There was a moment in the espionage action comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service where the mission goes from bad to worse, and field agent Eggsy asks his mission handler whether or not he is taking the piss. I found myself wondering the same thing when watching the movie’s sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In my review of the first installment, I criticised the first flick for being tonally inconsistent, as it featured both dramatic character development and over-the-top action but was unable to transition between the two convincingly. The Golden Circle opts to do away with character development at all and only focus on the ridiculous, preventing it from being as strong as its predecessor on nearly as many levels.
Opening with a balls-to-the-windshield car chase/fist fight action scene, The Golden Circle establishes from the get-go the professional relationship (as well as good friendship) between dapper suit-wearing field agent Eggsy and tech guy/mission handler Merlin, both returning from the previous adventure. I was surprised how many characters returned from the previous adventure, to be honest. There’s even at least one flashback to The Secret Service, too. You can follow the story of the sequel if you haven’t seen the first one, even if some elements might not make sense (like Eggsy dating a literal Swedish princess).
Not returning from the first movie is the villain (flashback notwithstanding). This time, there is a new villain, albeit one who maintains the level of camp as Sam Jackson’s evil tech billionaire with a lisp. The every-lovely Julianne Moore stars as Ms. Poppy, the world’s wealthiest businesswoman who also happens to be the world’s most ruthless drug lord. Operating out of a secret jungle compound styled after Happy Days’ and American Graffiti’s 1950s golden-age America, Poppy launches an all-out attack on the Kingsmen, which you might have already seen in the marketing material.
Hey El Moochadores! Normally I’d be posting a Morning Moo right now, but whilst (whilst?) perusing the many fine new items scrolling along the surface of the internet, I came across this awesome short documentary on famed animator, Chuck Jones, and I knew that this was the post I had to do this morning! Also, I’m very late for work. Anyways… Produced by Tony Zhou as part of his Every Frame a Painting series on the Vimeo, this short doc explores Jones’s “sensibilities as an artist”. Watch and learn how Jones made some of the funniest moments in entertainment history by employing minimalism and basic need. Also, please make sure to support Every Frame a Painting by “like” ’em on Facebook, Following ’em on Twitter, and maybe (just maybe) supporting the Patreon. Now, I am very late for work, because I keep watching Looney Tunes cartoons.
New Poster from Scott Park Featuring 63 Amazing Women from Film and TV Lore!
Illustrator, and Graphic artist, Scott Park has a new art print out featuring 63 of film and televisions best heroines. The print, Hall of Heroes, Vol. 2 is for sale on Society 6 and is a “Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.” Keen. The poster features classic heroes, like Princess Leia and Tinker Bell, along side new heroes like Imperator Furiosa (aka: best road warrior ever!)
Check out the poster art and click back through the links to see more of Scott’s art work. I’ve posted a few sample close ups below, but I think the print is best taken in as a whole… yeah. Also, check out our interview with Scott on Atomic Moocast #94! Good listen’n. Great times.
Our Interview with Sharknado 2 Actress, Courtney Baxter!
New Moocast!!! That’s right folks, Atomic Moocast #101 is here, and with it comes a great interview with Sharknado 2 actress Courtney Baxter! Courtney has been acting since she was eleven years old and she’s been in some really great stuff, and she was cool enough to come by the Moocast to tell us about her new film project, Chasing Yesterday. All good stuff. Also, there’s the normal Atomic Moo stuff where in Chudd and I discuss the deeper meaning of life, failure, and the Bhagavad Gita. Yup, still waters run deep on this one.
So, let’s not stand around like one o’clock half struck (I really have no idea what that means), it’s Moocasting time! So, go now and find yourself a bag of tasty treats you can sling around your muzzle. Go, quick, and find that cool fizzy beverage! Then shamble on over to your favorite of favorite spots and hit play on the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!
