If screenings of clips from Star Trek Into Darkness and Fast & Furious 6 weren’t cool enough, we still had two days worth of studio presentations (Disney, Sony, 20th Century Fox, and Lionsgate) at CinemaCon 2013. Generally the presentations went two ways: either the presenters would briefly mention a bunch of projects but not show anything from them and then show more extensive clips from a few select projects, OR they would show brief clips (or trailers) for many different projects.
I keep thinking to myself that Sylvester Stallone is an underrated actor. Remember, he was nominated for an acting Oscar—granted, it was 1977 and he was still up-and-coming when he played the title role in Rocky. The point still stands. If Stallone is inspired, he is capable of giving good performances. First Blood (1982) and Cop Land (1997) are two prime examples. But every good outing comes between a handful of bad ones. His latest work, Bullet to the Head, isn’t helping his case. Mere weeks after Arnold Schwarzenegger came back on the action scene, Stallone takes his turn to tackle the genre yet again. Unfortunately, we are given a lifeless story with a lead performance that barely registers any kind of active participation.
In honor of the release of Parker, Spencer and Greg discuss Jason Statham.
In honor of the release of Killing Them Softly, Spencer and Greg discuss Ray Liotta.
In honor of the release of Dredd 3D, Spencer and Greg discuss films about cops in the future.
Additional films suggested: Mad Max, The Caves of Steel, I Robot, 1984, A Scanner Darkly, Bronx Executioner, Hands of Steel, Assassin, Future Force, Soylent Green, Outland, Fahrenheit 451, Escape from New York, Trancers
Topics include: the challenges of voice acting, a trip to Star Wars Land, predictions for Django Unchained, thoughts about the news coming from CinemaCon, and hopes for James Bond going forward.
Another Top 5 segment from The MacGuffin. This time Allen and Ed share their top 5 fight scenes.
There are many movies that feature underdog characters, but very few are as good and as inspirational as Rocky (1976). Directed by John G. Avildsen and written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as the titular character, the film is a moving emotional journey about a no-name fighter who is given the miracle chance of becoming a world champion. But more than that, the movie is a story of a man who simply wants to be the best that he can possibly be. He wishes to crawl out of the depths that life has put him in and earn the self-respect that even he doesn’t feel he has. The movie is about so much more than just the final fight, and it is about more than just a fighter. It is about a man’s life; it is about that man trying to find his share of happiness, however small that may be.