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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:52 pm

Prepare for a level of awful that is practically transcendant in nature. The whole thing is just nonsense, with inexcusably bad sfx.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:02 pm

I've heard of it being the X-MEN equivalent of THE QUEST FOR PEACE. Joy. I won't get the disc in mail until Tuesday.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:14 pm

Halfway through WOLVERINE. I can't believe how cheap this movie looks.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:38 pm

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

My reaction at the end of the movie: "That's it?"

There's potential in the story, but this just gets sidetracked too much and it feels cheap.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:54 pm

Early reviews of THE WOLVERINE reckon it's just as pointless as ORIGINS, and that it's about five years behind the rest of the genre in what it tries to achieve.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:49 pm

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Early reviews of THE WOLVERINE reckon it's just as pointless as ORIGINS, and that it's about five years behind the rest of the genre in what it tries to achieve.

Did I miss some kind of revolution in comic book movies? I don't see a huge difference between what was done in the early noughties and what is being churned out now.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:50 pm

Might be referring to the beginning of Marvel Cinematic Universe and THE DARK KNIGHT. Whether you liked them or not, they did have an influence on the genre.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:36 pm

Since 2008 or so it's generally been recognized that there has been an upswing in quality in the genre.

Wolverine, from 2009, does not reflect this. (Nor does GREEN LANTERN, DC's abortive attempt to "be more like Marvel" with its movies).
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:15 pm

I barely remember anything about WOLVERINE. I wasn't even paying attention toward the end. Did he run around inside of a smoke stack or something? That's all I remember.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:07 pm

Yeah he runs up to a smoke stack then claws his way up to the top for no fucking reason other than the script says he needs to fight Not-Deadpool on a badly green screened fight sequence. It's so shockingly awful.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:51 pm

Fairbairn-Sykes wrote:
Since 2008 or so it's generally been recognized that there has been an upswing in quality in the genre.

Wolverine, from 2009, does not reflect this. (Nor does GREEN LANTERN, DC's abortive attempt to "be more like Marvel" with its movies).
The disappointing thing about THE WOLVERINE - assuming some of these early reviews are accurate - is that the source material, with Logan in Japan, is quite strong. I have a feeling that the film is going to make the mistake of overloading it with action. The fight sequence on the bullet trains suggests as much.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:34 am

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Early reviews of THE WOLVERINE reckon it's just as pointless as ORIGINS, and that it's about five years behind the rest of the genre in what it tries to achieve.

Not surprising. They should have gone for the "dark and gritty" nonsense back in 2005 or 2006. Now audiences are losing their erections over those types of flicks.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:08 am

Am I the only guy who kinda enjoyed the Fantastic Four movies as harmless live-action Saturday morning cartoons? I think they had a flying car in the second one or something.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:54 am

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Am I the only guy who kinda enjoyed the Fantastic Four movies as harmless live-action Saturday morning cartoons?  I think they had a flying car in the second one or something.

They aren't as bad as their reputations suggest, but they are pretty bad about the treatment of the villains -- two of Marvel's greatest villains, Dr. Doom and Galactus, are reduced to a third-rate Lex Luthor rip-off with lightning powers and a TOS-style giant cloud monster.

Even in a silly fun cartoon adventure movie, you still need some kind of effective conflict drama which I generally find is undercut by the bizarre practice (most common in 1980s cartoons and their ilk) of making the villain identical to the comic relief.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:40 pm

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Am I the only guy who kinda enjoyed the Fantastic Four movies as harmless live-action Saturday morning cartoons?  I think they had a flying car in the second one or something.

They are reasonable fun if you aren't too picky - I certainly prefer them to Origins:Wolverine and the original DareDevil cut.....and I find Jessica Alba in tight spandex is a cure for many ills.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:19 am

Teaser posters for DAYS OF FUTURE PAST






Pretty nifty, better than the ones FIRST CLASS churned out.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:23 am

THE WOLVERINE's weekend actuals came in. $53,113,752, significantly below the openings of the rest of the franchise, even FIRST CLASS when 3D is factored in.

