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The first X-Men film that started it all… This is the film many comic book fans and superhero film fans should thank. Firstly, it was the film that helped Marvel out of bankruptcy. It was also the first film to spark a renewed interest in films based on a comic book superhero. Also, if X-Men wasn’t a success, Marvel wouldn’t have made Spider-Man.
I remember when the film first came out, not knowing much about the comics. I was never much into the 90s animated series ever, so going into the films with a clear conscious was going to be a lot of fun and surprises… In some ways, I was learning about the X-Men from scratch. And the movie gives you enough information on the story and characters to understand and care for them in a 1 hour and 40 minute film…. A film that should’ve really been 2 hours or more with these many characters. But Bryan Singer does what he can and gives us what we need.
The cast is great. Most notable performances are Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as Professor Xavier and Magneto. Especially when on screen together. Their chemistry feels like 2 old friends who have been at odds with each other for a long time. Hugh Jackman also makes a great entry to his very first American film making the highlight of his career.
The special effects (for its time) were good. Nothing spectacular, but it was a film that a lot were banking on. All the characters seem to have a good balance, which is something future X-Men films have more issues with, with some nice Easter eggs for the hard core X-Men fans.
X-men is fun, entertaining with some decent action sequences. It’s a great film that anyone can relate to, wether you’re human… Or mutant. ;)
The trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is finally here! And I gotta say, i’m pretty impressed.
The trailer gives us some great insight on Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and Electro (Jamie Foxx). We see that Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is still struggling being a superhero while balancing a social life with Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone)… despite the fact her father told him to keep her away from danger. Peter learns more secrets about his fathers past from Aunt May (Sally Field). We get to see a little bit of the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). And if you don’t blink, we even get little easter eggs to the Vulture and Doc Ock!
I gotta say, I really enjoyed this trailer. I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the trailers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier or X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but the movie does look like the film will have a lot of fun. Can’t wait for this film!
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"X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" are considered by critics and fans to be the worst of the X-Men franchise. But when it comes to me, I don’t think "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is as bad as most people say. I actually find it pretty enjoyable.
The movie takes place before Logan aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) joins the X-Men and how the adamantium metal gets into him by William Stryker ( a villain who was originally seen in X2 played by Brian Cox, now played by Danny Huston). Stryker tricks Wolverine by having Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) kill off members of their old team, including Wolverine’s love, Kalya Silverfox (played by Lynn Collins) just so Logan will agree to the experiment of putting the adamantium metal inside of him.
What can you say of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine that hasn’t already been said? The man has grown into this role and owns it on every level. Just as Robert Downey Jr. has won the title of Iron Man and Christopher Reeve will forever be Superman. Even if someone doesn’t like the film, no one can deny that Hugh Jackman is a highlight of the film.
The rest of the cast play off more like cameos. Probably Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth and Danny Huston as William Stryker play the real supporting roles of the film. Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth is much more interesting than Tyler Mane, who played the character in the original X-Men film. The question of why doesn’t Sabretooth acknowledge Wolverine being his brother in the original film is never addressed, but we can just come up with theories that really don’t add up.
The rest of the cast do their jobs. Probably Will i Am as John Wraith and Taylor Kitsch as Gambit stick out the most. Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox is fine, but not really memorable enough to care. I also enjoyed Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, who should’ve returned at the end as Deadpool, but for some reason the film decided to turn the character into something from Mortal Kombat.
To me, the film is kind of like a film from the 80’s and early 90’s. Just a fun, action, blow-up film. The film has over the top action, and the special effects aren’t that great at times. At one point, I thought Wolverine’s claws looks like it was animated as if it was something from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”.
Despite some of the flaws, it’s not a terrible god awful film. Yes, there was some bad choices and some bad special effects work. But the story of how Wolverine gets has metal claws are there. If anything, the film really loses itself towards the end with it’s Mortal Kombat-esque battle. But if you know how to have fun with the film, it’s not as bad as you think. 7/10
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Thor: The Dark World continues where The Avengers left off. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is taken to Asgard and put in prison for his attack on Earth. But when a new threat arrises and harms Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in the process, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must team-up with his brother Loki to stop Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his army of Dark Elves from destroying the universe.
