“Kingsman: Secret Service” Is 2015’s First Great Action Film

Review by: Mark Salcido

Alright, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Yes, this movie came out almost two weeks ago but give me a break; I do have a life outside of this website.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service “is the latest film from director Matthew Vaughn and second collaboration with comic book writer Mark Millar. It stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, 9859_kingsman_recruitsoMark Strong, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sofia Boutella. Based off the comic from Icon Comics written by Mark Millar, it tells the story of Gary ‘Eggsy’ Urwin (played by Egerton) who’s recruited by Harry Hart/Galahad (played by Firth) into the secret spy world to battle terrorism of all types wherever they may lie and save the day, in the most stylish fashion.

Now the formal shit is done, let’s really talk about the movie. This one is fun, fun, fun. Fuck proper grammar because that’s how good this movie is. It’s not a deep thinker or dumb down explosion fest. It’s a stylish action spy film that deserves your smile and hard earned money. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

The movie starts off by letting you know how cool kingsmanx01everything is going to be in almost every scene but doesn’t stick its pretentious nose at you. When Eggsy is picked from the slums of England because of his family history, he, along with a few other candidates, are molded and trained into proper gentlemen spies by Merlin (played by Strong), while Galahad and other fellow Kingsmen investigate the disappearance of Professor Arnold (played by Mark Hamill…yes, you read that right). This leads to a trail to tech billionaire Valentine (Jackson) and his bad muthafuckin’ ass henchwoman, Gazelle (Boutella). Now, doesn’t that just scream nefarious plans for world dominating?

You can tell that everyone involved with this movie had a blast making it. There is plenty of drykingsman 1 British humor that mixed well with American. You’ve probably heard that this movie is a blend of Vaughn’s early film Kick-Ass and James Bond, spot on. Kingsman takes the spy genre and brings it to a real world yet still comical place. The movie even pokes fun at itself by mentioning how it follows the tropes of a hip spy film.

The direction of Matthew Vaughn is so damn good. There are a few shaky cam-esq scenes that begin a little jarring but are quickly forgiven when it really brings you into the action. It’s been reported that Vaughn passed on X-Men: Days of Future Past to make this film and thank god he did. I don’t think anyone could’ve fit as director better than him for this type of story. No shot SamJacksonis wasted and Vaughn makes sure everyone hits their comedic mark.

The action is awesome. There is a great scene when Colin Firth’s character goes full Jason Bourne/Bryan Mills and takes out a room full of people to the tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’ and with the flair of, you guessed it, Kick-Ass. I caught myself having the hugest grin because it was just that cool. This being a spy film, of course you’ll get your fill of handy dandy spy gadgets; even making a few cracks at some classic Bond tools.

This movie is a fun spy/action ride that I think you will want to go back again and again. It won’t win for the most thought provoking concerns on our society, but will do its job as this year’s first great action film. All in all, enjoy this film. Trust me, I am a trained professional.

Social Network Shut Out at SAG Awards

Hollywood. January 30, 2011

The 17th SAG Awards were held in Hollywood tonight. There were no real surprises. “King’s Speech” took home the coveted outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, while “The Social Network” went home empty handed.

Chrisian Bale won outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role while Melissa Leo took home the female equivalent. Natalie Portman was Best Actress and Colin Firth scored with his performance in the “King’s Speech.” Jeffrey Rush gave an intelligent, heartfelt speech in accepting the award on behalf of his fellow cast members.

Natalie Portman provided the evening’s one impromptu moment by uttering the word “asshole” when talking about what her parents told her never to be on a movie set.

Christian Bale’s speech was interrupted by real-life Dicky Eklund, the character he portrayed in “The Fighter.” Eklund joined him onstage in an unexpected moment. Bale politely thanked Eklund and gently pointed him back to his place in the audience. (“Fighter” star/producer Mark Wahlberg revealed moments later that he encouraged Eklund to go up if Bale won.

Ernest Borgnine received the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award and seemed truly touched and perhaps a little sad that his 94 years have slipped by. Mr. Borgnine is still fit and spry with an attractive, younger wife and maybe that is his secret for longevity. One thing is for certain. He has had an illustrious career in film. He has just finished his164th film. Borgnine is best known for film roles in “From Here to Eternity, “The Wild Bunch,” and “Marty,” for which he won a best-actor Oscar, as well as for his television work on the popular 1960s show “McHale’s Navy.”

The race is now on for the Academy Awards, and by all indications it looks like “Social Network” has lost some of it’s heat with “The King’s Speech” becoming increasingly more recognized by the various guilds this award season.

Here is the full list of winner at tonight’s ceremony.


Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture: “The King’s Speech”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”


Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series: “Boardwalk Empire”

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series: “Modern Family”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series: Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries: Al Pacino, “You Don’t Know Jack”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries: Claire Danes, “Temple Grandin”

Independent Spirit Awards Announce Nominees

Los Angeles. November 30, 2010

Eva Mendes andeva-mendes-81 Jeremy Renner were on hand to announce this year’s nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the prizes traditionally handed out the night before the Academy Awards and recognizing the independent films that might be too small, weird or generally out-there for Oscar attention.

We were happy to see Jeff Malmberg’s documentary, “Marwencol” get nominated, a film we wrote about here on Hollywood Revealed some months ago. Conspicuously missing from the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress list is Julianne Moore. While “The King’s Speech” got a nomination as Best Foreign Film, it got ignored as Best Screenplay, with no love for it’s leads Jeffrey Rush, Colin Firth or Helena Bonham Carter.

Here is a complete list of nominees.

The winners will be announced in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will air exclusively on IFC on February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone
John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole

Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Winter’s Bone
Nicole Holofcener, Please Give
David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole
Todd Solondz, Life During Wartime

Everything Strange and New
Get Low
Night Catches Us
The Last Exorcism
Tiny Furniture

Diane Bell, Obselidia
Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
Nik Fackler, Lovely, Still
Bob Glaudini, Jack Goes Boating
Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener, Monogamy

Daddy Longlegs
Lovers of Hate
The Exploding Girl

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Greta Gerwig, Greenberg
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole
James Franco, 127 Hours
John C. Reilly, Cyrus
Ben Stiller, Greenberg

Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism
Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone
Allison Janney, Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jack Goes Boating
Naomi Watts, Mother and Child

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Samuel L. Jackson, Mother and Child
Bill Murray, Get Low
John Ortiz, Jack Goes Boating
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Adam Kimmel, Never Let Me Go
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Jody Lee Lipes, Tiny Furniture
Michael McDonough, Winter’s Bone
Harris Savides, Greenberg

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Thunder Soul

Mademoiselle Chambon
Of Gods and Men
The King’s Speech
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Hossein Keshavarz, Dog Sweat
Laurel Nakadate, The Wolf Knife
Mike Ott, Littlerock

In-Ah Lee, Au Revoir Taipei
Adele Romanski, The Myth of the American Sleepover
Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff

Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sweetgrass
Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol
Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Summer Pasture

Please Give
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Ensemble Cast: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele