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The Expendables 2 Viewers' Guide
What to watch before (and after) the explosive action sequel

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Sylvester Stallone Arnold Schwarzenegger Dolph Lundgren Jean-Claude Van Damme Jason Statham Terry Crews Chuck Norris Bruce Willis Jet Li

Commando fans will be steaming, but Dutch pips John Matrix in the ultimate Arnold action movie stakes, despite the former's higher comedy quip rate. Boasting a terrifying villain and Schwarzenegger at the height of his physical powers, this thriller's clever but stripped-down sci-fi premise rises above its seemingly generic appearance and delivers the lot: tension, action, iconic characters and catchphrases that will echo around university digs for the rest of time. It's also one of the few films ever made that can rival The Expendables series for sheer ripped muscularity.

Taking the role that defined his career and, um, redefining it, Cameron and Schwarzenegger surprised audiences and took the ruthless killing machine from the original and made it a ruthless killing machine… for good. As with most time travel tales, there are plotholes so large you could wheelie a Moto-Terminator through them, but first the two thirds of set-up pay off beautifully with a final act that will leaving you melting in your seat, even allowing Arnie to act a bit – "I know now why you cry. But it's something I can never do." In other words, you can safely paraphrase Roger Ebert (and a certain Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Terminator) and say 'two thumbs up'.

Though he'd tried to send himself up before with the likes of Kindergarten Cop, Twins and The Last Action Hero, Arnie had to wait until 1993 for James Cameron to deliver the Arnold-starring comedy action movie the world had been waiting for. Based on Claude Zidi's 1991 French comedy La Totale!, it's also one of the best remakes ever made, in no small part thanks to a Harrier jumpjet, a horse chase through a hotel and that missile-based kiss off line. Shame about the mild xenophobia and sexism, sure, but you can't have everything…

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1 NOBODYS FOOL is a masterpiece
forget 12 monkeys and pulp fiction the best work on screen he ever did was this really beauty full dramedy with paul newman in 1994 called NOBODYS FOOL watch it please trust me it will make you fall in love with cinema all over again Read More

Posted on Saturday August 18, 2012, 04:39 by bill the butcher

2 "Dark Angel" aka "I Come In Peace" (US Title)
For the record, Dark Angel with Dolph Lundgren has my favourite movie line of all-time. After Dolph and his partner arrest the alien villain, he promptly self-destructs on the back seat of their cop car. "Did you see that?" Dolph says to partner Brian Benben. "Did I see it?" Benben replies, "it nearly blew my fucking face off!" Read More

Posted on Friday August 17, 2012, 21:27 by BenTramer

3 Stallone's Demolition Man is the funniest film he's ever made, far funnier than his alleged comedies like Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot or Oscar. As for First Blood, I totally agree with Empire that it's "a first-rate, taught action thriller that still doesn't quite get the respect it deserves." First Blood was tainted by unproven association with Hungerford spree killer Michael Ryan. The book of First Blood is even better with many things left out that should have been in the movie and would have improved things even more (but DON'T remake it, please!) Read More

Posted on Friday August 17, 2012, 21:12 by BenTramer


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