Back in 2002, the superhero genre was still finding its feet. Tim Burton's "Batman" had been huge in '89, but the franchise it spawned had fizzled out by the end of the '90s. The first "X-Men" film did decent box office in 2000, but failed to become a culture-defining event like the Burton film had. Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN changed all that. A massive success at the box office when it opened in May 2002, it acted as a bridge between the self-aware, still campy comic book movies of the past two decades and the effects-driven spectacle that has come to define our current "cinematic universe" era. With a masterful control of tone, an eye for staging memorable action, and a focus on character and relationships, the Raimi/Spidey combo was a winning one. For their 20th anniversary revisit, Adam and Josh talk about the pleasure of watching a self-contained superhero movie, and break down some of the film's most iconic scenes.
Also on the show, Josh's review of Raimi's new DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS and his thoughts on Golden Brick nominee WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR. And Chicago critic Steven Prokopy drops by to share details about the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival. Plus Movie Doctors Not Doctoring poll results and a new poll that asks: "Yep? or Nope."
0:00 - Billboard
1:32 - Sacred Cow: "Spider-Man" (2002)
Danny Elfman, "Spider-Man (Main Title)"
39:55 - Review (JL): "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness"
44:15 - Buster Keaton Event in Chicago
47:54 - Chicago Critics Film Fest Preview w/Steve Prokopy
1:00:59 - Polls
1:09:12 - Brickspotting: "We're All Going To The World's Fair"
1:14:26 - Outro / Outtake (Goblin Mode)
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