Kick-Ass, a review by addicted2dvd
Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass
Garrett M. Brown as Mr. Lizewski
Clark Duke as Marty
Evan Peters as Todd
Deborah Twiss as Mrs Zane
Lyndsy Fonseca as Katie Deauxma
Co-written and directed by Matthew Vaughn (upcoming X-Men: First Class), the ass-kicking adventure about unlikely real-life crime fighters stars Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) and Mark Strong (Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), along with the dynamic father-daughter duo played by Chloe Grace Moretz (upcoming Let Me In), and Nicolas Cage (National Treasure series). Based on the comic written by Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr., the story follows Dave Lizewski (Johnson), an ordinary teenager who goes unnoticed in high school until he dons a mask to become "Kick-Ass," a real-life crime fighter. Bruised and beaten and without any real super powers, he is saved by a father-daughter duo (Cage as "Big Daddy," Moretz as "Hit-Girl") who have been fighting their own battle against a vicious crime-lord. After a firestorm of Internet publicity, Kick-Ass becomes the target of the same crime lord, which leads to the ass-kicking finale when the three crime fighters take on the crime lord, his son Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse) and his gang of criminals.
My Thoughts:I just watched this one for like the third time since it came out.... and loved it this time just as much as I did the first time. This movie is no less then excellent! I was so engrossed with this movie that the time (almost 2 full hours) flew by... and the movie was over before I knew it. Hit-Girl stole the show... best character in the entire movie. Brittany said it right when she told me not to confuse this with a superhero movie... it really isn't one. It is actually a vigilante movie that just happens to use superhero costumes as a gimmick. If by any chance you haven't seen this one yet.... it is one I highly recommend... see it as soon as possible... you won't be sorry!
(From The Alphabet Marathon: Blu-ray Edition on July 26th, 2014)
GTO: The Movie, a review by Tom
Title: GTO: The Movie
Director: Masayuki Suzuki
Length: 108 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital Stereo, English: Dolby Digital Stereo
Great Teacher Onizuka has taken the anime and manga market by storm, and now he's taking on his first live action move.
GTO is an ex-biker punk who's taken on the formidable job of teaching high school. Lucky for him, street smarts and martial arts are just what the job needs. Like a cross between a thug and a walking, talking after school special, GTO will go to any length to help his kids. However, his career might be in jeopardy when he's mistaken for a serial thief!
This is the first of GTO's live action franchises. Follow him as he makes scholastic life an adventure!
My Thoughts:After the success of the live-action TV series, a theatrical movie was made. Except for Onizuka none of the other characters from the TV series appear.
As a matter of fact: Except for two little allusions, you wouldn't even know that this follows after the TV series (the back cover even claims, that the movie came first, which is not true. It's only marketing because this movie is the only live-action GTO which is available as an English language version). This movie is very much stand-alone. This is probably a big reason, why this movie doesn't work so well. It's sad that they are not building upon what was happening in the TV show.
Instead we got a complete new school/town, where Onizuka is substituting. The other teachers do not have a very big role, but what you see of them, they seem like cheap rip-offs of the teachers from the TV series.
And whereas the TV series had a lot of different students with different problems, in which Onizuka coud meddle, this movie focuses on two students. One girl, which very much reminds of Miyabi of the TV series. And a boy which reminds of Noboru of the TV show.
Also the love interest of Onizuka from the TV series does not appear. Instead we have a new female character, which is a reporter out on scoop on Onizuka. From her looks and her character, she is a rip-off of the love interest from the TV show.
Except for a few laughs and some interesting choices in editing, I highly recommend the TV show over this movie.
(From Tom's Random Reviews on March 29th, 2009)
"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom
4.10 Say Amen (1999-03-04)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), John Krizanc (Writer)
Director: George Bloomfield
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), Callum Keith Rennie (Stanley "Ray" Kowalski), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Camilla Scott (Inspector Margaret Thatcher), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Tom Melissis (Detective Dewey), Ramona Milano (Francesca Vecchio), Gordon Pinsent (Fraser Sr.), Dean McDermott (Constable Turnbull), Richard Chevolleau (Davie Abelard), Elisabeth Rosen), Nola Augustson), David Fox (Rev. Albert Barrow), Jeff Pustil (Doctor), Katherine Trowell (Technician), Marvin Kaye (Sandy Waters), Robert Thomas (Addie Harlan)
An average episode. Nothing special. Not a very original storyline.
(From "Due South" marathon on January 5th, 2011)