Wednesday, June 1, 2011

...The Tree of Life (Cannes Champion).


The Tree of Life is an independent film screened at this years Cannes Film Festival. Winning the competition, it took home the Palme d'Or (highest award given at Cannes) and collected $488,920 this past weekend during its four theatre opening - impressive.

From what I've read about the film, the plot seems a bit complicated and visceral.
(which I like, by the way)



Synopsis:
The film follows an eleven year old boy named Jack (Sean Pen) from birth to adulthood. Eventually, he sets out on an journey that leads him to question his faith while seeking the answers to life's most challenging questions. He begins to loose his innocence during his quest for the truth and simultaneously agitates his already turbulent relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).

I wish I could relay more information about this film because I am officially intrigued. I do, however, know that bigger theatre release is anticipated.

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, this appears to be a must see.



...New York Asian Film Festival (Everybody was Kung Foo fighting).



July 1-14 marks the return of the New York Asian Film Festival and I cannot wait for movies to be aired on IFC.

The only thing better than martial arts is fantasy martial arts and this film festival will encompass them all.

Asian films have a way of being gritty enough for the bullet flying, car exploding American movie watchers, while keeping the morale and plot necessary to make a movie classic.

Everything about Asian films are, welll…Asian and I not only escape into the story, but into the culture as well.

The fest will screen films from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

There should be enough side kicking for the biggest fight enthusiast and if romance is what you’re after, they’ve got that too.


Check out IFC.com for the line up.



...Waiting to Exhale: The Sequel (Best post-break-up film ever).



The sequal to Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale has been confirmed and everyone from the original cast is on board.

Angela Bassett, one of the staring cast members, leaked the news and said that Forest Whitaker will direct again.

The original 1995 film followed the lives of four completely different friends: Savannah (Whitney Houston), Berdie (Angela Bassett), Gloria (Loretta Devine) and Robin (Lela Rochon), as they tried to maintain or let go of their romantic relationships.

They support each other along the way, building stronger characters and even stronger bonds.

You will cry when they cry, yell when they yell and appreciate your own tumultuous crappy relationships, after seeing this film.


It’s for the career woman, the single mother, the middle-class stay at home mom and even the young pretty girl who still believes in prince charming.

It’s another film that is entirely about directing and the writing is phenominal. I sincerely hope that Whitaker does the second exhalation justice.


And, if good ole fashioned drama is what you’re all about, then this is a must see.

For me, it’s just another reason to spend time with my friends and eat butter pecan.

Thanks Whitney for recommending this blog. Girl’s night coming soon…


This is my favorite scene in the movie. It's almost four minutes long, but you'll get the point within two and a half minutes. The point being: Drama, Drama, Drama!






*Production dates have not been released.

Monday, May 30, 2011

...The Color Purple (OPRAHpalooza)!

As a loyal Oprah fanatic, I've decided to dedicate this blog to The Color Purple.



The Alice Walker novel turned film, primarily follows the journey of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a fourteen year old black girl during the 1930s in rural Georgia.

Celie, "the ugly one," is beaten, raped and impregnated by her stepfather, Pa (Leonard Jackson) and favored over her sister Nettie (Akosua Busia),"the pretty one." After giving birth to a child who is stolen by Pa, Celie is reluctantly married off to a man who she refers to in the film as Mister (Danny Glover).

Mister is not interested in Celie and would rather be with his first choice, Nettie. So, he makes up for his disappointment by continuing to abuse Celie while Nettie runs off to Africa to escape the insanity.



Harpo (Oprah spelled backwards and played by Willard Pugh), is Mister's son and Mrs. Sophia (Oprah Winfrey) is his wife.

Sophia is a no-nonsense kind of girl who has no problem tellin' you like it is. She isn't scared of anyone or anything and will fight to the death if need be; man or woman. This is one of the people who inspires Celie to stand up for herself. But, it comes after Celie advises Harpo to beat Sophia in order to keep her inline.

Mrs. Sophia puts Celie in check, while sporting the black eye that Harpo has given her. And, since this is Sophia we're talking about, Harpo has also been left black and blue.





In an episode of Master Class, Oprah said that this film literally changed her life because the story of Celie was her own and the journey to get the role of Mrs. Sophia taught her valuable life lessons.

