Tony Jaa vs. Scott Adkins

This isn’t a VS of who would win in a fight because CLEARLY Scott Adkins would wipe the floor with Tony Jaa. This is more of “Who’s Movies Suck The Least” type of article. Both actors have pretty damn bad movies. The only redeeming qualities of both careers are the awesome fight scenes that take up the bulk of their movies.

Tony Jaa has the Ong Bak series…which started off as a movie about underground street fighting and stolen ancient artifacts. The last 2 movies had absolutely nothing to with the first one at all. In fact the last 2 movies take place in a different era and have 0 to do with anything. It was a pretty terrible movie that….was just a flat out disaster.

The Protector was about stolen elephants and the second one took a Hangover 2 blueprint and made the plotline about stolen elephants. Equally a terrible pair of movies in their own right.

Scott Adkins filled our screens with…..I guess Ninja was his big series. Also Undisputed was kinda good, but it was still pretty bad as well. Adkins was the villain in that movie and still the villain in the second one, but was the good character by process of elimination. Bad characters surrounded by worse character I guess.

You know what…..I don’t know where I’m going with this one. Both actors have amazing martial arts skills, but waste their talents on terrible bit movies that usually come straight to DVD. They need better agents if anything.

I guess Adkins had the better career because I’m in America. His movies are easier to find than Jaa’s. I guess if I lived in Korea or China…..or Thailand (just to be safe) where Jaa’s movies come out then it would be easier to find his movies.

Nobody wins this one.

Joe Reyes

 

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Spartacus vs Titus Pullo

Rome’s greatest soldier vs Rome’s greatest threat. Spartacus (from Starz’s hit show Spartacus) matches up against Titus Pullo (from the hit HBO show Rome). Even though I think Spartacus would win in the end, this wouldn’t be an easy fight. Pullo was the character that killed everything in his path. He fought for Rome, but if he wanted to he could’ve been a threat as big as Spartacus was.

This fight would come down to Spartacus’s speed and versatility giving him the edge in this Matchup. He cannot keep Pullo in front of him. Pullo is a Roman Legionary. He is used to large amounts of enemies coming straight at him. Spartacus can’t take him head on.

The problem is Pullo would know that going into the fight. Pullo has fought against armies, assassins and warriors of all types. So one man, even one as skilled as Spartacus, wouldn’t make Pullo hesitate in the slightest. The more and more I think about it, the more I can’t pick a winner to this battle. I started off thinking Spartacus could win this fight, but now I’m having a split decision. Let me know what you think.

Joe Reyes

The Road vs. The Book Of Eli

A pair of post-apocalyptic worlds and a pair of heroes doing what they can to survive. Both stories are vastly different from each other in plot and approach, but what doesn’t differ is the will to survive. The choices both characters make are hard and full of consequences. Both movies are exceptionally good and well recommended by me.

The Road follows the tale of a father and his son, as they just try to survive in this world ravaged by war. Every day is a struggle.  A simple chore of getting food and water can turn into a fight for survival.

Raiders and killers litter the lands. People will try and act friendly until you turn your back to them. There are no loyalties or honor. It’s a fight for survival and only the cruelest will survive. The son tries to be the moral compass. He doesn’t quite understand they people will kill you for a simple can of tuna. The father knows what this world is and what he has to do to ensure the life of him and his son.

The Book of Eli follows a very different path. Eli is on a quest from God and is traveling West. He doesn’t know why, he just simply said God told him. He is carrying around a bible that he believes has a purpose. Along the way he encounters a town with a ruthless self-appointed dictator to it named Carmine.

Carmine understands what a deadly weapon religion is and how he can use it to bend pothers to his will. This is so far in the future that he was a young man when the bombs fell. Many people in the world there don’t even know how to read, let alone know what religion is. Eli is then on the run from Carmine and his thugs to keep the book safe and return it to what he believes is “proper hands” out in the West.

 

Both characters make huge sacrifices for their causes at the end of the movies. They are different yet similar. I give both movies a 4/5.

Joe Reyes

 

 

 

Bullseye VS Hawkeye

2 of the best sharpshooters in the Marvel universe. Bullseye, a man who can kill you with a paperclip. Bullseye is lethal with any weapon. He has an unmatched pinpoint accuracy that can make him a threat with any weapon. This makes him the perfect assassin. He never misses.

Hawkeye uses mainly bows and arrows, but giving the option he is probably as lethal as Bullseye with anything. What makes me think that Hawkeye would win this is because Hawkeye is the better fighter. He is trained in a multitude of fighting styles and his arrows are custom fitted with explosives and other attachments. This makes Hawkeye the better option.

It would be an amazing fight. Both men would have a standoff, just waiting for the perfect shot. Both men are so disciplined in their approach that a winner wouldn’t be decided for a while. When the fight gets close is when it gets interesting. Like I said, Hawkeye is the better fighter, skilled in many forms of combat. It would be tough for Bullseye to take him on in a one on one fight.

Joe Reyes

 

The Sopranos vs. Boardwalk Empire

                The ultimate gangster showdown. Both shows are very similar in their approach. Both revolve around the mob boss and surround him with professional and personal problems that seem to always impact business. After their first seasons, both shows added new characters and an array of new characters. The side stories began to take over the shows and became the most interesting part of it.

