The opening paragraph is typically a space occupied by movie recommendations and, in a way, today is only a minor deviation. I was recently gifted a hardcover edition of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic series Kingsman: The Secret Service and I enjoyed it enough to not only throw a book recommendation your way but to also say I’m firmly on board for Matthew Vaughn (who earned a co-plotting credit on the comic) and Jane Goldman‘s movie adaptation due out in February (see the latest Red-Band trailer here). Embedded in Millar’s hyper-violent action are noble lessons about the value of public service, remembering where you came from, and the importance of recognizing stereotypes while having enough self-esteem to avoid letting yourself being defined by them. As for the movie, the bits I’ve seen look to be just as entertaining as the book albeit with more parkour action. After the work Vaughn and Goldman did on X-Men: First Class, I have every confidence that it’s going to be worth checking out.
Recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Exodus: Gods and Kings, an insanely cool new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, Matt’s review of Inherent Vice to go along with a new trailer for the film, the first full-length trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out, and a recap of the 2015 Golden Globe nominations. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.