The 10 Most and 5 Least Anticipated Films of 2015

The 10 Most and 5 Least Anticipated Films of 2015

by

Rutledal

Here we are a month into the 2015 and that fresh year smell is starting to wear off as the box office starts seeing the release of something other than wide releases of the award season films and the designated bombs (I’m looking at you, Blackhat). So let us unearth our crystal ball and try to gaze into future to see what 2015 holds for us as far as action films go with the 5 least and 10 most anticipated films of the year, at least for me.

Least:

#5 Anything with Bruce Willis

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Bruce Willis is done in my eyes, he seems to appear in whatever is willing to pay his ridiculous price for making an appearance and when he does he phones in a lifeless performance. After Setup, Catch .44, The Cold Light of Day, Fire with Fire, The Prince and the just released Vice there is nothing that Bruno could attach himself to that could make me bother to even glance at the poster. I’m fucking done.

#4 Ant Man

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This used to be my most anticipated movie of the year; it was going to be the Guardians of the Galaxy of 2015. When Edgar Wright got fired as the director to be replaced by the guy that did Bring It On, I still tried to keep my hopes up but then the trailer dropped. A thoroughly unimpressive bit of teasing showing some poor jokes and boring visuals, the very opposite of what the name Edgar Wright usually promises, top it off with some shoddy CGI and colour me out.

#3 Dragon Blade & Skiptrace

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Oh, Jackie what are you doing with yourself? Maybe the greatest action hero of all time with an understanding of how action cinema ticks that may be unsurpassed, but the last couple of years seem to mostly have been spent smudging his resume more and more. His first outing this year seems to be a West meets East movie about Roman soldiers in Ming Dynasty China. It is also the latest misstep in what was once John Cusack’s career, and the latest piece in what I can only assume is Adrien Brody’s experiment to leave behind the weirdest filmography of all time. How else do you explain this and a Rob Schneider comedy directed by the Shamwow guy squeezed between Woody Allen and Wes Anderson movies?

Skiptrace is a buddy comedy that teams Jackie with Johnny Knoxville and a Renny Harlin hot off the heels of The Legend of Hercules. Yup, case rested.

#2 Jupiter Ascending

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In the now decade and a half since all our minds were first blown by The Matrix have you caught yourself thinking “maybe it was a fluke?” Be honest, because I entertain the thought about once an hour. Because if anything the Wachowski brothers, siblings, whatevers, have spent pretty much showing us over and over again that they had no fucking clue what made The Matrix so good. Their latest effort about a cat eared Channing Tatum that needs to take Mila Kunis to his home planet because she’s the chosen one to end the reign of a tyrant makes me suspect that 2015 will not be the year when they figure it out. The fact that it was pulled from its planned release last July, in one of the more lackluster summers as far as major blockbusters releases go, and pushed to this February bodes all but well.

#1 Fantastic Four

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Is anyone actually excited about this? This is the reboot of a franchise that has twice proven to fail on the big screen, but it needs to be re-launched every 10 years or else the rights pass back to Marvel. The studio doesn’t even seem interested in this film as there has been close to no marketing for this movie at all. No posters, no set photos, no concept art, we still have no clue about what The Thing is going to look like. All this topped off by the rumors of director Josh Trank’s appalling behavior on set and removal from the film’s post production phase bodes about as well as a sentence beginning with “Now I’m not racist, but…” The trailer is supposed to come out soon, but it would literally have to make me ejaculate through my eyeballs for me to believe this will be anything shy of a disaster.

Most:

Honorable mention: Full Love

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This film has been on my most anticipated list for 5 years running now because it seemingly never seems to get released. I was still in High School when I pre-ordered this on DVD and it has yet to see the light of day. Full Love as it is currently called JCVD’s sophomore directorial effort has gone through so many name changes (The Eagle Path and Soldiers among them) and re-shoots that it now has two separate pages on IMDb. Maybe this is the year it finally gets a release.

#10 Skin Trade & A Man Will Rise

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So Tony Jaa has had an interesting career trajectory over the last 11 years, from his debut in the boner inducing Ong-bak which made me think of a young Jackie Chan, through a series of continuously more disappointing follow ups and briefly retiring to become a monk he last year (hopefully) hit rock bottom with The Protector 2. After seeing an out of shape Jaa sleepwalk through that snooze fest that wanted you to believe the RZA is the greatest martial artist alive his upcoming double Dolph team up can only be the first step on a road to redemption.
Skin Trade, which has been in the works for almost a decade now, sees Tony Jaa team up with Dolph Lundgren, Michael Jai White and Peter Weller to take down Ron Perlman. While the trailer seems rather bleak (human trafficking might be a challenging theme to make humorous) it also looks like it’ll provide solid action with all 3 leads showing off their MA skills.

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A Man Will Rise is the less prolific of the two with only a couple of promotional pictures to bode. The film will see Tony Jaa square off against Dolph and his glorious moustache.

