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8.16.2020

BLOG UPDATE



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9.22.2019

Film-Review: I Did Not "Hate" X-Men Dark Phoenix, But ... (Minor Spoilers Ahead)


#DarkPhoenix was not a "train-wreck" as folks have said it to be, but the reality is, it had already derailed a few movies ago, and quite frankly has been careening along the edges of the cliff since, precariously so, kept on dried land by nostalgia to the first two movies, as far as I had been concerned. And with this last film under the FOX banner, just toppled itself quietly down said side of cliff, and no one cared if it went down in flames, or exploded like the shit-storm in space promised adventures would look like at the beginning of the movie. It was just not worth the invested emotions anymore.

I did not "hate" it, I just got tired of it.


Featured in the clip directly below - in full SPOILER-mode - is the train-attack & final scene, where the promise of the X-MEN and their powers manifest, where Nightcrawler showed us a glimpse of how visceral the character could have been, where the action over-shadowed every else that had gone on before - which quite frankly was utterly fine and welcomed (in my book), because they were simply beyond the "whining", and to me personally had been a bug-bear at the back of my mind, when their mutant powers had always soon to be "surface-level" on the silver screen, but not "destructive" as I remembered their comicbook counterpart was/is ...



I suppose at the end of the day, all the movies failed to address my own expectations of what I felt they "could" be, rather than being able to accept them for what I had seen on screen, being a verocious reader back in my day.

But to be fair, I tried ... I tried to look beyond the comics (calling it "graphic novels" does not elevate the source, the "source" is already MAGNIFICENT, IMHO), but alas I found it wanting. I look back at XMEN 1 and X2, and miss the days of wonder and awe, actually, now replaced by "mutant-fatigue", milking the "outsider"-status like they knew what it meant. What made them unique and special before, leaves them being whiney and self-important at the end. LOGAN was whiney too, I admit, but it dripped pathos and sentimentality, deepening the "human"-divide, and took the time to laugh at itself (the X-Men comicbook sequences were GOLD), and gave me - a normal, frail and flawed "human being" - able to identify with the emotions, the heartache, and shed tears without the need or assistance of super-hero spandex. What the viewer received, was the emotions they had invested into the characters thru its various films and impressions of the mutant, I felt.

#DarkPhoenix failed to inspire, or give aspiration to the viewers, and all we received in return at the end, was "regret".

It's okay if you do not agree with me, is not worth spending the time arguing over as well. There's the Honest Trailer to watch, and buyables on Amazon, so enjoy :)


Comparatively, I happened to watch the 2018 documentary "Chris Claremont's X-Men" (Watch/Buy here on Amazon) at nearly the same time actually right after Dark Phoenix, back-to-back, and enjoyed it immensely, as it spoke directly to my comicbook geek-boy inside of me, and wondered where that had all went with Dark Phoenix closing up the celluloid chapter ... but perhaps it was as what had "happened" to Claremont, when it stopped being a tale of "humans and mutants", and easily became a property to be commercialised and hawked-off with multiple foil covers, much like the mutiple costumesd X-Men standing around, waiting for their turn to showcase their powers, and their failures, which perhaps understandably was what the Xavier Insititue did not teach: "working together as a team".

9.18.2019

Honest Trailers Does "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"


I honestly cannot say I "hated it", although I would say I had been "disappointed", but ultimately I was not "surprised" this went they way it did, which I would simply call "Mutants Fatigue", an I think I am being exceedingly "kind". But hey, that's just me! Buy the Xmen: Dark Phoenix via Amazon below, thanks! Meanwhile, Moving on...!

5.24.2019

#DarkPhoenix: HBO Interview with Sophie Turner


Which house would The Dark Phoenix be apart of? Sophie Turner talks about the similarities and differences of Sansa and her new character, Jean Grey.

#DarkPhoenix: "Chopper Fight" Clip


SYNOPSIS: This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

#DarkPhoenix: "Quicksilver Saves Everyone From Solar Flare Scene" Clip


SYNOPSIS: This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

5.23.2019

Character Posters for X-MEN #DarkPhoenix


SYNOPSIS: This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

#DarkPhoenix: "New York Standoff" Clip


SYNOPSIS: This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

#DarkPhoenix: "Jean Grey & Smith" Clip


SYNOPSIS: This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

5.19.2019

Dark Phoenix - "It Made You Stronger" TV Commercial


This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

In Theaters June 7

5.16.2019

Dark Phoenix: "A Phoenix Will Rise" Trailer & New (Illustrated) Poster


"A Phoenix Will Rise" in U.S. theatres June 7th for the final instalment of X-MEN with 20th Century FOX: "DARK PHOENIX", written and directed by Simon Kinberg, starring Sophie Turner as "Jean Grey", turning "mad" in this feature film, when (ironically) her fellow cast mate Emilia Clarke as "Daenerys Targaryen" goes "mad" in the upcoming finale of Game of Thrones finale ~ Heh.

(FYI: This trailer came out during XMen Day)

Do scroll to the bottom of this post to check out a meme for the newly released "illustrated" poster ~ Heh.


SYNOPSIS: This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we've come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

5.14.2019

RealD3D Poster Image for #DarkPhoenix


@RealD3D releases their exclusive art for "Dark Phoenix", on #XMenDay (May 13/2019).


Dolby Cinema Poster Image for #DarkPhoenix (for #XmenDay)


@DolbyCinema releases their exclusive art for "Dark Phoenix", on #XMenDay (May 13/2019).


May 13th is X-MEN DAY (#XmenDay)


I didn't know there was a "X-MEN DAY"? Celebrating the launch of tickets on sale for DARK PHOENIX, and probably the end of the X-Men license (hur), 20th Century Fox has since declared May 13th to be "X-Men Day", and we have a Twitterful of homage art and flashback visuals and testimonies.

Shown up top is artist Adam Kubert taking a look back at the iconic imagery and incredible creative team behind the 90s run of X-MEN - AKA "comicbook source", while directly below is "The X-Men Legacy" from 20th Century FOX, which looks back at the celluloid incarnations thru the years, in anticipation of the June 7th U.S. premiere for "Dark Phoenix", cheers.


As "corny" as it seems on the surface, the reality is that it is a literal end of an "era", as the merry band of mutants return to Marvel (courtesy of being purchased by Disney), and we will see a brand new generation of X-Men on screen in the future, quite literally after "Dark Phoenix". Even if "New Mutants" ever get released on screen, they will also be brand new faces previously unseen in the franchise with FOX, so that might be an interesting "starting point", if ever Disney decides to do so ... no doubt the MCU has their own cinematic plans, so we'll see what incarnation greets us in the future ...

4.09.2019

"Every Hero Has A Dark Side" TV Spot for #DarkPhoenix


"Dark Phoenix" versus "Magneto" in this 14-seconder tv spot for DARK PHOENIX, what is to be the last film in the X-Men celluloid saga, after which the license reverts back to Marvel/Disney. And "technically", the OTHER X-Men related film "New Mutants" is set to be released via Disney, so ... all these "complications" will come to an end soon :)

"DARK PHOENIX" in U.S. theaters June 7, 2019.
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