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Costume Couture: Luna Flare

Luna Flare joins the hosts of Costume Couture for a fun episode. She discusses her adventures in drag and burlesque, her cosplay twists on them, and what she does outside of cosplay. We get ridiculous and fresh with each other real fast.

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Luna Flare

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Costume Couture: Luna Flare

The Grid Ranks: X-Men Films

Well, we’ve already ranked the films of the MCU, so now it’s time to rank the X-Men films (I’m not including all of the Fox films simply because no one wants to count the Fantastic Four debacles.) If you count all the films with an X-Man in it, you have 9 total. Ready? Here we go!

9. X-Men Origins: WolverineMV5BMTI2MTgyNjExM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzU4MjkyMg@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_

It’s not difficult to place this film. It was just absolutely awful.  Between the poor casting choices (why in the world would you cast a member of the Black Eyed Peas? Ever?) and the impeccably dismal CGI on the claws (and everything else), there’s really no reason to watch this. They even sewed the Merc with the Mouth’s mouth shut. They literally removed the one thing about a character that made him famous just to disguise the fact that they couldn’t pay for Ryan Reynolds for more than one scene. It’s a masochistic superhero film that will one day be regarded as a generation’s Batman and Robin, only without the irony.

Official Ranking: 1 sad little broken bone claw

8. X-Men: The Last StandMV5BMjI1NTg2ODA2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDc2MjEzMw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,676,1000_AL_

Again, not very difficult to place this one. It had poor lines, cinematic choices, and utilization of characters.  While finally including more screen time for Colossus and making Angel visually stunning, the damn thing killed off Cyclops, Professor X, and Jean Grey, all in horrible ways.  The Dark Phoenix saga was an absolute joke and the “cure” nonsense was done so horribly. Let’s just move on and forget this was thing.

Official Ranking: 2 unnecessarily brutal X-Men deaths and none of them mine…sigh

7. X-Men: ApocalypseMV5BMjU1ODM1MzYxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTA4NDE2ODE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,676,1000_AL_

From here on out, all the films are relatively good films, so as we move on, one will just barely edge out the other. The latest X-Men installment takes our 7th spot because of it’s dim addition to the new trilogy. You can read my full review here, but mostly it’s a film with much more spectacle than substance. It sets up for the likes of Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan to take over, which may be amazing, but we can’t give this movie a pass for what future films might do with it.

Official Ranking: 3 Horsemen short of a great X-Men movie

6. X-MenMV5BOTU3MzA3ODYyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDgwNzc3NjE@._V1_SY1000_SX672_AL_

The first film in the current franchise was phenomenal at the time. It gave all of us fans hope. Director Bryan Singer took a world that was far fetched and made it come to life. He had brilliant casting choices on his side, making it almost impossible for us to see anyone else play Wolverine (and, at the time, Professor X and Magneto). The movie’s downfall was Rogue. She was nothing like the strong, badass woman we had come to know in the comics. She was a mousy weakling that I still like to pretend wasn’t there.

Official Ranking: 4 main mutants that we’ll see for the next 6 years from a franchise with over 100

5. The WolverineMV5BNzg1MDQxMTQ2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTk3MjAzOQ@@._V1_SX674_CR0,0,674,999_AL_

Not all sequels can improve upon the source material, but this one had nowhere to go but up, in my opinion. Watching Hugh Jackman take on Japan was a much needed fresh look into the franchise.  It was the first X-Men film to take place outside of North America (which is really weird considering how racially diverse the X-Men have always been). Bringing in all new characters and creating an interesting mutant world, it’s an absolute shame it’s been all but forgotten by everyone else.

Official Ranking: 5 good reasons not to watch Origins

4. X-Men: First ClassMV5BMTg5OTMxNzk4Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTk1MjAwNQ@@._V1_

The first film in the new trilogy sparked some life back into the franchise as a whole after The Last Stand and Origins almost killed it.  Director Matthew Vaughn created an interesting mix of familiar and new characters that brought back the enjoyment of the films. The first go around for McAvoy, Fassbender, and Lawrence alike, each of them received high praise for their work and the inclusion of Kevin Bacon meant they were not playing around.

