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|Directed by:||John McTiernan|
|Written by:||Roderick Thorp, Jonathan Hensleigh|
|Cast:||Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene, Colleen Camp, Larry Bryggman, Anthony Peck, Nicholas Wyman, Sam Phillips, Kevin Chamberlin|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
Without a doubt, the best Die Hard sequel of all. The film has its flaws, such as some awkward cuts here and there (the Targo fight comes to my mind) and an ending that feels kind of disconnected from the rest of the picture, but overall, if DH3 never reaches the excellence of the original, it stars my favorite McClane performance (hung over, bloody and in his trademark wifebeater), the best bad guy after Alan Rickman, the absolute best sidekick ever in the person of Sam motherfuckin' Jackson, and it did bring freshness to the franchise by going from a confined space to a whole city taken hostage with heart-stopping races from one side of Manhattan to the other. A fitting and explosive ending for the one true Die Hard Trilogy. I do not know of any true Die Hard film that came out after this one.
|Directed by:||Howard McCain|
|Cast:||James Caviezel, Sophia Myles|
|Studio:||The Weinstein Company|
Here's a film that had everything to be awesome: Vikings, gory medieval warfare, beautiful scenery... and a pretty cool and original sci-fi monster that uses bioluminescence to attract his victims. The acting is really good for a B-movie, from everyone involved, and the digital special effects are great (no cheap looking CGI at any moment). One of the main flaw is the lead himself: Jim Caviezel. He really looks like a fish out of his tank. Playing a space marine of sort, he just doesn't look the part and I never bought him as the badass soldier he was supposed to be. That's a problem. I know he's traumatized by the death of his family, but come on... every time he is on screen he looks like he is about to break down and cry a river. It annoyed me quite a bit. On the other side, I was rooting for Wulfric the whole time, especially since his character evolves from being an arrogant asshole to the archetype of the true, brave Nordic warrior. I also thought the design of the futuristic weapons/devices was a bit dumb (or maybe it was just Caviezel who looked awkward wielding this big phallic-looking gun). Outlander is a superior genre film that deserves your time... IF you can stand 2 hours of sad Caviezel puppy eyes.
|Directed by:||Sylvester Stallone|
|Written by:||Sylvester Stallone|
|Cast:||Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers|
|Genre:||Action, Drama, Sports|
Rocky IV is one of the three films (along with Ghostbusters and Commando) that started my passion as a moviefan in the late eighties. So it has a special place in my heart. Some will call it cheesy, a relic of an era long gone (Cold War), with little relevance or interest today. But I don't. Sure it does not have the storytelling quality of the original, or even the most recent Rocky Balboa, but I can't help liking this one more than all the others. It has the best training montage, the best songs (No Easy Way Out), the best fights, the shocking death (at least for a kid) of Appolo Creed, and one of the most memorable and intimidating villain of the 1980's in the person of Ivan Drago. It is not a great film, so I can't give it more than a solid 7/10 (GOOD), but I really dig Rocky IV.
|Directed by:||Gavin O'Connor|
|Written by:||Anthony Tambakis|
|Cast:||Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison|
I finally got a chance to watch Warrior last night. Very good film, but slightly overrated in my opinion. The main attraction here is the trio of actors Nolte-Hardy-Edgerton who deliver rock-solid performances. Nolte and Hardy are particularly excellent, and you can literally read the pain and distress in their eyes. Did I hear oscar nominations? Hardy is the next big thing, no doubt. He has an intensity that I've rarely seen in an actor of this generation. His exchanges with Nick Nolte are Warrior’s best moments, but he is equally impressive in the ring where you don’t doubt one second of his capacity to beat the shit out of anyone in sight. As for Edgerton, he plays the everyday man and underdog of the competition well enough. The fights are entertaining and well-paced, but there’s a lot of (readable) shaky cam, which is never a good thing in my book...[more]...
|Directed by:||Albert Pyun|
|Written by:||Kitty Chalmers|
|Cast:||Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Alex Daniels|
Prior to yesterday, I had seen Cyborg only once. Must have been in 1990 or 1991. I was a kid and it didn't strike me at the time as a good film or a bad film. I got a chance to watch it again yesterday and it blew me away... and not in a good way...[more]...