Double Take: A look back into X-men (2000)

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A look back at a movie I dreamed of living but at the same time felt too close to home.

I remember my first time watching X-men on tv. It was the Saturday morning cartoon that introduced me to the wonderful world of mutants and the X-men. I fell in love with it right away as a proud geek who watched it thinking one day will my superpowers come into play when I am a teen.

This franchise has seen its ups and downs with trying to live up to the highly expectation of the comic book and cartoon we all grew up with. The casting, special effects, even down to the sound that wolverine’s claws make when they come out of his hands were important in making these films successful. For the most part, the series is loved by many and have many devoted fans who will stick by the series no matter which direction they take. I couldn’t wait to watch this film on the big screen let alone get live action likeness of the characters I grew up with. Just seeing them on screen made me fall in love with this movie and made me look forward to each and every sequel thereafter. However, with that in mind, my geeking out may have blinded me from really critiquing this movie for what it is. Was the first one brought to us by Bryan Singer a good comic book adaptation? I tend to find out as I rewatched the movie again after 17 years.

1 hour and 44 mins later….

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Double Take: Urban Legend

Wes Craven’s Scream back in 1996 changed the way we see horror movies till this day with its meta format mixing humor and horror together and also making killing teenagers fun and exciting again. Afterwards, almost every follow up attempted to recreate the success by finding any creative way to kill teens for being sinful. One of those films came two years later in 1998 called Urban Legend.

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Double Take: Se7en

If you haven’t seen the movie, this is a spoiler alert. Be cautious as I will be talking about the movie thoroughly including the ending.

This week I rewatched another David Fincher film Se7en. I was very excited to watch this film again. It has been too long. Sometimes I would see this on cable TV and I tell myself, “Don’t watch it, wait till you have time to watch the whole thing and unedited.” That time never came around but I own this movie and I guess now is that time to watch. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really understand the 7 deadly sins until I watched this movie. So there you go, movies can teach you a thing or two. I did watch this movie in theatres, but I was not old enough to go by myself. I remember there were a lot of things that i didn’t really catch watching it the first time because my movie sleuthing and detection wasn’t as good as it is today. Some of its meaning was a little lost on me but in the end I really enjoyed this thriller the first time around. Now that I am older and wiser, I have been very curious if I would pick more things I didn’t know before. 

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Double Take: Requiem For a Dream

Purple in the morning, Blue in the afternoon, Orange in the evening, and Green at night.

What I remember from this movie is that it was very dark. Deep emotions and hard to watch scenes guided this movie that gave me an unsettling feeling. From a third person movie perspective. Darren Aronofsky created a realistic take on the additions of drugs and other emotions that plague us and can lead us down a dark path. I was about 19 almost 20 yrs old when I first saw this film. Just starting to be out on my own but still unaware of what drugs did to a person. So this movie was very eye opening for me. I picked this movie because now that I am older and also on my own taking care of myself, I wanted to see if I would react the same or more connected to the movie.

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Double Take: Queen of the Damned

This ain’t no Interview with the Vampire that’s for damn sure.

This week was actually a tough one. I didn’t watch too many movies in my lifetime that begin with the letter Q. I almost did Quarantine but I have seen that lately. I also have seen The Quiet from what I remember was pretty good. I wanted to do a movie that most people knew about and one that I haven’t seen in a while. On Netflix I come across the 2002 Anne Rice adaptation Queen of the Damned. This movie stars Stuart Townsend as Vampire Lestat. That same Lestat Tom Cruise played as well. This Lestat is a younger version who loves art and music. He lies dormant after years and years of loneliness and boredom in his tomb until he is awaken by the lovely sounds of early 2000’s rock music.

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Double Take: Panic Room

For Flashback Friday this week I decided to do Panic Room with Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart. When I saw this film back in 2002, David Fincher had already given me one of my favorite movies of all time to this day and that was The Game with Michael Douglas. Excellent film. Fincher definitely has a range in his films directing and I feel like Panic Room is just one of those unique films that took something that could have been so one note and developed a solid thriller. I wanted to re watch this film because a lot has changed since than. Of course, I have more thrillers under my belt so I feel like I’ve seen a lot of films that would make an almost 2 hr film take place in a home about a room the whole time wouldn’t be as entertaining as it was when I first saw it in theatres. Also, Kristen Stewart hasn’t really had the best of luck with Twilight series behind her belt and the Snow White and the Huntsmen. Most people believe she is very one note. So I wanted to see if that would affect my viewing watching it again after 14 yrs.

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Double Take: IT

And when you’re down here…YOU FLOAT TOO!

So I actually have been looking forward to this week’s throwback Thursday movie of the week. I really enjoy this film a lot. Tim Curry, a brilliant and talented actor, nails his role as a supernatural being who preys on kids by disguising himself as a clown named Pennywise. Anyone who grew up in the 90’s may know who this character is. What I remember from watching it as a kid was that it was meant to be scary and some scenes were very effective. However it wasn’t the clown that scared me back then. It was Eddie Bowers, the town bully. He didn’t give me nightmares or anything but at moments of heavy suspense were the scenes with him in it picking on one of the members of The Losers Club. The supernatural element was just a perk on making this a great mini series to watch. Pt 2 of this miniseries wasn’t as entertaining because i wasn’t an adult back then. I related more to the movie when they were kids. Now that I am an adult, I wonder if that will change.

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