Which is best?

James / February 19th, 2013

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis are still kicking ass with no signs of ever slowing down! James and Mike discuss their latest films, The Last Stand, Bullet to the Head, and A Good Day to Die Hard. Which action star comes out on top?


  • February 19, 2013 at 6:12 am

    James I saw a good day to die hard and I was majorly dissapointed. John Mclan get’s pushed to the side by his son, the plot was convluted and the villain was un interesting.Hopefully you felt the same way

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

    This is not really “original,” in that kind of sense, but in my opinion one of the best action car chases in recent movies is in Jack Reacher. You should see it. I know that it will seem like a weird choice to have Tom Cruise play the main character in it, but just try to look beyond that, though it can be hard. In the original books that the film are based on, he is even described as being 2-3 metres in height I think, and with hands big as plates…

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Jumping out of the way… like Jason Stratham in the Transporter films? God, that traffic scene with him jumping… hilariously bad.

  • grimboi

    February 19, 2013 at 6:40 am

    LOL, the first time I look at Mikes face I thought that he was disappointed of the movies because He’s always upbeat in the other movie review and I was not used of him like this…. and yep, I was right LOOL. sorry for my horrible english

  • super.ca.i.n

    February 19, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Sorry, but the greatest action stars are Arnold, Stallone and JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME. Just after that comes in Bruce Willis.

    • February 23, 2013 at 5:43 am

      JCVD is better than Willis?? I DONT THINK SO. van damme doesnt have a classic movie to his name. watching them now, all his movies are cheesy as hell. any movie he does that stupid splits move like its cool, no. Bruce Willis has tons of great movies to his name. the die hards, fifth element, looper, Red, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, Lucky Number Slevin, and soon to be greats Sin City 2, Red 2 and GI Joe 2. whats JCVD got to match all those movies? nothing that even comes close

  • john lehman

    February 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Love the new video-store, movie review format. Keep it up guys!

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 19, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I just want to say, that often I go to the movies to see something other than the actor, because it’s not always very nice when you see the actor/actress instead of the character they play. It can be extremely distracting. However, with films like these, it’s a different story, and I go see them for the same reasons as you guys.

  • February 19, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Actually “Expendables”‘s Russian title is “Неудержимые” which translates to “Unstoppables”. And then Russian theaters just took “Bullet to the Head” and called it “Неудержимый” which made it “Unstoppable”.

  • Snejku

    February 19, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Only seen Die Hard 5 so far and I was, well.. I wasn’t really dissapointed in the sense that I didn’t expect this one to be that good, I think the most major flaw in all these movies comming out today is that the cinnematography is all wrong, it’s that grey-like image filtered all over the movie that makes it seem pretty monotonous and stale. Die Hard 5 had a lot of very obvious CGI where as the 4th still had a lot of traditional filmmaking even when it seems CGI:ed, that car flipping over the hood of two other cars in Die Hard 4 for example, just good film editing there. But overall it was ok I suppose, at least it was somewhat true to the series in the whole dodging and getting all bloody taking a lot of beatings from the explosions etc. These films would really benefit from looking more like 90s movies I think, maybe they should even start to film them with those cameras again.

  • nixon101382

    February 19, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Nice video guys. I really like these new vids with both of you discussing a single topic. I was hoping you would address the directors though. Jee-woon Kim vs. John Moore vs. Walter Hill. I would’ve liked to have heard your thoughts on how the old vet(Hill) stacks up against the flashy MTV style(Moore) and the Korean making his American debut(Kim…obviously) and whether or not you felt like they did the three stars justice in their respective roles. Maybe next time

  • Senna4ever

    February 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

    It does not “feel” like the 80’s at all.
    It feels more like someone trying to hang onto youth by thinking it’s still the 80’s.
    It’s akin to putting on some stick on sideburns and saying “look, it’s the 70’s”.

    All 3 of those films were terrible.
    Of all 3 the best one was Die Hard 5, only cos if I buy it on DVD I can use the cover as toilet paper.

  • luisthebeast

    February 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

    great video guys, I went to see Die Hard 5, I thought it was ok, I did love the action scenes in it though. I’d like to hear what you guys think about The Expendables 1 and 2, those were filled with most of the 80’s action stars (the only one I think is missing is Seagal). And it was filled with super cheesy one liners lol.

  • February 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

    …? Arnold can barely walk, Willis can give a good fight, and Stallone can literally kill everyone reading this in less than 10 seconds with his bare hands, period.

  • February 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

    My personal favorite was The Last Stand mainly because I’m such a huge Schwarzenegger nut and was exited to see him on the big screen again. But I loved all these movies and you guys for giving them the attention they deserve.

