X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Fast and Furious 7 PosterRelease Date: May 23, 2014

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Written by: Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage

Synopsis:

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Prometheus Weyland TED Talk

In film, we tend to focus on the underdogs and their struggles, but what about the big guys up at the top who make it so good to be bad? The largest, most evil corporations in film don’t give a damn about the little guys; they don’t really care about anything at all except money power, and staying successful no matter what it takes — or how many feet they need to trample. It’s time to celebrate that by featuring the best of the worst. Here are the most evil corporations in movies.

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Summer Movie Diaries

This February, Film School Rejects turned a gloriously unruly 8 years old. Which means for me that, including the time spent blogging elsewhere prior to starting FSR, I have been blogging the world of cinema for almost a decade. It’s the longest relationship I’ve ever had. And as the years go by and the grey hairs continue to sprout, I continue to learn new things about my own taste. In film, in companions, in life experiences. It has all changed not always drastically with time. I’ve also experienced changes in behavior. In the beginning, I got into this business for the free movies (there is no such thing as the much mythicized “movie blogger groupie,” so movies it is). But as my work with the site has evolved, especially in recent years, I’ve found myself missing out on all the movie-related fun. It’s not about seeing movies. It’s about spreadsheets, advertisers, more spreadsheets and finding creative ways to make sure we find the best writers on the web and pay them somewhat appropriately. There are other distractions. Living in the New Golden Age of Television certainly isn’t helping solidify my commitment to seeing many movies. Between catching up on great shows like Orphan Black and Fargo and reading, watching, blogging and podcasting about all things Game of Thrones, television is a relentless distraction. It’s about time that I issue cinema an apology: I’m sorry, movies, I’ve been neglecting you lately. I feel like that guy, we all know him, who […]

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Welcome to week five of our 2014 Summer Box-Office Challenge! Think of it as a summer-long contest for movie-lovers — you’ll make predictions and guesses as to which summer movies will rule the box-office each week, we award points and at the end of the contest the three top point-earners will each win a Blu-ray/DVD prize pack! First place will win ten (10) Blu-ray/DVD titles released throughout the coming summer, second place wins five (5) and third place wins two (2). We’ll have bonus questions each week as well to help bolster your point totals and keep you in the running. The box office estimates from this past weekend are a bit too close to call just yet — the rankings below will be updated this afternoon once the actuals come in — but the top two films won’t surprise anyone. Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past took first place with just over $90 million while Godzilla fell to second meaning everyone who played last week earns two points for the bonus question. Our player top five has finally gotten a bit of a shake-up too. Here are the current standings for our contest (with the understanding that they may chance once actuals come in later today). [UPDATE: The actuals show X-Men earning $90.8 million so these results are unchanged.] Chris B - 14 points Husain – 13 pts AKFilmfan – 11 pts Starkweather – 11 pts Spencer Connell – 8 pts And now it’s on to week five! Check out the challenge questions below and play along in the comments […]

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Days of Future Past Bishop

Obviously this post features a spoiler for the post-credits stinger following X-Men: Days of Future Past, so shield your eyes and don’t read further if you haven’t seen it or care. We’ve been down this road before. A superhero movie ends, the credits roll, a mysterious figure appears in a bonus scene and it’s a guy we’ve never seen before in this series. He has bluish or purplish skin and stands on a rock looking outward over what seems to be his domain. But this time it’s not Thanos — you learn about later in the car from your more comics-aware buddy, or by searching the Internet for a post such as this. At the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, beyond the acknowledgments of clips from past X-Men movies and the note that it was filmed in Montreal and the info on Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle,” which you jotted down in order to later download that track, we get to meet…

