I decided a few weeks back that I wasn’t going to do intros anymore, since they all fall into the same pattern. But this week I feel the need to do one, since this is a weirdly short week. It would appear that I only saw 2 movies this week, but in actuality it was 4. But the other 2 movies not listed here are Star Wars movies, and I’m gonna be writing about the series later this week so I abstained from doing so here. Next week should be much heftier with the cinema pickings, even if the only thing I saw was The Force Awakens. So consider this an appetizer for the coming week, as the content will be much heftier.
Over The Top (December 6th, 2015)
Director: Menahem Golan
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, David Mendenhall, Rick Zumwalt, and Robert Loggia
When I was younger, I thought Arnold was responsible for the most 80s action movies. But now having seen a better serving of movies since my youth, I can say that Stallone is by far responsible for the most 80s films. The 80s was basically taking all the good from the 70s, the maturing of the film medium, and turning it all into a big cartoon. And Stallone is the one guy who managed to take the things that made the case he was a legit actor (Rocky and First Blood) and turning them into ridiculous cartoon action flicks. Yet I haven’t seen the shift happen within a single movie like it does in this movie. For the vast majority of the movie, it’s a road movie with Stallone trying to get back into his abandoned sons life. This stuff isn’t exactly awards worthy or anything, but it’s got a nice feel to it and seeing Stallone actually try is nice. Then it becomes a sports movie for the last 40 minutes, but about arm wrestling. And the last 40 minutes is legit 35 minutes or so of montage. You can see his apparent inspiration for Rocky IV here. It’s in this moment where you can see why this movie is kinda clowned on, put into the 80s shitpile that helped shift the reputation of Stallone from respectable actor/artist to meatheaded action star. And I get it. This isn’t a “good” movie. But as a fan of these stupid 80s movies, and of Stallone in general, I enjoyed the hell out of it. It’s so stupid but so earnest that you gotta admire the hell out of it. And it’s just so interesting to see a movie swing so wildly between genres without any grace. Because the stuff between Stallone in the kid are not totally bad, but missing some of the beautiful magic that Stallone had in Rocky. Also making it seem like arm wrestling tournaments are legit crowd drawers in Las Vegas. In the end, this isn’t really gonna be for everyone. For most really. But for those who wanna see the journey of Stallone’s career (like I did after Creed), enjoy Stallone in general (like I do) or like bad 80s movies, this is top notch.
Legend (December 12th, 2015)
Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Christopher Ecclestone, and David Thewlis
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1. Over The Top