The Expendables: Official Trailer

It looks like Sly Stallone has figured out what he’s best at now that he’s entering the lat eyear’s of his career. He’s really not the blockbuster draw as he once was during the 80’s and at times the early 90’s. His acting career from the mid 90’s right up to the early 2000’s was one flop after another. At times his films didn’t even get a major theatrical release and went to video instead. It would seem that Stallone’s time as a relevant force in Hollywood was coming to an end.

When news broke that Stallone was going back into the Rocky franchise one more time many were groaning at another installment in a franchise many thought already dead after the fifth film. The film was to be titled simply as Rocky Balboa. When it finally came out to most everyone’s surprise it actually reviewed well and did very good box-office. It wasn’t on the same level as Stallone’s films in his hey-day but for a man whose had been relegated to direct-to-video status this was like a second-chance at being good again.

Stallone decided that if it ain’t broke then why fix a good system and decided to follow-up his successful Rocky Balboa with a fourth installment in his other popular franchise: Rambo. While this one didn’t do as well critically and in the box-office it still did well enough that now Stallone seems to have found his niche in Hollywood. He’s almost become the go-to guy for throwback 80’s type action films. Already he’s announced two more Rambo films. His next project was to be an homage to the very 80’s action films that made him famous in the 80’s: The Expendables.

This film’s casting news became almost cult-like in how film fans followed it. Some were for real while others were rumors and just fan wishing. While not every fan’s wish to who should be cast in this action-flick was met the final casting roll-call made The Expendables the most testosterone and machismo-laden film in history (IMO). Here’s the list and tell me I’m wrong…

  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Jason Statham
  • Jet Li
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Terry Crews
  • Dolph Lundgren
  • Eric Roberts
  • Randy Couture
  • Steve Austin
  • Bruce Willis
  • Arnold Schwarzenneger
  • Danny Trejo
  • Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

The first official trailer was cut and pieced together by Stallone himself. While the trailer really doesn’t explain much what the film is all about it does highlight much gunplay, explosions, 80’s-style action-flick one-liners and even more explosions. Watching it after reading about the film and who was to be in it and how violent it will be made me realize that as bad as some of those 80’s action-flicks were they were fun to watch. Here’s to hoping Sly remembers that he’s making this flick to be fun and not some message and theme-laden exercise in some sort of psychology deconstruction of violence in film.

I just want him to blow shit up and do it a lot and in cool ways.

Anime Inducing Epileptic Bliss or Just Plain Epileptic Fit

While I started off in loving anime on the level I do now, I have to admit that it’s a form of entertainment that pretty much fights to dominate my time in addition to film, gaming and music. I’ve started on the path to try and attend as many anime conventions as humanly and, most importantly, financially possible. While attending Anime Boston 2008 I was introduced to a certain growing trend with anime fans and that’s the art of AMVs aka Anime Music Videos. It’s pretty much some enterprising and very talented individual taking a favorite song and then taking the appropriate scenes from their favorite anime and creating a music video out of it.

While a majority are quite amateurish and very awful there remains a small number of such profound awesomeness and bodacity that they rise to the top for all to marvel at. I saw one such example of awesome bodacity at Anime Boston 2008 and I believe it should’ve won “Best in Show” and not just “Best Editing.” For some anime fans who love these kind of stuff they’ve seen and continue to see this particular AMV, but I think it deserves to be seen by….in the words of Norman Stansfield….E-VERY-ONE!