February 2017

Logan

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2017

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Logan
  • IMDb: link

Logan movie reviewFinally learning that bigger isn’t always better (see X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: The Last Stand), 20th Century Fox has moved away from the super-sized team film. With both Logan and Legion (FX’s new series based around the X-Men character of the same name), the X-Men universe is taking some interesting turns with a darker tone and smaller character-driven stories. Logan may not be as entertaining as Deadpool, but it definitely ranks as one of the better X-Men films (and easily the best of the Wolverine standalone movies).

Set more than a decade in the future, Logan gives us a Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) we haven’t seen before. Inspired by Old Man Logan, the Logan we see has aged considerably since the events of Days of Future Past and his healing factor has begun to fail him. In a world where mutants are all but extinct, Logan works as a limousine driver making ends meet and keeping himself, Caliban (Stephen Merchant), and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) out of the limelight. Of course that changes when a young girl (Dafne Keen) with very similar abilities to his own shows up on his doorstep hunted by those who want her dead.

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Here’s Katy Perry with the official video for “Chained To The Rhythm” featuring Skip Marley.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2017

in Comics

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14Leaving John Stewart to work out the logistics of how to get the Green Lantern Corps to work with the Sinestro Corps going forward by pairing Lanterns up and sending them after missing members of the Sinestro Corps, Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner head out on a mission of their own.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14 gives each of the characters their own moments. For Guy Gardner this means tracking down an old snitch for valuable intelligence on where to look for the missing Lanterns. For Stewart that means leading the unsteady new enterprise of combining former enemies as partners. And for Jordan and Rayner that means working together to seek out the missing Saint Walker who it seems will also have a role to play in the new version of the Green Lantern Corps. However, first they pair will have to rescue the imprisoned Blue Lantern.

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Lana Del Rey – Love

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2017

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey with the official video for “Love.”

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X2

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2017

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: X2
  • IMDb: link

X2 Blu-ray reviewThis week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to 2003’s sequel to X-Men. Bringing back most of the cast of director Bryan Singer‘s first film, X2 explored the origins of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) with a series of flashbacks which would be further explored in the best-forgotten X-Men Origins: Wolverine six years later. Although Magneto (Ian McKellen) returns, he’s not the villain his time around. Instead the villain is William Stryker (Brian Cox) who is using his own son’s mutant abilities to start a war against mutants in hopes of wiping them out completely. His maneuvering includes brainwashing Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) to try and assassinate the President and attacking the X-Men in their own home.

Along with Nightcrawler, the franchise expands mutants with the additions of Pyro (Aaron Stanford), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), and Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu), and a number of mutant children living in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

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