The X-MEN movies

The X-Men movies timeline

There was a long period of time where the only super hero movies we had were the Christopher Reeve Superman films, which (as we discussed HERE), had their considerable ups and downs (mostly downs), and the Batman franchise (which we discussed HERE, HERE, and HERE), but this was before the excellent Christopher Nolan reboot, so it was also mostly bad.

X-Men teaser posterThen the late 90’s hit and Marvel (with New Line Cinema) had a surprise hit on their hands with Blade, and all of a sudden it felt like there might be a chance we’d get some more. That’s when Fox dropped a bombshell and announced they were going to finally, FINALLY, release a live action X-Men film!

Say what you want about the first movie, and we will, but it really opened the floodgates for the huge wave of superhero films (that mostly sucked) for the early 21st century. For better or worse we probably wouldn’t have the Spider-man movies without this one!

Fifteen years later, and the franchise has had its ups and downs (notice a trend?), but found its footing again with X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past. Now, with X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, and a third Wolverine film looming, the franchise appears to be in as good a shape as it has ever been.

But how did they get here?

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Top 20 Walking Dead Characters

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The Walking Dead is a phenomenon. The AMC television show is a juggernaut, and seemingly gets better and better as it goes on. The comic book has been around for more than ten years (!!) and shows no signs of slowing down. There are video games, mobile apps, and merchandise, merchandise, merchandise as far as the eye can see.

Why is it so universally beloved? It’s not the zombies, although they are always awesome. It’s the characters. Whether the originals from the comic, or their counterparts on the tv show, or the new characters created for said tv show or any of the video games, the Walking Dead delivers interesting, relatable characters you love to love and hate.

Spoilers ahead!

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The Superman Movies! (part four)

Previously on All UR Movies Are Belong to Us, we tore into the Christopher Reeve Superman movies (and then briefly skimmed over Supergirl and Steel), this time we’re looking at the last two outings of the Last Son of Krypton… which could not be more tonally different!

 

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SUPERMAN RETURNS

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Starring: Brandon Routh (Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), James Marsden (Richard White), Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski), Frank Langella (Perry White), Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen), Eva Marie Saint (Martha Kent), Kal Penn (Henchman #2), and Marlon Brando (space dad hologram).

Plot: Nothing happens for the first 90% of the movie, and then for the last 10% the stakes are finally raised to EVEN MORE nothing happening. Also, Superman is a deadbeat dad who spies on Lois Lane constantly, never punches anything, and has a dorky bastard kid with superpowers and a terrible haircut. Speaking of terrible haircuts, Lex Luthor is back at it again with another ridiculous scheme involving real estate!

 

Comic Zombie: Superman Returns is the exhibit A some people point to when they say that superhero movies shouldn’t be made by fanboys (to which I counter with The Avengers). It seemed like a no-brainer: Brian Singer had just made two very successful X-Men movies, it has a solid cast (on paper), a huge budget, and was a do-over for parts 3 and 4, which this film pretends never happened. Just like the rest of us.

I mean, nothing could go wrong this time around, right? Right??!!

WRONG! - Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey)

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Erik Smash: Superhero Beach 2015

Here’s a look back at some highlights from my previous posts this year…  — Erik

Happy New Year!

Retro Review: THE SENTRY!

Tales from the Spider-verse

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Ant-Man: A Short History

Power Couples (Valentine’s Day)

The FLASH - Tv LogoA Quick Guide to… THE FLASH

DAREDEVIL!

Comic Zombie Presents… Holy Bat Movies!

AGE OF ULTRON – Review

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Previously on… THE AVENGERS (movies)

Retro Review: KINGDOM COME!

The Crow - graphic novelTHE CROW! – An Interview with James O’Barr!

Comic Zombie Presents… The Not-So-Great Debate(s)

“How’d you get into comics?” – with Jonathan Sanders

Top 15 Comic Book Video Games

“Kingdom Bum!” – A Sneak Peek with Adam Wollet

27: “Love is a Losing Game” – An Interview with Ashley Lanni

Love is a Losing Game, by Ashley Lanni

Alex Ross - Secret Wars 2015Top 15 Alternate Realities

All New, All Different Marvel! (but mostly the same…)

THE SHORT BOX – Strikes Back!

PREVIEWS – December 2015

What I’m Reading Now #4 (Super Late Edition)

Mocking Jay - Part 2The Hunger Games: “MOCKING JAY – Part 2” REVIEW

STAR WARS Comics!

“Star Wars: THE FORCE AWAKENS” – A (Spoiler Free) Review

The Force Awakens

WTF Moments 44

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There was a time at the turn of the century when Marvel just didn’t know what to do with the Punisher.

The most straight forward, uncomplicated character they have, and they couldn’t figure it out. So what did they do? They killed him, had angels resurrect him with demon sight (he could see demons) and sprit guns that could kill said demons.

This actually happened.

What the fuck?

The Superman Movies! (part 3)

Previously on “All Ur Movies Are Belong To Us!”…

The Superman Movies: Part One (Superman: The Movie, Superman II – both versions)

The Superman Movies: Part Two (Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)

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Supergirl (1984)

Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

Starring: Helen Slater (Supergirl), Faye Dunaway (Selena), Peter O’Toole (Zaltar), Hart Bochner (Ethan), Mia Farrow (Alura), Brenda Vaccaro (Bianca), Peter Cook (Nigel), Simon Ward (Zor-El), Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen), Maureen Teefy (Lucy Lane)

Plot: Supergirl does stuff and… it’s just so bad. I can’t.

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