KICK-ASS 2 Blu-ray Review

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Continuing the story not far from where the original Kick-Ass left off, the sequel Kick-Ass 2 finds its hero (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) teaming up with a group of ordinary citizens looking to rid the street of the criminal element.  Meanwhile, the recently orphaned (at his own hand) arch-villain Red Mist/The Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) plots revenge on the self-made superhero.  And Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), in what seems like training ground for her role in Carrie, gets to experience some good old-fashioned high school teen angst.

There’s a fine line to tread when it comes to making an action comedy.  When it’s successful, the result is Ghostbusters or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  When it’s not, the result is Kick Ass 2.  Hit the jump for my review of the film on Blu-ray.

New to Blu-ray: ELYSIUM, PRISONERS, THE LONE RANGER, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

TOP 5: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, Lost Episodes of DOCTOR WHO, AMERICAN HUSTLE, Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013 So Far

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Having missed it during its highly successful theatrical run, I made an early trip to the video store (remember those?) this past Tuesday to pick up The Purge on Blu-ray. Like many, I was intrigued by the premise of a dystopian future America in which an annual night of crime-free killing known as “The Purge” is the key to the new U.S. of A.’s unprecedented prosperity. For an elevator pitch, my last sentence is intriguing stuff that leaves you wanting to know more about the world created by writer/director James DeMonaco. Unfortunately, I found the stellar logline to be the best thing going for The Purge as a majority of the film’s execution felt flat. I cared little to nothing about the Sandin family, was taken out of the movie during long stretches of characters searching aimlessly around the house with a flashlight, and felt the pic exchanged discernible commentary on societal violence for an all-out bloodbath that was not as much scary as it was a welcomed break from said extensive flashlight searching. Final verdict? Watch The Purge for the interesting premise, but don’t expect much in the way of scares or social commentary.

All new to home video discussion aside, this week’s Top 5 is filled to the brim with Captain Phillips interviews with Tom Hanks and more, a new trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty including Matt and Steve’s impressions of the film, 106 lost episodes of Doctor Who potentially popping up in Ethiopia, a new trailer for David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, and Quentin Tarantino‘s top 10 films of 2013 to date. As you may be expecting, a brief recap and link to each of the above awaits after the jump.

Quentin Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013 So Far Includes GRAVITY, THIS IS THE END, and THE LONE RANGER

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Quentin Tarantino loves, loves, loves movies.  The filmmaker has made this abundantly clear not only through the various and obscure influences gleaned in his own films but also in his many lengthy discussions on any number of topics relating to film.  Tarantino makes a point to go to the movies as often as possible, and recently he has taken to publicly publishing a list of his Top 10 movies from each year.  He took 2012 off since he was understandably busy working on Django Unchained, but his 2011 and 2010 lists were gleefully varied, with movies like Midnight in Paris and The Social Network ranking right up there with The Three Musketeers and Jackass 3D.

It appears that Tarantino plans on publishing another full Top 10 list later this year, but he’s gotten a jump on things and released a list of his 10 favorite films of 2013 thus far.  As expected, there are more than a couple of surprising choices.  Hit the jump to take a look.

THE COLLISION: Episode 57 – The “Realness” of Superheroes and KICK-ASS 2

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the realness of superhero movies, the worlds they present, the verisimilitude to our own, the limits of relating to characters and their setting, making “gritty” synonymous with “reality”, and more.  We also take apart the lazy and confused Kick-Ass 2.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Escapism and Elysium), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER Serves $25 Million Debut; KICK-ASS 2 Falls to Fourth

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This weekend may have hosted four new titles, but audiences showed love to only one. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – a film that was barely on the radar when the summer began – opened in first place with an estimated $25 million. That left Kick-Ass 2 with a very disappointing fourth-place start and the biopic Jobs a distant seventh. Meanwhile, with just $3.5 million from 2,459 locations, new release Paranoia failed to make the top ten entirely.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $25,010,000 $25
2.  We’re the Millers $17,780,000 $69.5
3.  Elysium $13,600,00 $55.9
4.  Kick-Ass 2 $13,568,000 $13.5
5.  Planes $13,141,000 $45
6.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $8,375,000 $38.9
7.  Jobs $6,700,000 $6.7
8.  2 Guns $5,600,000 $59.2
9.  The Smurfs 2 $4,600,000 $56.9
10.  The Wolverine $4,425,000 $120.4

TOP 5: KICK-ASS 2, Rare Footage from Jerry Lewis’ THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED, Vin Diesel Voicing Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?, PARANOIA, D23 Expo

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I hate to wish my life away, but with both The World’s End and You’re Next hitting theaters I really can’t help but look ahead to next weekend. That’s to say nothing of the pics opening this week (I plan on checking out Kick-Ass 2 next Wednesday), rather that the aforementioned two are a pair of my most anticipated of the soon-to-end summer movie season. In fact, You’re Next has been on my must-see list since Matt reviewed it at TIFF 2011 nearly two full years ago. In addition to the excitement associated with finally seeing the movie, my latent resentment of Goldberg for having seen it a lifetime ago will finally come to a close which is nice because I could use the sleep.

