Movie News

Quint sees THE EXPENDABLES at Cinemapocalypse! Plus looks back at Demolition Man, I Come In Peace and Die Hard!!!

Published at: Aug. 9, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a rundown of last night’s machismo spectacular: Cinemapocalypse. This one seems to be the Alamo’s Zack Carlson’s baby. Zack runs the Terror Tuesday and has a deep love for all things 1980s. So, with The Expendables coming out how could they pass up the opportunity to feature films from the cast of the flick in an all-night marathon ending with a week early screening of Sylvester Stallone’s epically cast action spectacular! Here’s the line-up: DEMOLITION MAN, I COME IN PEACE, DIE HARD and THE EXPENDABLES. With trailers for MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, JUDGE DREDD, ROCKY IV, DIE HARD 2 and HUDSON HAWK the night was a love letter to the Action Gods of my youth.

I’m extremely pleased to see a resurgence of love and support for this movie. I remember seeing it in theaters opening weekend as a young teen and just loving it. One thing that I’ve noticed as I’ve indulged in these action flicks is that these movies seem to only be as good as their villains. I’ll into that a little more when we hit Die Hard, but I think one of the giant successes of Demolition Man is the near insane manic performance from Wesley Snipes as Simon Phoenix. Simon Phoenix is damn near The Joker in this movie. Snipes is both darkly comical and sadistically threatening. And Stallone isn’t too far off from a dark Batman, either. Except he uses guns. And kills people. But you know what I mean. At its core it is silent strength and intelligence versus a laughing and insane mass murderer.

Demolition Man has such a high rewatchability factor because of its humor. You have a Stallone framed and frozen in a horror-show LA-in-flames reality. Then he’s thawed out in a PC time that is beautiful on the surface, but at what price? What’s interesting to me about this flick is that it rides the line between being preachy and being a crazy balls-to-the-wall action fest. The film’s secret weapon is Sandra Bullock’s innocent Lenina Huxley. She has a childlike obsession over the violence of the 20th and kind of hero worships Stallone’s John Spartan… but as a guide to this new world she’s invaluable in keeping an emotional connection those tight-ass hippies that run this new world. Early to mid-90s Bullock is sexy as all hell, too, so that doesn’t hurt. From the hilarious buzz of the machine spitting out tickets for violations of “the verbal morality code” to the mystery of the three golden seashells to the world dominance of Taco Bell this flick works for me just as much now as it did back then. In fact, I think the passage of time has helped underline just how smart the social satire of the movie is. It’s a warning against losing freedom for a more security that also happens to be a wildly over-the-top fun, violent blow-em-up. If you haven’t revisited it recently, give it a watch! If you don’t, Governor Jesse Ventura might shoot you and throw your kimonoed ass into a massive fireplace!

I had somehow missed this movie in its massive run on cable in the early ‘90s. Not exactly sure how that happened as those were the days where entire summers were lost to HBO’s late night programming. Speaking of, one of my favorite risky shows to sneak while the parents weren’t looking was DREAM ON, which was funny, but more importantly filled with gratuitous nudity. The star of that show, Brian Benben ends up being the straight man in this kind of ridiculous sci-fi buddy cop flick about a giant alien drug dealer with white eyes and a bad haircut who shoots human neck-seeking killer CDs out of his wrist. It seems that gone are the days of B pictures being this kind of ridiculous fun. Vern would know more about that, but ever since drive-ins went away and every theater had to become a multi-plex in order to survive we’ve lost a piece of our exploitation culture that thrived during the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Today’s ulta low budget flicks seem to be a radical step down from the production value and sense of fun that movies like I COME IN PEACE brought to the table. Granted, I COME IN PEACE is the tail end of an exploitation era, but I’m also talking about the films from Roger Corman and even the early Troma stuff.

Watching the flick for the first time I didn’t really have that nostalgia built in from childhood cable rotations, but even without the rose-colored glasses I could see the sheer entertainment value in this flick. Everybody is just trying to make you, the viewer, have fun. The film doesn’t ask you take it seriously, just that sit back and have fun as they do something incredibly ridiculous with the typical buddy cop formula. Nobody’s going to accuse Dolph Lundgren of giving a good performance in this film, but what he does bring a certain swagger that almost feels completely unforced and natural. He’s huge badass and he knows it, but he’s almost shy about it. Brian Benben should have been bigger. The man is hilarious in this movie and so great on DREAM ON. The last thing I remember seeing him in was John Landis’ Masters of Horror episode. Isn’t it time this guy had a massive comeback? I Come In Peace really does feel like the B side to Tango & Cash, films that marked the end of an era. It was around the early ’90s, just before the indie boom, that DTV took over these kinds of movies that otherwise would have gone to theaters (and as a result had a little more time and effort put into them).

And Die Hard. Holy shit, Die Hard. I recently posted a Behind the Scenes pic from the movie where I sang its praises. Click here to read it! I’ll try not to repeat too much, but where I’ll have to overlap is when discussing the villains of the movie. As I mentioned above, a hero by himself can only go so far in these kinds of movies. Without a great villain you can’t have a great action movie and Die Hard succeeds here in much the same way that Steven Spielberg succeeded with Raiders of the Lost Ark. His adventure tale had a brilliantly layered villain. Belloq wasn’t muscle-bound. He couldn’t out-Adventure Indiana Jones, but goddamnit he could outsmart and out-sleaze him. That dynamic is very present in Die Hard. Hans Gruber can’t out-action John McClane. He couldn’t beat McClane in an arm-wrestling competition or a shoot-out, but that Hans Gruber is cool, collected and razor sharp. And perfectly sleazy. I love it when a character has a justifiably inflated ego. “You’re just a common thief,” Holly Genarro/McClane says when she finds out what he’s up to. He immediately takes offense, getting in her face saying, “I’m an exceptional thief.”

Not only is Hans the man with the plan that goddamn well would have worked had McClane not shown up, but he also has a gaggle of awesome henchmen. Alexander Godunov is the most recognizable as Karl, the guy who spends most of the movie in a fury that he can’t track down and murder the fly in the ointment due to said fly’s killing of Karl’s brother. Let’s also not forget Clarence Gilyard Jr.'s portrayal of Theo, the smart-ass techie. Theo always seemed a little off to me. The dude was enjoying himself way too much. Smart and focused, but he also seemed to be an inch away from insanity. And Al Leong is in it… as a subordinate that loves him some candy bars. It ain’t an ‘80s action movie without Leong… he’s one of the most recognizable guys from ‘80s cinema. He was in BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, LETHAL WEAPON, ACTION JACKSON and is probably most famous for playing Genghis Khan in BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. And all that is just the bad guys in the building. Outside we have Robert Davi as a cruel FBI man and William Atherton as the douchebag reporter. Again, two seminal baddies of the ‘80s and they’re side characters in this flick. Willis has never topped his portrayal of John McClane in the first Die Hard, nor could he ever. Die Hard is lightning in a bottle, magic caught on screen… the culmination of a billion different happy accidents and pure, raw talent. You can tell Willis is hungry here. He’s out to prove himself, stepping so outside his known persona that he was either going to sink or swim. He had to make people believe David Addison could hold his own against such awesome villains. I’m a fan of the first three films, but much like the earlier alluded to Indiana Jones movies none of the sequels can touch the original.