Official Ranking: 6 teenage kids picking their own sweet code names

3.  X-Men: Days of  Future PastMV5BNjk3MGZhMjEtOTM4NC00NzE2LTk2NzctZDc4YTUwN2E3NDhhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDc2NjEyMw@@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_

This movie was absolutely fantastic. It merged both original trilogy cast and new trilogy cast, created a detailed and dramatic plot line, and managed to not make time travel as convoluted as it could have been.  The new mutants added to the future timeline were so well done that it’s an absolute shame we won’t see them again. Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask was a brilliant casting job and finally seeing the Sentinels was a long time coming. If the entire plot didn’t yet again revolve around Wolverine, it would have been that much better.

Official Ranking: 7 amazing mutant plot lines that didn’t screw things up

2. DeadpoolMV5BMjQyODg5Njc4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzExMjE3NzE@._V1_SY1000_SX686_AL_

You have to admit it; this movie was the absolute best. You wanna know why it’s not the number 1 spot? Well it is an overall superior film. It takes the familiar tropes of lost love, revenge, wrongfully disfigured hero and makes them fresh with the humor of the comics. What Wolverine  Origins did to destroy the character Deadpool, Deadpool  recovered everything lost and then some. It’s quite remarkable how undeniably well done the movie is when translating a character that almost got too bloated for its own good over the last few years. To think this movie wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for the love that the fans and Ryan Reynolds has for the character. I only placed it at number 2 because, while perfectly defining Deadpool, the film doesn’t perfect define the X-Men.

Official Ranking: 8 toasty and sexy chimichangas

1. X-Men: UnitedMV5BNDk0NjYxMzIzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTc1MjU3._V1_

The opening sequence to the film maintains what is arguably the best opening sequence of a comic book film to date.  After the first film, we were all eager with what X-Men would be included in the inevitable sequel and we were not disappointed. Alan Cumming made a daring Nightcrawler and Kelly Hu’s Lady Deathstrike still shares one of the best fight scenes with our favorite clawed Canadian since. Magneto’s escape from his plastic prison is one of the most brutal death scenes I’ve ever seen and a technologically impressive use of CGI to this day.  It was the least annoying Jean Grey and Rogue have ever been, which is a feat all by itself considering. There is just so much good wrapped up in this film that I could go on about it for quite some time.

Official Ranking: 9 BAMFs across the X-Men world (BAMF is the onomatopoeia used to describe the sound Nightcrawler makes in the comics when he teleports, but it works as the acronym too, so that’s cool).

How do you feel about The Grid’s rankings? Did we hit the nail on the head? Where would you change it? Comment below!

The Grid Ranks: X-Men Films

Ruth ”Blindfold” Aldine: X-Men

RUTH ALDINE- WHAT MAKES BLINDFOLD UNIQUE

I Don’t know about you but as a recent Marvel enthusiast, I feel that out of all the female X-Men characters, Blindfold does NOT get the respect and credit she deserves. She’s totally overshadowed by Storm. Don’t get me wrong, I love Storm and admire her superpowers; however, Ruth Aldine (Blindfold) can roll with the best of them.

She’s a great contender when it comes to the female X-Men cast. She first appeared in Astonishing X-Men Volume 3 in 2007. She was born in North Carolina to a mother and her father who left the family soon after she was born. Ruth also has a brother, Luca, who she did not get along with. He basically hated her.

During an attempt to kill Ruth with a chainsaw, Luca ended up killing their mother while she was trying to protect Ruth, causing him to be put on Death Row and Ruth being sent to live with her aunt in Prospect Plains. Living there for 6 years was a time she really enjoyed as she was able to perfect her mutant superhero power.

Blindfold

While visiting her brother’s execution however, things took a downward spiral when her Luca Astral projected himself to steal many of Ruth’s powers, leaving her depleted of the young woman she was becoming. These early life traumas really play a big part into why Blindfold is the way she is throughout the X-Men series. Unlike the rest of the X-Men characters, Ruth Aldine was born with her superpowers. To put it simply, she was already badass from the start.

Lets take a moment to examine these mutant superpowers Blindfold has:

  • Blind-Anophthalmic
  • Psionic
  • Telapathic
  • Telekinesis
  • Clairvoyant
  • Retrocognitive
  • Precognitive

COME ON! That’s a pretty impressive list of powers here. That can’t be denied.

blindfoldAn X-Men movie about this awesome character should be made, in my opinion. Can I get an Amen in Agreement? At the very least  she should have a STRONG character feature in upcoming sequel movies. Okay, so she’s not always depicted to be the most sexy female Marvel comic character, but that should not really be a factor here. I can’t stress how much shame and embarrassment I have over the fact there is so little Blindfold mania. When I think of how she can see things without even having eyes, that’s real irony. Her precognitive powers are an excellent add to the recipe in the making of Blindfold too.

