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Jun 06

Film Actually Ep042 (134) – X-Men First Class

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Hosts: David McVay & Josh Philpott and guest Richard Gray

This week David and Josh are again joined by Richard Gray from TheReelBits.com and DVDBits.com. This week, a review of “X-Men First Class” and a look at some entertainment news including a couple of new trailers and the Old Spice Guy wants to be Luke Cage. This plus a brand new Lists of Five: Five Political Films, so put on your Cerebro helmet (come on, you know you’ve got one) and enjoy the show. Film Actually is the official movie podcast of geekactually.com.

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*Update 31/07/2012 – Film Actually was a split off from the main Geek Actually show and originally maintained numbering continuity with that show. That logic no longer works as the shows have become two unique entities, so we have gone back and re-numbered the Film Actually shows to reflect their true episode number. This show is now officially episode 42 but when you listen to the show you will hear it referred to as episode 134, this is why. Sorry about any confusion or inconvenience.

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Your show notes:

Feature Film Review

‘X-Men First Class’ directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn based on a story by Bryan Singer & Sheldon Turner and based on the Marvel Comics characters. It stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult and Oliver Platt.

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN. - Source: 20th Century Fox

Our Verdict: A split panel this time. Richard and David thought it was an enjoyable, solid film that is missing the “wow” factor. Josh didn’t enjoy the film and placed it into the same category as “X-Men The Last Stand”. One thing we all agree on is that Michael Fassbender is a star and one to watch.

Watch the trailer here: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/xmenfirstclass/

Entertainment Buzz

David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” gets a first teaser.
http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo/trailer

David O. Russell leaves “Uncharted” claiming creative differences…
http://www.showblitz.com/2011/05/russell-bolts-drakes-fortune.html
and takes his script and star with him…
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/05/uncharted-drakes-fortune-mark-wahlberg-david-russell-nathan-fillion.html
and the fans rejoice!

“Sharks in a Supermarket”…no sorry that would be “Bait” in 3D!
http://geekactually.com/2011/05/30/trailer-bait/

“The Hobbit” films pick up titles and release dates.
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/titles-and-release-dates-announced-for-two-part-hobbit-prequel/story-e6frfmvr-1226066952228

The new “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” trailer.
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810204226/video/25421173/

Paramount picks up DC Comics’ “The Mighty”, isn’t DC owned by Warner Bros?
http://www.deadline.com/2011/06/paramount-acquires-dc-comics-the-mighty/

Isaiah Mustafa (he’s on a horse) wants to play Marvel’s Luke Cage.
http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2011/05/28/mysterious-promo-video-shows-isaiah-mustafa-in-action-as-the-marvel-superhero-luke-c

Lists of Five

This week our Lists of Five: Five Political Films. Listener Matt (listen to last week’s show) suggested this list and considering the slightly political nature of “X-Men First Class” we thought we’d do it this week. Matt, this list is for you.

Just a reminder, because we never like to just make things easy on ourselves, our lists are not necessarily top five lists, they are more or a less a list of film recommendations within the theme of the list.

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We are finishing the show today with a track from John Ottman’s Score to “X-Men 2”. It is Track 1 “Suite from X2”.