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

This is not just another action movie; this is the action movie. For Bruce Willis, it's the film that made his name, started an iconic franchise and provided almost all his most quotable moments over the course of his career. A relatable hero, the best villain in the business, set-pieces that still wow on the 42nd rewatch, it's a masterpiece of gung-ho, kick-ass cinema, and one that's not afraid to actually make sense.

Zed may have been dead by the end of Pulp Fiction, but Tarantino's sophomore effort fails to show Bruce's real acting chops the way 12 Monkeys does. Somehow Brad Pitt got the movie's only Oscar nod, but there's no doubt about the excellence of Willis' work in Terry Gilliam's La Jetée-inspired time-travelling tale. Delivering flashes of brilliance throughout the film, Willis is aching nostalgically for 20th century music one moment and losing his rag the next. And though this Kafka-esque story of past, present and future may feel disorientating at first, if there's a Willis movie deserves a rewatch immediately afterwards, it's this one.

It's a fairly brutal fistfight between The Fifth Element and The Last Boy Scout in the Bruce Willis comedy stakes, but Luc Beeson's space-based holiday from hell just about pips it, if only for the lightness of tone. Gary Oldman is a frenzied delight, Chris Tucker a microphone-swinging maniac and Milla Jovovich an adorable, occasionally scantily clad naïf. But at the centre of Besson's sci-fi fever dream is Willis, delivering his dry, despairing lines beautifully as colours, lights and aliens explode around him in a genre-less, magical marvel of a movie.

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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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