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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: When I first started writing this column, I did so knowing that I would have to watch many films. I had a head start with the first three (Schwarzeneggar, Willis and Stallone), but with Jason Statham and now Milla Jovovich, and other profiles in the future, I have created a task bigger than I expected. A process consisting of sifting through films, choosing the ones that were must-sees and ones that would be good supplements, queue-ing them up, and waiting impatiently at the mailbox. Then to strengthen the blow, I sat through films that no one should ever have to watch, films with little to no redeeming qualities. This is an action star column, and I am aware of the odious amounts of cinematic fluff that would come my way, but I always expected decent action at the very least. Something that provoked me on at least a visceral level, that made whoop and holler, and instilled me with the confidence to crush my enemies under my boot heel. Alas, I have been thwarted, and after doing my research on Milla Jovovich, I have come away with very few positive things to say. (more…)

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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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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile:  As I sat down to write this article I realized I really like Bruce Willis.  I didn’t know why, but it deeply disturbed me.  Thus, deep soul searching was begun to uncover the core of this fondness for one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.  The results of my search disturbed me more.  I perused his IMDB credits and mentally checked off what I’d seen.  I read a short bio on Wikipedia and watched some fan videos on YouTube.  I polled friends and realized that along with the rest of the country, and perhaps world, almost everyone I know likes Bruce Willis.  Even thinking back to the Willis movies I hated, Armageddon springs to mind immediately, I didn’t hate him, it was stupid Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler.  I realized that even after so much fluff I still liked him; he’s an actor that I am invariably attracted to, regardless of the quality of his work.  (more…)

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Over the Top: Profiles in Action Movie History
 
Leaving my local multiplex the other night after seeing Dinner for Schmucks, review found here, I saw an almost life-size display for Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming cavalcade of action stars, The Expendables.  It got me thinking back to simpler times when my friends and I would go down to the video store and rent the bloodiest, most shootinest action flicks we could find.  Growing up in the 80s and 90s was the prime time for watching the peaking action careers of Willis, Schwarzenegger, JCVD, Stallone and many others.  Ahh, the blood and carnage take me right back.  So due to my undying love for a genre that is rife with plot inconsistencies, bad acting and things blowing up for no better reason than that they should, I will be profiling some of film’s best action stars.  I will chart their highs and lows, where they came from, where they are now, and why we love them so much.  So strap yourself in and don’t forget, “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”
 
For the first installment I’ll be profiling one of the big three, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (more…)