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‘The Expendables’ Reminds Us Why Matt Damon Sucks
The American Spectator ^ | 8.14.10 | John Nolte

Posted on 08/14/2010 10:06:47 PM PDT by This Just In

‘The Expendables’ Reminds Us Why Matt Damon Sucks

Posted By John Nolte On August 14, 2010

There’s much to like about “The Expendables,” especially the simple straight-forward plot, all the B-movie mayhem you could possibly ask for, and two unapologetic hours of masculinity – which may be two hours more than we’ve seen in all of the last decade put together. These boys smoke cigars, drink beer while piloting airplanes, and return us to those glorious pre-Oprah days when stoicism was still a virtue and real men didn’t gush about their inner-emotional lives like 13 year-old girls drunk on Dr. Pepper at a slumber party. There are also things to dislike, especially that evil shaky-cam which has done more to ruin a good time at the movies than liberal speechifying. John Sturges knew what a tri-pod was. Does anyone really think they can improve on Sturges?

Sylverster Stallone’s glorious throwback to the brawny 80s is also about something, and it’s not Bourne-ian self-discovery. It’s about something that actually matters. And in this age of nihilism when believing in anything bigger than self is considered old-fashioned, unsophisticated and naïve, that’s both refreshing and important. Mickey Rourke, who has a small but showy supporting role as the proprietor of the tattoo parlor that serves as the Expendables’ hangout, explains it with a single word. I won’t spoil anything, but without this scene, this important turning point, “The Expendables” wouldn’t be half the movie it is.

Stallone plays Barney Ross (probably not his real name), the leader of a band of American mercenaries who, along with Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunner (Dolph Lundgren), Yang (Jet Li), Toll (Randy Couture), and Caesar (Terry Crews), is willing to go most anywhere and kill most any bad guy for a price.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mattdamon
This is what real testosterone films are made of. Not the kinder, gentler, girlie man, anti-hero murderer because his daddy or the federal government treated him badly kind of film.
1 posted on 08/14/2010 10:06:50 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: Borges; DollyCali

ping


2 posted on 08/14/2010 10:07:46 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: This Just In

I like John Nolte reviews and he is usually right.


3 posted on 08/14/2010 10:10:07 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

After reading this review, I would like to see the film.


4 posted on 08/14/2010 10:14:43 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In
My review of ‘The Expendables’:

A cross between ‘The Dogs of War’, ‘Rambo 4’, ‘Commando’ and ‘Predator’.

Entertaining, but not as good as I thought it would be. Plenty of lead and blood. I give it a solid B - worth seeing, especially with the dearth of watchable films released so far in 2010.

I though Eric Roberts as the baddie was the best character in the film. Mickey Rourke was good too (as usual).

5 posted on 08/14/2010 10:18:14 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Vote McCarthy (MA-4)/Bielat (MA-6). MA-6 is Bwaney's district.)
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To: This Just In
There are also things to dislike, especially that evil shaky-cam which has done more to ruin a good time at the movies than liberal speechifying.

You want to really be freaked out? Compare a classic movie running on TCM today, with an old video tape (not DVD) of the same movie.

"They" have ADDED judder (Jitter and shudder and shake).

And also, they've ruined baseball by adding the same judder, bouncing, shaking camera work, especially pitcher shots from center field.

It's pure evil.

6 posted on 08/14/2010 10:18:31 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Thanks for the take. We’ve seen three of the four you’ve mentioned, and liked ‘em all.

We just watched The Magnificent Seven. One of our favorite westerns, and an action film w/out the feminized fighters. Thankfully, no shaky cam.


7 posted on 08/14/2010 10:24:22 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: GOPsterinMA
I was waiting for Freeper reviews of this movie to see it as they've never done me wrong before.

Here's something that may be worth a look since there are a few Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans here. Thursday, August 19 they take on the cult classic “Reefer Madness” in theaters. It looks like a limited release.

http://www.fathomevents.com/comedy/event/rifftraxreeferlive.aspx

8 posted on 08/14/2010 10:25:30 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: This Just In

Sorry but that was one of the most boring movies that I have seen in a long time. I would have fallen asleep but for the continuous meaningless gunfights and explosions. A solid C- in my book.


9 posted on 08/14/2010 10:25:49 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: This Just In

Lots of snickers and loud guffaws in the theater after the scene with the cameo by the Governator.


10 posted on 08/14/2010 10:26:41 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: This Just In
These boys smoke cigars, drink beer while piloting airplanes, and return us to those glorious pre-Oprah days when stoicism was still a virtue and real men didn’t gush about their inner-emotional lives like 13 year-old girls drunk on Dr. Pepper at a slumber party.

Ahem...


11 posted on 08/14/2010 10:27:31 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Cyman

Thankfully, one mans pleasure is another mans poison. :^)


12 posted on 08/14/2010 10:28:58 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Pile on the blood and guts....
Bury me in cigar smoke...

Matt Damon is the poster boy for twinkle-toes, girly-men.
THE “Pillsbury dough-boy”.

Blood, guts, cigar smoke, car crashes and violence can’t make this “twink” believable in a MAN’S role.

a fag is a fag is a fag....

I miss true men. There are so few of them......


13 posted on 08/14/2010 10:31:54 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: This Just In

That damned shaky cam was originally caused by digital filming before processors could keep up with the action instead of good old celluloid.

Then there were films like Blair Witch and Cloverfield that were filmed mostly on hand held consumer grade camcorders. Those didn’t help at all.

Now they are doing it on purpose. Pisses me off.


14 posted on 08/14/2010 10:32:34 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: mountn man

Roger that, mountn man.

I bet Stallone and Co. can actually pitch too.


15 posted on 08/14/2010 10:32:48 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

If you don’t know already, John Nolte is the guy that runs, or is editor of, or something, of this very good movie/Hollywood site.

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/


16 posted on 08/14/2010 10:33:30 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Domandred

“Now they are doing it on purpose. Pisses me off.”

Ticks me off too. I can deal w/it in small doses, but to shoot most of a film using that cheap effect just diminishes the story.


17 posted on 08/14/2010 10:36:15 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: ansel12

I visit Big Hollywood frequently for a conservative view on tinsel town. It’s always refreshing.


18 posted on 08/14/2010 10:39:22 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: Mortrey

Do you know why Damon doesn’t pack heat in Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum? He didn’t want to use a gun. I guess it’s a kinder, gentler kind of mayhem and carnage.

“I miss true men. There are so few of them......”

Not where we come from, thank goodness.


19 posted on 08/14/2010 10:43:33 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: Yehuda

LOL


21 posted on 08/14/2010 11:06:14 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Yeah, I gotta go see this tomorrow. Gotta help Eric beat Julia.


22 posted on 08/14/2010 11:20:45 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (I can see November from my house.)
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To: Talisker

You haven’t by any chance purchased a new 120 or 240 Hz LCD TV have you?

Everything looked off, shaky and like it was shot on a home cam until I figured out how to turn off the enhancement.


23 posted on 08/14/2010 11:42:19 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: Mortrey

True.

My problem is stallone being a draft dodger and all.... plus his anti gun statements during the 90’s.

Sigh!

Need more Lee Marvin and Sam Elliot types.


24 posted on 08/14/2010 11:55:23 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: Mortrey

True.

My problem is stallone being a draft dodger and all.... plus his anti gun statements during the 90’s.

Sigh!

Need more Lee Marvin and Sam Elliot types.


25 posted on 08/14/2010 11:55:29 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

The last roll I saw Mickey Rourke play, it looked like he could eat Eric Roberts for breakfast and then start on pancakes. I’m surprised he doesn’t have his own series of “Chuck Norris” style jokes.


26 posted on 08/15/2010 12:49:45 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: This Just In

“Mickey Rourke, who has a small but showy supporting role as the proprietor of the tattoo parlor that serves as the Expendables’ hangout, explains it with a single word. I won’t spoil anything, but without this scene, this important turning point, “The Expendables” wouldn’t be half the movie it is.”

LOL, thanks for posting this. Now I WILL drag hubby to see this movie. Mickey Rourke is a great actor and I must see this scene.

BTW, some unions are protesting this movie, because they are mad at AH-nold. So I had already pledged on another forum to go see it if it gets picketed here.

But this is a much more POSITIVE reason to go.


27 posted on 08/15/2010 2:14:55 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: EveningStar

enjoyed the flick very much. Saw it in Cinemark’s version of Imax (called XD)

I have enjoyed the Damon/Bourne movies also ..

not sure why it has to be one over the other.


28 posted on 08/15/2010 2:39:22 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: This Just In

Do we really need to be reminded that Matt Damon sucks?


29 posted on 08/15/2010 3:12:32 AM PDT by Stultis (Democrats. Still devoted to the three S's: Slavery, Segregation and Socialism.)
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To: Stultis
Do we really need to be reminded that Matt Damon sucks?

You don't want to forget, do you?

30 posted on 08/15/2010 3:15:04 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality Now: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: This Just In
After reading all the comments about this movie I'm really tempted to go see it at the theater today.

Unfortunately all my discretionary resources are being directed towards preparing my family for the challenging future that may be facing us here in US.

31 posted on 08/15/2010 3:40:04 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: This Just In

I might just have to visit a movie theatre for the first time since “The Blind Side.”


32 posted on 08/15/2010 5:11:08 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!)
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To: This Just In; Hillarys Gate Cult; Caipirabob

The Magnificent Seven - great stuff!

The Expendables was good entertainment. Not feminized or PC.


33 posted on 08/15/2010 8:38:41 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Vote McCarthy (MA-4)/Bielat (MA-6). MA-6 is Bwaney's district.)
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To: This Just In

There was an original movie called “The Expendables” which showcased Anthony Finetti as the main actor. I wonder if this movie is a remake.


35 posted on 08/16/2010 1:55:22 AM PDT by Kevmo (So America gets what America deserves - the destruction of its Constitution. ~Leo Donofrio, 6/1/09)
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Are yall serious with this movie? This is possibly the worst action movie I have ever seen. It’s not a man’s movie, it’s a fake man’s movie. It is so unrealistic, so corny and cheesy, and so lame it was hard to watch. Stallone and crew made so many lame jokes and were so tactically retarded it made me sick. Who carries so many guns they dont have enough mags and has to discard their weapon? Unheard of. And what is with Hollywood and pistols? Especially the double-wielding style that somehow results in effective shots at 50+ meters. You talk about girlie-men complaing about their emotions, which is pretty much every character in this movie. Why does this movie attempt to have corny love side-stories? Other things that bother me about this movie: Stallone’s makeup and perfectly teased hair, the use of berets as tactical headwear, Stallone’s six-shooter, lobbing an artillery shell and then detonating it with a pistol resulting in a huge fiery explosion (they don’t explode like that), Mickey Rourke’s purpose in life, all the stupid faux-manly jewelry and costumes, Stallone putting his guns down at the request of the chief d-bag, the 3 most legit dudes in the movie barely being used (Arnold, Bruce Willis, and Dolph), Can’t we just have an awesome movie about some manly dudes who are just really professional and realistically kill a bunch of badguys without a lame attempt at drama? This is not a movie for real men, it is a movie for overweight fake men who sit on their couch and think this dumb crap is cool, then go to their office and talk around the water cooler with their unmanly buddies about how Hollywood finally got one right.


36 posted on 02/04/2011 5:09:32 PM PST by One Proud Son
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To: One Proud Son

I saw this.....,no,......endured viewing this film recently. Two thumbs up on your summary. This film was a complete waste of time, and one of the worst I’ve seen in a while. The dialog was as flat as Madonna’s singing. It was too cliche’ to be cliche’. The acting was, for the most part, forced. The banter between Stallone and Schwarzenegger was about as funny as Carrot Top, and the only plausible thing about that flick was that there were credits at the end.

The film was a disappointment and a dud. Oh well, at least I didn’t waste my time seeing Avatar.


37 posted on 02/04/2011 6:25:06 PM PST by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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