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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.

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jason-bourne-matt-damonAt one time, we reviewed every single film in The Bourne Franchise for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays and then I got caught up in the 365 movies challenge. So to start 2017 out right, we are reviewing the latest film in the franchise Jason Bourne which sees the return of star Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity). Jason Bourne has been out of the cross hairs of the government for quite some time as he makes his money by fighting. A message from a familiar former agent (Julia Stiles) revealing the final piece in the puzzle that he has been looking for puts him right back on track to fix the wrongs that had been done with him. This time though, he has to deal with a new hotshot CIA Agent (Alicia Vikander) and a CIA Director (Tommy Lee Jones) whose hell bent on getting rid of Bourne for good. The film also stars Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) as the Asset, Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Aaron Kalloor, Ato Essandoh (Blood Diamond) as Craig Jeffers, Scott Shepherd (Bridge Of Spies) as Director NI Edwin Russell, Bill Camp (Midnight Special) as Malcolm Smith, Vinzenz Kiefer (Speed Racer) as Christian Dassault, and the film was directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats: 

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jason-bourne-gallery-06It was awesome that they brought Jason back into the series after The Bourne Legacy and with that being said let’s check out some stats. Jason has about 18 kills/knock outs in this film which isn’t bad because it’s his second highest amount in the franchise. As I said above the whole series is an origin story as you get bits and pieces of what happened to him as he discovers it. He has no love interest in this film, but Nicky Parsons dies and we discover that his father was killed so that is a yes to the next question. Depending on who you believe the big boss is, they are defeated, but you’ll have to see how for yourself. This was the only logical way for the series to go and I am glad they brought back the director (Greengrass) as well because he knows how the series should go as far as direction. I liked where they took the story in this one adding the beautiful Alicia Vikander who tip toes on the line of what is right and what is wrong. The cinematography is amazing in the film and you have to love the locational shots we get from all the places visited in the film. One thing that I did love that I want to talk about is how they used current events for the film. Bourne exposes BlackBriar which featured some assets in Syria or when he goes to meet Nicky Parsons, it’s during a demonstration in Greece which is under turmoil. It was smart and it made you interested to see where they would go especially after name dropping Snowden as well. I am going to give the film four fists out of five for a final grade.

feastAt one time, Project Greenlight was a super cool idea by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that gave young filmmakers a chance to have their art seen. One of the films I chose for today was the winner of season three and that film is called Feast. In a remote bar in the middle of the desert, it’s normal everyday life for the patrons and the workers of the bar until a coupe show up on their doorstep. A character simply known as the Hero (Eric Dane) show sup and tells the patrons that he is being chased by monsters that want to eat him and everyone inside. After he is murdered almost immediately, his wife, the heroine (Navi Rawat) shows up to lead the bar in attempt to survive before the monsters get them. The film also stars Henry Rollins (Heat) as Coach, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Bozo, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) as The Beer Guy, Josh Zuckerman (Sex Drive) as Hot Wheels, Jason Mewes (Chasing Amy) as Edgy Cat, Clu Gulager (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge) as Bartender, Jenny Wade (Brothers) as Honey Pie, Krista Allen (Liar Liar) as Tuffy, Duane Whitaker (The Devil’s Rejects) as Boss Man, and the film was directed by John Gulager (Piranha 3DD).

feast2005inhindibyimkhaIf you’re into having a little action and some comedy to go with your horror then this is definitely the film for you. I definitely was a fan of the way the film was set up because it was almost done like a TV show where they show a character, give a little something about them (see the picture to the left), and we wait to see what happens. The film is also a little unorthodox on who gets killed within the film, but they do it on purpose and it gets a little obvious after a while. The character named the hero gets killed almost as soon as he enters the door so that tells you something about the way the film is going. This is definitely one of those films where you pick a favorite and hope he lives. The acting in the film is actually very good and campy at the same time. The film does feature a legend like Clu Gulager to go along with the likes of Balthazar Getty, but Judah Friedlander definitely steals the show in my opinion. The poor guy suffers a lot in the film while keeping his comedy cool and I appreciate that. The monsters for the most part are cool looking, but nothing is explained about where they come from or why they are here. The film can get brutal like one of the monsters getting his appendage chopped off during the film and other stuff. You have to check it out for yourself because it’s so cheesy at times that its great. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

The-Bourne-Ultimatum-Gallery-19Jason Bourne is coming out in theaters on July 29TH and to celebrate the upcoming release of the film, I am watching all the films in the Bourne series. For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday movie, we are watching the third film in the series The Bourne Ultimatum. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back and the film kind of takes place right after the events of the second film. Jason finds that a journalist (Paddy Considine) has written about him in a newspaper, but when the journalist is killed, he stumbles on to something new that could lead him to the beginning. Unfortunately for Jason, there is a CIA official (David Strathairn) that is determined to stand in his way no matter what it takes even if it means eliminating people. The film also stars Joan Allen (Death Race) as Pam Landy, Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You) as Nicky Parsons, Scott Glenn (Urban Cowboy) as Ezra Kramer, Edgar Ramirez (Wrath Of The Titans) as Paz, Albert Finney (The Big Fish) as Dr. Albert Hirsch, Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War) as Martin Kreutz, Corey Johnson (Ex Machina) as Wills, Tom Gallop (Jerry Maguire) as Tom Cronin, and the film was directed by Paul Greengrass. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

