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New ‘Logan’ Movie a Departure from X-Men Franchise

Film is violent at times, but has lots of heart and unique themes throughout

By Matt Lewis, Entertainment Editor
March 14, 2017 @ 9:00 A.M.

The movie opens with a tone indicative of the film’s grittier, darker attitude. The audience is introduced to a much older Logan (Wolverine) and Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X). The professor has a degenerative brain disease and with a mind as powerful as his – it could spell disastrous results.

Spoilers may lie ahead:

As for Logan, he’s doing the best he can in El Paso as a limo driver, trying to save up for a boat that he and the professor can live on. They seem to be on the run, but from who is unclear.

The time in which this film is set is after the great purge of mutants. These two characters (along with a minor character named Caliban) feel like the only mutants left.

We soon find this isn’t the case. A young girl, named Laura, comes into Logan’s orbit and changes his path completely.

Instead of a boat and a lifetime of traveling the high-seas, Logan begins a road trip journey up north – to North Dakota of all places.

The reason? He is trying to take the spawn of his DNA to freedom – a place called Eden; essentially a safe-haven for mutants.

Do they make it? You’ll have to watch the film to find out; but yes spoilers on-line abound that both Logan and Professor X die at the end. Personally, I find those deaths less tragic and more a commentary on the fictionalization and Disney-fication of most movies these days – in that even when things end in total disaster everyone is still alive. In this case, the movie, although about mutant humanoids, feels like a more realistic take on the fictionalized super hero genre.

In one scene, Logan – driving a limo mind you – tries to ram through a barbed-wire fence to escape the pursuit of a henchmen of the man who created mutant children in a lab. What unfolds in the scene is pure genius. The comic timing and the realness of it all feels like something we haven’t seen in a picture in a while. The car halts abruptly as it slams into the fence. His multiple attempts to ram through fail. He ultimately puts the car in reverse and escapes another way. The car also appears to have an engine that gives them the speed and acceleration to evade their pursuers, but the limo does fish-tail as he’s driving through the desert – which once again, feels a bit more realistic.

Overall, I’d rate this movie four (4) out of five (5) stars. The interpersonal relationships between the characters is what makes the film a stand-out hit in my opinion. The scenes, the dialogue – all of it is pretty standard; but for an X-men movie this is something different than I’ve ever seen and it quickly became my favorite of the franchise for that reason.

Logan
There are a few different ‘Logan’ 2017 movie posters, most of which indicate the movies gritty darkness. This image was found on Google images.

Here is the hyperlink address for the #RedBandTrailer of the movie:
http://bit.ly/LoganRedBand

So, when you are weighing whether or not to see this film, here’s a few things to consider:

  1. Do you mind scenes of violence? In particular, can you handle gruesome sounds and sights? This film has a few parts that make even the most stalwart X-men fan cringe in pain or awe.
  2. Do you like the X-men franchise, but don’t mind another installment that takes a departure from the tried and true?
  3. Is Wolverine your favorite X-man? Is it because he’s a brooding bad @$$? …

Personally, our Executive Editor & Publisher of The Gumption, Matt Lewis, says he enjoyed the film; calling

it: “A refreshing departure from the X-men franchise, with just enough violence to appease rowdy male fans and just enough story to be a date movie.”

The film was released in the Spring of 2017 (March 3rd to be specific) and has seen it’s debut earn nearly $250 million worldwide, according to The Hollywood Reporter‘s story (‘Logan’s’ Box Office Climb Even Higher to Huge $88.3M U.S. Debut, $247.3 Globally).

Here’s what IMDB wrote about the film: “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.”

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‘Dope’ Movie is #Dope!
Film is smart, sexy and funny

Staff Reports, News & Entertainment Feature

The movie opens with the English Dictionary definition of the word ‘Dope.’ Dope can mean lots of different things. Before you go into this movie (or even this movie review with an air of predisposed bias and dereliction, just know you’ll be disappointed.

