X-Men: Apocalypse (2017)

xma1I suppose a sufficient indication of my excitement and anticipation for this movie is the fact that I’m just now getting around to seeing it.

The good news? I didn’t hate it.

On the other hand, I didn’t love it either.

Let’s just be honest: X-Men: Apocalypse is another one of those movies that is perfectly entertaining while your sitting through it, but doesn’t actually bear up under even the slightest bit of scrutiny.

I could very easily sit here and go through all of the things that are wrong with this movie, but I think I’ll leave that to the Cinema Sins guys (you know, the ones responsible for the “Everything Wrong With [insert movie title] In [X number of] Minutes” videos, because they will be sharper and more amusing about it than I would, and anyway, that would simply be a case of devoting more time and writing energy to X-M:A than it really deserves.

xma2Instead I’ll simply say that I’m rather hoping that the resulting box office for this movie is such that it hastens the day that Fox decides the franchise isn’t lucrative enough for them and either lets the rights revert back to Marvel or the two studios manage to strike up some sort of deal that lets the characters revert back to their home studio, not only so that we can get better X-Men movies, but also so that they (the characters that make up the X-Men universe) can be more fully integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Because until then I have a feeling that every couple or three years, I’m going to be writing this same review, just with a different title attached.

Bottom line: if you’ve loved or even liked the previous X-Men movies then sure, go ahead and see this one too. Why not? There are worse ways to spend a summer afternoon or evening. But if you;re looking for something that is an improvement on what has come before, then don’t bother, because you’re not going to find it here.

Here’s a trailer:

Apocalypse Wow? – Here’s The First Trailer For X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

xm1I’ll just go ahead and admit here that I’ve never been that big a fan of the villain Apocalypse, but I know that there are a lot of folks out there, especially those who grew up reading the X-Men comics of the 90s and/or first became familiar with them through the animated series who are. Plus he does make a suitably seemingly overwhelming opponent to bring against the entire X-Men team that he should be a good opponent to build the next movie around.

As far as this trailer goes, to be honest it really doesn’t affect my desire to see the film one way or another, which seems like a failure on the part of the marketing department. Yeah, I’ll go see the movie, because I go to see all of these movies, but you’d hope that it would do something to try to bring in more than the usual crowd, which I don’t see this one doing at all. Other than the fact that it’s the X-Men instead of the Avengers, the doesn’t look to me to be anything that sets this film apart from any other full-of-destruction Marvel movie.

But hey, that’s just me. Here, go ahead and have a look for yourself and see what you think:

Saturday Morning Cartoons #001 – Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends

samf3Yep, it’s another line-up change here at DMM. I’ll admit, I’ve had a lot of fun doing the Saturday Double Feature, but much like OTR Thursday, it just seemed like it was time for a change.

Back when I was growing up, Saturday mornings were a time when kids got to take over the household television set. Yeah, kids, it’s true: there really was a time when many homes only had one television, and for the most part we only got somewhere between three and five channels on it – the three main networks, PBS, and maybe a local VHF channel or two.. I’m talking about a time before the internet, before cable, even, back when we didn’t have near-immediate access to almost everything that had ever been broadcast. And yes, dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

smaf1And most of the time, it was our moms and dads that got to pick what we watched. Of course, that made sense, because most of the programming was aimed at them, since they were the ones who went out and worked each day, and they were the ones who made the decisions about how the money they made was going to be spent.

But Saturday mornings, on the other hand… That was when our shows came on. No, not the “educational” stuff you find on Saturday mornings nowadays, I’m talking cartoons! Bugs Bunny! Superfriends! Scooby Doo! And so many others.

So that’s the inspiration for this Saturday morning cartoon series. Each week, I’ll feature a different cartoon series and give you an episode to check out. and this week we begin with a series that ran for three years, from 1981 to 1983 on NBC – Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

smaf2The initial idea for this show was that it would be a team-up between Spidey, Iceman, and the Human Torch. Unfortunately, because the rights for the Torch were tied up elsewhere, it became necessary to replace him, and that’s what led to the creation of the character Firestar, who was created specifically for this show, and was not, at the time, a character from the Marvel comic book universe. All three of the characters lived together in Peter Parker’s (Spiderman’s) Aunt May’s house, and they had a secret lab/base that was built directly below the house.

Of course, we all know that the real star of the series was Firestar’s Lhasa Apso puppy, Ms. Lion.

The show also included many guest stars from the Marvel universe, and was thus a great introduction to those characters for kids who might not be reading the actual comics.

For today’s featured episode, since this year saw not only a new installment in the Spider-Man movie series, but also a new X-Men movie, it seemed only natural to pick one that teamed these two groups together, so here’s “The X-Men Adventure”:

What Do The Reports of X-Men: Days Of Future Past’s Huge Opening Really Mean?

I have to admit I was initially taken somewhat aback by the reports such as this one, that the most recent X-Men movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past was having such a huge opening weekend and was posting record-breaking box-office numbers for Fox, since it seemed to be bucking not only what I was seeing in my own local theater, but also a trend that I was working on an article about, incorporating reports that Amazing Spider-Man 2’s “disappointing” take of “only” 630 or so million dollars (at the time I started writing the article) was leading Sony to rethink their approach to future films in the Spidey franchise.

x1The premise of that article – which I still intend to appear later this week – is that rather than there being that one huge blockbuster this year that really sets itself apart from the pack and gets not only Avengers-type box but also the follow-through with audiences coming to watch and re-watch the film, the studios might have to settle for across-the-board “mediocre” sell-through and adjust their expectations accordingly.

So what happens to that premise when suddenly it appears that X-Men: DOFP may actually buck that trend? Do I treat it as an aberration? Or do I rethink the entire premise? Or is there something else going on?

Well, in looking at the actual numbers, it appears that the answer actually is that there isn’t a real bucking of the trend after all., because most of the huge box office numbers that are being reported are from overseas sales, since the movie opened in theaters everywhere on the same day, as opposed to most of the other franchise films this year, which have had opening dates in other countries either before or after their US debuts.

As a matter of fact, if you look just at the domestic numbers, X-Men only took in about $90 million, which is in line with, or even below, it’s summer competitors such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million), Godzilla ($93 million), and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($92 million). It’s only when you add in the estimated 171 million from the rest of the world that the film is reported to have taken in that Fox gets to brag about it’s huge debut.

So what is going on this year, really? Why do the box-office numbers seem so flat across the board? Well, like I said above, I’ll touch on that in the next day or two.

 

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Do You Want Plot Or Do You Want A Lot Of X-Men? How About Both? – Here’s The Final X-Men: Days Of Future Past Trailer

x1I really enjoyed X-Men: First Class more than I thought I would, and it’s the film that finally brought my younger daughter around to the side of the mutants, (she’d previously enjoyed most of the Marvel movies, but just hadn’t gotten into the X-Men) so it’s pretty safe to say that we’re both looking forward to the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

I do have to admit, however, that I found the last trailer something of a mess. For some reason it just didn’t quite “click” with me. This new one, however, does a much better job finding a good balance between giving a good sense of both the plot of the film and showing off the huge ensemble cast of both heroes and villains that have been gathered for this new outing. Now let’s just hope that the film itself can find that same kind of balance. I suspect it’s gonna be a kind of tightrope walk, but I do think it can be done.

Anyway, here’s the new trailer. See what you think:

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