#9 Pound of Flesh

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Jean-Claude Van Damme has actually only had a single lead role in the last 4 years, considering the comeback he has actually made back into the mainstream it is almost a bit surprising. While this year will also see him taking a supporting role in the remake of his own smash hit from the 1980s Kickboxer, more importantly it also sees his first lead in 3 years in Pound of Flesh. The film is about JCVD going on a revenge rampage after the Chinese mob steals his kidney or something like that. Honestly I could care less what it is about I just want to see JCVD kick some ass again, and with JCVD and Ernie Barbarash’s solid track record of collaboration this bodes well.

#8 The Gunman

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It seems the new trend in Hollywood is to deal with your mid-life crisis by playing a former assassin/mercenary being forced to pull out their old bag of tricks one last time. Well I’m not complaining because it is resulting in some good action and drawing some interesting names to the genre, and it’s a lot less creepy than marrying a 17 year old. This time its two time Oscar winner and generally perceived boring person Sean Penn who looks to put a violent past behind him, but is instead forced to create a violent future for himself and the people trying to prevent said lack of violence. What I’m trying to say is there will be violence. It has a solid cast with Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Idris Elba in the supporting roles and with Pierre Morel in the director’s chair this sounds like it should be a fun little action thriller and those so rarely come outside of franchises now that I welcome it with open arms. (Morel was the director of Taken which means he is responsible for the most recent bulk of films that the internet has blindly credited to Luc Besson. Like seriously internet; if Luc Besson farts on a script you’ll credit the whole film to him.)

#7 Furious 7

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I wish I could rank this higher because I really want this series to continue being the ridiculous, fun and awesome thing it has grown into miles away from the Rob Cohen exercise in blandness where it all began. Sadly I can’t as two factors has me a bit worried; #1 The change of director from Justin Lin to James Wan. Now while Lin didn’t come from action films either Wan’s entire filmography has one mark that has me worried; none of his films are fun. They’re not just horror films, but they’re horror films that aim to be unpleasant to watch and the same is very much true for his only previous action film Death Sentence, a grim uncomfortable watch. I really hope the tone of the previous installments carry over despite the change. #2 is of course the tragic death of Paul Walker, while any future installment will probably suffer the loss more greatly I can’t imagine it will go unnoticed here either.
Anyway I was supposed to be excited about this so; Vin Diesel and The Rock fight Jason Statham! FUCK YEAH!

#6 Terminator: Genisys

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This one was tracking fairly low on my radar for the longest time. Terminator Salvation was in lack of a better word; shit, and the last couple of films in Arnold’s comeback was less than convincing in regards to whether or not he still had it. Then the trailer for this dropped and I got interested. The film doesn’t seem to be interested in breaking any new ground, but at least they’re going with a more interesting take than Terminator Origins: Scar.
Since the lowdown on the film was already done so well in this article from last year I’ll rather let you read that again and move on.

#5 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Let’s face it: the superhero/comic book movie is king and if you don’t like them you are shit out of luck, son. Last year Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy proved that the Marvel movies can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything else on the action market right now. While the first Avengers film was a slight disappointment the recent high form of the Marvel films has got me having high hopes for the sequel. It seems like this installment will have fewer ties to the Thor series, easily the weakest of the Marvel CU branches, and that it will leave a permanent impact on the characters as we go into phase 3, both of which sounds more promising than the giant battle sequence that was the entire last movie.

#4 Mission: Impossible 5

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Tom Cruise is on a roll recently and this franchise seems to be ageing like fine wine so I see no reason not be excited about this despite the limited knowledge we have about it. This series has been going strong for almost 20 years now without any reboots or remakes (yes, I do realize that movies themselves are a reboot of the television series) and never changing their selling point past “Tom Cruise does cool stuff” I can’t see a reason for ever not being ready for some more from the Mission Impossible series.

#3 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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Like a lot of you I too was pretending that Star Wars Episode 7 wasn’t a big deal for the longest time, but then that trailer dropped. Because who are we trying to kid? It is fucking Star Wars! It is back, there is no George Lucas, there are actual sets, it is being made by people who haven’t been on a 20+ year hiatus from filmmaking. So let us just sit back, feel like kids again and be excited as fuck that Star Wars is coming back and it looks like it won’t suck balls this time.

#2 Mad Max: Fury Road

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I’ve waited so long for this movie to actually become reality and it looks absolutely insane! Everything so far seems to promise one balls to the wall, one hundred minute long action sequence, like Dredd but as a car chase across the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Tom Hardy has some big shoes to fill as he replaces Mel Gibson as the title character, but if this movie in the end is only 1/5th the film that The Road Warrior was I will still be going see it half a dozen times.

#1 Spectre

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Is there a new James Bond movie coming in 2015? Yes, there is. Well game, set, match then. Any time a new Bond movie is coming out it will be my most anticipated movie of the year, the fact that this one promises some consistency with a returning director, a push into a new area with a new M, the further return of Q and not to mention classic bad guys SPECTRE, and last but not least Christoph Waltz as the villain. That’s like dream casting.

