Kick Ass

  • Directors: Matthew Vaughn
  • Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Kris Thykier, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, Executive producers, Mark Millar, John Romita Jr
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Comic Book, Mark Millar
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Lyndsy Fonseca

The plot of Kick-Ass concerns a lonely teenage boy, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who decides to become a real-life superhero after being inspired by the heroes of comic-books. He soon encounters a mysterious vigilante called Big-Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz), who are working to bring down the drug baron, Frank D’Amico.

Harry Brown

  • Directors: Daniel Barber
  • Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Kris Thykier, Matthew Brown, Keith Bell
  • Writers: Gary Young
  • Genres: Thriller
  • Actors: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Ben Drew, Charlie Creed Miles, David Bradley, Jack O Connell, and Liam Cunningham

The film opens with the gang initiation of a boy on a council estate in South London, and in a scene apparently filmed on a mobile phone, three gang members harass and shoot dead a mother walking her child. While attempting to escape by motorcycle, they speed across a road in front of an oncoming truck and are also killed. The titular Harry Brown (Caine), an elderly former Royal Marine suffering from emphysema, wakes to news of these deaths over the radio. With his wife sick in hospital, in order to visit her Harry must cut through a public underpass which is a gathering spot at all hours by local chavs and gang members.

Though seeing the increasingly brutal facts of life on the estate (including a man beaten for attempting to intervene when his car is broken into by a gang of youths) Harry is unwilling to get involved. In fact, it seems Harry’s only real friend is Leonard (Bradley), another pensioner who complains that hooligans put dog faeces through his letterbox and spit on him. The pair play chess at a pub run by Sid (Cunningham), who takes kickbacks from a pair of drug and arms dealers, something Leonard cannot forgive but which Harry is willing to ignore. That night Harry is informed that his wife is dying, and he attempts to get to the hospital before she expires; however, in order to do so he must go through the underpass, something he is unwilling to do. By the time he finds an alternative route to the hospital his wife is already dead. After the funeral, Leonard confides that he can no longer take the insults and indignities the youths foist upon him and he shows Harry a First World War bayonet he has taken to carrying in his jacket. When Harry tells him he should put the knife away and talk to the police, Leonard admits he has done so but they ignored him. That night Leonard wakes in his flat to find someone has put burning dog faeces through his letterbox.

At a conference held after the riot, SI Childs explains that DS Hicock would be given a posthumous commendation and that the actions of the police helped lower crime on the estate, refuting claims that a “vigilante” had anything to do with it. The final scene is of Harry Brown walking toward the underpass, which is now silent and safe compared to the beginning of the film.

Stardust

  • Directors: Matthew Vaughn
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Novel, Neil Gaiman, Screenplay, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
  • Actors: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Ricky Gervais, Rupert Everett, Jason Flemyng, David Walliams, Mark Strong, Special Appearance by, Peter O Toole, with Michelle Pfeiffer, and Robert De Niro

On April 17, 1839, in the village of Wall (so called because of the stone wall that is a border with another world), Dunstan Thorn (Ben Barnes) sneaks past the guard at a hole in the wall. On the other side he meets a witch’s slave (Kate Magowan) for one night. Nine months later the wall guard arrives at Dunstan’s door with a baby named Tristan.

Eighteen years later, Tristan (Charlie Cox) is infatuated with Victoria (Sienna Miller). He invites her to a night time picnic.

On the other side of the wall in Stormhold, the king (Peter O’Toole) is on his deathbed, in the company of his sons. The king throws the Power of Stormhold, a large ruby, into the night sky, declaring that “he of royal blood” who finds the ruby will succeed him. The stone collides with a star, which falls to Earth.

Tristan vows to bring Victoria the fallen star by her birthday, in exchange for her marrying him. After Tristan fails to slip past the guard at the wall, his father gives him a Babylon Candle his mother left him. Tristan lights the Babylon Candle to go to her, but accidentally thinks about the star and teleports to the star’s impact area in Stormhold. Tristan learns that the star is a beautiful woman named Yvaine (Claire Danes).

