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January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

(headlines pulled from Cinema Blend)

– Will The Villain of Die Hard 5 Be A Member of The Gruber Clan?

If they start following, whether it be intentional or not, following the Star Trek “Pattern”, the villain will indeed be a Gruber. Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman; Bottle Shock) was in the first film. Simon Gruber (played by Jeremy Irons; Man In The Iron Mask) starred in the third film.

Out of the 4 films to date, I have to say the best villains were the two Grubers that we have seen. Though I still like all the movies. I really liked Live Free or Die Hard but wished they kept the hard R-rating we are all accustomed to with the first three movies. Yes, the action was still great but how do you even sleep at night after even thinking about editing John McClane’s signature line?

I’m excited to see more John McClane saving the day even if Bruce Willis doesn’t have hair anymore. Give him a gun, let him curse and let the body count rise.

– John Woo’s The Killer Getting An English-Language, 3D Remake

If you end up watching this sometime in the future make sure you watch the original before you mind is wrongfully tainted by this disastrous remake that will be added to the long list of Hollywood remakes that keep coming out. The original, which is painfully hard to say with the remake already in production, starred Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Corrupter). I will not be watching this and the fact that it’s being filmed in 3D just seals the deal.

– Katherine Heigl Replaces Halle Berry in New Years’ Eve

….Because at some point the same character she has played in every movie since the one that got her in the Hollywood spotlight, Knocked Up, has got to work at some point? Yeah, that’s not happening.. I’ll admit I liked The Ugly Truth but her second best film will always be Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, which is sad. At least until she starts to believe she’s talented and branches out.

In this film, a follow-up to Valentine’s Day,  her love interest will be Jon Bon Jovi, 16 years her senior. This movie is going to suck just like the first time around. But women fall for this crap and they drag us along so we’ll see another one in this series in a year or two.

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Action Film Weekend

August 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Max Payne

“The Devil is building his army. Max Payne is looking for something that God wants to stay hidden. That is what makes him more dangerous.”

Shoot ‘Em Up

“Does anyone know what a Jimmy Cagney love scene is? It’s when Cagney lets the good guy live.”

Smokin’ Aces

“You see… this is one of the rare moments, where your ass gets to be completely honest… and if i’m asking you what you said to Mecklen, assume the shit is rhetorical, assume I already know.”

Once Upon A Time in Mexico

“El, you really must try this because it’s puerco pibil. It’s a slow-roasted pork, nothing fancy. It just happens to be my favorite, and I order it with a tequila and lime in every dive I go to in this country. And honestly, that is the best it’s ever been anywhere. In fact, it’s too good. It’s so good that when I’m finished, I’ll pay my check, walk straight into the kitchen and shoot the cook. Because that’s what I do. I restore the balance to this country. And that is what I would like from you right now. Help keep the balance by pulling the trigger.”

Mission:Impossible II

“Every search for a hero must begin with something which every hero requires, a villain.”

Ronin

 ” To make a point. I don’t know her, but I was ready to splatter her brains all over the playground. But you… I don’t particularly like you. Just imagine what I’ll do to you if you try anything. Now give me my money!”

The Rundown

“Rage, rage… against the dying of the light… for there shall be no mercy… for any force that stands… blocking this path of his righteousness! BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA-TA-DA!”

Hancock

“Whatever we are, we were built in twos, okay? We were drawn to each other. No matter how far I run, he’s always there. He finds me. It’s physics.”

Live Free or Die Hard

“You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin’. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can’t remember your last name. Your kids don’t want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.”

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

“The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope. Because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.”

Underworld: Rise of The Lycans

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The third installment of the franchise that I quickly became a fan of from the very first scene in the first film. This time being a prequel that gives us the origin of Lucian’s rise to being the powerful leader of the Lycans. First being the human born son of a werewolf and thus being enslaved by Viktor, the leader of the vampires, to create a new species called the Lycans that act as protectors during the daylight from the werewolves. A secret and forsaken love affair between Lucian and Viktor’s daughter Sonja starts a chain of events that leads to the centuries long feud between the two bloodlines.

All the actors involved in the first two films whose characters can fit into this story have returned, most being supporting cast. Viktor is played by Bill Nighy (Pirates of The Caribbean Trilogy, Love Actually) and Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, Alice in Wonderland) as Lucian. Kevin Grevioux returns as Lucian’s friend Raze, he also originally created the characters and co-wrote the original story. Newcomer to the film who plays the essential role that starts the feud is Rhona Mitra (Doomsday, Shooter) as Sonja. Sadly but rightfully so, the beautiful Kate Beckinsale (Serendipity, Pearl Harbor) is only seen as Selene at the very end of the movie which is actually the opening scene to the first film. She does act as narrator in this installment though.

The director’s chair has been handed off to Patrick Tatopoulos, who was the creature designer on the previous two films as well as numerous other films like Independence Day & I Am Legend. Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard), the director of the first two films and husband to Kate Beckinsale, stayed on as a producer and is currently working on a fourth installment to the franchise once again as a producer.

The argument can be made that this film may not have been necessary since the mythos behind the feud was pretty well told in the previous two installments but now we just get it in feature-length. It’s still an enjoyable film if you are a fan and the quality has not been diminished. The gothic asthetic look that this franchise has is how I like to see my vampire/werewolves movies done which is probably why I was attracted to the first movie to begin with. Plus its Kate Beckinsale in leather and Rhona Mitra is just as fine in this one as well. The performances by the main two characters are great as these two actors can’t do wrong, both being critically praised and/or nominated for awards  for previous works. I’ll keep watching this franchise if it continues to be handled by the same crew. Rating 7/10