Fresh from BNAT Quint shows some love to KICK-ASS and has a rundown of the Iron Man 2 trailer!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here writing to you post-BNAT after a short 3 hour nap and massive amounts of pasta with a good two dozen dazed, bleary-eyed BNATers including such web superstars as Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm, Devin Faraci of CHUD and the great turncoat Drew McWeeny currently of Hitfix as well as Tim and Karrie League and some of the coolest cats in attendance at the fest this year.
I don’t want to do a blow by blow recap of BNAT… you’re going to be getting tons of that over the next couple of days from far better writers than yours truly, but before focusing on a few specific movies from the event I do want to commend Harry on one of the best programming jobs of any BNAT. I should know, having been fortunate enough to attend every single one. You’ve outdone yourself, Big Red.
Now I do get asked frequently about Butt-Numb-A-Thon as an experience and how that influences one’s opinion on a film. It’s a valid question. Can opinions out of BNAT be trusted or does the energy and the exclusivity of the event feed into a radically different movie-watching perspective that couldn’t possibly be matched by the typical theatrical showing?
I’d be a fool to deny that a great screening can influence one’s opinion of a movie. Look at Harry’s notorious Godzilla review. I was there when he got back from New York, having watched the movie in Madison Square Garden sitting with Muhammad Ali and 10,000 other loudly enthusiastic people. Harry’s enthusiasm for the event and the experience was evident just as much as the crushing look of “Oh shit…” on his face when he rewatched the movie in a regular theater and saw it stripped of all the bells and whistles, leaving a hollow and frankly horrible movie.
It has been widely reported that KICK-ASS’s big premiere at Butt-Numb-A-Thon stole the show from such veteran filmmakers as Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese and James Cameron in terms of sheer audience enjoyment and that’s 100% true. The audience fucking loved the movie, cheering throughout, laughing at all the in-jokes and comedic moments, clapping in rhythm to the music as Hit Girl painted a bloody masterpiece of gore and violence across the screen and just plain old buzzed about the flick for hours afterwards. Hell, at dinner tonight the conversation was 80% Kick-Ass.
In terms of Kick-Ass’s BNAT reception does the experience make the movie or the movie make the experience? That’s the big question.
In all honesty I can’t give you a definite answer, but my gut reaction is that the movie made the experience and I’ll tell you why.
As raucous as the screening was there was a technical issue that popped up after Hit Girl (the clear audience favorite character) does her first act of carnage about a reel and a half into the film (25-30-ish minutes in). The center speaker literally fizzled out, giving the audio a muted quality not dissimilar to being underwater. The Alamo folks quickly stopped the movie and it took a good 20 minutes to fix.
It wasn’t the perfect screening, but the movie survived the pause in its first big action scene. In a lot of ways it added to the excitement of the crowd. You see, Matthew Vaughn had us all hooked by this point, so instead of the crowd losing steam and interest we started buzzing instead, excitedly talking about the beginning of the movie with our friends and neighbors.
When the Alamo’s crack squad of managers and techies fixed the problem (seriously, it was like watching an elite bomb squad that just spotted an IED on some Iraqi roadside at work) they restarted the movie we got to see Hit Girl’s real introduction again, this time with the correct sound and the audience “Oohed” and “Awed” at the exact same moments… and I include myself in there.
Vaughn’s film is a love letter to super hero comics and movies that manages to stay true to the mythology of those stories while also working as a deconstruction of those archetypes. That’s the dangerous line this movie walks. There are moments of over the top action that would have turned into a Zucker-ish spoof if Vaughn had taken it one step further. And if that had happened it would have ruined the movie.
The cut of the movie we saw was rough. There seemed to be a lot of early render gore… spurting blood, sword stabbings, etc… and there was a temp score in place with some incredibly obvious superhero cues from John Williams’ Superman score, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s The Dark Knight score and Danny Elfman’s Batman score. In a strange way using this iconic music only added to the idol worship that is the basis for the main character of the story.
Young Aaron Johnson plays the lead character, Dave Lizewski, who is special only in his complete averageness. He’s not a dweeb being constantly beaten up. He’s doesn’t belong to any cliques or clubs or sports teams. He’s like many of us were in high school: invisible.
