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The Perfect Wolverine Film | Review of ‘Logan’


By Cynthia Ayala

Logan starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart & Dafne Keen
Marvel Entertainment
Image Credit: IMDB

“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.”

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There’s simply no limit to the beauty this film has wrapped in all the swearing and gritty glory that defines Wolverine’s character and this film. Wolverine has not had an easy life, he has gone through so much and the writers knew just how to capitalize on the character, the Wolverine, and evolve the story for him. They took a risk, and they ended the story properly, they ended it in such a way that they gave closure to the character and his legacy in the X-Men.
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‘Chappie’ Defines Identity | Review of ‘Chappie’


By: Cynthia Ayala

Chappie
Columbia Pictures

From the director of District 9 comes Chappie, a science fiction film about the first true artificial intelligence, A.I. Starring Dev Patel, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman and Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie.

The movie follows the same aesthetic as District 9. However, with fewer interviews to propel the story forward. Dev Patel plays a genius scientist, creator of the S.C.O.U.T. bots, a robotic police force. This movie explores the human condition: what it means to be human and what it means to have an identity.
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The Perfect Movie to Revamp X-Men | Review of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’


By: Cynthia Ayala  

A brilliant and masterful film that has brought new life into the world of X-Men.  With an amazing story about finding hope when everything looks hopeless, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is sure to captivate everyone’s fancy.
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Anna Paquin’s Rogue Has Been Cut Out Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past


By: Eric Eisenberg

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Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past promises to bring together multiple generations of the mutant superhero team, with the worlds of the original X-Men trilogy and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class colliding, but today it has been sadly announced that one fan-favorite character has been axed from the final cut of the film. During a recently interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director revealed that Anna Paquin, who plays Rogue in the cinematic X-Men series, is no longer going to appear in next summer’s blockbuster.

The detail was uncovered when Singer explained how a rescue sequence that was shot in the beginning of production on the movie ended up needing to get cut. The scene features Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), but Singer says that it ultimately affected the pacing of the film negatively. The good news, however, is that we will be able to see it someday. Explained the filmmaker:

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

I must say that this is kind of a bummer. The last time we saw Rogue, in X-Men: The Last Stand, she had received the mutant “cure” and was going on to try and live a normal life. Thanks to the last shot of Magneto in the movie we know that the “cure” ended up being temporary, but what then what happened to Rogue? We won’t get an answer to that question until the movie comes out on home video some time next fall, and it sounds like they won’t be getting too deep into the material. Maybe she will play a crucial role in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse?

X-Men: Days of Future Past may not include Paquin, but it does have a full roster of familiar faces. From the original trilogy we will once again get to see Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore,while returning First Class members include James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult. Joining the franchise in new roles will be Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing. You can watch the teaser trailer for the movie below, and catch the full thing in theaters on May 23, 2014.

Source: GameSpot

The Wolverine | Movie Review


image Directed by: James Mangold

Screenplay by: Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Bomback & Scott Frank

Based on Wolverine by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiruhiko Yamanouchi & Brian Tee

Hugh Jackman returns and delivers yet another brilliant performance as the Wolverine. Taking place after the debacle that was X-Men: The Last Stand (a movie I would prefer hadn’t happened). Wolverine is suffering through the anguish he feels or killing Jean-Grey, the woman he loved, in The Last Stand. Now, living in a self-imposed exile he lives his life alone until a ghost from his past, a man whose live he saved, seeks him out to give him the gift he’s always been wanting: a cure for his immortality. But not all is what it seemed.

As Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is flawless in his performance. He had the strength and the attitude to deliver this character perfectly, as always. All that was missing was his iconiccigar smoking. Another great part of the movie was the fact that each character has within them their own fears that haunt their everyday life, giving them depth as characters. All except the Viper, played by Svetlana Khodchenkova who made her debut into the world of Hollywood with this tantalizing performance. Her acting did not falter and her facial expressions were perfect, even down to her eye rolls. Khodchenkova was a perfect choice to play this part.

Now as far as chemistry goes for this cast, there was no problem with it. Everyone has chemistry with one another and they build a strong dynamic with one another, presenting the love story between Wolverine and Mariko, an iconic story that left shockwaves for Wolverine in the Marvel Universe. The casting was great for this movie, even if the movie had flaws.

The biggest flaw in this movie had to do with the Jean Grey sequences. By the third one, I was muttering “go away Jean, no one cares”. They were excessive, didn’t build on the story, and were so annoying. There were five sequences! Five. Now I love Famke Janssen as Jean Grey but I hated these sequences. If the creative team insisted on having back then onlyinclude three sequences, one in the beginning to highlight how he’s haunted, one in the middle to show how the Viper gets to him and one in the end to show him letting go…finally.That was all the audience needed. Everything else was time and budget wasted. My second biggest issue was his claws no longer being adamantium. Now I understand the science behindwhy but considering that his adamantium claws are quite essential for him to fight Sentinals in the next X-Men movie, it seems like a big mess they are going to have to clean up.

Despite those bumps in the road, it was a well done movie, Hugh Jackman was awesome, and had what comic book movies are supposed to have, comical aspects wrapped in the seriousness. It wasn’t perfect, not exceptional like The Avengers and Captain America, but it was still fun to watch and incredibly enjoyable…not mention awesome. ★★ ½ (B+)

Bryan Singer Reveals Professor X’s Wheelchairs In X-Men: Days Of Future Past


By:  Eric Eisenberg

Bryan Singer has revealed quite a lot about the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past through his Twitter page. As the film has moved through pre-production the director has regularly updated fans about the progress of the new superhero film, and has even used the social networking platform to make big casting announcements. It was thanks to his feed that we learned that Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page and Peter Dinklage would all be part of the cast. But today the filmmaker has used the site to reveal something special.

