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X-Men Franchise Reviews Part VII – X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Before I start the final review of this series, I want to reiterate that I am not terribly informed when it comes to the greater mythos of the X-Men comic book universe. With regret, my only experience with X-Men outside of the movies has been the animated series from when I was a kid in the 90s.

When I think about the cartoon, I remember being really drawn to the Sentinels. I thought they were a very cool and frightening enemy for the X-Men. You can imagine my disappointment when, in 6 movies, all we’ve got in terms of Sentinels is one brief appearance in a simulation at the beginning of The Last Stand. It didn’t make it into my review of the movie, but it bothered me that a Sentinel could exist in a simulation when they don’t exist in the “real world” of the movies yet. Continue reading

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X-Men Franchise Review Part III – X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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After X2‘s release in 2003 I was really looking forward to this movie. It was one of my most anticipated movies ever until Bryan Singer decided to make Superman Returns instead. The announcement that Brett Ratner would take over directing X3 only crushed my spirits more. I had little faith in Ratner and didn’t even bother seeing the movie for a year or two after its release. The same goes for Superman Returns.

When I finally sat down to watch these movies, though, I went into them hoping I’d at least get a cool Superman movie out of the deal and that maybe Ratner would surprise me. I didn’t and he didn’t. I’ll save my thoughts on Superman Returns for another day but where X-Men: The Last Stand is concerned, I don’t know if I should attribute its many failings to the curse of the threequel or the curse of Brett Ratner. Which, of course, is just the career of Brett Ratner. Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part I – X-Men (2000)

You know what happens when an Obsessive Viewer watches X-Men? The same thing that happens to everyone else…uh, he watches X-Men.

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This review (and all subsequent X-Men reviews) comes from someone who isn’t terribly familiar with the greater X-Men comic book mythology. My knowledge of X-Men prior to the first movie was gleaned from a few viewings of a cartoon in the 90s and hours of arguing with friends over who we’d play as before the street lights came on and our parents called us home for dinner.

Having said that, here are my thoughts on 2000’s X-Men. Continue reading

Mike’s Trailer Tuesday: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Release Date: May 23, 2014

Director: Bryan Singer

Written By: Simon Kinberg (screenplay and story), Matthew Vaughn (story) & Jane Goldman (story)

This summer the two studios which own rights to Marvel characters and aren’t named Marvel will duke it out at the box office. Sony will release the hotly anticipated (and lately scrutinized) Amazing Spider-Man 2. Without a major Marvel studios release, the only competition for Amazing 2 will be Bryan Singer’s return to the helm of the X-Men franchise in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Early excitement would indicate DoFP is the more likely to win the superhero box office battle this summer.

Note: Come back Thursday for a special Thursday edition of Trailer Tuesday for the release of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer. Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) [Obsessive Friends: Tiny]

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Release Date: December 13th, 2013

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: Fran WalshPhilippa BoyensPeter JacksonGuillermo del Toro & J.R.R. Tolkien (novel “The Hobbit”)

Stars: Martin FreemanIan McKellenRichard Armitage & Benedict Cumberbatch

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