The Moment: Moira MacTaggert tries to take on Magneto in X-Men: First Class but, as he deflects her bullets, she accidentally shoots Charles Xavier.
Why It's Great: James McAvoy plays a very different Professor X to Patrick Stewart; this is the start of his transformation into the iconic father figure of the X-Men. Next stop - hair loss.
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Aug 13th 2012, 7:44
Is Prometheus a reboot? I will look into it when I care enough. Anyway, they need to reboot Revenge of the Nerds - maybe call the new one Revenge of the Jocks or something.
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Aug 13th 2012, 8:14
Jason didn't get his mask offscreen between sequels - he got it partway through the third movie when he took it from a guy he just killed. It was quite useful because it allowed him to catch his next victim off-guard when she thought he was her (now-dead) acquaintance.
Aug 13th 2012, 9:47
is halloween h20 a reboot? surely its just a sequel
Aug 13th 2012, 9:51
i masy be a dumb@ss for asking this, but would the (2004) dawn of the dead be a reboot?, or just a remake? because that had some great moments
Aug 13th 2012, 10:13
Marc96: Good question. I consider a reboot to be a relaunch of a franchise that lost its way and a remake to be a standalone movie. I remember a Dennis Hopper film but don't know if it was by the same people behind the 2004 movie. If it is a "sequel" then it will be a reboot. I'm too lazy to search for the details so hopefully someone will do it for us. Anyone?
Aug 13th 2012, 11:08
Romero's Land of the Dead (With Dennis Hopper) was a sequel, Snyder's Dawn of the Dead was a reboot. A very good reboot at that, odd that it didn't make the list.
Aug 13th 2012, 11:17
ah yes i see, yeah im surprised dawn of the dead wasnt here
Aug 13th 2012, 11:43
No mention of Dawn of the Dead? Pfftt, one of the best re-makes/re-boots ever made.
Aug 13th 2012, 11:53
Surely some of these are remakes not a reboots? A remake is a stand-alone modern day version of the original, whereas a reboot suggests there is a franchise that needs a jumpstart . I could be wrong. Anyway, Goldeneye should be in this list. Martin Campbell rebooted the Bond series TWICE. Shame he couldn't work his magic on The Green Lantern.
Aug 13th 2012, 12:23
where is Pierce Brosnan
and Goldeneye ??
that was a brand new 007
Aug 13th 2012, 12:27
Surely the top 10 should ALL just be Batman and Casino Royale? Almost every one of the moments from those two films but up here are a massive cut above the rest... Sure it wouldn't be a very balanced list, but it would be an honest one :D
Aug 13th 2012, 12:28
I swear a "reboot" was "pressing the reset button on a SERIES", rather than "pressing the reset button on a standalone film". Otherwise, "Clash" '10 is a reMAKE.
Aug 13th 2012, 12:43
Did you just do this article so you could praise Batman again?
Aug 13th 2012, 13:27
Agreed MikeyRix, that's exactly how I see it. Just for the record TF is now the only film source available anywhere where Catwoman is part of a "best of" list.
Aug 13th 2012, 14:42
@ChrisWootton: Yes, I noticed Catwoman there too. I thought it was just a side effect of my rampant substance abuse and dismissed it. But you are correct, Catwoman shouldn't be on any list. Even if it's to give the Best Grip his due.
Aug 13th 2012, 15:26
Aren't most of these prequels - not reboots? Apes is definitely a prequel - as is Star Trek, Casino Royale, X-men First Class - all simply telling the stories of the characters when they were younger - therefore a prequel?! Hulk and Batman are fine because they have no link with previous versions, but the others are dubious. Agree or disagree?
Aug 13th 2012, 19:26
Ha.. No one has ever put a scene from Catwomen in a 'best of' list... Tis true, I can sense the world starting to disintegrate as we speak... Is that how you got your name CaptainCrazy? The rampart substance abuse?
