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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Stop screwing up fight scenes!

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As far back as I can remember, Iíve been an action movie junkie. Having been born in í81, as a child, I was exposed to the heyday of action Gods like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Harrison Ford. Every time one of those guys came out with a new flick, I devoured it and watched it over and over. As a child, I all but wore out my VHS copies of COMMANDO, the RAMBO trilogy, TERMINATOR 1 & 2, TOTAL RECALL, the DIE HARDs, DEMOLITION MAN, CLIFFHANGER and all three (at the time) INDIANA JONES movies. And donít even get me started on the Bonds (my Bond-mania has been covered in other columns).

Heck, I even liked bad action movies. My father and I used to have a Saturday evening ritual where, at 9:30pm (after DREAM ON- points to whoever remembers that) TMN (the Canadian equivalent to HBO) would show the latest B-action flick, which we would watch together. When we were lucky, we would get a solid Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme, or Brandon Lee (RAPID FIRE was a particular favorite) punch-up. When we werenít so lucky, it was a grade-Z flick from Lorenzo Lamas, or Jeff Wincott, although occasionally there would be gems like the Thomas Ian Griffith actioner EXCESSIVE FORCE.


The thing is, even when these movies were bad, and usually they were to some degree, they would be fun and would at least deliver a few solidly staged fights; which youíd find in even the shithouse action flicks produced by Jalal Merhi, or PM Entertainment.

Nowadays, the action flick, or specifically the martial arts flick, seems to be a lost art. Over the last decade, the pickings have been rather slim. The only really good martial arts flicks come from Asian masters like Donnie Yen, or Wu Jing. Of all the action flicks Iíve seen in the last year, the only North American films that I can think of that had a REALLY solid mano-a-mano fights were two DTV flicks, UNDISPUTED 3 and BLOOD AND BONE.

On the big screen, the only guy that makes real old-school action flicks is Jason Statham, but the fight scenes in his last few films have been incredibly weak. This isnít a knock on Statham, whoís a fantastic fighter onscreen, but rather the directors that mangle his fights with a lot of quick-cutting and close-ups, which make them all but impossible to discern.


Which brings me to why the so-called ďfight flickĒ is a lost art: no mainstream directors seem to know how to shoot fights anymore. The culprit for this is THE BOURNE IDENTITY, which no one can deny is probably the most influential action film of our generation. All three BOURNE films were superb and the way the fights were staged was very creative, with them being shot in close-up and cut in a way that made the audience feel they were right in the middle of the fight scene. In these films, this worked beautifully, but the success of this series assured that a whole generation of rising studio execs and directors assumed this was the only way to shoot action, which it certainly is not.


Nowadays the BOURNE fight technique is showing up in every action film. I donít have a problem when this technique is used in a film like TAKEN, where the star (in that case 58-year old Liam Neeson) is a proper actor, and not a trained martial artist. I was even OK with it in the latest Bond films, although I thought they went too far with it in QUANTUM OF SOLACE (CASINO ROYALE had a good balance). My issue is when these types of fights show up in movies like THE MECHANIC, where you have an expert martial artist like Jason Statham in the lead, yet you canít see the moves that heís using.

Now, instead of being impressed by the actual physical skill on display, we have to satisfy ourselves with watching the same damn style of fight scene over and over. In many ways, this reminds me of the first half of the 00ís, when every action film tried to ape the gravity-defying action sequences in THE MATRIX. Luckily that trend came to a merciful end and hopefully weíll get some old school throw-downs back on screen before long.

For me, there are two upcoming action films that I have a lot of hope for. The first is MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL. Supposedly, Tom Cruise is keen on throwing in a lot of hand-to-hand action with several epic fights supposedly on tap. My hope is that director Brad Bird, a director who I think deserves a lot of our confidence (after his great work in animation), and will put a lot of work into making the fights feel different from those in the BOURNE films.


