Welcome to Now Playing's X-Men Movie Retrospective Series! With the upcoming release of X-Men First Class, Now Playing hosts Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as we look back on all the X-Men films from Generation X to Wolverine, ending with First Class! This is one school with classes you don't want to skip, so listen now!
This show description is guest written by Deadpool.
You know who's big? I am! Not in that way, get your mind out of the gutter! (Okay, I'm big in that way too.) But my first movie was more popular than Jesus! So take that John Lennon!
But even with my healing factor I'm not immune to...performance anxiety. The dreaded sophomore slump can happen to anyone. I've got a second movie out and I pulled out the big guns. (Literally. Cable has a ginormous rifle. How does he hold that with those tiny hands?) But even with Cable and X-Force I'm worried-- will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think it's as good as the first one? I'm scared...why don't you listen now and let me know?
For eighteen years Hugh Jackman has played Logan - the popular X-Men hero also known as Wolverine. His first appearance in 2000's X-Men helped launch the modern age of cinematic superheros. But now, after playing Wolverine nine times Jackman is ready to hang up his claws. His planned final performance is in Logan -- a violent and dour film that reteams Jackman with The Wolverine director James Mangold. Did Jackman save the best Wolverine for last? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out!
Director Bryan Singer is back to take the X-Men to the '80s for a totally tubular fight against Apocalypse! The film debuts the fan-favorite mutant villain on film. It also features the return of classic movie X-Men Cyclops, Jean Gray, and Nightcrawler. Is the result boss or bunk? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!
This show description is guest written by Deadpool.
Oh, hello there! Deadpool here. It took ten years but I've finally got my own solo film! Now, I know I'm awesome, but even I'm shocked at how many box office records it broke. I have to give a lot of credit to the marketing, but the movie stars me, so it has to be awesome. The real question, though, is what Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob think. So whatever you're doing -- STOP! You need to just put your life on hold for the next 100 minutes and listen to this show to hear the guys review of my first movie!
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Marvel's Avengers film upped audience expectations by bringing four solo cinematic superheroes together for one explosive adventure. Now Fox tries to go one better by bringing two entire superteams together! The catch: they're both the X-Men. In X-Men: Days of Future Past the original X-Men and the First Class cast share the screen with a dozen new mutants to try and save their species from annihilation at the hands of giant robot sentinels. Does this giant cast lead to X-treme confusion or, in the hands of returning director Bryan Singer is this X-ceptional entertainment? Listen to Now Playing's review to find out!
Wolverine cannot be killed, and it seems neither can his film franchise. Despite tepid fan response to X-Men Origins: Wolverine a second solo film featuring Hugh Jackman was quickly put into production. With creative changes behind-the-scenes and a change to make The Wolverine a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand, it was released with the promise of being "The Wolverine film you've been waiting for." Does it live up to that hype? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart's latest X-Men movie review to find out as we bide our time until 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past!
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I’ve been listening to Now Playing since the beginning and the shows just get better and better.
Arnie, Jacob and Stewart have great viewpoints and opinions on the movies they revue, even making me see some movies in a new light.
They have a good time together discussing the movies and Arnie and Stewart have such a long friendship that it makes the banter all the better.
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Clueless PC Prattle
I started listening to the episode on the first X-Men movie. The first 15 minutes was spent on the prologue where young Erik Lehnsherr (later to become Magneto) is a prisoner at a Nazi death camp with his parents. In my opinion, it’s one of the best openings in a superhero movie. It is a tragically visceral scene that immediately gives insight, understanding, and sympathy for the eventual villain of the movie. It informs Magneto’s motives, sets up the Martin Luther King v Malcom X like struggle between Professor X and Magneto, and illuminates the irony that Erik, now as Magneto, has become the tyrant, the oppressor, and the butcherer of the innocent, much like the Nazi’s that killed his parents.
But the podcasters miss these points almost entirely and instead prattle “politically correct” nonsense about how it was disrespectful to the memory of the Holocaust. How is it disrespectful?! Do these podcasters understand the phrase “never forget”? We should never forget the Holocaust and the capacity of man’s evil toward one another, and having this in a superhero movie reminds even teenagers of this tragic reality.
The podcasters then move to the scene of the debate on mutant registration. They say that it didn’t seem very realistic in 2000, but is much more realistic now with the “tea party” movement. Once again, they are clueless. The tea party movement was about LIMITING government and its power. Sadly, the podcasters appear to be mere simpletons regurgitating pc propaganda, a cacophony of cymbal banging in a vacuous wind tunnel. At this point, I stopped the podcast to search for something more intelligent and entertaining.
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