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Friday Night Movie Night: No Retreat No Surrender

Tonight’s feature is one of my favorite bad movies of all time, the amazing Karate Kid knock-off No Retreat No Surrender.  After school special-level acting and an amazing and hammy villainous role from none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme himself.  This is my own version of the film.  I hope you enjoy it!

No Retreat No Surrender (uncut) part 1 from Kain424 on Vimeo.

No Retreat No Surrender (uncut) part 2 from Kain424 on Vimeo.

No Retreat No Surrender (uncut) part 3 from Kain424 on Vimeo.

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10 Biggest Turkeys Of 2014

10 Biggest Turkeys Of 2014

by H83tr3d

*Editor’s note: This was a fun submission, coming from AOBG forum user H83tr3d.  I haven’t seen half of these and probably still won’t.  Here’s to 2014’s biggest stinkers.

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Well, it’s been a great year for movies and overall left a fine impression on yours truly. Sadly, there was a great amount of unbearable crap as well. I present to you the definitive collection of 2014’s crimes against celluloid that will haunt me for some time, if not forever.

Dishonorable mention:

Wolves

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I guess I might as well go up to 11, just so to break the ‘it has to be exactly ten’ cliche. I was so desperate for a vampire/werewolf genre rebirth in the long should’ve been dead by now Twilight hype, I grabbed the first thing that had fur and 2014 on the DVD cover in vain hope it is an improvement to my already low expectations. But, alas, the happiness continues to elude me. A pre DC Momoa and post X Men Till are thrown together in this lackluster teenage drama crapfest mixed with a poor excuse for a plot and zero fuck to give. Even the mighty McHattie has trouble keeping the pace and has but a shred of a charisma. And the costumes… *Shudders* I saw thrown together carpet samples that looked more convincing.

10. The Legend Of Hercules

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This has probably reached the apex of many ‘Worst of 2014′ list by this time, but in my book, this is so bad that it’s barely worth even mentioning it on any list whatsoever. I literally think this entire film was stolen from a pre-school, low-tier documentary screening. I’ve seen BBC dramatizations lasting 45 minutes tops with better casting, editing, effects, everything. How the fuck do you go from Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger to THIS?!

9. Tammy

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Let’s all just be brutally honest here. Melissa McCarthy is a female response to Adam Sandler. It’s that fucking obvious. There’s really no middle ground even if you try to find it. Never in my whole life have I’ve seen performance worthy of a full blown contempt. I fucking hate Tammy; the character, the script, the film. It’s that fucking bad.

8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Oh, Sony, Sony, Sony… When will you ever learn? People are sick and fucking tired of you. You, the company in general. How? How do you fuck this one up so badly? You had everything going for you. Fat checks from Marvel. Fans to hold your back. Great cast. And you still fucked it up. How did Marvel not revoke your filming rights by now? How are you not filing Chapter 11 yet? Don’t even bother with the franchise anymore. Just have Disney bring back Maguire. Even that is better than anything Sony has to offer.

7. Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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Ah, fuck you Michael Bay! Fuck you omnidirectionally! You have the fucking audacity to jerk out an even bigger horseshit than Revenge Of The Fallen? Fuck every single undeserving dollar you earned with this blight. Good luck trying to look at yourself in the mirror in the future cause all you’ll see on the opposite side is a soulless cash grabbing douche with zero esteem. Fuck You!

6. The Expendables 3

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Egads! This wasn’t a ‘horrible miscalculation’, Sly. This was ‘Stop fucking around with our time, money and patience. Sincerely, the fans.’. There is so much wrong with this one I honestly don’t even know where to begin. Completely diminished Snipes comeback. Gibson not allowed to vent out his accumulated wrath. Crews thrown into back seat. Li fished out of a pickle jar at the 11th hour. Harrison Ford phoning it in between SWVII filming. No Willis. No Rourke. No Seagal. No hope in the future of the franchise.

5. RoboCop

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OK, Hollywood, I get it. I understand, chill. Remakes/Reboots/Reimaginings are sometimes needed/necessary. Could you just please stop doing it terribly? This is a whole new level of lame. There has got to be some colossal reason this isn’t a total piece of shit and hence higher on my list, which doesn’t excuse it’s overall poor quality in terms of representation. OK, a bit off topic here for a moment; Hollywood execs, writers, producers, directors, etc., are you listening? Grab a paper block and a pen. You ready? Here goes.

STOP FUCKING WATERING DOWN THE FUCKING SOURCE MATERIAL!!!

I don’t give a flying fuck about your ever desperate ‘company said tone it down to achieve a marketable rating’ maneuver. Grow a pair. Stay true to the fucking form. Look how good Dredd turned out. They don’t give a fuck that their film didn’t draw anywhere near the cash studio wanted. They didn’t do it for fucking money. Take Keaton’s sound advice, don’t by this for a dollar.

