There are great movies that are currently out (the first that comes to mind is The Grand Budapest Hotel), some interesting movies coming out soon (the first chunk of Nymphomaniac starts in Portland on Friday; we'll have a review later this week), and this summer isn't looking too shabby either, with a slate of blockbusters that look to be significantly better than the usual multiplex pabulum. (Godzilla and Captain America 2 come to mind, but I'm also pretty sure everyone who saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes is also looking forward to some more self-righteous monkeys.) Entering into the blockbuster fray is the latest X-Men movie, the latest in an endless stream of X-movies that Fox has to keep cranking out like clockwork, lest the merry mutants' film rights revert to Marvel.
This one brings back Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Mens before going on to make such illustrious fare as the Jack and the Beanstalk movie nobody saw and the Superman reboot nobody remembers. I genuinely like both of Singer's X-Men movies (not to mention The Usual Suspects), but I'm getting a weird sense of... time travel with X-Men: Days of Future Past. And not only because the movie itself deals with time travel—I mean that, thanks to both Marvel and Christopher Nolan, superhero movies have have evolved considerably since Singer's first X-Men, and very much for the better. As far as I can tell, this (enormously expensive!) X-Men seems to not be offering much that's new, but instead a whole lot of old. On the other hand, it does have Peter Dinklage, and I'd love to be surprised by this—it'd be great to have a halfway entertaining X-Men movie for the first time since, what, 2003? WE SHALL SEE.
Also today all i'm going to be shouting in the Mercury office is "I DON'T WANT YOUR FYOO-CHAH," so heads up, lucky coworkers.