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Mulan (1998) – The Movie Robcast

The Robs originally planned for the first episode in April to be Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan. But, with that being another Coronavirus-related postponed movie, they thought why not go back to the 1998 version? Particularly as Rob D had not actually seen that one, despite always planning to. As a wise franchise one said, life finds a way…

So, with Disney+ handily launching the week of record, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis took a look at the 1998 Mulan. This then turned into an epic discussion of the film, the Disney Renaissance of the 1990s, Disney’s classic movies (specifically Lady and the Tramp), the success (or not) of the “live action” remakes, racial sensitivity and the wonders of Chinese action cinema. 

You’d never guess the Robs are stuck inside, would you? One of them...

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The Expendables 3

The Expendables III posterDirector: Patrick Hughes

Writer: Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Terry Crews

Cert: 12

Running time: 126mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Sly gets the band back together for another no-brow barrage of (old)boys and their toys mayhem, joined by newcomers Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer and Harrison Ford. But, it’s Mel Gibson who steals the show as a big, bad international arms dealer the over-the-hill action men must bring down.

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The full verdict: Like the first two instalments, The Expendables 3 has a plot...

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Merantau

Merantau - Iko Uwais, Gareth Evans, posterDirector: Gareth Evans (as G.H Evans)

Writer: Gareth Evans (as G.H Evans)

Cast: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Alex Abbad, Mads Koudal, Yusuf Aulia, Yayan Ruhian, Laurent Buson, Donny Alamsyah, Christine Hakim

Cert: 15

Running time: 107mins (International version)

Year: 2009

The lowdown: The breakthrough film for Raid director Gareth Evans, Merantau is a martial arts gem. A showcase for telecom-company-dispatch-driver-turned-action-superstar Iko Uwais and the Pencak Silat fighting style, this riotous adrenalin rush pays affection tribute to old school kung fu cinema. Uwais is perfect as the country boy pitted against gangsters and slave traders, while Evans directs like he’s got the hottest superhero property on the planet. Glorious fun.

Merantau - Iko UwaisMerantau - Alex Abbad, Iko Uwai, Sisca Jessica

The full verdict: Gareth Evans’ low budget debut ...

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