Posts Tagged ‘Sylvester Stallone’

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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The other day I was at work when a song came on that I immediately recognized and loved. The song I am talking about comes from one of my favorite Rocky movies in Rocky IV and it’s called No Easy Way Out and the track is by Robert Tepper. The song is most famous because its attached to the montage in the film when Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) goes for a ride in his sports car while he thinks about Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), fighting Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), and other things in his life. The song was originally featured in the film before it made it on to the album of the same name. One of my favorite things about this song is the cool bass line in the track along with the synths. The other thing I love about this song is the voice of Robert Tepper which fit this track perfectly. Check out the soundtrack which features music from Kenny Loggins, Survivor, James Brown, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, and more. Check out the track below:

A company known as Canon films or Golan Globus had the bright idea in the 1980’s to release a film that had to do with arm wrestling. If you think about it, everything had just about been done by that point and why not, but get Sylvester Stallone to star in your film Over The Top. He plays a trucker looking to win a tournament so he can break out on his own by winning a mack truck and rekindle with his son in the process. One of the cool things about the film is the soundtrack which featured the likes of Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins (the soundtrack man of the 80’s), Frank Stallone, and today’s Soundtrack Saturday artist Robin Zander of Cheap Trick. Robin performed the track In This Country for the soundtrack and it’s soft rock heaven. The track features some nice keyboard parts along with it’s soft guitars and Robin’s amazing voice. The style of the song reminds me a lot of Cheap Trick’s The Flame if that helps you out. This is a great track and you should check it out below:

First BloodNetflix has added some amazing movies to it’s online streaming service and they added what might be one of the quintessential action films of the 1980’s ever. Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) may be one of my favorite action stars to come out of the 80’s and for the first time on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, we are reviewing First Blood (or Rambo: First Blood). John Rambo (Stallone) is a Vietnam vet and one of the deadliest special forces man the country had in it’s arsenal. The only problem is that the Vietnam war has been over for some time and John is just a drifter looking for an old friend in Hope, Washington. The other problem is that John is hassled by the local sheriff of Hope in Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy) and is mistreated by the rest of the cops. John manages to escape into the mountains of Hope and he begins a war with the Sheriff and his men. The film also stars Richard Crenna (Rambo: First Blood II) as Trautman, Bill McKinney (The Green Mile) as Kern, Jack Starrett (Blazing Saddles) as Galt, Michael Talbott (Carrie) as Balford, Chris Mulkey (The Purge) as Ward, John McLiam (Cool Hand Luke) as Orval, David Caruso (King Of New York) as Mitch, Alf Humphreys (X-Men 2) as Lester, Don MacKay (Stakeout) as Preston, and the film was directed by Ted Kotcheff (Weekend At Bernie’s). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some of the stats.

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ramboNow there is a lot of explaining to do for this particular film and it’s stats as you can see from looking at the pic. As far as the knockouts/kills are concerned, he has 23 of them with three of them being dogs (well, it’s insinuated that he killed them). The origin story that is given to us thanks to some cops, but mostly Col. Trautman, only explains why he is such a dangerous man that these cops do not want to mess with. It is explained that he is a one man wrecking machine that was created by the US Government that can not be stopped plus you get some flashbacks to Vietnam in the beginning and a heart warming moment at the end with Rambo. There is no love interest and there is no one close to him that gets hurt in this film that we can speak of. The big boss is defeated at the end of the film and you’ll have to watch to find out how it’s done because it’s clever. This was really the first time that audiences were introduced to how bad ass Sylvester Stallone could really be when he took on the role of Rambo that would end up spawning three more sequels. The cinematography in this film is great and the action is pretty good as well or at least it keeps you on the edge of your seat for most of the film. It’s finally available on Netflix to stream so I suggest that you check it out. I am going to give the film 4.2 fists out of five for a final grade.

supermenschIt has been a very longtime since we last did a Rock Docs on Moshpits & Movies and I have a good one for all of you this week. Some of you may remember Mike Myers as the actor that voiced Shrek, was Wayne in Wayne’s World, and a memorable cast member of SNL, but you can now add director to his credits. Mike takes on the legend of Shep Gordon in this rock Doc entitled Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, the legendary manager of Alice Cooper and so many others. The documentary follows the man who bi-accidentally fell into the music business just because he was friends with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison. Follow his story through his storytelling of all the wild parties and crazy stories from various interviews conducted with the likes of Mike Myers, Anne Murray, Alice Cooper, Bob Ezrin, Michael Douglas, Tom Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Fab Five Freddy, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse, Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, Mick Fleetwood, Don Nelson, Carolyn Pfeiffer, and so many more.

shepThe whole entire film is one crazy story after another as you pretty much get the story of how Alice Cooper became who he is today through the hard work of Shep Gordon who was always scheming. I didn’t realize he was the brains behind some of the decisions that were made that impacted Alice and some of his releases. I certainly didn’t know that Shep could be consider the guy who single-handledly created the celebrity chef craze that we have know for so many years with Emeril Lagasse. He is also a great humanitarian as he has taken care of a women’s grand kids since their mother had passed away and he didn’t even have to and that is why they call him supermensch. The definition of Mensch is, “a person of integrity and honor” and multiply that to get what Shep is. The documentary is amazing and it has some cool stories that you wouldn’t even had known if it wasn’t for this documentary. So, I have to give Mike Myers some credit where credit is due because he does an amazing job. If you want to check out the documentary for yourself, then head over to Netflix because it’s streaming over there as we speak. So, I am going to give this documentary an A- for a final grade because it was insightful and interesting.

