X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past more than lives up to the hype. It’s not only far superior to the previous films in the X-Men series, but it’s the best of all the modern superhero movies. There’s actual character development this time around and the direction as well as the use of music in the film is fantastic. You may want to skip watching the following trailer if you want to avoid even small spoilers, but it shows brief clips from my favorite scene…

Veronica Mars the Movie!

Sadly, the Veronica Mars movie isn’t playing in my local theater. Thankfully, though, its unusual theatrical release was accompanied by a simultaneous On Demand release, so we were able to watch the film its opening weekend from the comfort of the Muruch home. And it did not disappoint.

The cool opening sequence gives a quick but interesting summary of the tv series that’s beneficial for those who didn’t watch the show and nostalgic for those of us who did.

The movie is speckled with what may be the best, most eclectic collection of cameos ever. I don’t want to spoil things, but let’s just say if you like NPR and a certain alt-rocker on the movie soundtrack you’ll squeal in delight at the first two non-character cameos. There are also brief appearances by former cast members of Freaks & Geeks, New Girl and The State. In fact, Freaks & Geeks fans will be almost as giddy as “Marshamallows” (a.k.a. Veronica Mars fans).

And, of course, Marshmallows will be even more happy with the character cameos, questions answers (Did she choose Piz or Logan?!) and plethora of in-jokes – which include references to the tv show, the movie’s Kickstarter campaign, Buffy, The O.C. and a lot of great music.

It may not quite live up to the superhuman hype it’s received, but it comes pretty darn close and leaves welcome room and a lot of potential for sequels. And I suspect it’d be even better on the big screen.

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Saving Mr. Banks

Very good, though not quite as good as most critics say and not nearly as Mary Poppins-centric (or as factual) as previews imply. Emma Thompson is brilliant as always. Would’ve been much more enjoyable with more of the poignantly funny Emma Thompson/Jason Schwartzman/BJ Novak writing scenes and less of the depressing flashbacks. But I liked it nonetheless.