Aside from the Avengers, Thor was my favourite solo film featuring the individual characters. I loved the Iron Man movies a lot as well as The Incredible Hulk. I enjoyed Captain America: The First Avenger too. But Thor was something different. Probably because I knew not much about the character and I was interested to see how it would mesh with the other characters. Thankfully, the blend of Asgard and Earth work fabulously and now comes Thor: The Dark World. The 2nd film in Marvel’s “Phase 2” plan.
The cast is all back and they’re just as great as we last saw them. Zachary Levi replaces Josh Dallas in the role of Fandral. He does a fine job, but I can’t really say more than that since the Warriors Three and Lady Sif (played by the beautiful and talented, Jaimie Alexander) are heavily underused in the film as is Idris Elba as Heimdall. Anthony Hopkins gives off that great Shakespearean performance that’s heavily needed in a movie like this, which is a mix of Star Wars meets Lord Of The Rings. Natalie Portman is just there for me… Nothing special, but she does good for what’s given to her. I feel that Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård have more to do then Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster character. It’s not her fault as all. I just feel the writers don’t really know what to do with her character when they should really be pushing Thor towards Jamie Alexander’s Sif who would probably be a more interesting love interest.
Christopher Eccleston plays the new baddie on the block. And while I have nothing against his performance, his character has very little depth to him to be considered a memorable villain. He’s more like a “villain of the week”. Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki and just as brilliant as he was in both the first Thor film and The Avengers. In my opinion, he probably even steals the show being the highlight of the film every time he’s on screen.
The movie itself is great from beginning to end. It’s a roller coaster ride with a great blend of action, drama and comedy perfectly mixed. A certain character death in the film is very unexpected, but isn’t wasted. There’s also a great cameo from one of Thor’s fellow Avengers. The heart of the film though, is the relationship between Thor and Loki. The 2 are brothers and are forced to put aside their differences. It’s really great to see how both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston work together. You really get that brothers as odds feel, which is great to watch every time they share screen time.
My biggest complaint is what I said earlier. I wish that the Warriors Three, Heimdall and Sif would’ve been used a bit more to their full potential. The audience knows there’s more they could do with those characters, but the writers don’t seem to bother with them, which seems wasted. Especially with Sif who the writers and director Alan Taylor hint of a possible relationship with Thor. But these are just some minor complaints. The good points definatly outweigh the bad at every level.
If you’ve enjoyed the previous Marvel films so far, Thor: The Dark World is a worthy addition to a successful growing “cinematic universe”. Let’s hope for a Thor 3!
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Beginning my X-Men marathon today, I decided to begin with “X-Men: First Class”. For one reason, because it’s a prequel. Although, in some ways it could also be looked as a semi-reboot as it ignores some elements from the original trilogy to make the story as director, Matthew Vaughn, envisioned.
The movie re-introduces us to a young Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) and a young Mystique (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and are recruited by the US government to stop a mutant named Sebastian Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon) who plans on starting a war between the US and Russia. Xavier and Mystique meet Erik (played by Michael Fassbender) who would later become the villainous Magneto, who wants to get revenge on Sebastian Shaw for killing his mother during WWII.
The cast of the film is spot on. I remember when hearing about the cast before the film was released and being very optimistic about it, because I wasn’t aware of who most of them were, so I was very unfamiliar of their work. But once seeing the film, you totaly buy the actors in these roles. The roles of Charles Xavier and Magneto were probably the most nerve-recking to re-cast. I mean, how to you replace legendary actors like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen?! Thankfully, James MacAvoy and Michael Fassbender suit the roles perfectly and bring their A-game.
Of course, the rest of the cast is great too. Jennifer Lawrence (before being seen in The Hunger Games) brings more life and personality to the role of Mystique. Something that was missing in the original trilogy. Rose Byrne plays Moria MacTaggert, an Agent working for the government who helps recruit Xavier and his mutants to help stop the crisis. She does her role well as does the rest of the new mutants and humans. There’s also a great cameo from Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
The movie brings the X-Men franchise back to basics. Humans vs Mutants. Something that The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine felt a bit weak on. We get the emotional scenes with the characters that allow us to sympathies with them. I feel at times, that you might even wonder if Magneto and Sebastian Shaw are right at times, when they make their statements on certain matters. In many ways, that’s what really makes these kind of villains more interesting. Because they have valid points in what they’re doing… just executing them the wrong way.