Now we get to The Expendables. I’m sad to say I didn’t love it like Harry did. In fact, I was pretty let down by the movie. Perhaps I went in expecting it to be something it wasn’t, like a return to ‘80s action films… but if I was under that impression it wasn’t because I drew my own conclusions leading up to the release. That’s pretty much been the mantra from Stallone and Co from day one. This isn’t a throwback to ‘80s action films, it feels like a much higher budgeted and talent filled Direct to DVD movie, with some horribly out of place CG effects. Now CG could be used to great extent in this movie and I wouldn’t have minded it… I just wish it was done better. There are CG laser sights and bullet hits on glass that look just as silly as Wolverine’s claws in that horrible X-Men Origins movie. But I’m getting off track. That’s all nitpicky stuff, things easily overlooked if the rest of the movie had delivered. Here’s my main problem… this isn’t a men on a mission movie. You introduce us to badasses like Terry Crews and Randy Couture and then they disappear for the majority of the film until the massive action sequence at the end. This movie isn’t about The Expendables, this is about Stallone and Jason Statham rehashing the same plot Stallone used for Rambo. Reluctant hero connects with a girl who needs his help. She’s left behind, life in danger and reluctant hero has to go in, against all odds, and get her back. It’s exactly Rambo’s story, but the girl in question, while very beautiful, is given little to do and probably for the best since Giselle Itie’s line delivery makes Dolph Lundgren sound like Laurence Olivier. I know this sounds like I was sitting there in the theater picking the movie apart. I promise I wasn’t. I went in excited, hopped up on great action flicks. I could tell something was off early on, but the opening with The Expendables going after Somali pirates actually felt right (minus said shitty CG laser sights). There was wicked gore (a dude gets blown in half!), fun interaction between all the members of the group and a real sense of team work. Then it becomes Stallone and Statham’s movie with a guest appearance by Jet Li who should never play any role in which he speaks English. I liked the dynamic between Li and Lundgren, who are always at odds and have a fun fight scene where they each use their advantages over the other (Li being smaller and faster while Lundgren can take more abuse and has the reach), but it’s almost a throwaway part of the film that it’s hard for me to hold on to it. It was after the much talked about church scene with Willis and Schwarzenegger that the movie really went downhill for me. The church scene was actually pretty fun. You can tell Schwarzenegger and Stallone are good friends and they spend their 3 or so minutes onscreen together ribbing each other as Willis offers them both the big job. People who don’t know Willis and Schwarzenegger are just cameos will be pissed, of course, but I thought it was a good scene. There’s the core problem with the movie right there. There are a lot of good scenes… there’s a great neck break, a sweet real-life aerial sequence with Jason Statham machine gunning from the nose of the Expendables’ plane, Terry Crews’ crazy awesome automatic shotgun…

Tons of nice little moments, but strung over a story that wasn’t thought through. You know what this movie reminds me of? Once Upon A Time in Mexico. Rodriguez had great ambition with that film. He wanted to do Leone proud with a movie full of crazy characters doing super fun, super violent things, but didn’t spend enough time on the script. As a result you have great scenes (Johnny Depp’s speech about porco pibil comes to mind), great cast, but the rest of the movie’s just not quite there. Mickey Rourke and David Zayas really try to layer their characters, give them a sense of depth, but neither really feel like they get their due. Rourke is kind of an ex-Expendable, a guy that left the fight, but still hangs out on the fringe and helps hook up jobs for Stallone and his crew. Zayas is the bad guy General who really isn’t that much of a bad guy. He’s being manipulated by a sleazy CIA douche played by Eric Roberts and believes he’s doing the right thing for his people even if his conscience won’t stop bugging him. It’s an interesting character, but it’s painted in one stroke. There’s no Hans Gruber in this film. You never feel like Roberts stands a chance against Stallone and his team, even if he has a big brute like Steve Austin on his side. Of course I love Stallone and wish him the best on his resurrected career. Rambo blew my socks off, Rocky Balboa was a touching and exciting final chapter to one of his greatest characters, but I feel that The Expendables is about half the movie he set out to make. I don’t know Sly, I’ve never met him or talked with him, so this could very well be me talking out my ass, but the feeling I get is that this movie is much more slapped together than I’m sure he’s happy with. It feels like a rough drafter, something that could be locked into place with a serious round of reshoots. For instance, I know what happened to Sly during his fight with Austin. The dude got his neck broken. But knowing that doesn’t excuse their fight just ending off camera and then Stallone showing up saying he just got his ass kicked. I think a sequel could be amazing if Stallone can honestly look at what worked and what didn’t work with this first film. Consider movies like The Magnificent Seven, The Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch (the latter of which seems to the biggest influence on this film) and see just how well the group dynamic works in those films. Jim Brown gets his moment at the end of The Dirty Dozen, but he also gets moments throughout the film, unlike Terry Crews who is introduced and then gets to play during the fuck-crazy 30 minute ending action sequence. That set piece could have been classic if I had cared a little more for the characters, if I liked Itie’s character and really felt her jeopardy, if I understood the team dynamic a little bit more. Sure, Statham and Stallone are cool as shit, too, but the movie isn’t called Barney and Lee, it’s called The Expendables. They could totally be the figureheads for the team, the Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen... but there needs to be more team and less tacked on subplots about Statham’s girlfriend leaving him, then getting beat up by her new boyfriend. I do hope this movie’s a success so we can see the inevitable sequel because I honestly believe Stallone has all the right ingredients, he just undercooked this meal if you catch my drift. That was my Cinemapocalypse adventure. Hope you guys enjoyed reading along! Look out for a crap-ton of interviews to hit this week! My remaining Comic-Con chats and some other goodies will be hitting very soon! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Readers Talkback

comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Now i've got a sub-machine gun

    by HypothesisSpits

    hoh......hoh................hoh

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Whoa.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    First? Me. <p> <p> Great article. Good review. Better than that, ahem, other one that got posted yesterday.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    "Set yo ass on fireee"

    by TheNewDirector

    Demolition Man was one of the first drive in movies I had saw, saw it as a double feature with The Good Son, what happened to Culkin? Anyways Simon Phoenix is a fav. personal baddie for me. Oh and I still can't wait for the Expendable even with quint's less than trigger happy review.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I Come In Peace...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Remember really digging that one, released over here as "Dark Angel". Would love to get my hands on that for a re-watch. Ah, between this and the ESB Pic of the Day - I miss the old times. <p> <p>

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    YOU GO IN PIECES

    by LoopyDAVE76

    But yeah, Expendables is a little disappointing. Loved Terry Crews' big-ass rifle thing, though.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Diggin the Thai posters. Where's the Expendables version?

    by CodeName

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Isn't Theo the bad techie?

    by SingingConan

    And not Argyle?

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    CGI Bullet Holes!!!!

    by HypothesisSpits

    Maybe it will be almost as hokey as the CGI fire from the opening sequence of THE LOSERS.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Al Leong is in I Come In Peace Too!

    by Stryder

    And he's actually got lines. I was shocked the first time I heard him speak to discover the only accent he has is "Native Californian Dude." That movie doesn't get nearly enough love, and I wish it was easier to find on DVD. Hell, I wish I could find the score by Jan Hammer.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    oops Quint that review was a bad idea.

    by Windowlicker74

    you know the HEADGEEK message to people who don't like his precious expendables movie: FUCK YOU!! Better start looking for new job:)

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Argyle = Limo Driver...

    by dp4m

    ... Theo was the technician. "'twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring... except the four assholes coming in the back in standard 2 by 2 formation..."

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Singing

    by Quint

    You're exactly right. I knew better, too. Argyle rules! Down with Theo! Booo

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    The A-Team KICKED The Losers' asses.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Harry was wrong on THAT one too. (But then he never watched the original show as a kid, so couldn't watch the flick through rose-tinted glasses and spent fourteen paragraphs jizzing on about it). <p> <p> Sorry, sidetracked... but I just saw A-Team again and it rocked my socks off.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    The Judge Dredd trailer...

    by photoboy

    Was that the Judge Dredd trailer with the kick-ass theme that never made it into the movie? I've got an mp3 for it but I never knew if it was made specially for the trailer or if it was from another film. Anyone know?

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    THE THAI'S PHOTOCHOPPED WALTER'S HEAD ON STALLONE'S BODY

    by BringingSexyBack

    I like that poster better.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Expendibles woul be a let down after

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    Die Hard. I hope it does good business enough for Sly to do another, but shit he aint getting any younger!

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    A Team was awesome

    by RPLocke

    One of the best TV to movie movies I've seen in a while.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Trying too hard

    by doctor_gonzo

    This is one of those movies that is trying way too hard to fit a certain mold. Clearly the product of some corporate pitch to cash-in on a "hard-R" movie. I actually hope it does well just so we can get more hard-R movies like we had back in the day. But I won't be seeing the movie myself. Especially after that horrible song they put in the trailer by "Shinedown". Ick.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Now if Quint actually gives Scott Pilgrim a bad review

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    ...I may actually start to respect the guy.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Quint is perhaps the last reliable review on the site.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Harry's EXPENDABLES review is basically raving jibberish.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Turd

    by Quint

    I already reviewed Pilgrim and... Sorry to say... I liked the movie. I was so close to getting your respect, too! Damn!

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Stallone is not really a very good writer or director

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    And this film should be the tip-off. I like him as a guy and as an actor, but apart from the first Rocky, he was never that skilled in these departments. I was amazed at the blow jobs Rambo got on this site just because it had hard R action. It was not a great movie. Same with Rocky Balboa. Both had heart, but were lacking. The comparison to Rodriguez was apt: another guy who tries hard but is not that good overall. Or rather - can deliver a passably entertaining action film, but not the true epic that is deserved.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Stifler's Mom

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    I actually forwarded the link to Harry's review of The Expendables to a few friends who I'm planning on seeing it with, who aren't visitors to this site. <p> <p> Basically all of them thought it had been written by a demented child, or a barely literate gay guy. I shit ye not.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Quint, 'a movie a day'. That's enough for most people.<p> You watched what, four or five films on the trot? And DIE HARD alone clocks in at well over 2 hours. Maybe... just maybe after so many hours solid staring at a screen you'll be perceiving THE EXPENDABLES diff to how a 'normal' cinema goer will?<p> I'm glad you enjoyed your event but I know if I was in you shoes i'd be feeling more than a little burnt out come the last movie?

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Quint, that is sad to hear...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I would greatly have preferred your opinions of The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim to be the other way around.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Harry's review

    by Dark_Equalizer

    Harry's review has been the only overtly posotive review ive seem for this movie, every other one ive read has been bad to average. I'll still see it id imagine, but i wont be too fussed if it's one of those movies that i wouldnt mind seeing but never get round too.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Cobra

    by Quint

    It's always possible, of course, but watching 4 movies in a row is nothing new to me. I've recently been on Preston Sturges marathons that have gone late into the night with three or four movies.<BR><BR>I'm absolutely going to give Expendables another view at some point, but I don't think seeing it as the 4th movie in an action marathon automatically means I was burnt out.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Turd

    by Quint

    They're just my opinions, dude. I feel in both instances I underlined what I liked and didn't like pretty clearly. Agree or don't, but they're honest opinions backed up with examples and specific citations.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Quint

    by Mr. Lahey

    Your calm demeanor, intelligent rationalizations, and kung-fu grip on the English language have no place here. NO PLAAAAAAACE! ps nice review

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Difference between this review and Harry's

    by Arthur_Digby_Sellers

    quint has never talked to or even met sly. thanks for an honest take quint. this movie has looked like garbage since day one.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Now THAT was a good Expendables review

    by Jehovahs_Witness

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    What is SICKENING to me is that Action Jackson does not...

    by Kal Reeve

    receive the love it deserves. Action Jackson is a hilarious action feast and Carl Weathers a freaking demigod. To heck with Stallone for bad-mouthing Carl Weathers. And to heck with Dolph Lungdren too! Talk about a terrible, stiff as a 2 x 4 pseudo-actor.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Arthur

    by Quint

    I appreciate the comment, but I don't believe Harry's opinion is anything less than authentic. If you've ever sat in a room with Harry when he geeks out on something you can tell he believes deep down in his soul that he's in heaven. He and I just differ on this one. I've seen Harry burn too many bridges by being honest in his reviews to think he's blind to bad movies due to personal relationships.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Well.....

    by doom master

    Considering the amount of info Sly passes his way why the hell would Harry burn that bridge by biting the hand that feeds? Im sure theres more to it than that..Im only focusing on the AGENDA which everybody has and denies its existence...Im sure they are good friends...But still, that doesnt make a good review...

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Why does Stallone have an attachment to Lungdren anyway?!

    by Kal Reeve

    Talk about ridiculous. I'm sorry, but the only business Lungdren has on a cinema screen is muttering a few monosyllabic lines in a cliched Russian accent and staring menacingly.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Great work as ever from Quint.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    VERY curious to read what Vern has to say about The Expendables.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Dolph freaking Lundgren?! Come on! Really?!

    by Kal Reeve

    I just hope his performance is not as bad and forced in this as it is in Showdown in Little Tokyo.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Quint doesnt think before he writes

    by kickyouinthenickels

    your whining about not seeing the actors more in the film..you ever think that scenes were cut due to movie length/time? im 100 percent sure there will be a directors cut or extended cut of this movie because im sure the studio made sly cut alot of scenes. until then Quint, quit your crying and wait for the dvd if it makes you feel better.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Fuck me runnin

    by oisin5199_

    Wow. An honest review of The Expendables on AICN. Figures it would be Quint, he's the only trustworthy reviewer here. Thanks.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    "I come in Peace and Die Hard"

    by jameskpolk

    Sounds like the title of the next in the Die Hard series. <br>Bruce Willis has to battle terrorist Aliens from Zeta Reticuli bent on explosively probing mankind...

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the honest review. Quint

    by GodMars

    Good work, as usual.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Kick

    by Quint

    If those scenes are in the extended cut that doesn't mean the theatrical cut is any better for it. I don't care if those scenes exist or not. I have to judge what I see in the theater and what I saw wasn't a team movie like they're selling and have been promising.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    kickyouinthenickels

    by BadMrWonka

    I think it's you who doesn't think before you write. if the movie is made worse by certain scenes being cut out, then the movie WAS MADE WORSE. just because the scenes exist, or might end up on a DVD, what does that have to do with the theatrical cut that Quint saw? the movie has to stand on it's own in the theaters.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    thanks, Quint. now my post is redundant!

    by BadMrWonka

    and in boring old white, too... :o)

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    fuck, and it should be "stand on its own"

    by BadMrWonka

    bad Wonka...BAD

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    very fair review

    by TheDark0Knight

    you can tell Quint wanted to like it. anyone of us would be beyond pumped to watch this flick after an epic action movie marathon. I'm still pumped to check this out.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    I remember

    by Shalako

    Seeing Demolition Man in theatres and thing, "what a piece of shit." It looked like a film produced by, lit and designed by concept artists for, and shot inside of, Taco Bell.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Shalako

    by BadMrWonka

    to be fair, didn't a lot of movies in the 90's look like that?

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Thinking

    by Shalako

    not Thing, meh-heh, meh-heh...

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Yes but...

    by Shalako

    I expect more from the man who shot Excalibur, Year of the Dragon, and Alien 3.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Demolition Man was pure crap...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...watchable crap, but still crap. Yeah, right... Snipes was The Joker... except, without all the crazy-good acting like Heath Ledger did. Sure. "I Come InPeace Because I Locked The Bathroom Door And My Mom Can't Walk In When I'm Jacking Off" was nigh unwatchable. Die Hard, was, of course, a classic as was it's sequel. Third one was okay, forth sucked, but was enjoyable on a nostalgic level. Fuckin' Fox killed yet another franchise. When can Rothman die?

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Another great DIE HARD character: Ellis

    by Tacom

    The sleazy, coked up yuppie prick with a beard who thought he could work a deal with Hans. He was such a jackass but you still felt a little bad that Hans killed him.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I wouldve killed you all to have been at this screening

    by Six Demon Bag

    Except you CHOPPAH..you cool

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Just wondering.....

    by Joe Huber

    If Quint loved Expendables as much as Harry, would he have been accused of all kinds of crime against Talkback humanity? I get why people are suspicious of Harry's review because of his friendship with Sly, but note how Harry's review of Predators wasn't so glowing despite getting inside info from Rodriguez. At least give him the benefit of a doubt that he doesn't always write positive reviews. As Quint said, I bet Harry has blown some bridges by telling the truth as he sees it. Reviewers have opinions just as anybody else. They just back their opinion with reason and content, basically explaining their reasoning. People usually like or dislike a reviewer based on their "voice", writing style, or whether or not they tend to agree/disagree with the reviewer. I like Quint's way of reviewing this movie better than Harry's review of The Expendables, but that is not always the case. Harry got a bit too excited which is why you need to sometimes sit on a review (particularly when you are too excited) until you feel you can do a professional job, clear-headed, on it. Everyone has a lousy review in them,Harry's excitement got the best of him, I bet Quint can pick out a few reviews he'd rather have back and re-write. I know I have a few reviews I wish I could redo. Nobody's perfect. Just when someone does a review, remember it is in large part their opinion thrown in with facts/info to support their opinion. Just remember there isn't a complete right or wrong in reviews, even if it is against popular opinion, the main goal is to inform the audience as to whether the film is worth seeing or not. Feel free to agree/disagree with a critic. Just realize they're entitled to their opinions as you are with yours. Now popular opinion means a lot to reviews/reviewers, but you can't please everybody all the time.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    No, No, No. Demolition Man is shit!

    by daggor

    I don't need anybody stirring up the suggestion that Demolition Man was actually good. It's a hunk of crap and far from watchable, much less re-watchable. There was shit I liked when I was 9 years old, and now that I've grown up, I see that it was shit. Don't try to lump Demolition Man in with a great action film like Die Hard. Die Hard is fucking classic, and Demolition Man is pure, unintentional camp.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Qunits opinion = cricket nuts

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    no weight at all

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    And he liked Michael Cera Vs. The World

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    no fucking taste!!!! I bet he LOVED Speed Racer!

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    I like what passes for good and bad reviews

    by Rand92

    I always like how some people say "finally a good review" when the reviewer doesn't like the film and the poster was expecting a bad movie. A reviewer seemingly confirms it for them and bam "a good review" "Bad reviews" are usually always the ones that praise the film some posters just know is going to suck without actually seeing it. That's why I'm going to see it and judge for myself.

  • ever

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Demo Man & Judge Dredd = Monkey Garbage

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    What will The Expendables equal?

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Movie critics have it easy these days

    by RPLocke

    They can just slam stuff to their hearts content because they know it gets hits.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    This review has me bummed out.

    by JuanSanchez

    Obviously you can't trust Harry's take - whether or not he's blinded by personal relationships, he's CERTAINLY blinded by geekery. I can get SUPER-PSYCHED for stuff that pushes my geek buttons, but if they end up sucking I know it. In the end, though, Massa's review will be the one to watch for.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Never mind Quint

    by Star Hump

    Look at that shit copy on the Die Hard poster. God fucking awful. Who declared war? Those euro-turds were pulling a heist, not declaring war, for fuck's sake. Die Hard is a motherfucking heist movie. Jesus H. Christ.<p> "The only chance anyone has got." Are you fucking kidding me? Who wrote that? Did they have their GED? Now, the entire planet knows Los Angeles is infested with submentals, hell, the entire city runs on retard power, but you'd think those studio shitheads could find some way to hire a competent writer.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    JoBlo Likes it as well

    by dokkenfan

    It's tracking okay right now at RT for the kind of movie it is (45%) and JoBlo gave it 3.5 out of 4 saying that he "f*cking loved it". So it ain't just Harry. All hope is not lost yet.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    The Expendables sounds like a disappointment

    by superunknown85

    As much as I like the 4th Rambo film, its plot is disjointed and it's poorly edited in general. The extended version just made it more awkward. It sounds like The Expendables suffers from the same problems.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    How is Other Guys at 79 percent?

    by RPLocke

    That's some effed up shit.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Harry liked it

    by Nerd Rage

    That was the first sign it sucked. Quint just confirmed it.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Snipes is awesome in Demolition Man

    by Nerd Rage

    He elevates the movie to something fun and memorable.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Snipes as Phoenix is way better than Ledger as Joker....

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Being a total fuckin psycho (a funny one) was so natural for Snipes. Ledger had to nearly kill himself just to reach that same level.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    If it's not really a team film, maybe that explains...

    by kevred

    ...why Van Damme, Russell, and Norris aren't in it? Look at the cast here: from what this review says, the only two guys who are full "leads" are the only two that wouldn't otherwise be in the film.<p>Sounds like this is one nu-metal soundtrack and increased-buddy-time away from being a potential classic.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Star Hump

    by BadMrWonka

    the whole point of the first half of the movie is that you don't know what the bad guys are up to. if the poster hadn't made it seem like they were legit terrorists with an agenda, it would have ruined the reveal.<p> and "the only chance anyone has got" is pretty stilted, I'll give you that. but in British English, it's perfectly correct. I would have written "and he's the only chance they've got" or something, but still. nothing to crap your diapers over. have a beer and a hot dog, and watch Shawshank or something to calm down.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    The trick to DIE HARD...

    by JonQuixote

    ... is that everybody in the movie - heroes, villains, supporting characters - gets to do or say something cool at least once. I think more screenwriters should study this movie with that in mind. It's not just that the villains are great... it's that everybody is great. I mean, there's way more to it than that, but I think that's its biggest secret weapon.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Agreed JonQuixote

    by Tacom

    The first DIE HARD had so many memorable characters and that's one of the reasons it's the best. DIE HARD 2 tried to replicate that but the only one that made as big an impression was Dennis Franz' airport cop.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Finally an honest opinion of a Movie on this site

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    Quint gave an honest review of the "Expendables" So What if the film Didin't rock Quint's world & Tickle his balls like a male gigolo on payday that's his job as a reviewer.. to give us the lowdown on the great films & the films we could care less about (such as The Expendables & 95 % of the crap that came out this summer.)

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    When are we getting Dream On on DVD?!?!?!

    by moonlightdrive

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Love Stallone. It's gonna be a sad day when he stops...

    by moonlightdrive

    making movies.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    finally

    by Oksanas_chipped_tooth

    a coherent, unbiased review of something. thank god.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Stop saying Quint's review is unbiased!!!!!

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Quint saw The Expendables through a Post-Menopausal Womans eyes.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Is someone writing a Patricia Neal obit?

    by palimpsest

    Would be good to see something up here.

  • Aug. 9, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Quint, you are a dickhead

    by antonphd

    You could have waited for this review until after the opening weekend. This isn't just another film and you fucking know it. You just shit all over this movie like it was Batman and Robin following The Dark Knight. Not every action film is a classic. Most action movies have shitty stories and cardboard characters. If you can't handle that then just admit that you don't like 80s action. And comparing this to classics like Die Hard is just plain unfair. Every Die Hard since could be described the way you describe this film but most of us who love action films don't expect any more. And why should we? If everything was a classic we would hardly have any movies to watch. Every film maker would spent half a decade between films because that is what it takes to make a classic. Most classics are the climactic peak of someone's career. I for one would like to just get some fucking MAN films again. Fuck. I just watched The Other Guys for a second time because it was fun to watch Mark Walberg be a fucking MAN in a movie. Even if it had to be a comedy instead of an action film. But way to do your best to undercut this new film a few days before it releases. I'm sure we'll get an orgasmic review about that retarded super hero kid movie opening the same day. And don't even try to excuse this review by saying you said that you hope it does well. You know full well that AICN was THE place that was getting behind this film. And I don't mean you guys writing reviews I mean us readers. We were rooting for this film all fucking summer. You write a review just to fucking burst our bubbles. What a fucking dickhead.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, midnight CST

    Accept it, Stallone groupies

    by Nerd Rage

    The movie is weak. The casting is the only gimmick this trash had to offer. It's over.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    anton

    by Quint

    Trust me, I don't want to burst anybody's bubbles. I didn't write this to be contrary. I wrote it because it's my opinion and I felt like I had something to say on it. And if you think I trash the movie like Batman & Robin you didn't really read my review. I'm disappointed in the movie, but there's a lot to like in it.<BR><BR>I hope people like the movie more than I did. Hell, I even say in the review I hope it does gangbuster business so we can get a sequel that fixes a lot of the mistakes of the first movie.<BR><BR>I didn't have an agenda with this review. It's just my opinion of a movie coming out this weekend and a nice look back at some action flicks that led up my viewing of it. The Expendables doesn't have to be Die Hard. I never said it did, it just has to work as its own movie and I don't feel it does.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Quint, you are a dickhead - part two

    by antonphd

    and you know full well that this film was on a shoe string budget yet you throw the fact that it could use reshoots to make it better in Sly's face like you don't know that he would if he had the fucking money. and you compare it to Rocky Balboa and Rambo as Sly hadn't spent his whole entire career perfecting those characters and to compare the last two movies that were the culmination of decades to a new film that Sly put together just to put out a fun new action film is just fucking stupid. i don't know how you can consider yourself having even thought through this review before publishing it. cause those two things are pretty fucking obvious. i am an action movie fan and i have enjoyed Stallone's films but i'm not some huge super fan of his. i'm not that way with any artists. but a lot of people who are core AICN readers love Stallone and have been rooting for this film and I think you kind of owed them a review where you put at least some basic thought into what you were writing. and that is why i think you are a dickhead. i would have accepted a review that was negative without taking offense if you hadn't been so fucking half ass about it.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    two things

    by antonphd

    1. you could have waited to put out this review until after the movie released on friday knowing that for many of us this summer has basically been the worst in a decade and we just wanted to be excited about at least one goddamn movie. 2. you know that Sly is keeping an eye for what the AICN crowd is saying and throwing the low budget in his face was just bad form. I am not saying you are asshole for this review. I am just saying you are a dickhead. 1 on a scale of 10 if 10 is an asshole. You could have given some thought to both the readers here who have been waiting for a decent film this summer and you could have given some thought before you wonder why the film feels like it could have really used some polish as if you didn't know that this was a labor of love film. I don't think you have an agenda. I just think you should have thought about who would read this review a little more. This is AICN not fucking New York Times. We are emotionally invested in movies. We read reviews here because AICN reviews are too.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Don't bother Quint..

    by ConfusedPanda

    Anton's second post reveals that he's out to bash your review like, in his eyes, you bashed The Expendables as if it's as bad as Batman & Robin. I'm hesitant to call him a troll, because he seems determined to explain himself, but your efforts to explain yourself to Anton aren't going to be well received regardless of what you say and how well you say it.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    demolition man is quality!!!

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    ConfusedPanda

    by antonphd

    i appreciated Quint's response. he wrote what he wrote. i wrote what i wrote. i didn't say his opinion was wrong. and i don't bash reviews. that would be pointless. i am probably asking for too much from a reviewer to ask them to think about what a shitty summer we've had and to let us walk into this film and enjoy it for what it is even if it isn't as good as other action films. cause a B Stallone film is still gotta be more fun than the boring movies we've got all summer this year. the best films have all belonged in the fall awards season. Inception, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Kids Are Alright. All great none of them belong in the summer. I want a fucking summer movie that moves faster than 35 mph. If this film doesn't... then I'll be pissed. I need at least one goddamn fun movie this fucking summer.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    FUCK IT, I DON'T CARE...

    by Player01

    ...if Expendables is bad, I'm still going to see it. Stallone pumping lead into bad guys? Where do I queue up?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Fine review Quint..

    by jack Bauer

    For many the problem is not being there at the time, I'm from that era and before, films like Demolition Man and Dark Angel (I come in peace) were awesome at the time but to todays folks look dated and silly. No, there were never Oscar winners or brilliantly scripted, they were just great fun at the time. For me it's like console games, I was involved from the start of home computers, seeing space invaders on your Atari 800 was amazing, that whole innovative period was just amazing to be part of but now you have Xbox360 with all the eye candy taken for granted, the youth look back at Pac Man, Gorf etc and thinks its crap but in their day they were amazing. As for the review, I thought it was spot on, the comparisons were educated and yes, CGI effects must be right or they look stupid (think Blade 2 Ninja vampire fights). Will I watch The Expendables, you better bloody believe it, throw Stallone in a film and I'll watch it, he's got real love of the whole shebang and it shows. As for Harry, sorry big man but the review was as someone else said, a personal love fest for you and Sly, it came across as totally slanted towards a mate and to be honest tainted the quality of the site, this isn't an old boys network, it's a review site that must be honest and totally impartial, sadly its become a "my buddy" site review wise and that's totally down to Harry. There's no issue that a person doing the review can be over awed or a fan or friend of the actors / directors etc but to allow that to taint a review / opinion is disgusting. So you speak to Quentin and Sly and Robert all the time and hang out with them but when you play kiss ass on here it's an all time low.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Amazing...Over used :)

    by jack Bauer

    I seemed to like that word..Doh!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Replicating 80s over the topness isnt good

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    I postd this in the harry review but that place is a trainwreck so here... Because it's cheesy and over the top intentionally which comes off like a bad Mad TV skit from a deluded by now nearly 70 year old action star who is sad he came at #2 in the 80s action star rank and his delusions increased from the whatever muscle growing drugs he's injected in his body. 80s action movies are great because the filmmakers believed in them and did it with a straight face kind of like Ed Wood did his movies which makes it beautiful. Bennett from Commando wasn't looked at as gay in his musctache and chainmail vest and leather chaps, that was seen as badass and cool back in 1985.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    "You could have waited for this review until after the opening w

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    What kind of a stupid fucking comment is this? So more people would unknowingly go see a shitty film? Fuck you and fuck off shithead.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    "you know full well that this film was on a shoe string budget "

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    And that's an excuse why? Many great movies from history are great not because of their budgets.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:18 a.m. CST

    antonphd voted for President Camacho

    by Phategod2

    Sometime I swear I'm in the middle of Idiocracy. Very good review Quint. Maybe I'll catch this on 2 dollar tuesday.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    TakingScorpiosCalls

    by antonphd

    what kind of a stupid fucking comment was that? an honest comment. i'll be honest and admit that after an entire summer of let downs i have one last weekend of hope for this summer. i'd rather have gone in excited than be told the film did not live up to expectations. why? because it's fun to go to a movie and be excited even if it is a let down. the thing that is so great about summer movies is the excitement you feel for the movies. like going to a ball game. even if your team loses you still have a great time. you know... i'm not being fair to Quint... i'm just bummed

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Phategod2

    by antonphd

    good movie

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Kudos for giving your honest opinion, Quint.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    the expendables had a budget?

    by brabon300

    not from what i heard<P>im hoping its critic proof and makes a ton of dough<p>im hoping that what quint thought was cgi was real fx<P>i wanna see sly and company doing this shit till they are 90...so i have something to watch while is sit drooling in the rest home

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Obit noted.

    by palimpsest

    Ta very much.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    If you don't want your preconceptions ruined

    by Bass Ackwards

    by reviews, then don't trawl movie sites looking for and reading the reviews! I dunno, that just seems more reasonable to me then telling reviewers who's opinions disagree with your hype that they need to hold their reviews to accommodate your apparent fragile sensibilities ("oh no I read a bad review for a movie I haven't seen, my entire summer is ruined!!").

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    antonphd

    by BadMrWonka

    you and I are both long time AICN dudes, and I respect what you had to say. but that said, I think your opinion of what Quint's review is going to do is a little misguided. I don't think Quint's review is going to affect the total box office one way or another, simply because it's too close to the opening day, and all of the advertising has been done.<p>so what is your real problem with the review?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Holy trolls!

    by hatemphd

    seriously? People are even complaining that a review was posted at all? Now you know people are just looking for little things to complain about. <p> P.S. Demolition Man was an awesome action film. Watch it again, it hasn't aged badly at all.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    I reckon Quint tells it like it it....

    by Righteous Brother

    The thing worries me about Harry, is I sometimes think that he's made up his mind whether he likes a movie or not before he's seen it. Lets face it, Sly's got Harry's number and phones him, do you honestly think Harry would give the film anything less than a glowing review. Quints became the new go to guy on this site for me.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    Terry Crews........its been said before....

    by Righteous Brother

    would make an awesome Luke Cage.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    anton phd(failed)

    by the_hills_are_stuffed_with_swedish_girls

    So you're upset that a movie you're rather excited about gets a bad review, but that's a lame motive for name-calling. I mean, the man sees the movie and doesn't dig it that much, what would you have him do? 1. Espouse his honest opinion on the film review site he writes for. 2. Not write anything at all. 3. Lie on the film review site he writes for, talking up the movie so people who don't want to read negative reviews but visit film sites anyway won't wet their knickers. Which one of those options makes the man a dickhead? Wait, take your time, I know it's a toughie.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    "talent filled Direct to DVD movie"

    by TheManWhoCan

    Shit, that doesn’t sound good at ALL!!! Someone else said that its not even Statham’s best movie, which is saying something!!<p> Well im decided! Fuck that for a game of solders!! <p> That clip with Statham doing the victory fist in the air after shooting up the pier from the plane had my doubts niggling away at me. Good scene up to that (I guess) but that last 2 seconds told me something was very wrong.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    "is it safe...."

    by jack Bauer

    For me reviewing has it's own set of rules by it's genre, if I was sent a shoot em to to review it was done in comparison to similar games. That's the way I would do it for films. Inception is a whole different style and bar some action is a different genre to the Expendables and each should be reviewed up their merits. I'll watch it, it might be pants, it might be fun but I'll decide that on my own.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Returns?

    by jack Bauer

    How the hell do you paragraph on this blog?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6:55 a.m. CST

    To be honest or dishonest, that's the question

    by VicenzoV

    Harry's review kept using hyperboles but if you read between the lines you could just feel he wasn't really thrilled with it either, just like Mr. Quint. Why would you fuck up your own credibility to make Stallone feel better?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Jack Bauer

    by VicenzoV

    Use < p > without the spaces.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah.

    by VicenzoV

    It<p>really<p>works!!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Jack Bauer

    by TheManWhoCan

    < p > (remove spaces)

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    < br > is handy too!!

    by TheManWhoCan

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    "YOU ARE A DICKHEAD - PART TWO"

    by BringingSexyBack

    Nicely played.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    antonpHd grew up without a father

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    And relies on action films to get male role models which he never had growing up. Hence the anger.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    "Shoe String Budget?!?"

    by Jon Voights Ballsack

    $70 million according to Lundgren. $80 million according to imdb. $85 million according to Wikipedia. I'd like to see your fucking shoes, sir.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Critics...

    by Joe Huber

    Actually critics get criticized now more than ever because of the immediate access with the internet. Emails, Talkbacks, Facebook, Twitter etc. Fans can access us just as we access the movie studios. Some people forget that you are a person behind the computer/laptop and they get brave and shit. Say stuff they don't have the balls to say to someone's face. In the end,you have to stick to your guns and say what you believe. Personally I got the "I don't give a fuck" attitude when I write a review. I'm writing for myself. Fans can agree or disagree, but hopefully I inform people enough to make up their own minds. To me that's the job of a critic, if we don't inform you enough on why you should see or not see a movie, are we doing our jobs? It's not all about agreeing with me, it's about informing the fans. I'm ok with opposing opinions. Hell even the crappiest movies have a fanbase, some are even granted that "so bad it's good" status ala Showgirls. The thing some fans who want to bash EVERYTHING don't get is that a lot of critics love what they do. It's tough as hell to sit through movies you don't like and have to write about them. As a job it could be sheer torture to deal with movies you don't like. Sure critics can pick and choose what they want to review, unless they are so popular that they are expected to cover all the major movies ala Harry, but we don't always end up liking what we see, even when we THINK we will. That's when it becomes a job. Some movies are pure pleasure to review and make all those crappy films we go through worth it.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I'm still going to see it this weekend and Quint =

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    100% Monkey Garbage

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    My favorite scene in DARK ANGEL/I COME IN PEACE...

    by AsimovLives

    ... is when Dolph presses on the expensive cars that the yuppi gangsters have at the door of the mob's building, and they run out of the building all stressed up about their dear cars they don't even noticed him slipping in. That was a good moment, very funny.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    DIE HARD

    by AsimovLives

    Is the movie i use as exmaple that action mpovies, specially blockbuster, and most specially blockbusters, don't need to be dumb stupid and retard to deliever the thrills. In fact, the more expensive an action blockbuster is, the least tolerant and more critical i get about script stupidity and bad filmmaking. This is why for me the worst movies ever made are all blockbusters, because there is absolutly no excuse for any fuck up at that high level of big budget filmmaking.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Theo from Die Hard

    by submarinevoyage

    For 22 years, I've been waiting for Theo to return as a bad guy in a Die Hard movie. Argyle knocked him out, but he was still alive at the end! Come on, Die Hard 5 makers, bring back Theo!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Stryder

    by AsimovLives

    Good to know you also notice al Leong in movies. for me he's always "that cool looking badass asian guy". I have noticed him in movies as far back as THE DEER HUNTER. One of my favorite little moments in DIE HARD is when Al Leoung is ready to meet the swat team at the looby, and he looks down and he notices and does a doubletake the candy bars. Cue a few scenes later and we see him munching on one. This is one of the reasons why i love DIE HARD so much, this small details enrich the movie so much and elevate it above the genre. What can you say about a movie that even bothers to show some personal human elemnts to what would be otherwise faceless henchmen?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    MJs_pale_corpse = 100% runt cunt. Don't forget to take your booster seat to the theater shorty.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Thanks People

    by jack Bauer

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Lol, I'd would beat your little ass. Tiny little girl

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    submarinevoyage

    by AsimovLives

    Well, condiering his level of involvement in the Nakatomi Affair, which was pretty big and direct, i'd say the guy mut be jailed serving a sentense of life and 150 years. Don't see him out of juliet anytime soon.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai can't even fuck a full grown woman

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    just too small, runt of the litter

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Best Performance in Demolition Man...

    by conspiracy

    Sandra Bullocks incredible fucking Ass. That thing should have won an Oscar.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    And I've said it before..Harry is NOT a Critic...

    by conspiracy

    or even a reviewer of films...he is a cheerleader for all things geeky. A film can be total shit...but if it has 5 minutes of 12-40yr old manchild appeasing "OH COOL"...then Harry is gonna Jizz for it.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    conspiracy

    by AsimovLives

    I will not disagree. Sandra was quite spunky in that movie. aparently, Sly wanted her for THE EXPENDABLES, because he and Sandra got along very well when they made that movie. Man, can you believe she was just like 26 when she did that movie?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    conspiracy

    by AsimovLives

    Harry IS a reviewer. He review movies, he has a site where there's reviews of film posted for public consuption, he is a reviewer. He might ha dnot gone to film school or jornalism school like Roger Ebert and paul Schreader did, but he's still a reviewer. And as such, there's standards he has to mantain, which, many times, he doesn't. He's a lovable dude, and i love this site and it's quirkiness, but many times Harry does a poor shpow as a review, most unprofessional. This is his job, this is what he does, and he is a film geek and a reviewer.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I Come in Piece

    by nametaken

    took me awhile to remember this one. the catch phrase though did stick in my mind. alien guy "i come in peace!" dolph "and you leave in pieces." bang.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Funniest line in DEMOLITION MAN:

    by AsimovLives

    Many claim it's "you're on TV". Which is indeed funny, but it's just a pun. for me the movie is at it's funniest when Sandra tries to go all 20th century hip and goofs up. The best line is when Sandra and Sly are about to enter the sewer chasing Snipes and she goes all excited and gun-ho and says to Sly: "Let's blow him!". Sly pauses for a beat and then replies: "let's blow him AWAY!".

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I found Cobra--Kai on facebook...

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    http://tinyurl.com/2c2cnw7

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    And Quint...Early 21st Century Bullock aint' bad either..

    by conspiracy

    did you see her rocking those leather pants last night? If you can forget for a second that Jessi James has forever tainted it by ramming his grease covered, badly inked, meth whore fucking jizz rod up it...Bullocks 46yr old ass looked completely edible.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Hahahahaha, as expected a response devoid of anything resembling wit from runt boy.<p> Little words from a 'little' man.<p> Hahahahaha!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Its amazing

    by sirens

    Its so stupid to write a review about a action film that followed up Die Hard, just stupid. You automatically compare the action scenes, the dialog etc. This review is more biased than Harry's imo. And I love Harrys review just because he describes how he felt while watching this, he's a true fan. Love him. Greetz from Germany

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    "There's no Hans Gruber in this film"

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    I think that's a great analysis, and one of the things that appeared wrong with the film. Despite having a fan base here at AICN, Eric Roberts is not a great actor. The main villain should have been someone smart and charismatic, and who would require a bevy of muscle men to take him down. Sly mentioned Ben Kingsley was being considered for the film, and that would have been a better choice. But you don't replace Kingsley with Roberts. Get a Michael Caine, or Christopher Lee, or Tommy Lee Jones...someone along those lines. But all those men going after Roberts...it's like killing a fly with a bazooka.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    There's also

    by sirens

    no Hans Gruber in other Films. In fact Hans Gruber is only in one film. In case you didnt realize. Stop comparing, Quint wouldnt wanna get compared to Stallone, physically i bet. Each has its own qualities.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Maybe it's a language thing

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    But you see, sirens, in the English language, there are these things called metaphors, and I believe Quint was using Hans Gruber as a metaphor for villains who are multidimensional and played by people who can act, and not chosen for their ability to do a karate kick or their muscle size. Otherwise you could pick the biggest and dumbest meathead from the WWE as your villain. <p> Like in Inglourious Basterds, you had Christopher Waltz as the nazi, and that's what movies like this need....a villain who can act. The henchmen are the muscle, the villain needs brains.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Keep impotently bashing away at that keyboard tho runt boy.<p> Law of averages means one day, you might say something funny. Monkey's on typewriters and all that...

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I Come In Peace filmed...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    In my hometown, Houston, Texas. As such, it's always got a special place in my heart. Along with "A Habitation of Dragons" which filmed in the area also and, in which, I appear as an extra.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    can anyone explain the 3 shells joke from Demolition Man?

    by alan_poon

    Also any Wild Geese lovers out there? THE perfect Sunday afternoon men on a mission film.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Ellis!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Who doesn't love the sleazy coked-up lawyer in Die Hard!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Wild Geese....