4. A Million Ways To Die In The West

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*Sigh* Sorry, Seth, sorry. I guess that TV to theater business backfires every now and then. Don’t take this shit seriously. EVER! It’s not worth it. At all. I saw YouTube clips lasting 30 seconds tops that had a better plot. This is 2014’s Movie 43 minus half the cast/directors. Also, Liam Neeson is in this movie. Who knew.

3. Sabotage

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A really, really bad taste in my mouth; that’s what I get every time I force myself to watch this shlock. I really don’t get David Ayer lately (before you guys jump me, I’ll give the bloke some cred, he does bounce forward a notch with Fury). It’s almost as if though it’s his mission in life to make a career full of movies everybody hates. Arnold’s single greatest attempt at portraying a human being for a change is marred by unrelated and undeserved murderous mayhem. A total downer and melancholic letdown with zero to no redeeming points. There is absolutely nobody in the film I can relate to, let alone get on his/her’s side. Quite literally everyone of them gets fucked over in the end and rightfully so. DEA should fucking sue.

2. The Prince

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‘Bruce Willis phoning it in’ is really not a surprise term to anyone these days. But why in the flying fuck is John Cusack in this crapfest? A Taken rip-off at the time when people couldn’t be more sick and tired of the genre. Jason ‘Long Past His Prime To Be An Action Star’ Patric unenthusiastically shooting a conveyor belt of incompetent henchmen (seriously, I’m so bewildered by their stupidity that I’m utterly shocked they didn’t end up shooting themselves in femoral arteries), a bunch of uninteresting second rate characters no one could possibly relate to and downright anticlimactic finale that almost completely destroyed Rain’s US debut. Which only leads me to fear for Tony Jaa’s future.

1. Left Behind

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I… I’m speechless. I genuinely think this is the end of Nic’s career. And he’s Marlon Brando compared to the rest of the cast in this clusterfuck. I mean, shit, just look at this poster.

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Cage’s ‘What The Fuck Am I Doing?’ face says it all. I cannot believe that there are entire churches of people who still swear by this movie. You thought Kirk Cameron (the star of the original TV ‘classic’) was detrimental to the ever desperate ‘Christianity’s still relevant’ movement? Even he had a sufficient amount of pretense dignity to confine his opus of fundamentalist zealotry to a small screen. This… thing has the audacity of being marketed as ‘a film that will bring you closer to God’ and received a full blown(out of proportions) theatrical release. The acting is appalling to say the least. The script is a writhing heap of haphazardly slapped together gibberish. The effects are hardly worthy of a mid school science project quality. Don’t even get me started on the ‘open ending’. Why? Why does this movie exist? Why do the fucking books exist? Who was stupid enough to think this was needed on printed negative?

Nic, please, get your shit together. There is absolutely no reason for you to be in everything every year. Please, think at least 20 times over when auditioning. Then take another 40. Take a year off screening. Fire your agent. FOR FUCKS SAKE, DON’T GO OUT LIKE THIS !!!

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AOBG 250 Greatest Action Films Of All Time

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What makes a great Action Movie?  Is it style? Clarity of the choreography? The power of the explosions? How about the charisma of our leads?  Perhaps it is a combination of all of these elements and more.

We’ve been dedicated to finding out the best of the best for years, but it ultimately comes down to consensus.  And what do you, the Action fans, think?  Well, that’s what the AOBG 100 is all about.  But this year is special.  Instead of the usual 100 top-voted Action films, we’ve gone and done it with 250 movies.  These films reach across six decades, touch into several other genres, come from all around the world, and constitute much of the well-known and under-appreciated Action content ever produced.

A special thanks to forum member Bananajuice for tallying up the votes and going above and beyond with the math.

On the side of each entry on the list will be a series of numbers (like this: (-/-/-/-) ) which shows the previous year’s listing, if any, of the title.

It has been argued the modern Action film was created in the first James Bond film, Dr. No, so it is no surprise here to find Bond kicking off our list.  Without any further ramblings from me, here are 2014’s AllOuttaBubbleGum.com members’ picks for the 250 greatest Action movies of all time:

From Russia With Love

250-247 [7.363636]

(-/78/73/-)From Russia With Love (1963)

(-/-/-/-)Rush Hour (1998)

(83/-/-/-)Saving Private Ryan (1998)

(-/-/-/-)Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

246-245 [7.375]

(-/-/-/-)Raising Arizona (1987)

(-/-/-/-)Sniper (1993)

244-243 [7.384615]

(-/-/-/-)Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

(-/-/-/-)The Rock (1996)

Enter The Dragon

242-240 [7.4]

(-/70/-/-)Enter The Dragon (1973)

(-/-/-/-)Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

(-/-/-/-)Ying Xiong Wu Lei [Heroes Shed No Tears] (1986)

239-238 [7.416667]

(-/-/63/-)Out For Justice (1991)

(-/-/-/-)The Fifth Element (1997)

237-236 [7.428571]