Bourne Ultimatum Stats

The-Bourne-Ultimatum-2As far as the stats are concerned, Damon has the highest kill/knockout rating of the whole series so far with 20 kills/knockouts. As always with this series, the origin story continues to unravel, but what you discover towards the end may shock you or it may not. He has no love interest in the film because she is dead, but there is something that Julia Stiles’s character says that caught me by surprise and made me think. No one close to him gets hurt other than the fact that Julia Stiles is being chased at one point. The big boss is defeated and it looks as if the chain of command at the CIA is rattled. The ending of the film could leave thinking one of two things and it was that either this was the end or they teased more films. Nevertheless, the film has a heck of a lot more action than the previous two films which kind of took away from the story of espionage, but it was a lot more fast paced. Is this the best of the three films in the series, if you’re talking about action then yes, but as far as story is concerned I would say it was close. Like the previous two films, it’s always interesting to see where in the world they go with this film touching down in Morocco, New York, Germany, Spain, Italy, and England. That is what is fun about these spy films is where they go and the things they have to do while there. The fight scene in the film that Damon has with Joey Ansah rivals that of any of the previous fight scenes in the first two films. Check it out for yourselves, I am giving the film 4.3 fists out of five for a final grade. 

TheBourneSupremacy1Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the Bourne series comes out on July 29Th in theaters everywhere and I have not seen the whole series. So, what better place then here to start watching the series to catch up before the release of the film. For Ass Whoopin Wednesday, we are checking out the second film in the series The Bourne Supremacy which once again stars Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) as Jason Bourne. Jason and Maria (Franka Potente) have been in hiding for the last two years, but a mysterious Russian hitman (Karl Urban) has managed to track him down in Goa, India. Kirill (Urban) manages to kill Maria instead of Jason and that sets Jason off to try and find some answers, but Jason walks into a sh** storm in Berlin. Jason is accused of murdering an agent and CIA official Landy (Joan Allen) is on the hunt. Bourne has to find some answers in order to clear his name before Landy can get to him. The film also stars Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) as Ward Abbott, Julia Stiles (Save The Last Dance) as Nicky, Gabriel Mann (Revenge) as Daniel Zorn, Marton Csokas (xXx) as Jarda, Tom Gallop (Jerry Maguire) as Tom Cronin, Oksana Akinshina (Hipsters) as Irena Neski, and the film was directed by Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

Bourne Supremacy Stats

Karl-in-The-Bourne-Supremacy-karl-urban-25533886-853-480Just like the last film, it picks up right where it left off as far as the action packed thriller is concerned. As far as the stats are concerned, Jason Bourne has abut 13 kills/knockouts which includes a brutal fight scene with Marton Csokas. Just like the last film, his memories are unfolding right before our eyes, but he finds out something dark in this film. He has a love interest which is Maria, but unfortunately she is killed in the film which answers the next question on the list. The big boss is defeated in the film, but like always you’ll have to see it for yourself. The action in the film is kind of divided between the people as you a lot with Karl Urban as well as Matt Damon. Damon only has a couple of real good action scenes with one being with Csokas who we end up finding out something about him and the car chase scene with Karl Urban. The end of the film is a little tricky because if they had ended it after his meeting with Oksana’s character, it would have made sense to end the series. But then they give you another scene right afterwards that opened up the doors for the next film which gives you Jason’s true identity or is it? Jason Bourne was and is sort of is the next generation of great espionage thrillers, but unlike James Bond, it deals with the CIA.  The cinematography was great, the acting was great, and the story was great so what else could you want? I am going to give the film 4.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

Bourne-IdentityJason Bourne comes out on July 29, 2016 and since I haven’t seen any of the Bourne films in the series so I figured I might as well start now. Also, since I do a weekly post called Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, I figured this would be the perfect place for it. So for almost every Wednesday, I will be reviewing every Bourne film in the series and I start with The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) plays government assassin Jason Bourne, but the only problem is that he doesn’t know that. You see Jason was shot and left for dead in the Mediterranean Sea and since he has come to he doesn’t know who he is or why all of a sudden people are after him. With the help of a girl he just met named Marie (Franka Potente), he’ll try to put the pieces together before he becomes extinct. The film also stars Chris Cooper (The Town) as Conklin, Clive Owen (Inside Man) as The Professor, Brian Cox (Troy) as Ward Abbott, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Wombosi, Gabriel Mann (Revenge) as Zorn, Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You) as Nicolette, Orso Maria Guerrini (The Conformist) as Giancarlo, and the film was directed by Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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bourneSo as I said before, let’s go over some of the stats of the film considering we brought back one category special for this. Jason Bourne throughout the course of this first film has about 15 kills/knockouts with one of my favorites being him jumping over a railing with a body to shoot a guy while the body breaks his fall when he hits the floor. As far as his origin story is concerned, I say it’s developing because he’s learning it. He does have a love interest in the film and they do have a sexual conquest or at least it’s implied. I wasn’t sure what to answer for the next one because she is sort of targeted by the same people as him. Last but not least, the big boss in this film is defeated and as usual you’ll have to watch for yourself how it goes down. I am glad that I finally sat down to watch the whole the film because I have only seen bits and pieces of all of them, but have never watched the films in full. Matt Damon is a bad ass with a lot of great and deadly skills in the film and he kicked off the age of bad ass former government ops guys in Hollywood. The film is a constant cat and mouse game which is pretty cool in my opinion because it makes it interesting to watch, but the action when it’s around is good. The cinematography was perfect, Franka Potente was a great partner for Matt Damon’s character, and it makes me excited to continue on. I am going to give this film 4.4 fists out of five for a final grade.

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Alright, the time is now for all of you to get those fingers working so that you can participate and vote for your favorites in the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. We have all sorts of different categories in music and movies like Album Of The Year, Superhero Film Of The Year, and even Cameo Of The Year makes it’s return. So, I want to remind you that voting is officially open, but the voting process is going to end on February 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET. So, you have until then to let your voices be heard and remember let’s have some fun.

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