Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Beauty And The Beast: Episode 1x02 - Proceed With Caution (2012)

Created by: Sherri Cooper and Jenifer Levin

Network: The CW

Cast: Kristin Kreuk (1), Jay Ryan (2), Max Brown (3), Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello, Brian White (4), Sendhil Ramamurthy (5), and Nicole Anderson (6)

Read about the first episode of Beauty And The Beast.

Episode 2 - Proceed With Caution

The case of the week in episode 2 is more interesting. But more importantly, in this episode, we are also introduced to more of Catherine’s family situation since her mother died. We also meet her sister Heather Chandler, acted by Nicole Anderson, who adds to a little more light heartedness and a little less darkness to the series. 

This episode we see Vincent and Catherine find a middle ground and get to know each other a little better. We also get a glimpse of Vincent’s past and how Catherine might be his saviour as well as the person to get him a whole lot of trouble.

The Beast reveals himself in daylight. Reminds me of Hulk.

A budding friendship?

Starting from scratch and getting to know each better.
My favourite lines: “You brought a cellphone here? Why not a flashing neon sign, Vincent Keller lives here!?”, “As much I keep saying ‘stay away’ I keep showing up too.”, “You’ve seen me when I don’t want anyone to see me and you still haven’t run.”, “Being a detective is all about drawing lines, but being human, I think maybe its about how and when to cross them, together.”

Read about 'All In' the third episode of Beauty And The Beast.

(1) Kristen Kreuk has acted in the television movie Snow White (2001) and films like Eurotrip (2004), and Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li (2009). She has also acted in television series Edgemont (2001-2005), and played Lana Lang in Smallville (2001-2009).

(2) Jay Ryan has guest starred in television series like Young Hercules, Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend Of The Seeker, and Terra Nova. He played Jack Scully in the Australian television soap Neighbours (2002-2005) and in the New Zealand dramedy Go Girls (2009-2012).

(3) Max Brown was a series regular on the television series The Tudors (2008-2010), and Spooks (2010-2011).

(4) Brian White has acted in films like The Family Stone (2005), Stomp The Yard (2007), The Game Plan (2007), Fighting (2009), and The Cabin In The Woods (2012). He has also guest starred in television shows like The Shield, Football Wives, Moonlight, CSI: Miami, and Body Of Proof. 

(5) Sendhil Ramamurthy is known for playing the role of Mohinder Suresh in the television series Heroes (2006-2010) and has guest starred in shows like Psych, Covert Affairs, CSI: Miami, and The Office. 

(6) Nicole Anderson is known for playing the role of Macy Misa in the television series Jonas L.A. and as Kelly Parker in the series Make It Or Break It. She also guest starred in television shows like Zoey 101, Hannah Montana, Happy Endings, and Ringer. She also acted in the film Mean Girls 2 (2011).

Poster from the website Disney Dreaming & screen grabs from the show

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Twister (1996)

Directed by Jan de Bont (1)

Cast: Helen Hunt (2), Bill Paxton (3), Jami Gertz (4), Cary Elwes (5), Philip Seymour Hoffman (6), and Alexa Vega (7)

My favourite quotes – Stop living in the past, and look at what you got right in front of you.

With Hurricane Sandy on its way to the East Coast, I just had to watch Twister again. Yes, I know that a hurricane is NOT a tornado. But I don’t know why, I just felt compelled to watch Twister with Hurricane Sandy being all over the news.

I also realised something. I was supposed to be in New York City right about now. If not for the fact that I had to cancel the leave that my supervisor had already approved because of the new project I was tasked to handle at work, right now, I would have been stuck in New York City, all alone, and unsure as to what to do, where to stay and how to rush back to Singapore for my project. So to the powers that be that made me miss Hurricane Sandy, thank you so very much.

What got me all started on this twister-mode was this article in The Philly Post written by Joel Mathis titled 'Hurricanes Are Scarier Than Tornadoes' and here's an excerpt that I really liked:

"Here’s the thing about tornadoes: They’re here, and then they’re gone. Yes, they can do a tremendous amount of damage—just look at what one did to Joplin, Mo. last year. But they come and they go in a matter of minutes, and even if you happen to see one, that doesn’t mean it’s going to get you: It might slide on by while you watch. This is why you have TV shows and movies about tornado chasers.
Hurricanes, on the other hand, are like the movie Session 9, which builds up dread for most of two hours before finally unleashing its horror. We’ve spent most of a week watching this storm head our way, and honestly: The anticipation has me all wound up
What’s more: We’re not going to just watch Sandy roll by without any harm to ourselves: If you can see the hurricane, you’re in the middle of it, and it’s already too late to escape. All you can do is hunker down and hope to ride it out."

