Manly Movies

2013

Felony (2013)

Felony (2013)

Felony    28 Aug 2014

TV-MA 105 minReleased

6.1
IMDB: 6.1/10 457 votes

About half an hour into this I started wondering why this movie was getting a bad rap in certain circles. It starts off as a very competently written, acted and filmed movie about corrupt cops in an Australian city. In the last half hour though it completely unravels, although more on that below. What I took from this movie is that Joel Edgerton is still a cool actor and that I don’t dislike Jai Courtney as much ...

The Dead 2: India (2013)

The Dead 2: India (2013)

The Dead 2: India    10 Jan 2015

R 98 minReleased

5.2
IMDB: 5.2/10 656 votes

The first ‘Dead’ movie wasn’t half as bad as it should have been. Filmed on location in Africa and using meagre resources, it drank heavily from the cup of Romero, creating a survival horror exploitation movie with shuffling corpses threatening the life of a man trying to get out of dodge. It knew its limits and was probably as good as you were going to get for such a small time movie. I wish I could say ...

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 ...

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 ...

Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

Wolf Creek 2    17 Apr 2014

Not Rated 106 minReleased

6.1
IMDB: 6.1/10 159 votes

The original is a bit notorious, and aside from being pretty effective as a horror movie, it sparked minor uproar. Too effective for some pansies. Roger Ebert famously said of the movie: “It is a film with one clear purpose: To establish the commercial credentials of its director by showing his skill at depicting the brutal tracking, torture and mutilation of screaming young women … I wanted to walk out of the theatre and keep on walking.” ...

The Protector 2 (2013)

The Protector 2 (2013)

Warrior King 2    02 May 2014

R 104 minReleased

5.3
IMDB: 5.3/10 610 votes

Few might realise it but before Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais, there was Prachya Pinkaew and Tony Jaa. Ong Bak (2003) is one of the best fighting movies ever shot and probably the best fighting movie of the ’00s. That’s basically down to two reasons. One, no wires or CGI, a fact that was used heavily to promote the movie. Two, excellent choreography and editing. It was a showcase of brutal and satisfying fights pinned ...

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 ...

The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013)

The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013)

Devil's Pass    28 Feb 2013

R 100 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 447 votes

Renny Harlin’s filmography varies wildly in quality, ranging from fantastic action films (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea) to borderline unbearable dreck (Driven, 12 Rounds). After showing a slight glimmer of hope with the mildly competent 5 Days of War, Harlin is back in the doldrums with Devil’s Pass (also known as The Dyatlov Pass Incident). Bewilderingly, this is actually a found footage horror picture, looking to cash in on the Blair Witch Project phenomena about ...

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 ...

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 ...