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X-Men Franchise Review Part V – X-Men: First Class (2011)

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I had seen X-Men: First Class once before. I was really tired and the disc was damaged so I couldn’t finish it properly until the next day. When I finished it, I felt like it was good. In fact, I thought it was really good. For whatever reason, I didn’t get quite as swept up in the fervor surrounding it that first go around.

Now that I’ve seen it again, this time properly and within the context of the franchise as a whole, I freaking loved it! I rescind my remark from my X2 review wherein I said I “have a hard time choosing between X2 and First Class when choosing which title is my favorite of the X-Men franchise.”  After a second viewing of First Class, it is unequivocally my favorite movie of the franchise thus far.  Continue reading

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The Month in Movies: November 2013

I had a mediocre movie-watching month last month. But that’s secondary to the fact that I have eviscerated my previous movie-watching numbers. With a few weeks left in 2013,  I have already had the best year in terms of  movies watched since I started tracking my viewing habits in 2007.

Check back in the new year for my final stats. As for now, here is a breakdown of the best and worst of the movies I viewed in the penultimate month of 2013. As always, don’t forget to follow me and the blog around the internet with the links below.

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  • Total Viewings: 14
  • First Viewings: 9
  • Theater Viewings: 2

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The John Hughes Re-Education

Each month this year I’ve chosen a director to re-examine. Pre-blog January was my Quentin Tarantino month. February was Kevin Smith and March was James Cameron. Coming off of my exhausting James Cameron month, I wanted something a little safer. I wanted to watch the work of a director who knew how to tell a story properly in an appropriate amount of time.

There were some gaps in John Hughes’ filmography that I wanted to get to, so I chose him. Considering how prolific a filmmaker as John Hughes was, it was tempting to watch a bunch of movies he wrote and produced in addition to the ones he directed. But, in the interest of time, I chose to just stick with what he directed. What follows is my re-education of the work of John Hughes. Continue reading