If you go into a store and ask for watermelon and they hand you a pound of coffee, that’s their fault. If you by a ticket to go see a movie directed by John Woo and are disappointed its not like the first one (as helmed by Brian De Palma), that’s on you. John Woo action movies are a genre unto themselves and while I tend to think this was a mistake for the franchise, they’ve clearly recovered from this installment and now, it’s simply an early twenty-first century oddity doused in Limp Bizkit’s… bisque. Read the rest of this entry
I am by no means a James Bond aficionado, but if you’d of told kid-me that I’d like the Mission Impossible movie series more than 007’s alcohol infused, STD covered adventures, I’d of sad you were nuts, and I’d have been wrong. Rogue Nation is, for me, the final iteration it takes for me to realize that Ethan Hunt is just as credible as any other legendary action character and, in a lot of ways, more so.
Oh, and I liked the movie, too. Read the rest of this entry
It’s the original, it’s the best of the bunch, it’s one of the most underrated action movies of the 1990s, it’s Mission Impossible – franchise starter protocol! Read the rest of this entry
S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders comes to life as both an excellent example of Francis Ford Coppola’s directing talent and a showcase for famous actors when they were young, but it has some problems, too. Read the rest of this entry
LIVE. DIE. RINSE. REPEAT.
I liked the idea of a Groundhog Day styled sci-fi war movie (Add 2 cups of the Saving Private Ryan invasion scene – yeah, I’m already leaving the conditioner joke behind and moving onto cooking metaphors), but Edge of Tomorrow didn’t exactly knock me off my feet.
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Some people don’t like Tom Cruise because of the way he handles his relationships, the religion he practices or his capped teeth. I, for one, still enjoy watching that guy work. Sure, Jack Reacher wasn’t great, but the movie’s lack of quality had nothing to do with Tom Cruise’s performance. Beyond his performance quality, I also admire the choices he makes regarding the films in which he appears. An actor of his status can not only pick and choose his roles, but push a project into production. It’s because of this that Cruise has earned the status of patron saint of non-franchise sci-fi movies. Let’s take a look! Read the rest of this entry
Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables series has brought together some of the biggest action stars of the last several decades together into one movie, and this third time out is no exception. Bruce Willis has been replaced by Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes is now on board and so is… Kelsey Grammar? That’s right, action movie legend and Cheers regular Kelsey Grammar is in The Expendables 3… and for some reason, these five actors didn’t make the cut. Here are five guys we would have liked to see in The Expendables 3. Read the rest of this entry
There’s something about this trailer that didn’t inspire me to see Oblivion in the theater. (Given its visual quality, I wish I had!) It looks like your run of the mill last man on earth sorta thing, but there’s a bit more to it than that – as the trailer shows you. After watching the flick, I found that it wasn’t what I was expecting, but the movie still comes up short. Here are 3 points on Oblivion. Read the rest of this entry
I have no idea why this movie is called Jack Reacher. I had no idea who Jack Reacher was until I saw the trailer, which includes a full biography of the guy and spoils almost the entire movie… so you might want to skip that. Still, the name didn’t mean anything to me and the trailer acted like it should (John Carter, anyone?), I did checked out the ol’ internet and found out that Jack Reacher is the main character of a series of novels… none of which are called Jack Reacher. So why called the movie (based on the novel entitled One Shot) Jack Reacher? I have no idea and by the time you finish watching this movie, neither will you. Not exactly off to a good start, are we?
Rain Man (1988)
Dustin Hoffman taught us all about where he buys his under wear in Rain Man, the performance that won him the Academy Award. Tom Cruise portrays Charlie Babbit, a prick with money woes who learns he has a brother (Hoffman) when his father dies and leaves all money to Raymond, an autistic-savant. It’s a road movie with a lot of heart and a great performance by Hoffman, but in some ways, it’s almost a performance seeking a story. Rain Man isn’t really about the plot, it’s about the characters and their relationships, and sure, this is important in any movie, but you should at least care about what happens in the end… but whatever, it’s a movie with a ton of montages and good acting, and I recommend it.