30 Day Film Challenge: Day 19

Your Favorite Action Film

I didn’t expect that much from The Expendables except some seriously awesome explosions and an overdose of great action stars.

Okay, I just went for Dolph.

The Expendables is a ridiculously entertaining movie. You can waste your time over-analyzing but for a mid-August release, it served its purpose.

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5 Things I Learned from The Expendables

Yes, I saw The Expendables. Yes, it was everything I expected it to be. This is it is completely awesome. Why? Because any opportunity to see an action film that pays tribute to, well, action films in such a cheeky manner is great fun.

1. Star power means everything. In the action film genre, the star makes the movie. The Expendables brings together some of the greatest action stars ever – Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Throw in Jason Statham, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture and this movie is on star power overload.

2. Schwarzenegger’s brief cameo is the equivalent to an old man being lost on his way to the retirement home. Ever since Arnold became the Governator, I find his presence in anything to be completely hilarious. Throw in a Hawaiian shirt and some serious old man pants and Arnold in The Expendables had me busting out laughing.

3. This movie failed the Bechdel Test . By a lot. But on the plus side, Jason Statham can beat up your abusive ex-boyfriend and his stupid friends in just a few seconds. Therefore, the obvious sadism of this film is easier to ignore.

4. Mickey Rourke makes the movie.. In one scene Rourke is describing his experience during the Bosnian War when he let a woman commit suicide. I’ll call it Rourke’s Citizen Kane moment because that is what it was.

5. Dolph Lundgren, I have missed you. Lundgren has not been in a US theatrical release since 1995 (Johnny Mnemonic). And an action movie without him is a terrible thing to waste.

2009 Independent Spirit Awards: The Winners

Here are the list of winners from last night’s Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature
The Wrestler

Best Director
Tom McCarthy, The Visitor

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best First Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best Female Lead
Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Male Lead
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Supporting Female
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Supporting Male
James Franco, Milk

Best Foreign Film
The Class

Best Documentary
Man on Wire

Best Cinematography
Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

The complete list of winners is here.

What do we think about Mickey Rourke’s chances to win the Oscar? I want it to happen, if only for what will undoubtedly be an incredible speech.

BAFTA Awards: Another Sweep For Slumdog Millionaire

I’m going to be so happy after the Academy Awards because then I can finally stop posting about Slumdog Millionaire winning every award possible. It is kind of getting redundant and boring.

In addition to winning the WGA for Best Adapted Screenplay this weekend, Slumdog swept the BAFTAs, receiving 7 awards. Here is the complete list of BAFTA winners.

BEST FILM
Slumdog Millionaire

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Man on Wire

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD
for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film
Steve McQueen (Director/Writer) – Hunger

DIRECTOR
Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
In Bruges – Martin McDonagh

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
I’ve Loved You So Long – Yves Marmion, Philippe Claudel

ANIMATED FILM
WALL•E – Andrew Stanton

LEADING ACTOR
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

LEADING ACTRESS
Kate Winslet – The Reader

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona

The complete list of BAFTA Winners can be found here.