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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past Opens tomorrow, and guess who’s excited? I freely admit that I let my nerd flag wave when it comes to the X-Men. They are my favorite. Here, you see the shirt that I will be wearing when I watch it tomorrow night. Look forward to my post on the movie soon. 🙂

Till then.

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May 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

X-Men First Class: What I Thought (Possible Spoilers for Some People)

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As we approach the opening of DOFP, here is another post from 2011 to think about First Class and remember it a bit.

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So, as most X-Men fans out there,  I went to a midnight showing of the new movie and now want to share with you what I thought. To start, I thought that the movie was pretty fantastic overall. I enjoyed the plot of the movie and thought that for the most part the acting was pretty wonderful too. I thought that it brought back the heart of the first two movies and blended in perfectly with what they set up to be the conflict of the mutants in the world that they lived in. I think that a lot of this has to be due with Bryan Singer being brought back on board as a writer and story creator. Honestly, I believe that he is the reason the first two films were as true to the comics as they were and feel that he had a real sense of what…

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May 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

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My Favorite X-Men Villains

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An oldie but goodie from the past. Here for the new movie.

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If you’re familiar with my blog or with me on any level, it’s probably evident to you that I am a huge fan of X-Men comics, movies (well..some of the movies), etc. While I am a fan because of the heroic characters, would a comic book or super heroes be any good if they didn’t have villains? The answer is no because they are what makes the stories. If they weren’t there to be the foil of the hero, we would have a pretty boring story. They are what causes the conflict…and in a narrative, conflict is everything.

1) Omega Red–for some people, this may be a lesser known villain. However, he is the stuff of nightmares in my opinion. Made by the Soviet Government to be unstoppable, Omega Red is a serial killer turned super soldier. He is excessively durable and can tolerate radiation that would kill normal humans. This…

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May 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Sunday, I was having a conversation with friends about the recent collecting of X-Men costumes from DOFP into the Smithsonian. We were contemplating why they would do this even before the movie had been released. The conclusion I came to was that this comic arc is one of the most famous within the X-Men franchise both on film and in the comics, especially. While the decision to put them in this prestigious museum seems a little strange, I think that it makes sense in this way. However, this collecting does not keep me from being a little apprehensive about the upcoming film and wondering what the theater will hold for me as I watch the film Friday.

The Good:

Bryan Singer coming back to direct the film leaves me with hope that he will be kind to the comic book mythos and the dynamic of the team as he aptly showed in X2.

The Days of Future Past story arc also makes me hopeful because it is so compelling that it seems like it would be very difficult to mess up.

The Magnetos and Xaviers are wonderful all the way around. I love Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender. All are extremely talented and bring it when it comes to these characters.

Peter Dinklage gives us the potential for a compelling villain as his acting on Game of Thrones and other movies / television show us. He is great and hopefully will bring something to the character of Trask, instead of being the flat character we have seen in previous movies (yes, Trask has been there but not in a prominent way).

The Apprehensions:

Large casts scare the crap out of me. While Singer has been shown to handle expansive amounts of people before, I walk into any large ensemble movie with a hint of skepticism and preparedness.

Certain cast members have never done anything for me, and they are being brought back into this one… Yes, I’m looking at Storm and Rogue, whom I love mind you, but the performances from Berry and Paquin leave much to be desired. Yeah…

The Wolverine-centric nature that the narrative is seeming to follow. I understand that they have to have a character that can span time as Kitty Pride did in the original (long story about the actual DOFP story arc), but as most of you know, I’ve never been a fan of Wolverine because his character just seems flat to me as far what he is. I find him to be one of the least interesting characters within their world. As such, I always cringe a little when he is the focal character… Although, I do really love Jackman as the character.

My final worry is that this will be a setup movie purely for X-Men: Apocalypse. While I have been wanting them to bring Apocalypse into the franchise for a while (and hopefully Mr. Sinister as well because yeah… *fanboy squee here*), I don’t want them to shortchange this story to build toward the next. If they do, I will be sad.

