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2017-sleepless-bannerIt’s Wednesday which can only mean one thing for all our readers out there and that is it’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday. The film I chose for today I had been putting off for a while, but I wanted to have a film that featured the amazing Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver). So, I decided that it was time to hit my local Redbox and I rented Sleepless which came out back in January of 2017. Jamie plays Vincent Downs, a cop who is undercover playing the game so that he can figure out the snake at the top of the mountain. The only problem is that he is now in some deep water because a job that he and his partner Sean (Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris) try to pull off is about to backfire. You see they rob some drugs from a very bad man in Nevada and they have kidnapped Vincent’s son. They won’t give him back until Vincent returns what is rightfully theirs. The film also stars Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) as Bryant, Scoot McNairy (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Novak, Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) as Rubino, David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Dennison, Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) as Dena, Octavius J. Johnson (Ray Donovan) as Thomas, and the film was directed by Baran bo Odar (Who Am I). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

sleepless Statshero_Sleepless-2017As far as the stats are concerned, there very low, but I will explain all of that in a bit. Jamie Foxx had about nine kills in the film which is low, but he has to give an assist to his son and his wife who both killed a dude. I don’t want to give away too much about who he really is because that is part of the mystery which is why I put sorta as the answer to origin story. I mean other than the secret, we don’t know much about him or his past. I believe that his character is still married to his wife even though she is wearing an engagement ring and his son is kidnapped which answers the next one. The big boss is defeated, but you’ll have to watch the film to find out how. The biggest misconception you can make when choosing to watch this film is believe that it’s just a Taken type action film where his son is taken and now he’s going after them. That is partly correct, but it’s much more than that as you’ll find out when watching the film. The film mixes in the whole dirty cop things so you’re trying to figure out f Jamie is dirty or if someone else is with it’s The Departed type ending. I think that David Harbour is awesome as is Jamie Foxx, but I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on Michelle Monaghan as a fierce, tougher than nails internal affairs cop who is a bad ass. You’ll have to judge that for yourself, but this is a pretty decent film. It’s got some cool action when it needs to and some cool characters, but it can go all over the place at times. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. What we have for you right here is the movie side of the awards so check out all the categories, vote wisely, and you have until January 29TH to do so.

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.

maxresdefault-1I figured since We have been watching all of the Dirty Harry films with the one and the only Clint Eastwood (Sudden Impact) and I figured we’d finish off the series. Do not confuse today’s film The Dead Pool with that hilarious Marvel Comics movie because this one is based off a twisted game. The Dead Pool is a game where they write a list of celebrities that each person believes will die within the year an the person with the most deaths wins the game. It all becomes a little real though when a musician is found dead and his name is on the very list of a director (Liam Neeson). Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is put on the case as more and more celebrities start to turn up dead that are all linked to the director. The film also stars Patricia Clarkson (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Samantha Walker, Jim Carrey (The Number 23) as Johnny Squares, Evan C. Kim (V) as Al Quan, David Hunt (Jade) as Harlan Rook, Michael Goodwin (Stuck In Love) as Lt. Ackerman, Michael Currie (Sudden Impact) as Captain Donnelly, Anthony Charnota (The Rookie) as Lou Janero, Victoria Bastel (The Video Dead) as Suzanne Dayton, and the film was directed by Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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dirtyharry5_02As far as the stats are concerned, it’s not the highest in the series, but it’s also not the lowest either. Harry Callahan has about 12 kills in the film and he still has no origin story and he shouldn’t this far deep. I didn’t know how to answer the love interest question because at first he doesn’t like her because she is a reporter, but he is eventually staying at her place in the film so that is why I wrote yes and no. His partner is wounded (first time not killed in the series) and she is taken hostage by the killer so I would say yes to that next question. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how it’s done cause it’s really cool. Now as far as the series is concerned, I really liked this one because it embraced all of the 80’s in it’s glory, but it’s definitely not my favorite in the series. One thing that I have to comment on is tat I just can’t take Jim Carrey serious as a rock star in the film because everything he does is just cheesy. It’s almost like he is poking fun at the 1980’s while he pretends to be Axl Rose. You do get to see a cameo by at least Slash and Izzy Stradlin in the film during one scene in case you were wondering. It just seems unnatural when you are watching him during the scene. Liam Neeson I thought was great in the film playing an English low budget/b-movie horror director and Patricia Clarkson was amazing as well. I liked who they casted as Harry’s partner for sure because he was a nice balance for the tough as nails Callahan. The cinematography is cool and the story is pretty good as it would inspire our favorite Marvel Character’s origin. So, I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