(91/-/-/-)Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

(71/96/-/-)Mr. Majestyk (1974)

Braddock: Missing In Action III

235 [7.444444]

(-/-/-/-)Braddock: Missing In Action III (1988)

234-214 [7.5]

(49/44/88/100)‘A’ Gai Wak [Project A] (1983)

(-/-/-/-)Bad Boys II (2003)

(-/-/-/-)Batman Returns (1992)

(-/-/-/-)Conspiracy Theory (1997)

(-/-/-/-)Dark Angel [I Come In Peace] (1990)

(-/-/-/-)El Topo (1970)

(-/-/-/-)Il Mercenario [The Mercenary/A Professional Gun] (1968)

(13/19/49/-)Jing Wu Ying Xiong [Fist Of Legend] (1994)

Baby In Peril

(15/38/-/-)Kozure Ôkami: Oya No Kokoro Ko No Kokoro [Lone Wolf And Cub: Baby Cart In Peril] (1972)

(-/-/-/-)Nick Of Time (1995)

(-/-/-/-)Nid De Guêpes [The Nest] (2002)

(-/-/-/-)Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

(-/62/-/-)Stone Cold (1991)

(-/82/-/-)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

(-/-/67/-)The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)

(-/82/-/-)The Driver (1978)

(79/75/-/-)The Expendables (2010)

(-/-/-/-)The Perfect Weapon (1991)

(-/62/-/-)The Untouchables (1987)

(-/-/-/-)Troma’s War (1988)

(40/38/-/-)Zhi Fa Xian Feng [Righting Wrongs/Above The Law] (1986)

The Punisher

213-212 [7.545455]

(-/-/-/-)The Punisher (1989)

(-/-/-/-)Tropic Thunder (2008)

211-210 [7.555556]

(-/-/-/-)Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

(-/-/-/-)Falling Down (1993)

209-208 [7.571429]

(-/-/-/-)Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973)

(-/-/-/-)Three Kings (1999)

207-206 [7.583333]

(-/-/-/-)Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

(68/78/-/-)Watchmen (2009)

205-198 [7.6]

(-/-/-/-)Enemy Of The State (1998)

Drunken Master

(-/-/-/-)Jui Kuen [Drunken Master] (1978)

(-/-/-/-)Nemesis (1992)

(-/-/-/-)Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear (2013)

(-/-/-/-)Point Break (1991)

(-/-/-/-)Spider-Man (2002)

(54/-/-/-)The Mask Of Zorro (1998)

(97/-/-/-)Yip Man 2 [Ip Man 2] (2010)

197-195 [7.625]

(-/52/-/-)Dillinger (1973)

(-/-/-/-)Furious 6 (2013)

(6/-/-/95)Huo Yuanjia [Fearless] (2006)

194 [7.636364]

(-/-/-/-)Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

193-184 [7.666667]

(-/-/-/-)Air Force One (1997)

Millionaire's Express

(22/92/25/100)Foo Gwai Lit Che [Millionaire’s Express/Shanghai Express] (1986)

(43/12/54/100)Kozure Ôkami: Ko Wo Kashi Ude Kashi Tsukamatsuru [Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Vengeance] (1972)

(-/-/-/-)Pineapple Express (2008)

(-/-/-/-)Ronin (1998)

(-/-/-/80)Safe (2012)

(-/-/-/-)Scarface (1932)

(-/89/-/-)Under Siege (1992)

(-/-/-/-)Universal Soldier (1992)

(72/-/-/-)Yôjinbô [Yojimbo] (1961)

Die Hard 2

183-181 [7.692308]

(75/75/100/80)Die Hard 2 (1990)

(86/89/42/55)Kill Bill: Vol. 1. (2003)

(-/-/-/-)The Running Man (1987)

180-178 [7.7]

(-/28/51/55)Django (1966)

(-/-/-/-)King Of New York (1990)

(-/-/64/73)The Fugitive (1993)

177-174 [7.7]

(-/-/-/80)Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

(-/-/-/-)Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

(-/-/-/-)Keoma (1976)

(67/-/-/-)Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)

173-172 [7.727273]

(-/-/-/-)The Living Daylights (1987)

(-/-/98/-)Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)

171-164 [7.75]

(-/-/-/-)Bad Taste (1987)

(-/23/-/-)Chi Bi [Red Cliff] (2008-2009)

(69/-/-/-)District 9 (2009)

(-/-/-/-)La Resa Dei Conti [The Big Gundown] (1966)

(-/-/-/-)Predator 2 (1990)

(-/-/72/42)The Incredibles (2004)

The Man From Hong Kong

(-/-/-/-)The Man From Hong Kong [The Dragon Flies] (1975)

(-/-/-/-)The Professionals (1966)

163

(-/-/24/68)Django Unchained (2012)

162-161 [7.8]

(-/-/-/-)Si Wang Ta [Tower Of Death/Game Of Death II] (1981)

(-/-/-/-)The Longest Day (1962)

