Rated “X”: A Night With Bryan Singer
“There’s no point in making films unless you intend to show us something special, otherwise just go out and watch a play.” So said leading fantasy filmmaker Bryan Singer, enlightening us with his cinematic manifesto. The New York-born Singer has certainly delivered “something special” during a career that has reinvented the modern superhero film and exposed both the darkest and brightest aspects of humanity. In a Fantasia first, you will meet the man himself in person, in a special evening of superbeings, superstars and one super filmmaker — Bryan Singer. Fantasia’s free presentation (an approximately 60-minute discussion between Singer, moderator Tony Timpone and the audience) will culminate with still-wet-from-the-lab footage from next summer’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST just for you!
Weaned on genre films at a young age (his favourite movie, Spielberg’s JAWS) and a graduate of USC film school, Singer set the movie world ablaze with his Oscar-winning crime flick THE USUAL SUSPECTS in 1995. After helming the disturbing Stephen King adaptation APT PUPIL in 1998, Singer found his forte in the years that followed with the action-packed superhero adventure movies X-MEN, X2 and SUPERMAN RETURNS, his serious approach to the four-colour comics paving the way for WATCHMEN and the DARK KNIGHT trilogy that came later. These weren’t your granddady’s brand of comic-book escapism. Singer’s epic films had surprising subtext, genuine emotion and a political subversion that surprised both hardcore fans and highbrow critics alike. Likewise, we bought—and rooted for—Tom Cruise as a Nazi(!) in Singer’s underrated 2008 WWII thriller VALKYRIE, and this year’s eye-popping JACK THE GIANT SLAYER gussied up the Ray Harryhausen pictures that inspired Singer as a kid. Now director Singer is bringing the legendary John Byrne/Chris Claremont Marvel comics storyline X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST to the big screen for the ultimate X-MEN adventure, uniting incarnations of the series’ past and present heroes and villains for a time-tripping adventure of unimaginable scope, excitement and thrills. Be the first on your block to see scenes from next July’s FX extravaganza, and better yet, ask Singer yourself about how this master craftsman makes his movie magic! (Presentation in English)