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Trailer Time: Logan Trailer #1 (2017) *Jackman Pops the Claws One Last Time*

Logan, the third Wolverine solo film, will be the ninth and final appearance by Hugh Jackman as the most popular X-Man.  No one, not even Chris Reeve as Superman or Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark has completely and totally owned a superhero like Jackman has from the very first seconds we saw him cage fighting in X-Men.  Seventeen years later, his journey with the character will end, we’ll see the heir to Logan’s mantle, and also bid goodbye to Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier.  This doesn’t feel like a super hero movie (and I mean that in the best way), it feels like an old gunslinger’s last hurrah, and set to Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” (one of my three favorite songs), I got a little misty.  No one will ever fill Hugh’s shoes, even though one day they’ll cast another person as Logan, he has a choke hold on this role forever. Continue reading Trailer Time: Logan Trailer #1 (2017) *Jackman Pops the Claws One Last Time*

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)

 

Poll Results: Best X-Movie of All-Time

X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters tonight, and it will be following the KT Readers’ pick for Best X-Movie of All-Time: X-Men Days of Future Past.  Just edging out this year’s Deadpool, DOFP captured the crown in voting that saw nods to six of the eight existing entries (someone voted for X-Men Origins: Wolverine….I want to find you).  My favorite film in the series is X2 followed by X-Men: First Class, but the readers have spoken and DOFP is our official answer to The Mutant Question.

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My Favorite Scene: X-Men 2 (2003) “Nightcrawler Crashes The White House”

Until The Dark Knight, X-Men 2 was the gold standard for comic book movies.  It remains my favorite of the series, and though there are tons of great moments, I love it when a film opens with something jaw-dropping.  X-Men 2 opened with a mind-controlled Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) storming The White House, teleporting, BAMFING, and fulfilling every X-fan’s dream to see the fuzzy elf realized in the comics.

X-Men 2, Alan Cumming, Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is one of my favorite X-Men, so it was great to see him, but it wasn’t just his appearance.  No one had choreographed a fight for a teleporter before.  His fighting style utilizing his teleportation and his tail is so unique that you were sucked into the movie in the little over two minutes it took Kurt to breach The Oval Office.  Unfortunately, Alan Cumming had a miserable experience working on X2 and never returned, clashing with Brian Singer and chafing at the elaborate make-up necessary for the character.  A younger Kurt Wagner will make his debut in X-Men: Apocalypse played by Kodi Smit-McPhee.  He’s got some large, oddly shaped shoes to fill.  For more of Alan Cumming, check out The Good Wife on CBS (just finishing its seven-year run).  His character is reason enough to binge watch the drama.
Nightcrawler, X-Men 2, Alan Cumming

Poll: Best X-Movie of All-Time

We are now two weeks away from X8 or X9 if you count Deadpool as an X-Men film.  I do, because there’s no way he’s not going to be woven into the fold in the future.  Though X-Men: Apocalypse is not getting the kind of reviews we’ve come to expect from a Brian Singer X-Men film, the franchise will go on, and hopefully to better things.  It’s a shame though that probably the best villain never to make it on the big screen is going to be wasted and thrown in the “Mr. Freeze bin” of tainted blue dastardlies.  Vote for your favorite X-Film and we’ll have the results when Apocalypse opens on May 27, 2016.
X-Men: Apocalypse, Apocalypse, Oscar Isaac