Odd: Xavier Institute for Higher Learning In Real Life
Xavier Institute for Higher Learning Meet Your British Counterpart. A Ribble Valley businessman put in a bid to buy the Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.
His intentions is to open up a school or retreat for the psychically gifted.
“It has always been one of my ambitions to open a psychic retreat somewhere and this would work on several fronts.
It will be somewhere where psychics can go to meet like-minded people, to further their interests and develop their psychic senses.” He said.
Why Wolverine’s Claws Might Not Be a Good Idea
The brilliantly funny people over at college humor does it again. I laughed so hard at this more reality based look at Wolverine’s powers. I love superhero stuff especially the X-Men. In the comic they had the common sense to put in the blood that would inevitably occur when Wolverine sheds his claws. This is, as expected, one of the major problems with the latest catastrophe (I just can’t call it an). For those of you unfortunate enough to have watched it you can now get come catharsis with this video.
The premise is a couple of guys save up to go through a medical procedure to get Wolverine’s mutant powers. They saved up all the money they could but unfortunately find out that the costs of the procedure will be double since Wolverine has two mutant powers adamantium claws and mutant healing. Which one will they choose? Watch the video above.
Review: X-Men Origins Wolverine
Overall Rating: 1 (that is out of 10) X-Men Origins: Wolverine is an atrocious X-men film and a horrible movie. If you are an X-Men fan please do not watch this movie it may bring out your inner Hulk. For those of you looking for at least a good action movie you too will be disappointed. It even failed to deliver an exciting action movie opening with 10 minutes of awkward action coupled with another 20 min of action which sags terribly in the middle only to pick up when gambit arrives and then deliver an ending that is less exciting then watching a drunken bar brawl. Please, I implore you do not torture yourself by watching X-men Origins Wolverine go buy X-Men, Volume 1 or Wolverine: Weapon X and enjoy good X-men.
As a fan of X-men I will not list all of the inaccuracies here to keep from making this a multi-page review. Suffice it to say this movie failed to have have anything to do with the X-Men story or setting. It even conflicted with the previous X-Men movies. As a movie it was so terrible I will just discuss those failings.
This movie was nothing more then a series of poorly Knitted together scenes that were ripped off from other movies. To list some: Tomb Raider, There’s Something About Mary, Star Wars VI, Heroes, and the final fight scene with the boss was ripped poorly from Star Wars I. Dead Pool makes the same Darth Maul appearance then they copied the fight scene. Darth Maul fighting Qui-Gon Jinn only Qui-Gon and Maul can regenerate their stab wounds which gives enough time for Obi-Wan Kenobi to join the fight where they still cut Maul in 1/2 and he falls down into a hole.
Another glaring issue of this movie is that it somehow showed too much with out showing enough. Imagine a naked Hugh Jackman with full frontal that is Ken dolled… really, why not position the camera to avoid the full frontal or give Mr Jackman the balls to pull off the scene. How about up close shots of the claws ripping out of Wolverine’s skin and no blood, not even stained skin. The list goes on.
- Gambit was ok, not great but ok
- Jen looked neat
- Dead Pool was good in a short scene toward the beginning of the movie. (unfortunately the rest he sucked in)
Dislikes / Concerns
- Failed to have anything to do with the X-Men story or setting
- Failed to deliver exciting action
- Failed to even be consistent within the previous X-Men movies
- The majority of the scenes were poorly stolen from other movies
- The effects sucked: they were poorly composited, looked fake, and had proportion issues
- The pace sucked and was exacerbated by the poor transitions between the drama movie slapped into the middle of the action movie.
- The setting had many issues that shattered the illusion: the scene of the secret base in Canada, even the tree types were in conflict.
- The acting was atrocious especially the issues of accents: Gambit could not keep a consistent accent and did not sound very Cajun at best. I also need clarifying: The Canadian lumberjacks had a deep south redneck accent I don’t believe this is right. If your Canadian would you help clarify this for me in the comments?
- The Visuals showed too much and too little at the same time.
- Ken Dolled Hugh Jackman
- The majority of the characters were flat, inaccurate, or superfluous
- Failed to have a consistent or believable tension between Sabertooth and Wolverine.
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A video look at X-Men Origins: Wolverine
This series of three one minute videos gives us a better look at what the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine is about. The movie will open May 1, 2009. Watch all three videos below.
Watching the first video confirms my concern that the movie is not too concerned with being true to the comic history of Wolverine and his relationships. To their credit it looks like they will show a pivotal event in Wolverine’s past but with key changes. I do like that they are going to keep his bone claws in though :)
The second spot titled brothers shows Sabretooth and Wolverine’s relationship as they go through a lot of the major wars in the last 100 years. They hint at the reason for the feud between Sabretooth and Wolverine which is a deviation from the comic history. The reason in the comic was so compelling so the deviation gives me concern that the feud in the movie will not come close to being compelling enough.
The third spot Legends is a summery of the conflict that will drive the rest of the movie. Unfortunately the main conflict appears to be weak and by far when compared to the comics. There are a lot of over the top action sequences which kind of board me. I wondered if I finally got desensitized to the action but I think it may be just the trailer.
I’m not going to trash the movie based on these promotions. It really appears that this movie might be really bad but I will hold off until I can see it in the context of the movie. Yikes very Yikes, I love Wolverine and X-men and I’m not excited about this movie.
Sometimes X-Teasing Can Be Annoying
It's confession time, I really want to like this movie. I love the story of the X-Men and my personal history with the setting and characters go back over a decade...
I would not characterize my self as a fan because I have not read all of the comics- but I am an enthusiast and could hold my own in a conversation with a hardcore fan.
That having been said, I have a tremendous amount of concern over this film. The last one really let me down. How in the hell can anyone screw up a cool storyline and character like Phoenix. I don't know... but I digress.
The picture looks cool though and from the little bit of info revealed in the USA Toady article this story will cover-
- Wolverine's surgery where the adamantium skeleton and claws were added to his person
- His relationship and origins of the feud with Sabretooth
- and maybe some of the other Weapon X creations.
Will they cover???
- Logan's youth and the tragic incidents around discovering some of his powers (bone claws)?
- The fact that he is over a hundred years old?
- His time in world war one and two?
- His lost lime in Japan?
Time will tell.