Now about the film Twister – I love it to bits! I watch it over and over again. In fact, I've watched it so many times I can actually remember the dialogue and the lines without even putting the DVD or Blu Ray into the player. Yes, I have the DVD and the Blu Ray of this film. That’s how much I love this film. I find it pretty amazing how Twister managed to pull off action-packed scenes, science facts, dramatic tension, comedy, and even a little romance in just over 100 minutes. It wasn't a crappy or sloppy job, and it even had a really great cast!

I am weird. The logical and sane part of me never wants to be in a situation where I would encounter a natural disaster. However, the curious and adventurous part of me wants to one day be strung up to a pipe, being swept off my feet, and smack in the middle of the eye of a twister. Yup I’m nuts. Anyway, logic usually wins, so I’m safe from my crazy self for now.

Is it crazy to want to chase storms? Let’s put it this way, if everyone ran from what they didn’t understand or was afraid of, mankind would not have ventured very far from our caves or discovered fire, electricity and a whole lot of other stuff. Maybe it is because I think like this that I enjoy the film so much. Although I cannot actually chase these storms myself, I can live vicariously through them and watch them chase twisters. Yes, the film probably takes a lot of liberties with the truth and the actual science, but I still like it okay.

The film makes me both fear the wrath of a tornado yet still makes me curious about what they are really like. It's scary, and I still jump during scenes when things starts crashing into cars and houses and killing people, but still it draws me in. Now that is why I think Twister an awesome film.

At the heart of it all, it’s a film about passion. These storm chasers have to love the thrill, the danger, and the science of it all to be able to do a job like theirs. Once a chaser, always a chaser. Look at Bill Paxton’s character Bill Harding, at the end of the movie, he got sucked back into the world of tornadoes. Truth be told, I love the action of the film, but also, I think the two leads Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton had something to do with why I liked the film. I loved how the dynamics of their onscreen relationship was so in sync with each storm they encounter in the film.

Bill: Jo. Things go wrong. You can't explain it, you can't predict it. Killing yourself won’t bring your dad back. I'm sorry that he died, but that was a long time ago. You gotta move on. Stop living in the past, and look at what you got right in front of you.
Jo: What are you talking about?
Bill: Me, Jo.

I like this scene the most in terms of the relationship between Jo and Bill, I think it’s because it has my favourite line in the film. Sometimes we examine the past so closely that we forget to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, or look forwards instead of backwards. I am like Jo; while I don’t live in the past any longer I am still a very retrospective person. I think back a lot. But I think what happened in your past shapes the person you are today, which in turn determines what kind of person you want to be in the future. So I constantly remind myself to stop thinking and reflecting about the past, and look at what I have in front of me.

Something this film also reminds me of is that whatever material goods we have are fragile and can be destroyed in a blink of an eye. But the most important thing in our lives should be our family and our friends. Who we love and care about is more important than any material item we can own. We can rebuild a house, or buy a new car, but we cannot replace a loved one and no matter what you do, you’ll never get that person back again. Live for the moment, hope for the future, that’s the best any of us can do.

On a side note, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jami Gertz were awesome supporting actors in this film. Their lines made me laugh out loud so hard. I guess it helped that Jami’s character Melissa is a sex therapist.

(1) Jan de Bont has also directed films like Speed (1994), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

(2) Helen Hunt has also acted in films like The Frog Prince (1988), As Good As It Gets (1997), What Women Want (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), Cast Away (2000), A Good Woman (2004), Bobby (2006), Soul Surfer (2011), and The Sessions (2012). She is also known for playing Jamie Stemple Buchman in the television series Mad About You (1992-1999).

(3) Bill Paxton has also acted in films like Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), The Evening Star (1996), Titanic (1997), A Simple Plan (1998), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Vertical Limit (2000), Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), Haven (2004), Thunderbirds (2004), The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), The Good Life (2007), and Haywire (2011). He is also known for playing Bill Henrickson in the television series Big Love (2006-2011).

(4) Jami Gertz has also acted the film Jersey Girl (1992) and she is now playing Debbie Weaver in the new television series The Neighbors (2012)

(5) Cary Elwes has also acted in films like The Princess Bride (1987), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), The Jungle Book (1994), Liar Liar (1997), Saw (2004), Ella Enchanted (2004), Georgia Rule (2007), Saw 3D (2010), No Strings Attached (2011), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and New Year’s Eve (2011).

