The latest X-Men film is a spectacular affair, a high-budget and frequently hilarious reassertion of the franchise after the dreadful X3: The Last Stand and Wolverine movies. It features all the most popular members of the group kicking ass in glorious action sequences that might be some of the best you’ll see this year and even makes room for a few fantastic new mutants. The narrative is good, if a little exposition-heavy upfront, and the pace is great. So it’s a real shame that, even with all these perfect elements, the film’s story makes such a dull thud. The problem isn’t that it’s badly told, it’s just that there’s not been any attempt to evolve the narrative threads that have been present since the first X-men film from 2000. It’s the same old story; a fight between Professor X’s peaceful integration and Magneto’s warlike assertion of mutant superiority, and after the fourth time it has lost its surprise and effect.
Film Review / Comments Off on Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Something For The Weekend / Comments Off on Something for the Weekend: X-Men: First Class
Next week sees the release of the latest film in the X-Men franchise: Days of Future Past. Why not give yourself a refresher on what led up to that movie by checking out 2011s First Class?
Featuring a story that chronicles the early days of mutant kind and the friendship between James McAvoy’s Professor Xavier and Michael Fassbenders Magneto, and how that friendship became animosity. It’s great stuff with great performances by McAvoy and Fassbender as well as Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw.
It’s not a perfect movie but it’s easily the best of the X-Men films to date, it’s fun, it’s exciting, it has great action and a fantastic score, and what else do I really need to say here? Below are referral links to the movie on iTunes and Amazon, pick yourself up a copy and help us keep the lights on at the same time.
Thanks, enjoy, and have a great weekend!
There’s finally a full trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past and, well, I have mixed feelings.
Posters / Comments Off on More X-Men: Days of Future Past Posters
The marketing machine is ramping up for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here are a bunch of trailers which are… well some of them are good and some of them are awful. I’ll let you be the judge.
Today’s the day people, there is finally a full trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Let’s watch!
Trailers / Comments Off on Frank Trailer: I Think This Just Became a Must See
This looks like the wonderful kind of weird.
The Oscars are tomorrow! We’ll be live blogging them for the third year running and last year it was fun to have my thoughts out there ahead of time, so I’m going to lock myself into a few predictions again.
Film Review / Comments Off on Review: 12 Years A Slave
Solomon Northup was a free born black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1841. Known as a talented violin player he was approached that year by two men who identified themselves as entertainers with an offer to accompany them for several performances in New York City. He took the job and thinking it would be a short trip didn’t tell his wife. Once there they convinced him to continue with them to Washington, D.C.
Once in Washington Northup was drugged, stripped of his clothing and identification, and sold into slavery. After 12 years he was freed again and later published a memoir of his experiences. Now Steve McQueen has made a movie out of those memoirs.
It’s a movie you need to see.
Podcast Episodes / Comments Off on Podcast Episode 54: GTA5, Blur: Overdrive, Saint’s Row 4, Gravity, The Counselor, Captain Phillips, All is Lost, and Ender’s Game
It’s been two long months since we’ve been able to sit down and record a podcast episode for you but now we’re back and we have a lot of stuff to talk about! This episode we look back over the last could months and talk a little more in depth about Grand Theft Auto 5, Blur Overdrive, and Saint’s Row 4 as well as the movies Gravity, The Counselor, Captain Phillips, All is Lost, and Ender’s Game.
It’s a lot to get through so grab some popcorn and let’s get cracking.
Trailers / Comments Off on X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer Needs You To Hope Again
There’s a trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past! Let’s watch!
Film Review / Comments Off on Review: The Counselor
When I first heard about The Counselor I was intrigued. Ridley Scott directing and a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy? Sounds good to me! Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz starring? Sounds great!
Then there was a trailer and I became ever more excited for what sounded, and now looked, like a great movie.
Turns out I was wrong. The Counselor is a bit of a mess.
You know what I love about Ridley Scott? He makes all kinds of films. Next up is The Counselor, a story about a lawyer who gets in over his head with some of the wrong sort of people. Let’s watch!
Trailers / Comments Off on 12 Years A Slave Trailer
Solomon Northup was a free black man living in the Norther United States in the first half of the 1800s. In 1841 in Washington DC he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the south and spent 12 years working plantations until his eventual released in 1853.
This film by Steve McQueen is based on Northup’s autobiography, and there is finally a trailer.
News / Comments Off on Awesome: Natalie Portman to Star Opposite Michael Fassbender in MacBeth Film
Speaking of Shakespeare, looks like we’re getting some more of it next year:
Yesterday, we reported the exciting news that Michael Fassbender was set to lead a new screen adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth. We also reported that talks were “underway with at least one Hollywood leading actress,” to play the role of Lady Macbeth. Today, Screen Daily is reporting that the actress is Natalie Portman, and she has agreed to take the part. Directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, the adaptation will take place in the 11th century, and will “be a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes
So two great actors starring in a film adaptation of one of the bards most famous plays. Where do I sign, exactly??
Podcast Episodes / Comments Off on Episode Twenty Seven: Children of Men, Rock of Ages and Prometheus
This week we’re sitting down to talk about all the news that is news and three films: Children of Men, Rock of Ages, and Prometheus.
Note: major spoiler warnings for Prometheus.
We also discuss the shiny new Microsoft Surface and the best new show on Canadian TV, Continuum.
Like what you hear? Don’t like what you hear? Tell us! email at comments at awesomefriday.ca, leave comments on this episodes page, and you can also follow us on twitter: @ManBitesWonders is Simon and @posterboy81 is Matt