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Movie Review: Logan (2017) *Farewell, Hugh, and Thanks”

Logan, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman

Seventeen years ago, comic book movies were a dead genre.  In 2000, the first X-Men movie was released and jump-started a renaissance of adaptations.  The franchise succeeded in no small part because the most popular X-Man: Wolverine, was cast to perfection.  Hugh Jackman was an unknown.  He’d done more musicals on-stage than movies on-screen, but from the moment we saw saw him cage fighting in a bar, he owned  the Wolverine in a way that no actor perhaps has ever fully become linked with a fictional character (Bond and Connery and Downey Jr. and Iron Man being the only comparisons I can come up with).  Logan is Jackman’s 9th film as Wolverine and his last.  The film that bears his name is a nearly perfect Wolverine story.  Unlike the PG-13 Logan that had to be leashed for the team films, this is the Wolverine from the comics, and yet, this a Wolverine unlike we’ve ever seen.  It’s unremittingly grim, wonderfully acted, violent and gritty, redemptive and tragic.  After all, Logan’s was a story that was never going to end well. Continue reading Movie Review: Logan (2017) *Farewell, Hugh, and Thanks”

My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”

It’s just as well that Marvel killed off their version of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, because Evan Peters’ version of the mutant speedster just puts Aaron Taylor-Johnson to shame.  After stealing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was a good movie, Evan Peters takes the mess that was X-Men: Apocalypse and using his speed and ADD (as well as his love for animals), saves the inhabitants of Xavier Mansion during its destruction.  The scene took a month to film, but it was completely worth it.  If there is no Quicksilver showcase in X-Men: New Mutants, I may boycott the movie.  That, or Deadpool 2, will be the next film in Fox’s Mutantverse after Friday’s Logan brings Wolverine’s saga to a close. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”

Movie Review: X-Men – Apocalypse (2016) “Not a Triumph But Far From an Apocalypse”

X-Men: Apocalypse, Olivia Munn, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Psylocke, Magneto, Apocalypse, X-Men
X-Men: Apocalypse has been taking quite a bit of flak from critics, and has under-performed financially.  Is the film a disaster?  Absolutely not.  Is the film flawed?  Absolutely.  Should you still go and see it?  Apocalypse has moments of greatness, things we’ve never seen in an X-Men movie before, and mainly sets the stage for more dramatic moments to come.  What it lacks is the connective tissue, the small but poignant character scenes, and the relentless momentum of the best films in the franchise.  It’s probably the weakest team film aside from X3, but it’s worlds above X3.  Minor spoilers follow below, so proceed with caution. Continue reading Movie Review: X-Men – Apocalypse (2016) “Not a Triumph But Far From an Apocalypse”

Top 5: Xavier/Magneto Scenes

Professor Xavier, Magneto, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, X-Men

Last week, in my weekly “My Favorite Scene” column, I talked about my favorite scene from X-Men: First Class: The Point Between Rage and Serenity.  It’s one of my favorite Xavier/Magneto scenes.  Then I started to think how many iconic scenes there have been through the seven films that have contained Professor X and Magneto, and thought a top 5 list was in order.

Professor Xavier, Magneto, X-Men: First Class, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy

It seemed almost impossible that suitable matches could be found to carry the torch for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan after they made those characters theirs starting in the second scene in the first film.  However, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have proven to be every bit their equal, and have had better, meatier parts of the Xavier/Magneto relationship to work with as they chart their friendship and the schism between them that would divide mutants. Quite frankly, you could make the whole list out of chess matches, but I tried to spread them out.  Here are my five favorite (plus the scene I already wrote about, which you can see by clicking the link above).

Chess in a Plastic Prison, X-Men (2000)

The Breaking Point, X-Men: First Class (2011)

We Are the Future, X-Men (2000)

You Abandoned Me!, X-Men: DOFP (2014)

Gifts, The Wolverine (2013)

 

In Theaters This Week (5/26/2016) – Alice 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse

Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Mad Hatter
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  May 26th brings two heavyweights that are both underwhelming critics.  After a surprise win by The Angry Birds Movie last week, this week brings X-Men: Apocalypse (the ninth film in the X-Men franchise) and Alice Through the Looking Glass with Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/26/2016) – Alice 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse