Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Two Movies In Two Days



Yup, this weekend I went movie-crazy.

On Saturday, I raced as fast as I could to the theatre so I could say that I was the first person that I know who saw the awesomely awesome Kick-Ass!.

A few months ago, I wrote here about how I was chewing my fingernails off anxiously awaiting this movie.

In short, it didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed it. Its stylized, sometimes gritty, sometimes comical look at just what might happen if a group of teenagers decided that they wanted to try to be real-life superheroes, and the repercussions of that decision, hit all the right notes with me.

My biggest gripe with the movie is that I wish there had been MORE of it. Specifically, more of the great fight sequences. More specifically, I thought that the BEST of the fight scenes were the ones they showed in the trailers.



But I’m not going to try to pick this one apart and micro-analyze it. It was a fun, interesting story that seems to have been fairly faithful to what I know of the original comic.

But hands down, the star of the movie is ChloĆ« Moretz. Her brutal, profanity-laden turn as the violent Hit-Girl is what makes this movie, and drives it. She is also, not surprisingly for anyone who saw the red-band trailer that I linked to in the previous story, the most controversial part of the movie. I don’t think Ive ever seen a kid, certainly not a young girl, portrayed that way in ANY film, and it shocks you every time she walks onto the screen. I loved it.

Plus, this movie made me think that Nicholas Cage might actually be cool again.

Next up, on Sunday morning, I took Mini-Me to see the IMAX 3-D showing of How To Train Your Dragon.



This movie was a great kids movie. A good, funny, beautifully-depicted story that had Mini-Me laughing hysterically more than once.

My biggest gripe with it was the price.

Yes, I KNOW I didn’t have to go see it in 3-D.

Yes, I KNOW I didn’t have to go see it in IMAX.

But EIGHTEEN DOLLAS A TICKET? Are you kidding me? After I got done buying him Sour Patch Kids, Popcorn, and a Blue Slushie, I was about $60 in the hole.

Good thing I can always make money on the weekend being a male gigolo.

Sometimes, it’s a relief to be able to fall back on my incredibly good looks.

27 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

Thanks for waiting for me to see Kick Ass. Dick!

Heff said...

I still think Nic Cage is pretty cool, albeit deeply in debt, lol.

The other movie I'm gonna skip, and stay home training my Dragon.

Slyde said...

earl: thanks for inviting me on your homo-erotic train trip.

heff: there WAS a time when i thought mr.cage was cool. Then i think about Ghost Rider and i forget it again.

badgerdaddy said...

He hasn't been cool since Wild At Heart. Which interestingly was also his last good movie.

Bruce said...

The sad truth of the whole things is this Slyde.....movie prices will continue to rise and your gigilo earning potential will continue to decrease over time.....time to start looking for another line of work so you can afford to take your spawn to the moives....have you considered pimping?

Kirsty said...

Eighteen dollars? Bloody hell you must love your kid!
Kick Ass has caused quite a furore in Britland, mostly because of the little girl's language! (And I believe it was written by the wife of one of our more controversial comedians) But I have to agree - it looks different and interesting!

Brittany said...

ha ha. :)

I want to see both of these movies. I've heard rave reviews about both of them!

Chris H said...

It costs $18 here too! The first movie sounds like something I will go to. The dragon one Stew can go to with the kids!
Sorry.. I am never gunna help you make money on the weekends.... Stew would not be too pleased to say the least! lol
In your dreams mate... I'm sure you are dreaming... wakey wakey!

Nej said...

We were talking about trying to see Kick Ass this weekend. I think it looks awesome...even though Mr. Cage is in it. :-)

The darned dragon movie almost had me crying. :-)

mo.stoneskin said...

Eighteen dollars? That's just crazy. I wouldn't spend eighteen dollars to see a film unless I got free popcorn and a beer.

sybil law said...

I really want to see Kickass!! Wah!!

The Invisible Seductress said...

Dragons was awesome...My kids loved it. But now their trust fund is gone..sigh

dizzblnd said...

I will ALWAYS love Nick.. He does something to me.

Well.. before reading your review, I thought Kick-Ass was going to be completely stupid. I will still pretend to kick and scream as my family drags me to it.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

$18 a ticket??? I almost passed out when I read that! LOL.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

For that price, a movie better be kick ass! Thanks for inspiring me to blog, for being the ying to my yang, the meaning to my existence, and all that. I mean, thanks for visiting my blog today. ;) I'm stalking you now because of it. Hope you'll perhaps stalk me too. ;->
Cheers,
Robyn

Shania said...

I looooved the dragon movie, even though I thought the kid was Owen Wilson the whole time.

When I do the ho stroll throught the truck stop parking lot to earn the money for the movies, I wear a purple wig like the kid in Kick Ass. I may sue for copyright infringement.

Faiqa said...

Two movies in two days, huh? I'm sorry, I wouldn't know what that's like since I'M TOO BUSY BEING A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY. (I know, jealousy looks good on me).

2abes said...

i can't remember the last time nicholas cage was cool...probably before vin diesel was last cool. uuuhhhh

meleah rebeccah said...

Yeah, I am always amazed at HOW MUCH it costs to go to the movies anymore. you practically need a second mortgage on your house if you plan on buying popcorn or beverages in addition to the tickets!

Dr Zibbs said...

I have no desire to see this because it looks like something from the Disney Channel. But maybe I will since you endorse it.

If it sucks though you need to pay me $15 or Earl's underwear. (Which I will then put on Ebay and you will buy)

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I want to see Kick Ass!!

It sounds so kick ass!! Good review. I will take my teenagers!

Kaylen said...

I haven't been to the movie theater in AGES because I don't like to be ass raped.

Those prices are outrageous.

Slyde said...

kaylen: don't knock ass-rape.

Sam said...

I don't even know what to say about your post after reading the comments. I'm not sure about ass-rape or BE Earl's underwear. I think I would prefer the ass-rape, actually.

AlleyCat said...

It's bloody expensive to go to the cinema here too. I ususally smuggle in my own snacks!

I'm looking forward to seeing both those flicks. Glad to hear you've given them 2 thumbs up.

BTW I'm still laughing at your last post.......

Slyde said...

hey there Alley.. hadnt heard from you in a while.. how's tricks Down Under?

Cocaine Princess said...

Your last 2 statements made me giggle outloud! OMG you're so funny!

$18. A movie ticket up here is about $22.00CDN and a jumbo popcorn with coke and choice of candy is around $17.00