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Warcraft & X-Men: Apocalypse – If You’re a Fan, Go See Them!

Sophie Turner as Jean Grey was one of the better parts of the film.

Sophie Turner as Jean Grey was one of the better parts of the film.

So Holly and I lined up babysitting such that we made it to see X-Men: Apocalypse last weekend, and Warcraft this weekend. Expect reviews to come, but! we know there are a lot of reviews out there. A lot of mixed reviews. A lot of bad press and negative critical response.

We wanted to say that, if you are a fan of one or the other, of the X-Men or of the world of Warcraft, go see the film.

As far as we were concerned, Apocalypse was amazing and fulfilled what we wanted to see with the movie. We got emotional, we had fan feels and squees, it was great.

This was a great character we weren't quite expecting: Garona.

This was a great character we weren’t quite expecting: Garona.

Warcraft was one of the few movies we’ve seen in 3-D that we would say seeing it that way was worth it. We had trouble telling what was computer graphics and what wasn’t! The Orcs were really well done. All sorts of great locations, too – we wished they had given us more text to say where all they went, because it was all over Azaroth.

We got all sorts of WoW feels from it. And the story was definitely one written within the universe and not an outside interpretation.

I’ll drop in a couple of trailers after the jump, but really, go see the movies!

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All the Mutants! – X-Men: Days of Future Past

After my LitFlix of Amazing Spider-Man 2 yesterday, I wanted a bit of time before writing my next one on X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, I have a lot to say about this movie (well, I had a lot to say about Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well…) and so I am breaking it up into three posts. So consider this my X-Men: Days of Future Past week! I have X-Men related posts queued up all week on our Tumblr as well, so check them out!

Despite having a lot of known characters used again, there were a lot of new characters in the film as well. While they weren’t exactly pivotal to the plot, they were phenomenal additions, given a chance to use their powers, to have great scenes, and made for a really fun summer blockbuster. 

So between these known characters and new ones, there were a number used really well – and a number that weren’t. Here are some of my thoughts on all the mutants! (Spoilers!)

all the mutants!

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The Wolverine and Wolverine (1982) – A LitFlix

We recently saw The Wolverine, one of the movies I was most excited for this year. Wolverine has seen some of the most growth as a character over the years, in the realm of superheroes. He is a way to explore complicated themes of immortality, invulnerability, animalism versus humanity, violence versus honor.

I’ve explored Wolverine previously in terms of his character, which is complicated and varied. This is both cause and effect, then, of his popularity. The sort of plot I was sure we were in for was about Wolverine fighting with his own nature, his constant desire to be a better man than he is, to be honorable and heroic despite the fact he is the best killer.

Wolverine Cover
I read Chris Claremont’s Wolverine, and also the more recent Logan comic, in preparation for the movie. With Japanese-based plots going back to 1982, Wolverine was in Japan before that was as cool as it is now; he was fighting ninjas since before ninjas were as cool as they are now. But that just makes this a timely sort of plot to tell, but also a bit of a timeless sort of one. So timeless, they made the basic plot work, set about 30 years later!

Follow me on to look at the movie and the comics for The Wolverine – spoilers abound!
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Comics Review – All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men

All New X-Men CoversAnother review in my quest to find new comics to read! I have looked at the New Avengers, and at the Uncanny X-Force and Uncanny Avengers. I think between these I have found one that I think will be short lived, one that I will probably keep reading to find out where they are going with it, and one that I am probably good with.

However, in my original post where I hit the end of some comics, I got a great recommendation from Michael Allan Leonard of Public Domain. He recommended two of the new Marvel X-Men line-up: the All New X-Men, and the new run of Uncanny X-Men.

I read these in the wrong order: I checked out the Uncanny X-Men first, and then the All New X-Men. Mistake! So let’s look through these in the right order.

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