He’s definitely modeled after Peter Parker. I’m sure Mark Millar has admitted to this, but if he hasn’t it’s because it’s so obvious he doesn’t have to.
Dave muses about why there aren’t any people out there trying to emulate superheroes from the comics and movies. Like most teenagers that don’t belong to any distinct group he and his friends spend a lot of time in the local comic shop bullshitting about fictional people, places and events. Hell, I still spend most of time talking about fictional scenarios, but now I’m paid to… so I guess there’s a less losery aspect to that now.
The point is he’s very relatable and Johnson plays him very real. He’s weak, but has a nervous enthusiasm… just as any geek who would decide to give it a shot at being a real life superhero would be.
Just as in the comic his first attempt at stopping a crime in progress gets him hospitalized for months, but also leaves him with a fucked up nervous system that allows him to take more punishment without feeling it. Not that that really helps him fight better, but he can take more punches without collapsing.
Even when Kick-Ass (his chosen superhero name) becomes famous he’s still pretty worthless as a crime fighter. What he does do is inspire others to take up the mantle and that’s where the real fun of the movie comes in.
Aaron Johnson deserves a lot of credit for making the movie work, but I’m afraid it’s Chloe Moretz that is going to steal the show. Just like Natalie Portman did before her, Moretz is going to make her career with this role, playing a daddy’s girl of a different sort.
Nicolas Cage plays her father and the first scene with them both has him, looking creepily like Stanley Tucci’s Mr. Harvey from Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, pointing a gun at his 11 year old daughter in pig-tails saying it’s not going to hurt much. The bullet will feel like someone punching her chest. He pulls the trigger and this cute, smiling innocent-looking little girl goes flying back, her puffy pink vest sending out a puff of cotton.
Cage runs over to her and we see the bullet-proof vest underneath her girly pink jacket. She’s in training and we later find out Cage and Moretz are a father/daughter vigilante duo. These two are no-holds-barred, vicious foul-mouthed fucking animals when they’re on the job, leaving no evidence behind… and not witnesses either.
While Cage is great as Big Daddy, in his Batman-ish outfit (complete with black suit and yellow utility belt and exaggerated Adam West style of speech) it’s Chloe Moretz’s Hit-Girl that got the audience in an uproar. Here’s this innocent little girl slicing and dicing through drug dealers, dropping c-bombs and saying shit that’d make a sailor blush and doing it all within a real performance of a little girl trying to make her father proud.
Hit-Girl has the best action of the movie which is made even better by her age. I mean, it’s one thing to see Uma Thurman slice through a dozen Crazy 88s, but to see an 11 year old girl do it? While calling the bad guys cunts no less? Priceless and so damn ballsy that you can’t help respect the crazy hard, hard, hard R rated movie Matthew Vaughn pushed through.
Also of note is Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the son of the crime boss (the fantastic Mark Strong who plays Frank D’Amico as an Elias Koteasish family man who just happens to murder people to keep his drug trafficking running smoothly) who is also inspired by Kick-Ass. His Red Mist is flashier and just as useless as a real deal crime fighter as Kick-Ass is, but he’s the son of a rich man, so he has flashier toys.
Mintz-Plasse’s biggest challenge post-Superbad was shaking loose the McLovin label and actually have a chance at a career. He’s not there yet, but his role here is the biggest step away from that pigeonhole that he’s taken so far. And if they’re doing what I think they’re doing to his character we might see him take even bigger steps in future films (God willing).
Make no mistake about it Kick-Ass lives up to its name and does so precisely because it was made outside the studio system. Lionsgate picked it up and, much to their credit, have taken on a tough sell without forcing any changes on Vaughn. If the movie’s a success it’s because of their gamble in releasing a movie that is willing to push the envelope on audience expectation.
But above all this movie is just fun from start to finish. It’s badass, it’s cool, it’s funny, it’s sad… that’s all good, but the fun is what I took away from the movie, what I assume most of the Butt-Numb-A-Thon audience took away from the movie. If I was trying to get a quote on the poster I’d call it “a great time at the movies.” Shit… I just did that, didn’t i? But it’s true.
Despite an unintended intermission and rough effects the movie blew the roof off the Alamo Drafthouse at 8 in the morning when wedged in-between the world premiere of the Iron Man 2 trailer and James Cameron’s first science-fiction war movie since Terminator 2… and the reason for that? Kick-Ass gave us something different, something smart, something extremely well executed, but most of all something hugely entertaining. It’s just a great time at the movies.
