SPIDER-MAN
2002, Sony Pictures, 121 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Stan Lee’s conflicted young superhero swings from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen in spectacular fashion in this first installment of the Spider-Man franchise. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is just a kid with a crush on girl-next-door Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) until a bite from a radioactive spider imbues him with super-strength, acute vision and the ability to climb walls and shoot webs from his wrists. These powers come in handy when Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), the alter ego of an eccentric millionaire, arrives on the scene. Can Spidey save the city from this super villain, and will he get the girl of his dreams? Director Sam Raimi’s hyperkinetic action sequences pushed the boundaries of special effects and breathed new life into the superhero genre.


TOP GUN
1986, Paramount, 110 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Tom Cruise’s cocky novice pilot must grow up and hone his chops as a fighter ace while wooing flight instructor Kelly McGillis and bumping heads with hard-as-nails rival Val Kilmer. The first of several megawatt collaborations between Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott, TOP GUN was the perfect American action film for the 1980s. With Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt.


COWBOYS AND ALIENS
2011, Universal, USA, Dir: Jon Favreau

Based on Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's graphic novel of the same title, director Jon Favreau (IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2) brings the space-invaded Wild West to life with UFO-swooping, pistol-slinging excitement. Daniel Craig stars as Jake Lonergan, a stranger who stumbles into the grim, fear-governed desert town of Absolution, only to discover that no residents make a move without the permission of hard-as-nails Colonel Dolarhyde (played by the iconic Harrison Ford, making a welcome return to the summer blockbuster arena). When Absolution is attacked by terrifying, otherworldly marauders from the sky, Jake and the Colonel, along with a small band of cowboys, become the city's only hope for survival against the lethal alien visitors. With Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Keith Carradine.


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