This month Celluloid Skeletons looks at a huge movie star of the 80s and 90s who has, through his own behaviour, fallen by the wayside a little. That’s right it’s ‘Mad’ Mel Gibson, star of action classics like Mad Max and Lethal Weapon, and Oscar winning director of films like Braveheart and Apocalypto.
Join Joe and his guests Rory Drummond and Jeff Kennedy as they talk about Gibson’s hugely successful career and skirt delicately around his later notoriety as an angry drunk. Plus, this week’s Celluloid Skeleton is based on a story idea by Bono, and was directed by art-house darling Wim Wenders, what could possibly go wrong? Listen on to found out.
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Release Date: 14th August 2014
Running Time: 126 minutes
Director: Patrick Hughes
Sylvester Stallone’s high-profile project to help find work for the elderly, or ‘The Expendables Trilogy’ as it’s better known, comes to a close with the release of the third and probably-not-final installment of the franchise. You know the drill by now, and if you don’t then it’s fairly straightforward – a bunch of ageing Hollywood muscle-men come together to re-live their pre-9/11 glory days before Hollywood went all liberal on us. What’s wrong with a bit of blasé ultra violence? Evidently Sly won’t stand for this sort of wishy-washy nonsense, and so we’ve been treated to two Expendables outings so far, the second being the most entertaining slice of nostalgic action pap. The trailers promised the usual ‘bigger and better’, and so they’ve expanded the cast to include Frasier Crane, Indiana Jones, Blade, Puss-in-Boots and a raging anti-Semitic alongside a bunch of young pretenders. Could this be as enjoyable as its supremely silly predecessors?