Going in, Hugh Jackman had already made it clear this would be his final ride as the iconic mutant, Wolverine. Spanning seventeen years and 10 appearances, Jackman has seen each of the highs and all of the lows (X-Men Origins anybody?). As such, Jackman sought a proper, emotional send-off to the role that made him a star. [Read more…]
By Rachel Porter Bullock
What to do with a random day off on a Tuesday? I took a nap, checked the drama that is Facebook, fed the cat, accidentally watched the last 30 minutes of “The View” (oh my God, does Whoopi look baaad!) and then briefly considered rearranging my sock drawer. However, considering rearranging my sock drawer would mean I would actually have to fold said socks, I decided to watch a movie instead.
Since I get every channel known to man, it shouldn’t have been that hard to pick a movie I hadn’t seen and wanted to see. But it was. I flipped thru every channel: Starz, HBO east, west, north, south, southeast, north by northwest, Cinamax, Momax, Reelz, Flix, Epix 1,2, & 3, well you get the picture. Nothing. If I hadn’t seen it, I didn’t wanna see it. None of those great, classic movies you wanna watch over and over, like Zombieland or Shaun of The Dead or Romy and Michelle or Bridges of Madison County or The Shining or Field of Dreams were to be found. So I found myself moving on up to the pay per view channels.
I settled on Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Why? It looked better than Kiss Ass 2, which was playing on 17 channels, that’s why. The movie is described as “a desperate father takes the law into his own hands after police fail to find two kidnapped girls.” Now I’m not a huge fan of kids-in-danger movies in the first place, but by the time I’d been watching this one for 15 minutes or so, I was hitting the “pause” button (and not just because I needed to vacuum). It was intensuhhhh. My tummy was literally in knots. It’s very mysterious the way the girls disappear without a trace since we don’t get to see the actual kidnapping. After I vacuumed the living room, I unpaused, and got hooked. [Read more…]
By Michael Conway
“Cowards die many times before their deaths,/The valiant never taste of death but once.” –Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar, 2.2.32-33
“Why’s” dominate The Wolverine, 20th Century Fox’s latest attempt to use Hugh Jackman as the ever popular X-Man to fund the company’s timeshare in Cabo. Why is this movie being made? See Cabo. Why was another solo movie about Wolverine produced? Oh, the first one sucked and see Cabo. Why is this movie set in Japan, heavily cast with Japanese actors, and intent on forcing me to read subtitles for 10 percent of the movie? Why to counteract a lukewarm reception at the American box office with robust international attendance, of which Japan plays an enormous role. And Cabo.
The international contingency plan was wise because Wolverine did underperform at the domestic box office, but still managed to recoup its investment via global ticket sales. To be kind, the movie is incredibly linear. Its story is not just uncomplicated but uninspired, as if the writers were about as enthused about this project as the superhero movie consuming public, who turned out in droves for Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel but mostly forgot Wolverine even existed. The plot twists are merely gentle banks along a well-lit highway, and its attempt to match Skyfall with a riveting fight scene atop a train falls very short. It’s not atrocious in the same sense that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was, but maybe only by comparison. I did not leave the theater regretting paying for a ticket, but I did wonder why anyone thought to bother with another iteration of Hugh Jackman wielding the famous claws. [Read more…]