Manly Movies

Drama

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

A Fighting Man (2014)

A Fighting Man (2014)

A Fighting Man    25 Apr 2014

R 88 minReleased

5.6
IMDB: 5.6/10 372 votes

A Fighting Man treads the line that Rocky Balboa did in 2006 – a retired fighter with something to prove gets back in the ring against the advice and wishes of others. When looking at this kind of premise expectations should be levelled at the movie possibly being ‘watchable’. Especially when it has a somewhat respectable cast. Dominic Purcell, who I kinda dig from his turn in Prison Break and Assault On Wall Street, Kim Coates and ...

Pompeii (2014)

Pompeii (2014)

Pompeii    21 Feb 2014

PG-13 105 minReleased

5.5
IMDB: 5.5/10 841 votes

This is the second sword and sandals movie I caught this year. The first was The Legend of Hercules, a movie of interest because it was directed by Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin and starred Scott Adkins – as well as Expendables 3 greenhorn Kellen Lutz. Alas, it was a piece of shit and not only could I not write a review of it, I couldn’t even finish the movie. It happens. This is the ...

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 ...

These Final Hours (2013)

These Final Hours (2013)

These Final Hours    31 Jul 2014

R 87 minReleased

6.7
IMDB: 6.7/10 404 votes

The horror genre has practically become synonymous with paranormal overtones, with 2013 alone begetting titles like The Conjuring and Evil Dead which involve chilling supernatural occurrences to generate scares. But 2014’s These Final Hours is a different type of genre movie. It’s definitely a horror flick, but its scares are not derived from ghosts or demons, but rather from its depiction of the ugly side of human nature in the face of a societal collapse. It’s an apocalypse film on ...

3 Days to Kill (2014)

3 Days to Kill (2014)

3 Days to Kill    21 Feb 2014

PG-13 117 minReleased

6.2
IMDB: 6.2/10 274 votes

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp production company are renowned for bankrolling modestly-budgeted action films featuring recognisable actors. The likes of Guy Pearce, Liam Neeson, Jason Statham and John Travolta have all gotten a look-in, and now it’s time for Kevin Costner to step into the Besson-produced spotlight. However, 3 Days to Kill was helmed by McG, a talentless hack who is renowned for fucking up can’t-miss projects – Terminator Salvation was crippled by the director’s incompetency, while This Means War was leaden ...

Reasonable Doubt (2014)

Reasonable Doubt (2014)

Reasonable Doubt    17 Jan 2014

R 91 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 133 votes

Reasonable Doubt should be a great movie. The title and premise suggest an intense legal drama, perhaps something akin to 12 Angry Men or The Lincoln Lawyer. But in the hands of director Peter Howitt (Johnny English) and writer Peter A. Dowling (Flightplan), this is a motion picture which utterly rejects intelligence, adopting a B-movie thriller stance without much in the way of suspense or mystery, or even courtroom proceedings. It’s a big red flag that the movie was unleashed ...

Grudge Match (2013)

Grudge Match (2013)

Grudge Match    25 Dec 2013

PG-13 113 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 705 votes

Stallone has had a killer streak of Manly Movies since his ‘comeback’ way back in 2006 with Rocky Balboa, or even arguably with Manly TV Series ‘The Contender’, which is where it started for me. Not all of his movies have been critical successes but then, movie critique is in the shitter anyway. Although they’ve all been fan favorites, the streak had to be interrupted somewhere. Grudge Match is that interruption, it’s Stallone’s first weak movie since ...