Manly Movies

2017

Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Blade of the Immortal    03 Nov 2017

R 140 minReleased

6.8
IMDB: 6.8/10 174 votes

Blade of the Immortal (2017) is based on a Japanese comic which ran from 1993 to 2012. Whilst shitting on comic book movies in general is a great pleasure of mine, Japanese comics are a different kettle of fish, especially old school, ultra violent manga like Blade of the Immortal and, whilst expecting the worst (see for example, Fist of the North Star with Gary Daniels) I do hope they turn out at least watchable. So when I heard that ...

Wolf Warrior 2 (2017)

Wolf Warrior 2 (2017)

Wolf Warrior 2    27 Jul 2017

Not Rated 123 minReleased

6.2
IMDB: 6.2/10 513 votes

Starring: Wu Jing, Frank Grillo, Celina Jade “They say violence never solves anything. But it sure is fun.” So says mercenary Big Daddy (Frank Grillo) in this 80s action throwback from director Wu Jing. Now that big, adult oriented action movies have become something of a scarcity amongst all the leotard-wearing, city-pummelling trash and physics-defying, kid-friendly Vin Diesel/The Rock starring vehicles that Hollywood puts out, it’s become necessary for the more discerning viewers amongst us to look further afield for violent action ...

Only the Brave (2017)

Only the Brave (2017)

Only the Brave    20 Oct 2017

PG-13 134 minReleased

7.7
IMDB: 7.7/10 401 votes

Firefighter films are a go-to manly movie niche but they don’t always work out. For every Backdraft (1991) there is a tepid Ladder 49 (2004). Ensemble movies don’t always work either, but Only The Brave, the ensemble firefighter movie based on the Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the deadliest in American history, is a surprisingly watchable film. Although it’s a bit clichéd, everyone shows up for work. Josh Brolin heads the cast as Eric ‘Supe’ Marsh, leader of the ...

Hostiles (2017)

Hostiles (2017)

Hostiles    26 Jan 2018

R 134 minReleased

7.2
IMDB: 7.2/10 477 votes

Rosamund Pike shows us that, when pushed to their limits, women can be tough, but men are still a hell of a lot tougher. Well, they’re men after all. And in those days there was no such thing as soy face. If you’ve had this on your to watch list for a while it might be time to check it out. Christian Bale plays Captain Joseph J. Blocker, an army legend who’s carved a reputation for himself as one of the ...

Black Butterfly (2017)

Black Butterfly (2017)

Black Butterfly    26 May 2017

R 93 minReleased

6.3
IMDB: 6.3/10 278 votes

Black Butterfly is a movie acquired by LionsGate some time ago, a remake of the French TV movie Papillon Noir, a 2008 movie that actually starred Eric Cantona. In this U.S.-set remake, Brian Goodman (one of those acting ‘faces you know’) comes in as a support actor but also to try his hand at directing for the first time since 2008’s What Doesn’t Kill You. He has also recruited Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and a few different ...

Kill ’em All (2017)

Kill ’em All (2017)

Kill'em All    06 Jun 2017

R 96 minReleased

5.2
IMDB: 5.2/10 351 votes

Kill ‘Em All (2017) This is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in years. Maybe one of the top five worst I’ve ever seen and God knows, I’ve watched some trash. It’s Jean Claude Van Damme’s worst movie ever, as far as I can remember right now anyway — most of his stuff this side of the 1990’s has been pretty bad to various degrees. It’s a thoroughly depressing stretch of awful. In this one, the latest DTV ...

Shot Caller (2017)

Shot Caller (2017)

Shot Caller    18 Aug 2017

R 121 minReleased

7.3
IMDB: 7.3/10 990 votes

Jacob Harlon (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of TV’s Game of Thrones) used to be the perfect family man – a working-class stockbroker with a loving wife and son. That all changes during an unfortunate incident that put Jacob behind bars, exposing him to the tough realities of prison life, and destroying his ties with his once-happy family. Several years later, a hardened and transformed Jacob emerges, now going through the moniker “Money”, is released, but soon discovers that once he’s in deep ...

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

The Hitman's Bodyguard    18 Aug 2017

R 118 minReleased

6.9
IMDB: 6.9/10 288 votes

I think everyone here can agree that 2014’s The Expendables 3 was a bust, considering it was highly anticipated by fans of the old 80’s – 90’s action guard… only to be let down by a two-hit KO by its weak “young blood” cast, and then further by its PG-13 rating which only hampered down the action sequences. We expected great things from the film, considering that a lot of the actors in there weren’t getting any younger, and their ...

Killing Gunther (2017)

Killing Gunther (2017)

Killing Gunther    22 Sep 2017

R 92 minReleased

4.7
IMDB: 4.7/10 125 votes

About 15 punishing minutes into this disaster, a man vomits on the floor before a faraway shot shows Arnold Schwarzenegger firing an RPG towards the camera. Except it’s not Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s a double, with a CGI rocket using Sega Genesis processing power. Vomit, an actor who doesn’t show up and awful CGI, these set the tone for this ‘movie’ and yet they don’t even begin to describe how truly awful it is. Nevermind Killing Gunther, here, ...

The Foreigner (2017)

The Foreigner (2017)

The Foreigner    13 Oct 2017

R 113 minReleased

7.0
IMDB: 7.0/10 463 votes

The last two movies starring Jackie Chan left bitter aftertastes in my mind. Railroad Tigers was a mediocre cartoonish romp. Kung Fu Yoga was an even greater disappointment, hokey in every turn until its final scene where the entire movie gave up and descended into Bollywood musical crap. I couldn’t help but think that Jackie is better than these. There was hope. Following Yoga is The Foreigner, a gritty action thriller that pits Chan against ex-007 Pierce Brosnan, adapted from ...