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The Expendables 2 Review
The Expendables 2 Review
The Expendables 2 Review

The Expendables 2 Review

  With a crash bang and a fair few wallops, Expendables 2 explodes onto screens with the return of Barney Ross (Stallone) and his mismatched team of professionals. Sent on a mission by the mysterious Mr Church (Willis) the...
 
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Filmwerk Podcast #21 Retrospective: Schwarzenegger
Filmwerk Podcast #21 Retrospective: Schwarzenegger
Filmwerk Podcast #21 Retrospective: Schwarzenegger

Filmwerk Podcast #21 Retrospective: Schwarzenegger

We turn our attention to perhaps the most successful of all the action stars in our action hero retrospective series with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Charting the Austrian Oak’s action movie career and loving it long time is ...
 

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Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines

The cyborg franchise finally returned in 2003 with its third installment Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, a full 12 years after the landmark release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The lack of the visionary James Cameron at t...
 
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Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Collateral Damage
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Collateral Damage
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Collateral Damage

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage was originally released in 2002 and I went to my local cinema to see it simply because Arnie was back in action mode. Having somehow got through it I then travelled an hour by car to a midnight screening of St...
 

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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The 6th Day
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The 6th Day
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The 6th Day

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: The 6th Day

I picked this film to write about because I wrote the retro for the futuristic Bruce Willis film Surrogates.  The 6th Day (which came out many a year before) is the closest thing in Arnie’s filmography to the Willis sci-fi flic...
 
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Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: End Of Days
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: End Of Days
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: End Of Days

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: End Of Days

Well, did it really surprise anyone that Schwarzenegger was going to go up against the Devil? He’s beaten just about every other kind of villain you can think of, so why not a bout with Lucifer himself? This time round Arnie is...
 

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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Eraser
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Eraser
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Eraser

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Eraser

Where The Terminator is a classic partly because, as star Linda Hamilton put it, it ‘served [Schwarzenegger] very well’, Eraser is a disposal bit of action fluff because it totally ignores everything about Schwarzenegger that m...
 
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Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: True Lies
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: True Lies
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: True Lies

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: True Lies

BONUS Review True Lies is an oddity. It’s recognised as perhaps old Arnold’s biggest action spectacle in the non-sci-fi world. It was his last film with James Cameron, and it made a bit of a storm at the box office when it was ...
 

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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Last Action Hero
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Last Action Hero
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Last Action Hero

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Last Action Hero

  If there’s one thing Hollywood loves it’s a movie about itself. If there’s one thing the movie-going public hate it’s movies about Hollywood. This goes some of the way to explain why The Last Action Hero was such a colossal b...
 
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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger may get the above-title billing on this movie, but make no mistake; he’s not the star of this show. The real stars of Terminator 2 are the special-effects team over at ILM.  The movie cost over $100 millio...
 

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Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Total Recall
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Total Recall
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Total Recall

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Total Recall

Well, here it is then – Total Recall, as remembered by yours truly. There are good movies and there are great movies. Sometimes you know you are witnessing a great movie at the time of release, you just know it’s significant an...
 
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Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Red Heat
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Red Heat
Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Red Heat

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Red Heat

It has fallen to me to bring you the retrospective of Walter Hill’s 1988 action/comedy/thriller Red Heat. It’s an example of that seemingly oh-so 80s a phenomenon, the buddy-cop movie. Now I know there were buddy cop movies, an...
 

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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Predator
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Predator
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Predator

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Predator

No matter how many sequels, prequels or spin-offs are made with the character of the Predator, the first is by far the best. How could it not be with its fantastic science fiction score by Alan Silverstri, its instantly quotabl...
 
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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The Running Man
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The Running Man
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The Running Man

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: The Running Man

I’m pretty sure that I was in my early teens when I had my first introduction to Arnie’s The Running Man, and it was on a third or fourth generation pirate video. I must admit as I can’t stand to watch copy films now, but at th...
 

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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Raw Deal
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Raw Deal
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Raw Deal

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Raw Deal

This is like the forgotten Arnie flick from the 80s. Even Conan the Destroyer and Red Sonya get mentioned from time-to-time – thanks largely to the original Conan being so good and Red Sonya being so lame. But Raw Deal barely g...
 
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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Commando
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Commando
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: Commando

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: Commando

There are very few action films from the 80s that are as instantly quotable Commando, a cheesy slice of 80s action gold. Yes that’s right, I am under no illusions that this is anything short of amazing. If you don’t agree, well...
 

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Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The Terminator
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The Terminator
Action Heroes - Schwarzenegger: The Terminator

Action Heroes – Schwarzenegger: The Terminator

Rewatching The Terminator (1984) prodded into being a question to which there may be no answer: Is James Cameron a better director when he has a comparatively small budget to work with, or has he just lost his touch as he’s got...