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Movie review: 'Kick-Ass 2' aims high but falls short










As this year's cycle of summertime movie-time disaster and destruction winds down, the time seems ripe for a film to ponder just what we want from all those superhero fantasies and exaggerated adventures. "Kick-Ass 2" would like to be that movie, but it's not. Just as the characters in the film are average people running around in homemade costumes calling themselves super, "Kick-Ass 2" is a lesser version of what it appears to be, an uncertain jumble rather than a true exploration of outrage, violence and identity. PHOTOS: 'Kick-Ass 2,' and a Comic-Con presentation Both the original comic and 2010 film "Kick-Ass" reveled in provocations best exemplified not by the bland title character a teenage boy masquerading as a costumed crime fighter but rather the astonishing creation of the foul-mouthed pre-adolescent dervish of pain and punishment known as Hit-Girl. The comic "Kick-Ass 2" is a lean, unpleasant piece of work, with a slight, straightforward tale of blood and revenge, so Jeff Wadlow, in taking over duties as writer-director from Matthew Vaughn, had to expand on more information the story. High schooler Dave Lizewski ( Aaron Kim Kardashian official Taylor-Johnson ) is desperate to get back in action as his alter-ego Kick-Ass, while the now teenage Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) is struggling to maintain a promise that she no longer adopt the persona of Hit-Girl. <br>Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-kick-ass-2-20130815,0,7182428.story







The problem is that there was SO much action that it lost the charm, the magic, the playfulness and the confident swagger that made the 2009 movie so Kim Kardashian s boobs great. But as a Trekker, I have bigger issues with "Into Darkness" - the BIGGEST issue being that they simply did NOT need to tell the Khan story again, no matter how much they put a different spin on it. WATCH: Leonard Nimoy Discusses 'Star Trek' Legacy "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) is a perfect movie. As an action-adventure, it's " Moby Dick" in space by way of "Run Silent, Run Deep." It was a deeply personal revenge story, since Khan had it in for Kirk for 15 years after Kirk banished his people to a hostile planet that caused the death of his beloved wife. So when Kirk and http://marcellewa.skyrock.com/3178972335-Kim-Kardashian-and-Kanye-West-Feuding-Over-Wedding-Plans-Already.html Khan see each other for the first time in 15 years (after the hijacked Starship Reliant's surprise attack on (visit) the Enterprise), all those feelings of rage came to a boiling point. <br>Source: http://omg.yahoo.com/news/star-trek-darkness-really-worst-star-trek-movie-202944717.html







Youve got to have a problem that you want to solve; a wrong that you want to right. I considered Steve Jobs one of the worlds greatest corporate presenters because he always explained the problem that his product would solve. The introduction of iTunes Music Store in 2003 is perhaps the best example of this approach. In one presentation Steve Jobs turned around public opinion, convincing customers that it was in their best interest to pay for something (songs) that they could otherwise get for free at the time. In this video clip you can watch Jobs demonstrate the upsides and downsides of the status quo, followed by his solution, the 99 cent song on the iTunes Music Store. Your audience needs to understand the problem your idea solves. Dont leave them guessing. Explain it clearly. <br>Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2013/08/16/10-powerful-quotes-from-the-steve-jobs-movie-and-what-they-teach-us-about-leadership/





Movie review: 'The Butler' gives White House servant's view of times from Eisenhower to Obama



Thats about as far as DM2 goes into what we used to call a narrative arc. After that, its pretty Despicable Me 2 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Running time: 98 minutes Parental guidance: Comic violence The Despicable Me franchise, if you can call it that, started as the story of a villain trying to be the most evil man in the universe, so bad that he stole the moon. Now, in the second instalment, it has devolved into a madcap piece of silly anarchy. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing a silly anarchy has kept Bugs Bunny going for decades a but you kind of miss the charm and the ingenuity, not to mention the sense. Despicable Me 2 is what happens when you make a good film with a satisfying ending, and then try to follow it up with another one. In the first movie, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) was a super-villain trying to be even more villainous until he met three adorable orphan girls who softened his heart. Making a sequel is akin to trying to do a second Scrooge movie: where can you go from there? <br>Source: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Movie+review+Despicable/8607027/story.html





Movie review: Despicable Me 2



Martin Luther King Jr., the rise of the Black Panthers, Watergate and the toll of the Vietnam War. Cecil is a model of discretion, a husband who won't even tell his wife, Gloria (Oprah Winfrey), how many pairs of shoes Jackie Kennedy has. His job takes him away from his own house, where his two boys are pursuing different paths. The elder son, Louis (David Oyelowo), joins protesters fighting for equality, justice and dignity in a dangerous, segregated South. He clashes with his father who is a silent witness to Oval Office discussions about the issues roiling the country. "The Butler" follows Cecil and Gloria through family unity, estrangement, tragedy, awakening and rebirth. It's as much of a father-son story as a look at history from the other side of the white gloves clasping the silver tray. <br>Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/movie-reviews/movie-review-the-butler-gives-a-white-house-servants-view-of-the-times-from-eisenhower-to-obama-699535/



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