The Movie of the Summer

September is on the horizon, which means that summer movie season is over. And what a summer it’s been. Superheroes and sequels were in abundance here (as they usually are), but there were a few notable surprises along the way. There were triumphs as well as flops, hits followed by misses. Still, the summer provided a unique variety of movies that brought us to the theaters time and time again. But what was THE movie of the summer? That is the real question. Before I answer that, let’s take a look back on what this summer had to offer. Continue reading

X-Men: Days of Future Past

With a trilogy, two spin-off films, and a reboot, the X-Men franchise has already established sure footing in our collective imaginations, though it has taken quite a while for the series to hit a comfortable stride. It peaked with X2, fell to a critical low with The Last Stand, and hit rock bottom with Origins: Wolverine. Then, it began its successful ascent with First Class, the reboot it sorely needed, followed by a worthy standalone Wolverine movie that re-directed the narrative of both the character and the franchise. Days of Future Past is the culmination of everything that has come before it. The film acknowledges the choices and mistakes of previous entries and re-purposes them into an epic blockbuster with plenty of sci-fi intrigue to spare. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the film boasts an A-list cast who light up the screen with charm and wit, all while embracing the wonderful 70’s vibe. This isn’t just the best X-Men film to date. This is one of the year’s best films by far. Continue reading