So as we are stalling waiting for Charlie to come back from holiday to do the comic book movie score episode, we decided to come back to Gotham’s finest. Naturally, we went to the crown jewel of the Batman franchise to sit down and watch together……. (deep sigh)… Batman and Robin.
Listen to Becca, Chris and Dave as we talk Josh Trank and Cronical, films that happened in 1997, Star Wars, how many times Becca says “Ice to see you”, offering our bodies to fans of the show and pretty much any thing that doesn’t involve watching this god damn movie again.
Well Hello, Batfans…. ICE to meet you. This week we delve into one of greatest comic book movies ever made… but before that, we reviewed Batman and Robin. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new villain (actual dialogue) who Batman and Robin must defeat as Poisin Ivy uses her love position to divide the dynamic duo. Meanwhile, Alfred falls ill and Wayne manner gets a visit from a family friend Brabara who may or may not put on a cowl.
Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we discuss who regrets this film the most, just how far will Clooney go to refund people who’ve seen it, Bat butts, rubber lips, Mr Freeze’s level of health and safety and was any of Arnie’s puns were actually funny?
So with a bit of a break of over a month but we’re back with the Christmas period behind us and Jade (@CelluloidAK) gives her run down of her top movies of 2013, not before discussing her number 1 film Escape plan.
Escape Plan is the monutenus film where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone co headline the same film. Stallone plays Ray Breslin, who gets hired to be put in prison to escape out of them to find the flaws within the system. He gets offered a multi-million dollar deal to break out of a top secret prison that is supposedly escape-proof. Things go south when the warden (Jim Caviezel) is not who he seems and must turn to fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) and plan to escape together.
Chris (@CinemaTronix) also chips in on some of the films he likes in 20013. It’s great to be back a hopefully a lot more will follow.
Ever since Brian Mills presented his particular set of skills, Liam Neeson has been transformed into an action star. Something that has been lacking recently, with only Jason Statham single handily filling the void. Who would have thought it? Neeson, now in his 60’s, is now the go to guy if you want ruthless bad-ass who takes no prisoners. When Taken was surprise hit at the box office, it was inevitable that a sequel was forthcoming in Taken 2. Why they haven’t called it something else like Taken Again or Taking Lives : Mills’ Wrath, I don’t know. But as we’re set for old Liam to save his dumb-ass sprog yet again, it got me thinking that, haven’t we seen this before? A former marine, kills countless bad guys on a mission to get his daughter back. Does that sound familiar?
Think about it. Is Liam Neeson the modern day equivalent of Arnie? Though I doubt he has his mussels, he does fill the role of that one man killing machine that Schwarzenegger conveyed in the 80’s. You may think that the link between the two is tangible, however the two action classics differences lay in the time they where made. Commando is definitely 80’s with its over the top comic book violence and cheesy one liners, making Arnold a star and being it the quintessential action movie of the decade. Taken is nearly opposit in vibe. No comic book gore and ridiculous fights sequences, though some may disagree on that one. No instead it’s relatively gritty and serious with fights that resemble actual fighting techniques, much like the Bourne franchise. It’s a style that most action movies today seem to go for. Unless itself is based on a super hero.
Also, aren’t the two films enjoyed for the same reason. Neither of them have any particular depth other than a mans determination to retrieve his daughter, but both involve colourful villains meeting their demise at the hands of a one man army. They’re the kind of films that you sit down with your buddies over beers and watch on cheap friday night in. Commando never had a second outing, though it nearly did with a script that turned out to be the greatest action movie of all time Die Hard. So with Taken 2 due in October 4th, could this be anther land mark in its genre, probably not.