Beloved B-movie actor/God Bruce Campbell is making a sequel to My Name is Bruce. To many that decision may seem odd, considering that not even diehard fans of ‘The Chin’ were terribly blown away by the first film, and Campbell has been scrupulous enough in his project undertakings that he passed on a sequel to Bubba Ho-tep, but after reading his description of the sequel, entitled Bruce Vs. Frankenstein, I can see why he’s insistent on making the film. Read More »
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Cinema has entered a new dawn. It arrived a while ago, actually, and you may not have even noticed.
I’m not referring to the recent surfeit of remakes, sequels and adaptations, or the rebirth and subsequent profusion of superhero movies, or even the resurgence of 3D. No, I’m talking about the evolution of a burgeoning subgenre in cinema: meta films, aka movies about movies. Whether you’ve seen it or not, these self-reflective satires, parodies and homages have become a recurring staple of the aughts, and slowly but surely, the landscape of modern cinema is changing because of them. Read More »
As Sylvester Stallone reigns supreme at the box office yet again, the sting of Scott Pilgrim‘s failure to resonate with the public only deepens. Strange how both films attempt to appeal to similar filmic influences, yet the divide amongst audiences has been so wide.
It’s possible that this is a result, however subconscious, of a contrasting appreciation for the way the films choose to define its men, with the reverence for the long-lost form of the burly ’80s action hero speaking more to people than the modern promotion of the geek hero. In this way, The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World are on opposite sides of a cultural rift. Scott is a character whose manhood is not impugned by his scrawniness, awkwardness or geekiness, making him the sort of “badass” hero that could only exist in a post-Internet world. The characters in The Expendables, meanwhile, can essentially be seen as a plea to return to the male image as it was once celebrated, when masculinity was defined by muscles, scars, motorcycles, booze, tattoos and mindless acts of violence.
If this is indeed the case, and the box office can be deemed accurately representative of what constitutes a real man, the message audiences are trying to tell us here is simple: The men of today are gay; long live the six packs and mullets of yesterday. Read More »
College Humor hired an 8-year-old to explain what happens in the movie trailer for The Expendables. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 by David Chen
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley wonder about the other ways that Return of the Jedi might have ended and compare The Expendables unfavorably to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from The Totally Rad Show.
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We’ve heard about possible sequels to Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables for over a year. Last July, producer Avi Lerner said, “We already have got some ideas about Expendables No. 2, No. 3. Definitely, it’s a franchise movie.”
The film is opening this week, and if the rather expensive picture ($80m without factoring in prints and advertising) does well — not a given thanks to the R rating and competition from films like Scott Pilgrim — then Stallone is already developing an idea that would power a sequel. Providing financing comes through, that is. Read More »
Having spent formative years watching films starring Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and more, there’s something a bit awe-inspiring about looking up at a table packed with all those guys. I’m not talking about anything like hero worship. But when you can stare straight at a bunch of performers who have managed to carve out and maintain a very specific type of career, it’s an impressive thing.
Stallone assembled this crew for The Expendables, and they hit the San Diego Comic Con en masse to promote the film. No shocking news came out of their panel, and the footage was very much in line with what we’ve seen from the film. But the conversation was fun for action movie lovers. And hell, watching an entire audience grow chest hair simply by virtue of proximity to this collection of men is quite a thing to behold. Read More »
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When you put a bunch of musclebound dudes, including most of the biggest action stars in the world, into one movie, how do you go about selling it? Not with the first full trailer for The Expendables — you do it like this. The Monocular Group has cut the first Expendables trailer that is truly for men, and if you’re not grinning by the end, this movie wasn’t for you in the first place. Read More »