OPENING WEEKEND:

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND-$119,010,600
X2: X-MEN UNITED-$108,576,820
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE-$92,577,890
X-MEN-$73,862,930
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS-$57,199,080
THE WOLVERINE-$53,113,752

DOMESTIC:
X2: X-MEN UNITED-$272,779,630
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND-$271,450,720
X-MEN-$213,298,170
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE-$195,786,270
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS-$151,982,780
THE WOLVERINE-$53,113,752

INTERNATIONAL:
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND-$260,603,670
X2: X-MEN UNITED-$244,622.09
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS-$215,105,120
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE-$210,257,760
X-MEN-$188,537,530
THE WOLVERINE-$86,100,000

WORLDWIDE:

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND-$532,054,380
X2: X-MEN UNITED-$517,402,990
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE-$406,044,040
X-MEN-$401,837,060
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS-$367,088,940
THE WOLVERINE-$139,213,752

All the usual disclaimers blah blah dollar inflation blah blah CPI Calculator blah

While I don't think this affects how well DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will perform and WOLVERINE could still catch up in the long run, I don't think this bodes well to Fox expanding beyond the usual X-MEN team ups in the future.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:14 am

Seems to me that it's also getting to the same point where Bond films got to after Bondmania wore down, where the installments only became modest hits, good enough to keep the series going but not big enough to make an impression, other than the fact that it's still going on 13 years after the first film. Not many film franchises last this long, so I guess that's something. I still haven't seen it yet, but the good for of mouth I'm hearing has me interested. I'll just need to find the time.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:36 am

Honest trailers have a new video about the first Wolverine movie.
There is also a scene where Wolverine get his jacket (indirect complane about Casino Royale)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA576VinXT0

And there give a very nice idea for a cross over.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:24 am

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Seems to me that it's also getting to the same point where Bond films got to after Bondmania wore down, where the installments only became modest hits, good enough to keep the series going but not big enough to make an impression, other than the fact that it's still going on 13 years after the first film. Not many film franchises last this long, so I guess that's something. I still haven't seen it yet, but the good for of mouth I'm hearing has me interested. I'll just need to find the time.

Both have hit a point where the environment that created the success of the original films has changed (X-MEN with the new Superhero glut, Bond with 70's pessimism), but I don't think it's really comparable beyond that.  X-MEN is saddled with the baggage from previous critical failures (THE LAST STAND and ORIGINS) and that more than anything affected the box office performance of FIRST CLASS and WOLVERINE.  They are on the road to recovering from their missteps and hopefully DAYS OF FUTURE PAST can scrub the slate clean and allow for more solo outings to develop other members of the team.

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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:45 am

Singer did say he wanted to undo some of the things that X3 did, and I have a feeling that will have to do with Cyclops and Jean. They were poorly handled in X3, so if that's what he intends to do I'm all for it. Obviously Xavier was magically resurrected already, I suppose following that post-credit scene...
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:17 pm

I'd like to see Cyclops back.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:58 am

As whole, even with the excremental Wolverine Origins, I think I'd still rate the X Men series head and shoulders above the Avengers and its lead ins to date - glad they are giving Hugh another shot...though age will eventually write him out. The buzz on Days of Future Past has certainly got me interested again.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:02 am

I wouldn't even put THE LAST STAND above any of the Avengers/Lead-ins.
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PostSubject: Re: The X-Men Series   Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:44 am

Weekend 2: $21,324,890

DOMESTIC:
X2: X-MEN UNITED-$272,779,630
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND-$271,450,720
X-MEN-$213,298,170
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE-$195,786,270
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS-$151,982,780
THE WOLVERINE-$94,638,740

INTERNATIONAL:
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND-$260,603,670
X2: X-MEN UNITED-$244,622.09
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS-$215,105,120
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE-$210,257,760
X-MEN-$188,537,530
THE WOLVERINE-$159,000,000

WORLDWIDE:

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND-$532,054,380
X2: X-MEN UNITED-$517,402,990
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE-$406,044,040
X-MEN-$401,837,060
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS-$367,088,940
THE WOLVERINE-$253,638,740

If WOLVERINE ends at $140 domestic and $250+ overseas like it's tracking, I think we can call this a win for Fox.
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