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Which Redhead Reigns Supreme?

If you haven’t noticed there’s been a lot of redheads in movies lately. And I don’t mean natural gingers like Jessica Chastain or Amy Adams. I’m talking about actresses wearing red wigs to match their red-headed characters. It’s an interesting trend that has only grown since Aquaman introduced the fearsome warrior princess Mera (or as I like to call her, Warrior Ariel) to the superhero world.

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And don’t even get me started about Serinda Swan’s nightmarish rendition of the red-haired Medusa on the awful ABC mini-series, Inhumans.

When it comes to female superheroes and red wigs there’s a quality grade to each hairstyle, and clearly Jean Grey, Mystique, Mera, and Black Widow sport the red-haired look in the best ways. So, on that note, let’s take a closer look at these hairstyles and determine who is Queen of the Red Wigs. Enjoy! Continue reading Which Redhead Reigns Supreme?

A Movie Ranking: Hugh Jackman

If you had told me just last year that Hugh Jackman would become one of my favorite actors I would’ve laughed. Well, here we are. After watching more of the X-Men movies I began to like him a little bit more but it wasn’t until I saw him in other films that I realized how talented he really was. So, on that note, I decided to make him the actor I would highlight him in this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!

9. X-Men: Apocalypse

Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Ben Hardy in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

No, this isn’t the worst superhero movie I’ve seen but it’s nowhere near the best either. With a solid first half, I was actually enjoying this film but it was the lackluster second half that brought the film to a searing crash. And Hugh Jackman’s cameo as Wolverine is one of the most ridiculous cameos that I’ve seen. I get it. We’re supposed to figure out what happened to him after X-Men: Days of Future Past but still…yikes it’s bad.

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I Love Cool Posters!

Movie posters. Sometimes it’s a movie poster that can get you the most excited about a new film. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a fun installment in the X-Men franchise because it features not only the old versions of Professor X and Magneto but their young versions as well and, to my great relief, the casting for the younger versions actually is pretty accurate.

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy bring their own flavor to the roles, providing a deeper insight into these characters who are seen as either a mentor (in Charles’ case) or the classic villain (Erik) in the earlier X-Men films. If you ever wondered if Fassbender or McAvoy were the perfect choice for these characters these posters say it all. Continue reading I Love Cool Posters!

A Movie Ranking: Jennifer Lawrence

For years I knew who Jennifer Lawrence was simply because I kept seeing the Hunger Games movies come out. The first movie I actually ever saw her in was X-Men: Days of Future Past where she plays the character Raven/Mystique. To be honest, I don’t think she’s that great of an actress even though she has managed to nab an Oscar for her performance in the film Silver Linings Playbook. All of her roles feel memorable but somewhat one-dimensional. She doesn’t capture my attention like Jessica Chastain or Anne Hathaway. She’s just…there playing a tough heroine who you want to root for.

However, I thought it would be fun to highlight her for this week’s A Movie Ranking.

6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Wikipedia

I really, really enjoyed the first Hunger Games film. I mean, I was riveted. Its sequel disappointed me big time. While the story could’ve easily gotten better it lost steam once the all-star version of The Hunger Games started, devolving into a storyline that I found to be extremely boring. And Katniss lost steam for me as well. It became more of a romance film than a riveting movie. By the conclusion, I was not enticed to watch the next two films.

5. X-Men: First Class

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Maybe it was because I entered this movie late…nah, this movie is pretty so-so. The big battle at the end had HORRIBLE CGI and was so bad, in fact, that I couldn’t finish it. Maybe it’s the origin stories of the characters that make X-Men fans like this movie so much (or maybe it’s all of the hot ladies with their skimpy clothing.) All in all, not a fan.

And who did the makeup in this movie?! Mystique looks ridiculous. I’m so glad they fixed her because I could just not get into her character with her looking so fake in the blue prosthetics and cheap-looking red wig.

4. X-Men: Apocalypse

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Not bad…but the final act was what brought the film’s quality down big-time. And honestly, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse was a very bad idea. He was less menacing than Ronin in Guardians of the Galaxy and that’s saying something.

Jennifer Lawrence delivered yet again another one-dimensional performance. There were no standout moments, no tear-jerking scenes, just classic Raven/Mystique being classic Raven/Mystique.

3. The Hunger Games

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This first movie was REALLY good. It felt like the proper beginning of a well-adapted YA series. The story was riveting, the characters were intriguing, the actual Hunger Games were anything but boring, it was very, very good. And Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen felt like that bad*** YA heroine you’ve always wanted to see on the big screen. I rushed to the sequel expecting something just as great. Gosh, Catching Fire was underwhelming. 😢

2. X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Once again, Jennifer Lawrence delivered a very one-note performance as Mystique. There is never any depth, never any moments that stand out and make the viewer say, “Wow, this lady can act.” Unless you want to give her bonus acting points for a painful-looking death scene. But anyone can act short of breath and die with their head tilted and eyes wide open.

However, it is her death that adds that bit of depth to this film that makes the story somewhat riveting. Honestly, I don’t know why people hate this movie so much. I’ve seen it twice now and am totally up for a third viewing whenever it comes on again. I like it…what can I tell you.

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Once again, I feel like Jennifer Lawrence delivers a very forgettable performance as Mystique in this film. Does the character have the best storyline of the recent X-Men films? Absolutely! But it is not her that carries this film…unless of course, you’re there to drool over Mystique’s various looks, blue or otherwise.

However, who does manage to carry this movie is the always impressive performance by Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Michael Fassbender’s mindblowing portrayal of Magneto, and James McAvoy’s definitely best performance as Professor X. They make this movie interesting and a sheer pleasure to watch.

So there’s my movie ranking. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

 

Ranking the ‘X-Men’ Films That I Have Seen

The X-Men are really cool and over the last few years, I’ve begun to actually get involved in the story of these characters. Today, I’m going to share my ranking of the X-Men movies I’ve seen so far.

5. X-Men: First Class

Kevin Bacon, Jason Flemyng, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence, and Zoë Kravitz in X: First Class (2011)

I’ve seen enough of this movie to know it is really bad. The CGI is so horrible I thought it was made in 2009. Not 2011! The prosthetics for Mystique and Beast are atrocious compared to the sequels and Kevin Bacon does not make a convincing villain. Continue reading Ranking the ‘X-Men’ Films That I Have Seen

Which Redhead Reigns Supreme?

If you haven’t noticed there’s been a lot of redheads in movies lately. And I don’t mean natural gingers like Jessica Chastain or Amy Adams. I’m talking about actresses wearing red wigs to match their red-headed characters. It’s an interesting trend that has only grown since Aquaman introduced the fearsome warrior princess Mera (or as I like to call her, Warrior Ariel) to the superhero world.

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And don’t even get me started about Serinda Swan’s nightmarish rendition of the red-haired Medusa on the awful ABC mini-series, Inhumans.

When it comes to female superheroes and red wigs there’s a quality grade to each hairstyle, and clearly Jean Grey, Mystique, Mera, and Black Widow sport the red-haired look in the best ways. So, on that note, let’s take a closer look at these hairstyles and determine who is Queen of the Red Wigs. Enjoy! Continue reading Which Redhead Reigns Supreme?