  • MsZaago

    February 19, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I remember I was 2 or 3 when I watched both Terminators and Total Recall. I grew up watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies (I thought he was my uncle LOL). When he became governor, I was heartbroken (and pissed off). I’m glad he’s back, though, even if he’s aged quite a bit.

    By the way, I noticed the boo-boo on your finger, Mike. What did you do?

  • Chris Luther

    February 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

    At 16:45 something moves in the top right corner of the screen. Did anyone else notice that?

  • ToraToraTora

    February 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I’ll watch whichever one Rifftrax riffs, but not until then.

  • HeadBangerAust

    February 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I guarantee people, such as myself, will be driving pretty far to watch your movie this summer dude

  • xdeathknightx

    February 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    16:45 something dropped in the top left. I couldn’t see what it was but it was a “what the hell” moment for me.

    And too bad that all three of them were mediocre and none really stood out.

  • DoctorColossus

    February 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I like the Siskel and Ebert vibe you guys have going here. I know that the real Siskel and Ebert were close friends, and I know that you guys are too, but it’s cool getting two different opinions on the same movies. I think it provides some kind of objective balance, despite the fact that film reviews are purely subjective and personal. Much love!

  • disengage

    February 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Look carefully at the very top left corner at the 16:45 mark. The Nerd Cellar Haunting.

    • February 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      There was a death with the previous tenant. I’m sure it must have been the ghost.

  • Kickasjake

    February 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I wasn’t interested in the Last Stand all it made me think of when I saw that commercial was isn’t this that movie the Rock did? lol

  • Stick

    February 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Lots of good points. I want to mention that Last Stand was only in my local theaters for 2 weeks! I didn’t get to see it so I replaced it with Stallone. He does a really good dark bad guy/anti hero.

    I’m hesitant to see Die Hard because of the CGI and what some of the other posters have said. CGI has its place, sci-fi and fantasy heavy movies, but if it can be done without CGI, don’t use it.

  • February 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I think I was guilty of the same thing the rest of the world was, and that was expecting too much of all 3 of these. Especially the 1st 2, with Die Hard ( my favorite action series), I’ve found I like the newest one a little less than the one before, so I knew what to expect with this one. The Last Stand had too much slapstic and “serious” drama. I think Die Hard 5 was the best of these 3 followed closely by Bullet. I think Die Hard 5 will be thought of as a better film over time, right now, its getting really harsh treatment from people who didn’t have the right mindset going into that movie, I mean after all it is Die Hard 5, that being said, I’m looking forward to a 6th and final film, lets hope for a Willis stand alone roll and another Gruber bad guy, maybe a dad looking to avenge his 2 sons!

  • Der General

    February 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    They’re all equally terrible.

  • Xen11

    February 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    A Good Day To Die Hard was fucking atrocious; an absolute piece of shit. It should have never been made. It broke the streak of good Die Hard movies.

    The Last Stand and Bullet To The Head were both just alright; decent for what they were. It’s hard to pick between those two because I thought The Last Stand was the best execution, but I liked Stallone and his detective partner in Bullet To The Head.

  • Entrenaturaleza

    February 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Mike you were a little bit serious man, hope you are fine. Nice video btw

  • Jay Hershorn

    February 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    You forgot about one amazing movie when you said that there really are no good movies with a father and son duo. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade! Sean Connery and Harrison Ford were fantastic together!

  • Rafael Abreu

    February 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I wanted to see Bullet to the Head (I saw The Last Stand & A Good Day to Die Hard), but it looked the least interesting of the three + I told myself I didn’t really wanna pay to see this kind of movie. In any case, I still wanna see it since I’d probably like it best (the plot looks the simplest, too). Anyway, nice to hear your opinions.

  • February 19, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Which is best?
    Being kicked in the balls, punched in the face or pushed down some steps? Well they all suck and I’d rather not do any of them.
    That’s how I feel about these movies. That’s some dedication to shitty movies, driving a long distance to see it. But that’s one thing I like about Mike and James, their dedication to shitty movies. I can know what happened and not have to suffer though it.
    Honestly I live their shitty movie reviews.

  • randyslack

    February 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I enjoyed “The Last Stand”. As far as “Bullet to the Head” I thought the killing was over the top. I mean, EVERYBODY died in the movie. I bet there is a deleted scene at where Stallone and his daughter are killed. And probably one more where every member of the cast and crew are shot as well. Not to mention the 90+ minute harmonica song.

  • February 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I loved all three. Made me feel like a kid again. Great job guys I am very much on the same page with almost everything you guys said.

  • Treise

    February 20, 2013 at 1:21 am

    They are all fucking good, the end.

  • Ninja Kush

    February 20, 2013 at 5:31 am

    A purple vhs tape behind mikes head fell down behind the shelf at 16:47 lol who else noticed that? i bet they dodnt even know lol. you can barely see it.

