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The Expendables

The Expendables

Directed by:  Sylvester Stallone

Written by:  Dave Callaham, Sylvester Stallone

Produced by:  Kevin King , Avi Lerner. Kevin King Templeton. John Thompson

Starring:  Sylvester Stallone. Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin. Mickey Rourke

Run Time:  103 Min

Sylvester Stallone knows what men want in a movie; men want brutal action, manly jokes and none of that emotional nonsense that tries to trick them into wear skinny pants with tight turtle neck sweaters.  Stallone said it best “‘I’ve done my ‘mind movies’ and I don’t think people are very interested in seeing me do that anymore. I think I’m past my prime in doing dramatic films; it would feel almost like a pathetic cry out to be recognized as a serious dramaturge.’ Now that’s what I want to hear from a guy who started off making the some of the most legendary action films and is content to stick where his roots lie.  He proved it in Rambo 4 and proved it once again in The Expendables.

The plot of the movie, a team of mercenaries is hired to take on a corrupt South American General, isn’t anything new or innovative.  What makes this movie special is it has almost all of the great action stars that people have grown to know and love throughout the years doing what they do best, kicking some ass.  No one who likes action films wants a long drawn out plot or an in depth look into the geopolitics of a corrupt country; just show the basic story then get to the action.  This kind of movie doesn’t depend on a plot that makes sense: it depends on things blowing up, one liners and the big name tough guys.

Needless to say The Expendables is full of explosions, fire fights and fists impacting people’s faces.  The action scenes are nearly perfect and are choreographed better than most mainstream movies that have tried to pass themselves off as action in the last few years.  The only problem I had was that Jet Li didn’t showcase his talents as much as I would have liked but honestly, most of his movies that have been made in America can’t compare to his older ones which were made in China.

If I had one word to describe The Expendables it would be “Brotastic.”  I’m certain that a lot of men who watch this movie will want to go to the gym or do some pushups.  This of course isn’t an artsy girly movie and unless you’re a woman who actually likes 80’s action movies don’t bother coming(there’s nothing worse than hearing “I don’t like this” or “We should have seen that Richard Gere movie” while you’re having a good time).  Every guy should go see The Expendables, sneak some booze into the theater and have an amazing time watching a movie that’s actually meant for a male audience.  Movies like this don’t make it to the big screen often and it’s our job as men to support action movies like this.


Wild Things Have Teeth

There was a shimmer of hope in the mainstream media today as Maurice Sendak, creator of Where the Wild Things Are, told parents that they could go to hell if they thought the movie is too scary for kids. It’s refreshing to see an artist stand up for their work and tell people who are offended by it to literally “Go to hell;” especially in an age where most films are altered in order to make a minority of people comfortable with it.

Let’s take a look at the interview with the people who worked on the movie:

The interview is taken From The Mommy Files at Sfgate

Reporter: “What do you say to parents who think the Wild Things film may be too scary?”

Sendak: “I would tell them to go to hell. That’s a question I will not tolerate.”

Reporter: “Because kids can handle it?”

Sendak: “If they can’t handle it, go home. Or wet your pants. Do whatever you like. But it’s not a question that can be

Jonze: “Dave, you want to field that one?”

Eggers: “The part about kids wetting their pants? Should kids wear diapers when they go to the movies? I think adults should wear diapers going to it, too. I think everyone should be prepared for any eventuality.”

Sendak: “I think you’re right. This concentration on kids being scared, as though we as adults can’t be scared. Of course we’re scared. I’m scared of watching a TV show about vampires. I can’t fall asleep. It never stops. We’re grown-ups; we know better, but we’re afraid.”

Reporter: “Why is that important in art?”

Sendak: “Because it’s truth. You don’t want to do something that’s all terrifying. I saw the most horrendous movies that were unfit for child’s eyes. So what? I managed to survive.”

The strange thing about this whole thing is parents who take issue with a movie instead of the all of the propaganda and advertising that their kids see on a daily basis on television. “Here sweet-ums just sit here and watch your favorite cartoons and be sure to enjoy the fast food and anti-depressant ads.” I’m not even a parent and I’m disgusted with children’s shows that are passed for quality entertainment. Take that mind numbing show Hannah Montana, where the actress doesn’t have a problem peddling hate speech legislation to kids, or almost anything on the Disney Channel which only makes anyone watching it lose whatever intelligence they once had. The logic of why any good parent would want their kids to watch mainstream television still escapes me.

I’ve got a novel idea for the parents out there; how about you get involved in your kids lives and the things they do? Is it too much to ask that parents take responsibility for their kids up bringing instead of passing it off on other people? If you have a kid, preview what they’re going to watch on TV and movies that you might bring them to so you’re sure it’s something that’s compatible with the beliefs you want to instill in them. Personally I don’t need a nanny to tell me what I can or can’t watch and I don’t need a incompetent parents, who think the world should accommodate their bundles of joy, to sanitize an artist’s work for my consumption.

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