160-159 [7.818182]

(-/-/-/-)RoboCop 2 (1990)

(-/-/-/-)The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)

158-152 [7.833333]

(73/37/38/-)Braveheart (1995)

(-/-/-/-)From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

(-/-/-/-)Fury (2014)

(-/-/-/-)Marathon Man (1976)

(-/-/-/-)Recoil (1998)

(53/28/41/90)Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

(63/82/68/-)Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi (1983)

A Bittersweet Life

151-144 [7.875]

(42/38/33/-)Dalkomhan Insaeng [A Bittersweet Life] (2005)

(-/-/77/68)Ging Chat Goo Si 3: Chiu Kup Ging Chat [Police Story 3: Supercop] (1992)

(-/62/-/-)Ging Chaat Goo Si 4: Gaan Daan Yam Mo [Polive Story 4: First Strike] (1996)

(-/-/-/-)Jing Wu Men [Fist Of Fury] (1972)

(-/-/71/68)Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

(-/-/-/94)Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato [The Inglorious Bastards] (1978)

(-/-/-/62)Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning (2012)

(39/82/75/-)Yip Man [Ip Man] (2008)

143-141 [7.888889]

(-/-/-/97)Akira (1988)

(-/-/-/-)High Plains Drifter (1973)

(62/50/46/-)Ying Hung Boon Sik II [A Better Tomorrow II] (1987)

140 [7.9]

(-/-/-/-)Spider-Man 2 (2004)

139-137 [7.909091]

(-/-/-/-)Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

(99/62/83/51)Black Dynamite (2009)

(-/100/80/-)Marked For Death (1990)

136-134 [7.916667]

(-/52/-/78)Casino Royale (2006)

(-/-/-/-)Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

Speed

(-/-/99/100)Speed (1994)

133-107 [8]

(-/-/-/62)Army Of Darkness (1992)

(-/-/-/-)Collateral (2004)

(-/52/47/30)Conan The Barbarian (1982)

(-/-/-/-)Dead Heat (1988)

(-/-/92/59)Demolition Man (1993)

(-/-/57/-)Desperado (1995)

(20/24/40/21)Die Xue Jie Tou [Bullet In The Head] (1990)

(-/-/-/-)Dog Soldiers (2002)

(-/-/-/-)Fast Five (2011)

(-/-/-/-)Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

(-/-/-/62)Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)

(50/70/95/36)Joheunnom Nabbeunnom Isanghannom [The Good, The Bad, The Weird] (2008)

Wheels On Meals

(-/82/-/-)Kuai Can Che [Wheels On Meals] (1984)

(-/-/78/-)Platoon (1986)

(-/-/-/80)Revenge Of The Ninja (1983)

(-/-/-/-)Shogun Assassin (1980)

(-/-/-/-)The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

(66/68/94/96)The Getaway (1972)

(-/-/85/-)The Hidden (1987)

(-/-/-/-)The Hitcher (1986)

(59/-/76/-)The Princess Bride (1987)

(-/-/-/-)The Warriors (1979)

(-/-/-/-)The World’s End (2013)

(-/-/-/-)Thriller – En Grym Film [Thiller: A Cruel Picture, Thriller: They Call Her One Eye] (1973)

(-/38/62/-)Tsubaki Sanjûrô [Sanjuro] (1962)

(-/46/-/20)Vamos A Matar, Compañeros [Companeros] (1970)

(56/-/-/-)Wong Fei Hung [Once Upon A Time In China] (1991)

Heat

106 [8.076923]

(-/32/97/75)Heat (1995)

105-104 [8.083333]

(85/100/32/62)Dirty Harry (1971)

(88/52/55/59)They Live (1988)

103-100 [8.090909]

(-/-/-/-)Batman (1989)

(-/92/-/17)Highlander (1986)

(94/-/-/-)Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

(81/-/-/-)The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Day Of The Dead

99 [8.111111]

(-/-/-/-)Day Of The Dead (1985)

98-96 [8.125]

(-/-/-/-)Attack The Block (2011)

(-/-/-/55)Bloodsport (1988)

(-/-/-/-)The Karate Kid (1984)

95-93 [8.142857]

(-/-/-/-)King Kong (1933)

(-/-/-/-)Saat Po Long [S.P.L./Kill Zone] (2005)

(-/-/-/-)Unleashed [Danny The Dog] (2005)

Scarface

92-90 [8.153846]

(-/-/-/-)Scarface (1983)

(-/-/15/22)The Expendables 2 (2012)

(100/69/-/22)The Last Boy Scout (1991)

89-77 [8.166667]

(-/-/-/-)Akmareul Boatda [I Saw The Devil] (2010)

(-/-/-/42)Dredd (2012)

(-/49/-/-)Escape From New York (1981)

(36/96/-/16)Gekitotsu! Satsujin Ken [The Street Fighter] (1974)

(-/-/-/51)Jurassic Park (1993)

(-/100/53/22)No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Raging Thunder (1987)