(6) Philip Seymour Hoffman has also acted in films like Scent of a Woman (1992), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998), Patch Adams (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Along Came Polly (2004), Capote (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006), The Savages (2007), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008), The Boat That Rocked (2009), Moneyball (2011), The Ides of Marc (2011), and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

(7) Alexa Vega has also acted in films like Spy Kids (2001), Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), From Prada to Nada (2011), Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (2011), and Machete Kills (2013).

The Eclectic Reviewer thinks… Twister will give you plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat, but don’t let the action, fancy tornadoes, science, and comedy distract you from the core of the film. Love what you do fiercely and persevere. Love your family and friends because you never know when you might lose them. And love like you’ve never been hurt before. (4.8 of 5)

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PS: I hope Hurricane Sandy doesn't do too much damage. Friends on the East Coast, stay safe!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Leap Year (2010)

Directed by Anand Tucker (1)
Cast: Amy Adams (2), and Matthew Goode (3)
My favourite quotes – When my 60 seconds came around I realised I had everything I ever wanted... but nothing I really needed. And I think what I need is here. And I came all this way to see if you maybe think so too. If you do, well... I don't really have plans past that, which is new for me. So, Declan O'Callhan and I should probably learn your middle name, here is my proposal; I propose we not make plans, I propose we give this thing a chance and let it work out how it works out. So, what do you say, do you wanna not make plans with me?” & “Why don't you stop trying to control everything in the known universe. It's dinner. Have a little faith that it will all work out.”

I watched this film on the 29th of February but considering it didn’t get it published until today, it’s obvious I have been sitting on it for quite a while. Anyway, I can now say that I have proposed to a man on Leap Day, and on said man’s birthday no less. Was it a joke? Not really, I just wanted to wish a friend happy birthday and wanted to make it fun and different so this is what I texted him: “Hey hey! Happy Birthday! Oh, by the way, it being a leap year, and today being the day in question… Will you marry me?” First things first, before I go further, I have to declare that I am not making light of the tradition with the proposal made to my friend. It really was purely because I wanted to make it an interesting happy birthday message.
As for the result of that proposal – Well, let’s just say that I am still single and definitely not engaged. Although, my proposal is probably the worst one ever, considering the fact that I proposed via a whatsapp message and I didn’t even have a (diamond) ring! No wonder he didn’t say yes! 
As stated in the film, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day (29 February) must accept it. However, I wonder how many men have actually accepted a marriage proposal on a leap day. Does Ireland keep track of the numbers? I am honestly curious about this as it is a very interesting tradition. I read an article (click here for the article) which said that in Europe, men who refuse a proposal must buy the jilted woman 12 pairs of gloves and in Greece it is actually unlucky to marry on Leap Day. (PS: Dear George, instead of 12 pairs of gloves, please contact me to discuss other forms of compensation for the humiliation of being “jilted” =P Oh and interestingly, I think you look a little like Matthew Goode!)
Anyway, I digress. But it is probably because the film didn’t really charm me too much. Personally, I think Amy Adams did an excellent job playing the lead female character Anna Brady. And Matthew Goode did a decent job as the surly Irish innkeepr Declan O’Callaghan. And it’s not that I dislike the film, I just don’t like it enough to watch it more than once or twice. 
However, one of the things I really like about the film was the moment when Amy Adams’ Anna pulled the fire alarm to see what items her fiancé would grab from their apartment. It made me ask myself, what items will I grab with me from my house if it were burning to the ground? The other question would be, who would I save first if my house was on fire? What is really important in our lives? What would I save first in a situation like that?
“I had everything I ever wanted, but nothing I really needed”
There are many things we think we need, but we actually don’t. The bare necessities? Air, water, food, and clothes I guess. Maybe a house? Well at least a roof over your head. Money? Well you need money to buy the basics isn’t it? I really should ask myself this question the next time I mull over a purchase, is it something I really need?
The other thing I really like about the film is because it made me think about marriage and how important it is who you marry. Because when I get married, I want it to be for the right reasons and with someone who marries me for the right reasons. What you might ask are the right reasons. Well, get married because you love the person. Get married because you are in it for the long haul. Get married because you are willing to accept the person for who he or she is, warts and all. Get married if marriage is something both of you are willing to work hard at to sustain. Cos marriage isn’t as easy as some films make them out to be. 

