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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...
 
Action Heroes
 
Filmwerk Podcast #23 Retrospective: Rambo
Filmwerk Podcast #23 Retrospective: Rambo
Filmwerk Podcast #23 Retrospective: Rambo

Filmwerk Podcast #23 Retrospective: Rambo

Not satisfied with their coverage of the Rocky film series,  Steven Hurst and everyone’s favourite talking monkey, Dani Singer, return to look at the Rambo franchise for the Filmwerk action hero retrospective series.
 

Action Heroes
 
Filmwerk Podcast #19 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 2)
Filmwerk Podcast #19 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 2)
Filmwerk Podcast #19 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 2)

Filmwerk Podcast #19 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 2)

The gloves are off and in this final round we look at the last three Rocky films. Zookeeper, Steven Hurst and resident monkey, Dani Singer make it to the final bell with their thoughts of the tail end of the series.
 
Action Heroes
 
Filmwerk Podcast #18 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 1)
Filmwerk Podcast #18 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 1)
Filmwerk Podcast #18 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 1)

Filmwerk Podcast #18 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 1)

We start our action hero retrospective podcast season with a look at the first  three Rocky movies. Lord of the jungle, Steven Hurst and King of the swingers, Dani Singer get into the facts behind why Sylvester Stallone is such...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo

We bookend this Stallone series (and finish the entire Action Hero retrospective) with Stallone’s self-penned and directed fourth and final Rambo movie. We wave goodbye to a hero who helped kick-start the action genre in a big ...
 
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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo III
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo III
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo III

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo III

Rambo III had a budget of $63 million, making it the most expensive film ever made at the time of its 1988 release. Now that’s some pretty expensive explosions! Despite this big bulging budget, Rambo III wasn’t the most popular...
 

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Action Heroes - Stallone: Rambo: First Blood Part II
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rambo: First Blood Part II
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rambo: First Blood Part II

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo: First Blood Part II

The year is 1985 and Stallone’s Rocky IV has thrilled and spilled everyone (my young self included) with its heady mix of muscles, music, montages and feel good (if naive) Cold War idealism. Later the same year came Rambo: Firs...
 
Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes - Stallone: First Blood
Action Heroes - Stallone: First Blood
Action Heroes - Stallone: First Blood

Action Heroes – Stallone: First Blood

John J. Rambo’s cinematic introduction was (believe it or not), a surprisingly subtle piece of work, and a very long way from the mental image (either interpretation of the phrase ‘mental image’ is fine), most people associate ...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky Balboa
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky Balboa
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky Balboa

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky Balboa

The 1990s had been mostly poor for Stallone but as the century turned over things just got worse and worse. By the time he announced that Rocky would be dusting off his boxing gloves once again his star had hit rock bottom afte...
 
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Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky V
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky V
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky V

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky V

Hmmmm…..I’m desperately trying to think of a way of introducing this fifth instalment of the Rocky franchise without using the phrase “What the flaming heck was Sylvester Stallone thinking?!” but I reall...
 

Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky IV
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky IV
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky IV

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky IV

Some of you may have read my recent review of Captain America, in which I lampooned him as the worst symbol of the ‘American Dream’ since Ronald Raegan’s ‘Star Wars’ initiative. Well, recently I re-watched Rocky IV and it dawne...
 
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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky III
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky III
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky III

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky III

Filmwerk’s Stallone season continues, and I now get the chance to do the Retro thing with one of my absolute childhood favourites. The great, the amazing, the one, the only: Rocky III. This retrospective has been sitting ...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky II
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky II
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky II

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky II

Sylvester Stallone is back as the human punch bag Rocky Balboa out to show the Master of Disaster Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) that he can go one better this time around. Following the enormous success of the original Rocky (Be...
 
Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky

Just in case anyone thought that during this action hero retro season that we forgot to include the two characters that put Sylvester Stallone on the map, we didn’t. But with two large franchises, we thought we’d sa...
 

Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes - Stallone: The Expendables
Action Heroes - Stallone: The Expendables
Action Heroes - Stallone: The Expendables

Action Heroes – Stallone: The Expendables

When The Expendables was first announced by Stallone, there was an air of almost frenzied geek anticipation. An air that could possibly described as the need to watch the greatest action film ever made. And how could it not be ...
 
