Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

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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.

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Mystique, Gambit, and Deadpool May All Get Their Own Movies Because Marvel Is Making All The Money

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All the X-Men films are already in one universe, or at least they will be after the forthcoming Days of Future Past, so here is the least surprising news of the week: Fox wants to make more individual X-Men movies. Shocker!

As in shocking, but meant sarcastically. Not trying to name a mutant or anything.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Viral Site for Trask Industries; Get your first look at Peter Dinklage and the Sentinels

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Not too long ago we had some teaser posters for X-Men: Days of Future Past and now we have a full on viral marketing campaign kicking off. Today saw the launch of the website for Trask Industries, the antagonist in the forthcoming film.

There’s a lot to get through here so let’s get started. I’m going to assume that you’ve look at the site too, and I’m going to talk about some of the things that I’ve noticed.

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X-Men: Days of Futre Past Teaser Posters

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Wolverine comes out this week but next year we get a full on sequel to X-Men: First Class with X-Men: Days of Future Past. That film seeks to unite the First Class timeline with the existing X-Men timeline via time travel, which maens we’ll see the younger mutants from First Class interacting with their older selves as well as some familiar faces from the first three movies.

And now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have some teaser posters.

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Awesome Daily – X-Men, JJ Abrams and Jurassic Park – 27th Jan 2012

Kitty Pryde, Iceman and Rogue all back for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer announced Saturday via the twitters that Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Anna Paquin will all be returning to the franchise in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film:

This is going to be interesting. Days of Future Past is a crazy time travel story which is how we have the First Class cast and the X1, X2 and Last Stand casts all together. I’m looking forward to seeing how they tie the 60s versions of the characters together with the present versions of the characters if only because of the few very subtle things that made me consider them to be different time lines. – Matt

Star Trek fan talks about JJ Abrams taking the job directing Star Wars

Jordan Hoffman at Badass Digest:

Know this: I love Star Wars. Star Trek is a key part of my life, but the other, lesser franchise is still a great deal of fun. You wanna grab beers and yap about IG-88 or Midi-chlorian counts or the lesser known works of the Mon Calamari Ballet Company? I’m down. But the thing is that Star Wars, at least for people in my age group, was something that was accepted – it was never not cool. Star Trek only became cool very, very recently. And J.J. Abrams, for better or worse, had something to do with that.
The basic gist, as Mashable quoted me, is this: I feel like J.J. Abrams took me out to the prom but left with the hotter girl.

The whole thing is definitely worth a read. He’s more upset than I am, but it does mirror my feelings on the situation pretty well.

[link]- Matt

Jurassic Park 3D Blu-Ray gets a release date

Jurassic Park is coming to theatres in 3D in April, and then it’s coming to 3D Blu-Ray. Mark April 23rd on your calendars if you want to pick it up.

If you don’t care about 3D you can get all three movies on regular blu-ray on the 26th of March.

[source: The Verge] – Matt