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ass nation theaterIf you haven’t been paying attention to any entertainment section of any famous news site then you may have missed out on what could be the sleeper film of this past weekend that is being overshadowed by A Simple Flavor and The House With The Clock In It’s Walls. Unfortunately some great films fall into the wayside while Hollywood tries to pump the usual crap in your face and Assassination Nation may be one of those victims. The film raises a great question as it moves along in the idea of what would happen if the Salem Witch Trials happened in today’s day and age? In the quiet American town of Salem is about to be woken up when a hacker starts unleashing unholy hell by exposing all of it’s residence. Unfortunately for Lily (Odessa Young) her life is about to be turned upside down when she is blamed for the hacks as the town looks to lynch her and her friends. The film also stars Hari Nef (Transparent) as Bex, Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) as Sarah, Abra as Em, Bill Skarsgård (IT) as Mark, Joel McHale (The Happytime Murders) as Nick, Bella Thorne (The Babysitter) as Reagan,  Maude Apatow (This Is 40) as Grace, Colman Domingo (Selma) as Principal Turrell, and the film was written and directed by Sam Levinson (The Wizard Of Lies).

assassinationnationThis is definitely one of the more interesting films that I have seen in the last couple of months and I haven’t been this excited about a film since last year’s Tragedy Girls. I have seen someone describe it as this generations Heathers and they may be right. What the film does in my opinion is that it takes what is happening in our society right now with celebrity hacks and the overall misuse of the Internet and it’s reminding us of what those dangers really are. It also reminds us of how tough women have it in our society because whether we like it or not they are constantly being judged for their actions. We are OK with women sending us nude pics, but as soon as something goes wrong, we instantly label them a slut and the film is far from being feminist propaganda as it is just stating the truth. They also touch on a lot of social issues that teenagers in America deal with on a daily basis and there is one moment in the film that when it happens it’ll hit you hard because it’s the girls just speaking their minds. The film is very fast paced and features a lot of cool different types of camera shots including one very cool and long continuous shot that was a very cool touch for the film. The film also has the right amount of cool music that helps set the tone for the film at the right times. There is a twist at the end of the film that you will not see coming or maybe you’ll be smarter than me and you’ll actually see it. The action scenes when they happen are very in your face, intense, and I have to give props to Joel McHale for turning it up when it counted. I definitely recommend this film to anyone that is looking to see a new and unique twist on a classic story angle because every generation needs to be heard. I am giving the film an A- for an overall grade.

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fight night 1I don’t know if you guys know or not, but there is a huge fight tonight on Pay Per View between two of the best in the business right now that are not retired. I am talking about GGG (Genady Golovkin) versus Canelo Alvarez part two. It’s the biggest rematch of the year that was supposed to happen months earlier, but it’s here now and we want to celebrate that on the blog. So, we are taking our Tuesday Night Fights idea and we are changing it to Fight Night for tonight as we check out the film Kickboxer. The film stars Jean Claude Van Damme (Lionheart) as Kurt Sloane, an athletically gifted, but unpolished kickboxer who agrees to be in his brother Eric’s (Dennis Alexio) corner for his match against the mysterious and dangerous Tong Po (Michael Qissi). After paralyzing his brother, Kurt finds Xian Chow (Dennis Chan), a master of the Muay Thai and kickboxing to train him for a match against Tong Po. Now going into the match which is being held an ancient fighting ground which is not regulated by any Kickboxing committee, Jean seems to be way over his head. Michael at the time of filming had a two year age advantage to go along with his four inch height advantage as well. We are not sure what their weight’s or their reach advantage were for the fight, but it promised to be a good one.

Van damme vs qissi 1The crowd was ready for what promised to be an interesting match to say the least and they were waiting for their champion Tong Po who made quite the entrance. Tong Po certainly did not lack any confidence as came close to the ring and neither did his corner who were sure they had done all they could to ensure a victory. The fighters in the beginning were doing the traditional hand wrapping which consisted of rope being wrapped around the hand, dipped in a honey like substance, and then placed in a trey of broken glass which is not a regulated glove. While Kurt began to dip his gloves into the glass, Tong Po began the psychological warfare by licking his glove as to cut his tongue to show how much he enjoyed the pain. Then Tong Po’s manager and crime kingpin began to taunt Kurt with threats of killing his brother which you can imagine was weighing heavily in his head. Tong Po starts off the first round telling Sloane that he’s only using knees in this round and he begins to toy with him as he punishes him with knees to the midsection as well as several strikes to the head. Before the first round ended, he had hit Sloane with a ton of strikes to the midsection that was hurting the challenger.

