When is it time to hang up the towel?

Really? Guys...I love you. I used to work out to the "Rocky IV" montage sequences as a kid, wear a bandana like Rambo, do the Schwarzenneger tricep workout plan in college, and so on. This is all 10 plus years ago...when these gentleman were it in Hollywood. They were never the best actors, but there was a time in Hollywood when the big buff guy could carry a film with no true acting talent necessary. Now that their looks have faded, and viewers are smarter...can they pull off a movie together in these times?  

 "Escape Plan" follows Sly Stallone's character Ray Breslin, a structural engineer who is wrongly convicted of a crime and incarcerated in a prison of his own design, but aided in his escape by his cellmate Swan Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger). Is this a spin off on the reality show "The Expendables"? Will anyone actually watch this in the theater and not at home? I dunno. Thoughts?



Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.