Archive for Sylvester Stallone

Review: Dredd

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

I remember I was about eleven years old when I picked up my first issue of Judge Dredd: The Megazine at the local newsagents. It was mind-blowing, unlike any comic I’d read before. It was bloody and brutal, and I was hooked. At the time I was there mostly for the ultraviolence, but as I grew older I picked up on the  comedy and satire of the strip. Dredd’s first big screen appearance, courtesy of Sylvester Stallone in 1995, may have had the big Hollywood budget but lacked all the elements that made Dredd unique. Seventeen years down the line, Mega City One’s greatest lawman returns to the screen in Dredd. Have the makers learned the lessons from the last time? Let’s find out. Continue reading

Feature: Top Ten Deadliest Movie Characters (Whom I Like)

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

I’ve been on a bit of an action movie bender lately. Among the more forgettable, throwaway titles, I watched The Expendables, the movie that brings together an entire generation of action movie stars, and Taken, where Liam Neeson plays and ex-CIA agent who’ll go through anybody and anything to rescue his kidnapped daughter. These two titles got me thinking – Exactly how many people have these walking holocausts killed altogether? Continue reading

Weekly Ricochet: The Amazing Spider-Man, Dredd, The Wolverine, and Prometheus

Posted in Movies, News, Thoughts, Trailer, Weekly Ricochet with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

A quick round up for the Weekly Ricochet this week. Firstly, we here at The Shootening were lucky enough to have someone at the London sneak preview of The Amazing Spider-Man, giving me an excuse to post the picture of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man unmasked above. Continue reading

“Yo, Adrian, we did it…”

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2007 by Bjorn Grainger

(This blog was originally written on Myspace)

I have just this very second got back from the cinema. I am giddy with excitement and delirious with happy due to the sheer unadulterated delight of sitting through Rocky Balboa. FUCKING FANTASTIC. It’s been a very VERY long time since I had as much fun at the pictures. Yeah, it’s cheese, but the most tasty, satisfying cheese EVER.

It could have been awful. Really awful. When I heard Stallone was making it, I cringed. Had he fallen so far that he had to bring back his most famous character in a desperate bid to revive his career? Well, yeah, probably. The fact is, though, he’s made a bloody enjoyable movie. Rocky has always been one of Hollywood’s most endearing, root-for-able characters and Stallone ensures that nothing changes here. You can do nothing but like the big lug.

The film starts off slow, with Rocky mourning the loss of Adrian, and revisiting the old haunts from the original film. Times have changed, things have moved on, all except for Rocky. He may be older, but he still has the heart of a fighter, and when he’s given the chance to show it just one more time, he takes it. This, for me, is when the movie kicks into top gear. I defy anyone not to have the biggest smile on their face when THAT music kicks in and we see another ace Rocky training montage. By the time of the fight, whatever the result, there’s only ever going to be one winner –


I’m off now to order all five Rocky films on DVD.