Did you ever read that story about Robert The Bruce (that Scottish dude who betrayed Mel Gibson in Braveheart)? After some crushing defeat during the rebellion he ended up hiding in a cave where he began to think about jacking it all in. But then he started watching this spider who kept trying to crawl up the wall. It kept falling down. For hours it kept trying and failing until finally it got all the way to the top. This never-say-die attitude gave Rob the inspiration to continue fighting. I think this is why DC keeps making films. After the critically dire Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and Suicide Squad, most people would have been saying enough was enough. But they didn’t give up. And it turns out it’s fourth time lucky for our old DC friends.
And all it took was the help of a good woman.
Cue the Wonder Woman theme
You could be forgiven for thinking a film called Fire and Ice would perhaps be something to do with George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones. But Fire and Ice, an animated movie directed by Ralph Bakshi (Lord of the Rings), actually predates the megaseries by nearly ten years. It’s a pretty basic story: the ice kingdom of the evil Nekron and the folk of Firekeep are at war and caught in the middle is Princess Teegra and the wandering nomad Larn. Yet we don’t give a shit about them or their world. No, what elevates this film from mediocre to memorable is one guy, one axe-wielding dude with a wolf’s head for a hat. Lets get together and talk about DARKWOLF.
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Despite being weighed down with the unenviable past as a professional wrestler, I think it’s fair to say that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is becoming a modern day Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s conquering box offices, becoming a twitter force, and the sky seems to be the limit for his star power.
However it wasn’t always this good for the former NFL reject.
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Ninja Scroll was one of the last generation of fully hand-drawn anime, and represents one of the very slickest, and most badass of all old school animated films.
There were two surprise badass additions to 2013’s slew of sequels and super heroes; The Raid and Dredd. While The Raid is eagerly expecting a sequel later this year, Karl Urban’s future lawbastard is facing a harder time returning to the screens.
You know, I’ve never appreciated Chuck Norris. On paper, he’s as badass as they come; black belts in multiple disciplines, roles in countless action movies alongside the crème-de-la-crème of action heroes, a fine beard etc. But I’ve always regarded him as a bit silly, a bit ridiculous, a bit Steven Seagal.
Dale Dye is an actual real life badass. He’s had small roles in enough good films that you’ll recognise him, but you’re probably not fully aware of whom he really is. As a US Marine Corps Captain he served in Vietnam and Beirut before retiring to lend his specialist knowledge and skill as a technical advisor to Hollywood.