Tag Archives: Mickey Rourke

Heaven’s Gate

THE ONLY THING GREATER THAN THEIR PASSION FOR AMERICA… WAS THEIR PASSION FOR EACH OTHER. Director Michael Cimino’s legendary follow-up to The Deer Hunter (1978) ruined his reputation and became such a commercial failure that it almost destroyed a movie studio – but the criticism hasn’t always been fair. This depiction of the 1890s Johnson County War … Continue reading Heaven’s Gate

Immortals

THE GODS NEED A HERO. In a quest to liberate his fellow Titans and have revenge against the Olympians, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) declares war on mankind… whose best hope is Theseus (Henry Cavill). Another chance for Tarsem Singh to dazzle audiences with visual splendor, but this 3D adventure in the mold of 300 (2007) has an unapologetically … Continue reading Immortals

The Expendables

CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON. A group of highly skilled mercenaries led by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is hired to take out the dictator of a South American island nation… but they soon learn the full picture. Stallone gathered as many old-school action stars he could find (and approached many others who declined) for this adventure, a tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading The Expendables

Iron Man 2

Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is pressured by his own deteriorating health, as well as the emergence of a new supervillain (Mickey Rourke) who teams up with a rival arms dealer (Sam Rockwell). Most critics thought too highly of the original and now they’re underestimating the sequel. Downey, Jr. is still the heart and center of … Continue reading Iron Man 2

The Pledge

DETECTIVE JERRY BLACK HAS MADE A PROMISE HE CAN’T BREAK, TO CATCH A KILLER HE CAN’T FIND.  When Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson), a cop in Nevada who’s about to retire, ends up being the one who tells a family that their eight-year-old girl has been murdered, he swears on “the salvation of his soul” to … Continue reading The Pledge

The Wrestler: Stuck in the ’80s

LOVE. PAIN. GLORY. Prior to this film, director Darren Aronofsky enjoyed recognition primarily from critics who loved his first film (Pi (1998)) or his second (Requiem for a Dream (2000)). This film, however, became a mainstream breakthrough for a filmmaker who rarely has chosen the easy path. He ended up picking washed-up actor Mickey Rourke for the lead, which … Continue reading The Wrestler: Stuck in the ’80s

Man on Fire

A PROMISE TO PROTECT. A VOW TO AVENGE.  John Creasy (Denzel Washington), an alcoholic former CIA assassin, is hired as a bodyguard to a 9-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) in Mexico City at a time when kidnappings are rampant. This remake of a 1987 Scott Glenn movie is bombastic to a near-ridiculous level; much too long and full of … Continue reading Man on Fire

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

THE TIME HAS COME. The third part of the trilogy that began with El Mariachi (1992) sees the guitar-playing desperado (Antonio Banderas) lured out of retirement to stop a Mexican general from overthrowing the President after his decision to destroy a drug cartel. Director Robert Rodriguez does his best to entertain us in lieu of … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Sin City

THERE IS NO JUSTICE WITHOUT SIN. This adaptation of a graphic novel is a first in the way that the creator actively worked with the director on the visual style of the film. There are four stories, all set in the rainy, dark and unforgiving place called Basin City. Everything is so grim-looking, so noir, … Continue reading Sin City