Manly Movies

2012

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers    04 May 2012

PG-13 143 minReleased

8.1
IMDB: 8.1/10 317 votes

If you look at the description of this movie, its referred to as an ‘action’ movie. Ok then, I’m going to review it as one: This is the worst action movie of the year and this decade. Probably. I say probably because I haven’t seen the latest Paul Anderson Resident Evil movie, which is likely the reigning champion. But I’d rather get stabbed in the eye with with rods of uranium than be witness to ...

A Hijacking (2012)

A Hijacking (2012)

A Hijacking    20 Sep 2012

R 103 minReleased

7.2
IMDB: 7.2/10 115 votes

By Somali pirates alone, there are around 150-160 attempted hijackings a year, that’s one every few days. About one in four of those are successful, at which point the pirates either hold the ship, cargo or crew hostage, or all three. Yes, even the ship too, those large commercial freighters don’t grow on trees, money will be paid if some pissants threaten to scuttle them. Now you’d think that this would be good territory for our Manly ...

End of Watch (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

End of Watch    21 Sep 2012

R 109 minReleased

7.6
IMDB: 7.6/10 263 votes

I expected this movie to be shit, or at least mediocre. A story about two hardass cops when the cast is that airhead Jake Gyllenhaal and that soft spoken FBI Agent from Shooter? Those two greenhorns would never convince us as men who could handle L.A. alleys at night. And worse, it was going to be ‘found footage’? I should’ve looked closer, because this movie was done by David Ayer, who is now off my shitlist ...

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises    20 Jul 2012

PG-13 164 minReleased

8.4
IMDB: 8.4/10 453 votes

A longer review today, because this is by all accounts the movie of the year. They even call it one of the most exciting “Action” movies of the year. Nuh uh. Here’s another “action” movie slash comic book yarn that all Manly Men should avoid like a woman in a nagging mood. It’s even worse than the first two movies, two boring yet profusely over hyped cock ups. Movies which served to remind us that ...

Bullet to the Head (2012)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

Bullet to the Head    01 Feb 2013

R 92 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 661 votes

For some reason I’ve only watched this film once and was going to review it when it came out and when this site first started as a smaller blog but never got around to it. I watched it again for the second time last week and as much as I liked this movie when it came out, for reasons I’m not 100% sure of, I fucking love it now. More than ever. Maybe more than The Expendables ...

Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall    09 Nov 2012

PG-13 143 minReleased

7.8
IMDB: 7.8/10 701 votes

I’m not a big fan of Bond movies. They’re either too camp and cheesy or too boring. I have no taste for Connery’s movies and even less for Moore’s. There’s only so much winking at the screen while jumping the shark I can take. Although I have two exceptions – License to Kill and GoldenEye. But by the time the Bourne series came about in the early 00’s with cool, lean 21st Century espionage (albeit ...

The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2    17 Aug 2012

R 103 minReleased

6.6
IMDB: 6.6/10 411 votes

How quaint it is to look back at the initial theatrical release of The Expendables 2 almost five years ago in the late summer of 2012, after all the PG-13 rumours and behind-the-scenes gossip. Many of us hoped and expected an effortless home run after the rough-around-the-edges original movie. To its credit, this follow-up succeeded about as well as could be reasonably expected, pulling in over $300 million at the global box office (against its reported $100M production budget) and ...

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning    25 Oct 2012

R 114 minReleased

5.1
IMDB: 5.1/10 127 votes

Universal Soldier: A Day of Reckoning is a mean and nasty psychological thriller with a streak of incredible fight scenes running up its back. Its directed by John Hyams, who gave life back to the franchise with Universal Soldier: Regeneration. That film was possibly the most effective DTV ever, a rough yet effective action movie where a skilled director makes the best out of a low budget. Here, Hyams returns with a larger budget and American ...