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Ranking the X-Men Movies

Superhero ensemble films owe a huge debt to the X-Men franchise. Without the thoughtful world-building, frequent levity, and sparkling dialog characterizing the best of the X-Men films, we’d have no Marvel Cinematic Universe. No Avengers, no Endgame, no Iron Man!…just somber Batmen parading by in rubber suits. X-Men blew jaded audiences away, until the franchise […]

X-Men Movies That Were Never Made

  Dark Phoenix hits DVD and Blu-ray on September 17.  It’s the final adventure for this cast of characters.  And it’s the next-to-last X-Men film we’ll see for a while, assuming The New Mutants eventually gets released.  There have been a LOT of X-Men movies, ranging from fair to awesome.  And then there are those […]

Movie Review – X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The X-Men Universe, produced by 20th Century Fox,  had a twenty year run. Now that it’s over, they should be applauded for the influence they’ve had on the superhero movie genre. Fox movie assets are now owned by Disney. That means the X-Men can, at some point, be wrapped into the MCU with the Avengers. […]

Every X-Men Film Explained

Dark Phoenix marks the 12th film in the X-Men franchise.  While there is still one more X-Men film in the can, this will be our last journey with this set of characters.  Now that Disney owns both Fox and Marvel, they will supposedly reboot the franchise at some point and make it part of the […]

X-Men: Apocalypse (movie review)

Grade: B It’s always a struggle to rate and review movies like this. I’m going to take the easy way out and judge it against the other X-Men movies. “Apocalypse” is way better than “The Last Stand”–universally believed to be the worst in the franchise. But, I don’t think it was quite as good as […]

X-Men: Days of Future Past – movie review

Grade: A Brian Singer (director), and the writers, set the bar sky high in this film. It’s going to be a chore to top this in the scheduled X-Men sequel, due May 27, 2016. The acting was spectacular. All the main characters are reprising roles that they have already performed with aplomb. However, I think Hugh […]

Movie review : X-Men First Class

[ No spoilers ] Going into the theater this morning I had high expectations for X-Men First Class. It has an 88% at RottenTomatoes.com which is very high for a movie of this genre. But after seeing the movie I’m surprised that it’s not much, much, higher. In a word it was awesome. In two […]

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Best Of British Biographies – Danny Boyle

I’m sure that I’ve said somewhere else that, way back in the nineties, I bought a house based mainly on the proximity to the Davenport Theatre. It was couple of hundred metres away and I could walk around, get a pint or two, and watch a film. As the name suggests, it was originally a […]

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RunPee Weekly Newsletter #108 (April 6th, 2022)

The app that tells you the best time to run and pee during a movie without missing the best scenes. Fantastic Flaw – Why Hasn’t There Been A Good F4 Film? The X-Men pulled it off. The Avengers re-wrote the record books with it. So why does the Fantastic Four keep failing when it comes […]

Fantastic Flaw – Why Hasn’t There Been A Good F4 Film?

In many ways the Fantastic Four were the first, the one’s that paved the way for the rest, the ones that were genuinely groundbreaking. Back in 1961 Stan Lee and Jack Kirby got together and created a superhero team with a flawed humanity and other complex, yet naturalistic, characteristics. The Fantastic Four were born. I’m […]

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