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Men Of WarOut of all the movies we have covered for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, we kept leaving someone out of the spotlight. We covered almost every member of The Expendables crew from Stallone, Statham, Li, Snipes, but we kept leaving out the monster from Sweden known as Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV). He’s played the main villain in a lot of movies, but very few times has he played the hero and that is why I chose to review Men Of War. Dolph stars as Nick the Swede, a lethal mercenary who is having trouble letting go of his abilities from the past. One day while in Chicago, he is approached by some shady businessmen who need him to complete a job in Asia. All Nick has to do is go to this island and get the islanders to agree to sign a piece of paper allowing the company to come in. When he gets there, Nick figures out that he and his men are in the wrong and he’ll go to battle to fix the wrongs. The film also stars the beautiful Charlotte Lewis (The Golden Child) as Loki, B.D. Wong (Jurassic Park) as Po, Tony Denison (The Amy Fisher Story) as Jimmy G, Tim Guinee (Blade) as Ocker, Don Harvey (Die Hard II: Die Harder) as Nolan, Tommy “Tiny” Lister (Friday) as Blades, Tom Wright (Marked For Death) as Jamaal, Catherine Bell (Bruce Almighty) as Grace Lashield, Trevor Goddard (Mortal Kombat) as Keefer, Kevin Tighe (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) as Colonel Merrick, Thomas Gibson (Eyes Wide Shut) as Warren, and the film was directed by Perry Lang (Little Vegas). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some of the stats:

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Lundgren And Lewis

Dolph Lundgren and Charlotte Lewis

Now I have to talk about a certain stat because it was a little difficult to keep track of while I was watching the film. As far as the kills/knockouts are concerned, I have him at 37, but it could be a lot more because he blew up a lot of the huts and I have no idea if there were causalities. The other thing is that a lot of the other characters in the film got in on the action and they eliminated a lot of guys, but our main focus was Mr. Lundgren. As far as a origin story is concerned, he doesn’t really have one other than the fact that he is a mercenary looking for personal peace. He falls in love with Loki (Lewis) and he has a sexual conquest during the film. As far as whether the love interest/friend/family member is hurt category, I just yes because some of the take a toll before the job is complete and as far as the big boss, he is defeated. One of my conflicts with the film is towards the end of the film when the Colonel is preaching to Nick about family and why he should be on their side. B.D. Wong shows up out of nowhere carrying the heads of the other investors and all of sudden the Colonel is like, “oh the job is over” and tries to walk away. Here they are going all out with over 50 men attacking this tiny island and that one thing makes him change his mind like they had made a mistake. Charlotte Lewis is a smoke show and I enjoyed having her in the film as the love interest and as a strong female character. B.D. Wong is one of the true highlights of the film as he gives the film that comedic relief it needed while at times being serious when needed as well. I was always a huge fan of this film from Lundgren, you should check it out for yourselves. I am giving it four fists out of five for a final grade.

straight-outta-compton--Long-Sleeve-ShirtsYesterday I ventured to the movie theaters to see a film that I had been waiting for someone to make for a very long time. It had been a while since I did a Based On A Truesday (play on the words True and Tuesday) Story post and I figured Straight Outta Compton was the perfect piece to return with. The film is about the rise and fall of one of the greatest hip groups in the world in N.W.A. It was the group that featured the greatest rappers Compton had to offer at the time in Dr. Dre (played by Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (played by O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), and MC Ren (played by Aldis Hodge). The group changed the way rap was done back int he late 80’s to ealry 90’s and the film chronicles their struggle to put Compton on the map to their rise to fame and eventual downfall. The film also stars Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) as Jerry Heller, Marlon Yates Jr. as The Doc, R. Marcos Taylor (Dead Man Down) as Suge Knight, Keith Stanfield (The Purge: Anarchy) as Snoop Dogg, Carra Patterson (Why Did I Get Married Too) as Tomica Wright, Marcc Rose as Tupac, Mark Sherman as Jimmy Iovine, and the film was directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday).

watch-straight-outta-compton-n-w-a-biopic-movie-red-band-trailer-videoThis has to be by far the movie of the year or at least one of the greatest biopics ever made on the history of this earth. I literally had goosebumps while I was watching the film remembering the rise of rap.Hip Hop and what a beautiful thing it was to watch. I think every guy did a good job playing the role they were given especially Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. who was given the role of a lifetime. The only complaint that I have about the film is the fact that they diminished MC Ren’s role in all of this like he wasn’t that important of a person in the group. I feel like MC Ren had more of a role in the beginnings of the group, but his role in the film is minimal at best. I get it hat the most important ones out of all of them were Dre, Eazy, and Ice Cube who all enjoyed major success in life. The one thing the film reminds you is how sad it was that we never had the N.W.A. reunion that we all deserved as it was about to be set up until Eazy-E passed away. Everyone from top to bottom did an amazing job in this film as it felt so real and you almost felt like you wee there at the exact moment in time that it was happening. I did want to also mention that R. Marcos Taylor did an amazing job capturing who Suge Knight was and I don’t know who Marcc Rose is, but will someone sign him up for a Tupac biopic already cause it was scary how much he looked like Tupac. This film deserves to be an Oscar contender and if it’s not then we all know the Academy had no idea what there jobs are. I am going to give the film an A+ for a final grade because it kicked so much butt it kicked ass.