This is certainly one of the most powerful films I have ever seen and probably my favorite Spielberg.

It is directing at its finest. Somehow, Spielberg is able to capture the essence of a people and the time in which they lived. He made you understand the heart of every character and told the story from the inside out.



It's not a period piece as much as it is a film about growth and understanding how our environment makes us who we are.

There's nothing fancy about this film - it is ALL about directing and the shot design is very deliberate. There is not a single frame that doesn't need to be there and you will be captivated the entire time.


"I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it." [character Shug Avery]

Saturday, May 28, 2011

...Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (I'm all gloom without Bloom).



The fourth installment of Walt Disney's mega hit Pirates of the Caribbean, has been a major box office success, grossing 400,095,287 big ones world wide (well, more like; so far).

Johnny Depp's pirate rendition of Keith Richards never gets old and is indeed the reason why his character Captain Jack Sparrow is so beloved. Yet, all of the drunken wobble walking, unsteady finger pointing and jive talking in the world couldn't make up for the void I felt from Will Turner's (Orlando Bloom) absence.

The two of them together provided great tension and comic relief throughout the other three films and I longed for the duo again. Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) also played hooky from the film causing Sparrow to turn his lusty desires toward Blackbeard's (Ian McShane) daughter, Angelica Malon (Penelope Cruz).



In the film, Sparrow is on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth - cliche plot indeed, however an anything but cliche journey. Former bad guys have gone good, somehow the Pearl finds itself in a bottle and vampire mermaids prove to be a bigger challenge than fighting off the Spaniards.



Did I enjoy this film? Yes.
Do I think it's better than it's predecessors? No.
 - Largely because the dynamic between Depp and the characters weren't as good as the dynamic he had with Bloom and Knightley. I also, think that the fountain of youth concept was too easy and lacked the interesting plot twists present in the other films.

The technical aspects, however, were flawless (as usual). As fantastical as this movie is, I never feel overwhelmed with fancy, over the top, computer generated hoopla. They have managed to maximize the basics: Make-up, costuming and set design and only enhance the film (graphically) wherever it is necessary.

Movie clip below: Sparrow meets Blackbeard.



Sunday, May 22, 2011

...Decktechs (There's nothing like a dead end job in space).

Dechtechs is a science fiction television series directed by David Kendall, a Film and Television student at the Savannah College of Art and Design

Along with technical director Stephen Withers who is also a SCAD graduate student, executive producer Carrie Lee Bland-Kendall (wife of David Kendall) and a  host of other students from SCAD, Armstrong Atlantic State University and Savannah State University, they have managed to independently fund and produce this amazing dramatic scifi-comedy.



Tagline: "There's nothing like a dead end job in space," references principle character Don, a blue collar worker on a space ship who is looking to advance his career. However, his zeal seems to exceed his talent.

Savannah's own Meddin Studios facilitated the production with an office space, dining area, music suite and green room/screen, with scad providing most of the gripping equipment. The entire pilot was shot on 5 and 7D cameras.

"This is the first time we've seen a [student] production of this magnitude shot here." [Meddin employee]

Traditionally, a TV pilot would be shot within a matter of hours, but Kendall chose to shoot it "film style," as it was also his thesis. So, a crew of about forty students worked an average of ten hours a day for fifteen days in order to pull off the forty-five paged, sixty-eight scene script.

Mrs. Bland-Kendall, an AASU alumnae,  is most proud of the fact they were able to bring together a community of students with different facets of talents from other surrounding universities. This type of effort from her expanded the networking potential of everyone on the project, which is something that is absolutely necessary to the industry.






Reece Thomas as Don.
Darwin Harris as James.
Erick Estaban as Albert.






Friday, May 20, 2011

...Snowtown (Murderer's down under).



IFC Films has just purchased the rights to Justin Kurzel's phsychological thriller Snowtown.

Snowtown, Kurzel's directorial debut, was written by Shaun Grant and is based on the true story of the Austrailian serial killer, John Bunting.


