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    The Expendables Is a Hit!

    By kyle | August 16, 2010

    But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking it’s a good movie, shall we? I wanted it to be good too. I have no problem with manly derring-do. The fact is that it’s a stinking pile of merde. And no, it’s not “so bad it’s good.” It’s just bad. The movie’s success is a product of intense marketing, nothing more. As for the hipster-deadpan video game movie: I’d sit through that again before enduring “The Expendables” another time.

    Topics: Movies | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to “The Expendables Is a Hit!”

    1. K Says:
      August 16th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      The fact is that it’s a stinking pile of merde.


    2. Kyle Says:
      August 16th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

      Guilty. I go to France nearly every year. Just came back from Provence last month.

    3. Brandon Says:
      August 17th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      I don’t know that it is marketing or more nostalgia for a bygone era when men were still potrayed not only as competent but indeed useful and our enemies weren’t just potrayed as misunderstood but in fact evil.

    4. John Says:
      August 17th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      You’d rather watch that dweeb than Stallone? Oooookay.

    5. John Says:
      August 19th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

      I guess I watched a different movie with the same name. I missed where it was bad. Perhaps I should go see it again and try to figure it out. I was looking for another reason to go again.