Probably the moments in the film that will have some people scratching their heads are some of the continuity problems in the film. Producer/writer Bryan Singer (who was director of the first 2 X-Men films) and director Matthew Vaughn (director of Kick-Ass) have been quoted that “First Class” is indeed a prequel. But changes were made in order to tell the story that they wanted to tell… and to be fair, the movie does succeed in that regard. It defiantly rivals X2 as one of my favourite X-Men films. Great film, all around. 10/10
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My Austin Powers marathon concludes with “Austin Powers In Goldmember”. The film involves Austin being knighted by the Queen of England, but he’s let down when his father doesn’t show up. He learns that Dr. Evil has hired Goldmember to kidnap Austin’s father and took him to the year 1975. When Austin travels to 1975, he meets up with Foxxy Cleopatra and saves his father. When they get back to 2002, Austin tries to re-establish his relationship with his father.
Mike Myers is once again proves that he is versatile by now adding a 4th character to play in this film, the villainous Goldmember. It’s just so much fun to watch Mike Myers play all these different characters. He makes each of them different and stand out in their own different ways.
Beyoncé Knowles plays the new “Powers’ Girl”, Foxxy Cleopatra. She defiantly got the sexy part down, but she’s not too different from the previous girls from the Austin Powers movies. So it just feels like “Been there, done that” kinda routine.
Michael Caine plays Austin Powers father, Nigel Powers. He’s great in the role, but the logic of his appearance doesn’t make much sense. How is his father around in 2002, when Austin was frozen in 1967? Shouldn’t he be VERY old? Did he freeze himself too?.. These are just a few questions the movie has me wondering. But since the movie doesn’t take itself seriously anyways, we forgive it and just go with the flow. Plus, it’s Michael Caine.
The beginning of the film starts off with a whole cluster of cameos, from Tom Cruise to Britney Spears. Which really gets you into the fun, but soon after, the film begins to be full of new jokes and familiar jokes, which start to get a little old after a while.
By the end of the film, a big twist is revealed that really doesn’t make much sense, when the previous films have proved otherwise. But the film tries to convince us otherwise. It’s not a twist that will ruin the film experience for you, but it was a twist I could’ve loved without.
At the end of the day, it’s still a good Austin Powers movie with some good jokes throughout. The charm is still there, although not as good as the first 2 films. But the film is worth checking out. 7/10
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Mike Myers returns as Austin Powers and Dr. Evil in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” which continues to spoof the Bond films of the 60’s and 70’s. The title of the film even spoofs the Roger Moore Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me"… And If Mike Myers playing 2 characters wasn’t enough you, he takes on the duties of playing a 3rd character in the film, expanding his talent as an actor, named Fat Bastard.
The story involves Dr. Evil going back in time to 1965 to steal Austin Powers “mojo”. When Austin realizes his mojo is suddenly gone, he travels back to get it back while teaming up with a female spy, Felicity Shagwell.
Heather Graham plays the new girl in Austin Powers life, after the opening of the film reveals that Elizabeth Hurley was actually a Fembot the entire time… Which apparently the government knew about the entire time, but didn’t bother to inform Austin about it. For the most part, Heather Graham plays the part great. She’s very beautiful and holds her own. I probably found her character Felicity Shagwell to be more interesting then the previous love interest.
The movie is filled with some new faces such as Mini-Me (played by Verne Troyer), which is a clone experiment gone wrong. And Rob Lowe who plays a younger Number 2 in the 1969 segments of the film. Also some fun cameos, including Kristen Johnston as Ivana Humpalot and the return of Will Ferrell.
The jokes in the film are more or less just as enjoyable as the first film. In my personal opinion, this is the best Austin Powers film. The film outdoes everything the first film does and makes it even better. A definite must watch for fans of the franchise.
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One of my favourite TV Shows right now has to be the CW hit, Arrow… Ok, I admit it. I love superheroes in general. But unlike some superheroes made for television, Arrow is actually a show worth checking out. When the series began, I was a little optimistic about it. I was a huge Smallville fan and really enjoyed Justin Hartley’s interpretation of the character on that show. But like every other character, from James Bond to Batman, the character IS bigger than the actor.