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.

We are doing a collection of trailers in one post because we are approaching the time that all of the summer blockbusters and so on will release their trailers for all to see. 2015 is already shaping up to be one of the greatest years in a long time for films with so many antcipated releases coming up like The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Ant Man and so many more. I want to share all of the latest trailers with you guys to get you amped up for the big year. So, let’s get started.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron: There have been a lot of trailers that have been released so far that have revealed the newest member of the team in Vision as well as the debut of the clip of Iron Man vs The Hulk at the MTV Movie Awards last night. The trailer I just watched titled Let’s Finish This just shows you every character in the Avengers during certain situations and further shows you some of the bad ass scenes you can expect. Below that I also have the Iron Man vs Hulk video:

Ant-Man: This is the other Marvel film that is going to be released this year besides the Avengers film that introduces us to the guy who was supposed to be a part of the Avengers in Ant-Man. The trailer introduces us to Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his protege Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) who becomes Ant-Man and we also get introduced to who his villain is going to be. The trailer has a col scene at the end you should check out that I think is funny.

Terminator: Genisys: To get off of the superhero train and on to one of the greatest franchises to star one of the greatest action heroes of the 80’s in Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new film Terminator: Genisys which some fans feel takes the franchise backwards. Well, the new trailer throws another monkey wrench that I never saw coming as John Connor is trying to kill his mom now. Check it out for yourself:

Mad Max: Fury Road: I am so pumped to see this film in May because it looks so epic and series mastermind George Miller is at the helm which means it’s going to be great. We get to see a little bit more of the guy with the mask and the trailer explains a little more. Check it out below:

San Andreas: The Rock is already having a superstar year as Furious 7 has already grossed more than 800 million worldwide, but he has another film coming out this year. I have to admit that I didn’t really have an interest in seeing San Andreas, the latest disaster flick, but after seeing this trailer with the beautiful Carla Gugino, I might just go and see it.

Sinister 2: The first film was fantastic as I deemed it my surprise hit the year it was released. The idea of the first film which is continued into the sequel was absolutely brillaint and creepy. Well, the Bughuul was creepy as hell and he’s back and more visible his time around. Check out the trailer below as the film is slated for release in August.

Spectre: We treated a couple weeks ago to a teaser trailer from the upcoming Bond film Spectre which promises to be great, but I feel the series has taken a dark turn much like Skyfall did, but I’m not complaining. Check out the teaser trailer below:

Creed: I like the direction they decided to take with the Rocky series as we are going to receive the spin off Creed which finds Rocky training Apollo Creed’s grandson Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan). Check out a photo Sylvester Stallone posted below:

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last action heroFor today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I wanted to go back in time to check out a film that was a personal favorite of mine by one of action’s greatest stars in Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator). The film is called Last Action Hero and Arnold stars as a fictional action hero named Jack Slater that is worshiped by a kid named Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien). One day after receiving a special ticket that was supposedly given to Danny’s friend Nick (Robert Prosky) who owns the movie theater, by Houdini, Danny is magically transported into the film he is watching. Danny will then get involved with Slater as the two try to figure out how to stop a Mafia head and his henchman Benedict (Charles Dance) before it’s too late. The film also stars F. Murray Abraham (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as John Practice, Frank McRae (48HRS) as LT. Dekker, Tom Noonan (Heat) as The Ripper, Anthony Quinn (The Guns Of Navarone) as Vivaldi, Mercedes Ruehl (Gia) as Irene Madigan, Ian McKellen (The Hobbit) as Death, Professor Toru Tanaka (The Running Man) as Tough Asian Man, Art Carney (Harry And Tonto) as Frank, and the film was directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard). Now before we get into the review of the film, let’s take a look at some stats.

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last action hero 2The movie is pretty straight forward as far as the stats are concerned because our hero is a fictional character which is all you need to know for the origin story. He has 28 confirmed kills/knockouts and he does it in style in this film. One of the great things about this movie is that it sort of throws it in your face when it attacks typical action films of the time period. Back in those times, the action hero never dies and if he gets hit, it’s usually always a flesh wound because he always ends up saving the day. A lot of the stunts that he performs in the films are ones that would never be possible to pull off in real life and so it’s funny when the character Jack Slater comes into the real world and finds out first hand. The film also references real life movies and a funny pic is of Stallone as The Terminator in the Slater world as well as an appearance from the T-1000 from T2 in the police station. You also see Sharon Stone dressed in her Basic Instinct outfit which I thought was random. One of the cool things about the film though is all the appearances you get in the film from the likes of Clint Howard as a bad guy, Bobbie Brown and Angie Everhart in a video store, and so many more. This was always one of my favorite action movies back in the day because it had a great soundtrack and I always wished I had a golden ticket so that I could transport myself into my favorite films. How cool would that would be to be able to do that and meet some of your favorite characters. Anyways, the film is available on Netflix to watch and I am going to give the film four fists out of five for a final grade.

