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Criminal-001In the past six years or so, there seems to be this formula in Hollywood where you take well established actors and you turn them into action stars (e.g. Taken, The Gunman, The Equalizer). That is definitely the case with today’s film Criminal. Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent who holds some valuable information that a crazy anarchist wants. After he is killed, his memories are implanted into the mind the of criminal by the name of Jericho (Kevin Costner) who isn’t fully mentally developed. The hope is that Jericho will lead the CIA to a man by the name of the Dutchman (Michael Pitt) who holds a program that could destroy the world before the anarchist does. The film also stars Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) as Quaker Wells, Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men) as Dr. Franks, Jordi Mollà (Bad Boys II) as Xavier Heimdahl, Gal Gadot (Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Jill Pope, Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Marta Lynch, Antje Traue (Man Of Steel) as Elsa, Scott Adkins (The Expendables II) as Agent Greensleves, Lara Decaro (The Infiltrator) as Emma Pope, Amaury Nolasco (2 Fast 2 Furious) as Esteban Ruiza, and the film was directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). Before we get into the review of the film, lets check out some stats:

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CRM_4221.NEFTrying to figure out the stats for this film became a little tricky, but I did the absolute best that I could and here we go. Jericho has about 22 kills in the whole entire film with one really cool one towards the end. He kind of has an origin story only because we find out why his frontal lobe of his brain isn’t fully developed. Now as far as we know for the whole film that he doesn’t have a love interest even though he has Bill Pope’s memories in his head. He is a killer who has never known right from wrong and has never had any real emotions, but he starts to feel them and he begins to care for Pope’s family. That is why I put a question mark there, but they are eventually kidnapped which is why the next says yes because he goes to rescue them. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how for yourself, but it’s Jericho’s ultimate FU to him. This one is a little different than the film Costner did a little while ago called 3 Days To Kill which saw him as the straight forward action bad ass compared to this one where he is just a bad ass criminal. Hollywood is trying to prove that you can take anyone and make them action stars kind of like what they did a long time ago with Charles Bronson. The film was definitely an interesting one that kind of takes the genre into a new direction with the memory implants idea, but nothing extraordinarily different. The film has plenty of action and suspense as you try to see if Costner will get to The Dutchman before the Anarchist, etc. It’s not the greatest movie in the world, but a cool one. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

maxresdefault (3)Going into today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, there were two reasons I chose the film The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with one being that it was directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch) and the second being that it stars Superman himself Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel). The Man From U.N.C.L.E. takes us all the way back to the 1960’s and the cold war as our setting for the film. Cavill plays American CIA operative Napoleon Solo while Armie Hammer (The Social Network) plays KGB Agent Illya Kuryakin in a film where the two agents are forced to team together against one common enemy other than each other. There is a rumor that some Nazi enthusiasts are close to creating an atomic bomb and along with the help of the beautiful Gaby (Alicia Vikander) they will try to infiltrate and retrieve the bomb before it is completed. The film also stars Hugh Grant (Four Weddings And A Funeral) as Waverly, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) as Victoria, Luca Calvani (When In Rome) as Alexander, Sylvester Groth (Inglorious Basterds) as Uncle Rudi, Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) as Sanders, Christian Berkel (Valkyrie) as Udo, Misha Kuznetsov (25TH Hour) as Oleg, Marianna Di Martino as the desk clerk, and David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) as Jones. Before we check out the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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Film The Man From U.N.C.L.EI love doing the team ups as far as Ass Whoopin Wednesday is concerned because I feel it gives you more and it’s interesting to see the chemistry (especially if it’s there). We are going to start with Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and in the film he only has eight confirmed kills/knockouts as far as I can tell and they are spread out through the film. We find out his origin story when Armie’s character is being briefed about him and he has no love interest because he is a playboy. No one close to him as far as I can tell gets harmed in the film because it’s business as usual, but he does have a sexual conquest in the film (it’s implied). The big boss is defeated and he does it with style and you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out. As far as Armie’s character Illya is concerned he has about 13 kills in the film and we find out about his origin through Napoleon who was trying to one up him. He does have a love interest and she is kidnapped during the film by the antagonists. The movie in my opinion was very fun to watch especially with Henry Cavill who is Joe Cool in this film and he really embraces the role. I really thought that Armie and him made a great team onscreen which helped make the movie fun to watch. There is plenty of action in the film and some cool gadgets as well as some cool chase scenes. I just want to say that Alicia Vikander must be the new Hollywood it girl because she is everywhere lately from Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, and so much more within the past two years and going into the future. I wonder if they’ll be anymore films in this franchises future? Anyways, I am going to give it four fists out of five for a final grade.