Unlike Smallville, Arrow is more like The Dark Knight trilogy for television, which allows Arrow to have a more realistic and gritty take, unlike Smallville’s more brighter and colourful tone. In the comic books, the character Oliver Queen/Green Arrow has always been sort of a Bruce Wayne/Batman copycat, and I have to say, it work VERY well for this series.
With great supporting characters, Stephen Amell is a great leading man for this series… and i’m not saying that because he’s a fellow Canadian. Esspecially this season, he’s really been strong with the heroic and dramatic acting duties. As well as some of the more lighter moments of the series.
So far, in Season 2, the writers and producers have been pulling all the stops by bringing in many characters from the DC comics lore, including setting up a future appearance by Ra’s Al Ghul (who was played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins), obviously a new take on the characters, but possibly similar in the realistic sense. Although the series has been hinting that “superpowers” could be on the way with the Flash making an appearance on the December 4th episode “The Scientist”.
At the end, I just wanted to point out for anyone that might not be watching this great series and might’ve been thinking about it. It’s definalty worth checking out. Season 2 is far superior to Season 1, and hopefully things continue going this way, since it seems they have a 5 season plan laid out.
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Austin Powers is the baby that made Mike Myers a household name, so watching it now, you have to wonder how Mt. Myers took a wrong turn in his career. It’s kinda heartbreaking considering a lot of the actors aren’t really doing as good as they should’ve been after this film with the noteable exception of Will Ferrell who has a cameo in the film.
The Austin Powers films were supposed to mostly spoof the Bond films of the 60’s and 70’s which is why Dr. Evil looks very similar to Ernst Blofeld or why Random Task clearly being a carbon copy of Oddjob. Even silly-exaggerated names like Alotta Fagina being a knockoff of Pussy Galore.
The big twist in the film is that Austin Powers freezes himself in 1967 to be unfrozen in 1997, which is the year the film was released in which forces Austin to try and adapt to a modern setting which allows for many humours bits.
Mike Myers is clearly the star of the film. And i’m not just saying that because he plays the title character. He also plays the main villain Dr. Evil, which I remember Back in the day impressed a lot of people, and deservingly so. He plays both characters very differently with some good make up, wigs and accents and convinces you that they could very well be 2 different actors playing the role. Elizabeth Hurley plays Mike Myers’s love interest, Vanessa Kensington. She serves her purpose as the daughter of Powers’ former partner as she tries to help Austin adjust to the 20th century as well as deny any feelings that she might have for him…. which she ultimately fails midway through the film.
One of my favourite bits in the film is when Austin Powers is in the washroom using the toilet. He’s being attacked but has his attackers head in the toilet while yelling “WHO DOES NUMBER 2 WORK FOR?!”. Meanwhile Tom Arnold cameos in the stall next door (not knowing what’s going on) thinking that Austin is just struggling taking a poop. It’s simple comedy like this that just makes the movie enjoyable with its bizarre but innocent charms.
If you never seen Austin Powers, I totally recommend it. The movie was made in 1997, but it still holds up very well with its timeless feel. The character is definitely Myers at his best.
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Why does the world need Ben Affleck as Batman?
Well, the truth is, we don’t. And sadly, not a lot of people want him to begin with. But I’m not here to bash Ben Affleck as Batman. I’m actually gonna support him.
Most people that I’ve talked to about this, never come up with a reasonable excuse why they don’t want Ben Affleck as Batman. They always like to point out films from his “JLo days” such as Daredevil and Gigli… Ok, but what about films like The Town and Argo? Wasn’t he great in those? “I… I never seen either of them”… And that’s where the BIG problem is.
Most people only seem to remember Ben Affleck’s past performances but not his most recent. Affleck was PRAISED for his roles in The Town and Argo… As a matter of fact, despite how terrible Runner Runner was with Justin Timberlake, many people thought Ben Affleck was a highlight of that film.
Sometimes it seems people forget that actors are constantly training themselves to become better. It’s been 10 years since Daredevil and I think Ben’s ready to tackle another superhero. Maybe this will even be his redemption film. Here’s hoping. Cheers to Ben Affleck! Can’t wait for Batman Vs. Superman!
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