Van Damme vs Qissi 2Tong Po started the second round much like he did in the first telling Sloane exactly what he planned to do and that was using only his elbows this time. Po started the round swinging, but Sloane was able to avoid the big strikes countering with a nice stuff kick to the midsection that Tong Po was impressed with. But before you knew it, Po was back in control as he began to punish Sloane with vicious elbows to the head and gut. Tong Po was in total control of the match and you wondered how much more punishment could Sloane take from him. The one thing I have to give him credit for is that he stood tall in the ring with Tong Po as the second round came to a close. One thing that was noticeable throughout the fight and that was Sloane’s coach Xian was missing for most of the match and for very good reasons as he was rescuing Kurt’s brother Eric who was being held captive by Freddie Lee’s men. The only logical question going into the third round of the fight was how much more punishment could Kurt take? There has to be a point when he says enough is enough and would it come sooner than later?

van damme vs qissi 3The third round began almost as the second round did and with Sloane in trouble as Tong Po was going all out using the glass as a weapon as he punched and backhanded Sloane repeatedly. Sloane was in trouble as Po just started laying him out with combo after combo to the head and midsection ending it with a double crossed back hand to the face as the third round ended. To make matters worse, Tong Po taunted him with, “You bleed like Mylee (played by Rochelle Ashana). Mylee good expletive” which angered the challenger immensely. As the third round began, Tong Po was signally to Kurt what he was going to do in the round, but it didn’t matter as a whistle from the crowd rang out through the arena. It was Kurt’s brother Eric ensuring him that he was OK. This event was about to change thew whole complexity of the match because now Kurt could be free to fight the way he wanted to without fear of consequences. Whether or not Tong Po knew, he was in trouble because Kurt meant business and business was about to pick up in round four.

van damme vs qissi 4As soon as he realized who was in the crowd, he ordered Mylee to cut the ropes off his hands. As soon as Po realized this, he began to attack, but was met with a nice kick to the face that stunned the champion. Then out of nowhere, Kurt hits him with a roundhouse kick that sends the champion into a daze as he was rocked. He then began demonstrating all the things that Po said he was going to do to him with kicks, elbows, and fists which were all connecting for the challenger. He then followed it up with a barrage of roundhouse kicks and back kicks that sent the champion out of the ring and into the crowd. As the time keeper was about to ring the bell, new friend Winston Taylor (played by Haskell V. Anderson III) prevented him from doing so. Out of pure frustration, Tong Po grabbed a torch and began to charge at Sloane, but he was ready with a roundhouse kick that delivered. From this point forward, Sloane was in complete control of the match as he decimated his opponent in the ring with vicious rights and lefts and tons of amazing kicks that left their mark. To add insult to injury, he even delivered a nice kick to Freddie Lee that sent him to the ground. Kurt Sloane was the winner of the match as he successfully avenged what had happened to his brother.

American-Assassin-Poster-croppedI am always looking to spotlight new actors who either take a shot at an action film or are grinding their teeth in the genre a shot here on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. That is definitely the case for Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) who recently released the action thriller American Assassin into theaters nation and world wide. O’Brien plays Mitch Rapp, a normal guy whose life is about to change when terrorists attack a vacation resort that he is staying at with his lovely fiance (Charlotte Vega). This has absolutely rocked and destroyed his world so he does what he thinks is best and he decides to retaliate. The CIA finds this to be unbelievable so they capture him and set him with a former Navy Seal in Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to train. Their training will be put to the test when a a man simply known as Ghost (Taylor Kitsch)  is trying to buy up stolen plutonium. The film also stars Sanaa Lathan (Blade) as Irene Kennedy, David Suchet (A Perfect Murder) as Director Stansfield, Scott Adkins (Hard Target 2) as Victor, Joseph Long (Dracula Untold) as General Rostami, Shiva Negar (The Art Of More) as Annika, Mohammad Bakri (Private) as Ashani, Navid Negahban (Homeland) as Minister Behurz, and the film was directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