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Time Travel

What if you could go back in time and set your favorite shark-jumping movie franchise back on the right course? Which would you choose? How would you do it? Would it require Hugh Jackman getting naked and standing in front of a window? We tackle all of these questions on this week’s show as we try to right some cinematic wrongs, review X-Men: Days of Future Past in depth and dissect a famous scene from Back to the Future (see below) to figure out why it works so damned well. We’ve got time travel and changing history on our minds, so let us use our mutant powers on your ear drums so we can all head back to the 1970s. You might feel a pinch. Follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. Please review us on iTunes Download Episode #59 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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20th Century Fox

When we last left our mutant friends (in X-Men: First Class) they had just averted a third world war off the coast of Cuba, Professor X was paralyzed from the waist down and Magneto and his posse had teleported off to continue their fight against a fearful and prejudiced human species. X-Men: Days of Future Past picks up some years into the future as the end product of that war is revealed to be the impending extinction of mutants worldwide at the “hands” of giant, adaptive robots called Sentinels. X-Men old and new are dropping dead, and a last ditch plan is formulated to send Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness into the past to prevent an assassination widely regarded as the trigger behind the Sentinels’ creation. Director Bryan Singer has been on a bit of a bumpy road with his last few films, from the underwhelming Superman Returns to the under-appreciated Valkyrie to the joke that is Jack the Giant Slayer, but after starting the X-Men film franchise fourteen years ago he’s finally returned to the mutant fold. And perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s the best X-Men film since the last one he directed.

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Bad titles aren’t a big deal. You can have a bad title and still be a great movie. Just look at Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Or The Shawshank Redemption, which appears on as many lists of the worst titles of all time as lists of the greatest movies of all time. Typically, though, a bad title is assigned to a bad movie. It’s not really a coincidence, either, as a bad title is a good sign of a bad production overall. It’s a first impression of a total failure on all creative levels. So, when we see a title like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s good reason to think there’s trouble brewing with that movie. It’s not just worthy of snark and parody (although I am proud of my “Dawn of Buford T. Justice” gag). Titles of franchise installments have been getting out of hand for years, and it’s always fun to ridicule something that’s basically a double colon title (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) or a name that doesn’t really make a lot of sense (Quantum of Solace and Star Trek Into Darkness). But this latest offender isn’t just bad. It’s a representation of all that’s wrong with comic book movies right now.

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Flash Gordon

On this week’s episode, in honor of the upcoming X-Men flick, Cargill and I mount our own exploration into alternate timelines as part of a new recurring series we’ve dubbed Movies of Future Past. For the inaugural foray, we imagine a universe in which George Lucas had actually acquired the rights to Flash Gordon and made that his 1977 sci-fi opus instead of Star Wars. It’s one of cinema’s most intriguing What If’s. Heck, as it stands, Lucas’ fascination with the Flash Gordon serials of the ’30s actually ended up informing so much of what Star Wars became. But that’s in this dimension, where history books have facts and whatnot. It’s far more entertaining to travel to other timelines where we’re confined only to the limits of our wild speculations!!! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #12 Directly

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summermovieprediction_wk4

Welcome to week four of our 2014 Summer Box-Office Challenge! Think of it as a summer-long contest for movie-lovers — you’ll make predictions and guesses as to which summer movies will rule the box-office each week, we award points and at the end of the contest the three top point-earners will each win a Blu-ray/DVD prize pack! First place will win ten (10) Blu-ray/DVD titles released throughout the coming summer, second place wins five (5) and third place wins two (2). We’ll have bonus questions each week as well to help bolster your point totals and keep you in the running. The box office actuals from this past weekend unsurprisingly put Godzilla at #1, but his arrival hasn’t altered our own #1 and #2 as Husain and AKFilmfan retain their top spots. The remaining three positions have been shaken up a bit though by some newcomers. Godzilla took in $93.19 million this weekend while Million Dollar Arm failed to beat Trouble With the Curve taking in less than that film’s $12.2m opening weekend. Here are the current standings for our contest. Husain – 11 points AKFilmfan – 9 pts Starkweather – 9 pts Spencer Connell – 6 pts Thomas McCallum – 6 pts And now it’s on to week four! Check out the challenge questions below and play along in the comments section.