  • ALF4Reals

    February 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Other action movies with the Hero-Son dynamic are the recent Mummy sequels and The Patriot, but if you guys want to review really good action movies not starring 80s relics you should check out District B13 and Attack the Block

  • pikmintaro

    February 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    James mentions in this video that it isn’t really a movie for children, but what you are talking about is American children, in Japan they aren’t quite as sheltered, and I can guarantee you a lot of the swearing is just added in the subtitles, and they don’t actually swear that much in the original language, or they are words that mean the same basic thing but aren’t considered to be swear words in Japan.
    As for the blood, just watch something like One Piece, Bleach, or Naruto all targeted for the “twelve and up” demographic in Japan, and all have plenty of blood, what happens in the movie isn’t anything new to the children over there.

    As for Yokai themselves, it isn’t always objects coming to life, Yokai is a very broad spectrum term that can cover everything from Fairies, and Elves, to Ogres, and as you mentioned objects that come to life.
    Somebody already mentioned checking out a book called “Yokai attack” and I recommend it too, along with Yurei attack.

  • Piel

    February 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Since the producers are digging out the good old action stars, I am now waiting for a new Snake Plissken movie. Man, wouldn’t it be great ?

  • HomingMissiles

    February 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Movies like these are very much like comic book adaptations: you only spend your time and money to watch it because you already are a fan and know what to expect. I remember watching Expendables 2 and the audience was freaking out, laughing hysterically at every gag, one-liner and in-joke. With a different leading cast, none of that would have worked and would have been dismissed as bad cliche.

  • Hlafweard

    February 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    lol how far did you guys drive to see the movie?

  • February 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    0:12 James sweater is red.
    0:14 changed color.

  • Bronson

    February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    The only movie that I’m interested is the Last Stand because of Schwarzenegger, but I still wouldn’t probably pay a full price for the ticket. I’m really tired of seeing mediocre action films, no matter who is starring in them.

  • Anthony33

    February 21, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I liked this, very Siskel and Ebert. You guys should make this a regular part of the site, where, call it James and Mike’s movie reviews, James and Mike At The Movies or just James and Mike, like Siskel and Ebert, maybe do a 5 star system, with 4 being excellent and 5 being a classic movie you’d want to watch over and over again.

    Very enjoyable, thanks for posting this.

  • Midori

    February 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Ok, now all we need is Roger Moore doing another Bond.

  • dclark

    February 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    screw all of them, liam neeson!

  • February 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I was looking forward to what you guys would have to say. I’m sure you could’ve talked about the 3 films all day. I’d like to add my 2 cents because I think there’s a lot more to talk about in the movies.

    The best is The Last Stand

    I was also looking forward to this movie because it was the Hollywood debut of Korean director, Kim Jee Woon who made the excellent A Bittersweet Life. The movie was fast paced and easy to follow. The action choreography was very good, and out of the 3 movies, had the best fight scene at the end. It was great to see Arnold keep up with a guy less than half his age, and utilize wrestling and Brazillian Junitsu.

    Die Hard 5

    I liked the movie, but didn’t love it as much as the previous 4. I agree it was over written, but with a plot that was unremarkable. Bruce Willis alternated between being great and looking like he didn’t want to do action movies anymore. I kind of liked that McClane wanted to be done with getting nearly killed all the time, but part of it seemed like it was because Willis’ real life views were creeping in. But all in all, the movie was fun, and Sebastian Koch (who was also in Black Book and Unknown) was great.

    Bullet to the Head

    This movie would have been perfect if Sung Kang’s character was not in the movie. I get that he played a by the book cop, but he was an infuriating prick. He treated Stallone like shit through the whole movie, bitched and complained, was ungrateful for his help, and acted like a self righteous puppet.

    Stallone and Jason Mamia were having a great fight scene, but despite the fact that Stallobe clearly had Mamoa beaten, Sung Kang ruins it all and acts like he saved Stallobe’s life. (Mamoa got an axe in the foot, and a knife to the neck. How much more could he do?)

    Everything else about the movie was good. Although I thought Christian Dlater was wasted as a prissy lawyer, and I wish Adawale didn’t have an anti climatic end, since he was a great villain.

  • February 22, 2013 at 2:29 am

    a good day to die hard was one of the worst movies i have ever seen in a long while. the Cinematography was so bad it made me sick, the movie was so boring i fucking left. I have never left a movie theater in my life.

  • February 22, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I think over the top had a great father son dynamic.

