If you aren’t yet familiar with the name “Matthew Vaughn”, don’t worry: it’ll be a household name soon enough! Vaughn is the brilliant Brit director behind a slew of fantastic movies that blend action, heart and humor (which sometimes takes the form of spot-on black comedy). Take a look at his directorial resume to date: if you’ve enjoyed one or more of these movies, try those you haven’t yet seen. Descriptions below are from IMDB.
Harry Hart is the head of a elite secret spy organization called the Kingsman: The Secret Service.
When he finds a regular street kid named Gary “Eggsy” Unwin down on his luck, he recruits him into the ultra intense training program.
Meanwhile, criminal tech mastermind Richard Valentine is planning a mass genocide to wipe out certain DNA codes. When the Kingsman learn about the crime, Hart and Eggsy have to spring into action, track down the mastermind and his weapon and sift through a web of traitors to stop his plot. – Written by Anonymous
Kick-Ass (R, 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $12.99 to own in SD / $13.99 in HD)
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father.
His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming.
However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. – Written by Daniel J. Leary
X-Men: First Class (PG-13, 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $12.99 to own in SD or HD)
In 1944, in Poland, the boy Erik Lehnsherr unleashes his magnetic power when his mother is sent to a concentration camp. The evil Dr. Sebastian Shaw brings Erik to his office and kills his mother, increasing his abilities through anger.
In New York, the wealthy Charles Xavier meets the mutant Raven and invites her to live in his manor. In 1962, the CIA agent Moira MacTaggert discovers the existence of mutants working with Shaw and the invites Professor Xavier to recruit mutants to work for the USA government.
Xavier teams up with Raven, Erik and a group of young mutants. Sooner they learn that the evil Shaw has the intention of beginning a nuclear war to destroy the world and increase his power. – Written by Claudio Carvalho
Layer Cake (R, 4/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $12.99 in HD)
A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England’s Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy’s old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite.
Complicating matters are two million pounds’ worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings. The title “LAYER CAKE” refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no ‘codes’, or ‘families’ and respect lasts as long as a line.
Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his ‘savvy’, ‘telling’ and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy, and an international drug ring threaten to draw him back into the ‘cake mix’. But, time is running out and the penalty will endure a lifetime.. – Written by Anonymous
Stardust (PG-13, 4/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to own in SD / $13.99 in HD)
The tiny English village of Wall has a secret. Through a gap in the town’s old stone wall lies the kingdom of Stormhold, a magical realm of spells, unicorns and witches.
One day a boy named Tristan Thorn makes a bet with Victoria, the girl of his dreams, that he can bring her back a falling star that lands beyond the wall. So he journeys through the gap into the wall and into the other world, determined to bring back the fallen star in seven days and win Victoria’s hand in marriage.
To his surprise, the star in question is not a lump of rock but a plucky celestial princess named Yvaine, who is not at all pleased to be knocked out of the sky and subsequently kidnapped. And a fallen star, it seems, is quite a commodity in Stormhold. Soon Tristan and Yvaine are running from flying pirates, warring princes, and three wicked witches who want to cut Yvaine’s heart out of her chest and eat it in order to restore their eternal youth.
To win the bet, Tristan will have to hold his own in a dangerous game of swords and sorcery – but this new world has more surprises in store than he could ever have imagined… – Written by asdfghjkl