Iron Man 3
8. Iron Man 3
As I’ve written about before, I have what I believe is a unique holiday tradition. Every year I sit down on Christmas day for a marathon of Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. All four titles are linked simply by being action movies set during the Christmas season, but the more important connection is the guy who wrote the screenplays: Shane Black. The filmmaker’s neo-noir stylings, quick witty dialogue and fun characters have made me a fan of his work for a long time, and this year I got a Christmas present in May when I watched Black’s talent come together with another one of my film passions: comic book movies.

Once again demonstrating a keen skill for matching up filmmakers and projects, Marvel Studios knocked it out of the park hiring Shane Black to both direct and co-write Iron Man 3, and the result was the best blockbuster of the summer season. The film features better action than we’ve seen from any of the other Marvel solo films so far, and Black and Downey Jr. once again prove to be a perfect director/actor pair, the star speaking the filmmaker’s language fluently. It’s a more than welcomed addition to the Shane Black Christmas tradition. (Read my full review here.)

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