Posts Tagged ‘Jim Carrey’

maxresdefault-1I figured since We have been watching all of the Dirty Harry films with the one and the only Clint Eastwood (Sudden Impact) and I figured we’d finish off the series. Do not confuse today’s film The Dead Pool with that hilarious Marvel Comics movie because this one is based off a twisted game. The Dead Pool is a game where they write a list of celebrities that each person believes will die within the year an the person with the most deaths wins the game. It all becomes a little real though when a musician is found dead and his name is on the very list of a director (Liam Neeson). Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is put on the case as more and more celebrities start to turn up dead that are all linked to the director. The film also stars Patricia Clarkson (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Samantha Walker, Jim Carrey (The Number 23) as Johnny Squares, Evan C. Kim (V) as Al Quan, David Hunt (Jade) as Harlan Rook, Michael Goodwin (Stuck In Love) as Lt. Ackerman, Michael Currie (Sudden Impact) as Captain Donnelly, Anthony Charnota (The Rookie) as Lou Janero, Victoria Bastel (The Video Dead) as Suzanne Dayton, and the film was directed by Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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dirtyharry5_02As far as the stats are concerned, it’s not the highest in the series, but it’s also not the lowest either. Harry Callahan has about 12 kills in the film and he still has no origin story and he shouldn’t this far deep. I didn’t know how to answer the love interest question because at first he doesn’t like her because she is a reporter, but he is eventually staying at her place in the film so that is why I wrote yes and no. His partner is wounded (first time not killed in the series) and she is taken hostage by the killer so I would say yes to that next question. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how it’s done cause it’s really cool. Now as far as the series is concerned, I really liked this one because it embraced all of the 80’s in it’s glory, but it’s definitely not my favorite in the series. One thing that I have to comment on is tat I just can’t take Jim Carrey serious as a rock star in the film because everything he does is just cheesy. It’s almost like he is poking fun at the 1980’s while he pretends to be Axl Rose. You do get to see a cameo by at least Slash and Izzy Stradlin in the film during one scene in case you were wondering. It just seems unnatural when you are watching him during the scene. Liam Neeson I thought was great in the film playing an English low budget/b-movie horror director and Patricia Clarkson was amazing as well. I liked who they casted as Harry’s partner for sure because he was a nice balance for the tough as nails Callahan. The cinematography is cool and the story is pretty good as it would inspire our favorite Marvel Character’s origin. So, I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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220px-Kick-Ass_2_International_PosterFor today’s Super Sunday film, I wanted to go a little outside the Marvel/DC world even though this film’s comic book belongs to an imprint of Marvel. When Kick Ass the film was released in 2010, it took the world by storm introducing us to a couple of teens who decided to dress up as superheroes in order to make a difference in New York City. Well, Kick Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) return for the sequel, but things are a little different now. Mindy (Hit Girl) is now living with her legal guardian Marcus(Morris Chestnut) (he was Big Daddy’s friend and partner in the police force) and he is trying to get her to live a normal life which means no more Hit Girl. Meanwhile, Kick Ass joins up with a league of superheroes to form Justice Forever, a group to stop crime and injustice in the city, but they have a bigger issue on their hands. You see Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) or Red Mist from the first film wants to be the first criminal to become a real super villain so that he can get some revenge on Kick Ass for killing his father and he changes his name to be The Mother F***er. The film also stars Jim Carrey (Dumb And Dumber To) as Colonel Stars And Stripes, Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Marty/Battle Guy,  Donald Faison (Clueless) as Doctor Gravity, John Leguizamo (The Pest) as Javier, Lindy Booth (Cry Wolf) as Night Bitch, Robert Emms (War Horse) as Insect Man, Tony Wu (Shanghai Knights) as Genghis Carnage, Claudia Lee (Hart Of Dixie) as Brooke, Augustus Prew (Charlie St. Cloud) as Ass-Kicker, Daniel Kaluuya (Johnny English Reborn) as Black Death, and the film was directed by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf).

movies-kick-ass-2-christopher-mintz-plasseThe film almost didn’t get any good press when Jim Carrey had announced that he wasn’t going to promote it due to all the violence in the film as it was filmed right before the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Carrey stated, “I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” Moretz fired back at the comedy legend stating this at the time of promotion, “It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see Pocahontas because you are going to think you are a Disney Princess. If you are that easily swayed, you might see The Silence of the Lambs and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid… I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.” I personally thought the film was pretty bad ass and even though it does contain a lot of violence, the film is entertaining. It has the right amount of drama and action with all the sub plots covered in the writing. What was always great about the comic book and these films is that no one here has superpowers, they are just regular people who decided to step up and fight for what they believe in. The comic book series was done published by Icon which is an imprint of Marvel and there was a third Kick Ass Comic book series released so I am wondering if there will be a third Kick Ass movie. Even though this one didn’t make as much money as the first one, it still made a considerable amount. I am going to give the sequel an B+ for a final grade.