The other action flick I have high hopes for is the next Bond film. I think producer Michael G. Wilsonís a smart guy, and Iíve heard that even he feels they went too far cloning the BOURNE films in QUANTUM, and hopefully, along with Sam Mendes (not my first choice for an action flick, but a damn good director), some major effort will be put into giving the Bond action scenes a totally different flavor.

Time will tellÖ

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9:01AM on 02/22/2011

I agree, except with Bourne 2 and 3

I couldn't stand the blurry bullshit, and I wish it would stop. Have felt that way for a long time.
I couldn't stand the blurry bullshit, and I wish it would stop. Have felt that way for a long time.
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9:04AM on 02/22/2011
Best. Article. Ever.
Totally agree, I was really looking forward to The Mechanic expecting some Stath flavoured Badassery but I found it a real letdown with some badly shot fight scenes. I'm finding myself going to the cinema less and less these days as the action genre just ain't what it used to be. I've been getting blu rays of all the classc actioners of old. I actually never really got into the Bourne movies, they were alright, but for some reason they aren't movies I could watch over and
Best. Article. Ever.
Totally agree, I was really looking forward to The Mechanic expecting some Stath flavoured Badassery but I found it a real letdown with some badly shot fight scenes. I'm finding myself going to the cinema less and less these days as the action genre just ain't what it used to be. I've been getting blu rays of all the classc actioners of old. I actually never really got into the Bourne movies, they were alright, but for some reason they aren't movies I could watch over and over.
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9:06AM on 02/22/2011

Let the space be a character!

I agree 1000 times! An awesome action sequence lets the space the fight takes place in stand out as a major element for the fighters to play with. With tight close-up fights this crucial element is dead. Same goes for vehicle chase sequences.
I agree 1000 times! An awesome action sequence lets the space the fight takes place in stand out as a major element for the fighters to play with. With tight close-up fights this crucial element is dead. Same goes for vehicle chase sequences.
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9:25AM on 02/22/2011

Yes

It really is sad when I can't tell what is happening in a fight scene or car chase.
It really is sad when I can't tell what is happening in a fight scene or car chase.
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9:45AM on 02/22/2011
Good article.

It's true. Fight scenes aren't what they used to be. The last good ones I remember seeing are the fights in The Bourne Trilogy and Taken.

Now those are great fight scenes. Especially when Bourne uses a pen or a magazine.
Good article.

It's true. Fight scenes aren't what they used to be. The last good ones I remember seeing are the fights in The Bourne Trilogy and Taken.

Now those are great fight scenes. Especially when Bourne uses a pen or a magazine.
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10:02AM on 02/22/2011
As much as I love the Bourne Ultimatum its so difficult having to watch the fight scenes. You can barely see who is hitting who. Tony Jaa's film are staged well where you can see everything he is doing
As much as I love the Bourne Ultimatum its so difficult having to watch the fight scenes. You can barely see who is hitting who. Tony Jaa's film are staged well where you can see everything he is doing
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10:15AM on 02/22/2011

Delivery is everything

Over the past three decades American filmed fight scenes have grown from a static Chuck Norris crescent kick to rapid paced joint manips, throws and well orchestrated fisticuffs. The problem is always how to catch it on film and sell that the guy throwing the punch actually knows how to throw. I havenít been happy with many of the resultsÖbut then again I remember complaining about the 80ís and how stunt guys would just stand on mark and take the kick. To that note; even the best Wo Ping fight
Over the past three decades American filmed fight scenes have grown from a static Chuck Norris crescent kick to rapid paced joint manips, throws and well orchestrated fisticuffs. The problem is always how to catch it on film and sell that the guy throwing the punch actually knows how to throw. I havenít been happy with many of the resultsÖbut then again I remember complaining about the 80ís and how stunt guys would just stand on mark and take the kick. To that note; even the best Wo Ping fight scene can be completely destroyed in the cutting room. Damn good article.
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10:21AM on 02/22/2011
Great article! And nothing beats the fight in They Live for me.
Great article! And nothing beats the fight in They Live for me.
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11:59AM on 02/22/2011
It's gotten bad to a point where Hong Kong action flicks, once the trailblazers of fight choreography, start using "shaky-cam" in some of their more recent movies (i.e. Bodyguards and Assassins, Legend of the Fist, both movies starring Donnie Yen no less).
It's gotten bad to a point where Hong Kong action flicks, once the trailblazers of fight choreography, start using "shaky-cam" in some of their more recent movies (i.e. Bodyguards and Assassins, Legend of the Fist, both movies starring Donnie Yen no less).
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12:21PM on 02/22/2011