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You’re in your seat, the house lights go down, logos come up, and sometimes, you get that feeling. You get that impression, deep down and early on, that the movie you’re about to see will unforgivingly suck. Other times, the movie starts with Middle Eastern insurgents listening to a Dire Straits tape on a boombox when British operatives air raid their fortified castle with helicopters and explosives, all while Money for Nothing continues to play over the opening titles. In those rare moments, you know you are in for a treat. Director Matthew Vaughn’s latest, Kingsman: The Secret Service, is one of those treats. An espionage action comedy described as “Tarantino meets Bond,” the movie is based on a comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons which I’d never heard of but sounds like something I should check out. That being said, Vaughn previously adapted Millar’s comic miniseries Kick-Ass to the big screen, defecating all over the original work and missing its point entirely, turning a self-aware tale of inept socially-maladjusted fools with delusions of grandeur into some kind of teen comedy that made me cringe so hard I nearly required medical attention.
I’m not familiar with the comic, other than what little I’ve read about it for the purpose of this review, but it seems like Kingsman is loosely inspired by the comic, rather than straight-up retlling it. Characters’ names, relationships, sexes, and titles have been changed, and if Kick-Ass is any indication, the movie might be more tolerable if you haven’t read and enjoyed the book. But having gone in without any expectations, I was in for a ride.
Probably the most honest title to any book I’ve come across recently; The Great Show Downs by artist Scott Campbell is a fun book of movie confrontations from all genres of film. Published by Titan Books, and in an artistic style I don’t even have a name for, Every “showdown” comes with a smile and has a lot of fun interpreting classic movie moments like when the Titanic met the iceberg. The art is simple but something about the way it’s presented makes each face off (I wonder if there’s a Nick Cage/ Travolta showdown that didn’t make it into the book…?) a little more epic and engaging. However, sometimes it can be frustrating to view. The ED 209 does not smile! I don’t give a damn what artist license an artist feels he/she has: ED 209 doesn’t smile! Okay, that aside, go get a copy of The Great Showdowns at the Titan Books link above or you can find it on Amazon.com! Also, Go check out some of Scott Campbell’s other works. Mr. Campbell has done plenty of work with illustration, paintings, video games, and children’s books and you can find links to his stuff at his site.
Check out a few examples from the book below, but keep in mind this is just “the tip of the iceberg.” Okay, I only put that cliche in there because of the Titanic showdown. d’oh.
GOON MOVIE! Slow down, I can be calm about this. Oh, wait no I can’t – because they’re gonna make a f@*k’n Goon movie! Well, maybe. Check it out folks; right now there’s a Kickstarter campaign to fund a full length, animated, GOON MOVIE!
That’s right, this is your chance to help bring everyone’s favorite zombie smasher to the big screen! For over 12 years, Eric Powell’s comic book “The Goon” has thrilled readers around the globe with its fantastic world of mobsters, zombies, killer robots, giant fish-men, and every outrageous thing in between. The time has come to bring this great comic to theaters!
Marshall Fine, a Film Critic, posted a negative review of “Dark knight Rises.” Now he is receiving death threats. Being a film critic, Fine was able to see the film before it comes out this weekend. He posted a negative review on Rotten Tomatoes, and as a result we now have negatives on the tomato meeter. As of writing this post the meeter is at 85%. I think part of the hate comes from the fact that fine is tearing apart this film before the every man even gets a chance to watch it. Fines web site crashed several time do to the incoming hate mail. Rotten Tomatoes had to make a post reminding people that if the violate the terms of agreement they will be removed from the site(meaning it’s a film there’s no need to send death threats).
Wow, I’ve been busy. So busy that I haven’t had enough time to post anything on the Atomic Moo blog. However, I am currently working on a new Moocast and that should be online shortly. The bad part about not having enough time to post is that all the good internet stuff gets snatched up and spread around before I even have a chance to log on to my computer. Thankfully though, there’s just enough cool stuff left stuck to the bottom of the vast barrel we call the internet to make a cool post. Like… This wonderful illustration I found on Neatorama.com! Illustrated by artist Andy Hunter we get to see a “Wallis and Gromit” version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Go suck a cock Michael Bay.
New Avengers International Trailers
Via Geek Tyrant; Check out two cool new ads for the upcoming Avengers film, but do you’re best to ignore the bizarre subtitles that appear at the bottom of the screen. It’s just some dead language a joker pasted over the trailers.
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