But enough about next weekend. Let’s focus on the here and now. This week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Kick-Ass 2 interviews, rare footage from Jerry Lewis‘s unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried, Vin Diesel all but confirming that he’s voicing Groot in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Paranoia interviews with Harrison Ford and more, and a recap of our coverage from Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE BUTLER Shows KICK-ASS 2 the Door; JOBS Biopic Underwhelms

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Earlier this week Universal’s Kick-Ass 2 was the clear frontrunner for weekend box office glory but, what a difference a day makes. The R-rated action-sequel earned an estimated $5.8 million from 2,381 locations for second place on Friday, but should fall to third by Sunday. Just as Kick-Ass 2 descended, Lee Daniels’ The Butler was on the rise. With a big assist from co-star Oprah Winfrey, the TWC release claimed a Friday estimate of $8.3 million from 2,933 locations and a new weekend target of $25 million or higher. That would put the prestige pic in the same range as The Help – the Oscar-winner that lit up 2011’s late-summer box office.

Though it would be difficult to tell from the top five chart, Friday’s box office hosted two additional new releases: Jobs and Paranoia.  The biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs took in $2.6 million from 2,381 locations and sixth-place on Friday. Paranoia fell flat with just $1.3 million from 2,459 venues. Based on Friday’s estimate, the thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford will struggle to top $4 million through Sunday.   Check back tomorrow for full details.

 Title Friday  Total
1.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $8,300,000  $8.3
2.  Kick-Ass 2 $5,800,000  $5.8
3.  We’re the Millers $5,420,000  $57.1
4.  Elysium $3,900,000  $46.2
5.  Planes $3,614,000  $35.5

Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talks KICK-ASS 2, Running Around the Streets of Toronto in Costume, Nicholas Stoller’s TOWNIES and the Male Nudity, and Much More

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With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City.  The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.

During the interview with Mintz-Plasse (who is awesome in the film), he talked about making the sequel, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, changes on set, his reaction to the script, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Nicholas Stoller‘s Townies (talks about how the film has a lot of male nudity and his fake flaccid prosthetic penis), and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

KICK-ASS 2 Review

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We make excuses when we’ve done something wrong, and Kick-Ass 2 is full of excuses.  It thinks it can excuse its misogyny because it has Hit-Girl.  It thinks it can excuse its misguided notion of heroism because the costumed characters occasionally do a non-violent good deed.  It thinks it can excuse the juvenile antics because it’s occasionally morose and “serious”.  And the action is a poor excuse for what director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn provided in the first movie.  Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow is all too happy to seize upon the violence and quirks of Vaughn’s film and discards anything that played up the joy of playing a superhero.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks KICK-ASS 2, Running Around the Streets of Toronto in Costume, GODZILLA, and THE AVENGERS Sequel

by     Posted 1 year, 35 days ago

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With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City.  The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.

During the interview, Taylor-Johnson talked about making the sequel, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, how much fun he had making Godzilla, and if he has signed on to Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron?  Hit the jump to watch.

Chloë Grace Moretz Talks KICK-ASS 2, Running Around Toronto in Costume, What She Collects, and Working with Denzel Washington on THE EQUALIZER

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With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City.  The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.

During the interview, Moretz talked about making the sequel, how she got to sit on the purple ducati but not ride it due to insurance reasons, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, what she collects, and the experience of working with Denzel Washington on The Equalizer.  Hit the jump to watch.

Take a Look Inside the Intensity, Humor, and Violence of KICK-ASS 2 in New Red-Band Featurette

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Universal Pictures has released a new red-band featurette for director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2, providing a no-holds-barred look at the very R-rated sequel.  The story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  If you were on the fence as to whether this follow-up could capture the same dark humor and violence of the first film, this new featurette should put your mind at ease.  In addition to previewing new footage, we see the aforementioned actors, Wadlow, and producer/Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn discuss the new film as well.

Hit the jump to watch the red-band featurette.  The film also stars The film also stars Jim CarreyJohn LeguizamoLindy BoothClark DukeDonald Faison, and Morris Chestnut.  Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th. 

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See KICK-ASS 2

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I had a ball with the first Kick-Ass, and yet I wasn’t really demanding a sequel, nor did I expect to get one.  It was a fun, snarky movie that successfully blended outrageous comic book action with a wink to the inherent ridiculousness of superheroes.  It wasn’t a new idea, but director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn gave it a lively spark, and it featured a breakthrough performance from Chloe Grace Moretz.  Now Jeff Wadlow is at the helm of the sequel, and it looks like he’s brought the same energy and comedic edge.  If you liked the colorful characters and violent comedy of the first movie, Kick-Ass 2 might have you have covered.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of Kick-Ass 2.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, and Morris ChestnutKick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.

Jeff Wadlow Talks KICK-ASS 2, Adapting the Comic, Set Photos, the X-FORCE Movie, the Superhero Genre, and More

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Last week at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about being at Comic-Con, how he landed the Kick-Ass 2 job, balancing adapting the source material versus realizing his own vision, deleted scenes, set photos, and much more.  In addition, with Wadlow writing and possibly directing the X-Force movie at 20th Century Fox, he talked about where he’s at in the writing process, the timeline of X-Force, how he landed the job, how much of the script are his ideas versus what Fox is asking him to write, the superhero genre, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch or read his comments.

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