AGREE

Personally, the BEST fight that fell victim to the close shot was the Obi-Wan/Anakin fight in Episode III. In any of the documentaries, the several months Ewan and Hayden practiced the fight made it seem epic - but then GL zoomed in on the fighters WAY too much that you could barely get the forest from the trees. This fight, just 3 years after the first Bourne, could have been one of the best 'fights' ever on screen and instead nerds like me just compare it to other fights in the series.
Personally, the BEST fight that fell victim to the close shot was the Obi-Wan/Anakin fight in Episode III. In any of the documentaries, the several months Ewan and Hayden practiced the fight made it seem epic - but then GL zoomed in on the fighters WAY too much that you could barely get the forest from the trees. This fight, just 3 years after the first Bourne, could have been one of the best 'fights' ever on screen and instead nerds like me just compare it to other fights in the series.
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12:48PM on 02/22/2011
Bourne Identity is still my fav of those 3 flicks, partially because I can tell who's hitting who. Though, that fight in Morocco in Ultimatum is pretty sweet.

A few of us over on MFC were discussing how some people have given Zack Snyder shit for his use of slow-mo, especially with 300. But me and a few other actually like it. Look at that movie and also Watchmen, slow-mo or not (there's less of it in Watchmen), you see everything that's going on, not only that, Snyder knows how to create a
Bourne Identity is still my fav of those 3 flicks, partially because I can tell who's hitting who. Though, that fight in Morocco in Ultimatum is pretty sweet.

A few of us over on MFC were discussing how some people have given Zack Snyder shit for his use of slow-mo, especially with 300. But me and a few other actually like it. Look at that movie and also Watchmen, slow-mo or not (there's less of it in Watchmen), you see everything that's going on, not only that, Snyder knows how to create a great sense of space.
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4:39PM on 02/22/2011
The CGI blood didn't bother too much in 300 because it fit with the style.

But CGI blood should be on another C'mon Hollywood.
The CGI blood didn't bother too much in 300 because it fit with the style.

But CGI blood should be on another C'mon Hollywood.
3:51PM on 02/22/2011
True, but Snyder uses a LOT of CGI blood which takes me out of it. If he were to speed up his fight scenes, I might not notice as much.
True, but Snyder uses a LOT of CGI blood which takes me out of it. If he were to speed up his fight scenes, I might not notice as much.
2:22PM on 02/22/2011

The Rundown

The opening fight scene in The Rundown was the best one I saw in the last decade. Hands down that movie's fight scenes were some of the sickest. Wish they would make a sequel to that.
The opening fight scene in The Rundown was the best one I saw in the last decade. Hands down that movie's fight scenes were some of the sickest. Wish they would make a sequel to that.
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2:50PM on 02/22/2011

Thank you!