(-/58/-/93)On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

(-/-/79/37)Sin City (2005)

(-/-/22/37)Skyfall (2012)

Taken

(-/96/-/75)Taken (2008)

(48/52/48/49)The Great Escape (1963)

(-/-/-/80)The Magnificent Seven (1960)

(-/-/-/-)The Taking Of Pelham On Two Three (1974)

76 [8.181818]

(27/6/23/51)Ying Hung Boon Sik [A Better Tomorrow] (1986)

75-70 [8.2]

(-/-/-/-)Apocalypse Now (1979)

(-/-/-/-)Full Metal Jacket (1987)

(-/-/-/-)God Bless America (2011)

(-/-/-/-)The Rocketeer (1991)

(61/-/-/-)The Wind And The Lion (1975)

Tom Yum Goong

(-/-/-/-)Tom Yum Goong [The Protector] (2005)

69 [8.222222]

(-/-/-/-)Hung Faan Keoi [Rumble In The Bronx] (1995)

68 [8.230769]

(90/70/35/42)Face/Off (1997)

67-63 [8.25]

(-/-/-/-)Kung Fu [Kung Fu Hustle] (2004)

(30/82/96/80)The Blues Brothers (1980)

(64/61/44/35)The Crow (1994)

(-/58/-/80)The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

(-/-/-/-)Yat Goh Ho Yan [Mr. Nice Guy] (1997)

62-61 [8.272727]

(-/-/-/-)Braindead [Dead Alive] (1992)

(92/95/90/80)Licence To Kill (1989)

Way Of The Dragon

60 [8.285714]

(74/96/52/68)Meng Long Guo Jiang [The Way Of The Dragon] (1972)

59-57 [8.3]

(1/70/-/-)Baturo Rowaiaru [Battle Royale] (2000)

(-/78/70/37)Blade II (2002)

(-/-/-/-)Extreme Prejudice (1987)

56 [8.307692]

(51/75/81/42)Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

55-54 [8.333333]

(-/-/-/78)The Avengers (2012)

(-/-/45/-)The Dark Knight (2008)

53 [8.363636]

(-/-/87/-)The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

52-51 [8.384615]

(-/67/65/22)Die Hard: With A Vengeance (1995)

(24/32/16/30)Léon [The Professional] (1994)

50-48 [8.4]

(60/-/-/68)Le Pacte Des Loups [Brotherhood Of The Wolf] (2001)

(37/-/-/-)Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

(-/-/86/-)Tombstone (1993)

47-44 [8.416667]

(98/38/82/30)First Blood (1982)

(-/70/37/62)GoldenEye (1995)

(-/21/50/-)The Matrix (1999)

(55/12/27/42)True Lies (1994)

Eastern Condors

43-41 [8.444444]

(21/20/19/42)Dung Fong Tuk Ying [Eastern Condors] (1987) 69/8

(32/62/20/59)Giù La Testa [Duck, You Sucker/A Fistful Of Dynamite] (1971)

(-/-/-/-)Team America: World Police (2004)

40 [8.454545]

(45/32/-/28)Per Qualche Dollaro In Più [For A Few Dollars More] (1965)

Hard Target

39-38 [8.461538]

(-/89/36/55)Hard Target (1993)

(41/-/43/18)Hot Fuzz (2007)

37-35 [8.5]

(23/35/11/22)Jui Kuen II [Drunken Master II/The Legend Of The Drunken Master] (1994) = 68/8

(96/45/31/37)The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

(-/52/-/-)The Siege Of Firebase Gloria (1989)

Police Story

34 [8.545455]

(14/18/58/73)Ging Chat Goo Si [Police Story] (1985)

33 [8.571429]

(-/-/-/-)Carlito’s Way (1993)

32-30 [8.583333]

(-/82/-/80)Rambo III (1988)

(-/-/-/-)Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

(10/10/61/75)Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Ong Bak

29 [8.6]

(76/-/-/-)Ong-Bak (2003)

28-27 [8.636364]

(18/27/39/-)C’era Una Volta Il West [Once Upon A Time In The West] (1968)

(46/58/60/62)Starship Troopers (1997)

26 [8.666667]

(38/28/-/22)Per Un Pugno Di Dollari [A Fistful Of Dollars] (1964)

Death Wish 3

25 [8.692308]

(29/50/30/10) Death Wish 3 (1985)

24 [8.714286]

(-/-/69/-) Fei Lung Mang Jeung [Dragons Forever] (1988)

23 [8.727273]

(-/-/93/91) Blade (1998)

22 [8.75]

(-/-/-/-) Versus (2000)

21-20 [8.769231]

(28/46/17/30) Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

The Terminator

(58/10/12/11) The Terminator (1984)

19-16 [8.833333]

(-/-/-/49) Chocolate (2008)

(87/25/21/18) Mad Max 2 [The Road Warrior] (1981)

(31/16/18/11) Rambo (2008)

(-/-/28/28) Serbuan Maut [The Raid: Redemption] (2011)

