Hops and Box Office Flops: ‘BULLET TO THE HEAD – Brawn, Booze, and Bullets’
Bullet to the Head is a throwback to a simpler time; an era when men were men, off-color jokes were plentiful, and the amount of heroic quips was only surpassed by the body count.
Serving as Sylvester Stallone’s late mid-life crisis, Bullet to the Head is an unapologetic homage to the action films of yesteryear. This makes all the more sense when you consider that director Walter Hill perfected this template with 48 Hrs., a mismatched buddy classic.
Some may argue that formula doesn’t necessarily work in 2012, but they—like the co-hosts of this pod—are wrong. This film is glorious.
Pumped full of violence, it’s an adrenaline shot to your heart. And by the looks of it, Stallone also knows all about hypodermic needles. Literally, he appears to have overdosed on human growth hormone. No 66-year-old man should be as vascular as he is in this movie.
Anyway, it did inexplicably flop. It earned just under $22 million on a budget of $40 million—perhaps a signal that the action days of yore, like Stallone, were past their prime. But boo to that BS notion! Bullet‘s wanton carnage will put a little pound in your pencil!
So sit back, get feisty with an Axe Man IPA from Surly Brewing Co., and pour yourself a double shot of Bulleit Bourbon! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. Cash, and Chumpzilla are busting skulls at a Turkish Bathhouse in nothing but our Underoos!
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – Old, angry, and jacked is the perfect way to go through life. (00:00)
- The “Bang, Down, Owned” Trivia Challenge – I challenge Capt. Cash and Chumpzilla to trivia centered around the movie. (1:01:52)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week, and next: It’s a “Tango and Captain Cash” bonus pod! It seemed only fitting that we finished this series with its namesake, Tango & Cash! (1:16:01)