This has been a 'pet hate' of mine for a long time now. While the fights in Taken were fast-paced and frenetic, you could always see the skill involved and there was a sense of geography and coherence to them (and you could see Neeson doing an awful lot of the wrok)... Whereas in Quantum of Solace the action scenes were a complete mess. I remember seeing some behind-the-scenes footage of Daniel Craig performing a leap from a rooftop (with wires, but still impressive) for the Sienna rooftop
This has been a 'pet hate' of mine for a long time now. While the fights in Taken were fast-paced and frenetic, you could always see the skill involved and there was a sense of geography and coherence to them (and you could see Neeson doing an awful lot of the wrok)... Whereas in Quantum of Solace the action scenes were a complete mess. I remember seeing some behind-the-scenes footage of Daniel Craig performing a leap from a rooftop (with wires, but still impressive) for the Sienna rooftop chase and I thought "this is going to be a great scene", but stunts such as this were completely lost in the awful editing and camera work. And that boat chase was just incomprehensible!

I was really looking forward to The Expendables and think it deserves mention for how this modern phenomenon ruined what should have been old-school 80's fun. You have karate champion Dolph Lundgren vs. wushu master Jet Li in what could have, should have, been an awesome fight. And all we got was jerky cam crapness. Rant over.
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3:10PM on 02/22/2011
Some of the better fights I can think of that are more recent are:
District B13, The Rundown, Kung Fu Hustle, The Incredibles, the first Matrix film and Oldboy
Some of the better fights I can think of that are more recent are:
District B13, The Rundown, Kung Fu Hustle, The Incredibles, the first Matrix film and Oldboy
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11:17PM on 05/12/2011
Oldboy = Spectacular!
Oldboy = Spectacular!
4:03PM on 02/22/2011
When you were talking about the Bourne movies my mind went straight to the scene in the third one where he jumps through the window and it explodes like a half second before he gets there. Not really a fight scene but something i noticed and couldn't stop noticing from the first time i saw it.
When you were talking about the Bourne movies my mind went straight to the scene in the third one where he jumps through the window and it explodes like a half second before he gets there. Not really a fight scene but something i noticed and couldn't stop noticing from the first time i saw it.
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4:25PM on 02/22/2011

Chris Bumbray, I do believe I may be your long lost twin! :)

Everything you've said in that article (especially the first paragraph: Also born in '81, VHS titles all but worn out, Brian Benben & HBO's 10pm action flicks. lol) was spot on in how awesome action movies used to be & a very excellent read.

The whole concept of "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" can be true up to a point...until that sincerest form can't be discerned or enjoyed unless you are being afflicted by ADD.

Again, very well done Mr. Bumbray.
Everything you've said in that article (especially the first paragraph: Also born in '81, VHS titles all but worn out, Brian Benben & HBO's 10pm action flicks. lol) was spot on in how awesome action movies used to be & a very excellent read.

The whole concept of "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" can be true up to a point...until that sincerest form can't be discerned or enjoyed unless you are being afflicted by ADD.

Again, very well done Mr. Bumbray.
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4:31PM on 02/22/2011

Martin Tupper's office...

Dream On was a great show....until the sex and nudity dried up.
Dream On was a great show....until the sex and nudity dried up.
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5:01PM on 02/22/2011
Chris, you have no idea how right you are. I was born in mid '79 so I have very fond memories of how things used to be. This is a completely valid rant. Amen, brother.
Chris, you have no idea how right you are. I was born in mid '79 so I have very fond memories of how things used to be. This is a completely valid rant. Amen, brother.
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5:04PM on 02/22/2011
I can feel your pain, everyone. I cannot stand this shakycam bullshit any longer.
I can feel your pain, everyone. I cannot stand this shakycam bullshit any longer.
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5:06PM on 02/22/2011

Right on, Chris

Great article Mr. Bumbray. Spot on!

For a kick ass well made hand to hand recent fight scene, I'd say R.E.D. had a pretty awesome one between Bruce Willis and Karl Urban
Great article Mr. Bumbray. Spot on!

