Friday, 29 June 2012


I can't say I'm a huge fan of X Men (or indeed many comic book big screen adaptation) though I have seen the first two some years back. Strangely though I was itching to see X Men First Class tonight on Sky Premiere and for two reasons, 1) I'd heard it was set in the early 60s and paid homage to the Bond films of that decade and 2) I needed a film beginning with 'X' to complete a 12 month A-Z Film Challenge I only commenced in March this year!

So know I've seen it, what do I think? Well it's a superhero fantasy James Bond meets a sci fi Embarrassing Bodies special!

And the moral of the story? Don't trust a stripper...especially of the flying variety. They'll ditch you and the Big Brother style house you're holed up in as soon as look at you!

Flippancy aside, in all seriousness this a thoroughly good watch and the only film from writing/directing team Matthew Vaughn and Jane 'Mrs Wossy' Goldman that I've actually completely enjoyed, having truly hated Stardust (a Princess Bride wannabe) Kick Ass (a paedophile's wet dream) and The Debt was only partly successful as I've previously blogged. 

The A-Z Film Challenge was set up on a net forum I'm a member of where they asked you to keep a record of the films you've watched beginning with each letter of the alphabet, in no particular order, with a view to watching a film for each one within twelve months. I started my challenge in March and with X Men First Class I completed it tonight. Here's the full list of films I've watched in just under four months to complete the challenge

Date Started: 01/3/12 
Date Completed: 29/6/12

A - The Awakening (2011) Watched 28th March - 1st watch
B - Blitz (2011) Watched 7th April - 1st watch
C - The Children (2008) Watched 15th March - 1st watch
D - A Dangerous Method (2012) Watched 23rd March - 1st watch
E - Eyewitness (1970) Watched 22nd April - 1st watch
F - Flashbacks Of A Fool (2008) Watched 9th March
G - Ghost Story (1974) Watched 4th April - 1st watch
H - Hall Pass (2011) Watched 1st April - 1st watch
I - Irreconcilable Differences (1984) Watched 23rd May - 1st watch
J - Johnny English Reborn (2011) Watched 8th April - 1st watch
K - Killer Elite (2011) Watched 8th April - 1st watch
L - The Last Days Of Man On Earth/The Final Programme (1973) Watched 21st April - 1st watch
M - The Muppets (2011) Watched 14th March - 1st watch
N - Neds (2011) Watched 19th April - 1st watch
O - The Offence (1973) Watched 6th April
P - Private Road (1971) Watched 9th April - 1st watch
Q - Quatermass and the Pit (1967) Watched 6th March
R - The Rum Diary (2011) Watched 8th April - 1st watch
S - Slade In Flame (1975) Watched 17th March
T - Thor (2011) Watched 6th April - 1st watch
U - Unman Wittering and Zigo (1971) Watched 29th April
V - Very Annie Mary (2001) Watched 22nd April
W - The Woman In Black (2012) Watched 16th March - 1st watch
X - X Men: First Class (2011) Watched 29/6/12 - 1st watch
Y - The Young Victoria (2009) Watched 16th June - 1st watch
Z - Zombieland (2009) Watched 23rd June

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