In this episode, we have a follow-up to how terrible Anthony and J.R.’s brackets have turned out, we discuss writers being duly credited for the stories they write (2:09), this week’s “Better Know an X-Man” features Husk (7:32), Jacob gives us a lesson on the convoluted history of Xorn (12:47), and we wrap out by talking about some video games we have been playing (43:28).
This is a story about love, loss, life changes, ambition, carelessness, and judging others. But mainly, it is the story about a giant gorilla. A really giant gorilla. A really giant gorilla on an island that looks nothing like a skull, but may have some rock formations that kind of looked like a skull, maybe. Overall, this is a fine movie. It is nothing that you will remember in a month or two, but while you are watching it, you are entertained. And is that not what a movie should do? Every movie is not either the greatest ever, or crap, but that is a topic for another day.
Back in 2014, Warner Bros., with Legendary Entertainment, decided to relaunch a giant monster movie universe with the release of Godzilla. It was also a fine movie, with enough Godzilla goodness. Now, we get the next installment with Kong: Skull Island. But, there are some odd things about this follow-up that seem a little weird. (Mild spoilers ahead.) (more…)
I’ve been taking some time to pour through the history of some of the characters I’ve always taken interest in, but for whatever reason (a love of the X, mainly) have failed to get around to actually reading. I’m trying to learn more about the history of the DCU, mainly, and lately I’ve been focusing on Green Lantern. Not Green Lantern, galactic police force like you know it now, but the rather sitcom-like family style of Green Lantern Corps back in the still just post-Crisis days.
I’ve found a new respect for John Stewart, an irreplaceable love for the GL squirrel Ch’p, and…well, I don’t really know what to say about Killowog. You see, GL Corps was about breaking down barriers, be them race, age, sex, or whatnot. But sometimes it gets a little TOO much. Like aging a 14-year old girl to adulthood via power ring so she can date Hal Jordan. Or this:
Not quite sure that’s a barrier you want to be breaking. Post-Crisis DC was a weird place.
Okay, kids. I’ve been sitting back long enough. Come the relaunch of the X-Men line next month, I’ll give Marvel another shot and see what they’ve got. Let’s see what we can find.
In this episode, J. R. shares some thoughts on Kong: Skull Island, another “Better Know an X-Man” with Jacob talking about Skin (5:26), Anthony and J. R. reminiscence about pep band trips (11:49), and talk about their soon to be disastrous brackets (39:03).
Since Hugh Jackman started playing Wolverine, we’ve had 3 different Spider-men, 2 Batmen, Chris Evans went from being a cocky Human Torch to being Captain America, and people are questioning if there are too many comic book movies being released on a yearly basis. When X-Men debuted in 2000, we were a few years removed from the debacle that was Batman & Robin. There were no cinematic universes. It was a different environment 17 years ago.
I do not remember there being much fanfare surrounding the release of X-Men. I remember going to see it on a whim, even though that whim did happen to be on opening day. But there was no reason to think then that we would still be talking about those actors playing those characters. And while some have been replaced by younger versions since they went backwards in the timeline, there has been one constant. Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine throughout. That all comes to an end with Logan. Logan is expected to be the final time Hugh Jackman portrays Wolverine on film. I say “expected” because you should really never say never.
I say all of this, because I believe Logan works better when viewed as the swan song for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, rather than as the next movie in a long line of X-Men movies. It is easier to think of the movies in two distinct timelines. You have the original timeline, which includes X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and The Wolverine. Then there is the First Class timeline, which includes X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. Days of Future Past links the original cast with the First Class cast, but I think it is simpler to put it in the new timeline, since it retcons events in previous movies anyways. Now, the question is where does Logan fit in. The answer to that is a giant shrug. They do not attempt to fit it in anywhere, and that is fine. (more…)