For a kick ass well made hand to hand recent fight scene, I'd say R.E.D. had a pretty awesome one between Bruce Willis and Karl Urban
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5:17PM on 02/22/2011
Agreed to the millionth degree.
Finally C'mon Hollywoods are cool again.
Agreed to the millionth degree.
Finally C'mon Hollywoods are cool again.
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5:35PM on 02/22/2011
I generally just hate shakycam, not just in fight scenes but anywhere in a film. It ruins the focus of the scene. And holy shit, did they abuse that in Star Trek (2009) like there was no tomorrow.
I generally just hate shakycam, not just in fight scenes but anywhere in a film. It ruins the focus of the scene. And holy shit, did they abuse that in Star Trek (2009) like there was no tomorrow.
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5:45PM on 02/22/2011
i was excited to you site "rapid fire" as an example of a good fight scene. it has always been one of my favourite action flicks and i miss brandon lee. i think of all the flicks he coulda made so much better. just think of him in "the matrix"!! maybe it's just me.

i do really miss the old-school fight scenes AND the old-school car chase.
i was excited to you site "rapid fire" as an example of a good fight scene. it has always been one of my favourite action flicks and i miss brandon lee. i think of all the flicks he coulda made so much better. just think of him in "the matrix"!! maybe it's just me.

i do really miss the old-school fight scenes AND the old-school car chase.
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11:13PM on 05/12/2011
I totally coulda seen Brandon in that!
I totally coulda seen Brandon in that!
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6:28PM on 02/22/2011
A few current movies I can list for not following this trend are hellboy 2, kick ass and Scott pilgrim. All have scaled back to a more traditional way of shooting and worked extremely well in my opinion. Why studios do not follow that is beyond me!
A few current movies I can list for not following this trend are hellboy 2, kick ass and Scott pilgrim. All have scaled back to a more traditional way of shooting and worked extremely well in my opinion. Why studios do not follow that is beyond me!
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6:36PM on 02/22/2011

AGREED!

That was my biggest dissapointment with the expendables(and a lot of other movies) you cant see a damn thing! For example the old van damme movies and mortal kombat and the matrix were so cool because the fight scenes gave you adrenaline in your seat, out of the movies you wanted to go straight to go learn fightinglessons yourself.
That was my biggest dissapointment with the expendables(and a lot of other movies) you cant see a damn thing! For example the old van damme movies and mortal kombat and the matrix were so cool because the fight scenes gave you adrenaline in your seat, out of the movies you wanted to go straight to go learn fightinglessons yourself.
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8:09PM on 02/22/2011

I agree - totally

But I feel like I've had this complaint for years longer than Bourne was influencing action. Shaky cam is just the newest way that non-action directors (read: 95% of North American directors) indicate an action scene without articulating it. I've seen loads of steady, clear fight scenes that sucked, too, because the direction and editing didn't have any instincts about the action regardless. So, good point, but only part of the argument, imo.

PS: Casino Royale, imo, was not a balance;
But I feel like I've had this complaint for years longer than Bourne was influencing action. Shaky cam is just the newest way that non-action directors (read: 95% of North American directors) indicate an action scene without articulating it. I've seen loads of steady, clear fight scenes that sucked, too, because the direction and editing didn't have any instincts about the action regardless. So, good point, but only part of the argument, imo.

PS: Casino Royale, imo, was not a balance; Martin Campbell's one of the few excellent action directors in mainstream movies, and Royale was its own beast. One of the last great classically styled action movies I've seen - way closer to Goldeneye than Bourne.
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9:30PM on 02/22/2011
The first time I noticed it was becoming an epidemic was in Batman Begins. I guess Bruce Wayne kicked some ass in that Asian prison, but I couldn't tell
The first time I noticed it was becoming an epidemic was in Batman Begins. I guess Bruce Wayne kicked some ass in that Asian prison, but I couldn't tell
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11:16PM on 02/22/2011
You're right. Batman Begins was egregious with this.
You're right. Batman Begins was egregious with this.
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11:14PM on 02/22/2011

110% agreement!