Before I leave you I figured I’d give a brief rundown on the Iron Man 2 trailer. That okay? I thought you wouldn’t mind.
Most of the first theatrical Iron Man 2 trailer contains footage that screened in the Comic-Con sizzle reel (you can read my description of that trailer here) which was bootlegged a bit if I remember correctly, so there’s a good chance some of you fine folks saw that already.
This trailer starts with Tony Stark sitting in front of a Congressional board… press and public behind him and Gary Shandling leading the board in front. They want the Iron Man technology and Stark refuses. From the flashes we see that it’s relative peacetime and Iron Man/Tony Stark spends more time flying to special engagements, awards shows (where he’s backed up by cheerleaders or dancers wearing red and gold bikinis with a glowing orb in the middle) and the like.
But while Stark is busy trying to get his Stark Expo up and running we leave him and go to Mickey Rourke’s prison cell, littered with articles on Stark and his tech. There’s a voiceover from Rourke about how much he wants to emulate Stark’s work and then we see him out and whipping up the racetrack where Stark is competing.
What wasn’t in the Comic-Con reel was an effects shot of Rourke literally whipping a racecar in two (I assume it’s Stark’s) as it speeds by. In slow motion you see the front end separate in much the manner you’d expect… kinda like a lightsaber strike… but the back end starts flipping up and over the front as Rourke is still finishing his strike.
Another new bit has Stark and Pepper standing near the open end of a flying airplane. He asks for a kiss before he leaves and she takes his helmet, kisses it and throws it out of the plane. He smiles and jumps after it, the camera following him down and into some war-ish hell where he’s pursued by missiles, etc.
The big money shot is the last scene of the trailer which starts on Don Cheadle’s face as the War Machine mask slides into place and he starts fighting back to back with Iron Man. They showed this segment at Comic-Con, but the difference on the effects is night and day. Now instead of just the two fighting against black they’re in a war-torn, fiery environment… War Machine’s shoulder mini-guns are whirring taking out men with guns as Iron Man’s repulsor rays do their thing.
And we also get a glimpse of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, but not much more than a brief bit of a beat down she employs to some poor schmuck in a hallway somewhere and a quick shot of Sam Jackson as Nick Fury.
It’s a lot of frenetic energy and I suppose does its job, especially for a teaser, but you don’t get too much of an idea of the story or a real set up to where Rourke is coming from as a new addition to the universe. But all in good time, right? The flick’s still a half-year away-ish, yeah?
There you go. Now I’m going to actually get a real night’s sleep. I’ll be back soon with my thoughts on Avatar (quick: is good), Shutter Island (quick: is good) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s MicMacs (quick: is fuckin’ good).
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Dec. 14, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST
by Bob Loblaw Law Blog
Seriously... KICK-ASS was amazing. I loved FROZEN, AVATAR, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE LOVELY BONES... all the cool/weird stuff we saw. Great BNAT.
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST
I just hope it doesnt go down the traditional sequel route and go darker!
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST
soundtrack. I think it'd be much cooler with the queues from the films of yore. Not that I've seen it yet. But with the queues, it'd the kind of homage Wanted should've been.
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:30 a.m. CST
the last one left me feeling a little deflated.......... LOL
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:32 a.m. CST
looking forward to this - mainly because movie work seems to have halted all progress on the comic book. priorities guys! We buy the book, help make a new brand, then you ditch us for your new mass market hollywood buddies eh? :)
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:32 a.m. CST
in a dickish way?
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST
Don't know. Didn't talk to him about it, honestly. I might want to watch it again before I make an official comment myself as I was a bit loopy when it started playing a good 26 hours into my day. Without a doubt the action stuff at the end is sweet and I like the characters... the story might be a bit been there done that, but just watching how Cameron tells the story is what makes it fresh if that makes any sense. The dude still has the eye. Not that anyone asked for my opinion, but I gave it anyway. Heh.
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:53 a.m. CST
Everybody who sees it will love it, but due to non-interest in the general audience it will bomb.
