Best X Ever

X-Men: Days of Future Past, directed by Bryan SingerI imagine the birth of X:Men: Days of Future Past was the result of blatantly cynical studio scheming. Some years ago a bunch of studio executives at Fox probably held a secret huddle to plot the future of the X-Men franchise. The trilogy--including the well-received X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003), and the widely-reviled X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) had been successful, though not spectacularly so, grossing $1.2 billion over three movies. … [Read more...]

The Wolverine and the Curse of Immortality

Review of The Wolverine, Directed by James MangoldWolverine was always the coolest of the X-Men.  He had a shady past, an invincible adamantine skeleton, regenerative healing powers, and (most importantly) really big knives that spurted from his arms whenever he got mad--which was the best part of every episode of the early ‘90s Saturday morning cartoon (which had the best opening theme of any cartoon I can remember).  He got his own movie, sort of, in X-Men Origins:  Wolverine (2009), a pass … [Read more...]

Les Miserable, a second take

Review of Les Miserables, Directed by Tom HooperBy COYLE NEAL“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33I went into Les Miserables without having read the book or seen the musical or previous film adaptations (though I have read The Hunchback of Notre Dame), so please be aware that this is a review by a noob. That said, the movie is fantastic. While of course I can’t speak to whether or not it is faithful to th … [Read more...]

Grace Accepted; Grace Rejected—A Review of Les Misérables

Review of Les Misérables, Directed by Tom HooperBy ALEXIS NEALAfter years of imprisonment and hard labor, one-time thief Jean Valjean is finally released from prison, only to discover that, for an ex-con life on the outside is harder than he expected. When the Bishop of Digne unexpectedly takes pity on him, Valjean promptly repays the Bishop’s kindness by making off with all the silver he can carry. Valjean is apprehended by the authorities, of course, but the Bishop insists that the si … [Read more...]