Posts Tagged ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’

running manIt has been a very long time since we last did an Ass Whoopin Wednesdays and for this week, we wanted to check out a classic from the vast catalog of ass whoopin films from the former Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger so we chose his 1987 film The Running Man which believe it or not is an loose adaptation of the book written by Stephen King. it’s 2017 and the economy has crashed and the country was in utter turmoil (sounds familiar) and the government has stepped in and has taken control of everything. They control what you can watch, eat, and listen to and God forbid if you disobey an order which is what Ben Richards (Schwarzenegger) is about to learn when he is sent to prison for disobeying a direct order to kill innocent civilians. With the aide of a couple of guys, Richards manages to escape prison only to be caught again when his meal ticket to freedom Amber (Maria Conchita Alonso) turns him in. Now, he has to compete on a game show called The Running Man where he’ll literally fight for his life or it’s death. The film also stars Jim Brown (Mars Attacks!) as Fireball, Jesse Ventura (Predator) as Captain Freedom, Richard Dawson (Family Feud) as Killian, Yaphet Kotto (Alien) as Laughlin, Marvin J. McIntyre (Twins) as Weiss, Professor Toru Tanaka (Last Action Hero) as Sub Zero, Gus Rethwisch (Twins) as Buzzsaw, Mick Fleetwood as Mic, the late Erland van Lidth (Stir Crazy) as Dynamo, and the film was directed by Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky and Hutch). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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running man 2Alright, let’s check out some of these stats before we review the film overall. Arnold is able to gobble up 14 knock out/kills with five of them being really important ones because one was the big boss while the others were the four stalkers sent to try and kill him during the game. We don’t know that Amber is going to end up his love interest until really the end of the film because a kiss confirms everything. A lot of people that he ends up looking after during the game get killed so getting a little bit of revenge on Dawson’s character Killian is right on the menu for Ben Richards. The movie is actually really good and a definite highlight of Arnold’s career. Richard Dawson with the experience he had as a game show host made him the absolute best and perfect choice for the host of The Running Man show. One thing that I will say is that the film is very Reagan era esque in that the world has been consumed by the government after the economy has crashed. Hmmm, where have I seen this idea before? Oh that is right, we have seen in in every post apocalyptic film that came out in the 80’s as well as in Escape From New York and even John Carpenter’s other classic They Live!. So, while the idea of the film is not very original, it was loosely based off of a book released in 1982. The action is very good and Arnold is on point with his swagger and catchy one liners that just keep coming including his signature, “I’ll Be Back”. Check out the film for yourselves, I am giving it four fists out of five for a final grade. 

unnamedIf you are a movie lover and you thought that the last What If… was fun then wait until you check out today’s idea. There have been so many great films that have come out in the last 20 years or so with so many of today’s stars, but thanks to Nerdist.com something has been brought to my attention. Nerdist presented an idea that was brought to the limelight thanks to New York illustrator Peter Stults who also dabbles in the idea of what ifs on his own site. He presented the idea of what if some of today’s films that are so popular starred classic actors and actresses of the past. I am talking about films like Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Iron Man, The Shape Of Water, Hellboy, Dune, Trainspotting, and so many more amazing ideas. I mean could you have imagined if Trainspotting starred actors like Anthony Hopkins, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, Julie Christie, and Ian Holm as Begbie? It might have been an excellent film, but that is up to us to imagine hence why this is called What If. Could you have imagined Paul Newman as Tony Stark in Iron Man? He might not have done it with the same charisma as Robert Downey Jr, but it might have been cool to see. I want to thank Peter with presenting some amazing ideas and while you check out some of them below, don’t forget to visit his site for even more amazing stuff.

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predatorIt has been quite some time since the very last Tuesday Night Fights and after covering last week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film, I was inspired to review one more Arnold Schwarzenegger film. To be in a Tuesday Night Fights, our hero has to be facing a villain or just another opponent and that can definitely be said about today’s fight which features Arnold taking on an alien life form in a modern day retelling of The Most Dangerous Game in the form of 1987’s Predator. Some US soldiers have gone missing int he jungles of Latin America and after Dillon (Car Weathers) convinces Arnold, they bring a new team of Commandos deep into the jungles for an excursion that may just be deadlier and stranger than they ever expected. The film also stars Jesse Ventura (WWE Legend) as Blain, Bill Duke (Commando) as Mac, Elpidia Carrillo (Seven Pounds) as Anna, Sonny Landham (Best of The Best II) as Billy, Richard Chaves (Witness) as Poncho, Shane Black (The Hunt For The Red October) as Hawkins, R.G. Armstrong (Children Of The Corn) as Gen. Phillips, Kevin Peter Hall (Harry And The Hendersons) as The Predator, and the film was directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard).

