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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Since the late 90’s, action movies have been trending more towards CGI laden spectacles. Granted, all movies at this point are subject to some amount of CGI, even on the smallest scale, but the day of the muscle bound action star has waned. Instead we are inundated with superhero movies and epic fantasies. (Read: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Avatar…) The days of the tough guy, in a tough spot, using pure brute force, are seemingly gone. There have been some blips on the radar: the Bourne series, the most recent Rambo, Casino Royale (which could be argued down), and most everything that Jason Statham has put out. Statham hearkens back to the days of testosterone fueled ass-kicking, perhaps that’s why he’s so popular, and perhaps that’s why he fits in Stallone’s recent parade of action stars, The Expendables (2010). He is carrying on the tradition pioneered by the likes of Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Stallone. (more…)

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Sylvester Stallone has an impressive resume: he has acting credits in over fifty films and television shows, starring in and immortalizing two major movie franchises, Rocky and Rambo; he has over twenty writing credentials, having written the screenplay to the original Rocky (1976), he’s directed eight films and even has a few soundtrack credits from Rhinestone (1984) and Paradise Alley (1978) So, say what you will about the lack of substance in his work or strength of his acting, but Stallone is a man bent on success and has followed its trajectory all his career. When he first pitched the screenplay for Rocky to producers, they loved it and thought it a vehicle for another, already established, major star. But Stallone envisioned himself as the lead and didn’t want it any other way. As they say, the rest is history. The film was critically and commercially successful, winning the Best Picture Oscar, inspiring generations to come and has even spawned a video game. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Better known as “Rambo 1” these days, First Blood by itself is actually a classic piece of American cinema. But wait it was just a big action flick with a lot of killing and no story right? Wrong! People who say that either didn’t understand the movie or have had their memories of it erased by the sequels. Something people don’t even remember is that only 1 person actually gets killed in the ENTIRE movie, and it’s more or less an accident even in that case. This film is actually a look at how the public treated Vietnam Veterans shortly after the war. Sylvester Stallone even describes it as a modern-day Frankenstein in that we (the American public) made him that way and we refused to accept him. Col. Trautman could also be looked at like the scientist. “God didn’t make Rambo, I made him!” Let’s take another look and see exactly why it’s not the brainless action flick the parodies and the sequels would have us believe. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Eric Raymer]

"Only an idiot would do this job."

This past weekend The Expendables took number one at the box office, blowing both Michael Cera and Julia Roberts’ puny films away in a blast of pure testosterone. It seems like this was the summer action movie that audiences had been waiting for, especially after the somewhat lackluster A-Team reimagining and a slew of other half-hearted remakes and sequels. So is it worth it? Will it satisfy your craving for blood, sweat, and explosions? (more…)