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Die Hard (1988)

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1988 saw the death of an action franchise with the abysmally bad Rambo III. Yet less than two months later another figure stepped into John Rambo’s boots as the action hero. John McClane (Bruce Willis) was not a hardened war veteran with social problems but a smart-mouthed New York cop with marital problems. The action hero had traded in his political worries for far more mundane issues, although his gun toting enemies were just as problematic. Continue reading Die Hard (1988)

Rambo III (1988)

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There comes a time when every action film series should call it quits. Sometimes the first film is the only redeemable film and the rest are poor riffs on what makes the original great, other times the series gets progressively better. But rarely, if ever, does an action series end on a high note. The never-ending quest for fame, glory and bags of money keep the studio system pumping these babies out until the fans and talent protest or it ceases being profitable. Rambo III hits that point, the point that never should have been reached, the point where the whole thing becomes pointless. Continue reading Rambo III (1988)

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

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Why make a sequel to Rambo: First Blood? The cynic in me says to make more money. But is there enough there to warrant a sequel? In a way, the ending of First Blood almost begs a sequel. The conclusion isn’t actually a resolution of conflict, it’s simply diffused by a third party. The real issue, the one that starts this whole mess, is the fact that America, for all intents and purposes, lost in Vietnam. So Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has some issues to resolve and if Rambo: First Blood Part II is any indication he’s just getting started. Continue reading Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)