Welcome! I'm MovieKnight

Movies are my passion. Movies are my life. If you can't talk about movies, I can't talk to you.
I don't have a "5 Stars" or "two thumbs up" rating system of my own. I rarely see a rating I agree with, and I'm not about to make the same mistake myself.
I do my best to make this blog interesting, useful, and informative.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Kick-Ass (April 16, 2010) R

Aaron Johnson (The Illusionist 2006, Chatroom 2010)
Lyndsy Fonseca ("How I Met Your Mother" 2005-2010, The Ward 2010)
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad 2007, Marmaduke 2010)
Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes 2009, Robin Hood 2010)
Chloe Moretz ((500) Days of Summer 2009, Jack and the Beanstalk 2010)
Nicolas Cage (Matchstick Men 2003, Drive Angry 2011)

I wasn't prepared for how good Kick-Ass was! I thoroughly enjoyed this entire movie. I had to pee 10 minutes into it, but couldn't bring myself to leave and miss one minute of this film.

The movie follows Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) who decides to become a "super-hero" named Kick-Ass so that he can fight crime. His motivation: To see if being a super-hero can really be accomplished.
His easy-going, mild, crime-fighting side-life is escalated into something much more dangerous and serious, however, when the destructive, disruptive, and heroic actions of Big Daddy and Hit Girl (played by Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz respectively) are mistaken for the actions of small-timer, Kick-Ass. The ameteur quickly finds himself in the cross-hairs of big-time, no-nonsense villians.

This isn't your typical comic-book movie by any means. There are no super-powers, there are no "death-rays" or plots to destroy earth. It's just a bunch of people; some good, some bad, some who do bad things to good people, and some who do bad things to BAD people.

I must also point out that Hit Girl is my favorite. The the best movie character of this decade so far.

Movies this good are going to give me bladder problems later in life...

Factoid: Before dropping a very articulated C-word in Kick-Ass, Chloe Moretz had a very extensive acting career, including (500) Days of Summer (2009), The Amityville Horror (2005), The Poker House (2008), and voice work on numerous Winnie the Pooh cartoons as the character "Darby". Chloe actually did have to learn to be very skilled with butterfly knives for her part in this film. Not bad for a 13-year-old...

Factoid: Kick-Ass the movie is based off a comic book series of the same name.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Up in the Air (December 23, 2009) R

George Clooney (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000, The American 2010)
Vera Formiga (The Departed 2006, Source Code 2011)
Anna Kendrick (Twilight 2008, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 2010)
Jason Bateman (Extract 2009, Arrested Development 2011)

I can see from this film why it was nominated for 6 Oscars. But naturally, since the film was really good, it didn't win any.

The story itself is so relevent to current events and modern society. It really spoke to our time.

The acting was wonderful too. Even though I'm completely head-over-heels in love with Vera Formiga, I found myself liking Anna Kendrick's performance more. She was beautiful and real. Her character was a unique and called-for addition to an already original movie.

Clooney's performance was nothing deserving an Oscar, but he did do a good job.

And I can't say enough about Vera Formiga. I LOVE that woman. I truly hope she gets cast in "The Walking Dead" TV show.

Factoid: Vera Formiga grew up in Jersey, but spoke only Ukrainian until she went to school.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Clash of the Titans (April 2, 2010) PG-13

A great cast I don't feel like listing right now.

This movie sucked. It's 1:13 am and I'm tired and I don't feel like getting into the nitty gritty.

Don't bother with this movie.

Don't waste your $8 on this movie.

Here is a list of movies that were better than Clash of the Titans:

The Mummy Returns
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Spiderman 3

Believe it, it's true.

The plot was the worst part of all, but almost as bad was the acting and lame characters. There were attempts at comic relief that failed throughout the movie. There were overly dramatic characters. There was computer animation when real people could have been used.

Plus (and I say this having not seen the original) there were no Titans "clashing".

Oh, and Zeus was naive and bipolar. First time ever I'm complaining about Liam Neeson...

It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO LAME!!!! And I HATE using all caps so you KNOW I mean it.

Factoid: This movie was a remake, and a bad one.
I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO disappointed. I thought it would at least be GOOD.