Sunday Matinee – August 11th, 2013


Today is all about the brawl for all. When you have to settle someone’s hash. When the King of England comes into your house and starts pushing you around;

Best fight scene.

I have 3 that juggle around the number 1 spot. The multi-floor, one-take fight scene from Tony Jaa’s The Protector. It’s incredible for a fight scene, and even more amazing due to the fact the entire thing was done in one take. No breaks. No cuts. It took them 7 tries to get it right. Great stuff. Another is the final fight from Drunken Master II. Ebert said it may not be possible to film a better fight scene. It needs to be seen to be believed. And the final one is the showdown between Braden & Cho from Revenge of the Ninja, arguably the greatest ninja film of all time. It’s a hell of a fight, and easily the greatest ninja go-at-it in history. Even more so than the golf-hating ninja taking on multiple cops in Ninja III. I loved Revenge of the Ninja as a kid and probably saw it 70+ times. Usually things from your childhood don’t carry over, but Revenge of the Ninja, and the final fight scene, have only gotten better.

How say you?

Sunday Matinee – August 4th, 2013


Before we get to today’s matinee question, I’d like to announce that I stepped into the year 2006 and got a twitter account. You can find me @CaliberWinfield, and get direct links to all my updates, and hear about how upset I am that they remade Robocop. I mean, who wouldn’t want to follow me?

Today’s question should cause some conflicting opinions;

Greatest sequel? I’m leaning towards Expendables 2. The first 10 minutes made all the references to the original it needed to, as sort of a way to say thanks to the fans. They then built on the characters further, introduced others, and ramped up the one-liners, action, and humor. It was everything that a sequel is suppose to be.

Also, big mention to Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, which improved on the original in just about every way imaginable. Also, Friday The 13th: Part 6 – Jason Lives. There’s so much to say about that movie that I would be here all day if I were to talk about all of it’s high points. Fantastic atmosphere, ingenious kills & effects, and a perfect blend of humor. Awesome film.

How say you?

Sunday Matinee – July 28th, 2013


What’s the greatest movie opening of all time? I’m not really setting any parameters, but you can figure it out.

For your boy, it’s Scream. Hands down. It’s an absolutely captivating piece of film and some of the most brilliant writing in film history. It starts off so innocent and calm, and keeps building until something as benign as a telephone ring is the scariest sound in the world. I love how it all starts off so innocent, and the killer has his subtle slip ups like

“Why do you want to know my name?”
“Because I want to know who I’m looking at”
“…what did you say?”
“….I said I want to know who I’m…talking to”

And it builds until “YOU HANG UP ON ME AND I’LL GUT YOU LIKE A FISH!”. Then they play the game, and man, I could just talk about the scene all day. Absolutely incredible.

How say you?

Also, I have an ask, my people. I’ve recently started working on short stories, perhaps working up to longer pieces of fiction someday. So, I’ve posted my first attempt at my website, and I’d like to know what the people who dig my work think. It’s only about 3 pages long, so it won’t take too much of your time. You can either let me know in the comments or email, [email protected] Much appreciated, thanks. Also, while you’re at it with the email, do send in your questions for the QOTD.

Caliber’s Till Death Do Us Part Is For Sissies

Sunday Matinee – July 21st, 2013


Alright, on today’s Matinee I’d like to talk about what film you were most excited about coming out.

There have been quite a few in my life. Rambo 4, Rocky Balboa, and Punisher: War Zone.

Two films tie at number one. First up, Expendables 2, because I was so insanely excited to finally see Van Damme back on the big screen. My anticipation was rewarded with the film being fantastic, and Van Damme getting a ton of praise for his performance. Praise he’s been deserving since Double Impact. The other, well, it was in the making for 10 years. Freddy vs Jason. Since I was a child I was looking forward to this film. I had a babysitter who dug both series and would draw pictures for me of them fighting. Then when I saw Jason Goes To Hell they had the greatest final scene ever with Freddy’s glove. It stayed in developmental hell for 10 years, with just as many script drafts. Then it finally happened. I went to the first showing in my town and just couldn’t believe what I was about to see. Not to mention they did a hell of a job on the film, Kane Hodder not being involved and the Freeberg character not-withstanding. It’s great to look forward to something so much, and have it be rewarded.

How say you?

Sunday Matinee

I dig talking film with you guys. People have a lot to say about it.

So, I thought Saturday & Sunday I’d post a movie related question. For today…

Top 3 favorite films. Gives us all a base of what we dig, so it puts our opinions into context.

For your boy, it goes a little something like this:

1 – Boogie Nights: It’s an absolutely perfect film. Literally almost every scene is classic. A film that works like Goodfellas in that even after 2 & a half hours, I want more.
2 – Scream: My absolute favorite horror film. Contains the greatest opening in film history. Great killer, great story, great twist.
3 – The Expendables: Director’s Cut: I’m the action movie guy, so trust me when I say this is the greatest action film ever. Stallone’s true vision of what this film should be is incredible. There’s more depth to each character, and the film is less of a “party” than the theatrical cut. Fantastic, beautiful film.

How say you?