Jack’s Mannequin means a lot of different things to its fans. For some, Jack’s Mannequin means simply good piano music. For others, it’s love. And for more, it’s hope. For me, it means a bit of all those things and still more. With all those feelings tied up in Jack’s Mannequin, it’s no wonder the 10 Years in Transit tour sold out almost instantly, and luckily I managed to snag a ticket.
The X-Men have existed together as a franchise since 1963 and have amassed countless fans in that time and Bryan Singer has only added to these numbers when he helped bring the mutant crew to the big screen first in 2000. Now seven films in, Fox has worked for the last decade and a half building their cinematic universe with some misses and stumbles along the way and it is all brought together in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
The good news: “The Wolverine” has the claws and bite that were missing in “Origins.” Yet, while it’s brought some spark back to this character, “The Wolverine” suffers from some confusing villain development, resulting in a slightly muddled, albeit still enjoyable film.
Comic book movies have an interesting problem. They have to try to condense 40 years of continuity into a movie that is two hours long. There is a careful balance between making the story accessible to a person who has never read a comic in his or her life and not alienating the hardcore comic book fan-base that will give you repeat business. “X-Men: First Class” strikes the best balance of the two since “The Dark Knight.”