Tristan retrieves the jewel that Yvaine was wearing. Una explains that Tristan is the last male heir of Stormhold. Tristan becomes the new king with Yvaine as his queen. After eighty years of ruling Stormhold, they use a Babylon candle to ascend to the sky, where they become twin stars. Since Yvaine “gave her heart” to Tristan, the two will live forever in the sky.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Producers: Matthew Vaughn
  • Writers: Guy Ritchie
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, Sting

Long-time friends; Bacon, Soap, Tom and Eddie decide to put together ВЈ100,000 to play 3 card brag against “Hatchet” Harry Lonsdale – a porn king of notorious disposition – in a high-stakes card game in the hopes of winning easy money. Aided by Barry “the Baptist”, Harry’s personal bodyguard and trusted counsel, the game is fixed so that Eddie, the card shark representing the group, loses to Harry and is forced to pay a ВЈ500,000 debt within one week, citing the loss of fingers and Eddie’s father’s bar if he fails to pay. To Eddie’s fortune, and the dismay of his friends, all four of the group are tasked with honouring this debt, as they were all responsible for fronting the stake money. Harry’s loyal and violent debt collector, Big Chris – who often brings his son and apprentice, Little Chris, to his work – is assigned to collect the payment on the due date.

After several days and no ideas to come up with the money, Eddie returns home and overhears his neighbours, a gang of thieves known for robbing drug dealers, planning a heist on some marijuana growers supposedly loaded with cash and drugs. Eddie relays this information to the group, intending for all of them to rob the neighbours as they come back from their heist, therefore solving the debt. Tom uses his connection with an underground dealer, known as Nick “the Greek”, to provide them with guns for the job, and to find someone to help them move the drugs. Nick then manages to acquire a pair of antique shotguns, and arrange a deal with Rory Breaker, a gangster and sociopath, to purchase the stolen weed.

The remaining friends were arrested, but were declared innocent after the traffic warden from earlier identified the neighbours’ bodies as the prime suspects. The four reunite at Eddie’s father’s bar, and decide to have Tom get rid of the only evidence linking them to all the bloodshed – the shotguns. After Tom leaves, Big Chris arrives to bid them farewell, and gives them a catalogue on antique guns. Big Chris then leaves, having kept the debt money for himself and his son. A quick perusal of the book reveals that the shotguns the four had bought for the job were each worth a fortune, more than the debt money kept by Big Chris, and so they desperately try to call Tom. The film ends in a cliffhanger when Tom’s cell phone, stuffed in his mouth, starts ringing as he hangs over the side of a bridge, preparing to drop the shotguns into the River Thames.

Snatch.

  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Producers: Matthew Vaughn
  • Writers: Guy Ritchie
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Alan Ford, Lennie James, Ade, Robbie Gee, Benicio del Toro, Mike Reid

The movie begins with Turkish (Jason Statham) narrating. In Antwerp a valuable 86 carat diamond is stolen. Franky “Four-Fingers” (Benicio del Toro) takes the stone to London, but one of the Russian thieves tells him he can get a gun from Boris the Blade (Rade Serbedzija). Meanwhile Turkish and Tommy, who work in the world of unlicensed boxing matches, are preparing their fighter, Gorgeous George (Adam Fogerty) for a match. Turkish sends Tommy, his cowardly, dim-witted accomplice, to go buy a new caravan. Turkish then notices Tommy has a gun bought from Boris the Blade, as they are dealing with the leader of the unlicensed boxing world, Brick Top (Alan Ford). Brick Top is a dangerous crime lord in London who kills people who displease him, and then feeds them to pigs. He’s counting on Turkish to win this fight, which means they cannot let him down.

The Russian tells Boris that he sent Franky to buy a gun, so Boris plans to steal the stone. In New York, Jewish crime boss Abraham “Cousin Avi” Denovitz (Dennis Farina) is told Franky has the stone. Avi tells Franky to visit his cousin in London, Doug the Head (Mike Reid), an expert, so that they can sell the stone for what it’s worth. Avi also warns Franky (who is a compulsive gambler) to stay away from the casinos, especially with the diamond in tow. Franky then visits Boris, who offers him a gun if he places down a bet for an unlicensed boxing match at a bookies in Boris’ name.

The next day, the Pikeys are revealed to have left their campsite. While Turkish and Tommy are at where the Pikeys originally were, the cops show up and question them. Vinny’s dog then shows up, and they claim they were taking it for a walk. The cops let them go, and they both drive by Sol and Vinny who are also being questioned as to why they have Franky and Tony’s body in their trunk. We then cut back to the beginning of the film where Turkish and Tommy are in a room with an unknown man who is revealed to be Doug the Head. They ask him if he knows anyone who’d be interested in this diamond. Doug calmly suggests “he might”, and then calls up Avi, and who promptly heads back to London.