Overuse of speed editing and shakycam for fight scenes has been a gripe of mine for a long time. Action directors need to take a lesson from Jackie Chan films from the 80's and 90's. Just plant the damn camera and film. Let the actors (or their stunt doubles) do the work, don't try to mask it up with obfuscating cuts and poor photography.
Overuse of speed editing and shakycam for fight scenes has been a gripe of mine for a long time. Action directors need to take a lesson from Jackie Chan films from the 80's and 90's. Just plant the damn camera and film. Let the actors (or their stunt doubles) do the work, don't try to mask it up with obfuscating cuts and poor photography.
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11:11PM on 05/12/2011
Jackie Chan is an excellent example!
Jackie Chan is an excellent example!
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11:16PM on 02/22/2011
Double post.
Double post.
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1:31AM on 02/23/2011

It's not just Fight sequences.

Good article. The truth is it's not just the fight scenes that are a complete joke now for the most part. It's the constant quick cutting & the huge overuse of Hand Held camera shot's. I cannot understand for the life of me when you have a film that costs $100 million or even the Average cost of a film & insist on putting in tons of shaky cam crap. It's not only irritating, it screams (usually) that they are trying to hide something like...I don't know SUBSTANCE! It's sad because there are
Good article. The truth is it's not just the fight scenes that are a complete joke now for the most part. It's the constant quick cutting & the huge overuse of Hand Held camera shot's. I cannot understand for the life of me when you have a film that costs $100 million or even the Average cost of a film & insist on putting in tons of shaky cam crap. It's not only irritating, it screams (usually) that they are trying to hide something like...I don't know SUBSTANCE! It's sad because there are such great martial artists like Donnie Yen (watch him in "Ip Man" (IM2 comes to DVD soon) yet he hasn't translated here in North America. What's most sad is I know fight choregraphy as I have gotten my Brown Belt in Koden Kan Karate, & so many of the fights are obviously done by someone that doesn't know what good fight sequences should look like. I'm hoping eventually we'll get some good fighting & enough of the quick cutting & Handhelds.
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3:02AM on 02/23/2011

On the Money

Actions flicks these days are close up and dont let you see the action. Batman Begins had that problem and they came back a fixed it in the The dark knight, now they want to move the camera around, freehand it and just do all other ungodly things but now focus on the action.
Actions flicks these days are close up and dont let you see the action. Batman Begins had that problem and they came back a fixed it in the The dark knight, now they want to move the camera around, freehand it and just do all other ungodly things but now focus on the action.
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2:12PM on 03/08/2011

Love these articles.

Another good article Bumbray. C'mon Hollywood needs it's own RSS Feed!!! Make it happen.
Another good article Bumbray. C'mon Hollywood needs it's own RSS Feed!!! Make it happen.
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12:38PM on 05/12/2011

Great Fight Scene...

You're forgetting to mention the fight scenes from Universal Soldier: Regeneration. These were outstanding scenes...
You're forgetting to mention the fight scenes from Universal Soldier: Regeneration. These were outstanding scenes...
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11:10PM on 05/12/2011

Hear, hear...!

I feel like this artile was written by my long lost brother...good shite!
I feel like this artile was written by my long lost brother...good shite!
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7:38PM on 08/23/2012

The blurry shaky closeups really suck

I am an action movie junky but this blury shaky closeup crap will make me quit watching completely. They did this crap in the Hunger Games big time and now the Bourne Legacy. Had I known they were going to pull this crap I would never have watched it. From now on I will check online to see if they are pulling this crap for all upcoming movies. I will not pay to watch this crap anymore. Hollywood please fire these no talent directors and cenimatographers that are pulling this crap if you
I am an action movie junky but this blury shaky closeup crap will make me quit watching completely. They did this crap in the Hunger Games big time and now the Bourne Legacy. Had I known they were going to pull this crap I would never have watched it. From now on I will check online to see if they are pulling this crap for all upcoming movies. I will not pay to watch this crap anymore. Hollywood please fire these no talent directors and cenimatographers that are pulling this crap if you want my money. They obviously have to make up for not having any talent by pulling this crap.
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