EfOet3AuFor today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I chose a film that I wanted to check out for a while when I heard that WWE wrestler Dean Ambrose was the latest to get into films. Dean is the latest to star in 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown which he plays a troubled Detective named Shaw. Dean is returning to the job for the first time in months after the death of his partner. While on the job, he discovers some corruption in the precinct involving a former partner and he decides to investigate it. Detective Burke (Roger R. Cross), the corrupt cop gets wind of what Shaw is doing and to protect his own behind, he puts the whole building into lockdown and he hunts Shaw. Shaw only has 12 rounds in his gun to help defend himself while he tries to figure out a way to get the evidence out. The film also stars Daniel Cudmore (X-Men: The Last Stand) as Gideon, Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie) as Darrow, Ty Olsson (X-Men 2) as Harris, Sarah Smyth (50/50) as Officer Taylor, Rebecca Marshall (That’s My Boy) as Captain Matthews, Kirby Morrow (RoboCop) as Saul, Toby Levins (Godzilla) as Meeks, Sharon Taylor (Stargate: Atlantis) as Carmen, Hugo Steele (Man Of Steel) as Hurst, and the film was directed by Stephen Reynolds (Vendetta). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

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12-rounds-3-lockdown-trailerNow as far as the stats are concerned, Dean’s character has 11 kills/knockouts in the film. He kind of has an origin story, but the only thing you find out is that his partner was killed in duty and that Burke was also Shaw’s former partner. There is no love interest and an officer that he had just met that day was shot and killed, but I didn’t count that. The big boss is defeated and you’ll just have to wait and see for yourselves as far as how it was done.  I was excited to see Dean Ambrose starring in an action movie, but the film changed in many ways. The original concept of the films were great because it made it a game. In this film, the 12 rounds refer to the amount of bullets in his gun that he’ll have to get the job done. The fight scenes in the film are a little messy and they’re just OK in my opinion. That is not me saying that Dean didn’t do well because I thought he was great in the film and a little bit better than most in the film. The camera work is pretty good, but there’s times when some of the shots get a little annoying. One of the funniest scenes in the film was right when you first see Dean as he is waiting at a stop light and some snot nosed kid in a Porsche pulls up wanting to race. What happens next is awesome as Dean keeps his cool the whole time. This is an action film so you know exactly what you are getting with it. It’s not the best in the series, but it’s decent. I am giving he film 3 fists out of five for a final grade.

man of steel titleFor this week’s Super Sunday, we are heading back into the DC Universe for one of the comics that basically made them who they are today. For a lot of us comic book fans that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, Christopher Reeve was the man known as Superman in all of our eyes. In 2006, Warner Brothers and DC Comics decided to bring back Superman to the big screen considering things were hot for Marvel at the time with Spider-Man and X-men. The only problem is their 2006 film Superman Returns was a huge flop and disappointment in the eyes of many fans. It would take seven years and for Christopher Nolan to dominate with his edgy and dark take on the Batman series with The Dark Knight Trilogy for DC and Warner to finally realize what they had to do with the Superman series and now we have 2013’s Man Of Steel. Henry Cavill (Immortals) stars as Clark Kent, Kal-El, or Superman as the film explores his origins of how he made it to Earth. Although in this film, we learn that General Zod (Michael Shannon) and the fact that Krypton was about to end was the reason for him travelling to Earth. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) had to sacrifice their lives so that Kal could live on a new planet. That doesn’t stop Zod and his outlawed and banished team from trying to find Kal so that they can recover something that is key to their planet. The film stars Diane Lane (Chaplin) as Marta Kent, Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) as Jonathan Kent, Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Perry White, Antje Traue (5 Days Of War) as Faora-Ul, Richard Cetrone (Watchmen) as Tor-An, and the film was directed by Zack Snyder (300).

superman Visually, I think this film is out of this world and that expression, “This film is visually stunning” is 100% accurate about Man Of Steel. Where Superman Returns failed, this film made up for it in every category. There is a reason why this film won the superhero movie of the year award last year in the 3RD Annual Monster Entertainment Awards with 50% of the vote and it was because it was that badass. I can’t pinpoint one performance that wasn’t better than any other performance because the cast was superb and Michael Shannon played an excellent villain. The special effects were great and the cinematography was on point. The only thing is that I wasn’t used to the idea of the film having Superman meet Lois Lane before he starts to work at The Daily Planet. This was definitely one of my favorite films from 2013 and unfortunately we have to wait until 2016 to get the second film in the series Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. which stars Ben Affleck as the new Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I am going to give this film an A for a final grade. If you want to get involved in the voting process for the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards which features everything from Superhero film of the year, Horror, Action, comedy, and music categories as well, then click here.