American Assassin StatsAmerican-Assassin-00As far as the stats are concerned, he has about 16 total kills in the film and we find out about his origin little by little, but we don’t know a lot. We just know about his parents and the trouble he had with school. This next one is going to answer two questions right off the bat and that is that he does have a love interest and she is killed right off the bat. That is what motivates him to do what it is that he does. The big boss is defeated and it’s a pretty damn good fight by the way so check it out for yourself. Right away, I am going to tell you that if having Dylan O’Brien doesn’t motivate you enough to see this film then at least go see it for the brilliance of Michael Keaton who I think kind of steals the show. The man is simply on fire from the first shot that you see him all the way to the end of the film. Dylan does a pretty good job and it seems like he put in the work so if another film does happen, I’d go see it. There is plenty of action in the film to satisfy an action fan or at least some hand to hand combat as well as the typical CIA operative crap. I do question however if they really did film some scenes in Providence because the camera work makes me think that they didn’t. After all, most of the film was filmed in England. This is definitely one to check out and with that being said I am giving the film four fists out of five for a final grade.

 

7384_5379For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday, I was looking for a film to watch that had some action and that was relatively new or recent. After some searching through Redbox, I decided that I was going to rent The Great Wall since I had earned a free rental for all the films that I watch. The Great Wall follows a couple of European Mercenaries and one in particular named William (Matt Damon) who has bounced from country to country with no allegiance to anyone. One day while on the run, they stumble upon the great wall of China and they discover the true reason behind the construction of the wall. Now William has a choice, he can either try to escape with some goodies or he can stay and help the Chinese with their extremely unusual problem. The film also stars Pedro Pascal (The Adjustment Bureau) as Tovar, Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island) as Commander Lin Mae, Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints) as Ballard, Andy Lau (House Of Flying Daggers) as Strategist Wang, Hanyu Zhang (The Taking Of Tiger Mountain) as General Shao, Han Lu (See You Tomorrow) as Peng Yong, Kenny Lin (The Taking Of Tiger Mountain) as Commander Chen, Karry Wang (Pound Of Flesh) as Emperor, Eddie Peng (Rise Of The Legend) as Commander Wu, and the film was directed by Yimou Zhang (Hero). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

Great Wall StatsScreenshot-2017-02-17-at-5.31.59-PMNow as far as the stats above are concerned, he only has 11 1/2 kills because he helps Commander Lin Mae with one of the kills (he helps set it up). We don’t really know much about William other than the fact that he was a child sold into the army and that he has always fought for food and money. We do know that the chance for honor is what motivates him in the film, but is Commander Lin Mae the love interest? The only problem with answering that question is that we don’t really find out if she is or not. No one close to him is hurt in the film, but he does help defeat the big boss. The one thing that I loved about the film and in my opinion is the saving grace is the colors of the film. The film at times can have some dark tones, but it can be very colorful as well. Each branch of the army that protects the wall and the city have their own distinct colors to them. one of my favorite scenes in the film is when they walk into one of the buildings that could be a cathedral of sorts, but it’s color overload. There are so many bright colors that i just captures your eye and I loved it. I tried finding a picture of it, but the one to the left is the best I could find. The rest of the film is OK, the acting was pretty good, but the story and the execution left much to be desired. It’s not a bad film, it’s just not a great film if you catch my drift. I am going to give the film three fists out of five for a final grade.

