Manly Movies

Sylvester Stallone

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. ...

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 ...

Over the Top (1987)

Over the Top (1987)

Over the Top    13 Feb 1987

PG 93 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 551 votes

Sylvester Stallone has done many great manly movies over the years. Stallone fans talk a lot about the “Rocky” movies & the “Rambo” films for example but the man has done a lot of other cool manly films over the years. “Tango & Cash” and “Cobra” are two films which in my opinion, should have spawned sequels and become beloved Stallone franchises. However there’s a movie he did back in 1987, 30 years ago, when films featuring highly testosterone manly characters ...

Rocky (1976)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky    03 Dec 1976

PG 120 minReleased

8.1
IMDB: 8.1/10 776 votes

Starting this month we’re going to review all of the entries in the Rocky franchise. It’s kind of a miss not to have reviews for them with a website with this theme. Of course, the first is the 1976 original and a movie I have not watched for a very long time. I always knew it was good but had forgotten or not realized just how good. I’m starting to wonder again if Rocky III or ...

First Blood (1982)

First Blood (1982)

First Blood    22 Oct 1982

R 93 minReleased

7.7
IMDB: 7.7/10 200 votes

The time has rolled around again for another home media update for First Blood. It has been released on VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, now it’s 4K UHD Blu-Ray’s turn. The film is being released separately along with two of the other sequels, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III (both reviewed in the coming week, as well). No Rambo though, the reason for that is unclear to me. I was going to review all three together, ...

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Rambo: First Blood Part II    22 May 1985

R 96 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 137 votes

It has a paltry 6.4 rating on the IMDb. It has an even lower 32% rating on amen-corner Rotten Tomatoes. It was nominated and/or awarded for worst picture, worst actor, worst director and worst screenplay. But those conformists are all wrong. Rambo: First Blood Part II is one of history’s greatest action sequels and a movie that was never given its due. Critically it was the whipping boy and easy target. Few had the ...

Rambo III (1988)

Rambo III (1988)

Rambo III    25 May 1988

R 102 minReleased

5.8
IMDB: 5.8/10 108 votes

Let’s talk about Rambo III here. One of those movies that took body blows from multiple directions – and never really deserved it. Starting with the status quo denouncing the movie for criticizing the Soviet Union at a time when people were trying to build bridges. And nobody wanted to hear about Afghanistan in 1988 (the film was originally supposed to be set in Siberia), a lot had changed in 12 months after Rambo III was filmed ...

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 ...

Backtrace (2018)

Backtrace (2018)

Backtrace    14 Dec 2018

R 92 minReleased

6
IMDB: 6/10 302 votes

This isn’t going to be a very long review because, well, what the hell can you say about an 87 minute slog of VODmit, other than a big name (Sylvester Stallone) briefly, shamefully, showing up? These ambitious thriller screenplays are hand-me-downs for streaming services for a reason; none of the big studios want them. And none of the big studios want them for a reason. Now that DVD and Blu-Ray are dead though, you wonder how these ...

Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

Escape Plan 2: Hades    29 Jun 2018

R 96 minReleased

4.6
IMDB: 4.6/10 452 votes

The postmortem results are in on Escape Plan 2: Hades. The diagnosis was found to be an acute case of Steven C. Miller, with additional traces of greed and laziness. And a while back I mocked Arnold Schwarzenegger for appearing in the execrable Killer Gunther as a film that was a ‘A scam, a con job, the worst film Arnold Schwarzenegger has ever made, or ever will make…’, now the Stallone/Schwarzenegger rivalry continues as the former will once ...