Tag Archives: Action

The Expendables 2

Director: Simon West Notable Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Nan Yu Rating: R Review:  Longest.  Casting.  List.  Ever.  Jeez, I think … Continue reading

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NNWIJ: Battle Royale (2000)

Director: Kinji Fukasaku Notable Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda Rating: UR Review:  Took long enough for Kinji Fukasaku’s hauntingly engrossing “fight to the death” picture to be freely distributed in the US.  Of course, I did whatever I could years ago to get … Continue reading

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The Avengers

Director: Joss Whedon Notable Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stellan Skarsgård, Paul Bettany Rating: PG-13 Review:  Hello Marvel, welcome to uber-blockbuster status.  … Continue reading

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The Raid: Redemption

Director: Gareth Evans Notable Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian Rating: R Review: “I feel physically tired after watching that.  Like all the running and fighting, I’m dead man.” – Random Friend Apparently that’s what The Raid: Redemption does to … Continue reading

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence

Director: Brian Taylor/Mark Neveldine Notable Cast: Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth, Violante Placido, Ciarán Hinds Rating: PG-13 Review:  Ghost Rider 2: Bigger, meaner, badder they said.  Darker tone they said.  More hellacious violence they said.  Forget the original Ghost Rider … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games

Director: Gary Ross Notable Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Woody Harrelson Review: PG-13 Review: Kinji Fukasaku’s 2000 Japanese cult film Battle Royale remains as one of the … Continue reading

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Act of Valor

Director: Mike McCoy/Scott Waugh Notable Cast: Roselyn Sanchez, Rorke, Dave, Sonny, Van O, Michael, Ajay, Ray, Weimy Rating: R Review:  Lately, my tastes have been guiding me away from the large voice of the general public in mainstream cinema, which … Continue reading

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This Means War

Director: McG Notable Cast: Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Till Schweiger, Chelsea Handler Rating: PG-13 Review:  Rom-Coms…vocally my favorite genre to cover, but maybe McG could inject some life in an otherwise inauthentic medium by folding action into a … Continue reading

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Haywire

Director: Steven Soderbergh Notable Cast: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Michael Angarano, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton Rating: R Review: Gina Carano could kick my ass any day if it meant I would be granted the … Continue reading

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Bunraku

Director: Guy Moshe Notable Cast: Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Gackt, Demi Moore Rating: R Review:  Bunraku: cool-sounding Japanese phrase or title with actual meaning? Bunraku- A traditional Japanese puppet theater featuring large puppets operated by onstage … Continue reading

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