FMP Ep. 009 – ‘X-Men: First Class’

This Sunday Phil headed out of town to cover E3 for Game Informer, so we recorded at 1:00am on Saturday night. This contributed to some insanity and distracted conversation, but much fun was had. Along with reviews of X-Men: First Class and The Hustler, we also discuss our opinions on movie sequels and offer a new opportunity for listeners to pick a movie for us to review.

Show Schedule:

  • 00:34 – 02:16 – Introductions
  • 02:16 – 25:34 – Review of X-Men: First Class
  • 26:21 – 43:56 – Favorite Wedding Movies, Question of the Week
  • 44:40 – 1:03:49 – Review of The Hustler
  • 1:04:49 – 1:14:10 – Recommendations and Contact Info.


  • Music for Episode 9 was provided by Between Two Skies.
  • The track played during transitions was called “Seeing Dawn.”

Show Notes:

  • We need you to “Like” our Facebook page and tell all your friends to do so as well. When we hit 300 Likes we will randomly select one person to choose a movie for us to review.
  • If you submit an answer for Question of the Week we will enter your name into a drawing for the opportunity to select a movie to review.
  • The Hustler 50th Anniversary Blu-Ray has already been released. Check it out here.

Question of the Week:

  • What is your favorite X-Men movie in the franchise and why?

Next Week:

  • Review of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8
  • Top 5 Alien Movies of All-Time

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  • Best “X-Men” film? That seems like a noticeably narrow question, because most are going to put out “X2: X-Men United”. I’m very tempted to choose that, but it’s something of a long drag, and I occasionally wondered what was the point. The original “X-Men” still holds onto me, because they got a lot right the first time through. It’s still the definitive film in the series, but it’s not really that great, or good, a series.

  • Jose

    Mine is probably X Men First Class.

    I agree with Duncan that the series as a whole isn’t really that great, but First Class I thought was the most entertaining.

    And Phil I’m surprised that out of your complaints for that movie wasn’t the continuity issues, which is what a lot of people are complaining about.

    Alex I too will watch Moulin Rouge! with my eyes open and the sound on. It’s easier.

    And up until this week I heard of The Hustler, which btw have you see the latest abridged script?

  • Thanks for the shout out guys! Another great podcast, fascinating listen. And Phil … so sad. So sad. What happened in that theater for X-Men: First Class that you aren’t telling us? Something dark, I’m sure, something that dredged up some long forgotten mystery buried deep in your psyche.

    As far as favorite X-Men movie … I go back and forth between X2 and First Class. X2 was so excellent, but for me it was excellent because of the ground work it set and the awesome stories it was creating. Then X3 promptly ruined them all beyond recognition.

    Keep up the good work guys!

  • I think while First Class didn’t really meet my expectation for a reboot like Star Trek, It’s the best of he franchise. They give enough screentime and story for small mutants and the story is much deeper now. Previous X-Men’s movies mostly only focused on Wolverine.

  • You should always record this at 1 am. You are hilarious! Your seem to be going in all different directions in between about 30:00-40:00.

    Interesting discussion of X-men. I’ve seen and enjoy the others, but I’ve since lost interest and have no desire to see this one. Although like you, I love Michael Fassbender.

  • X2 is my favorite. It had the best plot and the best action scenes. I also like it the best because I have good memories of seeing it at a drive-in theater.

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