                The Sopranos follows the life of Tony Soprano, a New Jersey mob boss, whose life could be described as “chaotic” to say the least. Running a mob is one thing, but having a dysfunctional family is a whole different story.

                Tony’s life is so chaotic that he even has to go to a therapist, who he almost gets killed in one episode. There really isn’t much of a story. It’s like a “show about nothing” but with a mob aspect. Honestly, I’m not really a fan of this show. I find myself bored watching it.

                Boardwalk Empire, on the other hand, is action packed with a riveting storyline. The show takes place during the Prohibition era and is about the mob trying to stay out of jail and take on their competition.

                The show revolves around Nucky Thompson, a bootlegger who runs a mob that controls Atlantic City. Nucky is in constant fights with rival bootleggers because he is able to get the supplies that other want.

                There is a constant police presence that is on the trail of Nucky. Everyone knows he’s in charge of Atlantic City, they just can’t pin anything on him. Corruption is also everywhere. Cops will take payoffs to let Nucky bring in his supplies.

                The show will go on for years. The ceiling is incredibly high on this show because it revolves around a multitude of ideas and characters. Each character gets their shining moment. Even when they kill off a character they give the character a compelling storyline and makes you feel disappointed to see them leave.

                Boardwalk Empire wins by far in this Matchup. I already gave the show a 5/5 and a must see for action/drama fans.

Joe Reyes

 

Green Lantern VS. ?

I wanted to write a Matchup between the Green Lantern and another character. But none came to mind. I thought about this for such a long time and couldn’t come up with a single person for him to logically go up against.

Green Lantern is one of the toughest superheroes out there and also one of the most underrated. His power is a ring that can form ANYTHING you want! Anything! His power is based on imagination. How could you compete with that?

What hero could possibly take him on? Of course you can say the Hulk or Superman, but this is supposed to be a fair comparison between 2 characters with similar skills and powers and see who is better. I leave it up to all of you to help me figure this out, because I can’t.

Joe Reyes

The Worst Evil Plan?

I see a bad trend happening in the movie business. I want to talk about a pair of incredibly evil characters with horribly idiotic master plans. Characters that are portrayed in such an awesome way, that it is such a disappointment to see what their plan really is.

Silva, from Skyfall, was one of the best Bond villains ever portrayed. He was always a step a head of Bond and the rest of the agency. He was the flamboyant character that movies have seemed to stray away from today. He added style to disturbed individual and made a lasting impression. He was scary when he wanted to be and he lightened the mood in certain situations. In some scenes, he portrayed death in an almost comedic manner.

Bane took intimidation to a whole different level. From the very first scene, we were shown a character that was the biggest threat to Batman and anyone who challenged him. Besides being massive and a skilled fighter, he was also incredibly smart and planned several moves ahead. Things he did in the early scenes shed light to an almost incredible evil plan. The key word being “almost”.

The fault in these 2 characters, and what I think is a writing injustice to the actors, was what their master plan was all about. Silva was a former operative with MI6 and captured and left for dead. M at the time could’ve bargained for his life, but chose not to. This led Silva on a revenge fueled quest to kill her and free himself for the horrors he endued. The main problem is found with him is that he had this incredible criminal syndicate built on years of evil and destruction.

In the end, nothing else mattered, but trying to kill M. Even at times trying to sacrifice himself just to kill her. I don’t like a character that built years and years of resume of evil, to just throw his life away in a baby like manner. I understand he wanted revenge, but don’t do it in a way that you are ending your life just to end hers.

Bane had an army. Bane had a purpose, destroy Gotham and Bruce Wayne. Simple, but interesting in the approach he took. He destroyed Bruce’s financial and made him broke. Then later, he broke him physically. Now the best part about it that there were other characters involved in the takeover of Bruce’s company, but Bane was just perceived to be the muscle to get the job done. What later came to light was that Bane was playing everyone. He had a master plan, which had to have taken years of planning.

What I hated the absolute most about this movie and Bane, was what his plan was unfolding to be. He had a nuke that he placed in Gotham and it was going to go off in about month or two, I forget how long but it was a long time. The plan was to have Gotham run by the criminals and the city would literally destroy itself. Bane was there the whole time and was going to blow up in the explosion also. He eventually became a suicide bomber and wanted to die in the explosion.

Both characters were very similar. They both were smarter than everyone else, they both were intimidating foes and both wanted to die in the end. Now I could understand if they went out all Gun-Ho and died in the process, that I can understand. But both men’s plans WERE to die. They built up huge legacies of evil just to die for a very petty cause to say the least. Silva was revenge, which he could’ve easily achieved. M was an old woman…couldn’t be that hard to kill her.

Bane’s character dropped off when he stayed to die in the explosion. Right there his character lost all credibility and intelligence. He was a man who could’ve taken over the world if he wanted to. But instead he chose to want to sit and die for a cause that wasn’t even his own.

I think Bane had the worse plan in the end. It was the biggest disappointment I have witnessed in movies in recent years. Again, both characters were portrayed brilliantly, but when the winding minutes of the movies occurred, we saw right through them for what they really were. And without spoiling it, the way they both died was quick and just like their plans, wanted so much more.

Joe Reyes

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