(1) Anand Tucker has also directed the film Shopgirl (2005)
(2) Amy Adams has acted in films like Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Wedding Date (2005), Enchanted (2007), Sunshine Cleaning (2009), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Julie & Julia (2009), The Fighter (2010), The Muppets (2011), and plays Lois Lane in the upcoming film Man Of Steel (2013)
(3) Matthew Goode has acted in films like Chasing Liberty (2004), Match Point (2005), Imagine Me & You (2006), and Watchmen (2009)

The Eclectic Reviewer thinks… Leap Year is a film to bring out of the DVD rack once every four years to have a little laugh, enjoy Amy Adams’ acting, and smile about the sweetness that true love can bring to your life. Oh and watching the scene with the elderly couples at the dinner table makes me wonder and hope that I will have a marriage and love like theirs. Not a great movie, but why not? (2.5 of 5)

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Beauty And The Beast: Episode 1x01 - Pilot (2012)

Created by: Sherri Cooper and Jenifer Levin

Network: The CW

Cast: Kristin Kreuk (1), Jay Ryan (2), Max Brown (3), Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello, Brian White (4), Sendhil Ramamurthy (5), and Nicole Anderson (6)

I love fairytales. I always have. I grew up watching Disney movies so I love fairytales and the concept of happily ever after. Now last year, I had Beastly to sink my teeth into with regards to the trend of modernising fairytales. A lot of people hated it; but for me I kinda liked it. So when I first heard about a television series for Beauty And The Beast, I was thrilled and couldn’t wait till it was on air.

Now as I said in an earlier post on The New Normal, I usually give a television series 5 episodes of chances. This new version of Beauty And The Beast is currently 3 episodes in. If you didn’t know there was a 1987 CBS series also called Beauty And The Beast with the beauty played by Terminator lead actress Linda Hamilton and the beast played by Ron Perlman aka Hellboy in the Hellboy movies series. Sorry I digress.

Now we all know Beauty And The Beast is a love story. The Beast is mean and ugly with a kind soul somewhere deep down while the Beauty is, well, beautiful but also a not as fragile as you think kind of damsel-in-distress. With just 3 episodes to the series, the romance bit is still in the slow cooker, heating up but it ain’t ready yet. And why should it? With movies it’s all about cutting down time, with television series it’s a marathon.

I didn’t watch the original series, so I can’t say if the newer updated series is better or worse. As such, I am looking at the series in on its own in today's context. Instead of a beast that looks half man half beast, the new “beast” Vincent Keller looks pretty normal when he’s calm and composed which makes it easier to understand why the female protagonist could fall in love with a “beast” but takes away the central concept that love conquers all and that looks are just skin deep. But let’s look at it this way, in our modern and cynical times, would you actually believe that a beautiful woman can love a beastly looking half man half animal.

Go ahead. Scream at me for being cynical or unfair in saying that ugly people cannot be loved. But I’m not talking about ugly people here; I’m talking about a half human half animal hybrid. Most people don’t believe in unicorns, or fairies, or centaurs. Sure we watch it in the movies and can suspend our logical minds and believe the fantasy components, but if you want to make it real, like it could actually happen, the “beast” would need a serious makeover and update. So CW’s Vincent Keller is their new and improved believable beast. And it works. We are talking about realistic New York City crime cases so the audience must be able to believe that the beast could actually walk among us on our streets.

Now the “beauty”; Kristin Kreuk is pretty, can I buy the fact that she’s a tough New York City detective who kicks ass even though she’s drop dead gorgeous? Yeah I can. It helps that she is actually trained in karate; helps her fighting scenes look credible. Now I like that they made the “beauty” a tough cookie like Catherine Chandler. She fights back; she has a mind of her own, yet you see her soft and vulnerable side as well.

Chemistry is very important. You have to believe that sparks could fly between your two leads. The casting director would have done a good job if the audience believes the two romantic leads can fall in love with one another. He or she would have done a phenomenal job if the audience wants the reel lovers to become real lovers. At the moment, the two leads played by Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, whom I think are doing a great job, have a pretty sizzling hot thing going on onscreen.

I am a sucker for romance so I examine every look, every action, and every line between two romantic leads to see if there’s a budding romance lurking behind those scenes. Well, they have it. Vincent Keller and Catherine Chandler nailed it in my opinion.

I also have a thing for procedural dramas especially crime related dramas. I mean I love CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY, Flashpoint, Bones, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Lie To Me and Hawaii Five-0. There’s something about solving crimes that gets me excited. I like to play guess the killer throughout the television hour. In regards to the crimes Catherine solves each week, I think they could put a little more effort into them but its decent enough I guess.