lady bloodfightEvery once in a while, we here at Moshpits and Movies like do something new here called Tuesday Night Fights when the proper film is made available to us. For example, we just recently did Arnold Schwarzenegger against The Predator from the film Predator or a while ago when we did Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris from Way Of The Dragon. So for this week’s special presentation brought to you courtesy of Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, we are ditching the guys and seeing how bad ass the ladies can be when we check out Lady Bloodfight. Two fighters named Shu (Muriel Hofmann) and Wai (Kathy Wu) battled to a draw in the finals of a Kumite. Wai was unhappy with the council calling it a draw so the council made a decision that each one would have to find someone to take their place at the very next Kumite. After nine months of searching, each one stumbles upon a girl they deem is worthy. For Shu, its in the form of American girl Jane Jones (Amy Johnston), who is in search of answers, but wants to participate in the Kumite in hopes of getting it. For Wai, it’s in the form of the cocky thief who has some skills in Ling Chow (Jenny Wu). After months of training they are put to the test. The film also stars Jet Tranter (Thor: Ragnarok) as Cassidy, Mayling Ng (Wonder Woman) as Svietta Chekhov, Kirt Kishita (Ghost In The Shell) as Mr. Sang, and the film was directed by Chris Nahon (Kiss Of The Dragon).

TNF Chekhov vs JonesJane Jones’s (Johnston) road to the finals was a little different than that of her counterpart Ling Chow (Jenny Wu). After a win in the opening round that almost saw her lose, she lost her sensei after she was caught beating up some dudes that had stolen her bag in the beginning of the film. She also witnessed the death of a new friend in Cassidy at the hands of her semifinal opponent, the ruthless Russian Svietta Chekhov. After taking her time coming out, Jane made her way to the mat to face what could be her toughest opponent in Chekhov. Chekhov started the match as the aggressor, but Jones was keeping her cool the whole time as she avoided the initial attack and was able to get a roundhouse kick to the jaw. After some grappling, Chekhov was able to get some elbows to the midsection and had our heroine in a head scissors lock. The damage was done and Jones was dazed and confused. Chekhov took full advantage of it with a full mount on the ground and she started pounding away with some vicious rights and lefts that left Jones out. As the council woman began to announce Chekhov as the winner, she stopped as Jones began showing life. Jones began breaking apart Chekhov with some brutal kicks and even a superman punch that sent her to the mat. She ended the match with a brutal roundhouse kick that knocked Chekhov out for good. Jones was in the finals awaiting her opponent Ling Chow.

TNF Jones Vs ChowThere was a lot of damage done to Jones coming into the final match, but that didn’t stop her or her sensei from showing up to take on Ling Chow who had gone through less damage throughout the tournament. Ling Chow was smart in the opening minutes of the match hitting her with a backhand that opened up a chance to hit her damaged rib cage which she did, but that didn’t deter the American. Ling was trying to force Jones outside of the lines which would mean a win for Ling, but Jones had something to prove. She was still taking some punishment though with some mean hits to the ribs and back as well as some lethal strikes to the head. Jones was trying to fight back as she was able to get a good shot to the stomach with a nice kick, but Ling was merciless and kept on the attack eventually hitting Jones with a shot to the ear that affected her ear drum. It was then that a little bit of inspiration came her way that may deliver a bit of a boost for the match in the form of a vision of her father.

TNF Jones Vs Chow 2Jones would come at Ling hard with three straight round house kicks that found their mark sending the favorite to the mat. Jones was on a roll as every kick and punch was finding their mark on Ling who had no answer for this miraculous comeback that we were witnessing from Jones. Then when we least expected it with Ling toeing the line of being eliminated if she crosses it, she gets hit with a Bruce Lee like thrust kick that launches her way out of the ring and into the water making Jones the winner of the match and the Kumite. After the match, Sang revealed that he had killed Wai’s brother and that he had not committed suicide over Shu as Wai had always thought. They would go on to bring the circle back together and they started a school together and everyone lived happily ever after. I thought that this was actually a pretty decent film even though it sort of follows the formula of Bloodsport, but they do make it their own. The fight scenes are pretty good as you get into the film, but the opening of the film could have been better. I thought the acting was actually pretty good despite not knowing a lot of the women in the film. The one problem I had with it was if you’re trying to make a serious Women’s Kung Fu film, then why have the bathroom scene when all the women first get together? It didn’t make a lot of sense unless you’re trying to target an all male crowd. Nonetheless, I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade because I enjoyed it.

