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Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
A perfect sequel to a perfect movie
"Kick-Ass" (the first film) is one of my all-time favourite films. Everything about it is perfect. The characters, the story, the performances, the cinematography, the humor, the drama etc. So I had VERY high expectations for "KA2" and I wasn't disappointed. When I walked out of the cinema last night, I had the same feeling of adrenaline I had after seeing "Kick-Ass" for the first time. The story and drama is more darker while the humor of the first film is left intact and they both balance well. The new characters are a ton of fun to watch while the original recurring characters are more developed and everyone of them have something refreshing to put into this film.
And the rest of the film actually expands what I loved about the first film. The violence/gore is freaking tremendous compared to the first film, the story has much more to deal with and delivers a smooth and highly satisfying one with extremely unexpected twists as well as equally entertaining subplots, the cinematography still keeps the gorgeous, comic-book-esque style which makes the colours literally pop out of the screen, the score is, yet again, magnificent and fits perfectly with the tone of the film while still linking to the fanfares of the first film (e.g. Danny Elfman's score to "Batman Returns"). Linking to both the story and the characters, both the drama and the humor balance perfectly, just like the first film with the humor blending well to the comic book-like world the two films are set in and the drama inflicted on the characters really does give the film a slightly more serious theme than the first film, which a sequel should do instead of repeating what happened before.
If I would nit-pick over something, I would say some of the newer characters could have had some more development (especially some of the villains), but that's just a very mild complaint.
Overall, with Matthew Vaughn leaving the director's chair as a producer and a big Hollywood company like Universal involved, this would've been an insult to the original. But it was, in fact, the exact opposite. Don't listen to the abysmal 20-something% rating on RT. In my opinion, I would call it a perfect sequel to a perfect movie. 'Nuff said.
The Worst Installment In The Franchise
I am a huge fan of the majority of the "Hellraiser" franchise. I loved the first two films, "Bloodline" was good, "Inferno" was a great (and imaginative) entry, "Deader" was OK too and "Hellworld" was a very interesting entry (with the best twist ending in the whole series). But "Hell On Earth" made me sick, and I'm not blaming the gore. The acting was horrendous, the designs on the new Cenobites looked completely half- assed and looked like something from a MadTV parody sketch of "Hellraiser", rather than a REAL installment to the one of the most imaginative and interesting horror franchises of all time.
Pinhead, who used to be a calm, intelligent and somewhat wise villain that loosely acted as an "anti-hero" helping Kirsty suck her sick-minded uncle and love-struck step-mother back into the box (as seen in the first two films). But in "Hell On Earth", he is morphed into a dull, one-sided "slasher villain" who just randomly kills whenever he feels like it (aka "what the Pinhead character is the EXACT OPPOSITE of"). Even in the audio commentary included on the DVD, Doug Bradley (Pinhead) displayed his displeasure of his performance in "HOE".
Overall, there are some FEW interesting ideas wandering around the dull story and the score is great too. But the horrible acting, the lazy designs on the new Cenobites, the dull approach on Pinhead and the poor script killed this film for me and is, in my opinion and hopefully everyone else's, the worst installment in the "Hellraiser" franchise...
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
Is this an underrated gem? No........YES!!!!
I'm 14 and I recently watched "A Night At The Roxbury" for the first time. The only reason why I wanted to see it in the first place was because of Chris Kattan (one of my all-time favorite comedians). But I was surprised. Yes, the film is incredibly dated, but so what? The gags/jokes flow perfectly, Ferrell and Kattan's performances are hilarious, the film doesn't dwell on "SEX" like what most recent comedies do and the soundtrack is the icing on the cake. It also might have one of the most rewarding and just simply perfect endings I've seen in any comedy. The bad things for the film is yet again, the film is INCREDIBLY dated and I noticed a lot of similalities to "Wayne's World" (yet another SNL film) like the psycho-girlfriend. It's pretty much "Wayne's World" but with early-mid 90's techno music instead of rock/metal tunes.
Overall, quite an underrated comedy gem. Check it out (and the soundtrack too).