3165965Last week we took a break when it came to having an Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film because we were busy watching another film for our 365 movies in 36 days challenge blog. So this week, we decided to pick a film Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) that we’ve always wanted to watch in The Replacement Killers. John Lee (Yun-Fat) is one of the best assassins that money can buy. After a drug lord’s (Kenneth Tsang) son gets killed, John is tasked with doing a revenge job for him, but John’s conscience gets in the way and he fails to do the job. Knowing that he failed to do it, he will seek the help of a documents forger (Mira Sorvino) to get papers to go back to China. The only problem is that the drug lord has already hired replacement killers to not only finish the job, but to take you out as well. The film also stars Michael Rooker (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Det. Zedkov, Jürgen Prochnow (Das Boot) as Michael Kogan, Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds) as Ryker, Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects) as Collins, Clifton Collins Jr. (Triple 9) as Loco, Carlos Gomez (Desperado) as Hunt, Patrick Kilpatrick (Last Man Standing) as Pryce, and the film was directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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replacement_killers_mira_sorvino_washWe decided to do this one as a tag team scenario just because he actually does team with her on she kind of gets in on the fun. As Far as Chow Yun-Fat’s stats are concerned, he has about 24 ko’s/kills, but no origin story other than the fact that he is an assassin. He really doesn’t have a love interest because he’s too busy trying to get home to save his family. Some friends of his do end up getting killed in the film which adds more fuel to the fire for him to finish the job. The big boss is defeated and of course watch the film to see how it happens.Most of her stats are the same except for the fact that I believe she only has three kills in the film total (it could be four). This film must have been very different for Yun-Fat because there is little to no martial arts in the film at all, it is a straight up fire fight with tons of guns. The 90’s was such a funny time because films were always trying to be hip especially with the imagery  like the clothing or the attitudes. I mean who dresses like the replacement killers in reality? This was a decent film, but there was just way too many times where certain actors were just trying too hard like Sorvino when she was being questioned by the cops. It was like ok, we get it you’re rebellious. The action however in the film is actually pretty cool and worth checking out and it’s the selling point of the film. I am going to give the film 3.3 fists out of five for a final grade.

471863A couple of weeks ago, we started watching the Dirty Harry franchise for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays when we watched Magnum Force. Since HBOGO has most of the series, I figured why not watch the next film in the series entitled The Enforcer. This time around, our favorite hard ass cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) has to investigate a group of disgruntled Vietnam vets who are calling themselves The People’s Revolutionary Strike Force, but there are a couple of obstacles in his way. The police force is coming down hard on Harry for the way he does his job and they have given him a new partner in a female police officer which he is not all that happy to be working with. Together, they’ll have to unfoil the groups plans and save the mayor of San Francisco. The film also stars Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey) as Kate Moore, Harry Guardino (Any Which Way You Can) as Lt. Bressler, Bradford Dillman (Escape From The Planet Of The Apes) as Captain McKay, John Mitchum (The Outlaw Josey Wales) as DiGeorgio, DeVeren Bookwalter (The Omega Man) as Bobby Maxwell, John Crawford (The Towering Inferno) as Mayor, Samantha Doane (The Gauntlet) as Wanda, Albert Popwell (Sudden Impact) as Mustapha, Jocelyn Jones (Tourist Trap) as Miki, and the film was directed by James Fargo (Forced Vengeance). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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1212115199_1As far as stats are concerned, these films are pretty straightforward so this will be an easy one to interpret. Harry Callahan only has 10 kills in the film, but they are definitely important ones. He has no origin story and he definitely doesn’t have a love interest (he respects his partner, but he’s not into her). His first partner in this film gets killed and spoiler alert, his new partner gets killed. The big boss is definitely defeated in the film and you’ll have to see how it’s done for yourself. The only thing I have an argument with is that I wasn’t that convinced about the antagonists of this film like I was in previous films. I just felt like they were a bunch of jerks who decided to get together and call themselves a militant group. My other thing is that Mustapha has to grow a set of balls because he gives up information way too easily. Who hasn’t stolen something from a Holiday Inn? Apparently, that is enough to get you to corporate with a cop in this film. Other than that, I enjoyed the social commentary on where this country was in 1976 with Women’s rights on the rise, they made it a relevant factor for the film and Harry had to stop being a neanderthal. There was one kill scene that bothered me because the blood splatter was obviously not real blood because it was too orangey if you catch my drift. Other than that, the film was pretty good. Not as good as the previous two, but decent. I am going to give this one 3.4 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.

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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.