Arnold or Sly? You Decide!


Last night my husband and I had movie night. We watched three movies: Escape Plan, American Hustle, and The Wolverine.

Out of all the the movies, I think the most exciting one was The Wolverine and I blame that on the fact that I LOVE and have always LOVED anything and everything X-Men related. I still have all of my X-Men trading cards from when I was younger. They were originally collected by my older brother, but I later took possession over them. I have only read a few of the X-Men comics, but that is definitely on my bucket list. I guess what has always attracted me to X-Men was the fact that there are so many characters with so many different powers and traits. It’s exciting to learn all about them!

Okay, back to the point. American Hustle was okay. I hate that I am saying that because it was supposed to be an amazing movie. It won a ton of awards and was highly praised. Although the characters played really great roles, the story was just too much and a little confusing at times. I guess my expectations were too high.

Escape Plan was cool. The concept for the movie was interesting, but seeing Sly and Arnold together was even better. For anyone who says they know me well, they should know that I am obsessed with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  However, there is a science behind this. My dad is a serious movie junkie. I should say…action movie junkie. Well, okay…any kind of movie junkie, but mostly action. Sly and Arnold were his heros back then, and naturally because I watched it with him they became mine. But beyond that, to me, they are known as movie icons. I  mean, between the two of them, they have truly made a ton of movies. 99 percent of the time they are always the good guys, giving you no choice but to love them.  And my dad kind of looks like Sly. Weird, I know.

So I have seen pretty much all of their movies. Rocky, Predator, Rambo, Cliffhanger, True Lies, Kindergarten Cop, and I’m sure you all know the rest…But my favorite, and even my ALL-TIME favorite movie is Lock Up (1989).

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I don’t think this movie has gotten enough credit and has been overlooked. Sly plays such a wonderful role, giving us a badass part of him and a soft part of him. He gets transferred to a jail where the warden (Donald Sutherland) has it out for him and makes his life a living hell inside the joint. John Amos, Tom Sizemore, and Frank McRae also grace this movie with their awesome acting. Many people have said this movie was cheesy and one of Sly’s worst films. Of course I don’t agree. And HELLO! It’s an 80’s flick!

And yes…that is a signed copy. The cast of The Expendables made an appearance on Camp Pendleton when my husband was stationed there. So, we got to meet Terry Crews and Steve Austin and a few more. Unfortunately, I completed froze when Sly walked up to sign my movie. I couldn’t say a word to him. I just smiled like an idiot and watched his ridiculously large muscles move as he gripped my DVD and wrote his name. I have never liked him in that way (um…remember, he looks like my dad), but man he looks great for his age!

Some Lock Up trivia: The movie was filmed in a real prison and included real inmates in the cast.

Okay, well I have told you all my favorite movie of all time and why I love Arnold and Sly. What is your favorite Arnold or Sly movie?

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