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST
Was avoiding that Dexter TB, nooo, will make sure I avoid this site when Lost starts. <p>
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST
waayyy too much CGI. more practical effects ftw.
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST
My review is up on Den of Geek (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/373878/kickass_screening_review.html) and I'm glad to see that my girlfriend and I weren't alone in thinking it was fantastic. If I had to chose my poster quote (and you're not alone in wanting to be associated with the film!), I'd go for (to paraphrase) 'Not just the best comic book movie since The Dark Knight, but the best movie since The Dark Knight'. Here's hoping it makes truckloads of cash...
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:56 a.m. CST
Red Bull ? caffeine drip ? <p> I like the thought of BNAT with all the cool movies, but can't imagine that I would truly appreciate the last few movies unless I was on drugs.
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST
disliked Avatar, then I know its going to be great. Devin bitter, untalented, sold out years ago, fuckhead farci not liking something is the best endorsemnet a fil can have. Lets remember he gave that piece of shit T4 a four star review, and Gijoe a 8.5. I guess bith films moved him....to a bigger house!...But seriously, after watching the films he promotes like Watchmen, drag me to hell etc...which then duly bomb at the b.o, It become quite clear he cant tell the difference between something truly cool, or the insular internet fanboy shit he pimps. Oh how it makes me happy that almost every thing he loves fails.....
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST
Kick Ass is going to bypass our eyeballs and forcibly fuck something else we have going on...Kudos Quint!
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST
else how that gimp creams his pants over Harry potter more than a Japanese schoolgirl? Or the way he perved over an at the time underage actress that plays Heriome? They should him to interview the cast before they finish making those films so he can blow daniel whatshisname and the ginger kid....
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:04 a.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:10 a.m. CST
I am waiting for him to play a villian in a mainstream comic book movie, he definetely has the look and added plus is he can act, was very good in Body of Lies.
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST
And will continue to do so, until I get back from work tonight. <P> Kick Ass looks like fun too, get that director to take over SPiderman!
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST
He was supposed to do three anyway but because he loves his family more than Fox's money they had to find someone who wipes his ass with hundred dollar bills and then lights them with burning 50's.
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST
KICK ASS may prove that Vaughn is the director we don't quite deserve... I love that he didn't get tied up in Marvel's corporate bullshit (penny-pinchers), but I do want this man to direct a serious big-time capes movie. SUPERMAN reboot maybe? I don't know, but his talent is needed... desperately.
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:41 a.m. CST
And of everything it was all Kick Ass. Quint is there some rivalry about which writer can post a BNAT review first after having had a full days worth of movies shoved into your head?
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:45 a.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
Can't wait for Kick Ass.
Dec. 14, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST
He didn't want to do X-Men 3 so he didn't. He wanted to make Stardust snd so he did (and I loved that movie - i know a few people didn't, but i thought it was great!)<p>He wanted to make Kick-Ass, even though nobody would back it. So he made it himself and worried about distributing it later.<p>If Kick-Ass is as great as everyone is saying, the guy is a fucking legend.
Dec. 14, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST
... chances are it's going to perform like Mystery Men. Perhaps with more gore & f-bombs - but still this whole Kick-Ass thing has an old familiar been there, done that taint. Even the character posters reek of Mystery Men.
Dec. 14, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST
...but I find Quint's enthusiastic excitement about an 11 year old girl calling people 'cunts' and killing them really rather disturbing. That isn't my idea of 'cool' or entertaining'.
Dec. 14, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST
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Dec. 14, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST
When he hates these guys?
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST
Will a general audience embrace a 11 year old girl killing people in a bloody fashion or will "Kick Ass" be the next "Watchmen," where fanboy interest was huge going in, but turned out only to have a limited audience. Haven't seen "Kick Ass," but just the fact that Hit Girl is 11 year old girl dealing bloody death with glee will surely bring down the wrath of the critics (reminiscent of the same outcry that accompanied "Robocop 2" and the kid villain).
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST
Anything but that crap again.
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST
Watchmen was more popular but just as invisible to mainstream audiences and even with a huge push by WB it still only managed to do decent business. Kick Ass won't make that much at the box office but will have a long shelf life on bluray if it lives up to the fanboy hype.
