Tag Archives: Matthew Vaughn

Kingsman: The Secret Service

MANNERS MAKETH THE MAN.  When an agent working for a top-secret intelligence agency is killed, his colleague (Colin Firth) enlists a troublesome teenager (Taron Egerton) to join a group of candidates who will be trained to fill the vacancy. In Matthew Vaughn’s view spy movies were getting a bit too serious, which is why he … Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Kick-Ass

HAVE FEAR. THEY’RE HERE. New York teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) buys a bodysuit and turns himself into a superhero; his first attempts at creating justice are pitiful, but he eventually gets caught up in a battle between a crime boss and an 11-year-old avenger. A story that is partly grounded in reality as it … Continue reading Kick-Ass

X-Men: First Class

THE STORY BEGINS. This attempt to jump-start the franchise by taking it in a new direction tells the story of how the young Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender) learned how to use their powers and collaborate until they realized that their perceptions of the human race clashed a little too much. Matthew … Continue reading X-Men: First Class

Stardust

THE FAIRYTALE THAT WON’T BEHAVE.  Teenager Tristan (Charlie Cox) crosses a wall into a magical realm where he goes looking for a fallen star that he intends to bring to a girl he loves, but there’s dangerous competition. The Layer Cake director got Neil Gaiman’s blessing to bring his novel to the big screen, but … Continue reading Stardust

Layer Cake

Drug dealer XXX (Daniel Craig) is smooth, careful and thus successful, but that is all about to change when his boss (Kenneth Cranham) gives him a different assignment. A gift for those of you who loved Snatch. (2000) and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998); its producer Matthew Vaughn made his directing debut with … Continue reading Layer Cake