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Logan

by on Mar.12, 2017, under Movie Reviews

loganLogan is one of those rare films that comes along and re-defines a genre. In the case of Logan it’s moreso a drama and less so a movie about superheroes. This time, mutants just happen to be part of the character landscape but they’re kind of forgotten about or treated matter of factly as the timeline is set in 2029. Without the pressure of having to create spectacle, the story is allowed to breathe and becomes much deeper and richer in emotion and tone than previously seen in the genre.

Tied in with the old man Logan version of the Wolverine comic, this film is about the end of the road in a number of ways. I won’t reveal spoilers but one ending here is Hugh Jackman playing the role he played so well for 17 years. I recently saw a retrospective on all the films he’s been part of and it’s pretty awesome to watch and see how he naturally aged with the character and how it all ties together so well.

They’re really going for it on this one, that’s why it’s rated R. So if you’re a parent, think twice about taking your little one to see this one, it’s not for kids, it’s really not. The film is really violent and does not hold back on the language either. Even Prof. X drops in some F-bombs. Speaking of which, the way Xavier is written and delivered is unique, challenging and rewarding to behold…

In regard to the performances – Jackman and Patrick Stewart have never been better. They both portray their characters with more depth and range than in their younger days. Now, both of them are vulnerable, scared, and not so the confident, strong badasses we’ve seen before. Their deliveries in this film is one of the things that kept me glued to every frame of it. Jackman is passionate and seems like the world is just falling out beneath him while Stewart’s Prof. X deteriorates mentally in front of him as he suffers from a degenerative brain disease.

That was another cool thing about this film. The way they did portray the mutant’s powers seems more organic and natural while even more powerful and volatile somehow. You’ll see what I mean when Xavier has a mental episode as that doesn’t work out so well for people anywhere nearby.

If you’re one of these whiners that bitches and moans about they’re never being a “real” Wolverine film (sorry but The Wolverine was a definitive film for the character), Logan should make you shut the hell up about it already, bub.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

by on Jun.10, 2014, under Movie Reviews

The latest installment in the X-Men universe harkens back story-wise to some of the storyline from the comic books involving time travel and the sentinels. So if you’re a fan of the comics, you might really like this one. I grew up with those books and stories so I was really enjoying this film and appreciating seeing those concepts up on the big screen. This film also marks the return of Bryan Singer directing (thankfully although First Class was really well done but X-Men III directed by Brett Ratner is the one we’re all trying to forget, sorry Ratner but you suck, stick to doing car commercials).

Interestingly, X-Men III is borrowed from story-wise a little bit here and there as this one kind of picks up in some ways with detail left over from the third installment. It’s a bit inconsistent though. Jean Grey and Cyclops are still dead (mostly) but Magneto has his power back and Prof. X is alive and kicking (as was hinted at during the end of the 3rd film). While those things aren’t explained, it may not have been really necessary to do so, suffice it to say you may have to just accept some things that just ARE without the detail being filled in.

As far as the story goes, it’s well crafted but you will need to pay attention as there’s a lot going on in here as there are jumps in time. The overall premise is that the X-Men are in the future and are being hunted by the sentinels, who are out to eliminate all mutants and humans that might breed future mutants. But, this isn’t the old clunky robot-ish sentinels, these futuristic models are bad-asses and have adapted to the ways of the mutants and their powers, making them nearly invulnerable. Wolverine is sent back in time to help prevent the sentinels being created in the first place. Of course when you mess with time, things don’t always go as planned…

Your favorite mutants are all here along with some old faces and new faces. It was great to see Colussus in action again along with Beast, Quicksilver, Magneto, Mystique, Iceman, Havok, Toad, Storm and more. The actors all play their roles with great dedication and passion. Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine of course as is James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Prof. X and Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto. The lineup also includes Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lawrence, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Halle Berry and Evan Peters as Quicksilver (the prison break sequence with Quicksilver and Magneto is worth the price of admission alone) alongside a really strong lineup of talent.

Singer brings his signature directing style back to the film and does a great job balancing a strong story along with great acting and amazing effects.

As usual, this is a Marvel comic book film so you’ll want to stay the whole way through the credits! I highly recommend this one…

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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Ted

by on Jul.14, 2012, under Movie Reviews

Ted is all about the funny but with a solid story of growing older and how things change. It’s nice to see that too, sometime with films like this you expect just an onslaught of dick and fart jokes that turns to lameness after the first 10 minutes. Ted actually has heart to it and makes you feel sympathetic about Ted the bear and Mark Wahlberg’s John Bennett character and the dynamics of their relationship.

Ultimately, this is a really funny film. Outrageous at times but not overly done. Seth MacFarlane plays the voice of Ted (who does sound like a relative of Peter Griffin) brilliantly with his style of humor permeating the script. One interesting thing about the Ted character for me was that he didn’t try to hide him, he put Ted the bear out in front of everyone just as this acceptable thing that a live teddy bear lived and breathed and even became a defunct celebrity. I thought that was a fun aspect to the approach of this film.

The CG is great. Ted flows in and out of digital and organic pretty flawlessly. A fun use of the technology done well.

There’s a strong supporting cast in here too, including: Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Norah Jones, Sam Jones (from the Flash Gordon movie), Tom Skerrit and Patrick Stewart as the narrator. Everyone is a blast to watch and you can tell that this film had to have been a lot of fun to make.

If you’re a fan of Family Guy and don’t mind a bit more of an edgier version of MacFarlane’s humor, you’ll have a good time watching this movie.

It’s worth seeing just for watching Mark Wahlberg get his ass thoroughly kicked by an animated teddy bear.

reviewed by Sean McKnight

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