Film Face-off: ‘Iron Man 3′ vs. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Pain & Gain’ vs. ‘Bad Boys’

I write an article at Movies.com called Film Face-off, where I take two things, and they battle it out. The things could be actors, movies, characters, just about anything. Here is the first one. Give it some love, comments, tweets, Facebook affection.

Film Face-off: ‘Iron Man 3′ vs. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – Which Is the Better Part 3?

With Iron Man 3 now in theaters it’s a chance for us to look back at all of the superhero part threes that have come before it. Here’s the list: Superman IIITeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IIIBatman ForeverBlade: TrinityX-Men: The Last StandSpider-Man 3 and The Dark Knight Rises. Sure there are some straight-to-DVD sequels, but I don’t think we need to bring up the likes of Darkman III: Die Darkman Die here.

Now this is a list of all of the really good superhero part threes: The Dark Knight Rises. That’s it, that’s the list… until now. Yes, as the late, great Yoda always foretold, there is another. With the help of director Shane Black, Robert Downey Jr. and even Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man 3 is worth seeing, now let’s see how it stacks up against The Dark Knight Rises.

Film Face-off: ‘Bad Boys’ vs. ‘Pain & Gain’

You love Michael Bay. You hate Michael Bay. Is there any other option? Most movie nerds say there isn’t, but I believe in a world where you are actually allowed to judge each Bay film separately, and decide if they are good or bad. Sure, it’s sometimes awkward to admit I lovedArmageddon the first time I saw it (when I was 20). See, even there I tried to qualify my appreciation of a Bay film by using the past tense.

Bay has to know he’s a tough one to like, especially when he makes sure to squeeze in homophobic characteristics into almost all of the characters we’re supposed to be rooting for. For this Film Face-off we’re taking his first, and his latest and putting them head-to-head. It’sBad Boys vs. Pain & Gain, let’s see who is more Bay-er for Bayer (that’s me).

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