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25 May 2014 @ 05:00 pm
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> I watched X Men: Days Of Future Past with the geek group yesterday. I think this is my favourite X Men film of the lot!

I had some concerns that it might turn out to be a sausage fest, especially with Logan being the one going back in time instead of Kitty like in the comics. And yes, it's Logan, young Charles, and Hank ganging up with young Eric and Quicksilver in the past whilst in the future Kitty is the one doing the work, but kind of in the background whilst Storm and Blink join the guys in defending their position, in admitedly excellent battle scenes, but it's the older Charles and Eric as the main focus. BUT. The whole storyline revolves around Raven/Mystique. The events in Cuba were ten years ago and in the meantime Raven has left both Charles and Eric to go her own path. If she takes her revenge, the future goes dark. Cue all the mens telling her what to do. BUT. Raven gets to make her own mind up. And also? If X Men First Class was Eric being James Bond this film is Raven being more Bond than Eric could ever be. Go Raven :)

In addition, we get a plot situated in history and a LOT of fantastic dialogue and humour. Most of which is lauhging at the boys. And an ending which wipes the awful that was X3 off the map. I laughed and smiled a lot during this film.

As for the extra credit scene, we had a hilarious chat with a guy who worked in the cinema about that, because he's watching everyone's reactions to it each time and greatly enjoying the WTF? that happens. The extra credit scene is a young Apocalypse scene. Which doesn't really have anything to do with anything apart from the fact that the next X Men film is Age of Apocalypse. And unless you can remember his original olde worlde name? Then you're like me and had to check after to see who the hell he was supposed to be.

...and now I have nostalgia for the X Men fandom.

> The other week I also watched Transcendence. Trailer here. It's a thinky film on artificial intelligence, how far we can/should go to change the world, and love. I enjoyed it, although there are some plot holes you could drive a truck through.

> I was also introduced to anime this week by my other half and a friend of his. Amusingly the film that they chose to start with, Ghost In The Shell, was far from as good as they'd remembered and they had sad faces afterwards. (Which I wish I'd photographed for posterity.) They're now searching for 'the good stuff' to redeem the genre.

> And have a bunch of fic recs:
Embiggen by thingswithwings (Gen) is Ms Marvel and America Chavez being brilliant.
It's All There in the Handbook by TrespassersWill (Gen) is an amusing set of graphics, which is the actual Stark Industries handbook with Pepper trying to get Tony to approve it.
Going Underground (Or: Five People Who Helped Save London, Even if They Didn't Know It) by CloudAtlas (aka franztastisch (Gen) is the missing scene/s of how Thor actually manages to make it to Greenwhich on the Underground. I should disclaimer that I beta read this, but it's hilarious and perfect, go read!
Escape Velocity by miss_pryss (Gen) is Lilo from Lilo and Stitch training to be a space adventurer as she grows up and, no, seriously, give this one a try.
Atlas of Clouds: ooh!franztastisch on May 25th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
Aww you recc'd me! Thank you!! :D

But I have nothing else to say as I have not yet seen X Men. Hi! How are you? :P
inkvoices: bubbles and heartsinkvoices on May 26th, 2014 11:02 am (UTC)
Rec was required - I love that fic to pieces :D

X Men is good ;) And so am I *grins*. Off on holiday (ridiculously) early tomorrow and getting very excited! How's you?
Atlas of Clouds: booksfranztastisch on May 26th, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)
Cool! Where are you off too? I wish I was going on holiday this year. Alas. Well, maybe I'll be going to Ireland. But nothing madly exciting. I'm moving to London in September though so... :D You can come visit and we can do London cons! Weee! I'm still coming to Thought Bubble though, never fear. I'll just have to come in with you for accommodation.

So yeah, I'm not bad. :D
inkvoices: globesinkvoices on May 26th, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
I'm off to Serrento, Italy with the family. I've always wanted to see Pompeii :D All adventures are exciting. Fingers crossed you make it to Ireland! Ooo, and for the big move ahead!!! Have you sorted accommodation and all the boring stuff? No worries. Need to look at Thought Bubble accomodation actually...poke me when I get back. I'm taking the internet phone with me, yay, but accommodation hunting when on hol is too much like work ;)
Atlas of Clouds: verb nouns!franztastisch on May 26th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Pompeii! Sounds awesome. Have fun. :D

I'm moving in with a friend for a ridiculously cheap rent for central London so luckily all the boring stuff is pre-sorted. I just pay her mum rent and I get all the mod-cons. So I'm really really lucky.

When do you get back? Cos I can indeed poke you. :P Ooh but be carful with your internet phone! Don't get slapped with a load of roaming charges!
velvetmousevelvetmouse on May 25th, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)


(Okay, that acronym sucks)

Anyway... Yes! Zomg, it was lovely. And one thing I adore is that while yes, kitty is doing all the work and we don't get to see much do her, the amount of trust that it implies Logan has for her is amazing. This is a man who will only ever let Charles into his head, and yet he lets Kitty not only into his head, but to send him back in time. I think that's pretty cool. And while she doesn't get much time, it is Kitty's plan, she is totally in control. It's not Charles or Erik coming in and saying "oh this is what we will do", they come to her with an idea and she determines the feasibility of it. *ahem* yeah! I may have a few Kitty feels.

Laughing at (and with) the boys was lovely also, and I adored all the cameos that they were able to bring in to establish continuity.

inkvoices: X:storyinkvoices on May 26th, 2014 11:00 am (UTC)
Yes, I love how Kitty is still key to everything. And when she's explaining at the start I get the impression that Charles adn Eric showed up and went, 'Okay, how the hell are your group not dying?' and THEN they came up with the back to the past plan. And Kitty is all blase and yep, this is how I roll :D