X-Men (2000) – Review

3 Stars

Marvel’s current cinema domination can be traced back to X-Men, the Bryan Singer directed film that started off the longest running franchise in superhero history. This serious-minded film is ripe with good actors delivering intelligent dialogue, surrounded by captivating production design all while slyly referencing racial,sexual and other forms of discrimination. This inaugural entry into the X-Men cannon is flawed and feels overly expository, but remains entertaining and full of compelling characters to warrant a positive recommendation.
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Podcast EP186: Bullet To The Head, Warm Bodies, Stand Up Guys Predictions, News

Episode one-hundred and eighty-six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: Bullet to the Head
Warm Bodies
Stand Up Guys

News: J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars
Argo Wins PGA Awards, Jennifer Lawrence And Daniel Day-Lewis Win SAG Awards
Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore Returning for X-Men: Days of Future Past
Bradley Cooper to Play Lance Armstrong?

TrailerAddict: Upside Down

Movie Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Box Office Weekend Breakdown: January 25-27, 2013

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Podcast EP176: Freeloaders, X-Men, Avatar, Johnny Depp Reprises Jack Sparrow Role

Episode one-hundred and seventy-six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

News: Derek Connolly and Teddy Newton Plan Mystery Pixar Film
10 Contenders Remain in the VFX Oscar Race
George Clooney and Paul Greengrass Team for Heist Thriller
The Avatar Sequels to Start Filming in 2013
Hugh Jackman in Talks for X-Men: Days of Future Past
Johnny Depp Reprised His Role for The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
China Predicted To Surpass U.S. Box Office By 2020
Man of Steel Movie Novelization Already Available for Pre-Order

TrailerAddict: Broken Lizard’s Freeloaders

Box Office DeLorean: March 28-30, 1997

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Podcast EP175: Killing Them Softly Predictions, Waterworld Remake, X-Men, Skyfall

Episode one-hundred and seventy-five. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: Killing Them Softly

News: Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly Board Flight of the Navigator
Syfy to Remake Waterworld?
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Join X-Men: Days of Future Past
20th Century Fox Cancels Independence Day 3D Plans

TrailerAddict: Snitch

Box Office Weekend Breakdown: November 21–25, 2012

Skyfall In-depth

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Podcast EP167: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Star Wars 7 In The Works, Argo Review

Episode one-hundred and sixty-seven. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

News: Bryan Singer Officially Set For X-Men: Days of Future Past
Riddick Gets an R Rating
Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Coming in 2015!
John Logan Writing Bond 24 and 25
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Starts Shooting

Review: Argo

Box Office Special: $100 Million Club

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Podcast EP156: Critic Boxing, Nature Calls Trailer, Wolverine, X-Men, James Bond

Episode one-hundred and fifty-six. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

News: Filmmaker Joe Swanberg and Critic Devin Faraci Box at Fantastic Fest Debate
Dwayne Johnson and Barry Sonnenfeld Could Team for Lore
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in New Pic
Patrick Stewart Rumored to Return to X-Men
Dumb and Dumber Sequel Gets a Title
Secret Adele James Bond Theme
James Bond Blu-ray Complete Collection Release

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DVD Sales Chart: Week Ending Sep 16, 2012

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Fox Sets a Date With ‘The Wolverine’

Apparently Fox isn’t upset with getting stuck with the bill on the last outing with Wolverine, as the newest film has been set to release on July 26, 2013. The film has continually been delayed, with Darren Aronofsky (strange choice to begin with in my opinion) leaving and James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) stepping in to helm the Hugh Jackman (ya he’s back) starrer.

With the successful reboot X-Men: First Class allowing for that franchise to continue without Wolverine, Fox has been desperate to get a side-going series starring the most famous X-Man. Let’s not forget that X-Men Origins: Wolverine would have been a complete failure without that first astonishing $85M opening weekend (which quickly plummeted by 70% the following weekend proving the film sucked), but proving that there is a demand for the character, and thus Fox continues to push Wolverine.

As we saw with Sony and Marvel’s relationship (and really anyone licensing other’s characters) Fox is probably contractually obligated to continue making films to hold on to the rights, especially since Marvel is now owned by Disney and has in the past bought back rights to other characters. I like Wolverine, but honestly we need a little longer of a break from this, push it back to 2014 and come back full bore without Jackman. Not that he’s bad in the role, but I’d like to see something a little different at this point, not unlike what happened with X-Men: First Class reinvigorating my interest with the X-Men. What do you think? Something you’re looking forward to?