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST
...well, kick ass, but movies with 11 year olds slicing and dicing and calling folks cunts tend not to review well in the real world. Hopefully, this movie will get some play outside the geekhood, but I wouldn't bank on it.
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST
...sounds great, and appropriate to the theme of the movie.<P> Hell, you'd even get a little chill when SMALLVILLE used a few bars from the classic SUPERMAN theme. Too bad they will have to come up with something new...
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST
So sad this is sending shivers down the collective fanboy spine. Without seeing the film or any trailers, it still has the taint and stench of Mark Millar attached. I doubt seeing the trailer will make any difference, it is still based on absolutely awful source material that only a 14 year old would think is "cool" . Unless the entire comic bible is tossed away and this has 100% ZERO relation to the comic, it'll suck. If in any way it resembles the comic...it'll be sheer idiocy
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST
ANYONE'S " enthusiastic excitement about an 11 year old girl calling people 'cunts' and killing them " IS "really rather disturbing. That isn't my idea of 'cool' or entertaining" - thanks for being a voice of reason. This type garbage has no reason to exist.
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST
Uhh...Watchmen anybody? Are people really impressed with this premise?
Dec. 14, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST
Glad I'm not the only one. I'm a massive fanboy myself and get incredibly excited about genre flicks 90% of the time, especially comic book movies, but everything I've seen and heard about this one is leaving a really bad taste in the mouth.
Dec. 14, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST
what else is new?
Dec. 14, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
you said spoiler but damnit :*( didn't know it was that type of spoiler... AHHHHHHHH
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
...the equivalent of CGI Yoda doing backflips with a lightsaber. Sure it will make the inner nerd-child smile but it hardly quantifies the rest of the movie. I'm only mildly interested in the film as it is...so I hope there is more to it than a "shocking" 11 year old ginsu knife.
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST
...have a rash on her pussy?
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
..its because she enjoyed her swing set a little too much.
Dec. 14, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST
Look Way To Much Alike
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST
"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything yet the value of nothing"
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST
And they are going to stay close to the comic, maybe it'll make for a better movie. Though the trailer makes it look like Superhero Movie.
Dec. 14, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST
To mention how she's the little girl from (500) Days of Summer because they are so smart.
Dec. 14, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST
you're not supposed to know The Red Mist is a traitor. that was a big plot twist.
Dec. 14, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST
Can't wait for this review. Will Mcweeny drop something about the new movie? Quint? Harry? Capone?
Dec. 14, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST
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Dec. 14, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST
and once again, AICN is asleep behind the wheel. Shocker. The Kraken is giving me a raging 5t1ff13
Dec. 14, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST
Thanks for the article ;)
Dec. 14, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST
I really don't know if they need to make underage girls any more appealing to fanboys than they presently are...enough of those comic book-addicted basement dwellers are turning up on TO CATCH A PREDATOR as it is...<p> Just saying.
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST
...and think the whole idea is completely lame, all without ever having seen it? That's pretty much how I feel about Kick Ass. <p> Do I have to start posting desperately rapid-fire anti-humor and spamming Alex Jones BS now?
Dec. 14, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 6 p.m. CST
His biggest complaint about The Lovely Bones was that he didn't get to see Susie Salmon raped and murdered.
Dec. 14, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST
by Grinning White Skull
Two scenes keep being brought up. Cage shooting the girl and setting up its "reality" and then Hit Girl chopping guys' limbs off which effectively chops off the film's reality it set up before. 11 years old. Chopping men's arms and legs off. Gets kocked off her feet by a gun's slugs but can chop people's arms and legs off easier than using a knife to cut through baloney. Sounds like lots of geek baloney going around here...
Dec. 14, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST
Dec. 14, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST
been exactly what Farci was doing there. Anything with underage girls in it. Im sure he was also very dissapointed that Jean reno never got it on with Natalie Portman in Leon *shudder*....
Dec. 14, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST
start spamming the shit out of kick-ass talkbacks while repeating ourselves 500 times (always around the same point) while telling everyone how it will suck....
Dec. 14, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST
its my own fault. fuck everyone.