TNF The Predator 1The team is absolutely clueless for a while as to what is going on because they only see a trail of blood and they know it bleeds because they were able to get one shot on it. At one point in the film, the Predator has wiped just about everyone and Anna, Dutch (Arnold), and Hawkins are left, but Poncho is wounded bad. Anna goes to pick up Poncho weapon, but Arnold gets hit in the arm with the laser saving her from getting involved in the film. He tells her to get to the chopper and he slides down a mountain into a water fall. The Predator is behind him, but he cannot see Dutch because Dutch is wet and covered in mud which hides him from the Predator’s heat seeking abilities. After the Predator leaves, this gives Dutch time to set up camp and set up booby traps for our alien counterpart. Dutch decides that he is going to try and beat the Predator at his own game from high in the trees while distracting him with heat to lure him in. The Predator is lured and Dutch is able to avoid him, but as soon as he hits him with an arrow, it destroys his ability to be invisible, but it ticks him off completely.

TNF The Predator 2It ticks him off to the point that he just starts blasting everything in sight and Arnold (Dutch) is hurt. It didn’t matter much though because he was able to regroup and he was able to hurt the Predator a little bit with a spear that knocked him off his perch leaving a trail of blood for Dutch to follow. After failing to realize that he was following a trap, he tries to escape the attack, but lands in the water losing his mud camouflage. The Predator quickly catches up to him and slams him against a rock where he starts examining his skull and he is amazed by it. He lets go and he walks a little bit away from Arnold, but he begins to remove his weapons almost as if this is the fight he has always wanted and he’s going to make it fair. Arnold tries to hit him with a branch, but it busts over his arm and Arnold gets launched backwards by a huge backhand. As Arnold tries to backtrack, the Predator catches him and gets a punch in the face from Arnold and it has no effect. He then begins to pummel Arnold with some fists of his own leaving Arnold wondering what in the hell is he facing.

TNF The Predator 3The Predator continues his absolute assault of Arnold with some vicious blows as Arnold crawls away and by doing this he almost lures the Predator into the trap he set up. Unfortunately, the Predator sees it coming and he avoids it, but it doesn’t matter because Arnold has one trick left up his sleeve which is the giant log that hangs above the Predator. He kicks away the thing that was holding it in the air and it smashes right into the Predator. As Arnold tries to rest thinking it’s over, the log starts to move so he grabs a big rock, but when he comes over he notices that the Predator is hurt real badly. So, he drops the rock, but there is one minor problem as he wonders what in the hell the Predator is. The Predator begins to enter a sequence into a contraption on his arm which turns out to be a self destruct mode which gives Arnold little time to escape, but in the end he makes it. The overall fight lasted most of the film, but the final showdown between Arnold and Kevin Peter Hall (The Predator) lasted for about 14 total minutes with Arnold being the winner as The Predator tapped out by self destruct. I’m definitely excited for the new Predator movie that is in the works because I have always loved these films.

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.

kc2For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I knew I was taking a chance choosing the film I did because it was  1. a sequel that is 20 years too late and 2. it was going to have a low kill/knockout ratio. Nevertheless, I was excited to take the chance to see Kindergarten Cop 2 which stars Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) as FBI agent Zack Reed. Agent Reed has just busted Albanian gangster Zogu (Aleks Paunovic) with the help of a unknowing female he cares about named Katja (Rebecca Olson). With her gone into witness protection, he thinks everything is running smooth until he gets word that there could be a flash drive somewhere that a teacher hid that has the whole list of everyone in witness protection. Now, Zogu is on the hunt for the flash drive and Agent Reed has to step in and teach Kindergarten in order to try and find that flash drive before it’s too late. The film also stars Fiona Vroom (Step Up All In) as Michelle, Darla Taylor (Love On The Air) as Olivia, Sarah Strange (White Noise) as Miss Sinclaire, Bill Bellamy (Any Given Sunday) as Agent Sanders, Raphael Alejandro (Badge Of Honor) as Cowboy, and the film was directed by Don Michael Paul (Tremors 5: Bloodlines). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stars:

