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Jennifer Lawrence’s 10 Best Movies

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence has been the most in-demand actress in Hollywood this decade, and also the highest paid (until recently passed by Emma Stone).  Still in her late 20s, Lawrence already has four Oscar nominations for outstanding performances in films like Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.  She’s also been a gigantic box office draw in two franchises, helping to reboot the X-Men as Mystique and in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games novels.  She is in a bit of a slump the last few years, but with a legion of fans and undeniable dramatic skills, that could change at any time.  She was so young when Winter’s Bone put her on the map that it’s hard to remember how young she still is, but this is an actress who has decades of work ahead of her, so an off year or two (unless it becomes four or five) isn’t going to stop audiences from keeping her in demand, despite her performance in the recently divisive mother!.
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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 – First Class (2011) “The Point Between Rage and Serenity”

The heart of the X-Men films has always been the relationship between Xavier and Magneto.  It seemed impossibly that anyone could top the Stewart/McKellan dynamic of two friends turned enemies at the end of their long battle, but Matthew Vaughan’s brilliant X-Men: First Class made sure that the heart of series would still beat strong.  First Class is my second favorite of the series and that they got actors of Oscar caliber again in James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to portray Xavier and Magneto cemented the series and gave it new life (new life I’m afraid DOFP muddled and Apocalypse will destroy).

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

From that very first scene after the concentration camp in the first film, you get a wonderful scene with Stewart and McKellan that so elegantly sets up their dynamic.  You can tell they’re adversaries, but in that, and in all their interactions to come, their was a hint of sadness; of friendship and brotherhood lost.  X-Men: First Class gave us the foundation on which that bond was built and the tragic events that set them on different paths forever.

Magneto, X-Men:First Class, Michael Fassbender

I had a really hard time choosing one scene from this film.  I could have watched an entire film of Magneto: Nazi Hunter.  His two displays of power in Cuba in lifting the sub and manipulating the missiles and the events leading to Charles’ paralysis all could have made it.  But I chose this quiet scene.  I think it shows you why there’s always a grain of love between Charles and Erik no matter how heated the exchanges.  It’s a beautifully written and acted scene and one of the tiny gems in a film that make every other film in the series more profound.  I wish Matthew Vaughan were directing the next X-film.  Singer seems tangled up between the casts and the convoluted continuity and Vaughn cut through all that to the heart of what makes the X-Men work.  It’s a shame we only got one film from him in the series.
Magneto Professor X, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender

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