Overall, I hope that the movie does great because I always want everything that involves these my favorite comic book characters to do well. I am holding out hope that this will capture both the energy of the First Class franchise while calling us back to the powerful storytelling that the original movie series had for us (apart from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Last Stand which we hope were a collective hallucination that never occurred). Here’s hoping. You’ll all have to tell me what you think about it when you see it. I’ll be sure to let you guys know. 🙂

Rhiannon

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So on “American Horror Story: Coven” tonight, Stevie Nicks appeared. I’m posting this video because of my love of her. This is a live version of her hit “Rhiannon,” which she performs on the show. I do, however, wish that the show had used her a little more effectively, not just a songstress, white witch (this is okay too though). I hope you enjoy this extended version of the song.

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January 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

“Model Behavior” from “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”

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Performed here by Laura Benanti. Probably the most fun song from the show, here, Candela, a model, sings her fears about her new boyfriend to her friend Pepa, and hilarity ensues. Great song and awesome performance by Benanti, for which she received a Tony nomination and won a Drama Desk Award. Enjoy!

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January 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

See I’m Smiling

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Another video from “The Last Five Years.” This song comes from the perspective of Cathy, who is married to Jamie from the previous post. This is her moment wherein the relationship is shown to be collapsing. A beautiful and heart wrenching song performed here by Sherie Rene Scott. This is one of my favorite songs in the show because it captures so much in the relationship between Cathy and Jamie. Enjoy (well, I’m not sure if that’s the appropriate thing to wish people with this song, but alas, it’s the best I’ve got), so I hope you like it thoroughly.

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January 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Nobody Needs to Know

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A song from Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years.” Beautiful song from a beautiful musical that is currently being made into a film starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick. Here, the song is performed by Norbert Leo Butz. And my soul dies, and I wish I were a tenor…

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January 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm

“Alice in Deadland” : A Review

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Interesting premise that is very rough around the edges.

Pros: I thought that the idea for the book itself was quite intriguing. Alice in Wonderland + Zombies = Sounds like it would equal awesome.

There are moments when I felt that the book was picking up and that a ray of hope was beaming through to me.

It was cheap on Kindle

Cons: The novel could have used a good copy editor to go through and help streamline the text. For example, the author mentions Alice’s prowess as a warrior / fighter ever few pages. Or the story saying one thing and completely contradicting itself a few page flips later (not knowing who ran a corporation and, then, we have an idea).

The characters felt very static and were used in such a way that they were just pawns to move the story forward, rather than becoming fleshed out individuals who we as readers can interact with.

Deus ex zombia is ever present throughout because after the first little while of the novel we only see the zombies come into the story to save Alice. Quite frankly, I expected more zombie action.

All in all, if you want a fast read that is mildly entertaining like a Sci-Fi original movie, go for it. If you’re wanting something more, yeah… look again.

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June 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Zombies on the Brain (Pun Intended)

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As I’m writing this post, I’m watching the zombie romantic comedy Warm Bodies, starring Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich, Teresa Palmer, and others. While I’m watching this for my enjoyment, I’ve been wanting to write something concerning zombies and their surge within mainstream media. Though this movie and others are one facet of this, comic books (The Walking Dead springs to mind and others),  novels, movies, television programs (again TWD comes to mind) continue to fill the mainstream and do not appear to be losing steam. However, I’m still mulling over what could be a good “in” for me into the conversation of zombies.
Right now, I’m reading Kyle William Bishop’s American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture, which follows the rise of the zombie from its roots in Haiti to the zombie’s more modern iterations. While this book is giving me some insight, I’m don’t know what would be the most interesting way to probe the “zombie” problem in literature and culture… I know that many have looked at the zombie as a figure of consumerism, others a fear of death, and much more…. Although these theories have been played out a little, I’m still intrigued by the zombie as a figure of…something… It can hold so much connotative possibility. What do I see it as? I’m pondering on that one.

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June 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm