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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 #24 Retrospective: Willis
Filmwerk Podcast #24 Retrospective: Willis
Filmwerk Podcast #24 Retrospective: Willis

Filmwerk Podcast #24 Retrospective: Willis

The action just won’t stop here. As part of our action hero retrospective series we look at the king of cool, Bruce Willis and his small contribution to the action genre. Northern ranger, Steven Hurst and mouth from the S...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Sin City
Comic Book Movies 101: Sin City
Comic Book Movies 101: Sin City

Comic Book Movies 101: Sin City

So Sin City gets to fall into a couple of our retrospective categories. The Comic Book Movie and also the Bruce Willis Action Hero.  But we have listed it as Comic Book as it is first and foremost; besides Willis only gets abou...
 
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Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard 4.0
Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard 4.0
Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard 4.0

Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard 4.0

From the outset I need to make it clear to you, dear reader, that if you have come here looking for an unbiased and balanced review, you should stop reading right now.  It’s completely impossible for me to talk about any of the...
 

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Action Heroes - Willis: Hostage
Action Heroes - Willis: Hostage
Action Heroes - Willis: Hostage

Action Heroes – Willis: Hostage

Hostage is a rare action thriller in that, unlike most Hollywood action films, this has a sense of class and style that can only be described as European. Thankfully director Florent Emilio Siri, who had previously helmed Nid d...
 
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Action Heroes – Willis: Unbreakable
Action Heroes – Willis: Unbreakable
Action Heroes – Willis: Unbreakable

Action Heroes – Willis: Unbreakable

Unbreakable marks the second pairing of M Knight Shyamalan and Bruce Willis. Willis plays David Dunn, a seemingly ordinary security guard who walks away from a train derailment that kills all the other passengers, without a scr...
 

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Action Heroes – Willis: Tears Of The Sun
Action Heroes – Willis: Tears Of The Sun
Action Heroes – Willis: Tears Of The Sun

Action Heroes – Willis: Tears Of The Sun

Dreading the absolute worst, I have to watch Tears of the Sun for the first time ever and it looks like it might upset me somewhat. This is Hollywood getting involved in the African question as Bruce Willis’ Lt A.K. Waters is s...
 
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Action Heroes – Willis: The Sixth Sense
Action Heroes – Willis: The Sixth Sense
Action Heroes – Willis: The Sixth Sense

Action Heroes – Willis: The Sixth Sense

I’ll never forgive Daisy Donovan for announcing ‘Bruce Willis is a ghost!’ on The Eleven O’Clock Show back in 1999. I hadn’t seen The Sixth Sense at that point and frankly, after that, there didn’t seem to be much point. So I w...
 

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Action Heroes - Willis: Armageddon
Action Heroes - Willis: Armageddon
Action Heroes - Willis: Armageddon

Action Heroes – Willis: Armageddon

I won’t shy away from the fact that I’m not a big Michael Bay fan. I tend to agree with the critics in that he lacks subtlety and his films are over-long and over-edited. You watch this pile of trash or even The Rock and ...
 
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Action Heroes - Willis: The Jackal
Action Heroes - Willis: The Jackal
Action Heroes - Willis: The Jackal

Action Heroes – Willis: The Jackal

Frederick Forsyth wrote a classic tale of international intrigue called Day of the Jackal. In 1973, it became a chilling classic film with the same name. In 1997, the film was remade as The Jackal: Forsyth was so outraged by th...
 

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Action Heroes - Willis: The Fifth Element
Action Heroes - Willis: The Fifth Element
Action Heroes - Willis: The Fifth Element

Action Heroes – Willis: The Fifth Element

Luc Besson’s wonderfully exuberant, joyous and unashamedly over the top 1997 science-fiction action fantasy extravaganza comes up for the full retrospective treatment. Forming part of Filmwerk’s summer 2011 [Action ...
 
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Action Heroes - Willis: Last Man Standing
Action Heroes - Willis: Last Man Standing
Action Heroes - Willis: Last Man Standing

Action Heroes – Willis: Last Man Standing

Loner arrives in town run by two guys with an affluent sheriff sitting in between them. Loner works for both gangs slowly turning each more paranoid and eventually against each other. Sound familiar?We’ve already had Yoji...
 

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Action Heroes – Willis: 12 Monkeys
Action Heroes – Willis: 12 Monkeys
Action Heroes – Willis: 12 Monkeys

Action Heroes – Willis: 12 Monkeys

Bonus review: Willis was at his most experimental here in Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi time travel fantasy. The film was nominated for several awards, notably for the costume design (woohoo full body condom outfits!) and also a suppo...
 
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Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard With A Vengeance
Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard With A Vengeance
Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard With A Vengeance

Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard With A Vengeance

Bruce Willis returns as ultra-hardass blue collar cop John McClane, this time chasing around New York after Hans Gruber’s brother. The action is mostly the same this time around as McClane again lays claim to the unluckiest-son...
 

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Action Heroes – Willis: Striking Distance
Action Heroes – Willis: Striking Distance
Action Heroes – Willis: Striking Distance

Action Heroes – Willis: Striking Distance

Brucie had a bit of an uneven time in the early to mid 90s. But for me being in my teens at the time I lapped most of it up without complaint. The Last Boy Scout rocked. Hell, even Colour of Night was passable for me. This one,...
 
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Action Heroes – Willis: Hudson Hawk
Action Heroes – Willis: Hudson Hawk
Action Heroes – Willis: Hudson Hawk

Action Heroes – Willis: Hudson Hawk

BONUS REVIEW: For our first brucie bonus, we take a peek at Hudson Hawk. Quite why this one went over critics’ heads back in the day is beyond me. Directed by Michael “Heathers” Lehmann, this quirky comedic action adventu...
 

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Action Heroes - Willis: Color Of Night
Action Heroes - Willis: Color Of Night
Action Heroes - Willis: Color Of Night

Action Heroes – Willis: Color Of Night

  Of all the retrospectives I have done for Filmwerk over the last few months, Color Of Night (yes it uses the american spelling) is among by far the most surprising. As this Action Heroes retrospective is now well and truly un...
 
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Action Heroes - Willis: The Last Boy Scout
Action Heroes - Willis: The Last Boy Scout
Action Heroes - Willis: The Last Boy Scout

Action Heroes – Willis: The Last Boy Scout

In a parallel universe, Damon Wayans is a massive star. He merely has to smile and money rains down on him from the sky. A starring role in inconsequential TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and a so-so rap career have been ...
 

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Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard 2: Die Harder

So over-thrilled when I heard there was a Die Hard 2 on its way! And it was around this time that I had really started to get my geeky little teenage teeth into the film world.  Bare in mind I had grown up a lover of video, and...
 
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Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard
Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard
Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard

Action Heroes – Willis: Die Hard

Now I will admit to several things in this Action hero retrospective. Van Damme is my ultimate guilty pleasure, Arnold is just king of the box office jungle, Sly is the one and only original who I will always have a soft spot f...
 

Action Heroes
 
Comic Book Movies 101: Red
Comic Book Movies 101: Red
Comic Book Movies 101: Red

Comic Book Movies 101: Red

A bit hard to look back on RED retrospectively – seeing that it came out LAST YEAR! But screw it – Bruce Willis is not one you’d expect to be a big graphic novel kinda guy, but RED makes at least his third (after Sin City and S...
 
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Comic Book Movies 101: Surrogates
Comic Book Movies 101: Surrogates
Comic Book Movies 101: Surrogates

Comic Book Movies 101: Surrogates

Now when I first saw Surrogates I compared it very much to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Sixth Day.  Both films were set in the future and involved people expanding their lifespan in some way.  Arnold’s world has the use o...