It’s seems that with all these superpower responsibility she has, Ruth Aldine seems to be a character that has a lot on her shoulders, what with trying to save the world from the bad guys after all.

I first discovered her only too recently actually. Some Marvel die hards may say I am late to the party, but I am sure glad to have been introduced to such an amazing female Marvel character . To me, she embodies a quiet courage and understated strength. Many episodes emphasize her empathy towards her peers. This quality is what stood out to me as unique. She’s a sheer fighter who has beat a lot of odds, despite her past.  She doesn’t let that hold her back from being of service to others, and we can indeed learn something from that.

Please school me with your opinions on this brilliant female X-Men character.   We at The Grid Daily would like to hear your favourite Blindfold’ moments and which of her superpowers you most admire.  We want to know that we are not alone in our Blindfold appreciation.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindfold_(comics))

Ruth ”Blindfold” Aldine: X-Men

X-Men: Apocalypse – A Spoiler Free Review

Friday saw the release of Fox’s newest addition to the X-Men world: X-Men: Apocalypse starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.  Estimated to pull in $65 million this weekend, it undoubtedly was the number one movie.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it was a good one. Now, I’m a cynical person and the X-Men have always been near and dear to me, so I am biased about their films. I admit that.  I also admit that if it were up to me, I’d redo every single X-Men film that’s been released so far.  Why is that? Well, it’s a story for another day.  For now, I’ll go through the good and the bad of X-Men Apocalypse avoiding spoilers.

X-Men: Apocalypse – The Good

X-Men: Apocalypse continues to stun with its superb casting.  Sophie Turner, who plays young Jean Grey, manages to stand out and hold her own among a star-studded group.  Her portrayal of Jean Grey was, overall, much better than Famke Janssen’s as she was able to be confident and strong while fighting the overwhelming immense powers she has, where as Janssen’s portrayal came off skittish and frightened. While completely under utilized, both Olivia Munn and Alexandra Shipp did incredibly well as Psylocke and Storm, respectively. Mystique shined. Saying goodbye to Jennifer Lawrence will be very difficult after this. She turned a very forgettable character from the original trilogy into the unexpected hero of the new franchise.

X-Men: Apocalypse New Mutants

The special effects throw me off because at times they were brilliant, and others, they were lackluster and disappointing. The follow up to the now infamous Quicksilver scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past was a prime example. When it began it was unbelievable, beautifully directed even if his powers were exaggerated, but by the time it was over, the special effects look sloppy.  Angel had a fantastic scene where his metal wings were implanted and Nightcrawler’s powers were identical to those in X2: X-Men United.

X-Men: Apocalypse – The Bad

I have to admit, ultimately, I was pretty bored throughout the whole movie. It’s been a long time since I was that disinterested.  The movie just never hooked me.  It began in an elaborate scene that held no interest for me considering I was pretty unaware of most of the characters. I think the mystery of Apocalypse in the comics was part of his appeal, but with his whole background laid out in the movie and his grossly over-powered mutant abilities ruined a lot of my investment in the film.  When you name your film after a character, I expect that character to be amazing.

X-Men: Apocalypse with Storm and Psylocke

Also, can we please decide if Magneto is a bad guy or a good guy? I know he flips sometimes, but never multiple times in the same story. I prefer the later comic stories where he attempts to do the right thing by the wrong methods.  I completely understand they want the juxtaposition of Professor X and Magneto, but if they wanted it that much, they wouldn’t be so focused on their impossible friendship.  It’s unnecessary drama.

Lastly, once again, a female character gets almost completely cut from the film. Poor Jubilee; at least she had a fantastic line defending Empire Strikes Back.

X-Men: Apocalypse Michael Fassbender

Overall

This movie definitely didn’t live up to the last two, which they ironically tried to joke about, funny enough. It is, however, a great jumping off point for Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Alexandra Shipp to take over the series. The costuming was impressive but confusing. While the street clothes definitely conveyed the 80’s, the uniforms looked more sophisticated than the “future” films with the original cast. Unfortunately, there’s too many inconsistencies with the X-Men timeline for me to think too much on it.

I give it a 3\5 saucers.

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As with all movies, I suggest you go watch it on your own. I’m sure you’ll disagree with me.

