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X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014] X-Men: First Class [2011] X-Men: The Last Stand [2006]
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3 couples rent a farmhouse to film an adult movie unmindful of the unstable psyche of the landlords. Although made first, this sequel to Pearl certainly helps to put that film into perspective ...I'll have to re-watch it now. The first half was a genuinely good character study that kept me interested despite it's lengthened pace that was making me wonder if something was going to happen. When it did, my goodness, it took a dark turn into unbridled chaos that played out incredibly well with some gnarly kills. Mia Goth is fantastic and great acting all around. This was awesome!

xXx: Return of Xander Cage [2017]


Someone's developed a device that can control satellites making them crash into the Earth. The xXx team is sent out to stop them. This premise is simply an excuse for a whole lotta chest-thumping, muscle-flexing, wang-waving macho behavior in between excessively long, over-the-top, unrealistic action sequence making it both exciting and ludicrous in equal measure. The characters are colorful and far more likable than they deserve, the dialogue is pretty decent and, overall, it's fun and entertaining matinee fluff if you don't take it too seriously.

Xtreme [2021]

aka Xtremo


In the criminal underworld, a man seeks revenge. Familiar isn't it? And this one has it all; shallow characters, awkward personal dramatic moments, a tolerance for pain and physical damage that's off the charts, the incessant need to drop guns and fight instead, a teen whose constant stupidity is used to progress the story... and more. All this nonsense, however, is just an excuse to bridge one violent and brutal fight scene after another, all of which are uniquely choreographed and properly filmed so you can see everything. Simple fun and exciting escapist entertainment.

X-Men [2000]


The initial entry into the X-Men universe, expertly directed by Bryan Singer, does a wonderful job of fully developing its characters without sacrificing any of the cool action. Details the story of Magneto's attempt to turn all of NYC into mutants. An adventure that is extremely pleasing and fun to watch.

X-Men 2 [2003]

aka X2


Bryan Singer (Director) puts the extra $30 million to good use in this second entry in the X-Men franchise. Absolutely awesome special effects and action. They also managed to juggle several sub-plots seamlessly heading towards a single point in time. Perfect construction of a complex film.

X-Men 3: The Last Stand [2006]


This is the one that many wish would go away. The action and spec fx are certainly there but the story is not nearly as complex as the previous movies with very few sub plots on top of some substantially serious time line holes. Also, with so many X-Men either dying or losing their powers, it's kind of a downer, as well. Pretty good movie, and a lot of fun, but it's best to view it as a sort of stand-alone aberration within the X-Men universe as opposed to being part of the official timeline.

X-Men 4: First Class [2011]


Now with Bryan Singer back producing and Matthew Vaughn directing, things are looking up. A very thorough and entertaining story detailing much of the history and the establishment of the X-men, and eventually the split between the X-men and the Brotherhood. Full, complex, and very well structured story and, of course, phenomenal eye candy. This is one to see.

X-Men 5: Days of Future Past [2014]


Bryan Singer is back at the helm as director and co-writer and it shows. The X-Men of a desolate, war-torn future send Wolverine back into the past to stop the war before it begins. Considering the storyline's complexities, this could have been a absolute mess but Singer pulled it off brilliantly. Great performances and the spec fx are jaw dropping. Cheers ...*clink*.

X-Men 6: Apocalypse [2016]


Another excellent entry in the X-Men universe. Whereas X-Men: First Class brought a few of the first X-Men together, this one brings in a lot of characters that we know and love and pits them against probably the most ancient and dangerous mutant ever: Apocalypse. Once again, Bryan Singer tells a complex story masterfully and the spec fx never cease to amaze.

X-Men 7: Dark Phoenix [2019]


Jean Grey (Phoenix) absorbs a cosmic force that may force her to save the world or destroy it. At this point, if you're trying to place the X-Men movies into a logical timeline, stop it or you'll hurt yourself. Just go into this one as a person who's familiar with the characters and ignore all the other films, is the best suggestion I can make for optimal enjoyment. And, there's a lot to enjoy. The quality is there, great character development, simple but engrossing story, and loaded with action and spec fx. May not fit in with the other films but still extremely well done.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine [2009]


Does a good job detailing Logan's life from the time he was a child in 1845 to after getting loaded with adamantium. The movie tends to get lost in its own action near the end but we get introduced to the concept of Deadpool and how the wolverine loses his memory. Overall, good, exciting fun.

The X Files: Fight the Future [1998]


An ancient alien pathogen has broken loose and Mulder and Scully are on the case ...despite the governments attempts to thwart them. I liked how the film was developed to be both a stand-alone feature - for those that don't follow the X-Files TV show - and continue the X-Files mythos for the fans. Overall, the movie is nothing more than an X-Files bridge episode between seasons 5 and 6 that's twice as long with 10 times the budget ...but that's OK. It's really a great episode.

The X Files 2: I Want to Believe [2008]


Mulder is dragged out of seclusion to work with a psychic to help find an FBI agent who's been kidnapped. The only thing that makes this movie an X-File is Mulder and Scully. Could have replaced them with anybody and presented the same story without the X-File tag. But, since they're here, far too much time was spent showing their relationship (which has gone from professional to personal) in conflict to the point where it was becoming annoying. Good movie. Not great and certainly not worthy as an X-File.

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