Wednesday, June 1, 2011
So You Think You Can Dance is in full swing with the auditions continuing tonight at 8pm on Fox. While the auditions are my least favorite part of the show, I do love the hype machine that starts and gets former contestants back on TV.
Ellen has been a huge fan of the show since the beginning, even standing in for Alex Wong in last year's finale doing a surprise hip-hop performance with Twitch. She had a few members of previous seasons on her daytime show yesterday to remind everyone just how amazing these dancers are.
See Alex Wong do an amazing jumping spin into a split -- along with great dancing by Comfort, Brandon, and more! -- after the break.
UPDATE: Looks like if you didn't act fast enough, this deal is over! The first two films (the far superior films) are back up to full-price, but THE LAST STAND is still discounted a bit.
With X-MEN: FIRST CLASS opening this weekend, it only seems appropriate that you should stock up on its predecessors. You can buy the box set for $32.99, but who really wants to own the third one anyway? And with the deal, it actually ends up cheaper to buy them all seperately.
While SPIDER-MAN gets a lot of credit for bringing in this era of the superhero, X-MEN was first and did it splendidly. I grew up watching the X-Men cartoon and this movie was pitch perfect for me. I loved the casting and the general allegory of mutants as societal outsiders. Plus, it introduced us all to Hugh Jackman and I'm so glad for that!
X2: X-Men United
The superhero film market has become flooded with some quality films since this was released, SPIDER-MAN 2, IRON MAN, and THE DARK KNIGHT, but this remains my favorite of them all. They did everything that made the first one great and just made it better - deeper mythology, bigger bad, and a heck of a love triangle. This is the movie I measure all other superhero films against.
X-MEN 3: THE LAST STAND
Well, this is better than the Wolverine spin-off. It's a strong enough effort that I'll rewatch it when I marathon threw these films this week, but it's definitely the weakest link. Brett Ratner just never captured what made the first two great, but he did a passable job at making an entertaining flick.
Which X-MEN film is your favorite? Are you as excited for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS as I am?