Firestarter (1980) – Stephen King

It was going to happen sooner or later, I came across a Stephen King that really didn’t do it for me. There’s an idea at the core that I really enjoy, but it felt like King wasn’t exactly sure he wanted to go completely dark, in his telling of this tale. Little Charlie McGee is…

Maximum Ride (2016) -Jay Martin

James Patterson’s young adult novel series, Maximum Ride, takes flight cimematically this week from Paramount Pictures. I read the first book when it came out in 2005. It was fun, engaging. Patterson is a very entertaining and imaginative writer, and Max seemed perfectly suited for exploration in other media. The downside to this big screen…

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – Bryan Singer

  There’s probably a good, or at least a passable story somewhere amongst the mutants, Singer as a director has done some nice work with Marvel’s X-Men franchise in the past, but this time, it just feels like too much flash, and no substance. To say the visual effects super-saturate this film is an understatement….

X-Men: First Class (2011) – Matthew Vaughn

  Sometimes to go forward, you need to go back, as we learn in the next X-Men film as I journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Continuing its cue of using great actors, Vaughn recasts the characters we’ve already been introduced to as we go back to 1962 and the height of the Cuban Missile…

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – Gavin Hood

  Hugh Jackman returns as iconic mutant Logan aka Wolverine in Fox’s next stumble and mishandling of a Marvel franchise, as I continue my journey with the X-men in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. While there are some nice visuals, and moments, overall everything about this film falls flat, and one of the things that angered…

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – Brett Ratner

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues its travels with the X-men, but this time around the mutants aren’t guided by the sure directorial hand of Bryan Singer. Taking the helm this time around is Brett Ratner, and you can tell from the off that it doesn’t have the same emotional depth, or action beats that…

X2: X-Men United (2003) – Bryan Singer

  From apes, I move onto mutants with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Having previously covered X-Men for the blog, I leapt ahead to X2. Picking up a few months after the ending of the first film, director Bryan Singer expands on the world he helped bring to the screen in the previous film. This time…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011) – Ransom Riggs

I’d been looking at this book for a while before I actually finally broke and purchased it. I flew through it, this one was totally engaging, and I loved every minute of it. It combines a fun, time-travelling adventure story, some creepy characters, and some vintage photographs. When things take a turn for the tragic…

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – Bryan Singer

The X-Men are back! After the less than stellar Wolverine spin-offs and the horrendous X3, it’s good to see Fox actually giving the Marvel property some respect, viewers and critics know it can work when it’s given the proper time and attention, as illustrated by X-Men: First Class, as well as the first two films….

Trailer Tracks: X-Men (2000) – Bryan Singer

I’m off to see the new X-Men this evening, and thought today would be an ideal day to look back at the original trailer… Seeing it now, it feels overly long, and shows way too much…

Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) – Anthony & Joe Russo

Marvel titles just keep coming! And this entry into the Marvel-evrse shows that the world and its characters¬†are continuing to grow, and that, as of yet, the studios aren’t sacrificing story for spectacle. Chris Evans returns as super-soldier Steve Rogers in his first solo mission (that we’ve seen) since the events in New York depicted…

X-Men (2000) – Bryan Singer

  The 101 Action Movies returns to the comic book genre with this great flick by Bryan Singer. Featuring an all-star cast the legendary and iconic X-Men characters made an incredibly successful jump to the big screen. I remember when I first saw this one, my friend Dennis was very eager to see it, he’d…