Synopsis:
Sixteen year old Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) lives in a small cramped home with his mother and two brothers in the Snowtown suburb of Adelaide. Poor and surrounded by violence, his salvation arrived in the form of John (Daniel Henshall), a man who unexpectedly came to his aid. Slowly, Jamie found his world being threatened and his loyalty challenged by his newfound mentor.






The film was screened a this year's Cannes film festival and the Austrailian release date was May 19th. IFC and DVD releases have, yet to be announced.

Snowtown murders film selected for Cannes.

...In the Land of Blood and Honey (Go Angie!).

Angelina Jolie's fist directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, has picked up distribution and is scheduled to release December 23rd of this year.

Set in the 1990s during the Bosnian war, it centers around a couple struggling to keep their relationship strong while enduring the political struggle of their homeland.

"The film is specific to the Bosnian War, but it's also universal. I wanted to tell a story of how human relationships and behavior are deeply affected by living in side a war." [Jolie]

The screenplay that was also written by Jolie, has been filmed in English, as well as, Serbo-Croatian and employed local actors from both Bosnia and Herzegovina.





I can appreciate Jolie's attempt at directing and hopefully it will be a success. I love period pieces, especially the one's that explore environments that I am unfamiliar with. Her decision to have the film translated displays a great deal of respect to the country of Bosnia. I [personally] would assume that she wants them to understand her film and be apart of the "experience," however, not all of the natives have  agreed.

According to the Huffington PostThe Association of Women Victims of War, a powerful lobby of advocates for those who suffered horrifying crimes in mass rape camps set up during the war, protested the film, leading to the revocation of Jolie's permit to film within the country. Eventually, Jolie was able to clear up the matter and re-secure the permit. [source]


Hopefully, the film will be a truer representation of what really happened instead of the usual foreign gaze of an event.

STARRING:
Rade Serbedzija
Nikola Djuricko
Goran Kostic




Saturday, May 14, 2011

...Cowboys and Aliens (I don't get it?).



How ridiculous is this?

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way. (IMDB)







Are they going to lasso the aliens after chasing them down on their trusty steeds? And, how old is Harrison Ford? I'm just not getting the point of this at all.



When I think of Cowboys and Aliens, I'm reminded of other Sci-Fi Westerns, such as, Tremors or Wild Wild West. Tremors I actually liked, however, the "humans" weren't exactly cowboys, they were just westerners who were being chased down by a giant grub for goodness sake! How frightening is that?!

Wild Wild West on the other hand, I thought was nothing short of laughable (not that a giant grub isn't) and a wasted two hours of my life that I will never get back. The dialogue was lousy and the plot will escape me before I can even make it to the end of the film. Being one that usually appreciates elaborate costuming, I felt that in this film, it was over done.


But, back to the movie at hand...

The graphics look amazing and I'm sure the action will be a great compliment. You can't go wrong with Indiana Jones and 007. I'm just hoping that the cheese factor will stay to a minimum.




Release Date: July 29th, 2011.

And, I'm sure it'll be in 3D.

...Men in Black 3 ("There's only one way off this planet, baby, and that's through me").







Let's talk about this trailer here - it's not very good. Had I not seen the first two MIB's, I would have no idea what's going on. In their defense, though, the movie's release date isn't for another year (May 2012) and footage doesn't grow on trees. But, the first shot kicked off in November of 2010 and six months is plenty of time to develop a solid minute of entertainment.

With that said, I'm really looking forward to part three. These films have continued to deliver a quality two hour diversion for all and I wouldn't expect the upcoming feature to be any different.


What I do know about the film:
Agent J (Will Smith) travels back to 1969 and encounters a younger version of Agent K (who will be played by Josh Brolin). Alien, Boris (Jermaine Clement) is on a mission to kill K, who's death will ultimately result in the end of the world. It is up to J to save K and rest of mankind.  


With a budget easily surpassing 200 million, MIB's release will, of course, be in 3D.

I HATE 3D!

Ok, "hate" is a strong word.  I am averse to 3D because I feel that it often distracts the viewer from a possibly wonderful shot design. Also, when one is focused on seeing the 3D effects, they are no longer focused on the film as unit and will often find themselves anticipating the 3D aspects of the film more than the next revelation in the plot.

However, MIB in 3D may not be so bad after all. When people see this film they want to be entertained - period. So, go ahead MiB 3D!

