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Tuesday
Oct052010

'Kick-Ass' star Aaron Johnson looks promising as young John Lennon in 'Nowhere Boy'

I would describe myself as a Beatles fanatic.  I'm familiar with pretty much all of their music, from their Hamburg days to Sgt. Pepper and beyond; I've read biographies; I've watched the entire Anthology more than once.  That said, Beatles films rarely impress me.  Its just so difficult for a filmmaker to capture whatever magic element The Beatles had, and make it work as a movie.  

So when I read, some time ago, that a new biopic was in the works about the early life of the most controversial member of the Fab Four - John Lennon - I was excited, but cautious.  I was reasonably impressed by Aaron Johnson in Kick-Ass, but I knew little about him aside from that, and my confidence in his ability to pull off a personality as complex as Lennon was thin.

However, after viewing the trailer, I think I may have underestimated Johnson.  Alive with youth, cheeky, and ambitious, he conducts himself with the same easy arrogance that young Lennon must have possessed, all while exuding a boyish sort of charm that attempts to gloss over teenage insecurity.  Johnson may not be a dead ringer for John Lennon, but who says he has to be?  Looks only get you so far, and I think he actually has the chops to pull this off! 

Judge for yourself by viewing the Nowhere Boy trailer, and a second clip, after the jump.  

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Monday
Apr192010

KICK-ASS is violent, hilarious, bloody, and all kinds of awesome

Rating:  (Masterpiece)

Is it violent? Sure. Is it morally reprehensible? Probably. Does it feature a young girl beating the hell out of people and getting beaten within an inch of her life? Yes. Will your girlfriend like it? This ain't The Notebook. Kick-Ass is hilarious and brutal. If you don't believe violent movies are ruining society (I, for one, think we'll be OK), it's also the best action/comedy since Zombieland.

Like Zombieland, Kick-Ass stars an awkward teenager who gets mixed up in an ever more violent situation. However, unlike Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) from Zombieland, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) does not get caught up in the end of the world: he causes his own problems. Dave is kind of a nobody. He isn't a great athlete, and he isn't good at being a geek. Like most kids his age, he "simply exists," trying to make it through his days without hassle. 

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