  • February 23, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Ive seen all three of these. All three are pretty average to bad. I liked The Last Stand best. i had the most fun with that one. Bullet to the Head was more gritty than i was expecting, and liked it but wasnt too memorable. Die Hard 5 was just bad. the action was so crazy that it became generic. i like all the die hard for different reasons, but 5 was just so…ehhhh i didnt care about anything. it was so poorly directed. im actually not going to buy it on dvd or bluray. Last Stand and Bullet i think i might pick up eventually.


    February 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    @nixon101382 comment: “Nice video guys. I really like these new vids with both of you discussing a single topic. I was hoping you would address the directors though. Jee-woon Kim vs. John Moore vs. Walter Hill. I would’ve liked to have heard your thoughts on how the old vet(Hill) stacks up against the flashy MTV style(Moore) and the Korean making his American debut(Kim…obviously) and whether or not you felt like they did the three stars justice in their respective roles. Maybe next time”
    I was going to make a post similar to this and wanted to address it. James I consider you a cinema/director buff and am sure you have some opinions on these guys. My favorite being Jee-woon Kim. I am disappointed at this debut of his in America. It does not compare to his others like “I Saw The Devil” or “The Good, The Bad, and The Weird”. Anyway if you can let me know your thoughts on these directors.

  • Inspector Butters

    February 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    As far as John McClane having a good sidekick, Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus in Die Hard With A Vengeance (or Die Hard 3 as James would say) does a good job. He is appropriate in that he is a civilian, but is willing to challenge John McClane and also has a stake in the story.

  • Orionsaint

    February 25, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Tron Legacy had a father relationship thing too.

  • February 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I havent seen any of these 3 films , but as far as my opinion on Die Hard goes , I actually prefer the 3rd one : Die Hard With A Vengeance. this one had the best plot , the best action , the best villain , and the best characters of the entire series. the villain was always 2 steps ahead of the main heroes , the action was more intense , Samuel L Jackson was a better comic relief than most of the characters in the series , and it had the same director of the 1st Die Hard : John McTiernan. Simon Peter Gruber was far better than Hans Gruber since Hans was a commander at best plus his men were at times not obeying his commands. in the 3rd one , Simon was more active and his henchmen were actually smarter and only 1 or 2 henchmen questioned their leader. plus , he almost got away with the gold heist. it’s strange because there’s just something about action films in the 90’s in the dead heat of summer that just works with me. Die Hard 2 was weaker with me because of the one cop that you love to hate. I mean this guy was so obnoxious that you just want to strangle him. I think personally Die Hard 2 & 4 were a bit weaker while Die Hard 1 & 3 were vastly superior. like I said , I think Die Hard With A Vengeance is the best film of the Die Hard series. I just wish we can go back to making action films in the dead heat of summer in major cities like New York or Los Angeles.

  • Matthew Massaro

    February 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    U guys mentioned movie were there is a character and he has a son. Wouldn’t the new tron legacy be a good example of where the father has a son and u actually care about that character. Cuz it starts off as us knowing the father from the original movie and later meeting his son in the sequal. After this the father is found pretty early in the movie and so he is in there enough for it to be considered kinda a father son duo.

  • Joker83

    February 27, 2013 at 8:16 am

    So true about people following the hive mind instead of thinking for themselves. I remember first seeing the Dark Knight Rises and my friends loving it, suddenly weeks later it wasn’t a good movie anymore.

  • lotusclown

    March 4, 2013 at 4:20 am

    dude schwarzenegger wasn’t actually in terminator salvation, he was just cgi.. just sayin.

  • Jcr3ws

    March 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    My wife and I saw Die Hard 5 on Vday, I was like any DH fan…disappointed. It has zero formula from the series, i haven’t even seen The Last Stand and already it wins over DH5.
    good video btw

  • Skeletor

    March 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    There can be only one! Arnold fuckin’ Schwarzenegger

  • Daniel Brown

    June 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Its definitely not the 80s as all three stars were making films that were entertaining and, dare is stay, masterpieces of the genre.

  • Daniel Brown

    June 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Also have to disagree with James here regarding to plot and action films.

    Commando is the best and most pure action film ever made. Its fucking great and there’s little to no plot there. You don’t care much about anything, Alyssa Milano, the love interest sidekick. None of that matters. But its a great movie.

  • July 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Willis:America;Stallone:Italy;Schwarzenegger:Russia. Which Country (Action star) is better?

  • October 28, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Loved The Last Stand.

  • Thepop culturechannel

    May 25, 2014 at 1:18 am

    FUCK YEAH! Commando was fucking awesome movie!

  • Mark Knight

    October 29, 2014 at 4:50 am

    You guys should do a review just like this again with 3 movies that are similar.

    • DavySprocket

      August 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly.

  • May 23, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    They all suck , i guess Bullet to the head – Last Stand- and die turd from less worse to steaming shit

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