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...kicks ass...Old school Burton, Harris, Moore and Krueger going mercenary on the Third World...I was lucky enough (and old enough) to have seen it in the theater on the first run. One of my favorites in the genre.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    No shit..

    by sirens

    really a metaphor? So the list of action stars isnt enough, you want an uber-villian who outshines the other actors including stallone..yeah thats what stallone had in mind. he's the star and he wants the focus on him.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    The Expendables IS disappointing (SPOILERS)

    by kenji

    Of course, high expectations are the enemy. It is difficult enough for me to enjoy highly vaunted classics, let alone deliberate pulp like this. My problem (SPOILERS) is the terrible character writing. Stallone gives every supporting character a mere sketch of personality attributes: Mickey is regretful, Jet needs money and is short, Jason has girl trouble and is good with blades, Randy is erudite, etc. The exceptions are Dolph, who gets an unexpectedly juicy arc (which he absolutely nails), and Stallone himself, who, weirdly, gives himself a complete cypher. In addition to this generally poor character writing and dialogue, I was very dissatisfied with the villain side. While I very much liked idea of the junta leader whose feelings were ambiguous, the directing did not pull out a strong performance. The girl had a pittance of a role. Eric Roberts looks impressively tan but it was a forgettable generic bad guy part. Without a strong threat, the Expendables have not got enough to push against. I could only get into the movie as a series of one-on-one battles, but even those were filmed in distracting, choppy close-up rather than taking advantage of the genuine athleticism of the stars. I mean, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren, even Stallone -- these are all highly trained fighters. Pull back to medium shots, lock the camera, watch them do it. But then, that gets into film criticism that I don't like, in which we deign to advise the filmmakers how it ought to have been done.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Still cant shake Sandra Bullock's Ass

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Package in those Black, Rider, Tight, Painted on Cop slacks-------Dayyyuuummmmm!!!!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    alan

    by sirens

    It is an "advanced" version of a bidet. One to wash your backside, one to air dry and the third to apply a perfume or deodorizer so that the "perfect" society won't stink. The sea shells are cosmetic. In a "perfect" society, there can be no ugliness. The shells cover / hide the function of it.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    die hard die

    by treatment

    i recall passing on this in the cinema and saw licensed to drive instead. shame on me. if die hard arrived in theaters today it would still be considered the greatest action/adventure flick of all time.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Cobra--Cunt...

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    I'm going to tell you what I told your mommy..."I'm too big for you bitch", except in her case I relented and gave her that big meaty dick she was beggin' for. Give it up little guy, you're small and unfunny. You're like the Carlos Mencia of AICN. Nobody thinks your fuckin' lame ".... Fear does not exist in this dojo' quotes are funny. You're just a little wanker. Why don't ya head down mexico way and get some Human Growth Hormone and practice your jokes little runty cunty.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai does not exist in my Dojo

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    he's just too small

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Saw Demolition Man on Netflix instant the other day

    by Stalkeye

    and yes, the movie still holds up to this very day. It's a good blend of action, humor and a decent score from elliot goldenthal.What's funny is that it was Snipes' idea to have his character simon phoenix use martial arts throughout the film instead of eing just some two bit sociopath.and yes bullock looked mighty fine in them spandex pants.jesse james got some fucking nerve it tell ya..both him and eric benet. (Halle Berry's ex hubby.)as for I come in Peace, a junkie from space was a bit much even for a high concept sci fi, but it was just an guilty pleasure at best. however i did laugh at that scene in which some gangster asked dolph's undercover partner;<p>Mr. White: "what university did you attend?'<p>Undercover Cop:"The university of suck my dick".<p>Buahahahahaha!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sirens.

    by alan_poon

    I can cross that one off my list now mate.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The Music From the Dredd Trailer

    by cushing1967

    was specially composed by Jerry Goldsmith - I think he was down to score the film and had to pull out due to rescheduling issues.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Marshall, about Wild Geese

    by leo54304

    I saw edited version on tv and when they were interviewing for team, they had a black guy. He said something about having a gal shave something and she charged by the inch. Everybody laughed, think I know what it was about but could you help me? Wild Geese and Dogs of War would make a great 2 pack DVD set.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I come in peace is a guilty pleasure

    by leo54304

    One of Dolphs movies had Jerry Springer playing the president. Now thats a frigtening view of America.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Demolition Man was utter crap...

    by Somerichs

    Way too obvious to succeed as social commentary, horrible action scenes, dumb set/costume design (save for Bullock's arse), horribly unfunny attempts at humor, and way over the top acting (and not in a good way). Were it an honest attempt at being a cheesy, tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top, b-movie romp, I might give it a pass, but I guarantee this was an attempt at mainstream success and dollars by all involved.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Rights and Wrongs of film

    by cushing1967

    Film is like any other entertainment or art – entirely subjective. Whether Harry enthuses like a hyperactive child or not it doesn't matter – it is entirely possible, and likely, that he loved The Expendables (in much the same way that he loved Van Helsing or Blade 2). It doesn't make his review any less valid than Quint's.<BR> Film is an individual experience and while you can argue about the technical aspects of a film in a non subjective manner you cannot argue about the emotional level of a film. <br>When I was nine, I went to see 'At the Earth's Core' and it was the best film I had ever seen – I fell in love with that film – I thought it was scary, exciting, funny and heartbreakingly sad when Doug McClure had to leave Caroline Munro's character in Pellucidar. Now that movie has some of THE worst monsters in the creation of film. Ridiculous, lumpen, hardly articulated models that never looked realistic – but when I was nine the Mahars and all the other creatures were real to me. Is it a good film? Well, no, I can barely watch it now but it is still a film that I love and adore because of where it took me when I was nine. Life, for me, is full of these moments – movies that captured my emotions when I saw them and still stay with me. It happens less as I grow older but it still does – the last few films that hit me in the right places would be 'The Inglourious Basterds' and 'Sherlock Holmes'. <BR>What the internet has shown me is that these two films and my love of them instantly invalidates my opinion for those who think that their opinions matter more than mine. The truth is – they don't. Whether you thought Sherlock Holmes was a terrible film or not, it doesn't matter – you're not right and by the same token you're not wrong. Not on a scale that matters beyond your own life.<BR>What I find a bit sad is that a lot of people out there in internetland seem to need a Harry or Quint or Massawyrm or Vern to validate their own opinions. We haven't evolved just to look for someone elses opinion before we feel confident in our own.<BR>We all come here and we all know what Harry is like – there are no surprises in what he writes, or the way he writes. There does seem to be a propensity for people to attack the guy for no reason, whether it's a lack of review for Inception or writing some bizarre, barely coherent review for a film that he loved (and it's a bit fucking egotistical to question whether he likes it or not).<BR>We don't have ownership over someones opinion or work – we can criticise it but we can't control it. We can't decide that someone who likes Scott Pilgrim over The Expendables is somehow less manly or gay or whatever because when you boil it down to that level of simplicity then it just becomes mental.<BR>Really mental.<BR>So, go and see Sly's newest film and be brave enough to make up your own mind about it because that's what film is for – it is an entirely personal experience and belongs to you and you alone.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    "Film is like any other entertainment or art – entirely subjecti

    by AsimovLives

    Bullshit. The laziest excuse to justify bad cinema. I have no truck with that.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    treatment

    by AsimovLives

    I almost didn't watched DIE HARD at the cinema because it looked like some dumb stupid action movie buillshit from Arnold or sly but with that guy from that TV show instead. Bruce Willis in the role didn't attracted as much confidence because until then all he had done and was known in Tv and his few movies he made during his run of MOONLIGHTNING was light-hearted soft comedies. As such, i almost passed the chance to watcfh DIE HARD at the cinema too. Almost. But did watched i did, and thankfully so. Same story about ROBOCOP.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Wow - you're an aggresive fellow

    by cushing1967

    Aren't you?<br>See, I don't really give a fuck whether you agree with it or not to be honest.<BR>My point is that you can argue about the technical merits of film and be right or wrong in an absolute level. On an emotional level, well, no you can't. Doesn't matter whether you have truck with that or not because you don't really matter!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Jesus AsimovLives, you're a miserable piece of shit.

    by ScottPilgrimFan_And_TheChoppah_Tongued_My_Rectum

    Kindly fellate a shotgun, cunt.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    well, fuck...

    by The Dum Guy

    I usually agree with Quint most of the time... guess I might go see Scott Pilgrim on Friday.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    The Problem is

    by Iahael

    If nobody in the industry, indie or mainstream, wasn't paying attention to Harry's "geek outs", then we would not be looking at such an existential threat to what little good cinema we have. Here are some examples -- The Star Wars prequels, Snakes on a Plane, Predators, The Expendables, etc. etc. These are films where the tail is beginning to wag the dog, to our detriment. Again, Harry, plesae, for the love of God, get away from movies for awhile before you end up as a morbidly obese/poor man's guy from the Z Channel. T.'.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Rob Schneider...

    by The Dum Guy

    is the Stapler.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    cushing1967

    by AsimovLives

    In person i'm a real pussycat. A nice fellow with very strong views. Fancy that, hem?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    ScottPilgrimFan_And_TheChoppah_T ongued_My_Rectum

    by AsimovLives

    You should set the example, though. If you are going to tell others to do soemthing, set the example yourself and show us how it's done. Or else shut the fuck up. Who told you i wanted to have a conversation with you, anyway?

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    The Thing I LOVED about Die Hard...

