Singer might back for more X-Men?

June 2, 2009

SingerOne of those big “what ifs” in recent geek memory was what if Bryan Singer decided not to have lost his damned mind, hunkered down and finished off the X-Men trilogy properly? I really don’t know what would have happened, but I can guarantee you it would have been leagues better than Ratner’s little opus of suckage and the snore fest that was Superman Returns would not exist. Nothing against Ratner, but Singer’s just a better director. He knows how to handle the intimate human (well, metahuman) moments with the weight necessary to make them believable.

Ratner would have Chris Tucker yelling Asian stereotypes.

So, when a whisper of Singer, even if it’s very feint, emerges that he would be interested in directing another X-Men movie you sit the fuck up and pay attention. In an interview with British film magazine Total Film’s July issue, Singer says, “I’m eternally intertwined with X-Men now. What takes an audience four hours to watch – the first two movies – took six years of my life. So, to not be part of it….It’s a shame.”

Hmm. Could this mean there’s a slight possibility he might direct the upcoming X-Men Origins: Magneto? He does have an extensive background in Nazi movies, after all.

“The only thing that concerns me about Magneto is that if the prequel were to follow the track I used in X-Men, which is Magneto’s history in the concentration camp, then I’ve lived in that world. Apt Pupil, X-Men and now Valkyrie.I’ve lived in that Nazi universe for quite a while. I just might need to take a little break before I do something like that.”

Well, there you have it. He misses the franchise, would be open to coming back, but just not right now. Maybe Marvel can wait a bit and give Singer a chance to commit, eh? Oh who the hell am I kidding. They’ll hire the first half decent director to come along and Magneto will be out next summer, filled with explosions, walking away from explosions, and exploding walks.

And hey, what else has Singer got going for him right now? Just some indie movie he could probably hammer out in a few months.

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I just realized…

May 6, 2009

…that I prefer X3 over Wolverine. I’m just sitting here, watching an old rerun of MadTV (which is far and away better than SNL these last few years), and that realization donned on me. I had thought X3 effectively ruined the franchise, what with its anti-mutant serum, killing Scott Summers off the fucking screen, and having Phoenix be a bitch, but now the more I think about it the more I see that Wolverine was faaaaar worse.

Sure, X3 was bad, but it wasn’t stupid. It was just badly filmed with bad plot choices. Wolverine on the other hand was just plain stupid. From the Wolverine’s entirely unjustified “I’m the best at what I do,” line to being given a dead son’s leather jacket from an old couple he had met 12 hours before to what the fuck they did to Deadpool.

It was just all so fucking aggravating, and it now officially stands WAY behind X3 in the X-films pantheon.


Quick, belated, Wolverine review

May 3, 2009

wolverine-origins-jackmanAfter a 2 day delay, I finally got my ass to the theatre to see if the movie deserved its estimated $87 million weekend.

Honestly I was going to write an in depth review about how bad the movie is, but I’m sure anyone who went to see it already knows. Plus, it’d be putting a little too much effort into something that thoroughly does not deserve it. To save some time while still being informative, say hello to the Bullet Point family!

The Good

  • Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber. These two guys do their damnedest to elevate the movie, and to a degree they do. To a degree.
  • Wade Wilson. As a confessed Reynolds fan, I really enjoyed his take on the constantly talking and super deadly Wade Wilson, cutting bullets in half and what not.

The Bad

  • Gambit. Taylor Kitsch is a good actor and I love him in Friday Night Lights, but his take on Remy LeBeau is less than inspired. He doesn’t really do much and there’s not even a pretense of a Cajun accent!
  • Emma Frost. I have no idea who Tahyna Tozzi but as Emma Frost she commited two deadly sins – she looks nothing like Emma Frost and acted nothing like Emma Frost.
  • The storyline. It’s not that it sucked, but that its so wholeheartedly mediocre that it’s pure averageness dragged themovie down. Plus, it doesn’t show why Logan/James/Wolverine is “the best at what he does.” Sure, he says it, but nothing up until that point in the movie actually shows him doing anything badass. Just standing around looking remorseful.

The Ugly

  • The special FX. For a movie made in 2009 and for $150 million, this movie looks atrocious. The bathroom scene where Logan plays with his metal claws for the first time looks worse than TV quality. Explosions don’t fit the foreground and whenever powers are used it looks disjointed. Nobody moves the right way. And worse of all – it feels small. Every single scene in the movie feels claustrophobic and minute.
  • Deadpool!!!! Sure, Wade was good, but when he (um, spoilers, but not really) turns up again as Weapon XI aka Deadpool later on, the movie deprives him of why we love Deadpool – his mouth! They literally get rid of it and just make him into a hybrid mutant killing machine with no personality. And just like that, he dies. The end. Wasted potential.

Bracing for Wolverine

April 29, 2009
Grrr

Grrr

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (God that’s still an awful title) comes out in a couple of days and, despite my brain screaming it’ll be horrendous, I’m looking forward to it. Wolverine was the first superhero I idolized. He was the badass loner who’s a softy on the inside and fiercely loyal to his friends and compatriots. He was also indestructible, so that’s a plus.

Hugh Jackman pulled off the impossible with the first X-Men – he actually pulled off a live action Wolverine. Sure, he was about 8 inches too tall (but the comics have also forgotten Logan’s supposed to be 5 feet, so I can let this slide) and a lot more handsome than Wolverine had any right to be. But he nailed it. He had that badassery about him that scream, “I’mma tear your fucking throat out with my teeth, bub.” It can be argued that he carried the three X-Men movies, though the burden of Ratner became a little too heavy even for his burly shoulders with X-Men 3.

Well, the studios saw fit to bestow Jackson and the character a movie all his own and from the trailers so far, it looks kind of…Oh, I’m not going to sugar coat it. It looks awful. For a Wolverine origin story, it sure is packing in a lot of characters not called Wolverine (or Logan, or John). Yes, for Marvel fanboys simply seeing all of the cameos – like Gambit, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Deadpool – is enough to extract a couple hours of orgasmic pleasure, but this isn’t a Wolverine origin story anymore.

The trailers make the movie look like a highlight reel of every backstory tidbit ever made for the character, thrown at you one after another. But I guess the best thing i can do is to not expect a proper origin story. Not to expect a film version of Bill Jemas’ Origin miniseries, which was fantastic.

I understand a proper origin flick would probably be too action deprived for a summer tentpole movie, too dark and grisly for a PG-13, but I don’t understand why they called this ‘Origins’. Why not just Wolverine? Why even hint at an origin movie when you’re more interested in showing non-stop comic violence and spectacle?

There are a few things about the movie helping to maintain this inexplicable excitement, though. Gavin Hood is an interesting choice for director, and his movie Tsotsi was grim and gritty and astonishingly moving. Hugh Jackman is just charisma incarnate, so it’s always fun watching him in any movie (minus Van Helsing. I mean Kate and Leopold was better than that piece of crap).

Plus, it’s a brainless summer movie, so I’m probably over analysing this. Just give me some Gambit being Gambit and I’ll probably be tide over this Friday.