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James McAvoy in Filth

Don’t let the bland, bloated, and messy The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fool you, this May is chock full of quality releases to start the summer off right with. While one would be better off seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier again this weekend for  a comic book sequel done right, there’s plenty of movies following The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s release that promise a good season for movie-going. One of those movies may or may not be A Million Ways to Die in the West. That film likely won’t change anyone’s mind, for better or worse, on Seth MacFarlane. It will be interesting to see if his fans have any interest seeing him in his live-action work, though. He’s a talented vocal actor, but does he have the chops for a live-action performance? The trailers indicate not, but maybe this super expensive comedy will surprise us skeptics. Before we see those 2 hours of “isn’t the old west crazy?!” joke play out, there are 10 releases not to miss this May before MacFarlane’s film arrives at the end of the month. Here are the must see movies of May 2014:

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The Guardians of the Galaxy

The summer season may not be the best time of year for film, but it’s usually the most exciting. 2014′s blockbusting period starts this coming Friday with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Unsurprisingly, that will be the first and last mention of the film on this list of our most anticipated summer movies. We polled the staff and tallied the votes to determine the ten summer movies we’re most excited about this year, and while some of the results are expected one or two surprises made (or missed) the list, too. Some of the films that came close to making the list but not close enough include the long-awaited adaptation The Giver, the animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, Disney’s Maleficent and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up A Million Ways to Die in the West. A title that not a single one us picked as one of most anticipated? Transformers: Age of Extinction. I mean seriously… someone even picked Sin City 2 over Michael Bay’s latest. Keep reading to see the ten films that we’re most looking forward to this summer.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

If the main creative issue with superhero movies is figuring out how to make them bigger and more bombastic, Bryan Singer and his mutant friends seem to have found solutions for X-Men: Days of Future Past. At the very least they’ve given sufficient ammo to the trailer editors, because the world they’re portraying is a massive one. Sentinel armies, time travelling jumps, Magneto’s famous hatred of baseball stadiums. Everything is offered a chance to be pumped full of BGH. Check it out for yourself:

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Time and evolution are two perfect concepts for X-Men: Days of Future Past to explore, not only because we get to see how a franchise has shifted 14 years after its modern debut, but also because we’ve now spent half a century with these characters. On that first front, it’s especially important that Bryan Singer has returned to reclaim his directorial authority. A kind of full circle that promises to keep spinning . On the second front, it’s amazing to see how fresh and young these 50-year-old mutants really are. The second full trailer for the film seeks a balance of those characters — showing off all the major players and some incredibly tall, robot bad guys.

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There was once a time when superhero movies weren’t scheduled a decade in advance. That time is gone forever. Now, you wanna make a movie where a guy in a cape punches another guy who’s probably also wearing a cape, you schedule that thing out years in advance. And Fox would very much like to continue making movies about cape-adorned man punches (and, on rare occasions, cape-adorned woman punches), so they’ve submitted their future schedule for all to see. Via the Twitter of BoxOffice.com, we now know when each of Fox’s various Marvel movies will debut, all the way through 2018. Here’s what their full superhero slate looks like: X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 23, 2014 Fantastic Four – June 19, 2015 X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27, 2016 Untitled Wolverine Film – March 3, 2017 Fantastic Four 2 – July 14, 2017 Untitled Fox/Marvel Film – July 13, 2018

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The holiday season is finally upon us. A time to reflect on days gone by and days yet to come. A time spend with friends and loved ones. A time to scream yourself hoarse at a computer screen because an X-Man is being left out X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although I guess “X-Woman” is a little more accurate, technically speaking, because the character getting the boot is Anna Paquin‘s Rogue. Director Bryan Singer recently revealed to EW that an action sequence featuring Paquin and a few of her X-cohorts has been cut from the film (Singer explains it in less-than-thrilling terms: “Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous”). Yet this particular chunk of celluloid made up the entirety of Paquin’s role in Days of Future Past, so with a flash and a puff of smoke, she’ll disappear completely from the finished film.

