This past weekend while visiting with family in Pennsylvania I had the opportunity to go see The Expendables 2. My brother, my wife’s Uncle Jay, my nephew Anthony and I had a great time. So many action stars, one liners, and bullets! Make no mistake, this movie will not sweep the Academy Awards, but it’s a throwback to the glorious days of the true action movie. Where else can you see Sly, Arnold, Bruce, Chuck, Dolph, Jet, Chuck and more shoot bad guys and punch and kick their way through a two hour movie?
If you grew up in the 80’s you’ll love this sequel, it’s over the top, silly, and just great. My favorite thing about The Expendables 2 was the chance to see Jean Claude Van Damme up on the big screen again. He’s the bad guy here and he really did a great job. Someone ought to put this guy in a big budget movie, I know it sounds silly but he’s actually underrated as an actor.
All things being equal, I thought the first Expendables was the better movie, but this one is bigger for sure and it’s a great way to kill a couple of hours. It’s pure entertainment the way they don’t make ’em any more.
I am a fan of the recent Marvel superhero movies. Spiderman, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and especially Captain America. The Avengers is better than all of those. All of the heros in The Avengers get a moment to shine on screen, even Nick Fury. Going into the movie I was a little disappointed to know that Loki was going to be the main protagonist, but after seeing the film I can see why this was the case. The Avengers ties a lot of the previous movies together, and having Thor’s brother as the bad guy made that more efficient. It’s a long movie, but when it was over I didn’t feel beat up and ready for the story to be over the way I do when trying to watch an entire Harry Potter movie. Even the Lord of the Rings movies seems too long to me, but thanks to a great story and even better dialog I never became impatient during The Avengers.
The standout from The Avengers is clearly The Hulk. You spend most of the movie waiting for him to appear and it’s amazing when he finally goes on a rampage. At two points during the movie The Hulk actually got applause from the audience.
Highly recommended, I can’t wait to see it again. Let’s hope The Avengers 2 is half as good!
Came across a funny article and thought I’d post it here:
Summer season suck: The 6 worst movies Hollywood crapped out this year
published: Fri., Sep. 2 2011 @ 12:15PM
We generally try not to let our hipster cynicism and pessimism override us here at Show and Tell, but there’s no way around the truth of hindsight. Now that it’s September, and the official Summer movie season is over, we know: The tentpole Summer movies of 2011 sucked, and sucked hard.
100 Reasons Why The Godfather is the Greatest Movie of All Time.
I finally got around to seeing The Expendables. For a child of the 80’s, it was really a must-see. Starring primarily Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, this was a true throw-back to the action movie days of old. With tons of violence, gun play, car chases and some surprisingly funny lines this one is well worth watching, especially if you are a Statham fan.