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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Trailer

AUGH! I loved the first Mirror’s Edge (something about an asian WOMAN being a kick ass protagonist of a video game makes me feel at home) and Catalyst looks even more heart pumpingly THRILLING! So, hey friends! Better get all your Mina time in NOW because in 7 months you won’t see ANY OF HER! Mina, you don’t have any friends. Ok… well… then… PROBLEM SOLVED YOU HEARTLESS BASTARD!

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DareDevil’s Elektra cast-and cast well!?

As stated before Netflix has been dropping some serious awesome original material. And PART of that has been the keen eye they’ve given to casting. Well, they’ve done it again. Netflix has cast Elodie Yung as Elektra, you may remember her from G.I Joe: Retaliation, where she played Jinx, so her badassery is well proven. NOICE. Always great to see more up and comers cast in great roles.

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Elodie Yung cast as Elektra

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Our Kick Ass podcast

Mike Millar’s highly anticipated Kick Ass finally makes it to the big screen. As uber comic book geeks, BabbleOn discuss not only what we thought of the film adaptation but how it compared to the graphic novel. This spoiled filled review is a must for any comic book or superhero genre fan.

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You can read our reviews here.

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Kick A Earns a B

“I make cuss words cute”

So for everyone who has every been picked on, which includes at least three out of five Babblers, have we got a movie for you. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic book loving high school nerd, has had enough of the injustice in the world and decides to do something about it. He decides to become a super hero. Can he fly? No. Does he have mutant powers? Certainly not. Can he climbs walls and shoot web. Hell no. But what he can do is kick ass, or at least he tries, really, really hard.

Based on the comic book, er make that graphic novel, by Mark Miller, Kick Ass makes for a pretty entertaining movie. Now I am the only Babbler who has not read the graphic novel so I went into this movie not knowing what to expect. As the plot unfolds, Dave’s alter ego known as Kick Ass begins to attract the attention of two bona fide super heroes’ and one angry mob boss. Enter Hit Girl and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage), two mysterious crime fighters who know how to get things done. The catch? Hit Girl is about ten years old and a very precocious ten at that.

On top of that add the whiney, feeble character of the Red Mist, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin’ from Superbad, you know you watched it) and the cast of oddball, out of place characters is complete.

Kick Ass is entertaining and fun to watch. There is something adorable and amusing about a ten-year-old girl using bad language and slicing people to pieces. This movie is like a cross between Watchmen and Kill Bill. Iconic super hero garb mixed with the best of comic book action sequences.

That being said, I thought it was a little slow early on. It took a little while to really set things up and get things moving, but once it did it was really enjoyable. The ending was also over the top, but what do you expect? It is a comic book, uh graphic novel after all.

I would also like to congratulate Nicholas Cage for making his first movie in several years that doesn’t suck. Maybe he will get out of that tax trouble after all.

Overall I would give Kick Ass 3.5 Babbles, just enough to kick ass, but not take names.

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Kick Ass

With a title as audacious as Kick Ass, we are all hoping this movie does just that in a rather diluted superhero movie industry. While I didn’t think it lived up to its name, I did think it was a solid ‘kick butt’ experience.

Based on 2008 comic book series by Mark Millar, Kick Ass is a story about an average New York high school nerd who decides to be a the first real life superhero. Relative unknown Aaron Johnson plays Dave, a very ordinary teenage boy with very ordinary teenage problems. From a comic book induced epiphany, he courageously dons a costumed derived from a wetsuit and fights crime among the rooftops and dark alleys. Unlike most superhero origins stories, there is no mutation or freak accident, just an overly hormonal kid who is naive enough to try to help people in an unconventional way. Thanks to YouTube, he not only becomes wildly popular but also discovers a new sense of confidence and belonging. To his surprise there are secretly other heroes at work and he realizes that crime fighting is not all it’s cracked up to be. The reality of life and death hit him in the face (several times in fact) and he must soon choose to truly be heroic or return to his safe, ordinary life.

I read Mark Millar’s original before seeing the film which was good since I could see where Director Matthew Vaughn repeated or diverged from the source material. Even as an inexperienced director, Vaughn did an adequate job at telling the story and offering some interesting visuals. However, I found that when the movie was at its best when it was copying from other movies. The teen angst drama reminded me of Peter Parkers Spiderman. The swooping cityscapes and mob boss reminded me of Dark Knight. It’s obvious that the cartoonish and quirkiness was inspired from Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Even the gritty style of Watchmen show through in some action sequences. So while entertaining, there was a lot of familiarity while I was watching it.

