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Posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
When Kick-Ass was released, some people worried that kids would get the wrong idea and try to become their own real-life vigilantes. While we have yet to see any reports of twelve year old costumed kids being gunned down trying to stop gang activities (and lets hope we don’t) the news this week has picked up on the story of a costumed vigilate who has been fighting crime in Seattle. A man claims that he was seconds of being carjacked when a real-life superhero named “Phoenix Jones” stepped in and chased off the attempted-thief. Watch a CBS news report on the incident featuring Phoenix Jones after the jump.
Jones wears body armor, a ballistic vest, arm/leg trauma plates, and even a ballistic cup. He is part of the “Rain City Superhero Movement,” a Justice League of America-like group of costumed “crime fighters”. The nine characters go by the names Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope and Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle. Officers have learned the identity of “Phoenix”: the 22-year-old man has been interviewed by the police and even came to police headquarters dressed in costume.
Here is an excerpt from a Seattle PI News Report:
Police say the “costume-wearing complainants” are lucky they haven’t been hurt. In one instance, police say a caped crusader dressed in black was nearly shot when he came running out of a dark park. In another case, a witness on Capitol Hill saw the crusaders wearing ski masks in a car parked at a Shell station and thought they were going to rob the place. “I don’t condone people walking around on the street with masks,” said the man who called himself Phoenix Jones. “Everyone on my team either has a military background or a mixed martial arts background, and we’re well aware of what its costs to do what we do.” Police say they hope the self-proclaimed superheroes act as good witnesses instead of putting themselves in danger.
Watch a CBS news report on the incident featuring Phoenix Jones after the jump.
Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Looking back, 2010 is not going to be remembered as a particularly good year for movies. In my mind, most of the 150 or so new films I saw from January to December are all muddled together in a big pile of mediocrity. When that happens though, it’s so much easier to pick out the truly great ones. To that end, picking my favorite movies of 2010 was easier than previous years. What was harder, though, was weeding through an insane amount of movies that didn’t end up getting released during 2010. Why recommend them if you can’t see them?
So, after the jump, you’ll find more than just a top ten of 2010. You’ll also find a five worst of 2010 and my top five of 2011 so far. Yes, that’s right. When everyone is strictly doing top tens for last year, we’ve got one for 2011 as well. Read More »
Quentin Tarantino has released a list of his favorite films of 2010. Hit the jump to see the list.
TorrentFreak has compiled a list of the most pirated movies of 2010. So which film takes the top honor?
Since we’ve been doing top 10 movies of the year lists, I thought it was a good time to look at Internet Movie Database’s top 10 highest rated movies of 2010. While it is very easy to discount any of these lists (or any best of list in general), and while it might be easy for many of you to just write off the user ratings on IMDb as fanboy voting, it’s definitely the largest sampling of movie-going opinion that exists today. Hit the jump to check out the list.
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I don’t always agree with best-selling author Stephen King‘s opinions, but I still love reading his thoughts about the film world. King has published his annual listing of the top 10 films of the year in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.
His 2008 list included Death Race, Lakeview Terrace and The Ruins. In 2009, King agreed with the mainstream critics in naming The Hurt Locker as the best film of the year, but the rest of his list was the opposite of conventional – for example, #2 is The Last House on the Left, which he claims is “on par with The Silence of the Lambs” and “easily the most brilliant remake of the decade.” Other films included District 9, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and 2012.
Which films did he choose for his best of 2010 list? King picked Matt Reeves‘ Let Me In as his #1 film of 2010 declaring it “the best horror film of the decade.” Hit the jump to see the full list in brief.
Judging by the box office numbers, we might not ever see a big screen sequel to Kick-Ass… but you never know. The first issue of the six-issue comic book sequel “Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall” written by Mark Millar with art by John Romita Jr. was released yesterday. You can pick up the book at your local comic book store for $2.99. Hit the jump to see the first 6 pages of the 32 page comic.