Friday, May 13, 2011

...WANTED ("Kill one, save a thousand").

So, you guys should be used to the occasional old movie blog by now. That's why I figured you wouldn't mind another  :-D.

Two nights ago on FX, one of my favorite action flicks came on: WANTED.


This is some of the best gun slingin' I've seen in a film, well...ever.  Totally unrealistic gun slingin', but good slingin' nonetheless.

Bullets fly in complete circles, assassins ride the tops of trains and glide along with the ease of escalators and targets are hit from miles away. Annie Oakley couldn't pull this off with her best Smith and Wesson.

AND THERE'S A PLOT! YEA!
  • The antagonists are a fraternity of assassins.
  • One assassin, Cross, leaves the bunch and the other frat members get a little pissy about it.
  • So, they decide to put a hit out on the traitor.
  • They soon realize that their skills are no match for him, and that he is killing them off 1 by 1.
  • The only person gifted enough to kill Cross is his own son Wesley who knows nothing of his father or the fraternity.
  • Wesley is soon recruited by the group and trained as a weapon to kill his own dad.
  • In the end, Wesley is triumphant and all is well in the land, but not without the sacrifice of others.

If you watch this movie clip, you'll see what I mean.







COMING SOON:



WANTED II is currently in development and will not include Agelina Jolie. Information is very limited, but of course I'll keep you updated.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

...Star Wars 3D (The 6 we watched in 2D wasn't enough?).

Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox have announce the launch of Star Wars in 3D, beginning with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace,  in 2012.





"There are few movies that lend themselves more perfectly to 3D; from the Death Star trench run to the Tatooine Podrace, the Star Wars Saga has always delivered an entertainment experience that is completely immersive."  (yetanotherremake.com)


Yes, the "Star Wars" experience is unlike any other, but do we really need it in 3D?


We've already had to sit through 6 - in descending order and they were great, so why mess up a good thing? I'm all for 3D when it matters, but in the case of Star Wars - I don't think it really matters. 


We love the film without a 360 degree R2-D2, so there is no point.






Star Wars wasn't shot for 3D and by that, I mean that the proper camera techniques were not used during production to make this an effective 3D film. Graphically, they will be able to achieve slightly more dimension than the original films, but not enough to warrant a new collection of Blue Rays.


George Lucas proved that he was an "action-sci fi pioneer" with his Lightsabers and realistic space battles. Because of this, Star Wars was put in a league of its own, making it a classic film and cultivating a niche audience. It will always be respected and loved for what it is and what it did for filmmaking. Hence, the reason why manipulating it for today's viewer is unnecessary and almost disrespectful to the wonder that is Star Wars.








3D doesn't make a film better, it's just makes a film 3D.


3D doesn't make Star Wars better, it just makes Star Wars 3D and it would be senseless to watch this 6 more times for the curiosity of an extended laser beam.

...Thor (Are all Gods this hot?).

If I had to choose one word to describe Thor, it would be: cute. It may as well have been a cartoon movie, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I don't recall any cursing, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) only made attempts to kiss his fair maiden's hand and in the end, he realized that his dad was only hard on him because he cared - aww. Now, that is PG 13 at its finest.


I almost purchased tickets to see this in IMAX, but I'm glad that I chose against it because the action was minimal. It [the action] shared the least amount of screen time, possessed a standard amount of stunt work and left little room for anything "cool" to be done in 3D. He did, however, have a hammer that he frequently tossed around and that may have looked awesome flying out of the screen.

Inscription: Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of THOR.
The costuming was adorable (although, I'm pretty sure that "adorable" was not what the costume department was looking to achieve) and the computer graphics were flawless.  The aireal shots, I absolutely loved and thought that they evoked a since of omnipotence and flight - a great metaphor for the mighty Thor.

There was great comic relief, which is something that I didn't expect in such abundance from an action-adventure and it really played well against the serious morale of the film: that everyone has the power to destroy the goodness of mankind or to be the goodness that enhances it. Also, in the words of Spiderman: with great power comes great responsibility!

I had fun with this one. Good script, great directing and picture perfect camera work.

Here's a movie clip...Thor has just been sent to Earth by his father - powerless.





