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May 29, 2014

‘Days of future past’ joins best of X franchise

Movie Review

emann@pvdemocrat.com — If I were to say there was one heroic team that stood out more than any other from childhood until now, it would be the group in today’s review subject. From some of my earliest memories of comic books to animated shows and video games, there is none other that came close in all my geekvana.

Like any obsessed fanboy, I’ve have both celebrated what I have seen as moments of glory and given into nerd rage over some of the decisions made for characters who felt as real as my hyperactive imagination would allow. Despite that dedication, I have for the most part been pretty forgiving for even the most doofus induced film scenes throughout the franchise. However, I would also admit it was pretty funny how irrelevant “X-Men: Days of Future Past” made the weakness that was “X-Men: The last Stand (Arguably something that should have at least been two movies if not a whole trilogy with space aliens like the cartoon in the 90s).”

Of all the things this flick pulled off with such a huge cast, the most impressive was how well it merged main characters from both the original trilogy and the younger versions from “X-Men: First Class.” In this ridiculously cool time traveling epic, we meet a very perplexed Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who not only learns that Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) is still alive, but has teamed up with his metal warping nemesis Magneto (Ian McKellen) to stop all mutants from being wiped out by purple terminators (called sentinels).

To do this, Hairy Claws must go back to the most devoid of disco ever 1970s (I was thrilled not to see a scene reminiscent of Peter Parker dancing in “Spiderman 3”), to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating their creator Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). He must also convince the hippy Professor X (James McAvoy) as well as devilishly handsome Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to help make this happen in his nonmetallic body, all while playing the only grown-up acting authority to the whole lot of the whiners. Wolverine was again a dominant character and carried many scenes, yet he also blended in when needed and this gave several chances for other characters to shine just as brightly (making it easy to feel connected to just about every one of them in some way).

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Prep Team Finish

The Pauls Valley Panther Prep Team finished second in the OK Kids State Tournament losing in the championship game to Weathford 11-9. Members of the team are sitting right to left Chase Sawyer, Jared Perry, Kaleb Galaviz, Tyler Thompson, Clint Cosby and Ethan Gonzalez. Back row from left are coach Colby Arie, Jeremy Sawyer, Keegan Moore, Tyler Butts, Matt Perry and coach Greg Perry.

Obituaries
  • Lisa D. Brinkley

    Lisa D. Brinkley of Springdale, Arkansas was born to Clarence (C. L.) and Bertha (Wright) Pelfrey on November 3, 1947 in Yuba City, California and passed from this life on July 15, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years.

    July 17, 2014

  • Roger Glen Clayton

    Roger Glen Clayton, of Wynnewood, was born April 22, 1960 in Arizona to Sonny B. and Wanda Ruth (Riddle) Clayton. He passed away July 10, 2014 in Newcastle, Oklahoma at the age of 54 years.

    July 17, 2014

  • Reba Joyce Dawson

    Reba Joyce Dawson of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma was born to Ben and Gertie Mae (Gates) Crawford Jr. on July 28, 1934 in Carthage, Texas and passed from this life on July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 79 years.

    July 17, 2014

  • Lawatha Dean Gilley

    Lawatha Dean Gilley, of Pauls Valley, passed away July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 80 years.

    July 17, 2014

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  • Purcell, Lex bridge ready for traffic

    A couple of area communities are likely feeling a collective sense of relief as a normally well traveled bridge is set to reopen this week.

    June 13, 2014

  • Robbery Suspect Search on after bank robbery

    A manhunt is on for a lone man who robbed a Pauls Valley bank early Monday afternoon.

    June 11, 2014 1 Photo

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Dawn of Apes Poster

Poster for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," showing this week at the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.

  • ‘Dawn of Apes’ takes franchise to best level yet

    Since I’m not rolling in the corporate movie profits and typing from a solid gold i-Pad, you’ll just have to trust me that I’m not being paid off to write so many glowing sequel reviews in recent years.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

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