Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
John Wick hits the theaters and Upodcast is ready to break the movie down. This week we are joined by Paresh from The Currysmugglers (check out their latest Chill episode out NOW).
We talk about:
Our expectations after the first John Wick
How John Wick stand up in the pantheon of action movies
Being huge Stallone fans, we were quite excited for his career resurrection from the past years but it seems that he wasnt able to maintain that fire in his last few releases.
The Expendables 2 was quite the dissapointed as it seems like an Adam Sandler movie minus the holiday destination, where actors are just “bro-ing” out where the first one put in quite a bit of effort in giving every actor a chance to shine as well as at least having a coherent screenplay (kinda).
The 3 (and what seems to be the final part) of the Expendables franchises adds more actors from a bygone era ( WEsley Snipes, Kelsey Grammar, Mel Gibson) with a new director Patrick Hughes (who is also slated to direct The Raid remake).
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kellan Lutz, Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer
In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
THE EXPENDABLES 3, out in cinemas on August 14th 2014
Good ‘ole Guvernator has been slowly coming back to the big screen lately, and he continues to work with exciting filmmakers and in ensembles instead of going solo.
Teaming up with director David Ayers (Training Day, End Of Watch) and writer Skip Woods who wrote such modern day classics as X-Men : Wolverine Origins and A Good Day to Die Hard, Arnie heads up a crack elite DEA team supported whole cast of actors some of who look pretty darn unrecognizable (Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway) .
This could be mindless fun or just a paint by numbers action movie with a former action legend.
I did quite enjoy the Last Stand but apparently Sabotage hasn’t done too well at the US box office and received quite terrible reviews.
Here are the new TV spots so you can be the judge:
Filmmaker David Ayer, acclaimed for his gritty and realistic portrayal of life behind the blue line in End Of Watch, reinvents screen legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he directs SABOTAGE, an action thriller that follows one of the best assault teams on the planet, an elite special operations team of ten DEA agents.
The elite team executes what appears to be a tactical raid on a cartel safe house, which in fact, turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the members of the DEA squad itself. After hiding $10 million in stolen cash, the rogue agents believe their secret is safe – that is until someone begins methodically assassinating members of the team, one-by-one. As the body count rises, everyone is suspect, including members of the team itself.
Arnie is coming back on screen this Friday on our screens and he is teaming up with Kim Jee Woom, the amazing Korean director of The Good, The Bad and The Weird, I Saw The Devil and A BitterSweet Life (unofficially remade in India as Awaarapan). Although not to many Asian directors have been able to transport their abilities succesfully to the Hollywood (Park Chan Wook from Old Boy’s release Stoker is JUST around the corner too), and reviews that have been filtering through our US collegeues arent a full out endorsement (Check out our friend Danny Bowes‘ review “ARNOLD, AND THE STATE OF OWNAGE” over at his blog). I’m sure just the nostalgia factor of seeing Arnold back on screen and some old school action will be pretty cool!
And come on people LUIZ GUZMAN is in it too!
Here is a pretty bad ass New poster and some new clips.
Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean action-suspense director Kim Jee-Woon’s hard-hitting US directorial debut, THE LAST STAND.
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.
With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Sommerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.
At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in THE LAST STAND. Directed by Kim Jee-woon and written by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, THE LAST STAND also stars Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmán, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford and Genesis Rodriguez. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the TRANSFORMERS series, RED, GI JOE, SALT).
THE LAST STAND is released in the UK on Thursday January 24, 2013
Back in our mix, we recorded this episode before Xmas but the holiday cheer got the best of us and we’re only posting it now. This episode, we are joined by Cassam Looch from MovieVortex, who is the man in the know on the UK movie scene, also joining us for a second time is the always hilarious and insightful Adam Lowes from HeyUGuys.
Our main review is Rampart, the Woody Harrelson Oscar bait movie about a crooked cop in LA. Cassam follows that up with Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.
Adam gives his 2 cents on A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and The Goon starring Sean William Scott. We eviscerate New Year’s Eve and praise the first episode of Charlie Brooker’s dark 3 part mini serie Black Mirror.
As usual hilarity ensues when we digress and talk about the merits of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career and how nanny banging can hurt ones career prospects!
Let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below!
The most fun fun fun Upodcast team is back. We give our take on Simon Pegg- Nick Frost Sci Fi comedy Paul and the Korean action flick The Man From Nowhere. Is Arnold The Governator making his return to movies and how does this make us feel? Marty also forces to grow up a little by talking about Truffaut and we catch up on quite a few new and old TV shows. Check out our the New Episode of Upodcast after the jump! It’s deafeningly AWESOME!
The Show Notes:
The Return of Arnold Schwarzenegger (1.55)
Movies for Grown ups by Martin: Truffaut at the BFI (12. 35)
The Man From Nowhere (17.00)
TV (37.10) : Archer, Bob’s Burger, Mr Sunshine, Episodes, The Killing
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