Simon West

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Monday, November 26 2012

'The Expendables 2': This Isn't the '80s I Remember

What made the best movies of the '80s the best movie of the '80s was how they balanced violence, humor, and sincerity in a single, enjoyable picture. Die Hard, Rocky III and IV, and Rambo II and III are prime examples.


Wednesday, August 22 2012

'The Expendables 2': Blockheaded Star Power

After the first film offered the supposedly once-in-a-lifetime teaming of action movie icons, The Expendables 2 can only offer a second-in-a-lifetime reteaming of those same icons.


Saturday, January 16 2010

24: Season 8 Premiere / Human Target: Series Premiere

As soon as Jack Bauer plunges into this eighth day, it's plain that living with himself is going to be a problem.


Thursday, February 2 2006

When a Stranger Calls (2006)

Tiffany arrives amid a loud windy rush (she might as well have 'Dead Meat' written on her forehead).


Saturday, December 31 1994

The General's Daughter (1999)

The title character in The General's Daughter is dead. The image gets your attention. It's grotesque and horrifying. And it's recalled several times in the film, verbally and visually, to impress on you the threat that it supposedly poses for military, moral, sexual, and aesthetic orders.


Tomb Raider (2001) [31.Dec.94]
Tomb Raider (2001) [31.Dec.94]

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Thursday, January 27 2011

Murder and Machismo Fuel This 'Mechanic'

Sure, we've seen the whole "criminal caught in a moral crisis" before. Luckily, this time around, everyone ignores the ethos and just kicks ass.


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