Manly Movies

Sylvester Stallone

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 ...

Escape Plan (2013)

Escape Plan (2013)

Escape Plan    18 Oct 2013

R 115 minReleased

6.7
IMDB: 6.7/10 743 votes

We declared Escape Plan to be the Manliest Movie of 2013. None of this ‘it should’ve came 20 years ago’ bullshit. It came at a time when we needed it most. In the midst of a girlie-man takeover of movies, where everything up there on the screen looks like the celluloid equivalent of a bag of Skittles, comes some respite. The big guns have been brought up, this is a beer and steak movie. A genre favorite – the prison ...

The Expendables (2010)

The Expendables (2010)

The Expendables    13 Aug 2010

R 103 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 452 votes

I remember that phase Sylvester Stallone went through about ten years ago. For so long he’d been maligned by the hip mainstream and threw away his inhibitions and said; ‘Fuck it, I’m going to do my own thing and have fun with my old style stuff’, starting with the ultra violent Rambo, but then really kicking off a party by announcing himself and Jason Statham in a new movie. That sounded great, then he announced Lundgren, then Willis, ...

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 ...