Posting the message, “Hello old friends #XMen #DaysofFuturePast,” Singer has used Twitter to reveal the two Professor X wheelchairs that will be used in the 2014 sequel. Looking at stills from the previous movies you can tell that the one on the left will be the one used by Stewart, while the one on the right will be James McAvoy‘s spot. Check out the image below!

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Obviously this doesn’t really tell us anything about X-Men: Days of Future Past in terms of story, but it’s a cool treat for fans to get a detailed look at Professor X’s main mode of transport. Am I the only one who thinks that Stewart’s chair looks infinitely more comfortable than McAvoy’s?

The movie is also set to star Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult and will be starting production soon to get ready for the July 18, 2014 release date.

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Is Peter Dinklage Playing The Main Villain In X-Men: Days Of Future Past?


By:  Eric Eisenberg

peter_dinklage_35766Late last night Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage became the first new actor to join the X-Men franchise since pre-production began on Bryan Singer’s Days of Future Past. Unfortunately, the casting news came without one key detail: who he will be playing. This the announcement many fans have speculated about names like Puck and MODOK, but the former isn’t a mutant and the latter still belongs to Marvel Studios. We have no idea who Dinklage will end up playing, but today it seems that the field has been narrowed down to characters playing for the baddies.

Variety claims to have learned that Dinklage will be playing the villain in X-Men: Days of Future Past. While the trade doesn’t get any more specific, their sources close to the production say that he will “be the main antagonist.”

But even what that means is up in the air at this point. The original comic book arc begins in a future that has been ravaged by mutant hunting robots called Sentinels, so the X-Men send one of their own back in time to stop the key event that led to the horrific future. So with those two timelines to play with, where does the “main antagonist” fit in? Is he the one pushing for the creation of the Sentinels? Is he the one responsible for the cataclysmic event in the past that changes the future?

X-Men: Days of Future Past will also star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page. The film will be in theaters July 18, 2014.

Source: Cinema Blend

 

The Wolverine’s First Trailer Won’t Arrive Until Late March


By:  Eric Eisenberg

The_Wolverine_35680It would have made a lot of sense for 20th Century Fox to attach the first trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine to this weekend’s A Good Day To Die Hard. Not only is the same studio releasing both movies, they are also both being aimed at the same demographic and the timeline fits perfectly (with the superhero flick due in theaters on July 26th). And yet it looks as though we won’t be getting our first look at The Wolverine for more than a month.

Earlier today rumors sprouted that we would be getting a first-look trailer at the new comic book movie tomorrow, February 12th, however, Mangold has taken to his Twitter account to announce not only that the rumors were false, but that the trailer would be released in late March. Following the director’s response, Coming Soon reported that the preview would be attached to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which will be in theaters on March 29th.

Responding to complaints that the wait for the first-look was so long, Mangold said on the social networking site, “Tell me you think we’re lame after you see the teaser. At least then you will be critiquing images from the film, not a marketing window. From end of March till release, you’ll be saturated. Relax, yuk. I’ve never found the coolest people are the first to arrive at a party.”

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Hugh Jackman Suits Up In New Image From The Wolverine


By:  Eric Eisenberg

In Bryan Singer‘s 2000 film X-Men it was established that Wolverine wasn’t a big fan of the leather jump suit the team had him wear, but that doesn’t fully explain a certain pattern that has developed in the marketing for James Mangold‘s upcoming superhero film The Wolverine. Thus far there have been three official stills and one photo-based poster for the movie (the teaser poster was illustrated) and all of them have featured the titular character not wearing a shirt. As we haven’t seen a trailer yet, until now there was no reason to believe that Hugh Jackman wasn’t doing the entire film topless. But today the pattern has been broken.

Empire has included a new still from the film in their latest issue, and not only is the super healing mutant wearing a suit, he’s dressed to the nines in a pretty badass black suit (with his claws fully extended, of course). Check out the image below and head over to Coming Soon to see a shot from the set – also featuring Jackman wearing clothes!

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Based on a script written by Christopher McQuarrie and re-written by Mark BombackThe Wolverine features Jackman’s sixth performance as the titular mutant and finds him traveling to Japan to train as a samurai warrior. Will Yun Lee will play the villainous Silver Samurai, while Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova will portray Viper. 20th Century Fox will release the film on July 26th, and while we are still waiting for the first trailer it was promised by Mangold recently to be arriving “soon.”

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Les Misérables


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Breathtaking, wonderful amazing! I absolutely loved this movie so much. The artistic design of the movie was breathtaking and the rawness of the music, the way it vibrated in the theater was amazing. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at how the movie was developed as well as the casting choices. Granted I spent half the movie remembering that these were The Dictator, Bellatrix, Wolverine, Catwoman and the Gladiator. I know, it’s annoying that I made those comparisons but it is true. That being said, despite those thoughts intruding into my head, I loved this movie and was completely entranced and pleased with the actors’ ability to sing.

The score was amazing, the choreography was spotless and made the movie flow. Having never reading Les Misérables I cannot comment on the adaptation, but I don’t think it butchered the story. In this movie, there was truth, the relentless truth of the matter, the truth of war and the cost of revolution. Unpleasantness happened and this movie did history proud by not shining away from it. Honestly a beautiful movie. 4/4 ★‘s and an “A+”.