Talking Movies: X-Men: The Last Stand

Released: May 2006Director: Brett RatnerDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $210 millionStars: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Ian McKellen, Kelsey Grammer, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Aaron Stanford, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Romijn, Vinnie Jones, Anna Paquin, and James Marsden The Plot:The Mutant community is divided when a major pharmaceutical company announces the development of a “cure” that … Continue reading Talking Movies: X-Men: The Last Stand

Talking Movies: X-Men 2

Released: April 2003Director: Bryan SingerDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $110 to 125 millionStars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Brian Cox, Famke Janssen, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Alan Cumming, James Marsden, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Kelly Hu, and Bruce Davison The Plot:The war between humans and Mutants escalates after an attack on the President … Continue reading Talking Movies: X-Men 2

Talking Movies: X-Men

Released: July 2000Director: Bryan SingerDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $75 millionStars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Famke Janssen, Ray Park, Halle Berry, and Bruce Davison The Plot:The world is divided on its opinions of Mutants, individuals born with fantastic powers who inspire hate and fear in the public. After … Continue reading Talking Movies: X-Men

Back Issues [X-Men Day]: The X-Men #1

To commemorate the culmination of their long-running and successful X-Men movies, 20th Century Fox declared May 13th as “X-Men Day”, a day to celebrate all things Mutant and the X-Men, Marvel’s iconic collection of superpowered beings who fight to protect a world that hates and fears them. To mark the occasion this year, I’ll be … Continue reading Back Issues [X-Men Day]: The X-Men #1

Talking Movies: Deadpool

Released: 8 February 2016Director: Tim MillerDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $58 millionStars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapičić/Andre Tricoteux The Plot:After mercenary for hire Wade Wilson (Reynolds) contracts terminal cancer, he turns to Francis Freeman/Ajax (Skrein), who subjects him to round-the-clock torture to activate his latent X-Gene. … Continue reading Talking Movies: Deadpool

Back Issues [Deadpool’s Debut]: The New Mutants #98

Wade W. Wilson (also known as “Deadpool”) was created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld and first appeared in The New Mutants #98 in February 1991. Though originally little more than a cold-blooded mercenary, the wise-cracking “Merc With a Mouth” went on to become one of the few comic book characters to be aware that they are comic book … Continue reading Back Issues [Deadpool’s Debut]: The New Mutants #98

10 FTW: Under-Rated Sequels

Sequels are funny things; you have to get the balance just right between providing everything people enjoyed about the first moving but expanding upon the plot and characters in a natural way. If it’s difficult for a lot of sequels to get this right, it’s even harder for third, fourth, or other sequential entries to … Continue reading 10 FTW: Under-Rated Sequels

Talking Movies: X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Released: June 2019Director: Simon KinbergDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $200 millionStars: James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence Plot:Ten years after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse (Singer, 2016), the X-Men have become celebrated superheroes. After answering a distress call from NASA, Jean Grey (Turner) is exposed … Continue reading Talking Movies: X-Men: Dark Phoenix

10 FTW: Films That Need Remakes

It seems blasphemous to say it but, sometimes, films do deserve a modern remake. The stigma that remakes are “bad” or “unnecessary” is one that I have already contested before, as some of the best films in cinema history are actually remakes. However, whether because they haven’t aged too well, or sequels ruined the original … Continue reading 10 FTW: Films That Need Remakes