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Action Heroes - Stallone: Driven
Action Heroes - Stallone: Driven
Action Heroes - Stallone: Driven

Action Heroes – Stallone: Driven

So Stallone took on a new sport, or is that returned to the racetrack after Death Race 2000, with this naughties effort. He got his old Cliffhanger director buddy Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) to direct. Harlin was on the down and ...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Get Carter
Action Heroes – Stallone: Get Carter
Action Heroes – Stallone: Get Carter

Action Heroes – Stallone: Get Carter

Well, you can either compare a remake to the original or let it stand on its own merits. For me, I can’t do the former here as (shock horror) I’ve never seen the original Get Carter (people may think I have it in for Mich...
 
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Action Heroes – Stallone: Copland
Action Heroes – Stallone: Copland
Action Heroes – Stallone: Copland

Action Heroes – Stallone: Copland

Perhaps you remember when James Mangold’s Cop Land came out back in 1997. Even if you didn’t go to the cinema to see it, maybe you remember the buzz around Sylvester Stallone’s performance. This was going to be the role that pr...
 

Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes - Stallone: Daylight
Action Heroes - Stallone: Daylight
Action Heroes - Stallone: Daylight

Action Heroes – Stallone: Daylight

Sylvester Stallone in Rob Cohen directed big budget, small scale quasi disaster movie action! – Discuss… Exactly ten years after Cobra (I mention it for no other reason than because of having reviewed that particula...
 
Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes - Stallone: Assassins
Action Heroes - Stallone: Assassins
Action Heroes - Stallone: Assassins

Action Heroes – Stallone: Assassins

It’s such a shame that the last movie I review for Filmwerks “Action Movie Retrospectives” series would be one that fails to deliver any real action.  When I got this gig, I assumed it would be hours of fun, hardly work at all;...
 

Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes – Stallone: The Specialist
Action Heroes – Stallone: The Specialist
Action Heroes – Stallone: The Specialist

Action Heroes – Stallone: The Specialist

Having realized that Sylvester Stallone was going down the tubes in the 1990’s I never bothered watching The Specialist upon its original release. Having just had to watch it for Filmwerk I personally feel I made the right choi...
 
Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes - Stallone: Demolition Man
Action Heroes - Stallone: Demolition Man
Action Heroes - Stallone: Demolition Man

Action Heroes – Stallone: Demolition Man

Demolition Man you wonderful piece of early 90s action trash, oh how I love thee. Of all the Stallone films to have come out during the 90s, this feature is still by far a firm favorite of mine. For those that have yet to see D...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Cliffhanger
Action Heroes – Stallone: Cliffhanger
Action Heroes – Stallone: Cliffhanger

Action Heroes – Stallone: Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger was seen as a comeback movie for Sly after two pretty disastrous comedies in the shapes of Oscar and Stop or My Mom Will Shoot as well as the poor Rocky V. His return to the action genre was a superb success on its ...
 
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Action Heroes - Stallone: Tango & Cash
Action Heroes - Stallone: Tango & Cash
Action Heroes - Stallone: Tango & Cash

Action Heroes – Stallone: Tango & Cash

I was very excited when I was handed Tango and Cash to review.  It was one of the films we used to have on VHS back in my youth – recorded off the telly late one Friday night thanks to timer record or more likely an older broth...
 

Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes – Stallone: Lock Up
Action Heroes – Stallone: Lock Up
Action Heroes – Stallone: Lock Up

Action Heroes – Stallone: Lock Up

Every now and again an action hero heads to the slammer for a bit of action drama. Eastwood probably had the better idea of escaping from such institutions, but then lunkheads like Van Damme go there on purpose (Death Warrant)....
 
Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes - Stallone: Cobra
Action Heroes - Stallone: Cobra
Action Heroes - Stallone: Cobra

Action Heroes – Stallone: Cobra

Filmwerk’s ‘Action Heroes’ season of retrospectives continue with my take on one of Sylvester Stallone’s less well celebrated, somewhat overlooked movies. Of course we’re talking about super silly,...
 

Action Heroes
 
Action Heroes - Stallone: Nighthawks
Action Heroes - Stallone: Nighthawks
Action Heroes - Stallone: Nighthawks

Action Heroes – Stallone: Nighthawks

What, or who, is a nighthawk? Surprisingly, perhaps, you will not find out by watching Nighthawks (1981). You will, however, get to enjoy the longest opening credits ever set to the music of Keith Emerson and see Sylvester Stal...