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Worst to First: Ranking the DC Superhero TV Shows


We’re one week away from the release of Justice League.  As a fan of DC Comics, I am approaching this movie with a mixture of curiosity and dread.  Let’s face it, Justice League is probably going to be awful.  Only this summer’s Wonder Woman gives us any reason to hope otherwise.  But even if the movies fail us, at least we can turn to the small screen for some superhero adventures.  As I brace myself for almost certain disappointment, I have ranked all of the DC superhero TV shows from Worst to First.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe


Thor: Ragnarok is the seventeenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  That’s really impressive when you consider that less than ten years ago, Marvel had never released a movie on their own.  These days, Marvel releases three superhero adventures annually.  With no sign of that pace easing up in the future, now is as good a time as any to rank the movies of the MCU from worst to first.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Stephen King Movies of the 90’s


Few authors have had their work adapted to the big screen as often as Stephen King.  The quality of those adaptations has been consistently inconsistent but the one thing you can count on is that there will be more.  Previously, I ranked the flood of movies based on King’s works released in the 80’s.  Believe it or not, audiences sat through even more King movies in the decade that followed.  Let’s get ready to rank the Stephen King movies of the 1990’s from Worst to First.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies


The ninth movie in the Planet of the Apes saga opens in theaters today.   That can only mean one thing.  It’s time to rank some Apes.  The first movie, released in 1968, was an adaptation of a French science-fiction novel (La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle).  That movie was followed by four sequels released annually from 1970-1973, a live-action TV series, a cartoon series and waves of Apes-related merchandise.  After a twenty-eight year absence from the big screen, Fox attempted to reboot the series, but their first effort was a misfire.  Then in 2011, they successfully launched a trilogy of prequels of which War for the Planet of the Apes is the most recent.

We won’t be ranking the latest movie because most of us (myself included) haven’t seen it yet.  But we will go ape (had to be done) ranking the rest of the movies in the series.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Spider-Man Movies


We’re looking forward to tonight’s release of the new Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming with another of our “Worst to First” articles. I’m not sure I’ll offer too many surprises on the top end here, but there might be a little bit of suspense in the lower half. Since most of us will not have seen the new film, we’ll only be ranking the existing five for the time being. If you have seen the newest solo Spider-Man flick already, feel free to share your non-spoiler thoughts here in the comments section.
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Worst to First: Ranking the Alien movies


In a crowded summer movie season, Ridley Scott’s latest entry in the Alien prequel series has gotten squeezed out at the box office despite decent reviews.  What does that mean for the future of the Alien franchise?  It’s hard to say at this point, but it seems like as good a time as any to rank the Alien movies from worst to first.

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Worst To First: Ranking The X-Men Movies


Hugh Jackman hung up his claws earlier this year with his final performance as Wolverine in Logan.  The ending of the Jackman-as-Wolvie era got me to thinking about the X-Men movies on the whole. How do they rank when you stack em all up together?

Here, as opposed to other series tackled in the Worst To First series, the overall quality is somewhat higher. When you add together the 10 X-Men movies , 6 are very good, two are passable and the other two are a toss-up as to which is worse. Here, we will sort out the good mutants from the bad and the ugly.  And of course, you will get to share your rankings as well.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies


Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disney theme parks have always known that dead men tell no tales.  Amazingly Disney managed to release four Pirates movies without using the memorable catch-phrase as a subtitle.  Today sees the release of the fifth and supposedly final entry in the Pirates franchise.  So it seems like as good of a time as any to rank the Pirates of the Caribbean movies from Worst to First.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Star Wars Movies


Happy Star Wars Day, everyone!  To celebrate May 4th (“May the Fourth be with you”, get it?) I’m going to rank all eight of the live-action theatrical Star Wars films from Worst to First.  As usual, you’re invited to play along.  Reader rankings will be shared in a follow-up post.  I have a bad feeling about this, but let’s get to ranking.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Sequels of 1997


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As the current bracket game demonstrates, 1997 was a pretty good year to be a movie lover.  Whether you’re looking for popcorn movies or award-winners, 1997 had something for everyone.  But it turns out, it wasn’t such a great year for sequels.  Eleven sequels were released during the year and most of them were not very memorable.  But we’re going to rank them from worst to first anyway because… why not?

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Worst to First: Ranking the Sequels of 1987


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A little later today, we will crown the winner of our Movies of 1987 Bracket Game.  But before we close the book on 1987, I thought it would be fun to look at the sequels which were released that year.  None of these movies were included in the bracket game largely because most of them weren’t very memorable.  Still, a couple of them endure and it’s fun to laugh at the others.  So let’s get to ranking the sequels of 1987.

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Worst To First: Ranking the Batman Movies


Next Friday, Superman and Batman will appear on the big screen for the first time.  Leading up to the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, we’ll be looking back at the cinematic history of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.  Last week, we ranked the Superman movies.  So now it’s Batman’s turn.

On the whole, Batman has fared better than Superman at the movies.  But overall, most of his movies still aren’t very good.  Before we get started, a couple of ground rules.  I’m only looking at live action Bat-films.  So no Mask of the Phantasm or Lego Batman.  Also, we’re starting with the ’89 Batman.  The Adam West movie was an offshoot of the TV show anyway.

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Worst To First: Ranking the Superman Movies


Later this month, Superman and Batman will appear on the big screen for the first time.  Leading up to the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, we’ll be looking back at the cinematic history of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.  To kick things off, we’re going to rank the Superman movies from worst to first.

Let me start off by saying something that is very hard for me to say as a lifelong Superman fan.  Most of the movies featuring the Last Son of Krypton aren’t very good.  There’s really only two that are worth watching.  For the rest of the bunch, we’re splitting hairs to determine which belong at the bottom of the barrel.

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