"X-Men: First Class": Because Vintage Being Cool Is Cool Again


It only seems right that if Matthew Vaughn is going to take the X-Men back to the Cuban Missile Crisis with X-Men: First Class and go all spy adventure retro on the audience's collective behinds, that JustPressPlay be allowed to do the same. But with T-shirts. And I guess since you don't wear T-shirts on your collective behinds this is a moot point. Whatever the case may be, Junk Food has given us two vintage X-Men tees in honor of X-Men: First Class coming to theaters on June 3rd and we intend to give them away to you. Well, two of you. The rest shall go wanting, and possibly unclothed.

X-Men: First Class hits the virtual "ABORT" button on the original X-Men movie saga, helmed successfully by Bryan Singer and then mindblowingly horribly by Brett Ratner. Can you blame Fox for wanting to step away from that? No, but you can blame them for hiring Ratner...so....yeah. Anyways, before they got around to hiring Matthew Vaughn they made another mess of the X-Men series with X-Men Origins: Wolveine, which not only contradicted the original X-Men movies but then totally laid waste to Fox's ability to keep telling that story in a way that had any continuity, though that's not really going to stop them. It stopped Darren Aronofsky, but it won't stop Fox. Or Wolverine, I guess. He is the best at what he does, even if that changes from film to film. Talk about versatile.

Then they announced a reboot and that Matthew Vaughn would be directing and writing it. Talk about a mixed signal for comic book fans. On one hand, the "reboot" strategy has become a Hollywood must for pretty much any franchise that ever made a profit ever, and thus film geeks and, by a partial venn diagram overlap, comic book geeks alike groan when they hear their favorite series will be starting from scratch with a fresh new look. On the other hand, it had Matthew Vaughn attached and he'd just delivered the ridiculously fun Kick-Ass and had a respectable couple of films before that with the likes of Stardust and Layer Cake. I imagine the universal sound that rang out upon that announcement was a groan, but with a question mark. Ugggggggh? Can it ever equal the greatness of this?

(You know you want to watch the rest, or at least download the classic arcade game off PSN)

Now, Matthew Vaughn has taken us back to then, which in this case represents the meeting of Charles Xavier and Eric Lehnsherr, and he's doing it with an impressive cast including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Zoe Kravitz, and Jennifer Lawrence. Vive la vintage.

Wait, he mentioned t-shirts at one point right? And the giving away thereof? Yes, he did and is. Here are the shirts up for grabs:


(Each is $32 and available at www.junkfoodclothing.com)

And if you want to win one of them, here's what you have to do...

1) "Like" JustPressPlay on Facebook (or click "Like" on the Facebook box in the upper left-hand corner)

2) On our Facebook wall, just comment on our X-Men: First Class Vintage T-shirt Giveaway post

The contest ends on June 8th, 2011. One entry per person. Many will enter few will win. By few, we mean 2. Entry for contest must be left on the Facebook post specific to this contest, otherwise entry will not be considered (we're just trying to keep the Facebook wall looking neat).

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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