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The Bent Bullet

Fifty years after his assassination, the circumstances behind the death of President John F. Kennedy has yet another conspiracy theory that can be added to the pile thanks to Bryan Singer and the gang behind X-Men: Days of Future Past. Forget a second shooter or even Lee Harvey Oswald’s true guilt: a new viral video and website entitled The Bent Bullet claims that Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender), is the man behind Kennedy’s murder back in 1963. The Warren Commission determined, after placing Magneto at the Grassy Knoll, that he bent the trajectory of Oswald’s bullets and manipulated the assassination, making him the true killer. While it might be easy to implicate the mutant for the crime, the report suggests that maybe it was too easy — making Magneto a patsy in a time where a nation was struggling to find someone, anyone to blame for the assassination, and already experienced a deep-seated fear and prejudice toward those with mutant abilities. Could it be that Magneto was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, or did he really kill JFK?

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Yesterday the long-awaited trailer for Bryan Singer’s upcoming, time travel heavy melding of Fox’s two X-Men franchises, X-Men: Days of Future Past, finally hit, and while it didn’t include the money shot of a full-sized Sentinel in action that many fans were hoping for (likely because they’re too early in the effects process to have much to show off), it did include such a cornucopia of new characters, old characters, and dramatic moments that it was enough to get most fans of the property salivating at the idea of finally getting to see the movie. People who aren’t X-Men freaks, who haven’t been following all of the casting reports and who haven’t read the comic book source material that this story is being based off of, could have been a little bit confused watching what we were given yesterday though. Who are all of these new characters? How are mutants from the original trilogy interacting with characters from the First Class film, which took place in the 60s? And, perhaps most importantly, what’s up with old Magneto and old Professor X wearing those goofy outfits and hanging out in a location that looks like it’s right out of Stargate? MTV News got Singer on the phone to explain some of what we see in the new trailer, and then they helpfully laid his comments on top of the footage, creating a sort of trailer commentary track. If you found yourself feeling like you were somewhat in the dark while watching […]

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X-Men Days of Future Past Trask

X-Men: First Class was a genuine shock — not because of the people involved or the story they chose, but because Fox managed to get out of its own way to deliver a solid comic book movie. X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006 had been cringe-worthy, they’d punted on X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, and going back in time for a prequel seemed desperate. Fortunately, the clean slate worked. The anticipation leading to X-Men: Days of Future Past is now completely different. No longer the slumping underdog, Xavier’s gifted students are coming off a hell of an introduction, and the latest Wolverine-focused installment was a success at the box office, while 5/6ths of it was a triumph of storytelling. Bringing in old faces like Ellen Page and Hugh Jackman alongside new players like Peter Dinklage to share time with Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy is a potent power play that has stacked the cast being led by director Bryan Singer. It’s still only potential at this point, though. This was a massive undertaking, so the question still looms large as to whether they’ve pulled off a difficult, fan-loved story, but the first full trailer might just have an answer:

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If the Instagram teaser teaser weren’t enough X-Men: Days of Future Past for you to sink your teeth into, Entertainment Weekly has a new crop of photos from the time traveling mutant flick that might provide a better look at what’s to come. Though there’s still no real sign of mutant on Sentinel action to be seen, we do get to see some of the characters wearing funky seventies attire. I know you’re not convinced that this is a comparable stand-in, but that’s only because you haven’t seen Peter Dinklage with a mustache yet. As Dr. Bolivar Trask, Dinklage is working the full handlebar paired with one of the putrid brown suits that seem to be so popular in that era, and he’s killing it. Another image depicts Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) doing something futuristic as they descend a staircase, while their ’70s counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender spend some quality time staring intently at something in the distance with Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in a different photo. Jennifer Lawrence also makes an appearance in her full Mystique regalia, which while  beautiful and highly impressive, I hate to say is also looking a little puff paint-y.

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