Originally conceived as a starring vehicle for himself, Sylvester Stallone adapted Chuck Logan‘s novel Homefront into a screenplay that then promptly sat on a shelf to gather dust. By the time it was finally set to go into production, Sly deemed himself too old and passed the machismo-drenched baton to Expendables co-star Jason Statham. The end result is about what you’d expect given the pedigree. A thrill ride curiously absent of thrills, Homefront is a disappointment even the most hardcore action fans will have trouble defending.
We realize Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger teaming up in a movie would cause excitement…if this were twenty years ago. Once upon a time, these two were at the top of the action hero food chain. Now, they have been regulated to smaller projects, each with varying degrees of quality. I walked into Escape Plan with the lowest expectations possible, and you know what? I was pleasantly surprised. Clearly, they are not the same people who starred in Commando (1985) or the Rambo series, and that’s okay. I don’t think anyone is expecting that, but if you’re looking to be entertained, you’ll get your money’s worth. Directed by Mikael Håfström and written by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller, this is an enjoyable action thriller with a cast noticeably having a good time. There’s no getting around it: I liked this one.
If screenings of clips from Star Trek Into Darkness and Fast & Furious 6 weren’t cool enough, we still had two days worth of studio presentations (Disney, Sony, 20th Century Fox, and Lionsgate) at CinemaCon 2013. Generally the presentations went two ways: either the presenters would briefly mention a bunch of projects but not show anything from them and then show more extensive clips from a few select projects, OR they would show brief clips (or trailers) for many different projects.
I keep thinking to myself that Sylvester Stallone is an underrated actor. Remember, he was nominated for an acting Oscar—granted, it was 1977 and he was still up-and-coming when he played the title role in Rocky. The point still stands. If Stallone is inspired, he is capable of giving good performances. First Blood (1982) and Cop Land (1997) are two prime examples. But every good outing comes between a handful of bad ones. His latest work, Bullet to the Head, isn’t helping his case. Mere weeks after Arnold Schwarzenegger came back on the action scene, Stallone takes his turn to tackle the genre yet again. Unfortunately, we are given a lifeless story with a lead performance that barely registers any kind of active participation.
In honor of the release of Parker, Spencer and Greg discuss Jason Statham.
In honor of the release of Killing Them Softly, Spencer and Greg discuss Ray Liotta.
In honor of the release of Dredd 3D, Spencer and Greg discuss films about cops in the future.
Additional films suggested: Mad Max, The Caves of Steel, I Robot, 1984, A Scanner Darkly, Bronx Executioner, Hands of Steel, Assassin, Future Force, Soylent Green, Outland, Fahrenheit 451, Escape from New York, Trancers
Topics include: the challenges of voice acting, a trip to Star Wars Land, predictions for Django Unchained, thoughts about the news coming from CinemaCon, and hopes for James Bond going forward.