


Legend of the Guardians movie reviews and rankings

Animated owl movie directed by Zack Snyder and starring Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving. I think it looks like it’s at least worth a watch on the eventual Blu-ray.

Planning to see this movie, or already have? Directly rank it against these similar movies to see where it ranks for you amongst the best animal movies of all time:

Wall Street: Money Never Sleepswatch the trailer


wall street 2 movie reviews and rankings

Solid Cast (Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas and Carey Mulligan) but this sequel just feels completely unnecessary to me.

Planning to see this movie, or already have? Directly rank it against these similar movies to see where it ranks for you amongst the best dramas of all time:

You Againwatch the trailer


You Again movie reviews and rankings

With Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Betty White.

Planning to see this movie, or already have? Directly rank it against these similar movies to see where it ranks for you amongst the best comedies of all time:

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bladerunner-matrix

In This Corner…

Can man create his own reality? Is the reality we know reality at all? Can artificial intelligence take on a life of its own, and if so, should that life be held with the same respect that we hold each other? These were all improbably difficult questions to answer at the time both films in this week’s Reel Rumbles were released, but as technologies advance, philosophies change, and life goes on, it’s as if fate is starting to force our hand for legitimate answers. No matter where you stand on either side of the moral conundrum, you have to admit that this week’s pairing asks questions of such depth that it is uncertain if the films themselves can adequately grasp the breadth of it all. But all philosophical meanderings aside, which of these sci-fi extravaganzas is the better film? Plug in, boot up, and sign on. It’s time for Blade Runner vs. The Matrix.

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