For a television series, besides great leads, you need to have a good supporting cast. It takes every cast member to make a series great. I can’t say I love ALL the supporting cast members. Currently of all the supporting cast members, my favourite male is TJ, Vincent’s roommate and friend. And my favourite female supporting cast member is, strangely enough, Catherine’s sister, not her partner. I think TJ has the best and funniest lines so far in the series and I think he’s got great comedic timing.

So far so good for the new series Beauty And The Beast methinks. I’d like to see more so hopefully it gets picked up for a full season. Currently, added scripts have been ordered for the show, so the jury’s still out about whether this series will stay for good or go.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kick-Ass (2009)

Director: Matthew Vaughn (1)

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (2), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (3), Chloë Grace Moretz (4), Mark Strong (5), Nicholas Cage (6), and Lyndsy Foncesca (7)

My favourite dialogue – 

Diner Fight Guy: The fuck is wrong with you, man? You'd rather die for some piece of shit that you don't even fucking know?
Dave Lizewski: Three assholes laying into one guy while everybody else watches and you wanna know what's wrong with me? Yeah, I'd rather die... so bring it on!

My favourite quote – “With no power, comes no responsibility. Except, that wasn't true.”

I recently took a 3-day first-aid course because I had to. I was asked by my boss to do this first-aid course. Out of all the others in my department he had to pick me. So let’s just say I couldn’t exactly say no. Now if you knew me in person you’d see the irony in this because I am a klutz! I am an accident waiting to happen. So I am most likely to hurt myself, and others around me, instead of saving someone. Really its not that I minded sacrificing an entire weekend to do this first-aid course, but that in my mind, I really wasn’t the best candidate to be sent for this. But still, I went for the course.

The class was really fun. And on the first day, the instructor said that there are many Singaporeans who attend first-aid courses, but very few people actually receive first aid when they need it. He asked us why was this so, and really the answer was glaring right at us, loud and clear. Even if you know first aid, would you step forward to render first aid to someone who might be dying and needs it?

Not everyone is cut out for life saving. Not everyone has the courage or ability to think clearly and calmly in an intense and high stress situation. Not everyone will want to risk a lawsuit or sacrifice their time and personal safety to save another. Even now when I know how to provide first aid to another, will I really step forward and help someone in need? I hope I will, but I don’t actually know that I will until I am faced with that situation.

“With no power, comes no responsibility. Except, that wasn't true.”

How does this link to Kick-Ass you might ask? Well, there is a scene in the movie where two street bullies mug the protagonist Dave Lizewski and his friend and there was a by-stander who witnesses the robbery and does nothing. Yes, it has nothing to do with first aid. But think about it, it still stems from the fact that some people don’t feel compelled to help another when they need the help.

“I always wondered why nobody did it before me. I mean, all those comic books, movies, TV shows. You think that one eccentric loner would've made himself a costume. I mean, is everyday life really so exciting? Are schools and offices so thrilling that I'm the only one who fantasized about this? Come on, be honest with yourself. At some point in our lives we all wanna be a superhero.”

Hmm is this really true? Sure, I guess you can say we all fantasize about being an all-powerful superhero. But what if we didn’t have any super powers? Would we want to put ourselves out there then and save another? That is the question that is at the heart of this film. Or rather, that is the question that I take away most from this film.

“Even with my metal plates and my fucked up nerve endings, I gotta tell you, that hurt! But not half as much as the idea of leaving everything behind. Katie, my dad, Todd and Marty... and all the things I'd never do. Like learn to drive or see what me and Katie's kids would look like or find out what happened on "Lost". And if you're reassuring yourself that I'm going to make it through this since I'm talking to you now, quit being such a smart-ass! Hell dude, you never seen "Sin City"? "Sunset Boulevard"? "American Beauty"?”

Now I really love a film that makes me feel like I’m in on a private joke just because I watch a lot of movies. And the above quote also demonstrates why I think the dialogue in Kick-Ass is awesome! It’s witty and it’s colloquial.

“In the world I lived in, heroes only existed in comic books. And I guess that'd be okay, if bad guys were make-believe too, but they're not.” And that is why I think that while we don’t have human superheroes like Hit Girl and Kick-Ass in our lives, we have to really thank the everyday heroes who keep our streets and homes safe. Although, you never know, maybe there are vigilantes like them running around our streets keeping us safe, but they’re just keepin’ it hush hush.

