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Plot: Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a freelance Las Vegas bodyguard who dreams of retiring to Venice . a dream that is hampered by the fact that he.s a gambling addict and tends to burn through whatever meager funds he earns at the dingiest casinos in town. When a call girl friend of his is brutalized by a well-connected thug (Milo Ventimiglia), Nick risks his neck to help her get some well-deserved payback. Review: If Liam Neeson is turning into the modern-day Charles Bronson, Jason »
- Chris Bumbray
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan the Barbarian is one of those rare 1980s movie gems that just kicked a ridiculous amount of ass. Fantasy films weren't as popular back then as they are now, and the fact that they went all-out for a violent R-rated action film is awesome. If they made that movie today, the studio would want it to be cut down to a PG-13 rating, which is kind of sad. I freakin’ love this movie, and one day hopefully we get that Legend of Conan sequel. The last thing I heard was that it would start shooting this year, and I hope that’s still the plan! While we wait for an update, I've put together a list of 15 Fun Facts for Conan the Barbarian that you might not know. Enjoy!
Schwarzenegger had to cut down on his workout routine because his arm and chest muscles were so »
- Joey Paur
Cargill and I step into the ring to go a few rounds with another first film by a prominent director. This time, we spar with Walter Hill’s Hard Times. Charles Bronson plays Chaney, a drifter with iron fists who rolls into Depression-era New Orleans and teams up with local hustler Speed (James Coburn). The two of them proceed to dupe and deck every pick-up fighter in the area. Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) demonstrates in his first outing a number of the thematic and character trademarks that would come to epitomize his work. Meanwhile Cargill and I make many of the inappropriate jokes and gleeful geek-outs that have come to epitomize Junkfood Cinema. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #40 Directly On This Week’s Show: Pre-Ramble [0:00 – 2:15] Hard Timers [2:16 – 48:22] Denouement [48:23 – 51:29] Films Discussed: [Click to buy, help us keep the lights on] Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show:
"Junkfood Cinema: Hitting Hard Times" was originally »
- Brian Salisbury
The third chapter in the saga of a former government agent who keeps being lured out of retirement by various baddies hell-bent on breaking up his nuclear family premiered to $40.4 million across 3,594 theaters. That handily beat tracking, which suggested an opening closer to $30 million, and ranks as the second best January debut of all time, behind only “Ride Along,” which bowed to $41.5 million.
Neeson’s return to ass-kicking ended “The Hobbit’s” three-week run as domestic ticket sales champ. The Middle-earth finale dropped to fourth place, picking up $9.4 million and bringing its Stateside total to $236.5 million.
Neeson’s signature franchise showed no signs of fatigue. In comparison, “Taken 2” kicked off to $49.5 million in 2012, while the original »
- Brent Lang
Taken a Break: Megaton’s Slurpy Finish Brings Euro Schlock to L.A.
It should surprise no one that Taken 3 is a laughable, sometimes downright embarrassing mess of stapled together derivatives, narrative clichés, and the kind of god-awful dialogue that makes one wonder if screenwriters Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen even know what real life human beings sound like. Director Olivier Megaton, acolyte of Monsieur Besson, returns to direct the third installment, which is a minor improvement over Taken 2 if only due to the fact that we’re not simply photocopying the initial film that started us down this ‘rabbit hole’ in the first place. But then, the film belies the faulty foundation from which the franchise was born—this could have easily been any generic celluloid jockstrap for Mr. Neeson, honorable family man extraordinaire defending the innocent and (usually) privileged targets of ill will to some inane or illogical resolution. »
- Nicholas Bell
The easy take on Liam Neeson’s career over the past seven years is that the classy Irish actor turned into an action star when he should have been concentrating on Shakespeare or something. But, truth is, Neeson’s attraction to action is nothing new.
“I always liked the older action-movie stars like Robert Mitchum and Charles Bronson when I was growing up in Northern Ireland,” he explains during an interview at a Hollywood hotel. “When the first Taken movie became a hit, all of these other action scripts started coming my way — which was flattering — and they were good, so I did them and had a great time at it.”
And the 62-year-old, New York-based thesp isn’t easing up on action anytime soon. A few months from now Run All Night will hit theatres with Neeson as an aging hitman, and this month we have the release of Taken 3, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
The arrival of Taken 3 leaves James pondering the appeal of vigilante movies...
Taken 3 is set to take cinemas by storm, with force and with Bryan Mills showcasing that particular set of skills and his especial resolve. Mills is, of course, played by the indomitable Liam Neeson, and the plot for this threequel revolves around the battle to clear his good (?) name.
He's been accused of a brutal murder that he didn't commit or witness, so now Mills is going to use that infamous skillset to hunt and find the real killer, all while evading the authorities who'd put him behind bars and his film franchise on hiatus. Oh, and the murder victim was his ex-wife Lennie (Famke Janssen), so there's bonus devastation and a whole can of emotional worms for the man to wrestle with.
For the third movie, then, it isn't just a family member that's been »
By Don Stradley
Charles Bronson was 55 at the time of “St Ives” (1976). He was just a couple years past his star-making turn in “Death Wish”, and was enjoying a surprising run of success. I say surprising because Bronson had, after all, been little more than a craggy second banana for most of his career. Now, inexplicably, he had box office clout as a leading man. In fact, Bronson reigned unchallenged for a few years as the most popular male actor in international markets. Yes, even bigger than Eastwood, Newman, Reynolds, Redford, or any other 1970s star you can name. Many of Bronson’s movies were partly financed by foreign investors, for even if his movies didn’t score stateside, they still drew buckets of money in Prague or Madrid. Some have suggested that his popularity on foreign screens was due to how little he said in his movies (there was »
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8 items from 2015
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