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Pretty crazy that this was the 13th article I ever posted here. It's not just China now... and yes I know it's 15 and 17 now. 13 was bad publicity.

Also go check out NG. That's where the jokes are. The cynical and ever relevant ones. The Unquestionable Truth.

Musicalish #286

Some more music? Nah...

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The Marine 3 - Homefront (2013)

The Marine 3 - Homefront (2013)

Feels like this was the last one before they found their way again. The second was the one with the same story, and formula, and this was the one without a number as to maybe not make it seem like just a sequel - just in case it wouldn't hold, all the while trying to abide to the same story as the last one but with a few new twists? It feels a bit like a half-assed attempt, but after (and with) this they were definitely back on track.

And this is where Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin is first introduced. He takes over the lead role from here on out, and it's a solid introduction. He goes all in from the very first movie, and finally we have a valid replacement for the original Cena. Neal McDonough plays the villain too, and a good one at that. One somewhat big name for each of the first three.

The movie does follow a similar route as the previous did, combining elements from both the first two with 1.) Big heist and 2.) Idealistic terrorists, and the marine coming home... all of those same old same old things, but this time it reintroduces them in a good way.

Mostly.

There's a bit more focus on the family, locations switch up a bit, and the action choreography is definitely moving up again too. It feels like The Miz takes some real risks in some scenes. He really does his character justice as: that guy who just gives his all for those he loves. And the main location being a run-down boat feels like a refreshing change of scenery; somewhat similar to the exotic but dangerous swamps of the first.

It feels like a new beginning, and I'm happy to say the sequels played out well from here on out. Good cast, good action, though maybe still a bit tighter a budget than the first... but it's good enough. It's a solid.

That intro too. It almost has me starting to like Country.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Marine 2 (2009)

The Marine 2 (2009)

The second one's the terrorist one. The main actor's changed from John Cena to Ted DiBiase Jr, who isnt bad, but it's a noticeable downgrade to me, and the budget doesn't seem quite on par with the last one either. They're in a cheaper location - exotic resort though it may be, and don't move around enough to give it the same variation or sense of pace as last time. And the main dude just doesn't have the same pondus.

There is Michael Rooker, though! Props on bringing in one of those guys that really contribute to whatever movie they're a part of. His is a minor role but a well-played one.

In the end you know how it goes. The Marine loses his wife, goes all out Rambo, gets her back and saves the day, and has a tough time doing so.

It's not the most inventive progression, but there's nothing wrong with the action, even if the choreography isn't all as polished as it was last time around, the explosions are fewer, and there are no cars. Not that the latter bit's a bad thing - though I guess I miss the more vehicular chase.

It also starts with a flashback and quick relational bonding, just like last time, and pretty much follows the exact same formula until the end. That it's a fancy island resort doesn't help. It feels used already.

I'm not impressed with the filming, nor with the actors, nor with the story, and I'm pretty surprised that the rating even comes close to the last one. Misleading score or no, though, I guess they learned to mix things up a bit after this, and for what it's worth it's a decent second take. It's just not new, and not better, and it doesn't even have Cena.

 rated 3/5: not bad

The Marine (2006)

The Marine (2006)

Somewhere in the sunny state of South Carolina a marine returns home to his loving wife. Somewhere else a gang of thugs steal twelve millions worth of diamonds, killing three people in the process. And somewhere along the line the fates of these two coincide, when on the run the criminals - led by the charmingly psychotic Rome (Robert Patrick), kidnap this marine man's wife and drive away with her hostage.

An explosive showcase of action follows, with car chases that could almost rival the Bad Boys one, and fiery finales for each segment of The Marine's race against time; to save his wife. His name's John btw. John Cena.

The plot, pace and choreography are on a whole other level than the sequels with this one, not just in regard to how it's done, or the cast, but in the budgeting everywhere. It shows not just in how polished the pandemonium is, but in the surplus of wrecked cars and blown-up houses along the road, already worn out ones or no.

It's impressive.

John Cena plays the main role with conviction - no matter what other reviewers seem to say about that, and makes this one movie really stand out before the sequels. Can't take all the credit away from the successors, cause they were badass too, but just imagine what it could've been like with Cena through all the sequels! And the girl. And villains like Rome (the one disappointment I have is that he loses his intimidation factor as the plot rolls along - entertaining as some bits may be) and a budget like this.

Overall this might be one of my favorite action movies of all time. It's not the deepest, and not the darkest, but definitely one of the most ferocious ones, even with the calmer phases between showdowns.

I'm not sure I knew about Cena the first time I watched this, but I'm definitely a fan now. He has the perfect personality for this kind of role. Gladiator. Fighter. Fearless action hero.

For those who love action: this is it.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Don'tsmothermenow

Hey I just want to write!

Can't you see that? I yell at the impostor. I yell at the world. I yell at the poster. I yell at myself. I yell in my room. I yell on the train. I yell in the line at the supermarket with a cart full of watermelon. I yell in my mind.

The world can't hear me.

But it's not strange if I don't speak up. It's not strange they don't hear my music if I don't put it up on Spotify, Strange Music TM.

Or like Dax take it to YouTube. It's dax.

I don't know if I'm ready but I don't think I'll ever know either, though at least I have a job that lets me hone my creative skillsets while I do other things. I mean literally. I mean literal skillsets. I mean.

No I'm pretty nice tbh.

And that's another thing that bugs me. Acronyms. In LOWERCASE.

I just want to let it all out here. I want to let y'all know. I want to be like Nietz sometimes and just let all flow. I know I live a protective life in a projective world, but I vent, even if I can't extend my arm to the slimy underbelly I know through my penthome door. Just want to vent some more. Give me air. Need to breath. Psychological asthma. Haaaaaa. Nhhhhh. Phhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Phhhhhones.

They should leave the wires.

Coppers.

Stop getting musicians off the street.

Music.

Is what we need to live.

Notes.

Don't take them.

Freestyle.

...

It all goes so much better when I write it like this. Like it's meant to be: written. Like spoken word... just ain't my thing. I'll relapse to this like that ellipses.

Bang.

And if I record I can keep the beat.

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