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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 Prince (2014)

The Prince (2014)

The Prince    22 Aug 2014

R 93 minReleased

4.6
IMDB: 4.6/10 969 votes

I’ll never understand why men worth many millions appear in movies like this in glorified cameo roles. Bruce Willis, how many millions are enough? How many tens of millions does it take to satisfy you? Shame on you for cashing in on grim garbage like this. Do people like Bruce Willis and John Cusack do it to keep busy? No, that’s no excuse either. Because if that was the case, they wouldn’t show up ...

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 ...

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3    15 Aug 2014

PG-13 126 minReleased

6.1
IMDB: 6.1/10 155 votes

Years from now people will look back at this slapstick and say, man, what a waste. Technically speaking, it’s the biggest assembly of action stars to ever appear in a movie. Go ahead and look over the others, even the first two movies, they don’t have the fire power on display here. This cast is unprecedented. And given their age and the fact that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’ll never happen again. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rage (2014)

Rage (2014)

Rage    09 May 2014

Not Rated 92 minReleased

5.0
IMDB: 5.0/10 229 votes

This is another one of those films stuck in limbo between theatrical release and DTV obscurity. With a budget of $25,000,000 you’d think that it might somehow stand out among other B/C-Movies. Although I suspect that that budget is slightly exaggerated – not just big movies like The Avengers do this. Some people might think that Tokarev, like Joe (2014), is an important movie on the comeback of Nicolas Cage, but what’s more interesting about it is ...

The Raid 2 (2014)

The Raid 2 (2014)

The Raid 2    11 Apr 2014

R 150 minReleased

8.0
IMDB: 8.0/10 103 votes

Well, it should’ve been the best action movie of this year. Whisper it, some of us were hoping this decade. But I have to tell it as I see it – The Raid 2 is a huge disappointment. It’s a long movie with very bad pacing, a mediocre gangster thriller. I kept thinking, “this is the scene”… where the movie will pick up. It never happened. The movie gets to its narrative conclusion like ...

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 ...