Quick Daily Review #233: Road House (1989)

September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Road House (1989) Road House is one of the best lousy movies of all time. It can be enjoyed on many levels too, such as the “Plan 9 From Outer Space” laugh yourself silly at how lousy it is level, the standard “turn off your brain” action movie level, a time capsule of goofy 1980s clothing and hairstyles level, and even a pseudo philosophical level too! That’s more levels than they sell at your local hardware store. Anyway, the plot, for lack of a better term; The Double Deuce is the roughest, toughest, and ugliest bar in the entire southern United States. Hardly a night goes by [...]

Review: Sniper Elite – Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2

November 3, 2013 // 2 Comments

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2 (PC) Developer: Rebellion Publisher: Rebellion Genre(s): Third Person Shooter, Action Released: Part 1: February 28, 2013; Part 2 October 31, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature If you look over my review of the original game these spins offs came from you can see that I thought very highly of it and even declared it my dark horse game of the year. Since that time the game has found itself the beneficiary of robust support for patches, additional features, and now two quality standalone DLCs. The support has been downright astonishing and has set an example [...]

Review: The Expendables 2

September 3, 2012 // 1 Comment

Director: Simon West Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren,Chuck Norris,Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Writer(s): Richard Wenk, Sylvester Stallone Studio: Lionsgate. Runtime: 103 minutes Rated: R for language and graphic violence. About this time a year ago I penned my review of the original Expendables movie. I am tempted to simply copy and paste it here while just adding a ‘two’ to the end of the title and maybe make some other slight changes and be done with it, but on second [...]

Quick Movie Review: Shooter

May 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Shooter Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Rhona Mitra Director: Antoine Faqua Writer(s): Jonathan Lemkin, Stephen Hunter Studio: Paramount Pictures Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes Released: March 8, 2007 Rated: R A former marine sniper, Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) was living more of a solitary mountain life until he is visited by Colonel Isaac Johnson(Glover) who had received a threat on the President’s life. Reluctantly pressed back into service for his country, Swagger must figure out the assassin’s plan for attack and in which city it will occur. Trouble for [...]

Quick Movie Review: King Arthur

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

King Arthur Starring: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Hugh Dancy, Ioan Gruffudd Director: Antoine Fuqua Writer(s): David Franzoni Studio: Touchstone Runtime: 2 hrs. 10 min. Released: July 7, 2004 Rated: PG-13 Bob Longino of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution referred to this film as “…a really, really cheap knockoff of Gladiator.” I’m not usually one to agree with professional critics, but this is one of the exceptions to that rule, as this movie did have me thinking, “Damn, this is almost like Gladiator, only not as good.” The story centers around Arthur, who spends a [...]

Quick Movie Review: Sin City

May 3, 2012 // 1 Comment

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Marley Shelton, Bruce Willis, Jaime King, Jessica Alba, Maria Bello, Kate Bosworth, Jason Douglas, Carla Gugino, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Makenzie Vega, Katherine Willis, Elijah Wood, Benecio del Toro, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Michael Clarke Duncan Director (s): Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller Writer (s): Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller Studio: Dimension Films Runtime: 124 minutes Rated: R I won’t lie, this is going to be a hard movie for me to review. Not just because it has been awhile since I last watched it, but also just because the way the [...]

Review: Faster

August 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

Faster STARRING: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen DIRECTOR: George Tillman Jr. WRITER(S): Tony and Joe Gayton STUDIO: Sony Pictures RUNTIME: 98 min RATED: R (Warning, contains slight spoilers) Ah, now this is more like it. For a while there I thought we’d lost you Dwayne. Don’t get me wrong, you were as likeable as ever in all those affable little kids movies like ‘Race to Witch Mountain’ and ‘The Tooth Fairy’, but it was beyond fine time that you returned to your bread and butter, that being a good nitty gritty hard boiled action flick. This last year we [...]

Review: The Mechanic

June 20, 2011 // 1 Comment

The Mechanic Director: Simon West Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland Writer(s): Richard Wenk,  Lewis John Carlino Studio: CBS Films. Runtime: 93 minutes Rated: R (for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity). I had been looking forward to watching ‘The Mechanic’ for quite some time. Every time I took a turn by the local Red Box at Wal-Mart I would check to see if it had arrived, and even though it was advertised on the box, it never managed to find its way in the machine itself. In fact, it took me the better part of half a [...]

Review: Rambo

April 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

STARRING: Sylvester Stallone DIRECTOR: Sylvester Stallone WRITER(S): Sylvester Stallone (written by) David Morrell (characters) GENRE(S): Action, Drama RUNTIME: 93 minutes STUDIO: Lionsgate RELEASED: January 25, 2008 MPAA RATING: R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language The Rambo series is one that is both near and dear to my heart as a moviegoer who grew up in the early to mid 90s watching and re-watching each film at least a half a dozen times each, to give a modest estimate. Now though it is the year 2008 (at the time of this original writing [...]

Review: Terminator Salvation

April 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

STARRING: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin DIRECTOR: McG WRITER(S): John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, (script) James Cameron (characters) GENRE(S): Action, Science Fiction RUNTIME: 115 minutes STUDIO: Warner Bros. Pictures RELEASED: May 21, 2009 MPAA RATING: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language There are a few odds and ends I should get out of the way before I begin this review. First off you should know that the version of the film I am reviewing is the directors cut release. I did not see the original theatrical cut, and thus [...]

Review: The Expendables

April 17, 2011 // 3 Comments

STARRING: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Eric Roberts DIRECTOR: Sylvester Stallone WRITER(S): David Callaham, Sylvester Stallone GENRE(S): Action RUNTIME: 103 minutes STUDIO: Lionsgate RELEASED: August 13, 2010 MPAA RATING: R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language The Expendables is an easy movie to pick apart, if one were of a mind to do so, on several structural levels. However, this reviewer does not feel the need to do so. I for one like movies that aren’t ashamed of what they are, and also, movies that don’t pretend to be more than what [...]

Review: Taken

April 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

STARRING: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace DIRECTOR: Pierre Morel WRITER(S): Robert Mark Kamen, Luc Besson GENRE(S): Action Thriller RUNTIME: 90 minutes STUDIO: 20th Century Fox RELEASED: January 30, 2009 MPAA RATING: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language   “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills [...]