Poll Results: Best X-Men Movie

We have a tie!

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THE RESULTS:
– X2: 10 votes
– X-Men: First Class: 10 votes
– X-Men: 3 votes
– X-Men: The Last Stand: 2 votes
– The Wolverine: 2 votes
– X-Men Origins: Wolverine: 1 vote

I let this run a little longer in hopes of breaking the tie, but it seems this tie was meant to be. Really interesting that every X-Men film managed to snag a vote, even the much-maligned X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

This Week’s Poll: This past weekend, the new Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg film, 2 Guns, finished first at the box office. The reviews have been mixed — it’s sitting at 60% on Rotten Tomatoes right now — but the audiences seem to be enjoying it. This new film provides the opportunity to take a look back at the filmography of one of today’s best actors: what are your TWO favorite Denzel Washington movies? Let’s hear your thoughts!

Movies Watched [June 2011]

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! I will be out for the next few days, and I won’t be back with new content until Monday or Tuesday. Gonna give the ol’ camping thing a try, something I haven’t done since I was a kid. Until then, here is a summary of my movie viewing from June, complete with links to the various reviews.

In order of viewing (number represents year overall total, not this month):

87) 13 Assassins [2010]
13 Assassins [2010]

88) Dead Alive [1992]
Dead Alive [1992]

89) Wet Hot American Summer [2001]
Wet Hot American Summer [2001]

90) The Last House on the Left [1972]
The Last House on the Left [1972]

91) Super 8 [2011]
Super 8 [2011]

92) X-Men: First Class [2011]
X-Men: First Class [2011]

93) Nowhere Boy [2009]
Nowhere Boy [2009]

94) X2 [2003]
X2 [2003]

95) Somewhere [2010]
Somewhere [2010]

96) Breathless [1960]
Breathless [1960, Godard]

97) 30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks [2010]
ESPN 30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks [2010]

98) Rabbit Hole [2010]
Rabbit Hole [2010]

99) The Virgin Suicides [1999]
The Virgin Suicides [1999]

100) Back to the Future [1985]
Back to the Future [1985]

101) The Last Exorcism [2010]
The Last Exorcism [2010]

Movie Review: X-Men: First Class [2011]

X-Men: First Class [2011]

X-Men: First Class [2011]
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Genre: Action/Adventure/Drama
Language: English
Country: USA

I feel obligated to admit right away that I am not much of an X-Men fan. I know very little about the series and its characters, and I have only seen the original 2000 film. It’s not that I am opposed to the series in any way, it’s just that I could never be bothered to dig into it. Until now.

X-Men: First Class is a prequel to the original movies, and it focuses on the origins of the groups led by Professor X and Magneto. This concept intrigued me quite a bit simply because it would tell me, a non-fan, how exactly everything came to be.

X-Men: First Class [2011]

The movie takes place predominantly in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. A young mind-reading Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets a fellow mutant, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), who shows him that he is not alone in the world. Their paths intersect with Erik Lensherr (aka Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender) who is on a revenge mission to kill the Nazi bastard (Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw) who murdered his mother. The two future leaders team up and recruit a bunch of other mutants including Dr. Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), Angel Salvadore (Zoë Kravitz) and Sean Cassidy (Caleb Landry Jones) to take out Shaw and his small band of accomplices, the most noteworthy being Emma Frost (a terrible January Jones), who are now attempting to start World War III.

While the majority of the characters get their fair share of screen time, the bulk of the action is placed on Professor X and Magneto. McAvoy and Fassbender are more than up to the task for their roles, as they both deliver strong performances with impeccable chemistry together. The acting is generally pretty good all around, except for the aforementioned January Jones, whose only duty is seemingly to show off the movie’s required amount of cleavage. Jennifer Lawrence in particular is quite good as Raven, and she is certainly building momentum after last year’s brilliant performance in Winter’s Bone. I also enjoyed Rose Byrne’s role as a CIA agent who is working with the mutants.

X-Men: First Class [2011]

X-Men: First Class doesn’t have any major “holy shit” moments and relies more on dialogue than action, but it still moves at a brisk pace even considering its 132 minute run-time. I found the back story to be quite fascinating, and this movie has inspired me to continue delving into the series — something the 2000 film couldn’t even do. While I feel more could have been done with the film’s 1960s setting, it still made good use of the ongoing Cold War and offered an interesting fantasy alternative as to what really happened. As far as summer blockbusters go, this is one of the better ones to come out this year.

8/10