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Movie Review: The Expendables III

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , , on 08/15/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Harrison Ford, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kellan Lutz, Rhonda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell

Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language, Running time 126 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: The Expendables (2010), The Expendables 2 (2012)

There’s one thing we can all agree before we get to anything else with this movie: If you liked the first two, there’s nothing about The Expendables III that you should find dissatisfying.

Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, we can get to the point and say that this movie is as simplistic and inane as it gets past the glorified cameos we’re calling a cast. From Guardians of the Galaxy set in the furthest reaches of the universe, to the slightly less fun streets of New York in TMNT…to this dreck in Somalia and some war-torn country I’m pretty sure was made up but can’t remember the name, it seems the less fun the location, the less fun the movie. Continue reading

MBTI: ISTPs and ESTPs: Action Heroes

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever with tags , , , , , , on 08/04/2013 by Taylor Holt


Okay, so you’re writing a story right? This is crazy I know. But you’re writing a story and you haven’t started actually writing yet but you’re going to and this process can’t be rushed.

So you’re coming up with your story and you need an awesome main character. He’s ex-CIA (or maybe special forces, whatever, right?) but what skills will he use to save his divorced wife and kid? The new husband is already dead (terrorists!). Oh well, life goes on.

So your main guy has got this set of killing skills that he’s picked up over the years that he’ll use to defeat the terrorists, which also include, but are not limited to a wide assortment of guns, cars, and his fists.

But it’s not the terrorists that frighten him- his feelings do. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Expendables 2

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 08/18/2012 by Taylor Holt

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth, Nan Yu, Scott Adkins

Rated R for Strong bloody violence throughout, Running time 102 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: The Transporter (2002), Rambo (2008)

When The Expendables opened in 2010, it seemed like a dream come true for action fanatics; specifically those who were fans of gun toting tough guys, ripped muscles, and one liners after throwing a guy off of a cliff. It met with success and it was inevitable a sequel would be made. So when the trailer revealed Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme would also be added to the cast, man were freaking out. In a positive way, of course. So how does it add up?

If you liked the original, you’ll like this one. If you didn’t like the original, you won’t like this one. If you didn’t like the original other than to just see all your childhood heroes together, shooting unlimited amounts of ammo…that’s how you’ll feel about this one. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , on 08/09/2012 by Taylor Holt

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glen

Rated PG-13 for violence and action sequences, Running time 136 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: Shooter (2007), Eagle Eye (2008)

As many were excited to find out that another Bourne movie was in the works, many were just as let down to find out that Matt Damon wouldn’t be in any of them. So how can you make a sequel when the main actor isn’t even coming back to reprise his role?Spinoff! I’ll admit I was a little intrigued by the idea of Jeremy Renner getting his own movie; playing second fiddle, so to speak, to Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol out last December and to the Avengers in (duh) The Avengers. So how does this stack up the others? Wouldn’t know, I haven’t seen them. How is it as a film on its own? Boring.

Imagine an action movie with most of the action cut out, and you’ll have an idea of how Legacy feels. Continue reading

Jason Statham is Man’s Last Hope

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , on 08/05/2012 by Taylor Holt

“When I’m not punching people, I’m thinking of people to punch.”

This article was originally going to be about how Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t care about human life. Who else could throw an entire machete straight through a man, sticking him to the wall, make a joke at his expense (“Stick avound”), and then continue murdering the rest of his friends? Only Arnold. That’s just how that guy rolls. Watching the old Total Recall and then the ’73 version of The Mechanic after that, a friend and I got to thinking- there are no more Hollywood tough guys.

We’re not the first ones to think of this, sure, but what exactly are the reasons? The choices? Who’s left out there? Who is worthy? It ain’t Ryan Reynolds, that’s for sure. Is it the times? Has the Macho appeal faded? But I’m not just talking about having huge arms and carrying an anti-aircraft gun, I’m just talking about being a good old fashioned tough guy. The question: Where’s a modern day Eastwood or Bronson? The answer? We don’t have one. And I don’t know how to feel about it. Continue reading