The art direction of the film, the cast, the costumes, the sets are all pretty awesome. I have had Kick-Ass on my Blu Ray & DVD shelf for the longest time. I just never got around to it. I first bought it and put it on that shelf because of one guy - Aaron Johnson. I first noticed Aaron Johnson in the film Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging. There was just something about him that caught my eye. I didn't think he was drop dead gorgeous or anything. But I noticed him nonetheless and since then I would note down on my to-watch list the movies he's acted in like Nowhere Boy and Albert Nobbs. Now I think he did a really great job in Kick-Ass. I loved the way he played his character's gradual transformation and followed Dave's growth and realisations closely. His fear, his overcoming of that fear and him finding a sort of inner peace with all that has happened. 

Chloë Grace Moretz is a gem! She stole the show really. Kids really are quite foul-mouthed these days, maybe not the way her character was, but they're getting there. Considering I've watched her prim and proper performance in Hugo before I saw her as Hit Girl in Kick-Ass, I know that she has great acting chops and was again very impressed. 

Christopher Mintz-Plasse also did a great job, except he was overshadowed by his two fellow co-stars Aaron Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz. But considering their wonderful performances, I think Christopher Mintz-Plasse held his own against them. Together, these three young ones did a mighty good job.

The adults also was very well cast but I have to wonder though why goes Mark Strong always portray the baddie in the films I've watched him in. I first noticed him in the film Stardust, then later in The Young Victoria and in both he's playing someone who is scheming and "bad". Although, he does play a loving dad despite his bad career choice. And Nicholas Cage, I haven't watched anything he's done since National Treasure: Book Of Secrets. I think he did a pretty decent job. 

I loved the fight scenes and think that overall the film is a nicely packaged hit movie that is both fun, action-packed, with lots to say. It a one-of-a-kind movie and I can't wait for the sequel to come out.

(1) Matthew Vaughn has directed films Layer Cake (2004), Stardust (2007), and X-Men: First Class (2011).

(2) Aaron Taylor-Johnson has acted in films like Shanghai Knights (2003), The Illusionist (2006), Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging (2008), The Greatest (2009), Nowhere Boy (2009), Chatroom (2010), Albert Nobbs (2011), Savages (2012), and Annd Karenina (2012).

(3) Christopher Mintz-Plasse has acted in films like Superbad (2007), Year One (2008),  Fright Night (2011), Pitch Perfect (2012), Movie 43 (2013), The To-Do List (2013), and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).  He also provides the voice of Fishlegs Ingerman in the animation How To Train Your Dragon (2010), and again in How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014). He has also voiced Giuseppe in Marmaduke (2010), and Alvin in ParaNorman (2012).

(4) Chloë Grace Moretz has acted in films like The Amityville Horror (2005), Big Momma’s House 2 (2006), The Poker House (2008), (500) Days Of Summer (2009), Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010), Let Me In (2010), Hugo (2011), and Dark Shadows (2012).

(5) Mark Strong has acted in films like Emma (1996), Fever Pitch (1997), Sunshine (1999), Oliver Twist (2005), Syriana (2005), Tristan & Isolde (2006), Sunshine (2007), Stardust (2007), Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008), RocknRolla (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), The Young Victoria (2009), Robin Hood (2010), Green Lantern (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), John Carter (2012), and Welcome To The Punch (2012)

(6) Nicholas Cage has acted in films like Raising Arizona (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Con Air (1997), Face?Off (1997), City Of Angels (2008), Snake Eyes (1998), Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000), The Family Man (2000), Adaptation. (2002), Matchstick Men (2003), National Treasure (2004), Lord Of War (2005), World Trade Center (2006), Ghost Rider (2007), Grindhouse (2007), Next (2007), National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (2007), Bangkok Dangerous (2008), Knowing (2009), The Scorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2012). He has also voiced the character of Zoc in the animation The Ant Bully (2006), Speckles The Mole in G-Force (2009), and Dr Tenma in Astro Boy (2009).

(6) Lyndsy Foncesca has acted in film Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) but she is well-known for her role as Alexandra Udinov in the television series Nikita (2010-present), as Dylan Mayfair in Desperate Housewives (2007-2009), and as Colleen Carlton in the soap The Young And The Restless (2001-2005).

The Eclectic Reviewer thinks… Kick-Ass will fire up in you the need to do good and save the world as best you can. It'll make you believe that while you cannot save the world all at once because you don't have any super powers, you can at least make the world around you a better place. Get off your seat and at least stand up for what you believe. Oh and don't get killed or beaten to a pulp while you're at it. (4 of 5)

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