Aug 13th 2012, 21:39
Why are these always top 50 lists? Inevitably you're forced to cram odd choices onto a top 50 list. Catwoman? Burton's Planet of the Apes? Half the list coming from Batman Begins, Casino Royal, and Spiderman? Why not simply make a shorter list which actually is a series of great moments?
Aug 14th 2012, 8:43
@BobbyTwoTimes Most of the movies you listed are what I like to call "Quasi-reboots". Star Trek, First Class and Apes are this because they pretty much reboot a dead franchise but also keep some continuity with the originals. Royale is a reboot though because it has restarted the franchise with a new cast and style. But you could say it is a Quasi-Reboot because of Judie Dench as M.
Aug 14th 2012, 13:14
X-men 3 made 459m worldwide, the most of any X-men film so I wouldn't call it a dead franchise.
Aug 14th 2012, 18:50
The reason they didn't make X-MEN 4 was down to the fact that most of the actors involved were tied down to a 3 film contract. In March 2011, Shuler Donner ( a FOX bigwig) revealed that the film was in "active development at Fox," saying, "We took the treatment to Fox and they love it... And X4 leads into X5". Although I haven't heard anything since then, they seem to be concentrating on First Class. May be a bit confusing if there were 3 X-Men franchise's out at the same time, what with The Wolverine on the horizon.
Aug 15th 2012, 0:51
What about 21 Jump Street?? The moment when their Captain tells them to "report to 38 Jump St, wait that's not right..." is much more worthy than mentioning Catwoman, which as far as I know isn't actually rebooting anything
Aug 15th 2012, 14:59
"Jason Voorhees loses his cloth mask during a fight in the 2009 version of Friday The 13th, so he searches for a replacement and finds a hockey mask. Why It's Great: One of the most satisfying call-backs in a reboot, since Jason first acquired his iconic headgear off-screen between Parts 2 & 3 of the original series." Actually, no. Jason inherited the hockey mask smack dab in the middle of Part 3, when he cut Shelly's throat and took it from him (done offscreen). We first see him with it when he walks out to the lake and shoots Vera in the eye with a spear gun. At the beginning of 3 he was walking around with nothing covering his face.
Aug 15th 2012, 17:33
Just finished the list. Might want to re-title it to "50 Scenes We Love To Spank It Too Each Week Because We Are So In Love With Batman, Spiderman, Superman, James Bond, The X-Men, Star Trek, and Planet of The Apes." You do realize there were other reboots, right? Jeez....
Aug 20th 2012, 11:44
There is a flgrant misuse of the term 'reboot' in popular film magazines. MikeyRix has it right: a reboot is where a previously established serial continuity is rendered inert and obsolete and a new narrative is created disconnected from the previous serial narrative. Batman Begins does this - Casino Royale is definitely not, as one commentator above suggests, a prequel - if it was a prequel, it would be set in the 1960s. The fact that it is set in the 2000s only makes logical sense if it is a different parallel timeline. Comic books have been doing this for decades. It was David S. Goyer who brought the concept into the cinematic realm when he declared that 'Batman Begins' is the 'cinematic equivalent of a comic book reboot' - that is, wiping the slate and beginning again from a narrative ground zero. The sheer wealth of Total Film and Empire journalists mispproriating the term is nothing more than lazy. It is NOT another word for remake. You remake a film; you reboot a franchise/ series. 'Prometheus' is NOT a reboot as it strives to connect itself with the Alien continuity; the same goes for 'The Bourne Legacy' which is intrinsically connected to the Damon entries - a reboot collapses existing continuity and begins again. To paraphrase Alan Partridge, 'Stop getting reboots wrong?!'.
I may sound somewhat miffed here - I have been writing a PhD thesis of 80,000 words for three years about reboots and have been able to track the use of the term following popular magazines such as Total Film, SciFi Now, Empire...the word has exploded in usage and leads me to believe it is a buzz word which no-one interrogates at all and uses it 'willy-nilly'. This morning, I received a google alert article with the tagline: Bill Gates is rebooting the toilet. How is he going to do that? Will my toilet suddenly cease to exist?
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