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X-Men: First Class

I couldn't help but notice that this latest X-Men offering has had the worst debut of any of them. I can't imagine why. First of all, the debacle that was X-Men: The Last Stand richly deserves to be last, all right; and second of all, this film is set in 1962. Y'know, an era when every female was apparently required to wear either a miniskirt or a catsuit like Emma Peel. One character even goes, um... undercover by stripping down to bra, garter belt, and stockings.

Most of the cast stares down at... something...

A Terribly Incomplete Guide to X-Men: First Class

It's been a while, but in my day I read a lot of X-Men comics. So while watching the previews for X-Men: First Class -- and watching, and watching, since I think I've seen them every weekend for the last two months -- I naturally tried to identify all the characters, to see if I could do it without checking the cast list. Y'know, all the characters except Professor X and Magneto, since those are gimmies. Beast is just as easy, obviously, as is Mystique, though I think she starts out as Raven Darkholme here. The guy sending out the ultra-powerful shock waves: Havok.

Not your father's X-Men. Not really anybody's X-Men, come to that.

Kung Fu Panda 2

This might be the decade of the comic book movie, but it's certainly the century of the sequel. Or at least the weekend of the sequel. I'm sure that movie offerings on holiday weekends used to be a lot better than they seem to be these days. Really, though, I shouldn't complain too much, since it wasn't nearly as bad as I feared. I just have to complain about something, and the kids in the theatre were surprisingly well-behaved.

The Furious Five strike a pose.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Just when you thought Johnny Depp couldn't get any stranger. I mean, the tides. All right, yeah, they're both stranger.

Johnny Depp and Ian McShane discuss whose turn it is to chew the scenery.


We are in the middle of the decade of the comic book movie. Technically, this is based on a 16-issue series of graphic novels by Hyung Min-woo, but close enough. It's almost exactly nothing like the comics, though, as far as I can tell. Shocker.

Paul Bettany falls for the old "Look behind you!" trick.


Remember when I told you to stay for the teaser after the end credits for Iron Man 2? Well, this is why.

Thor and his adoring subjects. Sort of.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

This is a comic book movie, though I wouldn't blame you for not knowing that. I didn't, though I did suspect it enough to look it up and find out, and sure enough, it's based on the Dylan Dog series by Italian writer Tiziano Sclavi (honored in the flick by having a vampire named after him). The comic is set in London, despite being in Italian, and the main character is what's known as L'indagatore dell'incubo, or Nightmare Investigator. Sounds much more exciting than a regular sort of investigator, doesn't it? Well, more exciting in the sense of a lot scarier.

The comic version vs. the flesh and blood version.

Source Code

There was a bizarre temporal anomaly when I went to the theatre. They thought it was still three weeks ago and they were still showing all the movies from then. Okay, yeah, I just couldn't face Water for Elephants. I heard someone compare it to Titanic -- the agonizing 1997 version, not the good 1953 version with Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck -- and I got scared.

Jake Gyllenhaal vs. The Train. Guess who wins?

Scream 4

Believe it or not, I have seen other Scream flicks. Well, Scream 3 and most of Scream 2. I used to have a friend who watched every horror movie and romantic comedy ever produced. especially if they were aimed at teenagers. No, he was not a teenager himself at that time. But anyway, he inflicted a lot of these movies on me, including the two mentioned above, so I knew a little going in for a change. Unfortunately, he also made me watch Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2 at one point, so they're all a little mixed up in my head.

I wonder if anyone knows that the mask is from the Edvard Munch painting?


Once upon a time, a little girl lived with her father way up north, in a cabin hidden away deep in the woods. Sounds nice, doesn't it? Don't let it fool you. Sure, dad Erik Heller (Eric Bana, Nero from Star Trek) teaches little girl Hanna (Saoirse Ronan, Atonement) everything she needs to know to survive in their chilly refuge.

Hanna: not your average 16-year-old, even without the gun.