I must admit that when they relaunched the X-Men series to focus on their origins as teens led by a young Xavier and Magneto, I rolled my eyes. But First Class and Days of Future Past are probably the best two out of all of them, maybe X2 nudges them a tad.
I had high hopes for Apocalypse, one of the most revered X-Men storylines. Couple that with the addition of Oscar Isaac as the lead villain, and the recipe was there for a home run.
Sadly, Apocalypse stumbles too much in execution to be great. Issac does an admirable job playing the part, especially because his dialogue is largely cookie cutter super villain garbage. There are also too many moments to pick apart, questionable plot holes you could do a 20 minute YouTube video on, which people have.
Now all that bad aside, its not a total miss. Singer does a good job at dialing up the special effects that are customary for a film of this caliber. The Quicksilver scenes especially once again are a highlight. Its just too bad the smoke and mirrors weren't enough to mask the stage show better.
It took me a minute to figure this one out. I'm in a group online with fans of cult films, and a lot of them love Fulci, and of those a lot cite The Beyond as their fave of his. This was my first foray into the director's body of work, and I must admit I had an eyebrow cocked for about the first 35 minutes or so.
The Beyond is built on a flimsy plot which is executed by terrible actors reciting equally bad dialogue. A woman inherits a mysterious hotel which--unbeknownst to her-- has a room sealed off with a gateway to Hell. Of course once she takes control of the property, bad things happen.
This actually sounds pretty cool on paper, but the storyline jumps all over the place and does not build on that premise well. And in the end, it doesn't really matter. Fulci's m.o. (here at least) is to create multiple scenes of gore and terror that shakily ties it all together. The majority of these scenes strictly from an artist's point of view without considering the overall story are pretty well done by themselves. Lot of blood, lot of cool shots, lot of old school practical effects that are missing in today's CGI everything universe. On that note, I can see why some people love Fulci. He was really good at throwing out compelling imagery. But for me, visuals are not everything. I need substance behind it.