Chris Tucker LiveNetflix has done once again as they provide yet another great comedy special for all us to watch. When I think of one of my favorite comedians or comedic actors of the mid to late 90’s and early 2000’s, I immediately think of the charismatic Chis Tucker. The first time I noticed Chris was in his iconic role as Smokey in the 1995 comedy Friday and I instantly became a fan of his. The roles kept coming for Chris as he starred in iconic films like The Fifth Element and all of the Rush Hour films, but he would soon disappear. Now, Chris is on a resurgence of sorts and it all starts with his brand new Netflix Original Comedy specials entitled Chris Tucker Live. In this particular special, Chris really gets personal with the crowd as he tackles every issue from dating (and all the struggles of being famous and trying to date), paying taxes, Bill Collectors, Family (and issues with money), cops, McDonald’s, Michael Jackson, Friday, his mother and father, church, kids, going to Africa, Bill Clinton, and so many other great stories in this special filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.

chris tucker 2As I said above, Netflix hits another home run with this comedy special from a man who deserves a second chance in show business as he entertains us once again. Chris really doesn’t hold anything back as he gives you some great insight into his life and all the struggles he has faced with fame. He even attempts to answer the question of whether we’ll ever get another Friday with him as Smokey. He does some great impressions in this special especially when he acts as Michael Jackson and you wonder how much of it is truthful or just a joke, but it’s funny as hell. My favorite part of the story is the chance encounter he has when Michael invites him along to Barry Gibbs house. You definitely have to check him out as he tells that story. Another great story he tells has o do when he is talking about his mother and his father as he paints a picture for you of how different they were especially the story of them in church. It’s definitely great to see him back on the scene and he does it with a great performance so here is to the future for Chris Tucker. I am going to give the special an A for a final grade.

wonderlandFor today’s Based On A Truesday Story, we are looking at a film that I consider to be one of Val Kilmer’s best performances of the early 21ST century in the film Wonderland. In the 1970’s, John Holmes (played by Val Kilmer)was considered to be one of the first “Porn Stars” and he instantly became a legend having sex with over 14,000 women and having a legendary member whose size is still debated today. That was the 70’s and in the 80’s, John was a shell of his former self battling drug abuse problems that rattled his life. Due to the drug problems, John Holmes was in the center of a murder investigation for the Wonderland Murders along with famous club owner and suspect Eddie Nash (Eric Bogosian). Four people were killed and 1 survived a brutal attack and the story of what happened before the murders and during is told in two different perspectives with one being Holmes and the other being David Lind (Dylan McDermott). The film also stars Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) as Dawn Schiller, Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) as Sally Hansen, Josh Lucas (American Psycho) as Ron Launius, Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk) as Billy Deverell, Janeane Garofalo (Mystery Men) as Joy Miller, Natasha Gregson Wagner (Lost Highway) as Barbara Richardson, Christina Applegate (Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead) as Susan Launius, Lisa Kudrow (Friends) as Sharon Holmes, Faizon Love (Friday) as Greg Diles, and the film was directed by James Cox (Highway).

wonderland 2In the film, you see something from each character’s perspective whether it an event that happened or the actual event itself. For Kate Bosworth, this was a real gritty role for her to play the girlfriend of John Holmes during the worst years of his life. As I said before, this was one of my favorite roles that had Val Kilmer in it and he was coming out with unique films at the time like The Salton Sea and Spartan. He totally engulfs the role of a junkie and a man who can’t even tell if he believes what he spews out of his own mouth. The editing of the film is where it is at as they mix footage of real newspaper articles, real news broadcasts, and they mix it in with the film almost creating a music video style approach to the editing at times. The acting in the film is absolutely superb from all angles and everyone in the film and the story is amazing. They could have done a biopic on John’s entire life, but they picked an event that was gritty and shocking. The scene when they go in for the attack is absolutely brutal and it even features an unwanted appearance from Paris Hilton. It still amazes me that the case went unsolved, but we all know how it ends for Johnny Wadd. I am giving the film an A for a final grade.