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

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

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 action, … 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 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

Escape Plan

NO ONE BREAKS OUT ALONE. Professional breakout artist Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself thrown in a state-of-the art prison whose warden (Caviezel) learned lessons from the best – Ray himself. A throwback to action movies of the 1980s, with a formulaic story and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. If it’s possible to ignore flaws in the … Continue reading Escape Plan

The Expendables 2

BACK FOR WAR. Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his ace team of mercenaries try to retrieve a case from a safe that was onboard a plane that went down in Albania. In this sequel, where CGI blood spatter is as frequent as silly one-liners (Arnie even gets to serve up two variants of “I’ll be … Continue reading The Expendables 2

Around the World in 80 Days

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR. In 1872, inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) wagers that he can travel around the world in 80 days; he’s accompanied by his recently hired manservant (Jackie Chan) who has an agenda of his own. Another adaptation of the Jules Verne perennial, one that takes a lot of liberties but not in a … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days