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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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[Reviewed by: Roxanna Kennedy]

For this look back at the epic trilogy that changed the movie landscape forever, we welcome new contributor Roxanna Kennedy!

I first saw LOTR in the cinema on my 12th birthday, having only read The Hobbit in previous years. When I entered the cinema I know nothing of the story or what was going to happen in the film. I left, three hours later, fired up, passionate and so excited for the next two films. I insisted that my parents take me again only a couple of days later. I knew from then on that I couldn’t rest until I found out the rest of the story. I vividly remember buying my copy of the books in a quaint little bookshop for £7.50 which, by the way, was a bargain. In the year I spent waiting for the 2nd film I read all three of the big books at least twice, which I think for a twelve-year-old is quite an achievement.

The next two films did not disappoint and surpassed all of my expectations – I thought myself very critical – wanted to see justice done to my new-found (and eternal) love. (more…)