Sam Raimi Vs. Christopher Nolan Comments -


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killerville 10/13/2009 7:39:35 AM

I like this article and others like it. It encourages speculative thinking, and its better than a "Top 8" whatever list.

That being said, I have to call BS on 1 point...Nolan an influence on David FIncher? B to the S my friends! FIncher hsa been making some of the best films to be had for a LONG time, and started nearly a decade before Nolan...If anything, I'd think Fincher was an influence on Nolan.

As for the subject matter proper, Christoper Nolan is like my stepdad. He comes along outta nowhere with a shiny new bike, he lets you call him Ted, and he encourages your Mom to let you stay up late on Thursday night to watch MST3K reruns.

But Raimi on the other hand is like dear old Dad. He's dependable and has ALWAYS been there. His presence is comforting and you share something with him that only long distant fond memories can bring. Ive been watching Sam Raimi films since I was old enough to watch horror. I saw Evil Dead 2 at a sleepover when I was 11 and had one of the best times I'd ever had to that point. All the Dark Knights in the world cant replace that.

SONYMANswallows 10/13/2009 8:43:33 AM



Which one ruined the character more with a poor love story that made the metrosexual hero lose his focus on the villain? I would have said Raimi but after the chick flick that was Bark Knight I am not sure.

With greater power comes greater gayness vs Oh Harvey why must we die in such a poorly written scene with no emotion.

shadowprime 10/13/2009 8:48:15 AM


Hmm. Now I am intrigued...

Do we assume that Batman's Dead father is a zombie? How about Uncle Ben - zombie too? Or to give it more of a 1970s Marvel vibe, a zuvembie? If they are BOTH zombie's, and we assume the Wayne death preceeds the Parker death by what - a decade or more (wait... comic book time or real time? Hmm), then Wayne would have to be more edge to Parker? Or are they vampires - now THAT is trendy. I see lots of marketing tie-in possibilites... vampires for the senior citizen set. Has that been done yet?



Jaysaw 10/13/2009 10:12:20 AM

The Vs. articles are a little different than the list stuff and I think they bring up a lot of interesting points. Maybe we will get Mighty Mouse Vs. Shazam next...or GoBots Vs. Transformers....the possibilities are endless.

monkeyfoot 10/13/2009 11:16:32 AM

Jaysaw, I agree.

I want to see Hamsters vs. Velociraptors!

Those Raptors don't stand a chance!

violator14 10/13/2009 12:54:01 PM

I think I like Raimi's imagination and style a little better. Nolan is definitely more fit for mysteries and detective stories.

p.s. Spidey would kick Batman's ass.

ponyboy76 10/13/2009 1:50:04 PM

I think their styles are way too different to say one is better than the other. Nolan is more stylized yet it lacks fluidity which works in his pictures while Raimi is more imaginative and raw but has a more fluid motion to his movies, at least as far as anything after Evil Dead. They are just different.

You can't compare say The Gift to Memento or Drag Me to Hell to The Prestige.

I like the Vs articles but we wouldn't be having this conversation if Nolan and Raimi weren't doing comic book movies. The rest of their body of works are totally different.

I mean you could do like W.S. Anderson Vs The Brothers Strausse or Rob Cohen Vs Stephen Sommers, because they pretty have the same body of work.

With Raimi and Nolan you are comparing apples and oranges.
I personally like them both as auteurs. Got to love the Evil Dead series and most of Spidey. The Gift was an awesome movie. But anyone who didn't think Memeto was pure genius and on top of it a great movie is nuts or fooling themselves.

SONYMANswallows 10/13/2009 4:55:40 PM

Batman would win, he can take out Superman so a lightweight like Spiderpig would be simple. He would choke him with his own  webbing after not being able to shut up. Bruce jams it down his pie or Harry hole.

animefanjared 10/13/2009 6:48:59 PM

I don't really see the point in comparing these two.  As ALL the other posters and even the article said, they really aren't that similar, nor are they in direct competition.  Yes, they have of late become associated with billion dollar superhero franchises, but even then, Spider-Man and Batman are on fairly opposite ends of the superhero spectrum.

Personally, I find more artistic merit in Nolan's work, and although his career not be as long as Raimi's, that also means that his filmography is currently more consistantly excellent than Raimi's.  But as much as I love Memento or The Dark Knight, if every movie was like that it would become a bit taxing on the old noggin.  Luckily, there are people like Raimi who can help us just have fun actively killing our braincells (*cough*Michael Bay*cough*).

goirish83 10/13/2009 8:01:41 PM

Nolan wins........we will never see Bruce Wayne dancing, not once, but twice in a Nolan Batman movie, as Peter Parker did in Spiderman 3.  End of discussion.  Plus, Nolan gave us the greatest comic book movie villian of all time.

(Hanso......please, no "The Batusi" references.........thanks !)

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