Michael Fassbender

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

There must not be a limit to the number of blog tags I can put in, because if there was I think I would've found it just now. First of all, lots of people from X-Men: First Class are back, plus a lot of people from the first three X-Men movies (at least in cameos), plus a few new people, which makes a lot of people.

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Dr. Trask looking obsessive. Did I mention the alarming 1973 fashions?

The Counselor

That's counselor as in lawyer, not a guidance counselor or anything like that. The counselor in question is played by Michael Fassbender of Prometheus, and the poor guy doesn't even get an actual name. All his friends and acquaintances call him counselor, and his fiancée, Laura, (Penélope Cruz, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) doesn't ever call him anything as far as the audience gets to hear.

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Malkina climbs on Reiner's car. You do NOT want to know what she's about to do.

300

Q: What do you call one hundred Persians at the bottom of the ocean?
A: A good start.

I like Frank Miller -- he's been at the forefront of getting comics and graphic novels recognized as serious work, and I'm glad of that -- so I was looking forward to this film. And now, though I may be a lone voice crying in the wilderness, I have to say that I didn't really like it. Sigh.

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Leonidas and his six-pack. Gorgo laments her unfortunate name (and wardrobe.)

Prometheus

A long time ago, not in a galaxy far, far away but in a cave on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, someone created a bunch of cave paintings featuring an image of someone pointing up at a pattern of stars in the sky. Or possibly it's an image of someone juggling very badly. It's hard to say. This happened 35,000 years ago, according to Noomi Rapace of the last Sherlock Holmes debacle, who here plays Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. This, as she and her cohort in science Dr.

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David holds a holographic Earth.

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.

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

Jonah Hex

I went to see a movie this weekend, really. It was only 80 minutes long, but it was still a movie. But it was just kind of... there. I watched, I understood what was going on -- not that it was difficult -- but afterwards most of it started drifting slowly out of my head. It'll never reach the point of that movie whose title I can never remember, because at least it had some visually interesting moments, but I'm still left wondering exactly what I paid $7.50 to see.

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Comic-book Jonah Hex and Josh Brolin in full costume.