I finally got a chance to see Expendables today. It’s a movie I’ve been excited about for a long time, but scheduling conflicts and the fact that most of my friends didn’t believe it would be any good meant I waited about a month after opening to see it on my day off. Well let me just say my friends were completely wrong! If you’ve read any of the reviews for it most people point to a weak plot, old actors, and something that has been done over and over again…. So what’s wrong with that?!? This movie is a throwback to the 80s action flick where everything explodes, dialogue is cheesy, and arms are broken like beer bottles at a frat party! I couldn’t have been happier with the turnout even if the aging actors made me briefly think about my own age. But that thought quickly faded as I watched a pirate’s body getting ripped in half by Dolph Lundgren’s shotgun! On with the show…
There aren’t too many people I talked to that didn’t remember watching the original Clash of the Titans from 1981. Most didn’t remember a whole lot about it, but they at least remembered seeing it. It’s a fantastical story about mortals and Gods, but it was shot at the end of an era. It was one of the last big budget Hollywood movies which used all stop-motion photography. Most movies after that moved on to the high-tech area of CGI. With the release of the new Clash of the Titans, which I reviewed a few weeks ago at We’re Running Out Of Time, I decided to take a look back to the movie which spawned more than a few video games we know and love!
I’ve never been a huge fan of documentaries, they just never seem to live up to the hype. I’d rather watch an original film shot like a documentary or a mockumentary, something like Spinal Tap. Unless you are super excited about the topic, documentaries rarely have enough material to keep you interested, and there is typically no payoff at the end. Such is the problem with Project Grizzly. This documentary is the story of Troy Hurtubise, a man whose life was spared by a grizzly while walking through the Canadian wilderness. Now years later he is back to find the grizzly, with the help of his homemade bear-suit, the Ursus Mark VI.
I’m a veteran of bad movies. While a lot of these movies are things I’ve had to search out and find on my own as an adult, there are some that I actually went and saw as a kid in the theater. I saw Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann when I was 5 years old… Talk about scarring a kid for life.