X-MEN Apocalypse


Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.



Not a fan of sequel, but I do love me some X-Men!

However, continuity is rarely maintained in a series and once again, I am confused. I remember from the very first X-Men movie that Magneto and Raven were against Charles and the school. This movie appears to be a prequel to the original movie, as it provides character development for Jean Gray, Cyclops, Storm (when did she change from Indian to American Negro?) and Hank (The Beast).

Despite the inconsistencies, I loved the action, the history, the good versus evil them, and the introduction of even more X-Men, a la fake-Flash (Quicksilver?), whose background is very interesting as well and lends to another movie. I was shocked to see Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and the situation he was discovered in, which does not match the story in the movie that focused on his character.

I am in lust with Michael Fassbender (Eric/Magneto) and Nicholas Hoult (Hank/The Beast).

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Mary Poppins

I am a big fan of Disney’s Mary Poppins, so when Saving Mr. Banks came out, I definitely had to see it. After watching the movie, I was even more intrigued about the history of this iconic literary character and her origins and just had to read the book that started it all.

Regarding Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964): Loved the music, the story, the whimsy. Big fan of Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke.

Regarding Saving Mr. Banks: I had previously written a movie review, but due to all my blog troubles, it is gone. I do remember being surprised at the character of the author, P. L. Travers. She was so persnickety! I also remember B. J. Novak appearing in the film as one of the music writers, with whom I am totally in lust.


I am so impressed by Disney and his ability to create so much whimsy for the movie from such a stodgy character in the book, who is more closely resembles the curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer. The chapter entitled Mrs. Corry is pretty creepy, compared the Disney classic and I am glad that did not make it into the movie. The only significant resemblance the movie has to the book is the magic, the part where Mary and Bert jump into the street painting, tea at Mary’s uncle’s house, and some of the characters.

I was not really impressed by the book, surprised that a story about a strict, know-it-all nanny would sell as much as it did.