Commando_quad-1This week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film is a special one because it’s a film that I should have already covered by now for one of these posts and it’s the quintessential ass whoopin 1980’s action flick. The film I am talking about is the Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) 1985 classic Commando. At this stage in the game, Arnold had done a lot in the film business with very few words, but this was his chance to shine as former special forces wrecking machine John Matrix. You see little by little someone has been killing all of John’s team, but in an attempt to get him to assassinate the president of Val Verde, they kidnap his daughter which is a bug mistake. Now John has 11 hours to get to his daughter before they figure out he’s not doing the job. The film also stars Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss) as Jenny Matrix, Rae Dawn Chong (The Color Purple) as Cindy, Dan Hedaya (The Usual Suspects) as Arius, Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior) as Bennett, James Olson (Amityville 2: The Possession) as General Kirby, David Patrick Kelly (Flags Of Our Fathers) as Sully, Bill Duke (Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit) as Cooke, Bob Minor (Die Hard With A Vengeance) as Jackson, and the film was directed by Mark L. Lester (Class Of 1984). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

Commando Statscommando 2The stats are a little bit tricky this week and I will definitely explain why. In the film, I wrote that Arnold had 102 total kills in the film out of 109 that was counted (according to IMDB). I counted that there was a 109/105 kills by Arnold in the film alone which is why I wrote +/- 7 next to his kill count. When he’s going crazy on the island taking out dudes, it’s hard to tell at times how many he has taking out. He has no origin story other than he was a deadly soldier who kicks a lot of ass. He also has no love interest at least for most of the film, but his daughter is kidnapped and held from him which puts the yes next to that next question. The big boss is defeated and with a clever one liner from Arnold as he does it, but you’ll have to watch the film for yourself to see how he did it. The action scenes in this film is where it’s at and this is the film that you truly fall in love with Arnold as an action star. There are a lot of fun facts with this film with one being that Vernon Wells was a last minute substitute and the clothing department didn’t have time to alter the clothing so he is literally walking around with clothing that doesn’t fit him. Arnold was also originally not supposed to talk at all during the film, but they allowed him too. They also approached him about doing a sequel and he declined it. Now that film is known as Die Hard and the rest is history. The film has everything action fans could want from explosions, great fight sequences, and typical 80’s villains. I am giving the film 4.8 fists out of five for a final grade.

2017-sleepless-bannerIt’s Wednesday which can only mean one thing for all our readers out there and that is it’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday. The film I chose for today I had been putting off for a while, but I wanted to have a film that featured the amazing Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver). So, I decided that it was time to hit my local Redbox and I rented Sleepless which came out back in January of 2017. Jamie plays Vincent Downs, a cop who is undercover playing the game so that he can figure out the snake at the top of the mountain. The only problem is that he is now in some deep water because a job that he and his partner Sean (Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris) try to pull off is about to backfire. You see they rob some drugs from a very bad man in Nevada and they have kidnapped Vincent’s son. They won’t give him back until Vincent returns what is rightfully theirs. The film also stars Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) as Bryant, Scoot McNairy (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Novak, Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) as Rubino, David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Dennison, Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) as Dena, Octavius J. Johnson (Ray Donovan) as Thomas, and the film was directed by Baran bo Odar (Who Am I). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

sleepless Statshero_Sleepless-2017As far as the stats are concerned, there very low, but I will explain all of that in a bit. Jamie Foxx had about nine kills in the film which is low, but he has to give an assist to his son and his wife who both killed a dude. I don’t want to give away too much about who he really is because that is part of the mystery which is why I put sorta as the answer to origin story. I mean other than the secret, we don’t know much about him or his past. I believe that his character is still married to his wife even though she is wearing an engagement ring and his son is kidnapped which answers the next one. The big boss is defeated, but you’ll have to watch the film to find out how. The biggest misconception you can make when choosing to watch this film is believe that it’s just a Taken type action film where his son is taken and now he’s going after them. That is partly correct, but it’s much more than that as you’ll find out when watching the film. The film mixes in the whole dirty cop things so you’re trying to figure out f Jamie is dirty or if someone else is with it’s The Departed type ending. I think that David Harbour is awesome as is Jamie Foxx, but I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on Michelle Monaghan as a fierce, tougher than nails internal affairs cop who is a bad ass. You’ll have to judge that for yourself, but this is a pretty decent film. It’s got some cool action when it needs to and some cool characters, but it can go all over the place at times. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.