Saturday, May 7, 2011

...Fast Five…again (So, I was forced to see it...).

So, I was forced to see it and boy oh boy, it was just as plot-less as I had originally speculated.

The music was a little better, though. Yes, the techo-engine remix remained present, but moments of Reggaeton relaxed my eardrums, while the rhythmic cadence of South American beats challenged my hips to stay seated. I’ve gotta go to Rio!

Several players from the previous Fast and the Furious movies were re-introduced in “Five.” I guess this was their [producers] way of pacifying the fact that the storyline, in no way, connected with the earlier film(s). And, areas within the plot that needed to be explained were excused with a simple phrase: “I had a past before you met me.” What?



Before the credits even ended, a prison bus was already flipping through the air. A train had exploded and Brian (Paul Walker) and  Dom (Vin Diesel) were leaping over a cliff into a large body of water while being shot at.

Action packed? Yes.
Absolute ridiculous, could never happen in the real world stunts? Definitely.



I couldn’t tell if the acting was good or bad. Dramatic moments consisted of a curled lip and furrowed brow from the talent, followed by an extreme close up of the misshapen expression. Oh, and then something would explode.

However, I was entertained. The extreme stunt work provided an undeniable spectacle that was engaging from beginning to end and the car chase was something that I had never seen before (I’d describe it, but I wouldn’t want to spoil the movie).

If you’re going to do action, then this movie did it right and if you’re all about action, then this is the film to see.

Here's a little snippet of the car chase:





Sunday, May 1, 2011

...Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (A film is only as good as its writer).



I can't believe that I had no idea there was a Langston Hughes Film Festival. I mean, I've only been reading his poetry since I was eight.

It kicked off yesterday (April 30th) in Seattle Washington and will run trough May 8th, offering the traditional film festival mix of movie screenings, panel discussions, and screenplay readings.

The idea of the whole thing, is to shine a spotlight on Black films and filmmakers.

I find it interesting that a film festival was put together in the name of a writer. It's a noble idea, but a festival celebrating works of literature and/or poetry seems more befitting. When I think of Langston Hughes, I certainly don't think film. Still, anything that brings new life onto the 9ft by 6ft screen is a good enough reason for me.




The festival is co-presented with Sistah Sinema, who's aim (along with supporting the festival) is to showcase the nuances of Black Queer Woman culture, according to a short article about the company.

After watching trailers from several of the films that will be featured this year, I chose the two that were the more interesting or thought provoking to me. Starting with:

Children of God, writen and directed by Kareem Mortimer... I'm sure this film will cause a stir.








Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (Documentary)... apparently, they brought the funk to the punk.


...The Mystery Box ("Lost" TV Series).

This is another oldie (but, goodie) that I had to share.

Writer, director and producer J.J. Abrams, speaks in Monteray California(2007) about the creation of his hit television series Lost.

The video is more about believing in your dream, than it is about Lost, TV or film in general.

Be inspired today y'all!



Saturday, April 30, 2011

...Brother's Justice (Tribeca Film Festival).

Brothers Justice, a mocumentary about filmmaking, had a showing a this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

I had to pitch an idea once, but it went nothing like this:






Independent films are fantastic because they are all about the art of story telling. Since they tend to cost more than than they generate, one can trust that the final product is a labor of love.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

... Juice 2 (How far will you go to get it?).

The 1992 urban classic "Juice" is one of my favorite films.

This crime-drama explores the lives of four inner city teens: Q (Omar Epps), Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Raheem (Khalil Kain) and Steel (Jermaine Hopkins), through their pursuit for power, respect and ultimately happiness.

The group is shaken when a mutual friend is gunned down. With their confidence weakened and fearing for their own lives, they decide that the only way to survive is to gain the power over and respect (juice) of the neighboring gangsters that committed the murder.

Bishop coerces the other three into robbing a local corner store. This, he assumed, would give them the "juice." The plan was to take the money, with no harm done, but when Bishop shoots and kills the clerk, he puts them all in a situation that they hadn't planned.

They spend the next few months hiding Bishop's crime and putting themselves in further jeopardy as accomplices.

In the end, only some survive and it is Q who ends up with the "juice."

