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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

It's probably not a good idea to say it to his face, but Terry Crews hadn't done a whole lot of action movies before Sly called him up into The Expendables in 2010. Aside from a minor role as Captain Jericho in Terminator Salvation, Neveldine/Taylor's Gamer is arguably his most action-heavy effort, a high concept thriller that sees him playing a psychopathic con sent into the 'Slayers' game to kill Gerard Butler. During a beautiful moment in an otherwise largely disappointing movie, Crews sings to Butler about the lack of 'strings' controlling him in the game – "I've got no strings / So I have fun / I'm not tied up to anyone" – producing one of those fabled "good scenes in bad movies" that pub conversations thrive upon. Nice one Terry.

Crews plays Detective Terrence Washington in this James Ellroy adaptation, a story of – as with much of Ellroy's work – ethically ambivalent Los Angeles cops and the criminals they're out to take down. Playing second fiddle to Reeves, Whitaker, Laurie et al., he's pipped to the poster by his bigger name colleagues and relatively small role, but plays a very important part in this David "writer of Training Day" Ayers joint. Still, a shining light in Terry's CV, which otherwise looks like an embarrassing comedy rap sheet… but more on that later.

As a one-time Old Spice ad guy, there's no denying Crews' comic chops – but his appearances in comedy films make for grim reading. Norbit, Balls Of Fury, Click, White Chicks, Soul Plane… the list goes on and on. Idiocracy, however, is entirely different. Imagine a Futurama-like world where in 500 years time everyone is extraordinarily dumb, but the frozen 20th century Luke Wilson is, by comparison, very smart indeed and you're just about there. It's high-concept, very silly satire, and Crews is the king of the hill as U.S. President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. Though not as good as writer/director Mike Judge's previous cult hit, Office Space, it's still good enough to be worth seeking out – and you'll definitely have to search because it's hard to find – if only to marvel at a US President thoroughly enjoying a demolition derby.

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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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