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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: 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…)

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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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[Reviewed by: Justin Wagner]

With this look back at what many consider to be M. Night Shymalan’s finest work, we welcome brand new contributor Justin Wagner!

The noughties; the biggest decade in superhero movie blockbuster history.  While the likes of Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan were directing rehashes of old comic book favorites, M. Night Shyamalan was creating a new “superhero”.  One who is unlike Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne in that the protagonist David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is not rich, he is not a top scientist, nor does he have a line of women chasing after him.  David Dunn is a just a normal guy; normal except for the fact that he has never been sick.  David realizes this after he is the only survivor in a train wreck killing 131 passengers.  He returns home unscathed to his wife Audrey Dunn (Robin Wright Penn), with whom he is currently going through a dissolving marriage, and his child Joseph Dunn (Spencer Treat Clark).  The train wreck is brought to his attention by art gallery owner Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) who has a romanticism for the characters portrayed in comic books. At this point, David Dunn looks like the perfect candidate for Elijah’s long sought after real life superhero. (more…)