“Kick-Ass” is itselfBy AUSTIN CONWAY
The typical summer line-up has been known to feature a couple of big name superhero movies, dominating our theatres with web-crawlers, iron men and even caped crusaders. While brands and costumes divide them, their unwavering morals and heroic dedication leave us with a group of individual who are unquestionably “good,” but unfortunately will never save anything outside the perimeter of our imagination. I have often wondered what a real “superhero” would possibly be like, and “Kick-Ass” delivers.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kick- Ass gives us a look at what it would be like if superheroes existed beyond the page of a comic-book. The film tells the story of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic book enthusiast who sets out to become a “super hero” after being mugged in broad daylight while an on-looker did nothing to stop the incident. Kick-Ass’s big break, however, comes from online publicity he receives after defending a victim of gang violence which ends up on You Tube, sparking a high demand in “vigilante justice” requests, and the discovery of pre-existing “superheroes” such as Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz).
It isn’t long, however, before Kick-Ass garners the attention of Drug Lord Frank D’Amico, (Mark Strong), whose crime syndicate has been hit by a mysterious vigilante, leaving D’Amico to suspect Kick- Ass, therefore making him his enemy. This movie has everything that a mature audience member would want: sex, violence, gore, language and explosions. Something to note, however, is that the criteria extends beyond that of a simple Michael Bay film, as it has a surprisingly coherent plot, a few twists, and most shockingly of all, meaning. Believe it or not, a lot of philosophy can be found in the film, making it deeper than what one would genuinely expect of a superhero flick. And believe me, it’s just “geeky” enough that the main stream, as well as the die hard comicbook fans can enjoy it equally.
The movie itself looks and sounds great. The action sequences are crisp and clean (with the exception of the blood), and there are very few computer-generated effects, resulting in a movie that seems to favor the “old school” more, adding to the realism of the over-all package. The soundtrack is a great blend of appropriate and unexpected tunes. While some might at first seem a little out of place, no single piece of music is unwelcome. Every actor seems to fit the role exceptionally well, Johnson seems to be quite skilled at playing a geeky comic book kid and Cage wears the mask of a “Batman-looking” character well. Even the kid from “Hot Tub Time Machine” (Clark Duke) is effective at bringing a good amount of laughs.
Elements of Human Cartography
The graduating seniors of Georgetown College invite you to this year’s thesis exhibition, an opportunity to exhibit their innovative and creative skills and hard work after three-and- a-half years of guided education and experiences. “Elements of Human Cartography” offers an insightful look into the interests of eleven Studio Art and two Art History Bachelor of Arts candidates. The two exhibitions will include installation and performance work, two- and three- dimensional work and art historical lectures of the research conducted by the two art historians.
The second show opens April 29 with an opening reception beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. Artists in this exhibition include Angie Chahin (painting), Peggy Coots (painting), Joel Darland (sculpture), Erica Janszen (digital), Ashley Mitchell (installation) and Nick Wagner (drawing). This show will be open until May 9. The exhibition will be held at the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery on Georgetown College’s campus located at the corner of Mulberry Street and College Street, Georgetown, Ky. The gallery is open M-F 12-4:30 p.m.
Chillin’ with the Holmes BrothersBy PERRY DIXON
The Holmes Brothers are a band from New York, NY from a time before our own and it is amazing such a group still exists. I found them on the WFPK Radio concert schedule for Louisville’s Waterfront Wednesdays. The concert series has had bands of all kinds from all over the country for many years. For free it is possible to find yourself on the Great Lawn in downtown Louisville with cool people and good music on a Wednesday—not too bad of a situation.
Apparently The Holmes Brothers played a concert there and that is how they came to my attention. I realized after a quick Google search that Myspace still exists and it is possible to find music there. A quick listen to The Holmes Brothers is difficult to characterize because of their love for a few different kinds of music. Soul, blues and Americana are all listed as influences, but really their genre may as well be listed simply as “good music.” They have voices full of character, age and wisdom that only men who have been making music for decades can obtain. There is hardly an artist on popular radio today that can hold their own on a stage with a piano and backup band without auto-tune and an absurd light show.
Jay-Z was right: death to auto-tune. The Holmes Brothers are a good reminder that music is still music. What is also impressive is the list of artists they have played shows with or helped to record albums. Among these collaborators are Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and many others. Perhaps best suited for studying on a Sunday afternoon with the windows open and a good breeze, it is plenty worthwhile to give The Holmes Brothers a quick listen. “We Meet, We Part, We Remember” epitomizes the sound of the group: smooth, rich and full of the soul everyone else has lost. With a discography stretching back to 1990 and a history as a band for more than thirty years, it is impossible to ignore how much these men have accomplished. Wendell Holmes, Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon deserve a bit of recognition from our generation.