Imagine the ultimate movie boxing match: Rocky vs. The Raging Bull. Now think of them as thirty years past their prime. In a nutshell, that’s Warner Brothers’ Grudge Match – the Expendables of sports movies. Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen (Robert DeNiro) and Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) fought twice back in the day, each winning once. The much anticipated deciding bout never happened – but now an encounter during a motion capture shoot for a videogame ignites both men’s passion for the ring. Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart also star.
Check out the trailer after the jump. Grudge Match is in theaters on Christmas Day.
After the fun The Last Stand flopped big time, we get another 80s-style action flick with a sixty-something lead that is darker, nastier and possibly more stylish – but not quite as much fun.
Bullet to the Head pairs second-rate hitman Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) with a Korean-American cop (Sung Kang) in a slick – as in both visceral and sleekly made – revenge flick that goes hard for style and much less so for smarts. Directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours), it’s an entertaining melange of action movie tropes.
WE LOVE THE 80’s! The Hair, the music, the ever-present Sly Stone! Liz just wants to dance with her favorite stars when they were young in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Aaron gets all ‘Harry Potter’ on us years before J.K. even though of the boy in Hocus Pocus and Sean champions one of Sylvester Stallone’s classic tough-good-guy flicks in Cobra. Enjoy and tell us your guilty pleasure!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt.
Directed by Alan Metter.
Written by Amy Spies.
Produced by Chuck Russell.
Genre: Musical Comedy.
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy.
Directed by Kenny Ortega.
Written by David Kirschner and Mick Garris.
Produced by David Kirschner and Mick Garris.
Genre: Family Comedy.
Starring Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Neilsen.
Directed by George P. Cosmatos.
Written by Paula Gosling (novel) and Sylvester Stallone(screenplay).
Produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan.
Genre: Crime Action Thriller. Follow us on Twitter: @justseenit
There are clips and trailers from all kinds of films to be found if you bother to look. This clip from Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables features Jason Statham beating the snot out of an entire basketball pick up team. Does he hate basketball? Does he hate one [or all] of the players? The clip is taken completely out of context, so I guess we’ve got to figure that out for ourselves.
Anyroad, the thoroughly entertaining clip follows the jump.
History is one of those subjects that can be made boring by a less than enthusiastic teacher – or by the misapprehension that it is, inherently, boring. In 2002 the DIC Entertainment Corporation produced a twenty-eight episode history of the United States of America as witnessed by four young people: Henri [voiced by Kathleen Barr], a young French boy whose parents died en route to The colonies and was forced into slavery to pay their passage; James [Chris Lundquist], a teenager whose passion for reporting and for the revolution are occasionally misdirected; Sarah [Reo Jones], recently arrived from England and incapable [at first] of believing that England’s Parliament could possibly enact legislation like unfair taxation, or quartering, and Moses [Kevin Williams], a young black man who works as an apprentice for Benjamin Franklin – and has first-hand experience with slavery.
Now, Shout!Factory has released the series on DVD and, as usual, have done a very nice job of it.
The twenty-eight episodes begin with The Boston Tea Party and carry through to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The writing is crisp and efficient; the viewpoint characters have sufficiently different backgrounds that each grows in different directions – while influencing each other; the animation is solid television work, and the various major historical figures are paired up with well known actors and newsmen.
Among the celebrity cast are Walter Cronkite [Benjamin Franklin], Annette Bening [Abigail Adams], Billy Crystal [John Adams], Michael Douglas [Patrick Henry], Dustin Hoffman [Benedict Arnold] and Sylvester Stallone [Paul Revere] – to name a few.
Features: All discs: Midnight Ride Original Pencil Test; Ben Franklin’s Newsbytes; Continental Cartoons; Now and Then, and Mystery Guest Game; Disc 1: Midnight Ride Original Pencil Test; Disc 4: A Look Back at Liberty’s Kids With The Creators. Also included is a forty-page booklet that give episode titles and summaries, plus guest cast credits and the bonus features on each disc – and a two-sided fold-out poster [one side is a poster of the kids with Benjamin Franklin, the other a map of The Colonies alongside a list of the episode titles, the sites for which are marked on the map.
Despite an opening montage that tells us Rambo is going to Say Stuff and Be About Something, it proceeds from that point to be a luridly messy action flick that has its roots in the exploitation flicks of the sixties. Sadly, writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone – who really got the final Rocky movie right – has nowhere near the same feel for his John J. Rambo character.
Here are a couple of Rambo news items. Originally Lionsgate wasn’t going to screen the movie for Critics, but they relented at the last minute and had a press screening tonight. Unfortuanately, it’s at a hard to get to theater here in DC so I’m going to stick to my original plan and catch it sometime this weekend – probably Saturday morning. Based on the trailers it looks like it’ll be classic Rambo – what’s not to like? In the meantime check out the latest trailer. For snicks you should check out Aint It Cool News, Stallone has been answering questions for the last few days.