Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
These days, filmmakers doing press for an upcoming sequel tend to transform their interviews into an ongoing apology tour for the previous movie. “Yeah, that one stank, but we learned a lot and this one will be better!” has been trotted out enough to feel meaningless at this point. Still, X-Men: Apocalypse was so bad that I can’t help but cling to Simon Kinberg‘s words when the longtime franchise writer/producer (and director of the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix) admits that the previous core film in the series flopped on a pure creative level.
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Now that Logan has been in theaters for a couple of weeks, we figured it’s a good time to take stock of all the films in the X-Men universe. Outside of the core X-Men series and the Wolverine spin-off films, the Marvel Comics universe at 20th Century Fox has expanded to include Deadpool, giving us 10 total films that all exist in the same world, and we collaboratively ranked them all.
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When it comes to the X-Men franchise, this year’s Logan and last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse are completely on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Logan is a much more intimate, grounded character piece while X-Men: Apocalypse other is a loud, bright, hollow tentpole. However, they do have one thing in common: the mutant known as Caliban.
In X-Men: Apocalypse, Caliban is played by Tómas Lemarquis, and he’s seen working as a black market dealer who helps Mystique find Nightcrawler. The film is set in 1983, but 46 years later Caliban is played by Stephen Merchant and he’s a timid recluse living with Logan as one of the last remaining mutants and helping him take care of Professor X. So how is this possible? Logan director James Mangold has an explanation, but you’re not going to like it.
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If you’re one of those people who gets frustrated because the Academy Awards don’t nominate the science fiction, fantasy, and horror films you love for Best Picture or any of the other categories, then the Saturn Awards are for you.
The 2017 Saturn Award nominations have just been announced, and not only did Rogue One: A Star Wars Story come out on top with 11 nominations, but all those comic book movies that never had a chance in hell of getting a Best Picture nomination landed a bunch of nods. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War and even X-Men: Apocalypse all received nominations.
But this isn’t just a comic book movie celebration, because plenty of other genre films landed nominations too. Star Trek Beyond, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and 10 Cloverfield Lane are just some of the other films that ended up getting nominated for awards, too.
Check out the full list of 2017 Saturn Awards nominees below. Read More »
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20th Century Fox has a lot of irons in the fire when it comes to their comic book movies. Deadpool 2 is on the way, following in the surprisingly successful footsteps of the first film, and there’s also New Mutants from director Josh Boone introducing a new team of young mutants to audiences. Beyond that, there’s the hope of a Deadpool and Wolverine crossover to follow Logan at some point. But what about the primary X-Men franchise?
Not too long ago, there was talk of some trouble behind the scenes at 20th Century Fox and rumors that there might be a soft reboot of the primary X-Men franchise. We still don’t know what’s happening on that front. But it appears that the title for the next sequel in the X-Men film series has been revealed, and it corroborates some previous details we had heard about the project.
Find out about the X-Men Apocalypse sequel title after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 by Angie Han
By now, you probably have a pretty good idea of which films critics loved most in 2016, and an objectively accurate idea of which films did best at the box office in 2016. And it shouldn’t be much longer before we get a sense of how all the awards races are shaping up. So how about the folks who kind of like watching movies, but not enough to actually pay for them? Which films topped the illegal downloading charts in 2016? Find out the most pirated movies of 2016 below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Before we actually deal with the news at hand, let me just lead by saying that I use IMDb every single day and find it to be one of the most valuable resources on the internet. I am on there dozens of times a day, to double check the cast and crew of a movie I’m writing about or to read random trivia out loud to fill awkward silences at bad parties. I love you, Internet Movie Database. You are wonderful.
But you’re also a little drunk, as evidenced by your top 10 movies of 2016.
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Even though it feels like ages ago, X-Men: Apocalypse actually hit theaters this past summer. It was just so forgettable that it’s hard to believe this was a movie we just saw a few months ago, That’s coming from someone who had an immense amount of fun watching it while still recognizing the overwhelming number of flaws in the sequel.
However, there were plenty of X-Men fans who just couldn’t get past how lame of a villain Apocalypse was, how boring the story turned out to be, and why none of the X-Men had aged a day despite being a decade later than X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now an X-Men Apocalypse Honest Trailer really digs into what makes this sequel bad, and it doesn’t hold back anything. Read More »
20th Century Fox has released a new X-Men: Apocalypse deleted scene which shows how Tye Sheridan‘s character Scott Summers got his X-Men name Cyclops and also came into his iconic visor. Hit the jump to watch it now.
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Want to see more concept art of Ant-Man when he was considered for Team Iron Man? Are you ready to see the Justice Society of America assembled in a new photo from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? Have you seen how much training Olivia Munn did for X-Men: Apocalypse? How does Luke Cage tie into The Avengers? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »