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Possibly The Worst X-Men Picture, In All of Movie Marketing…

Good morning internet, just how the hell are ya? That’s nice, now listen to me. I checked the internets this morning and I found this terrific little nugget of information on the upcoming Bryan Singer directed X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now, when I first saw this picture I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t the beloved 1st of April. A day for pranks, gags, jokes, and fun for everyone! Because man, this picture SURE IS FUNNY. But alas, no… ‘tis not the 1st of April. It is the 2nd of April, which means this picture is no joke… it is real my friends.

Now let me soften the blow for you a bit, and start with some standard issue, magazine promo cover art. The following picture comes to us via the French edition of Premiere magazine, and it has a nice little cover with young Magneto (Michael Fassbender), old Magneto (Ian McKellen), young Professor X (James McAvoy), old Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and of course our beloved Wolverine who appears as though he is sneaking up behind everyone and is about to rip their heads off. But this cover is pretty standard, nothing to see here really.

Watch out behind you James McAvoy!!!

Watch out behind you James McAvoy!!!

The real joke here, is the picture that was released showing us yet again, the new Quicksilver! … O.M.G. followed by a W.T.F….


Now you MUST look at me!

Now you MUST look at me!

In absolutely no way can I take this picture seriously! “Hi, my name is Quicksilver, and NOBODY KNOWS WHY THE HELL I LOOK LIKE THIS.” I really do find it hard to believe that they made Quicksilver look like this, ON PURPOSE!!! And, that they know he looks like this and they continue to release pictures of him ON PURPOSE!!! It’s like Brian Singer lost a bet or something. The most annoying thing about the Matthew Vaughn directed X-Men: First Class was the whiny, wimpy, light hearted and severely out of place teenage mutants/X-Men, and I just really hope that they do something with Quicksilver because just on his looks alone he is already annoying the shit out of me! But Quicksilver’s retarded looks aside, even the picture itself is a BAD PICTURE! How on Earth would they let this be released as a promotional image for the movie!? It’s the most bland, boring, show me nothing tell me nothing piece of movie marketing I have ever seen! You can see what this version of Quicksilver looks like compared to the Quicksilver in the new Avengers: Age of Ultron here, but I warn you, it’s not much better.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23rd, 2014… I’ll be the guy in the audience constantly yelling, “YOU LOOK STUPID!”

The Counselor Counsels an All Star Cast

So I talked about these so called “super movies” in my last article. Specifically I was talking about the upcoming John Hillcoat directed film Lawless (formerly titled The Wettest County in the World) based on the novel by Matt Bondurant. I was amazed at the awesome cast they have for this movie, and just excited in general about the bootlegging flick (Booze and guns!? Sign me up!). I also mentioned a couple other upcoming films that also have these super-amazing casts, but was too lazy to remember what they were. But this cup of coffee has chased away my laziness! Laziness be gone!

One of the other awesome-actor-packed movies that I was thinking of is the upcoming film The Counselor directed by an up-and-coming guy named Ridley Scott. He has a small little indie film called Prometheus coming out that you probably haven’t heard of… But much like Lawless The Counselor is packed to the brim with a great cast and a great director which should make this as I like to call it – a super-movie! (I really need to find a better term for that, it just sounds so 1980’s). The plot centers around well respected lawyer who partners up with a wealthy acquaintance of his and some shady associates, to try his hand in the cocaine business without getting caught up in it. Cormac McCarthy wrote the screenplay who also wrote the novel No Country for Old Men, so I can imagine this being in the same tone which sounds awesome. But again, what gets me excited is having an awesome director paired with a great writer, and then the following all star cast (some signed on, some still in talks) –

  • Michael Fassbender – Hi, I’m the best actor around right now!
  • Brad Pitt – Hey, I married Angelina Joile!
  • Angelina Jolie – Hey, Brad Pitt married me!
  • Javier Bardem – “Don’t put it in your pocket. It’s your lucky quarter.” Classic. Oh yeah, and I married Penelope Cruz!
  • Penelope Cruz – Hey, I married Javier Bardem!
So now that I think about it, this might just be a reason for all these married people to hang out together. Maybe they are trying to hook up Michael Fassbender with the make up artist or something… who knows. But this is definitely another film that I am excited for and will be keeping an eye on. What do you think about The Counselor, too much of a good thing? Or the more the merrier when it comes to great actors? Let us know in the comments!

For Your Consideration: Shame

The world as we know it has never been more crowded and information has never been more accessible. We live in a Facebook universe where its tentacles allow the entire world to be interconnected. Information, both the impactful and mundane, is broadcast instantly in 140 characters or less. The world is one society, never so close, yet as people we have never been so isolated. We have become world driven by “status updates” and “likes”. We’ve traded conversations for tweets and human interaction for “wall” posts. Human voices have become scary, it’s a lot easier to say “no” to someone from the safety of a well-timed text message. Conversation and conflict can be dirty, why not give your opinions under the umbrella of your latest blog post?

Nobody dies without any scars. What happens to us when we lose our best tool to cope with struggle inherent in living life? What happens when we can no longer truly communicate? The film Shame attempts to answer that question.

Meet Brandon (Michael Fassbender). It would be easy to describe him as a sex addict. For Brandon, sex is no longer an act of love, but a physical representation of his emotional pain. He is searching for an absolution that will never come. He is powerless to stop it and is left feeling empty in the absence of it.

From the outside looking in, Brandon is a well-adjusted man. He lives in a sterile apartment and works at a nameless company that produces nothing. He goes through the motions of his day-to-day life. He has no real attachment to anything but his compulsion. Everything in between is a cross to bear. His job, his friends and family are all hindrances. He has completely lost the ability to have a real relationship with someone, especially women. They are a means to an end and nothing more.

The film revolves around his relationship with his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan). Their pain is shared, but never communicated. Despite a blatantly intimate relationship, Brandon keeps Sissy at a distance. To him, she is merely a reminder of his condition and another problem to be discarded. Sissy, who is equally damaged and self destructive, wants a relationship with Brandon, only to be pushed away at every turn.

Michael Fassbender, quickly becoming the actor of his generation, is simply breathtaking. He smolders as a man whose demons are slowly eating away at him. It’s truly mesmerizing watching him as his carefully manicured veneer chips away and we see the pain that is festering underneath. Equal to the task is Mulligan, who is asked to display the same pain in a different way. She’s an open wound, crying out to the one person who understands her and could possibly help her.

Shame is a transcendent film, perhaps the first truly great film of the new decade.  It’s not an easy film to watch. In fact, I doubt I will ever be able to watch it again. It holds up a mirror to us all and asks us to look at our trajectory and in doing so, stays with us far longer than we’re comfortable with.

Episode 10/16/11

Today on the show, we strap on our flame throwers and make snow angels with the new release of The Thing(04:30)

We also project our super-powered teenage angst onto the DVD review of X-Men: First Class(1:37:39)

Cinema Recon is fed up with the PG-13-inization of movies for the benefit of studio wallets.  We also discuss alternative names for the (likely PG-13) fifth Die Hard film, A Good Day to Die Hard!  (59:36)

In the news…  (2:32:09)

  • Hot Dog flinging Drive fan attacks Tiger Woods!
  • Another intelligent Drive fan seeks justice for false advertising!
  • Michael Myers, hard up on cash, may return to Halloween for just $500!
  • We’ve seen the new Avengers Trailer!
  • Fantastic British film Attack The Block to be remade, converted from English to…English??
  • Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones UNMASKED!!
  • Shawn Levy to make a new Pinocchio?  And 19 other films, apparently.
  • Superman is homeless and shredded!!
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