FullSizeRenderFor this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday, we are checking out another action film starring the one and only Sylvester Stallone (Cobra). After the release of The Expendables and the success the movie saw, many of the stars of that film started making action movies and Bullet To The Head is one of those that Stallone made. In this film he stars as Johnny Bonomo, a New Orleans hit man that witnesses the death of his partner (Jon Seda) after the duo performed a hit on a rouge DC cop. Sung Kang (The Fast And Furious: Tokyo Drift) stars as Washington DC cop Taylor Kwong who is in town to investigate the death of his partner and who he was working with. Together the two make an unlikely duo, but they’ll work together to find the men who double crossed Bonomo and the crooks working with Kwong’s former partner. The film also stars Sarah Shahi (Old School) as Lisa, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Robert Morel, Christian Slater (Pump Up The Volume) as Marcus Baptiste, Jason Momoa (Conan The Barbarian) as Keegan, Holt McCallany (Gangster Squad) as Hank Freely, Brian Van Holt (House Of Wax) as Ronnie Earl, Dana Rhodes (Django Unchained) as LT. Lebreton, Marcus Lyle Brown (12 Years A Slave) as Detective Towne, and the film was directed by the legendary Walter Hill (The Warriors). Now, let’s check out some stats before we head into the review of the film:

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FullSizeRender (1)So, I divided the stats between Stallone and Kang because both of them get some knockouts and kills during the film with Stallone dominating the stats. Kang’s character does finish the job on Momoa which is why you see a half between the two. Throughout the film, we are always reminded of what Stallone’s characters origins were. He had a tough life, he was in the Navy, and blah blah blah. Kang’s character we don’t find out too much other than that he is a tight ass that plays by the boo which doesn’t fly with Stallone, but their partnership works somehow. For Stallone, his daughter in the film is kidnapped while for Kang, we do remember that his partner was killed after all. The film makes a lot of reference to the title Bullet To The Head as Stallone reminds everyone that a bullet to the head gets the job done and that doesn’t only pertain to zombies apparently. Stallone was terrific in the film and Momoa plays one bad ass mercenary while Kang’s acting skills in this film leave more to the imagination. He plays a good thief in The Fast And Furious films, but a really bad detective. I also wanted to mention that I left out some stats because they didn’t pertain to this film. If there’s T&A you are looking for, this film has some of it especially in the party scene. Overall, I did like the film and I loved the style they filmed in and the editing team deserves some kudos as well. I am going to give the film Three and the half fists out of five for a final grade.

 

cobraIf you were to ask me what film I really wanted to review for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, I told everyone that it would be a certain Sylvester Stallone that is my absolute favorite. When I think of action movies and Stallone, I always think of his 1986 film Cobra because it was my first movie I watched with him that wasn’t Rocky. In Cobra he plays Marion Cobretti or Cobra for short, who is a tough as nails, no nonsense police Lieutenant on the zombie squad. The zombie squad is basically the strong arm of the law doing the jobs that no other cop wants. In Los Angeles, a killer known as the Night Stalker (Brian Thompson) is running around killing a lot of people until one of his victims, a model named Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen) manages to get away and now Cobra has to protect her from the maniac before he gets his hands on her. The film also stars Reni Santoni (Dirty Harry) as SGT. Gonzales, Andrew Robinson (Hellraiser) as Detective Monte, John Herzfeld (15 Minutes) as Cho, Lee Garlington (American Pie 2) as Nancy Stalk, Art LaFleur (The Sandlot) as Captain Sears, Marco Rodríguez (The Crow) as The Supermarket Killer, David Rasche (Men In Black III) as Dan, and the film was directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood II). Before we get into the actual review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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Marion CobrettiThis is one of my favorite movies because Stallone plays a complete badass who is very conscious of what he puts into his body as far as food is concerned. The mentality behind the way his character operates is almost a pre-cursor to Judge Dredd, so it almost seems that Stallone was perfect for that role as well. Alright, so Brigitte Nielsen wad totally slammin in this film and she eventually becomes the love interest later in the film hence the reason I wrote sort of and as far as a sexual conquest is concerned we don’t see it and it doesn’t really seem implied either hence the question mark. She really isn’t too injured although they did try to kill her which I guess is bad enough. The film has some action and some humor to it, but you have to check out the car that Stallone drives in this film, it’s my absolute favorite car from the movies in the 80’s (its a 50’s car though). The one thing I will say is that Brian Thompson plays a really convincing creepizoid in this film. So, I definitely recommend this film to any 80’s action movie fan. I am giving the film four fists out of five.

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