Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Former Flame

During this year's Blogging From A to Z April Challenge, I'm highlighting things more people should know about. For the most part, I'll be ignoring the most popular and widely known items (and sometimes my personal favorites) in order to promote the unfamiliar and underappreciated.

Mostly In Jest Edition!

FILM
X-Men: First Class
This film, about the group's beginnings, is a rare thing: A prequel that surpasses the original — and in this case, its sequels. I can think of only one other film that does the same, and it also came out last year. (Are there others? If you can think of any, share 'em in the comments.)
TELEVISION
X-Men: The Animated Series
According to the resident X-Men expert (i.e. my brother), this series is far superior to the movies for a couple reasons. For one, it stays more consistent with the comic book characters' stories and origins. But most importantly, because Gambit was in it. And who am I to argue with the expert?
GAME
X-Men: Alert
My brother had this game. We played it once or twice. It was okay, I guess.
MUSIC
X-Men: The Soundtrack
It's probably decent enough.
LITERATURE
X-Men: The Flamethrower
The kids love this one.

Okay, fine. You want some real recommendations? XiangQi is an ancient form of Chinese chess (which I have never played), and Xavier Rudd has a great folksy, bluesy sound.

The other three options, however, I'm sticking with.

XOXO,
Nate

22 comments:

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    1. Cheating? Maybe. Going for the easy laugh? Certainly. But I felt after 23 days of real suggestions, I deserved a night off.

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  2. hahaha Brilliant way to conquer the X
    I love the X-men so it's a win.

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    1. Five X's in a row for the win! I'm the king of Tic Tac Tic Tac Toe. (Or should it be Tic Tac Toe Toe Toe?)

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  3. LOL :D Definitely staying away from the ordinary and mundane, eh? Not a fan of X-Men here (sorry), but XiangQui sounds interesting ;)

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    1. Hey, I did qualify that with "for the most part." And I'm not a big fan of X-Men, either, though I like them well enough. But it's not like there are many other options for X... so I went for the laugh.

      But yeah, XiangQi... I'm going to have to check that one out myself.

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  4. I didn't like first class. I guess as a movie in its own pocket universe it is more successfully executed than any of the other movies, but taken as a part of the x-men mythos it really screws things up to such a degree that it was impossible for me to like it. It is obvious to me that the screen play writer(s) didn't love or evan care about the characters or the X-Men universe.

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    1. I expect you're dead on with your analysis, but I, like the screenwriters, never had much of a connection to the characters/universe (despite all the episodes I watched of the show). Thus, I can be entertained by the films without being annoyed by all the stuff they got wrong. (My brother, on the other hand, has complained about every single one.)

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  5. "It's probably decent enough" Funny.

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    1. I try. Every once in a while, I even succeed (which only encourages me further).

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  6. All X-men, all the time. And interesting X choice.

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    1. It may not have been your intention, but I'm going to take "interesting" as a compliment.

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  7. I'm clueless on all these X-things. Fun post to read.

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    1. Thanks. For all my other posts this month, I was hoping for readers who were clueless about my topics; that way I could introduce them to new things. For X, however, remaining clueless may be for the best.

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  8. We just watched Origins again the other night and damn if that wasn't an awesome movie!

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    1. That's the one film in the series I haven't seen yet. I'm sure I'll get there eventually.

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  9. Sadly, I know nothing about X Men except that Wolverine has weird sideburns that creep me out. Maybe that's all i need to know...

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    1. Okay, so you're completely fine with the long metal claws that extend from his hands, but his sideburns creep you out? Actually, no, that sounds about right.

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  10. X-Men FIrst Class was a really good movie. I may even watch it again this weekend.

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    1. It was good. A little predictable at times (like I find most films to be), but well-acted and entertaining. Hope it's as much fun the second time around.

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  11. We're huge X-Men fans in this household, and First Class was another brilliant effort.

    By the by, I saw you like Evanescence and Within Temptation. Me, too!! In fact, we're headed to Evanescence this Tuesday night. :) Have you listened to Lacuna Coil? Italian band. You'd probably like them, as well.

    Stopping by from the A-Z Challenge! :)

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    1. I've heard of Lacuna Coil, but I don't think I've ever actually heard their music. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to check them out. And enjoy Evanescence this Tuesday!

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