Kick-Ass – This critically acclaimed film follows the life of a teenage boy who wants to be a superhero. As the film starts, our hero gets viciously beaten by a group of thugs and during his surgery, metal plates are put into his body, and his pain threshold is increased. The boy ends up befriending two actual superheroes, and they team up to stop an evil crime boss. The casting is great, with all the actors doing a great job with their roles. The actress who received the most acclaim was Chloe Moretz, who says lines that no parent would ever want to hear coming out of the mouth of their child. It’s violent, but entertaining, and I think there will be more of an audience for this film on DVD, than there was in theatres.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The film, based on the very popular kid’s books, follows the adventures of Greg Heffley and him starting middle-school and all the challenges that come along with it. His goal is to be the most popular kid in school, and to be a “class favorite” in the yearbook, which lead to some embarrassing moments. The film did all right at the box office, and is definitely for younger viewers.
The Ghost Writer – This film is directed by Roman Polanski and stars Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. McGregor’s character is called in to help ghost write Brosnan’s characters memoirs as he is the former British Prime Minister. As soon as he starts writing the book, a scandal erupts, as the former Prime Minister is implicated in war crimes. It is up to the writer to help solve the scandal. The movie is based on a book written by Thomas Harris, who is best known for writing “The Silence of the Lambs”.
Henson’s Place: The Man behind the Muppets – This is a documentary about the man who created the Muppets and how the show came to be, as well as how other Muppet franchises like Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, and The Dark Crystal came about. The documentary is from 1984, but for any fan of Kermit the Frog or any Muppet character, this documentary is worth checking out.
A Prophet – Nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Oscars, the film follows the arrival of a young man to a prison. He soon becomes part of a Mafia group inside the prison and gets to go on leaves, where he carries out orders for the Mafia group in prison. Over the course of time, he ends up becoming more powerful than the Mafia group, which causes violence to erupt. A very acclaimed film, and should definitely be worth watching.
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Heroes: Season 4 – I will start by saying I have never watched an episode of Heroes but seeing all the hype that surrounded the first season to the show being cancelled at the end of season four, it’s definitely been a quick descent for the once acclaimed show. This season (known as Volume 5: Redemption) starts off with Claire attending college, Peter becoming a paramedic and Hiro and Ando starting their own business. They try to hide their powers but soon they have no choice to reveal who they really are.
Hawaii Five-0: The Ninth Season – This show went on for 12 seasons, and the timing of this release is great, as the re-booted Hawaii Five-0 starts this fall. In the meantime, you can get ready by watching the adventures of McGarrett and Williams and listening to the awesome theme song over and over again.
Until Next Tuesday!