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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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Week 28 2014 | Part 3 | Comic Reviews


By: Cynthia Ayala

Rounding up this week, I will be closing with two segments outside of the DC Universe.  See, I read more than DC, they just happen to be my favorite.  Now, onto the reviews.  I’m opening up this segment with Marvel Comics Original Sin #5, where the story seems to have lost track of where it began followed by Star Wars #19 where the writers continue to focus on Princess Leia and her character dynamic with Luke and Han versus incorporating all three perspectives equally in the piece.  Enjoy the reviews and have a wonderful weekend!

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Week 19 2014 | Part 3 | Comic Book Reviews


By: Cynthia Ayala

Spinning into the Marvel area of comics, the week concludes with the first two issues of the Original Sin story arc, Original Sin #0 & Original Sin #1. As a mini-series, does this have a solid opening with the proper characterization that can hook in any reader? Or, is this just another lame attempt at trying to create something that should be worthwhile, bringing in a rather large cast that can send the story spinning into a hundred different directions?

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Third Wolverine Solo Film Sets Writer, Jackman Expected Back – IGN


BY: JARED LARSON

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Deadline reports that Fox has hired writer David James Kelly to pen the next installment in the Wolverine solo film series. Kelly is also adapting Dark Horse’s MIND MGMT graphic novel and Sentinel, an original pitch that has nothing to do with X-Men’s robotic mutant hunters. He was a writer on Fox’s failed reboot of Daredevil before those rights reverted back to Marvel[…]

Full article here:

http://m.ign.com/articles/2014/03/22/third-wolverine-solo-film-sets-writer-jackman-expected-back

Wednesday Night TV (16 Oct 2013) | TV Reviews


image Genre: Superhero, Drama, Mystery, Acton/Advenure

Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, Wila Holland, David Ramsey, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes & Manu Bennett.

“Identity”:  China White has returned, working for the Triad to make sure that the glades are not taken care of and that the local hospital there fall.  Oh this was a harsh episode, to be sure.  It was great, t was gut wrenching, but harsh.  Oliver is being targeted on both sides of his identity.  As Oliver Queen, he is being crucified as the man whose family helped build the earthquake weapon that killed over 500 people and as the Emerald Archer, Laural has built a personal vendetta against him, becoming quite the unlikable character.  Oh and who the heck was that dude who thinks he’s Wolverine?  Difference Universe writers, come on.  Don’t get me wrong, Wolverine is awesome, but he has no place in the DC Universe.  I digress, this was an extraordinary episode, but what the heck are the writers doing here with Laurel?  Her character is harsher than her father ever was and in the end, her father even helped “the hood”.  But no, she thinks that the glades and Tommy’s death were all because of a war between the archers when in fact it was all Merlyn’s idea for revenge because of his wife’s death in the glades.  Ollie just returned at the most inconvenient time.  Oh, but the best part of this episode was Roy taking his first steps as the protégé to Green Arrow, being his eyes and ears inside the glades!  I’m excited!  Wednesdays @ 8PM (EST) on CW.

image Genre: Science Fiction, Serial Drama

Starring: Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, Payton List, Aaron Yoo, Madeleine Mantock & Mark Pellegrino

“In Too Deep”:  Really good way to continue the storyline.  The story kicks off with Steven trying to capture someone who is like him, a kid.  But then rewind to how he almost got pushed off a building.  This show is already one of my new favorites.  The story starts too quick with a lot thrown in and this episode was somewhat slows down to allow the cast to establish their characters.  The cast is charming and Mark Pellegrino is an amazing villain.  He’s an awesome actor and the way he portrays his character is awesome.  We got to see just how dark Ultra is here, and to just what extend they are willing to go in order to exterminate the new race, a race that cannot kill.  But there are loop holes, and the kid in this episode found out about the loop holes, using them to control and manipulate security guards in order to rob banks.  Aren’t loopholes the greatest.  In any case, this show is just starting off, but it has started out in a great way, first with the establishment of the shadow war and then with the subplot of the missing father, the man who was incredibly powerful.  The story is slowing down making it more grounded, and the cast is continuing to grow and build together.  Wednesdays @ 9PM (EST) on CW.

image Genre: Drama, Police Procedural

Starring: Blair Underwood, Kenneth Choi, Brent Sexton, Pablo Schreiber, Spencer Grammer & Neal Bledsoe

“Action”:  All right, sadly this show is not doing to well because it’s apparently too gritty.  Granted that is a strong contrast to the original Ironside from the 60’s, but personally that’s what I love about this show.  It’s not an exact copy cat which would have taken away some of its charm as a new show.  Just like in the movie business, exact copy cats don’t work and bomb, so why should it be any differed in the TV business.  Personally, I don’t think that it should.  So there my two cents on the subject.

