After taking some time off, it’s honestly good to be back. I’ve been wracking my brains about to do in August. There are many directors, genres and even actors that could have easily chimed with August (from Pedro Almodóvar to Anime). However, I ultimately decided to go with a franchise. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first X-Men film and with it, the comic book movie’s first major series. I’m curious to return to it and see how it stacks up in a post MCU world. Rather then cover every film in the series, I’m instead going dedicate this month to X-Men with a series of posts, which you can read more info about below.
Post 1: My Favourite Track
From the late Micheal Kamen to Hans Zimmer (and John Ottoman’s memorable theme for the series in between): the composers who have graced the series could be an Avengers styled team all their own. While I’ve not quite decided on the track or soundtrack, I’m interested in writing about the music that’s fueled the series for two decades.
Post 2: My Top Five X-Men Scenes
Focusing on individual scenes and pin pointing what makes them resonating and effective is always fun to do. But with the sheer number of films in the X-Men franchise, the task is going to be tough and exciting.
Post 3: My review of X-Men
Ah, the reason this whole month exists. Does Bryan Singer’s first foray into the genre signal any meaningful aspects that would be replicated or commented upon in later films? How does his ascetic and approach speak to a genre that was in its infancy? These are questions that I look forward to addressing when I revisit the 2000 film later this month.
Post 4: My ranking of the X-Men series
Alas, Jean, I can relate to you, ranking films can give one a bit of a headache. But in all seriousness, these are always enjoyable to do. You’re constantly navigating how a particular film speaks to you versus assessing its effectiveness as a singular experience and in this instance, how it connects to a series at large. This is all the more meaningful due to Fox’s X franchise (for all intents and purposes) being over (New Mutants notwithstanding).