David’s Kick-Ass Movie Review

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Kick-Ass is the logical culmination of the last decade of popular American cinema, displaying many of the trends we’ve seen in recent memory and upping them to their nth degree. Consider that this film includes the following: the manifestation of the superhero origin story in its most extreme form; the over-stylization of balletic violence that has become a hallmark of many action films; the continued upswing of Nicolas Cage’s career, begun with Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and now crystallized in his preposterous/hilarious performance in this film; the lionization of Chloe Grace Moretz, not only as an action star for this generation (whether you find that disturbing or not), but as an actress to be taken seriously. Putting all of that aside, director Matthew Vaughn has created an irresistible take on the superhero film, filled with humor and wanton violence. Borrowing over $40 million to produce the film independently, Vaughn has created something quite unlike the superhero films that have preceded this. For that reason alone, it’s something that’s worth seeing in theaters this weekend.
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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Movie Trailer

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When I first heard about Jon Turtletaub’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie, I didn’t really know what to expect. My first exposure to the property was in Disney’s Fantasia adaptation of the musical poem by Paul Dukas (itself an adaptation of the poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) about a sorcerer who brings a broom to life to help him carry water, but finds himself unable to control the consequences. I was a huge fan of the way the animation creatively dramatized the poem, all while incorporating Disney’s most popular icon, Mickey Mouse.

We now have a trailer for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and what I can definitively say is that this is not what I expected. Watch the trailer in glorious HD over at Apple, or see an embedded version below. Let us know what you think in the comments.
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Editor’s Update: We’ve updated this story with the film’s official movie trailer.

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A poster and movie trailer for the Pang Brothers‘ August remake of their ’99 Thai crime thriller, Bangkok Dangerous, starring Nicholas Cage has hit the Web. Really, is this the best poster a designer could envision with a title like that? Cage, who at one point was also attached to a U.S. remake of Oldboy (those words always make a couple peoples’ heads explode like Riki-Oh), plays a hitman who falls in love with a local lass and falls friends for an errand boy (like Short Round?!?). In the original film, the assassin was a deaf mute, but not here. Cage has to do his Elvis impression to pull in the world’s ladies, no?

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Full poster after the hop. Watch the movie trailer above, and please tell me what you think in the comments below.

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