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    Was that it was one man against a team of MEMORABLE professionals. Well-deserved praise goes to Hans, Karl, and Theo, and evveryone remembers Agents Johnson and Johnson (no relation), but the WHOLE terrorist team was memorable in their own way. Uli (Al Leong) and his sweet tooth was an example, but I remember Marco with "Where you going, pal? No more taaable!" before getting shot, then thrown thru the window. That guy who played Vigo having to do the heavy lifting for that other terrorist before getting blown up by the elevator. The fake door guard: "Evenin' officer. What can I do ya for?" Heck, even the terrorist with Theo had his moment tapping the statue's breast in the vault. For some reason, he struck me as being on his first terrorist outing with this crew. The whole gang struck me as the professionals who would normally be the FOCUS of a movie like The Expendables.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Rob Schneider

    by AsimovLives

    Who does find that clown funny, anyway? One of the most unfunny comedians i ever had the displeasure to see in a movie.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    The_Dreaded_Rear_Admiral

    by AsimovLives

    You said it, man. And sadly, the rest of the action movies that tried (adn failed) to imitate DIE HARD only did so on the most superficial level, only on the gimmicks, and never learned the real lesson that DIE HARD provides: make everybody interesting to watch. And john McClaine is not intersting because he kills a dozen people, he's interesting because he's well writen and very well performed by a Bruce Willis at the top of his game.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    liveassmasssimovl

    by BoopyBeepy

    Of course in person you are a real pussycat. A nice fellow with very strong views. Fancy that hem? Thats how most people are you stupid fuck. Most people are nice fellows with strong views. You post all day on a message board, no one believes you have an ounce of testosterone in you. You are a poor 40 year old portuguese man. You have nothing to be prideful about in real life. You fall to mush in real life. Your outlet is this site. You are King here though, that is undeniable. You are the Absurd King of AICN.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Diehard Killed the 80's action genre

    by Phategod2

    before you get in a uproar Die hard was a classic and it changed the face of the action genre. What Diehard did was show that the protagonist did not have to be some 6'5" mongoloid with a 75 word vocabulary. What it did was make the hero the everyman and Therefore the person they chose to be the hero had to actually act. After Diehard everyone had to step up there game by creating 3-dimensional characters who spoke in something other then one liners, thats why 80's action genre went the way of the do-do,and why many the 80's action stars saw there career crash and burn. It's not a bad thing, Diehard was the next evolutionary step in modern cinema, but we can never return to simplistic Blow-shit-up-while-buff-dudes-walk-in-slow-motion are of movie making that shit only appeals to the mouth breathers now and I think a good portion of the movie going audience has grown out of such simplistic movie making. .

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    People takling about Dullception?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    No one is talking about Inception anymore.

    by RPLocke

    It bottomed out on Twitter already. It was boring.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Make EVERBODY Interesting...

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    I believe you should have at least a little sympathy or curiosity for even the cannon fodder characters. Those two terrorists who went with Karl to bird dog John McClain were memorable to me. Vigo chewing his partner out when he loaded the missiles on the elevator, then having to do the heavy lifting while the other guy just riveting the missile launcher into the floor. Stock characters have a life too!

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    @ RPLocke

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Thank God for that

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    phategod2

    by leo54304

    You get a free BJ from Diana Rigg in her prime for that excellent post.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    i was a dickhead. sorry Quint

    by antonphd

    long week of work and i have been really looking forward to one really fun weekend at the movies this summer. i was expecting to read a review to help get me through the wait and i was let down. not your fault. but goddamnit this has been one boring summer. i just got back from watching Inception again and while i really liked it it's just not that fun summer movie you hope for. ah well. maybe next summer. or maybe i'll still really like this film.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Antonphd maybe 2011 can make up for 2010

    by leo54304

    Mountains of Madness, Thor, GL, CA and it looks like next Batman as well. Only one I'm worried about is CA. Rest I feel good about.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Oh dear...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Quote: "Film is like any other entertainment or art – entirely subjective..." -- "Bullshit. The laziest excuse to justify bad cinema. I have no truck with that."<P>And that is why you fail.

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    And for the love of Baal...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...will someone curbstomp RPLocke and put him out of his misery once and for all?!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Die Hard in Germany

    by Tigger Tales

    The hard?

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by cushing1967

    You know - strong views don't have to be presented as an aggressive 'I'M RIGHT AND YOU'RE WRONG' chip on the shoulder, who are you looking at? Manner.<BR>In fact going down that road undermines your views because it makes you sound like a cunt. I have no idea if you are a cunt or not but surely it's more productive to air your disagreements in a way that encourages debate rather than to say 'that's bullshit and you're wrong!' which, to be honest, implies that you don't really have any desire to even discuss something that you don't agree with. That's not really the sign of strong views - just a closed mind and a closed mind can never have strong views. That's just the implication of the way you act here and may not be representative of your 'real life nice guy pussycatness'.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    JuanSanchez

    by Sgtcrispytoast

    Masswyrm said he liked it on a podcast in Spill.Com called a Couple of Cold Ones.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Vern-A-Thon

    by CuervoJones

    Amazing movies.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    sirens great explanation of the three seashells

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    and it makes sense because of the Japanese influenced culture in Demolition Man. The explanation Sly gave in one of his old Q&As was a joke Sly seemed to have fallen for.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Phategod2

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    cited Die Hard as the end of the 80s action era but prior to those sorts of films there were plenty of every-man heroes and even during the height of Arnold and Sly's popularity. Its just another approach to action film making. I love those 80s movies and I don't consider myself a mouth breather nor those friends of mine that also love those movies.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Quint's reviews are the only reliable reviews on this site

    by Trazadone

    I'm so bummed to hear that The Expendables is disappointing. As others have noted above I don't trust anything Harry has to say about a movie but I always find myself agreeing with your opinions, Quint. I'll wait until this film is playing at the Cinema Pub in MA, where tickets are only $6 and you can drink all the beer you want. Sounds like the perfect place to watch The Expendables.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I COME IN PEACE on DVD

    by SonOfChiba

    This is easily available on Region 2 DVD under it’s UK title, DARK ANGEL. DEMOLITION MAN is fun enough, and oddly camp at times, and the ending is far too abrupt for my tastes (if memory serves, the big battle that takes place at the end isn’t even seen!) What would have made that triple-bill even more awesome is if they’d shown an uncut SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    BoopyBeepy

    by AsimovLives

    It's hysterical to read you talk about human nature.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Phategod2

    by AsimovLives

    We don't always agree, but what you said about DIE HARD and the dath of the 80s action movie genre is stop on. Great analisis. And frankly, for me i don't lament at all the death of 80s action. Good ridance to that. As a fan of 70s cinema, the 80s were a cancer for cinema, the time when retardation ruled the world.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by AsimovLives

    http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/ ?id=inception.htm<br><br>That's how in the bottom INCEPTION is. Next time you try to pass a fact, try, for once, to have it backed with anything resembling the truth.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    cushing1967

    by AsimovLives

    i'm not denying that i'm jadded by the inifnite amount of idioticy and stupidity that does come about too often in here. But i really don't give a fuck about the sensebilities of mindless idiots. I have respect for intelligence, not ignorant stupidity.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    dath = death

    by AsimovLives

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius

    by AsimovLives

    Good lord, man, you have no life of your own? no opiniosn on your own? nothing to say about the movies? Your stupid moral sherriff stint is reeking. Get real and get a life, you sanctimonious fool.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius VS. AsimovLives

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    The War of the Pedophiles!!!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Sanctimonious, eh?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Seeing as how you consistently stink this place up with your gaseous, holier-than-thou, SUBJECTIVE farts all day...you really don't have a leg to stand on here. Nice try, but fail.<p>Phew, you stink.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Jump in MJ's_Corpse...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...Asimov will love you long time.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Rambo's plot ?

    by paulyd30

    Quint, Rambo's plot was not rescuing "the girl" but rather finding and aiding the POWs big difference. The major statement of the film was that there are still POW out there and we need to bring them home. Being a vet my self that is important. Thanks for admitting you are talking out your ass for most of the review, well said.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Ignorant Stupidity? AsimovLives...

    by cushing1967

    Tell me, how my post, was ignorant stupidity? Actually, no, don't bother because I find that kind of shite too predictable to be offensive.<BR>Good luck with your intellectual pedestal - you'll need it because it's much shakier than you seem to think.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Rambo plot.

    by cushing1967

    I assume Quint was talking about Rambo, the last film in the series and not Rambo: First Blood Part 2.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Asimov -die hard marketing

    by treatment

    if i recall correctly 20+ yrs ago, the marketing for Die Hard was awful. i recall us laughing at the promo- "this movie will blow you up/through the theater". Heather Graham's supple thighs and perky breasts totally won us teens over... good times.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    To quote Joe Dredd:

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    I'll be the judge of that!! (JD better than Demolition Man for liiiiife)

Top Talkbacks