X-Men: Days of Future Past is, for me, fanservice of the highest order. It gives me a cast to squeal over while delivering a compelling story full of comic book lore. Read the rest of this entry
I gotta say, X-Men: Days of Future Past looks like fun! Lots of good actors (Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart just to name a few), superpowers, time travel… What else could you ask for in an action movie? Well, it has giant robots, too, so we should be well covered. But probably more so than any other comic book movie sequel, here’s one you need to do your homework for. In effort to get you prepared, here are my reviews and scores for all of the X-Men movies! Read the rest of this entry
Today, I’m going to try and figure out why everyone hates X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Join me! It’ll be fun! I promise!* Read the rest of this entry
When it comes to the comic book movie that changed everything, most people are quick to point to Superman: The Movie as the first of it’s kind or 1989’s Batman, the movie that showed there’s more than one way to make a comic book movie. But when it comes to pinpointing the flick that brought us the comic book movie environment we live with today, it’s got to be 2000’s X-Men. Read the rest of this entry
Using this magical tool called the internet, I’ve compiled a list of movies that are coming out over the next two or so years that are either sequels, franchises or both… and I say without any hesitation: this list will amaze you.
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I’ve decided that I need to quickly address this issue: you see, I’ve heard from a lot of people that they didn’t like X-Men Origins: Wolverine because the story differed from the comic book, but I can’t accept that. I thought the flick was a good time, but critics didn’t agree. If you glance through its Rotten Tomatoes page, you’ll see quotes like, “I haven’t been this disappointed by a film since the new Indiana Jones,” or “You’re going to be really underwhelmed” or such thought-provoking blurbs as “I was definitely disappointed.” Anyway, critics and dorks agreed, Origins sucked – well, I didn’t agree, but there you go. For me, Origins wasn’t anything spectacular (well, the helicopter scene was spectacular), but it was a good time at the movies and I simply love Jackman as Wolverine. He’s perfect in the role and he has to share even less of the screen this time around, which may be why fans and critics alike seem to prefer The Wolverine to Origins. But in my view, they’re both fine, so if you hated Origins, this might not be the review for you. Read the rest of this entry
This is the cover for Marvel Comics new flagship title, Uncanny Avengers. See, it’s half X-Men (who are uncanny), half Avengers… That’s not the point. The point is, they look like they’re melting – especially Cap and Thor. It’s one fugly cover.
You’d like to think that Marvel gave a big job to somebody and they fucked it up, but on the same day this issue was released, Marvel released multiple alternate covers for the same issue. Like they always do. Here are just a few examples:
So why didn’t they plaster one of these all over the place instead of that crap factory way up top. I don’t get it. Marvel makes weird decisions.
Rahne is still down in the dumps about rejecting her demon spawn baby, but Theresa and Lorna are tired of her moping. Like the cover says, Road Trip! (Too bad Tom Green wasn’t available.) Off they go to visit on of Madrox’s dupes, who lives as a priest. They hash out all of Rahne’s recent history until she has a few good cries and decides that she needs to connect with her kid – great splash page at the end. Read the rest of this entry
100% juice, that’s what.
In some ways, I am an excellent “understander” of people and culture… not this time, though. What the hell does Wolverine have to do with babies drinking juice? Isn’t Wolverine the exact opposite of the sort of character you’d put on this product?
The world is a mysterious place.
Even if you’re not especially interested in super heroes, you’ve probably heard of the X-Men. They’ve spawned a quintet of successful films (well, at least commercially successful – I’m looking at you, The Last Stand) over the last ten or so years, propelling Wolverine to levels of popularity that I thought were impossible and Hugh Jackman to a household name. The Avengers have their first movie coming out this summer, and if you’ve been immune to the marketing blitz so far (pretty sure there was an ad during the Super Bowl), have no fear, because you’ll be up to your ass in The Avengers before you know it. And this summer, they’ll be fighting each other in the comic books.
If you’re not familiar with the X-Men movies from the previous decade (the three gay rights allegory films: X-Men from 2000, X2 from 2003 and X-Men: The Last Stand from 2006, or, as I like to call it, X3: What happened to Nightcrawler?), don’t worry about it – you can easily sit down and watch X-Men: First Class (equal rights allegory) without any trouble.
Just so you don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t have any problem with allegory; and, aside from X3: The Search For A Plot That Feels True Without A Ton Of Tacked On BS, I like the X-Men movies, and this newest prequel installment is no exception. Sure, it confuses 1962 with other years that starts with 196 in an attempt to put more women in little skirts, but whatever.