Check out a detailed rating below and if you’ve seen it, let’s us know your thoughts in the comments below!

X-Men: Apocalypse – A Spoiler Free Review

First Look at X-Men: Apocalypse

This week, I’m breaking down quite a few of the pictures from another major 2016 film, X-Men: Apocalypse.  And, just like Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I have mixed feelings.  I want to be clear that I have not read the accompanying article to some of these photos because I’m attempting to avoid spoilers, so all my picture breakdowns are based on the photos alone.

X-Men Apocalypse EW CoverThis is an absolutely epic photo, but unfortunately, it doesn’t tell us anything about the story. Who is on whose side? Where are the allegiances? We’ve got two new characters and one we’re very familiar with (how you doing, Mr. Fassbender?). While Apocalypse is mostly covered, it’s easy to see the extreme detail that has gone into Psylocke and Magneto’s costumes. While I’m still not sold on Olivia Munn (I haven’t watched The Newsroom yet, back off), at least she’ll be dressed well.

X-Men Apocalypse new cast

Here’s a very brief introduction of some of the new faces to the game. Sophie Turner, our new Jean Grey, Lana Condor, the incredibly accurate Jubilee, and Tye Sheridan, young Cyclops, are pretty picture perfect. The photos may not give much away about them; they definitely don’t disappoint.

X-Men Apocalypse cerebroThis one assembles an odd assortment of mutants, if you’ve been following the movies up to this point. From left to right is Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert (I guess this means her memory is back?), James McAvoy as Professor X, Lucas Till as Havok, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast all surrounding Cerebro. I have so many questions. Why are they in there?  Why are those particular mutants in there? Are Professor X and Mystique working together again?

X-Men Apocalypse Nightcrawler

Kodi Smit-McPhee is looking perfectly stoic as our favorite teleporter. We can see that he’s already started to tattoo himself in penance even as a young boy (a ritual introduced in X2: X-Men United). The blue hair streaks is a little sophomoric, so I hope the elf’s acting can overcome. Now all I wonder is exactly how Singer plans to keep him away from certain X-Men so that the events in X2 tie in properly.

X-Men Apocalypse Magneto

Look at that gloriously disheveled man. How handsome is he? I’d like to grab his cute little face and –
Oh. Yeah. Article.
Magneto once again seems to be in a difficult situation. He’s presented here looking worn and tired, possibly on the run from someone or something. In the background, a blurred figure stands. He appears to be shirtless and wearing some sort of helmet.  Is he a prisoner? Or an attacker?

X-Men Apocalypse Mystique and Quicksilver

 

Confusing stare down between Mystique and Quicksilver, and when I say that, I mean they look really confused to be around each other. Maybe this is one of those cheesy moments where Professor X tells them they’re working together right after they’ve had a fight and the whole audience is waiting eagerly to see ALL the shenanigans. It’s very nice to see Singer getting some use out of the Mockingjay armor. Why bother creating new costumes when other movies have done it better?

X-Men Apocalypse, Storm, and Psylocke

Here’s the moment I’ve been waiting to show. Look at all that purple. It’s like the X-Men team that Prince built. I have so many thoughts…let’s begin:
Storm – absolutely amazing.  She’s rocking the mohawk, one of the character’s most classic looks, and her costume has a mix of the punk/goddess themes she’s tried. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure that her costume has any actual purple to it. She may just be reflecting off of Ivan Ooze over there.
Psylocke – again, not entirely sure how I feel about Olivia Munn as Psylocke. Knowing her background, she’ll have complete reverence for the character and do her best in the role, but it’s also fairly difficult for me to see the woman who hosted Attack of the Show in a serious superhero role. Her costume is absolutely killer. Also, not purple! The wardrobe team has taken the classic Psylocke look and transformed it into movie worthy.
Apocalypse – what?  What is he wearing? Why is he so ridiculous? Why so much purple?  I cannot believe they looked at all the designs of Apocalypse (there’s really only one) and said, “Nah. I’ve got something better.” Well, you don’t. Cosplayers can do it; why can’t you?

X-Men Apocalypse cosplay comparison

 

 

At least there’s hope for Angel.  Check out that concept art.

X-Men Apocalypse Angel

What are your first thoughts on these early looks at X-Men: Apocalypse? Do you like what we’ve seen so far? Any complaints? Comment below!

First Look at X-Men: Apocalypse