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The November Man (2014)

The November Man (2014)

The November Man    27 Aug 2014

R 108 minReleased

6.3
IMDB: 6.3/10 993 votes

“You know what we used to call you, Peter? The November Man, because after you passed through, nothing lived. You were one bleak motherfucker” This might sound at odds with Pierce Brosnan’s grinning James Bond. It is. I wonder if Brosnan watched Taken and appreciated what that movie did for the career of Liam Neeson and thought, “I need some of this.” Brosnan is more callous in this movie, probably more than we’ve ever seen. And it’s good for him ...

The Rover (2014)

The Rover (2014)

The Rover    20 Jun 2014

R 103 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 469 votes

I really liked this movie. It’s rough and determined and unflinching. Kind of like the original Mad Max, but with elements from The Road replacing the high octane chases. This is David Michôd’s follow up to the underrated Animal Kingdom, which was a depiction of gangsters in contemporary Australia. The Rover is a western, but not a typical one. The old westerns would feature gangs making their way as a country (The United States) developed ...

Let’s Be Cops (2014)

Let’s Be Cops (2014)

Let's Be Cops    13 Aug 2014

R 104 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 121 votes

Let’s Be Cops comes down the pipe along with recent movies such as The Hangover series or the Jump Street series with shameless ‘bro business’ being handled, illegally. As in ordinary guys being placed in R-rated abnormal situations. I consider the Jump Street series to be just about effective (but not great) and The Hangover series to be a huge waste. I’d say this movie belongs somewhere in the middle. To be honest, unless it’s 4am ...

A Good Man (2014)

A Good Man (2014)

A Good Man    19 Aug 2014

R 100 minReleased

4.7
IMDB: 4.7/10 793 votes

I’m not one of those people who takes aim at Steven Seagal and his movies just for the sake of it. While some see him as an asshole, I prefer to think of the Sensei as… eccentric. And that includes his movies, even the DTV ones with horrible names like ‘A Good Man’. I’ll give his movies a fair shake and to be fair ‘A Good Man’ is one of the better Seagal DTVs. I realise ...

Starred Up (2013)

Starred Up (2013)

Starred Up    26 Aug 2014

Not Rated 106 minReleased

7.4
IMDB: 7.4/10 240 votes

There are some great British thrillers out there, hard and unforgiving, like Sexy Beast or, even better, Dead Man’s Shoes. Starred Up is cut from the same cloth – cold and hard, it treats sentimentality with utter contempt. Although it’s less a thriller and more a drama, it’s so damned authentic and brutal nonetheless. It’s a movie where talk is only uttered if it means something, and actions that mean just as much are simply shown as ...

Cold in July (2014)

Cold in July (2014)

Cold in July    31 Dec 2014

R 109 minReleased

6.8
IMDB: 6.8/10 839 votes

Several times while watching this, especially towards the end and during the finale, I thought about rating this movie a 10/10. But I think that such a rating should only be reserved for outright classics. Too many sites and magazines throw around 5/5 and 10/10 ratings willy nilly, especially those with commercial sponsorships. But man, Cold In July, it’s such a good movie and an even manlier movie. It’s a raw, unsentimental and violent thriller with ...

Need for Speed (2014)

Need for Speed (2014)

Need for Speed    14 Mar 2014

PG-13 132 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 154 votes

The challenge in a shit movie like this is to resist the temptation to get up and walk out. I almost did several times. The closest times were when the movie went into Justin Lin/Fast & Furious territory with cars flying seventy feet through the air, then six hundred feet through the air as I remembered the director of this movie talking a big game about realistic chase sequences. Weird, because this shit is light years and galaxies away from ...

Swelter (2014)

Swelter (2014)

Swelter    22 May 2014

R 96 minReleased

4.6
IMDB: 4.6/10 506 votes

After a long steak of not filming movies in the U.S., filming most of his movies in Eastern Europe but with a few stop offs at locations like Candada, this is Jean Claude Van Damme’s first movie to be shot on location in the U.S. since 1999. The Expendables 2 for example, was another Nu Boyana deal. Inferno was the last movie shot there and ironically it was set in the searing Mojave desert (the Inferno) in California. ...

22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street    13 Jun 2014

R 112 minReleased

7.0
IMDB: 7.0/10 317 votes

Expectations for the first movie were low. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in a remake of something from the 1980s? It looked like it was going to be just another shitty comedy. It was surprising then to find a movie that people familiar with the era the original belonged to could dig – two young looking cops enter high school only to find that it’s a politically correct farce, with jocks a thing of the past. It ...

Blue Ruin (2013)

Blue Ruin (2013)

Blue Ruin    09 Jul 2014

R 90 minReleased

7.1
IMDB: 7.1/10 318 votes

As far as Manly Movies are concerned, one tried and tested genre is the revenge flick. It’s hard to go wrong with those, although Nicolas Cage’s Tokarev certainly managed that. Our second revenge-em-up this week is called Blue Ruin, directed by Jeremy Saulner, it debuted at last years Cannes and hit theaters this past Friday. If you enjoy old school movies where a man taking action almost completely visually supplants inefficient crap like gassy dialogue, leading to ...