This image was found on Google images on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Our staff is unsure if this image is Copyright protected.

‘Dope’ 2015 movie poster. This image was found on Google images on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Our staff is unsure if this image is Copyright protected.

Here is the hyperlink address for the #RedBandTrailer of the movie:
http://bit.ly/DopeMovie2015

So, when you are weighing whether or not to see this film, here’s a few things to consider:

  1. Do you mind Drug, Sex, Rock ‘n’ Roll, smart Language, fast-talking Black People, Artsie Features and going to see it in a theater that’s primary make-up will be stoners?
  2. Do you have the time, energy and money required to see this flick?
  3. Will you share this with those you care about?

Personally, our Editor & Publisher, Matt Lewis, said he enjoyed the film; calling

it: “Smart, sexy and fun.”

The film was released in the Summer of 2015 and has had a slowly, but steady following since it’s release.

Here’s what IMDB wrote about the film: “Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.”

* An earlier draft of this story appeared on our site with a few “mistakes.” *

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#CaptAmerica2:TheWinterSoldier

By M.A. Lewis
Entertainment Editor

Harkins Chandler Fashion – Sorry I had to steal from my 300 review, but it couldn’t be more true: Of course, they left it open for a ‘triquel’ (or whatever you’d call it). The sequel was – well – in a word – #FANTASTIC! Just about everything about it was more awesome than the first — and I couldn’t say enough good things about the first.

“It was a hardcore action movie with all of the elements a comic book lover wants. The relationship between Nick Fury and Captain America was key to bring this movie to life. Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes kept bringing me to the edge of my seat,” Brendan Navarre said, adding, “[It was] awesome.”

#CaptainAmerica (a.k.a. Chris Evans) or shall we say (his um *cough#SPOILER ALERT pal) played a big part, but undercover in this one – sorry ladies (if you thought his brand of hot was hotter than Captain America). There are plenty of other chiseled men to see here… including Captain America in some tight fitting UnderArmour®.

As for the men-folk fans – we have a sexy Corvette and Scarlett Johansen that are sure to excite! There is plenty of hand-to-hand combat scenes, as well as flight-suit scenes and scenes where stuff goes “boom” or “bang”, which is one of the major appeals of the film, in my humble opinion.

The sex-appeal of Scarlett Johansen was new and the violence from the first film was ramped up in the right parts. If you need to see a trailer to be enticed to see this movie – try watching the original and not wanting to see this one! Also, what happens if you want to see the big Summer Blockbuster  The Avengers: Age of Ultron (coming out next year in 2015)?

I hope you enjoy this film as much as my “cerebral” *cough* mind did. … Donchya say anything all you playa hatas! Hate the film review, not the film reviewer.

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300 Raises Stakes Again
(Film Review of 300: Rise of an Empire)

By Matt Lewis
Entertainment Editor

Of course, they left it open for a ‘triquel’ (or whatever you’d call it). The sequel that included some prequel for 300 was – well – in a word – #FANTASTIC! Just about everything about it was more awesome than the first — and I couldn’t say enough good things about the first.

#Leonitas (aka Gerard Butler) or shall we say (his um *cough* #SPOILER ALERT head) played a bit part in this one – sorry ladies. But plenty of other half-naked, chiseled men to see here… including Mysticlese. As for the men-folk fans – we have a very raunchy and rough sexy scene that is sure to excite!

There is plenty of naval battles in this one – one of the major appeals of the film, in my humble opinion. The gratuitous sex and violence from the first film was toned down in the right parts this time, and in others amped up in just the right ways – if you catch this writer’s drift! 😉

If you need to see a trailer to be enticed to see this movie – you are a plain fool! Sorry, had to be said. I hope you enjoy this film as much as my “cerebral” *cough* mind did. … Donchya say anything all you playa hatas! Hate the film review, not the film reviewer.

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