Death Wish (***) is down the middle

If this were a great film, there might be something to say about the rights to bear arms to protect oneself from the criminals. The filmmakers are not interested in waging a war in politics. They really just wanted a vehicle for Eli Roth to be just a little more mainstream and for Bruce Willis to climb back out of the straight to video market.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Caricatures will die…

G.I. Joe: Retaliation - 2013 Director John M. Chu Starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Luke Bracey, Walton Goggins, Joseph Mazzello, Robert Baker, James Carville, RZA Screenplay Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick Probably on video.  Definitely.  One had every reason to look forward to the second installment of G.I. Joe, and almost as … Continue reading G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Caricatures will die…

R.E.D. 2: More of the same, thank God.

R.E.D. 2 - 2013 Director Dean Parisot Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, Mary-Louise Parker, Lee Byung-hun, Brian Cox, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough Screenplay Jon and Eric Hoeber based on Red by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner There are many movies out now that I would like to see.  Even so, the Grouchnapper and I went on … Continue reading R.E.D. 2: More of the same, thank God.

CoolPapaE Reviews The Die Hard Series

Cool Papa E Reviews The Die Hard Series I've been waiting for this, like I always do.  The evolution of Bruce Willis is most easily categorized with the Die Hard films.  When he first hit the big screen as John McClane, he was more of a punk than anything.  Skinny, mouthy and not much more … Continue reading CoolPapaE Reviews The Die Hard Series

Looper is wound just right

Looper - 2012 Written and Directed by Rian Johnson Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Jeff Daniels, Pierce Gagnon, Garrett Dillahunt, Piper Perabo, Xu Quing, Joe Brennan The only thing that gives one pause in the first 20 minutes of the Looper is the obviously disfigured face of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Even as … Continue reading Looper is wound just right

Fire with Fire: Grades out decently

Fire with Fire - 2012 Director David Barrett Starring Josh Duhamel, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D'Onofrio, 50 Cent, Vinnie Jones, Julian McMahon, Kevin Dunn, Richard Schiff, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Screenplay David Barrett Josh Duhamel (Jeremy Coleman / Douglas): I like him better than I should.  What he's done thus far has been material that is not real demanding. … Continue reading Fire with Fire: Grades out decently

The Expendables 2: Roll another number

The Expendables 2 - 2012 Director Simon West Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger,Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claud Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth Screenplay Richard Wenk, Stallone The first thing I noticed about The Expendables 2 is that I can't understand what it is that Stallone or inexplicably, Lundgren, are … Continue reading The Expendables 2: Roll another number

Moonrise Kingdom: I get it. I just don’t care.

Moonrise Kingdom - 2012 Director Wes Anderson Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Howard, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban Screenplay Anderson and Roman Coppola The only Wes Anderson movies I own are The Life Aquatic... and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.  According to Rotten Tomatoes, the former is his … Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom: I get it. I just don’t care.

Safe for nobody, except one

Safe - 2012 Written and Directed by Boaz Yakin Starring Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke, James Hong, Anson Mount Mob war with bad cops in the midst.  An ex-cop, ex-boxer and rumored garbage collector.  A little Asian girl who is a math prodigy.  If it were any more improbable, it would be the … Continue reading Safe for nobody, except one

Setup: Finally, a rapper who can’t act

Setup - 2011 Directed by Mike Gunther Starring 50 Cent, Ryan Phillippe, Bruce Willis, Jenna Dewan, Brett Granstaff, Randy Couture, Will Yun Lee, James Remar, Susie Abromeit Written by Gunther and Mike Berman Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson seems like a nice guy.  And with Setup, a movie he helped to produce, one can tell that … Continue reading Setup: Finally, a rapper who can’t act