No, this show is not hysterically funny, but the cast delivers the subtle and funny moments perfectly.  Like last night when they were talking about drinks, and Blair Underwood is giving him this no joke expression.  That was just acting and writing.  Also last night we got to see the bonds that form this team tighten together, like a team should.  And with the flashback scenes, we got to see how Ironsides past experience before he was in the wheelchair, coupled with the wheel chair influence who he is and why he makes the decisions he makes.  Blair Underwood is a phenomenal actor and I hope he gets to continue to play Ironside for a long time, because as far as revivals go, there is no one better in my opinion.  Wednesdays @ 10OM (EST) on NBC.

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+)

Wolverine Set Photos Introduce Logan And His Key Ladies


By:  Sean O’Connell

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The first trailer for James Mangold’s The Wolverine is expected to drop in theaters at the end of the month, possibly attached to G.I. Joe: Retributionsince 20th Century Fox doesn’t have a movie in theaters after The Croodsand the animated comedy doesn’t seem like the right fit for a clip about a berserker rage machine with razor-sharp claws that just out of his fists. While killing time waiting for the trailer to land, Mangold has stayed busy on his Twitter feed, sharing these three black-and-white still photos he took of “three people I adore.” That top shot is self-explanatory, but he shared two more as well:

The first one is Rila Fukushima, and second is the actress Tao Okamoto. Mangold explains that the ladies play Yukio and Mariko, respectively. The former is a trained assassin for Lord Shingen, head of the dreaded Yashida clan who frequently locks horns (or claws) with Jackman’s Logan. Mariko, meanwhile, is Shingen’s daughter … and Wolverine’s soul mate. Those who’ve read X-Men comics extensively know that Wolverine and Mariko almost married, and while it’s unlikely Mangold’s movie will have the time to travel that far down the hero’s path, it’s clear that these two women will be vital elements to the story being told in The Wolverine.

All that’s left, now, is to see a trailer. Though really, do we need to see one at this point? I would argue that those who know that they are going to see Mangold’s Wolverine movie are going, regardless. And after so many turns in the X-Men character, casual audiences recognize Jackman and his mutant hero. They’re coming to the show. Leave a few surprises for them.

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

 

The Wolverine Had Only One Mutant In Early Drafts


By: Eric Eisenberg

The_Wolverine_34715One of the biggest problems with Brett Ratner‘s X-Men: The Last Stand was that it tried to do too much with too many mutants. Somehow the filmmakers got it into their heads that the only thing people want out of an X-Men movie are cool mutant abilities, and the rest of the movie suffered as a result. So it’s strange to think that The Wolverine was almost the complete opposite of that.

Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote the first draft of the new superhero movie before it was rewritten by Mark Bomback, has told ScreenRant that in his version of the movie Wolverine was the only mutant in the entire script. “The truth of the matter is that Wolverine I consider to be one of my favorite scripts that I’ve ever written,” the filmmaker said. “I really held it near and dear to my heart, and I was sorry that circumstances worked out that I couldn’t be there and be involved in that movie. I’m almost afraid to see what it’s evolved into, because that’s the nature of the process.”

While it’s unclear just how much the project changed after McQuarrie was replaced, apparently his script was real-world based but also had a touch of his personal flavor, saying that it was recognizable as being from the writer of The Usual Suspects and The Way of the Gun – and apparently there was even a Sergio Leone aspect to it. Said the writer, “There was a real romance to it, there was real humor to it, and a very straightforward sort of plain-faced brutality to it. I’m hoping they preserve that.”

Obviously things have changed since McQuarrie left, as The Wolverine will feature the mutant known as the Silver Samurai (played by Will Yun Lee), but it will be interesting to see how much the project has changed. McQuarrie was working on the film back when Darren Aronofsky was set to direct, so with James Mangold at the helm it could be a different movie entirely. We’ll just have to wait until July 26, 2013 to find out.

Source: Cinema Blend

Hugh Jackman Dances Gangnam Style With Psy On Wolverine Set


By: Kristy Puchko

In the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe,” the infectious and flirty hit song that inspired countless viral videos, it was an unlikely pop song out of Korea called “Gangnam Style” that overtook American pop culture, not only with its largely incomprehensible yet catchy tune but also its easy and fun signature dance. Psy, the South Korean rapper behind this offbeat single, has since been making the rounds with appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show and Saturday Night Live. Now he’s taken his fame to the next level by teaming up with Hugh Jackman, dancing Gangnam Style while both don Wolverine‘s trademark adamantium blades.

Check out the video below:

Psy was in Australia continuing his worldwide domination one pony jig at a time, when he dropped in on the set of the The Wolverine. Jackman, a song and dance man who has strutted his stuff on Broadway, at the Oscars, and in the upcoming Les Miserables, was clearly game to get down with the tuxedo-wearing K-Pop sensation. He playfully did the dance with cameras snapping, but best of all is his attempt to get it right! Note: you can hear him count down in hopes they’ll do it in unison. The guy’s a total pro.

The bromance may have begun here, but it continued with a couple of tweets, which you can see below:

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The Wolverine will hit theaters on July 26th, 2013. For more on the film, check out our Blend Film Database.

Source: Cinema Blend