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220px-Judge_Dredd_promo_posterFor today’s comic book/superhero movie of the week for Super Sunday, we are travelling overseas to England for the 1995 film adaptation of Judge Dredd by Rebellion Developments. The 1995 film stars Sylvester Stalone (Cobra) as the title character Judge Dredd in this film that takes us to a future time where the police are the judge, jury, and executioners. You see by 2080, too much of the Earth has become inhabitable with most of the citizens living in these mega cities that have populations over 500 million in capacity. To control these cities, they created a law enforcement called Judges and they controlled how things are done. Unfortunately for Dredd, someone on the council decides to frame the officer with the help of a ghost named Rico (Armand Assante) in order to further his master plan. You see Rico isn’t a literal ghost, just someone that is off the grid and he has plans of his own once he was set free and now it’s up to Dredd to correct all the wrongs. The film also stars Diane Lane (Man Of Steel) as Judge Hershey, Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as Fergee, Jürgen Prochnow (Beverly Hills Cop 2) as Judge Griffin, Max von Sydow (Shutter Island) as Chief Justice Fargo, Joan Chen (On Deadly Ground) as Dr. Ilsa, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Cadet Olmeyer, Christopher Adamson (Les Misérables) as Mean Machine, James Remar (The Warriors) as Block Warlord, and the film was directed by Danny Cannon (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer).

diane lane Judge DreddThis version of Judge Dredd was typical looking of any film from the 90’s where the sets were out of this world and quite frankly a little campy. Its amazing when you watch this film and Demolition Man, the sets are almost identical to each other where the future looks dark, and the buildings of the future are a little out of this world along with the costumes. What can be said about Sylvester Stallone’s performance in this film other than the fact that it was a typical performance from the 80’s action hero. One thing is for sure and that is that Armand Assante played the perfect villain in this film as he was everything that our hero was not, but no one knows our hero better than Rico. You’re probably wondering which film was better? The 1995 version of Judge Dredd or the 2012 version Dredd with Karl Urban? Each version served it’s purpose, but Stallone’s is a more humanized version where he actually takes his helmet off in the film and the acting was good. The 2012 version obviously has the better special effects because technology is more updated, but I did enjoy this film a lot especially since I thought Rob Schneider being the comedic relief wasn’t necessarily needed in the film and Diane Lane was terrific as usual. I am going to give the film a B- for a final grade.

Keturunan-Superhero-2Amid all the craziness of all the announcements from the comic book rival companies DC and Marvel and for the fact that I started a new thing on the blog with Super Sundays, I have decided to do a comic book theme for Eddie’s Top 5. That’s right, I am looking at my Top 5 superhero movies that have come out. This category could cover any film made within the last thirty years that has something to do with the comics. Superhero films are amazing because they allow you to suspend reality and the films always have the perfect mix of drama and suspense within them. They are definitely the best melodramas around. Here is my top 5:

5. Superman (1978)– I will always list this film in any top 5 that has something to do with superheroes because it was the film that introduced me to the comic book world. For a long time, I couldn’t let go of the fact that the only person I could see dawn the Superman suit and cape was Christopher Reeve. Man Of Steel has allowed us finally to see someone else dawn the cape, but to me there was no Superman like Reeve.

4. The Avengers– Marvel had the task of fitting the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all into one film and make it successful. That is a hell of a lot of personalities for one film, but what a masterful job that Joss Whedon did with the film. Still one of my favorites, I cannot wait for the second Avengers movie to come out.

3. Captain America: The First Avenger– The Captain was always one of my favorite Marvel characters and he got his proper film when Chris Evans moved from playing Human Torch to tackling the Captain. In this one we see Captain America’s origin story all the way to his battle against Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy– A lot of people walked out of the theaters saying this was the greatest superhero film of all time and while I certainly agree that it is one of the greatest superhero films. Marvel proved that they could take a rather unknown obscure story and turn into the third highest grossing Marvel film ever reaching $700 Million.

1. The Dark Knight– This is definitely one of my all time favorite films, it just slightly edges out Guardians Of The Galaxy. I will never forget getting my ticket to the Thursday night premier of the film and just being blown away by a single performance. The performance is legendary and masterful by Heath Ledger as The Joker. It was magic on screen and I went to see the film four times in the theaters. I watch it every time it’s on television and on DVD. Heath literally reinvented The Joker almost to the point where he is now untouchable.

Films that almost made the list: Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, The Watchmen, and Batman (1989). For a bonus trailer, here is the trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and some leaked test footage of Ant Man starring Paul Rudd

So, the results to the 3RD Annual Monster Entertainment Awards are in and thanks to everyone that voted we have winners all of the categories like Album Of The Year, Movie Of The Year, and even #FriskyFriday Babe Of The Year. The #FriskyFriday Babe Of The Year Award is being handed out for the first time and what a heck of a turnout that award saw as over 600 people voted for who they thought it was. Was CM Punk going to claim the Wrestler Of The Year award for the third year in a row or would someone else finally beat him out for it. We also for the first time were handing out the female wrestler of the year award considering women are a huge part of wrestling now. Below you will find pictures declaring the winners in each category so check it out to see who won! We are also handing out Hall Of Fame spots as we usually do to one in the film category, one in the music category, and one in the TV side (which falls in the film & TV side).

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