Kingsman: The Secret Service managed to hold its own last week against the juggernaut that is 50 Shades of Grey. Call it an abject lesson in the shrewdness of counter-programming, but the perfect antidote to the syrupy yet hardcore soap operatic romance of 50 Shades was a balls to the wall action/comedy thrill ride with lots of exploding and punching and shooting. Bravo. But in an odd new controversy, Kingsman’s co-screenwriter and director Matthew Vaughn is having to explain himself for the last gag at the film’s conclusion involving the – shall we say – servicing of a princess in an unconventional way. Obviously, spoilers are involved in the below story. (more…)
Everyone that came out of Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past raved about the Quicksilver scene. Evan Peters, with a little help from the special effects department, stole the damn show right out from under Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Hugh Jackman. It was the first thing anyone talked about when talking about that movie. Now we’re finding out that if Matthew Vaughn, the first director chosen for the job before he dropped out to direct Kingsman: The Secret Service , had stayed and finished the film, Quicksilver wouldn’t have even been in the movie. Who would have filled that void? (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…)
With a little under seven months till its release, it’s telling that we have yet to see a single frame of footage from the new Fantastic Four movie. We know that it wrapped principal photography last summer, and we know that any sneak peak or hint that’s been leaked out onto the internet has been smacked down by the iron hand of
Doctor Doom the 20th Century Fox legal department, and we know there’s been absolutely no official image from the film of any kind. (Hence the image used above.) Keep your secrets, Fox! But if the potential shabbiness about the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four by Josh Trank has got you twisted up in knots, then we’ve got good news, and not in a Professor Farnsworth kind of way. Matthew Vaughn is giving FF two thumbs up! (more…)
While the hub-bub of that incredible Mad Max Fury Road trailer continues to blow up the Internet, Fox‘s upcoming spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service also released its Red Band Trailer. Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Taron Egerton, Kingsman is a fast paced, hard-hitting, in your face violence action movie that we’ve come to expect from director Matthew Vaughn. (more…)
A previous report that Christopher Nolan was being eyed to direct an adaptation of the popular Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One was only partially right. As it turns out, Nolan’s is one of a number of marquee filmmakers who are on the studio’s shortlist to make the movie version of the award-winning book. Warner Bros., who is developing the adaptation and, frankly, are hungry for a new franchise, see potential gold in an idea that’s been described as one part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, one part The Matrix, and one part The Da Vinci Code. So who all is looking to be recruited? And is one of them ready to step into the world of Ready Player One? Buckle your seat belts, because there’s some pretty provocative names on the list. (more…)
Matthew Vaughn is quickly becoming the go-to guy when it comes to adapting comic book properties into a cinema format. He’s already put together the first Kick-Ass movie and the return to the X-Men universe, X-Men: First Class, and now it looks as if he’s going on to direct yet another comic-turned-movie. This time around it’s another Mark Millar project – The Secret Service. Check out some pics of the new film, the trailer and a video of writer Mark Millar talking about Kingsman: The Secret Service below. (more…)
At this point, comic book writer Mark Millar could probably come up with a miniseries about a killer robot driving instructor that goes back in time for some reason, and still sell it to a movie studio. The Scottish author has sold the film rights to another one of his creator-owned hits, again to Twentieth Century Fox and his Kick-Ass/The Secret Service collaborator Matthew Vaughn. And which book will they be working on? The one that has a name that sounds like it has a lot to live-up to: Superior. (more…)
Hollywood legend Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) passed away yesterday in a London hospital after an extended illness at the age of 81. While cinephiles knew him best for David Lean‘s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, nerddom remembers him for his performance in 1984’s cheesy, yet beloved Supergirl as Zaltar–the drunken artist who nearly single-handedly destroys Supergirl’s floating domed city. (more…)
2010’s Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn was kinda one of those “love it or hate it” flicks. And Jeff Wadlow’s sequel, imaginatively entitled Kick-Ass 2, looks like it’s going down the same road–combining self-referential superhero genre humor with nearly absurd levels of ultraviolence.
At least this time Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is in her teens, and thus her appetite for mayhem and death will probably disturb fewer audience goers. Plus I’m excited to see what new cast members Jim Carrey, Donald Faison, and John Leguizamo are going to bring to the party.
Here’s the official synopsis courtesy of Collider:
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.
Kick-Ass 2 opens in theatres August 16. Check out the red-band trailer below, with all the naughty words and nasty violence intact. Plus what I’m pretty sure are Russian subtitles: