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Laissez les bons temps rouler

February 13, 2010

ahhhh…Mardi Gras…

ok so let me clear up a few things and respond to those of you who felt compelled to send me personal emails calling me an ass-kissing publicist and bitching me out for one thing or another that you felt I should have addressed in my last post.  Some were pissed because I only wrote what I loved about The Expendables and nothing about what I hated…no criticism no negatives just love love love.

And they’re right, sort of.  It was a little bit of a half-assed post – but I was trying to convey a vibe rather than give a review on a film that is still a work in progress.  I was/am excited about this movie (and would be whether I worked on it or not) because it’s my kind of movie with my kind of cast.  I wanted to write about MY experience seeing the movie, not about how cool I think I am because I can tear a scene apart and arrogantly give my opinion on how I could make it so much better even though I have never directed a movie.

So I am updating my half-assed post but if  you are looking for some epiphany or come to jesus moment you won’t find it here…

The post did not mention Jet Li or David Zayas – purely an oversight…only love here people because I loved them both…Jet shows range with his ability to pull off the jokes while showing his badass side in the fight scene with Dolph. Zayas plays Garza’s pathos with perfection…the performances are good in this film and while there are standouts like Jason, Dolph and Mickey, ultimately this is an ensemble piece.  Without Terry Crews, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Giselle, etc this would be a totally different flick.  As for how Arnold looks…he’s playing a character…he looks like a mercenary who’s lived an adventurous life not freakin Conan.

In terms of what didn’t quite resonate for me… I didn’t much care for the opening – I prefer the opening in the final shooting script

In true Sly fashion moments of intensity are broken up by comedic beats but I wanted a little more tension in a couple of scenes.

The music needs some work.  It was choppy and at the end the switch from one song to another was too abrupt and unnecessary…

There are scenes that could be tweaked and moments that weren’t in this cut I’d like to see but I’m not worried right now in February with months to go before release…I have complete confidence in Sly and his skills as a director.  I am confident that when August 13 rolls around The Expendables will be everything we want it to be…And that’s all I have to say about that.

as for the bombshell…it’s not about The Expendables or Poe…

Now that I’ve seen The Expendables…

February 10, 2010

so I went to the “test” screening last night way the hell out in the Valley. When I arrived the line was out the door and around the building.  I was a little surprised that everyone in line knew they were seeing The Expendables.  Usually when a studio does a screening of this nature they keep the name of the film under wraps until the movie goers are in the theater..but then again quite a few had no clue as to what The Expendables was so it didn’t really matter.  There would be a focus group of approximately 30 movie-goers immediately following the screening so the film makers could get an idea of what did or didn’t “play”…I was stoked.

I found Sly, looking calm and collected, and asked him how he felt about having an audience finally see the film.  He said he felt really good about the film in it’s current form, which according to him “is about 85% there.”  He was still tweaking the music and a few little things here and there but basically what we were about to see is what the world will see in August…unless of course something hideous happens but I am not going there as I am in my happy place…

so what did I love about the movie…

THE ACTION IS C R A Z Y!!!

Mickey Rourke steals every scene he is in

Sly and Jason Statham create an on screen chemistry we haven’t seen in many a moon

Dolph Lundgren is freakin awesome

The scene with Sly, Bruce and Arnold just freakin killed me…and Bruce is scarily hard ass

Randy Couture, Eric Roberts, Terry Crews, Giselle Itie, Steve Austin, Gary Daniels all have pretty freakin cool moments…the film kicks ass, makes you laugh, has heart AND a decapitation…need I say more??

PS…Sly dropped a bomb on me which took me by surprise…it’s gonna surprise you too…