Hugh Jackman and the Modern Cinematic Superhero

It was the summer of 2000.  I was just eighteen years old and on a two week trip with my high school Youth Group.  We piled into the church van and drove across country to Yellowstone, hiking every day and camping every night.  I saw some majestic sights.  I bought a literal sword (a rapier) in the “bargain cave” at a Cabella’s.  It was awesome!  As this adventure was unfolding, Bryan Singer’s X-Men was opening at movie theatres across the country.  With it, Hugh Jackman would usher in the age of the modern cinematic superhero with his iconic turn as Wolverine (it killed me that I couldn’t see it opening night, regardless of an awesome trip).  With Logan coming out this weekend I felt I had to offer my humble tribute to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.  Continue reading

From ‘X-Men’ to ‘Apocalypse’: A Look at Mutant Movies

I got home from seeing the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, about an hour ago.  I haven’t really written a straight review of anything before (and this doesn’t qualify as one anyway), but given the fact that I’ve turned myself into a little newbie comic blogger I felt the siren song of the Internet calling for my opinions.  So here they are, my immediate thoughts on X-Men: Apocalypse (presented, spoiler-free!), the X-Men film series as a whole, and a bit on comic book movies in general. Continue reading