As a "Juice" fan, I am upset that there is going to be a remake (as any true fan would be) because this screenplay was solid. The real story is about friendship, sacrifice and loss - quite sentimental, actually.

My point is: it should NOT be touched. Many remakes are not successful because they fail to encompass the essence of the film. That thing that people related to, that person that made you believe in what they were fighting for or against.

As a Tupac fan, I am upset that D-list rapper Soulja Boy is going to play his character Bishop in the new film.

Tupac brought everything to this character. Real talent, considering he went to a performing arts high school and at least had several plays under his belt. Passion, he loved art in general as an actor, writer (poetry, as well as, rap) and musician. And life, since he was a product of the inner city streets himself.

Soulja Boy brings a couple of ringtones and a face tattoo.

This is a complete diss to the original film and it will probably go straight to DVD.

Disappointed? Yes I am.


Clip of the real "Juice" below:




Friday, April 22, 2011

...TV Commercials (Well, the funny ones anyway).

Who hates TV commercials? Me, me, me!

Well most of them anyway. They always seem to interrupt my perfectly good TV watching at exactly the wrong time just to tell me that my pad needs wings or that I could save at this weekend's doorbuster red dot clearance.

But, every once in a while, my frustrations are rewarded with a gut busting, thigh slapping, two minutes of hilarity. 

Here's a few that tickle my fancy.








Above: Isaiah Mustafa (also, an NFL wide receiver for 4 years) stares in an Old Spice commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLIV.





Above: Heineken beer "Walk in Closet" commercial (2010).









Above: Hilshire Farm commercial (something about these male cheerleaders just cracks me up).

Thursday, April 21, 2011

...Scream 4 (A movie within a movie, within a movie).

WHY? Fifteen years later.

I just find it extremely annoying that millions of dollars have been spent to turn this into another motion picture. How many more of these non-stories can Hollywood continue to reassemble?

I would generally try and relay intelligent, artistic reasons why I disapprove of such a creation, but I am still in speachless bewilderment.



I will, however, say that I think these movies are good ole fashion fun.

It's like going to the dirty pub that serves twice as much liquor at half the price. You know you don't need it and you'll probably regret it in the morning, but why not? Your goal is to get loose on a budget without having to worry about your hair and makeup.

So, with that said, teenagers get your masks ready!


(sigh) Here's the trailer.








 Roeper approves:


Sunday, April 17, 2011

...The Hobbit: Part 1 (Welcome Back to Middle Earth).

Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit." (Marie Claire UK)

Peter Jackson is at it again! Hurray!

J.R.R Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, was released in 1937 with critical acclaim and hasn't lost momentum. 

Now, it is time for Bilbo Baggins' story and if it is as full of adventure as Frodo's, then I'm all in.

Bilbo Baggins played by Ian Holm in Lord of the Rings


Lord of the Rings is one of the best movies I have ever experience in many aspects of filmmaking. The enormity of the sets erected in Scotland and New Zealand were unheard of until Fellowship of the Ring. The costuming and makeup were extensive and had to not only meet the criteria of a particular period, but also the fantasy of Middle Earth and all of the creatures who inhabited it. 

Walking trees, giant people, dragons and full out wars that could only be done with computer enhancements; captivated audiences world wide. Yet, the emotion was still there. The details in direction and shot design did not come secondary.

The score is riveting and the cast is hands down the best group of actors one could have ever put in a film together. Bravo!

I was engrossed for three hours during every Lord of the Rings film and I expect the same luxury for The Hobbit.







 http://www.hobbitmovie.net/

Saturday, April 16, 2011

...X-Men: First Class (Xavier's School for the Gifted).






X-Men, one of my favorite films, will now chronicle the beginning of Xavier's (Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy)  mutant school and tell the story of how he and Magneto (Ian McKellen/Michael Fassbender) became enemies.

I AM OFFICIALLY STOKED!

Marvel out did themselves with their X-Men comics, but whether you read the comics, watched the cartoon or not; this is a must see.

Great storyline, non-stop action and beautiful photography.

The computer graphics are amazing - from character mutations, to invisible planes and super powers. I love it all.

IT'S LIKE BUBBLE GUM FOR THE EYES!

If you're looking for a great escape; this is the movie for you.