I was so confused by Kick Ass. It was like Reservoir Dogs, but for kids. There is no lead up… right from the get-go death is treated with sickening flippancy. I checked, it’s actually 54 minutes into the movie before anyone is depicted actually being bothered by one of the many harsh deaths. In a movie that appeared to be trying to inject realism into the superhero genre, that’s just insane.
In fact, morality is totally on vacation in this world. Even the superheroes are mostly motivated by popularity or revenge. That could be ok, but the film isn’t self-aware about it. We’re supposed to think they are awesome heroes, and yet we are never given anything other than a heroic visual treatment as evidence.
Also, the music feels as though it was pieced together by a schizophrenic market researcher, while high on cocaine.
So, morally bankrupt teens murder capitalist gangsters as brutally as possible. Oh and a grown man beats the shit out of an eleven year old before putting a gun to her head. Oh and the guy gets the girl by lying to her. Oh and Nicolas Cage turns a child into a mass murderer. Oh and WHAT THE FUCK! SERIOUSLY! THIS IS NOT BEHAVIOUR WE SHOULD BE PRESENTING AS EVEN A LITTLE BIT HEROIC!
Jimmy Carter may singlehandedly be the reason that we don’t already have a futuristic renewable energy economy, but he made it so when we drink away our sorrows we can enjoy a tasty microbrew:
When prohibition was lifted, government tightly regulated the market, and small scale producers were essentially shut out of the beer market altogether. Regulations imposed at the time greatly benefited the large beer makers. In 1979, Carter deregulated the beer industry, opening back up to craft brewers. … You can see how the large brewers continued to consolidate and grow and absorb more and more market share right up to the point where Carter deregulated the industry.
“But, as with The Blind Side, the story often becomes about how it takes a village of white people to transform a troubled kid by means of civilizing leisure. There’s the white adoptive family, the white coaches, the white private-school teachers, the white personal tutor. (At the same time, the idea of “leisure” is misleading. It’s also true that these are young people playing in sports with short career spans that still often destroy their bodies.) The “fuller humanity” that black film critic Armond White applauds in the movie sounds a lot like white humanity.”—
I fuckin’ love reading The Awl. It’s got that The Moth or This American Life thing, where a story about something I couldn’t care less about makes me have to stand up and take a breather because I am amazed, informed, and interested.