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dolph-copAs far as the stats are concerned, as I told you all that there was going to be low Kill/Knockout stats and sure enough there was only eight. He has no origin story that we know of from watching this and he does have a love interest in one of the teachers. She is held hostage like he is so that is why I wrote sort of in the next category on there and the big boss is defeated. Back in the day, people thought that it was a crazy idea to have Arnold Schwarzenegger star in a comedy, but when it worked we were impressed. Unfortunately, Dolph Lundgren doesn’t have the comedy charisma that Arnold would prove to have, but I am not saying he did a terrible job. While it was entertaining to watch him on screen trying to be a kindergarten teacher, some of the lines just felt forced and not very timely. While the kids were also a huge part of the first film, they were a heck of a lot funnier in the first film then these kids were even though they grew on you. I kind of laughed at the idea of how they acted at this school with the emphasis of worry on not hurting kids feelings, making them all feel equal, and watching what they eat like peanuts. One girl brings tofu into class for lunch which was unheard of back in my day. They definitely got with the times as far as that was concerned, but you are left wondering why they decided to make a sequel? Overall, it’s kind of a bad film that we probably could have done without. That is why I am going to give the film an D for a final grade.

There are those rare occasions in cinematic history where the soundtrack is almost 100% better than the films. What I have for you for today’s Soundtrack Saturday tracks is one of those rare occasions. In 1997, Warner Brothers Pictures released the atrocious film Batman & Robin which starred George Clooney as Batman, Chris O’Donnell as Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl. It was one of the worst movies that I had ever seen and all of Arnold’s lines are just stupid. The one thing that was sort of a saving grace for the film was the film’s diverse soundtrack which featured tracks from R. Kelly, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Soul Coughing, R.E.M., and today’s featured band The Smashing Pumpkins. The Smashing Pumpkins provided two tracks for the soundtrack with today’s track being The End Is The Beginning Is The End (the other track is The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning). Billy Corgan said this about the track, “At one point I found myself going, “I can’t write a song about Batman, I’m in an alternative band.” And I thought this is stupid, if I can write a song about Batman and it serves the purpose, which is to make it happen and connect with the movie, and connect with something that is unique and original, then, why not? For me, it was a great kind of artistic thing to do because it was very freeing. I wasn’t talking about myself or trying to represent the Smashing Pumpkins. I was trying to represent Batman.” He later explains that his Batman that he envisioned when writing the track was the darker version of Batman that appeared in the 1940’s. Check out the track below:

transporterI wanted to continue with a certain them I had done before with Ass Whoopin Wednesdays as we were exploring all the individual movies of every member of The Expendables that did make one. We’ve seen films from Stallone, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, but there are some more guys that we are missing from this equation and we coverd one of them today. Jason Statham before The Transporter series had really only done British dark comedies like Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, but what he didn’t realize is that he was about to get his due with The Transporter becoming the action star of the 2000’s. In the first film, he plays Frank Martin, a man who follows a certain set of rules while he is on the job which are Rule Number 1: “Once the deal is made, it is final”, Rule Number 2: “No names”, and Rule Number 3: “Never open the package.” One day while on the job, he breaks one of his rules as he opens the package to find a Chinese girl named Lai (Qi Shu). The people he delivers her to figure out that he opened the package and they try to take him out. Now he is on a mission to get them back for what they did and this time he’ll try to save the girl before it’s too late. The film also stars François Berléand (The Chorus) as Inspector Tarconi, Matt Schulze (Fast Five) as Wall Street, Ric Young (Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom) as Mr. Kwai, and the film was directed by Cory Yuen. Now let’s check out some stats before we get into the review of the film:

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stathamThis was definitely one of my favorite Statham action flicks that he made that features so many famous scenes like the oil slick fight scene that he has with the bike pedals on his feet. The creativity is what I love about action flicks because there always trying to top what has already been done before it. Statham has about 37 kills/knockouts in the film, but he has no origin story other than he was some sort of special forces. The girl he discovers in his trunk ends up being his love interest and she ends up getting recaptured by the bad guy, but she is not harmed. He does have a sexual conquest with said female and he defeats one of the bosses, but she ends up killing the main boss. The film has plenty of explosions and ass kickings that will please any true martial arts/action fan in the world. The cinematography is excellent as well as they get some real exciting shots like the airplane jump and some cool underwater scenes as well. I apologize about the title shot I used for the above paragraph, but apparently I was watching the French version of the film in English and that is all I could do. There are two more films in the series that get creative and I just learned that they are shamefully rebooting the series with someone else acting as Frank Martin. These are the choices that Hollywood makes, not me. I am giving this film four fists out of five for a final grade.