Die Hard

15 [8.846154]

(17/7/3/22) Die Hard (1988) = 115/13

14-13 [8.909091]

(2/2/4/51) Dip Huet Seung Hung [The Killer] (1989) = 98/11

(-/-/-/-) The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) = 98/11

12 [8.916667]

(47/25/29/27) The Wild Bunch (1969) = 107/12

Aliens

11-10 [9]

(12/21/8/11) Aliens (1986) = 117/13

(4/12/56/9) Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo [The Good, The Bad And The Ugly] (1966) = 99/11

9-8 [9.153846]

(7/7/10/7) Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989) = 119/13

(44/35/14/15) Lethal Weapon (1987) = 119/13

Commando

7 [9.230769]

(19/12/13/7) Commando (1985) = 120/13

6 [9.307692]

(34/9/7/5) Total Recall (1990) = 121/13

Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark

5-3 [9.384615]

(11/5/5/4)Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) = 122/13

Predator

(8/2/6/11)Predator (1987) = 122/13

RoboCop

(33/17/9/2)RoboCop (1987) = 122/13

Hard Boiled

2 [9.666667]

(3/1/2/2)Lat Sau San Taam [Hard Boiled] (1992) = 116/12

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1 [9.75]

(5/2/1/1) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) = 117/12

Lone Survivor killcount

Lone Survivor (2013)

lone_survivor

Starring Mark Wahlberg

and Ben Foster

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Lone Survivor rights held by Film 44, Emmett/Furla Films, and Spikings Entertainment.

Zatôichi And The Chest Of Gold killcount

Zatôichi and the Chest of Gold (1964) a.k.a. Zatôichi senryô-kubi

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold.lg

Starring Shintarô Katsu

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Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold rights held by Daiei Motion Picture Company.

Kain’s Lists: Favorite Westerns part 3

The Grand Conclusion! To watch the first two, click HERE.

DISCUSS

That Trailer. Let’s Talk About It.

TG

Alrighty then.  I’m assuming by now you’ve all watched the Terminator: Genisys trailer.  It’s interesting spectacle, to be sure.  But is it good?  Is it faithful to the canon?  Is the canon faithful to the canon?

Well, it’s certainly hit and miss.  But excusing that weird, naked handshake between Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) and John Connor (Jason Clarke), I think there’s a lot of things to like here.  First off, I admire the dedication to detail in the 80s backdrop.  In the future we finally see some plasma rifles, and of course the Time Disolacement Equipment if is shown for the first time.  Very cool.

My favorite aspect, and one I wasn’t really sold on until I saw this trailer, is Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor.  I’m not sure they could have found a better actress in terms of physical resemblance:

Sarah compare

I’m assuming, all from this trailer, most of the duration of Terminator: Genisys will be taking place in 1984.  Clarke’s appearance is thus right on the money, as a hardened version of the character originated by Linda Hamilton, being of Sarah’s age in 1984 but with the roughness of her character from 1991 (assuming Terminator 2: Judgment Day takes place in 1991).  I am far less convinced on Jai Courtney stepping in for Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese.

Reese compare

I’m not going to lie: I love Michael Biehn.  He’s probably my favorite actor of all time.  But going beyond that, I am just not certain Courtney can project the same battle-cool-yet-wild-eyed intensity Biehn does so easily in The Terminator.  Time will tell, but consider me skeptical.

But I guess the big thing is Arnold.  Guy is pushing ever closer to 70 as time marches on, so what do they do here?  Well, they gotta kill off the young version of Arnie as soon as possible.  Oddly, they choose to do that as soon as the original T-800 is birthed from the TDE (how do they know where he’ll be?), and instead of simply using creative angles, doubles, and the film’s original footage, they’ve created another CGI Arnold Schwarzenegger for the scene.

T-800 compare

It’s an interesting move, putting all the cards on the table like this.  I know they’re selling this new technology to everyone, but I don’t think the CGI has improved enough from 2009 for them to be putting this front and center.  I’m not too bothered by it though.  It’s getting better, even if it doesn’t quite match up to the original.

I can’t concern myself a lot by the presence of CGI here.  It was T2 that brought it into such popularity in the first place, so it only makes sense they’d go for more of it here.  Kind of feels like it’s coming back home.  What bothers me is how this feels more and more like some kind of fan-fiction mish-mash of the previous movies as the trailer progresses.  I think as a concept, it’s an interesting spin.  But I’d rather see them do something with the established mythos (i.e., the future wars) than keep piling onto the first two movies.  Yes, they’re the good ones.  Can we do something else?

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Hard Justice killcount

Hard Justice (1995)

Hard Justice

Starring David Bradley

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Bradley kills 54

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Hard Justice rights held by Nu Image Films.

Probability Zero killcount

Probability Zero (1969) a.k.a. Probabilità zero

Probabilità zero

Starring Henry Silva

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Silva kills 21

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Probability Zero rights held by Aurigo 68.