Thursday, December 6, 2012

Early Winter 2012 Movies

or, Silly Movies I Have Watched.  :-)

The Expendables 2 got a recent viewing.  Bigger, sillier, still with Stallone and Dolph Lundgren and with van Damn, Schwartzenegger and Willis with more than cameo roles, and with by-god Chuck Norris.  Lots of bodies blowing apart in bloody but unrealistic splashes.  Good for what it is, which is basically live-action cartoon violence by the folks who brought in most of the male box-office take for about 15 years, plus several current action stars like Jason Statham and Terry Crews, who has been in a variety of less-serious but fun roles.

A very enjoyable 3/5 stars.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil was even sillier than The Expendables 2, but it's meant to be.  A dark comedy filled with cartoonish death, this sometimes surprisingly well-acted comedy stars  Tyler Labine and veteran Alan Tudyk (of Firefly and A Knight's Tale) as hillbillies who are taken as psychotic killers by a group of camping college students.  I'd never seen Tyler Labine in anything previously, but he is superb as a sweet-natured good ole' boy with a eidetic memory, and Tudyk is probably one of the better actors of our time.

I'm not a big fan of the horror satire genre, but this is about as good as a low-budget movie of its type can be.  Another "strong for its grade" 3/5 stars.


Old NFO said...

LOL, guess I'll 'waste' the money on Expendables 2 :-)

J.R.Shirley said...

Well, if you enjoy it, it's probably not a waste. :-)