Comments on: The Expendables 2010 (text review) Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:41:13 +0000 hourly 1 By: specfu Tue, 28 Dec 2010 21:08:52 +0000 htfmaniac needs to get laid…of course movies are going to be in one genre or another, is he gonna come out with a new one or what, might wanna try doing weather for a news channel

By: Sandwhale Sat, 25 Dec 2010 10:59:36 +0000 When I heard that there was a MMA guy in the mix, I didn’t know what to wait. Surprisingly Randy Couture was decent in his role. It seems like mixed martial artist make better actors than “pro wrestlers” like The Rock.

And as a short person I couldn’t agree more with Jet Li.

By: Rasengan999 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 18:46:29 +0000 @htfmaniac

P.S.S.- Movies are supposed to be sensually stimulating, especially action movies. That is why they were invented! For entertainment and stimulation!

By: Rasengan999 Wed, 22 Dec 2010 18:43:05 +0000 @htfmaniac Wow, you are freaking retarded aren’t you? Sure, these movies follow the same patterns, BUT THAT IS A GOOD THING! Oh no! Somebody made something close to Rambo? AWESOME! They follow the pattern because it creates something GOOD! You say nobody wold spend their lives watching the same thing. If that’s true, then why would many of us watch a 24 hour marathon of First Blood, or the Christmas Story, which actually is shown for 24 hours! Look out! They made Rambo with more explosions!! … GOOD!!! Explosions are good, action is good, THE PATTERN IS GOOD! If you do not enjoy watching explosions, you do not deserve to watch any movies! Oh what’s that? Your friends are having a movie marathon? WELL TOO BAD! You have to stay home and lick your mom’s diarrhea dump of your dad’s penis! Also- Who cares if a movie was made in your country?! That doesn’t mean they are being racist. Do you think that Detroit cared when they made Robocop, or if Germany cared when they made Inglorious Basterds? Ok, sure, Germany may have cared, but the creators weren’t being racist, they were just making a comedic story about a real event! You are an idiot.

P.S.- I’m not racist, but if all Brazilians were like you, I would…have a very poor opinion of them! But hey, I guess your the only one, because darkinthecorner isn’t a ball-licking retard like you!

By: RomEmKing Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:11:35 +0000 Dredful movie, awful

By: Ben_from_G-town Fri, 17 Sep 2010 07:58:38 +0000 Glad to see you were someone else who could just go to the movie and enjoy it for what it was, James, and not over-analyze it. I enjoyed it myself, but I think some people read too much into things and took it too seriously.

In any case, nice to hear your opinion on it.

By: gamerdude122 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 03:58:06 +0000 @ darkinthecorner
I couldn’t agree more. Stallone is fucking badass. He’s THE shit. htfmanic? You’re just shit. Bullshit.

By: darkinthecorner Sun, 12 Sep 2010 21:59:53 +0000 This is a somewhat late comment, but I couldn’t resist. I just watched the Expendables, then I came here to read James’ review, was enjoying, until I found some brazilian dudes commenting against Stallone, or whatever he said while fliming in Brazil.

First, I’m also a brazilian. Second, this is bullshit. This should be about the movie. I don’t even quite know what Stallone did or said here, and I don’t care, his movies are awesome, and this movie was pretty cool. You just sit there, relax, don’t have to think much about it… It just entertains you, and that’s why I liked it. Oh, and the Arnie – Sly talk: Priceless.

So, Stallone may even be an idiot for you guys, but this post is about the movie, not whatever he did in Brazil. What are you, social workers?

By: htfmaniac Thu, 02 Sep 2010 04:21:59 +0000 @Sylveria: yes, indeed english isn’t my first language as well as I’m in fact brazilian. Pardon for the misspeling I’ll double check it from now on. Anyways, this isn’t the main subject.
I wouldn’t bother decrying this film, wasn’t for stallone’s poor attitude and arrogancy. So, briefly, here it goes: as I see it, this sort of film is a sad reflex of the comtemporary society we’re all inserted in, in which something called cultural industry runs the game. As both Adorno and Haug had discussed, – and here, if bother, study – industrial capitalism doesn’t make room for individuallity. The reason for that is, that by homogenising – by constant training since youth – the aesthetic parameters of society you can recycle the same product over and over by simply changing the package, or in this case, the plot. There is – and James is bound to know that – a book written by Joseph Campbell called “the hero with a thousand faces” which predicts a pattenr of how greek mithology worked. Later on this was adapted by hollywood studios, when some guy simplified it into 12 steps which he refferd as “The hero’s journey”. By following this simple 12 steps, one can build any film in the classic cinema standards – such as rambo, rocky and probably, the expandables -.
Most of the films we see follow this strict rule, the trouble is that, not even the most trained monkey will stand watching the same thing over and over during his whole life. So here is how the merchandise – or the films – manage to keep fresh: by adding sensual stimulus. Faster edition, more vivid colors or in the case of the 80’s more explosions.
Rambo 4 is rambo 1, 2 and 3 with more violency and bigger sensual appeal. The expandables as you said, is a throwback with the addition of a new design. Just as well as new Ipods come in new looks but with the same gimmicks. They’re making you consume the same thing over and over; Just as well as your father did and your great grand children will, for capitalism will never die. It’s the only economical system that has ever lived of it’s contraddition. The only system capable of printing Che Guevara’s face on a t-shirt and selling you for 30 dollars on the shopping mall.
Where I wan to get is: there’s no scape to this condition, but people, could at least show a bit more of respect and profisionalism, or at least watching their words before wishing other people houses get blown up.
I got nothing against americans, so just don’t start up with xenophobia for I’m happily studying cinema here, and I don’t intend on stealing your job.

By: v0id Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:16:34 +0000 @htfmaniac
Well, I have to say that isn’t only Stallone that thinks something like that about Brazil, a lot of Americans think that we are a bunch of latinosshit that live with monkeys.
Thanks for your opinion, just make me feel better about my opinion about Americans. Also, try to speak another language before to say “english mothafucka, do you speak it?”.