So, remember a while back when Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz said that Kick-Ass 3 wouldn’t happen, thanks to pirates? Well, it appears that Matthew Vaughn, director of the first Kick-Ass movie, may not necessarily agree with that train of thought. While Kick-Ass was almost universally appreciated and enjoyed, its 2013 sequel was…less than loved. Many fans of the first film and of the source material were disappointed with many aspects of the sequel but if Vaughn gets his way, those wrongs may be made right with a prequel flick that would focus on Moretz’s character, Hit-Girl, and just how she became the badass that she is. (more…)
Back in 2002, Vin Diesel re-teamed with his The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen to make xXx, a so-called spy-thriller meant to upset the stiff, upper-crusty world of James Bond with a down and dirty modern riff full of nihilists, tattooed bad boys and extreme sports freaks. Of course, Pierce Brosnan‘s final Bond movie, Die Another Day, came out later that year and by box office proved handily that the gentleman spy was in no danger of being usurped by those that think a tux and a t-shirt with a picture of a tux on it are roughly the same.
That, shall we say, populist view of modern spy war by xXx was on my mind after watching Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new movie by Matthew Vaughn that is very much of the opinion that “manners maketh the man.” Basically, if you can kick ass with an umbrella, you can kick ass with just about anything, and while anyone can be a thug, it takes a rare kind of man to react to any situation with calm, rational composure. And what is the more dangerous: someone who flies off the handle, or someone who can keep their head even as all around them are losing theirs? (more…)
Matthew Vaughn – of Kick Ass and X-men: First Class fame – has directed a new movie based on Mark Miller’s (Kick-Ass 1 & 2) comic book that has got us real excited here at NerdBastards. Furthermore, after each update, our interest in the movie is ever increasing. With the release date of Kingsman The Secret Service set for February 13th and the film is entering the final stages of its marketing campaign, word on the film has been building incrementally with each update offering more of an insight into what we should be expecting to see when the movie finally hits the big screen. Starring Colin Firth stars as a dapper secret agent training a new recruit and we have some rad and rather risqué character posters featuring Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and an awesome little pug named Jack Bauer. Check em out below peepsters. (more…)
Plenty of movies flop every year and many of them are sequels to movies that were adored by fans but just couldn’t recapture the magic of the previous entry. Case in point: Kick-Ass 2. The first entry in the franchise grossed over $96mil worldwide when it was released back in 2010 but last year’s sequel made less than $61mil on a comparable budget. What went wrong? If you believe Chloë Grace Moretz, it was pirates. (more…)
I loved the first ‘Kick-Ass,’ but found it exceptionally violent. It’s a pretty brutal and honest display of how it would really go down for a schmoe playing vigilante in the real world. When the sequel rolled around, we saw a more polished and experienced fighter at the point, which was a relief not having to see the hero get beat up as often. There was a funky Justice League vs. Legion Of Doom thing happening that appealed to me despite the sudden air of implausibility the movie took on. Unlike the first film, nobody would call this one a “success,” and one has to wonder if there’s even a call for a part 3. In the comic, the trilogy is wrapped. Do the creators of this universe have any secrets to tell about on-screen closure? (more…)
Last June, actor Jim Carrey ruffled more than a few feathers when he took an active stance against the gratuitous violence in the film Kick Ass 2–the second film adaptation of the equally violent comic book series created by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
As a noted anti-gun advocate, this is hardly surprising. The “feather ruffling” comes in when you consider that the film Carrey decried so vocally is a film he co-starred in, and much of the very violence he spoke out against was perpetrated by the character he portrayed.
Follow the jump for what Kick Ass co-creator John Romita, Jr. thinks of Jim Carrey’s “activism”: (more…)
‘Kick-Ass 2’: Director Reacts to Carrey’s Change of Heart; Moretz’s Character Re-Written to be Less “Male Centered”
[EDITORS NOTE: This story was written by Nerd Bastards newbie Brent Cook, who is earning his publishing wings.]
So, a few months back, Jim Carrey took to Twitter to say that he “could not support the level of violence” in Kick-Ass 2, which was filmed prior to the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Since his sudden change of heart, Carrey’s Kick-Ass 2 co-stars (namely John Leguizamo and Chloë Moretz) have defended the movie against Carrey’s statements, and now, we have writer/director Jeff Wadlow giving his take on the situation.
