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The Raid (2012)

The Raid (2012)

The Raid    13 Apr 2012

NOT RATED 46 minReleased

7.3
IMDB: 7.3/10 127 votes

I’m updating some old reviews at the minute that are not properly categorized, I’m updating the site soon with a browse-by-score structure. A look back at The Raid then. I didn’t dig the second movie much, to me the original is a superior work of art. What happens when you put the original Die Hard on amphetamines? ‘The Raid’ is what the fuck happens. A team of SWAT attempt to clear out an apartment tower held up by a gang lord ...

Against the Sun (2014)

Against the Sun (2014)

Against the Sun    23 Jan 2015

PG 100 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 413 votes

Louie Zamperini, the man whose war experience the movie Unbroken was based upon, was not the only example of airmen being downed in the Pacific then surviving against the elements in a raft. Tony Pastula, Gene Aldritch and Harold Dixon also went through the same ordeal – it happens in a sea-based war covering thousands of square miles of ocean. A similar movie filmed on nickels, dimes and coupons was filmed around the same time and released this ...

Unbroken (2014)

Unbroken (2014)

Unbroken    25 Dec 2014

PG-13 137 minReleased

7.2
IMDB: 7.2/10 130 votes

Another war movie review today. At least I consider this a war movie given that 80% of it is set in WW2, with writers and directors very keen to show us the behaviour of Japanese soldiers. This is a movie by Angelina Jolie, her first role as director. I am here to tell you that she can’t make a good movie. Females can make good movies, occasionally, look at Katherine Bigelow (Point Break, the original, not ...

American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper    16 Jan 2015

R 133 minReleased

7.3
IMDB: 7.3/10 402 votes

I won’t bother getting into the political background of this movie, not just the war itself but the protagonist’s life and career, which is a controversy within itself. There’s no point in that. Instead I’m just going to look at this as a war movie. If you got a war movie, I’ll take it, don’t care which theatre it was from or whatever. War movies are good, at least good war movies, and you can count ...

Lone Survivor (2013)

Lone Survivor (2013)

Lone Survivor    10 Jan 2014

R 121 minReleased

7.5
IMDB: 7.5/10 245 votes

Not much was expected of this movie, at least with people who’d heard that Peter Berg was on board to direct. That man also directed Battleship (2012). C’mon now, ’nuff said. Combine that with Mark Wahlberg… not good. There’s also the little matter of support for the war in the States being at an all time low, projected to be at around 18%. So you’d think that the movie would bomb financially and be less than ...

Only the Brave (2017)

Only the Brave (2017)

Only the Brave    20 Oct 2017

PG-13 134 minReleased

7.7
IMDB: 7.7/10 401 votes

Firefighter films are a go-to manly movie niche but they don’t always work out. For every Backdraft (1991) there is a tepid Ladder 49 (2004). Ensemble movies don’t always work either, but Only The Brave, the ensemble firefighter movie based on the Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the deadliest in American history, is a surprisingly watchable film. Although it’s a bit clichéd, everyone shows up for work. Josh Brolin heads the cast as Eric ‘Supe’ Marsh, leader of the ...

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street    25 Dec 2013

R 180 minReleased

8.2
IMDB: 8.2/10 688 votes

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) One of the freedoms of having a smaller niche site is that you aren’t forced to sit around thinking about how to best polish the latest turd that everyone is gushing over, lest you either don’t appease pseudo intellectuals or affect your standing on a site like, say, Rotten Tomatoes. The truth then. This movie is all show and no go. For two hours I sat around waiting for Martin Scorsese to actually ...

The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

The 15:17 to Paris    09 Feb 2018

PG-13 94 minReleased

5.3
IMDB: 5.3/10 688 votes

During the summer of 1995 audiences were treated to a manly documentary masterpiece that featured our Sensei Steven Seagal under one of his many aliases (In this particular adventure he was under the alias Casey Ryback) fighting evil men on a train. Sensei Seagal set the bar really high and let’s just say that after that incident in America for the most part even terrorists have been well behaved while traveling in trains. But unfortunately for the civilized citizens of ...