Transformers: Dark of the Moon Directed by: Michael Bay Written by: Ehren Kruger Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Frances McDormand, and John Malkovich
There isn’t a negative comment that Michael Bay hasn’t heard. One of the most critically despised and commercially successful filmmakers in history, he has become a lightning rod for the sorry state of modern Hollywood.
Many critics are bitter because his movies render them utterly useless. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was one of the worst reviewed films in years and also one of the highest grossing. He injects levels of mind-numbing shock and awe into almost every scene that isn’t establishing the almost non-existent plot in almost all of the movies and Transformers: Dark of the Moon is no exception.
Kick-Ass Directed by: Matthew Vaughn Written by: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), Mark Millar & John Romita Jr. (comic book) Starring: Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Johnson, and Chloe Moretz
The way Kick-Ass was marketed, you’d never know what it was about. It could be the next raunchy teen comedy, a Scary Movie iteration with super heroes, or a campy exploitation flick. After seeing this movie, I now know why they could not market it efficiently. Kick-Ass is all of the aforementioned things, struggling much like a super-hero to find an identity. At it’s best, it is a rocking reinvention and exploitation of the super hero mythos. At it’s worst, it is a formulaic teen comedy with shock value language dueling with shock value violence.
The premise of the film is interesting enough. With caped crusaders invading our pulp culture like cockroaches, why has no one in the real world donned a mask and set out to fight crime? Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) plays the nerdy philosopher who comes up with this idea, and decides to take action. He becomes Kick-Ass, a scuba-suit wearing crime fighter who is stabbed and beaten to a pulp his first night on the job. The answer to his earlier question is answered early on.