Here’s my take on it; he is entitled to have his own opinion, and he’s entitled to change his opinion. Ultimately, I really believe his performance speaks for itself
For the past few months, we’ve been seeing trailers, in some form or another, for the follow up to 2010’s Kick-Ass, titled Kick-Ass 2, naturally. I, like most people, have been pretty psyched to see what Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl have been up to, as well as how the “super group,” Justice Forever, comes to be. Well, I have good news! The Kick-Ass 2 reviews are in, and they’re… alright.
The overall consensus throughout each review is that the film doesn’t quite top its predecessor, despite being an enjoyable follow up. Digital Spy made the statement that “[f]ocusing on a movie’s strengths can be tough for any sequel that fails to live up to the expectation and hype,” characterizing the film as “diverting, if not fulfilling.” Empire Online claim more of the same, calling Kick-Ass 2 a “more modest success” in regards to the first film, but praised the character of “The Mother Fucker” as “a pleasant surprise.“Meanwhile, Flickering Myth was a bit more positive with their review, stating:
Kick-Ass 2 is not, by any stretch of the imagination, your average superhero movie. The best thing about this movie is that is doesn’t have an ego. It is so utterly self-deprecating and self-aware that it’s hard not to love it… Meanwhile, in its simplicity it maintains a level of closeness with its audience that can’t be had with other, more fantastical superhero movies – and that for me is Kick-Ass 2’s greatest triumph.
which is one of the things most people enjoyed about the first film.
There has also been praise for the performances by stars Jim Carrey, Chloë Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Carrey, who’s shunned the movie for its emphasis on violence and firearms, is said to be “perfect in his role” of Colonel Stars and Stripes, while Moretz and Mintz-Plasse are said to have taken advantage of the opportunity to play deeper, more defined versions of their reprised roles. Although Aaron Taylor-Johnson has also been said to put on a decent performance in the role of the title character, Sci Fi Now reports the performance may have been bogged down by being “saddled with a Peter Parker journey that starts to drag as the film goes on.”
The movie was quite possibly summed up best in Hey U Guys‘ review, when they made the comment:
Though riddled with issues – and not quite as ingenious as the first – it makes for incredibly fun viewing, and as such ensures that it doesn’t always have to be taken at face value.
While I was hoping for something even better than the first, I may have just gotten my own hopes a bit too high, and I don’t think it would be a mistake to check it out. As a huge Chloë Moretz and Jim Carrey fan, as well as a fan of the first film and over-the-top violence, I think this movie has enough going for it to force an end to my Twin Peaks marathon, so that I can get off my lazy ass and go be entertained by Kick-Ass 2 when it comes out on the 16th.
Kick-Ass 2, sequel to the 2010 adaptation of the ultra-violent comic series written by Mark Millar and drawn by John Romita Jr., comes to theatres August 16th, after surviving a delay in its release and Jim Carrey‘s baffling celebrity anti-gun protest.
If you’re as excited to experience the continued adventures of Kick-Ass, Hit Girl, and friends as I am, then take a look at the uncensored “Red-Band” featurette below. Coming to you via IGN–with all the blood, violence, testicular trauma, and naughty language intact:
Nerdy Bits: Thrones Balloon Sculpture, Jareth The Goblin Queen, ‘Kick-Ass’ Retold as 8-Bit Video Game, Composite of All Supermans, and MOAR!!!
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ABOVE: In the Game of Balloons you shape or you pop. [ObviousWinner]
A Dalek straw sculpture created by Snugburys ice cream shop sit in a field in Nantwich in Cheshire. For over 10 years the ice cream shop have been building amazing straw sculptures in their field along side Chester Road. This years sculpture coincides with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. [i09]
Batman wedding ring. For you to pass onto your child when you get shot dead in an alley and leave him or her to become the night. [CustomMade]
Composite photo of all the actors who have ever played Superman reveals the ultimate super face. Looks like a young Tim Daly, who oddly enough, voiced Supes in the animated series. [NerdApproved]
CineFix presents Kick-Ass retold via old-school 8-bit game. That truly about sums it up. [CineFix]
Dozens of Sci-Fi movie edited together into the most epic trailer ever. If anything this just goes to shows how formulaic movies truly are. [TheMarySue]
How much noise (in dB) would you have to generate to actually Fus Ro Dah someone? [VSauce3]
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