James Mangold, director of Logan, is an individual of strong opinions. And he has very specific ideas about the ways he does and doesn't want his latest film to be received.
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If we told you last year that a movie about a mute woman having a torrid, romantic relationship with a modernised version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon was going to dominate at the Oscars in terms of nominations, you might have chuckled a little to yourself. 2017 was a simpler time. The 2018 Academy Award nominations are in and there's a lot for genre fans to be happy about.
In 2008, we were basically living in another world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe didn't exist, we were still recovering from George Lucas' Star Wars prequilogy, and Fantastic Four was - ok let's be honest, in about the same place it is now. These years have seen a renaissance in comic book films, along with a surge of high-concept science fiction and fantasy. These are the greatest movies of the past 10 years.
As 2017 comes to an end, we start to look back at the year that was. In film, at least, the year was excellent. So excellent, in fact, that figuring out the top 10 scifi, superhero, and fantasy films was incredibly difficult. However, while there are at least 25-30 movies from 2017 deserve at least some recognition, ultimately, the cream rises to the top.
Logan brought a definitive end to Hugh Jackman's time as Wolverine earlier this year, but like the comics before it, it laid the groundwork for a successor to the mantle in the form of Laura Kinney, AKA X-23. Now, it seems like that changeover is already in the works, according to Logan's director.
Sometimes, the smallest spark can start a fire. And for David Hasselhoff, he's hoping his small role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will remind people he too was in a classic science fiction series and let him bring it back in a suitably modern way.
Video: Logan was a beautiful, brilliant, heart-wrenching film that sucker-punched us in the feels like no other X-Men film ever has. If you don't agree, that's fine. it's okay to be wrong.
Get the tissues ready, because our favourite Mikey Neumann has broken down in spectacular fashion the sheer artistry of Wolverine's farewell.
No one disputes that James Mangold struck gold when he cast Dafne Keen as X-23 in his hit film, Logan. You can even watch her audition and see why he made that choice. She was amazing.
We hear stories about actors being cast as superheroes who have never picked up a comic book all the time, but Hugh Jackman took this a step further when he showed up for his Wolverine audition back in the late '90s for the first X-Men movie. He didn't even know wolverines existed -- and he found out in the most delightfully awkward way.
Video: When the very first trailer for Fox's Logan dropped last year, it was the ad's careful use of Johnny Cash's haunting "Hurt" that suggested the movie would have an emotional weight and depth to it unlike any other X-Men flick. The song was always perfect crystallisation of the older Wolverine's painful struggle, but in this new trailer for the movie's black-and-white version, footage from the film becomes the emotionally-devastating visual aspect to what's basically the most badarse Johnny Cash music video ever.
Video: Despite being Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine, the real star of Logan turned out to be Dafne Keen. Finding a very young actress to not only share a screen with Jackman, but sometimes outshine him, sounds like a nearly impossible task. But after you see this clip of Keen's audition, you'll realise casting her must have been a very easy choice for director James Mangold.
California senator Kamala Harris is the second black woman ever elected to the US Senate, a huge policy nerd, an unabashed proponent of dropping f-bombs, and, as luck would have it, a huge X-Men fan. So when she was asked recently about the future of the American job market, she saw an opportunity to use Logan as a teachable moment.