Seeing how it’s Veterans Day, we’d be remiss if we didn’t honor, in our own special Screen Junkies way, those brave people who serve our country everyday. So, that said, we came up with an entire regiment of some of the more memorable servicemen seen on the big screen – from five stars to the lowly gun-totin’ folks who aren’t allowed patches yet – just like the Boy Scouts, you have to earn ‘em.
Character actor extraordinaire Danny Trejo is back (for about the 30th time this year) in the Mexploitation movie Machete. A lot of his movie roles have reflected his life with drugs, boxing, and prison. He might have the largest character résumé in Hollywood today.
Thanks to author William Peter Blatty and the creative team that brought his novel to the big screen, The Exorcist brought the ritual of exorcism (and projectile vomiting) into pop culture glory. Since then, we've seen quite a few movies about demon possession, and on Friday, we'll see the latest – The Last Exorcism.
Forgive my cynicism, but I kind of doubt that it will be the last. After all, even after The Exorcist III, Morgan Creek Productions still felt it was a viable franchise and made not one, but two movies, almost exactly alike, with the same actor, as prequels to the original.
With that in mind, we created a little board game that you can play when you see The Last Exorcism, but, it'll be dark in the theater, so bring plenty of flashlights.
Monster movies have been around since actors realized they could still get paid if they climbed into a hot, rubber suit. It didn't take long for makers of those movies to figure out that those actors in rubber suits might be able to swim. So, they threw them into Universal's big ol' backstage swimming hole and let those actors attempt to stay afloat. Clever editors made it appear that they were attacking attractive teenage women. And, thus, a genre was born, the waterborne "creature feature."
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With the release of The Expendables this week, children of the 80s (like me) have many reasons to celebrate. Some of "our generation's" greatest action heroes are returning to the big screen. Not only that, they're bringing with them the kind of action that made us want to be them in the first place. Good old fashion action – the kind with machine guns with grenade launchers attached – the kind with limbs blowing off – the kind with Dolph Lundgren!
With all the stars in this movie (some on the rise, some on the decline), we wanted to look at each Expendable's career highs and lows (and the enormous chasm between) – because for every First Blood, there's a Judge Dredd…
With Dinner for Schmucks out later this week, we felt nostalgic for some of our favorite movie schmucks. Then, we imagined, if they can make a crossover as spectacular as Freddy vs. Jason, or Alien vs. Predator, why wasn't THIS dinner movie greenlit (Schmucks: The Spacklering?).
In the upcoming movie Salt, Angelina Jolie returns to what made her a star – kicking ass. We took a look at her filmography to come up with her ass-kickingest best to share with you.
Western flicks have been cattle-roping since the invention of the movie camera. So it's no surprise that sometimes they get a bit stale. Every so often, filmmakers jump into the genre with a little extra spice. Only, instead of coriander, they've got zombies, man-eating monsters, and gadgets.This week, Jonah Hex, based on the DC Comics series, adds a bit of the supernatural to Josh Brolin's archetypal old west anti-hero. Next year, we'll see the release of Cowboys & Aliens. It's no stretch, nowadays, to see modern westerns made with a little fantasical pizzazz, so we put together a short history of supernatural motifs in the genre.
2010 has been the year of the "ex-military heroes out to do good…or evil." With The Losers already having left the cineplex, The A-Team due out this Friday, and The Expendables arriving later in the summer, we've been inundated with rock 'em, sock 'em gub'ment agents turned rogue.We decided to take a closer look at how all our favorite groups of mercenaries (those that used to do government work, that is) are related to each other – in a sort of "on and off the silver screen" way.