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    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer
    Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker
    Screenplay by Simon Kinberg
    Story by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, 
    Jane Goldman
    Based on Days of Future Past by 
    Chris Claremont and John Byrne
    Directed by Bryan Singer
    Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, 
    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, 
    Ellen Page. Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, 
    Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, 
    Evan Peters, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Booboo Stewart, 
    Josh Helman, Lucas Till, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart

    Director Bryan Singer is back for an epic cross-time caper with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The latest Marvel Comics summer blockbuster merges the casts of the previous X-Men films and offers a glimpse at a not-so pleasant future.

    Drawing inspiration from the comic book storyline of the same namemutants in the future are forced to wear inhibitor collars or fear being eliminated by robotic Sentinels.

    There are differences in the stories, however.

    The movie doesn’t take direct cues from the famous storyline, rather it deftly adapts plot points from each of the other X-Men movies (Including Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 X-Men: First Class) to weave in and out of possible timelines. Are you a fan of Doctor Who and The Wolverine?

    Singer delivers with this all-star cast and intelligent storytelling.

    The movie opens on the future, as Bishop (Omar Sy), Blink (Fan Bingbing), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Kitty (Ellen Page) and Ice Man (Shawn Ashmore) fight off Sentinels. Our new brand of Sentinels are unlike any you have seen in the comics, more T-1000 than robot, with the ability to change form to fight the mutant enemy.

    Before long, we’re treated to a meet up in China where surviving X-Men meet up with the old guard of X-Men: Storm, Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto. Actors Barry, Jackman, Stewart and McKellen are of course all reprising their signature X-Men roles. 

    Divergent from the comic storyline, Kitty has a new skill whereby she is able to send someone’s consciousness back into the past (reserved in the comics for Rachel Summers). In order to escape their current fate, someone must go back in time to stop the Sentinels from being invented. Wolverine takes Kitty’s place this time because of his healing factor and the fact that he doesn’t look all that different! 




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    “To me, it’s all one story. Because life is a single story” 

    — Chris Claremont

    To prepare for the cross-time caper that is Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, we were treated to a preview of Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men. The documentary produced by Patrick Meaney forRespect! Films and the Sequart Research & Literacy Organization includes  interviews with Chris Claremont, and other instrumental professionals involved in the Claremont Era of X-Men including Len Wein, Louise Simonson, Ann Nocenti and Jim Shooter. 

    After Stan and Jack’s X-Men run, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams attempted to revive the book before it devolved into reprints and remained a essentially a third tier book.  May 1975’s Giant Size X-Men #1 was the shot in the arm the series needed to continue to prosper.

    Written by Len Wein and drawn by Dave Cockrum, the success of the book prompted a renewal of sorts with former Marvel intern Chris Claremont starting writing chores on the book in August of 1975.

    The new international team of mutants would have their life stories told by Claremont, Cockrum, John Byrne and Terry Austin for years to come. 




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    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for May 21, 2014


    Rise of the Magi #1 is a story of Asa, who controls the gates between our world and his where magic rules the land. Written by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri - this “Harry Potter meets The Usual Suspects” is sure to be a hit! … The Flash trailer has everyone running around like crazy and with the drug the help of a drug in MPH #1 from Mark Millar, teens in Detroit are using it to collect loot! … Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman invades Invincible in issue #111. Things are getting DARK in Mark Grayson’s world thanks to Robot! … Picks this week from


    CHEF (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Jon Favreau, Karen Gilchrist, Sergei Bespalov
    Written and Directed by Jon Favreau
    Starring Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, 
    Scarlett JohanssonOliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, 
    Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr.

    Triple threat Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man) writes, directs and stars in this delightful family friendly comedy about a chef that redefines himself through his cooking, and his relationship to his son after being torn apart by a popular food blogger.

    Guest starring half of the cast of Iron Man 2 (Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey, Jr.), plus other on-screen heavyweights John Leguizamo,Dustin Hoffman and Oliver PlattChef is a story about how people touch other people’s hearts with their food.

    When food blogger Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) descends on Chef Carl Casper’s (Jon Favreau) restaurant, he’s expecting to be wowed like he was in Miami years ago when he saw the young chef in his element.

    Now the years have gone by, Carl’s still a great chef with innovative ideas but is held back by ‘playing the hits’ at Riva’s (Hoffman) restaurant.

    The food isn’t all that’s changed.  Carl has a young son Percy (young talent Emjay Anthony) with his ex-wife Inez, the gorgeous Sofía Vergara. Carl keeps Percy at arms-length as he struggles to keep his kitchen together and his pride, working for Riva at the expense of his creativity.

    Riva’s hostess Molly (Johansson) and Carl spend time smoking behind the bar, as kitchen workers do, and hint at a flirty romance that you spend the whole movie wondering what will happen between the two. Chef parlays this into him simply making her a pesto instead of taking it further at one key scene in the movie before movie takes a shot at a redemption story.


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    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, 
    Mary Parent, Brian Rogers
    Screenplay by Max Borenstein
    Story by David Callaham
    Based on Godzilla by Toho
    Directed by Gareth Edwards
    Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, 
    Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, 
    Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston

    Oh no, they say he’s got to go go go Godzilla!

    — Blue Öyster Cult

    With fans screaming in anticipation for the kaiju as equally as for the return of Bryan Cranston since the end of Breaking Bad, 2014’s Godzilla delivers all of that and more.

    Is it time to relegate the 1998 film to the archives and stop complaining about it like oh so much Burton’s Planet of the Apes?

    The answer is yes!

    Let Pacific Rim be your ersatz prequel for this summer giant monster movie that digs deep into the Toho Co. archives for meaning behind Godzilla’s motivations and where he ranks on the good monster vs. bad monster scale.

    Is he better thank Neutral Good? You will need to get out and see Godzilla vs. M.U.T.O. to judge for yourself!

    Bryan Cranston stars as Joe Brody, an American scientist living in Japan with his wife and young son Ford (CJ Adams). When testing seismic readings, he discovers an anomaly and heads to the nuclear power plant where he works with his wife, Sandra (Juliette Binoche).

    An accident befalls the plant, with tragic loss of life, and then the scene jumps to ten years later.

    Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has joined the Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialist and has just returned to his wife Ellie (Elizabeth Olsen) and son Sam. A call from Japanese police confirm that his dad Joe has been arrested for trespassing.

    On a recon mission, we discover that Joe’s suspicions about a resurgence of the same readings from that fateful day have occurred. It is not too long after we discover that our new monster, the first to appear in the film, M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) is feeding off of the radiation on in the plant to gain power. Many policemen in hardhats scurry as M.U.T.O. rips through high tension wires meant to contain the creature! And we’re off!



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