Dec. 14, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST
...well, kick ass! That is BY FAR the most I've read about it and I'm not really looking forward to it. Sounds more in line with what I wanted from Hancock (the tone, I understand the story is different) but never really got. <br><br> Random aside: never been to CHUD, never felt like I had a reason to go there. After finding out that people from over their come here just to cause problems I now KNOW I have no reason to go there.
Dec. 14, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST
NOW really looking forward to it. Siiiigh. lol
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST
film ever made, the forbidden love between a young girl, and her child loving hitman *throw up a bit in my mouth*
Dec. 14, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST
and calling them "c"s is "subversive, intelligent, and brave"? <p> I just died inside.
Dec. 15, 2009, 3:44 a.m. CST
whats up with you and this nobody devin?? nothing funnier than listening to the rants of some internet user give off about another slightly more popular innernet user...
Dec. 15, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST
But insulting Devin Farci is one of lifes small guilty pleasures, and the one time I like to allow my childish side to take over...So dont worry dude, dont get your panties in a twist. I am aware of your point. But Im just an amatuer compared to some of the trolls in the talkbacks that post 500 times in every talkback saying the same shit over and over, so cut me some slack....
Dec. 15, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST
I'm just feeling very disinterested to be honest. All this hype is the kind of hype Tarantino gets for his latest films. Just seems so exaggerated and I'm not the biggest fan of shit like that anymore. I'm more hyped for Mic-Macs and Avatar. Kick Ass is the kind of film that's guaranteed to get Watchmen levels of hype from the geeks. I'm only seeing it for Vaughn.
Dec. 15, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST
I like that a child killing people and using the word 'cunt' is respectable. I like that society is collapsing and people are cheering it on.
Dec. 15, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST
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Dec. 15, 2009, 3 p.m. CST
by andrew coleman
Love him. So I'm seeing Kick-Ass the first moment I can. Oh and yeah Avatar I got my tickets... I'm pumped.
Dec. 15, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST
I'm not feeling the hype for this film. Because it's the type of hype you hear when some nerd walks out of an early Watchmen screening or V for Vendetta. I don't trust the hype for this film. I do trust Avatar's though because from what I've read I know I'll enjoy it. I've followed Kick Ass and I'm just not biting. <p> Now would you kindly...eat a dick.
Dec. 15, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST
Dec. 15, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST
'but but I thought teh Watchmenz was the Godfather' lol
Dec. 16, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST
by Flea Circus
Just because someone says cunt and there's blood doesn't make it any less ridiculous. The reason everyone says it looks like Superhero Movie is that it's trying so hard.
Dec. 18, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
I was just watching that "Iron Man 2" trailer again and realized that it's basically "Rocky III"! Stark is recently victorious and now is a superstar of all media, but his arrogance and overconfidence will be his undoing. Rourke's character is basically Clubber Lang, a hungry thug from the rough and dirty streets who prepares for battle in dirty garages, not in billion dollar gyms like Stark. He's going to "bust you up" when he gets ahold of spoiled Stark. Instead of Apollo Creed helping Rocky get his head and body back together, we get Rhodes doing the same thing so they "can win it back together". I love it! This film, truly, has the eye of the tiger.
Dec. 19, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST
Having read the comics, it seems like they've managed to nail the spirit of the material without losing any of the craziness and edginess. Independent financing wins again. The casting looks to be spot on too IMO and I'm not even a huge fan of Cage. I really don't get the Mystery Men/Watchmen comparisons though. To me, that's kind of like saying that all Westerns with bounty hunters are the same. I think the DIY vigilante/superhero idea has been around long enough now that it could almost qualify for its own sub-genre. And as for the complaints about Hit Girl... it's black absurdist humor. Doesn't appeal to some folks I guess, but I think it's gonna be kinda awesome to see a movie in which a crazed foul-mouthed superhero kid decimates full grown hardened criminals.... Feral Kid was cool in Road Warrior was he not? (and he only whacked one guy!)
Dec. 19, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST
"Better Off Dead 2: Dead Harder"
Dec. 24, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST
because people are actually liking the film. So just like GWS did during my review, he's still hung up on how "realistic" the action holds up. To him, chopping off a limb with a razor sharp ninja sword at a high velocity in a comic-book movie is somehow too unrealistic, pulls him out of the movie, and makes him angry. Wow.
Dec. 29, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST
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