Tag Archives: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Bill Paxton 1955-2017

It was quite a shock today for Hollywood and the rest of us to wake up and know that Bill Paxton has died due to complications following surgery. Judging from all the love for Paxton on Twitter, he was really popular in Hollywood. In the clip above from last summer’s Comic Con, he and Sigourney … Continue reading Bill Paxton 1955-2017

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2017

With an authoritarian man in the White House, it was unavoidable that this year’s Super Bowl ads would be political. There were also plenty of movie and TV trailers, but few of them offered any real surprises; we did learn when the second season of Stranger Things premieres (Halloween), but that was about it.  Let’s take a look … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2017

Maggie

A zombie pandemic is raging through the country and Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is trying to protect his teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin), who’s been bitten, for as long as he can. An intriguing low-budget project for a star like Schwarzenegger who’s taken on one of his greatest acting challenges. His performance is low-key and perfectly … Continue reading Maggie

10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

A few days ago, I finished Steven J. Ross’s book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics”, where the writer has profiled the political careers of ten liberal and conservative Hollywood figures. He chose his subjects well, because they differ a lot from each other. Some of them were movement politicians, meaning they … Continue reading 10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

True Lies

WHEN HE SAID I DO, HE NEVER SAID WHAT HE DID. Helen Tasker (Jamie Lee Curtis) has no idea that her boring husband (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is actually a top-secret government agent… until the day when she’s accidentally drawn into his adventures. The French action-comedy La Totale! (1991) served as inspiration for this overblown blockbuster that … Continue reading True Lies

Paul Walker is Dead and Schwarzenegger Old – Time to Get Over It

There have been two blockbusters this season where American critics have mystified me. Sure, I didn’t much care for San Andreas, I did love Mad Max: Fury Road, and Jurassic World was disappointing but still worth a look. So, I agreed with most critics. When Spy came I thought some reviewers were a bit overexcited, but I chalked it up to exaggerated … Continue reading Paul Walker is Dead and Schwarzenegger Old – Time to Get Over It

Total Recall

THEY STOLE HIS MIND, NOW HE WANTS IT BACK.   In 2048, construction worker Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) buys a memory trip to Mars as a secret agent fantasy, but the procedure goes wrong… Done in the same uncompromising, hugely entertaining way as the director’s RoboCop (1987), this movie has a sense of humor, heart-pounding … Continue reading Total Recall

Conan the Barbarian

SLAVE. BARBARIAN. WARRIOR. THIEF. Sometime during the Hyborian Age, a slave boy grows up to become a man with a burning desire to avenge the brutal deaths of his parents at the hands of a wizard (James Earl Jones). Robert E. Howard’s pulp character gets a decent but uninvolving screen treatment, even if the film … Continue reading Conan the Barbarian

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

The Expendables 3

NEW TEAM. NEW ATTITUDE. NEW MISSION. When the CIA learns that one of the original Expendables (Mel Gibson), who went rogue and was presumed dead, has resurfaced, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) assembles a new team to capture him. The first film in the series to get a PG-13 rating, which to the disappointment of many … Continue reading The Expendables 3

Sabotage

LEAVE NO LOOSE ENDS. While striking against a drug cartel, an elite DEA force led by John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) steals $10 million of their money… only to learn that someone is betraying them. One of the director’s hard-boiled cop movies, but this time without the credibility that made End of Watch (2012) memorable. … Continue reading Sabotage

The Last Stand

NOT IN HIS TOWN. NOT ON HIS WATCH. A drug lord who’s taken a hostage is speeding toward the Mexican border in a modified Chevrolet, but first he needs to cross a sleepy Arizona small town where the sheriff is a former LAPD cop… Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years (after his stint … Continue reading The Last Stand