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FCF-O Episode 4: All X’d Out!

by alphamonkey on June 3, 2011 · 5 comments

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Yes indeed, true (and not-so-true) believers. It’s another edition of the Four Color Freakout, and this time around Mr Sparkle (aka Ian McFarland) joins us to talk about the unexpected goodness that is X-Men: First Class (and why you must, must, must see what is easily the best true X-Men film to date), along with our reactions to DC’s announcement that it’s rebooting the DCU at the end of Flashpoint. Plus the Cap’n tries to make me cry by blowing the ending to Fear Itself #3.

Get your listenin’ shoes on and spend some time with three nerdy guys in a room with microphones already!

Listen below (m4a or mp3), subscribe to us on iTunes, or via your non Steve Jobs powered podcast player!

Super thanks to Eric Melin and the boys of Ultimate Fakebook for giving us the go-ahead to use the amazing “Popscotch Party Rock” as our de-facto theme song. If you dig it (and like all right thinking people, you will) by all means look ’em up on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

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  • Trey Hock

    Your devotion to the X-Men in general and this movie in particular makes me happy, though your argument for the film does not convince me. I think your nostaglia and love of the X-Men carries your love of “First Class.”

  • alphamonkey

    Just so we can keep this rolling on two sites, I’ll reiterate my point:

    The Dark Knight is a good film. It’s a fucking terrible Batman movie. X-Men: First Class is an okay film, but it’s a great X-Men movie. When it comes to comic book properties, we fans have to distinguish between the two.

    • Trey Hock

      I love this. Can we find a third site to hijack?

      I think I’m interpreting your somewhat silly splitting-of-hairs correctly, when I say that movie = low browish fun entertainment, and film = artistic and perhaps elitist.

      If that’s the case I think it fails on both counts. It is too high minded and bent on its messages and moral conflicts to be the dumb fun that say, Thor was. So meh to First Class as a “great” movie.

      It was too silly and often too stupid (Mutant and proud, anyone? Perhaps a young mutant CIA dance party full of exploding statues? Paper thin propish side characters?) to be a great film.

      I think if you bring in your knowledge base of the comics or nostalgia for the X-Men then this movie/film/picture might work.

      Relisten to your own conversation about the way the villainous sidekicks work for you. You complain that they’re under used and paper thin, which is absolutely true, but it is also true of the teen mutant goodies. The only difference? You felt that the use of the young X-Men characters and the representation of their powers was more congruous with the comic book. That’s fine, but if you critique the film apart from the comic book, it stills falls far short from the film that it could have been.

      Honestly your argument has made me think more about the film and like it even less.

      And as an aside I thought Dark Knight was a thoroughly flawed film that milked the legitimately great performance of a young dead actor for all it was worth.

  • alphamonkey

    I’m the first to say that my perception is wholly colored by being a life-long X-Men fan. But it’s that same baggage which makes me have to evaluate the film on two fronts – “How does it fare as a film, and how does it fare in translating the core appeal of the property to a new medium?” On the first count it does the job I expected it to: It’s choppy, falls flat at points, but manages a nice big payoff with an action piece that’s better than we’ve seen in an X-Men film to date. On the second it defied every low expectation I had and managed to deliver the closest experience to the comic any of the superhero films have done to date (moreso than Spider-Man 2 in fact).

    And Trey…we might be the only two people who have negative feelings about Dark Knight (and I agree with you on the why). It’s damn near heresy to admit it in public sometimes.

  • trey Hock

    You have healed the rift between us with your comment about the Dark Knight.

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