The story also suffers in comparison to the comic. The truncated plot loses a lot of detail and you don’t get a chance to really fall in love with any of the characters. On screen, you can see the potential but you just end up falling in like, not love with them. The cast does fine with what they had but nobody really exceeds expectations. Even Nick Cage is a little boring and bland as the Adam West parodying Big Daddy.

The biggest disappointment was that this version removes all the surprises and twists from the original. The unpleasant points are nicely removed to accommodate the Hollywood mainstream crowd. I would be fine with that as long as other bold component are added, which unfortunately it’s not. The comic does not wrap up in a nice bow which is part of the charm of its story. As a new viewer, you wouldn’t know any difference but as a fan of the comic, you will find yourself wanting to do some ‘Ass Kicking’ of your own with Director Vaughn.  

We reached an interesting new era within the superhero movie genre. At one time it was about hero stories striving to find legitimacy in the industry. Now movies like Kick Ass (and Watchmen) introduce a ‘self awareness’ of higher ideas associated with crime fighting. There is less emphasis on super powers and nifty gadgets but more on themes of what makes a hero, the need to sacrifice, and are there any truly noble intentions. Heroes fight for good but are they just living out their narcissistic desires? Hmmm, this might have to be a topic for a future podcast…

Back to the movie. While the end credits rolled, the low murmur of criticism began with my esteemed colleagues of BabbleOn 5. Some liked the live action version better than the comics, some didn’t. I was one that didn’t. While the movie was entertaining, I thought the comic book was far superior especially the ending. I would recommend reading the comic book first since the movie will spoil some of the twists since they are not present in the film.   

It’s unfortunate that it only hit #2 in the box office this past weekend with a meager $19 million. It was much hyped at Comic Con last year and I thought the legion of comic book fans would come out to support it.  But please note that this is a hard ‘R’ with plenty of graphic violence and vulgarity. Don’t be fooled that while kids star in this film, they shoudn’t be watching it. For adults though, it is a fun movie and worth seeing. Hopefully with positive word of mouth and a slow month of April, it will gain some momentum over the next few weeks.
I give Kick Ass a 3.5 out of 5 Babbles

I give the comic book version a 4.5 out of 5 Babbles

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No ‘Kick Ass’ blockbusters this weekend

There was no ‘ass kicking’ going on in the box office as all the top 5 movies finished within a few million of each other. Taking the number one spot was ‘Dragon’ which has been in release for 4 weeks. The highly anticipated comic book adaptation, Kick Ass, had a very disappointing opening by not even reaching the $20 million mark. It’s possible with word of mouth and a slow month, it will catch up in the weeks to come. Death at a Funeral’s poor opening was no laughing matter either for the ‘black’ (as in satirizing the topic of death) comedy. Looks like we are all saving our dollars for Ironman 2 in May.

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
1   How to Train Your Dragon Paramount Pictures $20,000,000 $158,618,000 4  
2   Kick-Ass Lionsgate $19,750,000 $19,750,000 1  
3   Date Night 20th Century Fox $17,300,000 $49,246,000 2  
4   Death at a Funeral Sony Pictures $17,000,000 $17,000,000 1  
5   Clash of the Titans Warner Bros. Pictures $15,770,000 $132,985,000 3  

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‘Kick-ass’ will KICK ASS!

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Red Mist Poster (Kick-Ass)

New poster from Kick-Ass of Christopher Mintz-Plasse as ‘Red Mist’. I don’t think the poster matches the style of the movie. But marketing does what it wants to do.

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Kick-ass Teaser

Kick-ass is the story of ordinary kids that decide to be superheroes. We first saw footage at Comic Con and the response was very positive. Opens April 2010:

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New ‘Kick-ASS’ Posters

There is only one other movie that can rival my excitement for James Cameron’s new Avatar movie- and that is Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kick-Ass’. Seeing several scenes at comic con totally melted my brain and I might pee myself before this film is released. It looks THAT good. Here are some recently released posters.

redmist kick-ass

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Here are the posters side by side.


“Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.” – IMDB

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