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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Don't mess with (expletive) John Connor!!

It all makes sense now.

After seeing “Terminator Salvation” on Monday, I believe it was bound to happen. I’m referring to Christian Bale’s profanity-laced blow-up on the set of the movie, an audio recording of which spread like wildfire across the Web.

In case you missed it or don’t know the details, Bale, who stars as John Connor, went off on Shane Hurlbut, the film’s director of photography. Apparently, Hurlbut wanted to check a light while Bale was shooting an emotional seen and walked into the actor’s line of sight.

Big mistake.

Among the choice soundbites:

“What don’t you (expletive” understand?!? Bale demanded.

“I’m going to kick your (expletive) (expletive)!” he added.

If you’re not Bale or Hurlbut, listening to it is pretty entertaining. (Due to the, um, strong adult language, I won’t link to the rant, but you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it online. Kids, please don’t listen. And stay in school.
Why do I say this confrontation was inevitable?

In the movie, Bale’s Connor is emotional in EVERY scene. If Bale’s Connor isn’t yelling, he’s staring someone down and thinking about yelling. Sure, Bale’s surely a hothead, but leaving that character behind between takes probably isn’t easy

As for the other, less guilty party, I’m pretty sure Hurlbut never met a lighting effect he didn’t like. In “Terminator Salvation,” it’s the exception when a strobe effect isn’t being used. Much of the action takes place in the darkness of night, although “darkness” is inaccurate because Hurlbut has light flooding in from here, there and everywhere. If I had to make a conservative estimate of how many lights where used to film the movie, I’d venture a gazillion.

It’s safe to say many actors would be annoyed if someone walked into their line of sight during an emotional scene, and he probably deserved a talking-to. But he certainly didn’t deserve Hurricane Christian.

“Terminator Salvation” hits theaters on Thursday. Look for my review that day or Friday in The News-Herald

-- Mark Meszoros

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eminem: Relapse

"Tuned Into Pop Culture" guest contributor Nick Carrabine is a News-Herald staff writer.

First things first: Eminem always has been, still is and always will be crazy.

That is nothing new and there is no getting around that. Whether he is on drugs, drunk or completely sober, Eminem doesn’t have screws loose, the screws never arrived.

Since his last album “Encore,” released in 2004, Eminem almost fell off the face of the earth due to his relapse with prescription drugs and alcohol on top of his relationship issues, the death of his best friend and depression. He tackles all of the above issues on his much anticipated new album so fittingly titled, “Relapse,” which was released in stores today.

As usual the content is dark, disturbing, awkwardly humourous and at times downright depressing.

A year sober, all the tracks but one were written and recorded during his sobriety, which makes him a certified loony with the lyrics that come out of the alleged coherent man’s mouth.

The only track that was written and recorded during his relapse surprisingly is by far one of his most heartfelt songs Em has ever recorded titled “Beautiful,” where he raps about his depression and quitting the music industry on the six minute long song.

“I don’t know how or why or when I ended up in this position I’m in
I’m startin to feel distant again so I decided just to pick this pen
up and try to make an attempt to vent but I just can’t admit
Or come to grips with the fact that I may be done with rap, I need a new outlet”

"Deja Vu" is another brutally honest song where he comes clean about why he was admitted to the hospital in 2007. Media reports said it was pneumonia, Em admits it was an overdose of mathadone and hydrocordone near the end of the song. The beginning of the song, he explains how he started back up with the prescription drugs.

“Blood pressure climbs at a dramatic rate
I seem to gravitate to the bottle of NyQuil then I salivate
Start off with the night well like ‘I think I’ll just have a taste’
Couple of sips of that, then I gradually graduate
To a harder prescription drug called Valium like ‘Ya that’s great’
I go to just take one and I end up like having eight
Now I need something in my stomach cause I haven’t ate
Maybe I’ll grab a plate of nachos and I’ll have a steak
And you’d think that with all I have at stake, look at my daughter’s face
‘Mommy something is wrong with dad I think
He’s acting weird again he’s really beginning to scare me
Won’t shave his beard again and he pretends he doesn’t hear me
And all he does is eat Doritos and Cheetos
And he just fell asleep in his car eating Three Musketeers in the rear seat’”

So this is Em’s past five years in a nutshell.

The rest of the album, Eminem digs deeper into his Slim Shady roots, calling out as many celebrities as he can, fantasizing of murder and as always, his hatred for his mother, who he blames his drug addiction on.

While Em’s lyrics can be downright brutal, offensive, controversial and profane, those who take them serious need to take a chill pill (don’t overdose). It’s all in jest and really, in my opinion, it’s no different than a screenwriter writing a move script about serial killing, drugs, and various other taboo issues. At the end of the day, it's all entertainment and Eminem is one of the biggest entertainers in pop culture history. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

The one complaint I have with the album is the obnoxious Caribbean-like accent Eminem has fallen in love with, which he started using on “Encore.” The accent can be heard on almost all of the songs.

Despite that, Eminem on his worst day is still better than 90 percent of other rappers out there today and Em is far from his worst on “Relapse.”

The beats are solid as the entire album was produced by Dr. Dre, with the exception of “Beautiful,” which Em produced himself. His lyrical flow is on point as always as no one will ever question Eminem’s lyrical approach to a track.

Overall, the album is solid but I’d like to hear "Relapse 2," which is scheduled to be released by the end of the year, until I completely rate Eminem’s “comeback.”

More "Lost" musings

I'm going to agree and disagree with Mark Podolski and his previous posting about the season finale of "Lost." Then again, he and I have been disagreeing about it for a few weeks (he had some crazy theories about alternate universes and the creation of more alternate universes that I don't even think he understood himself). Again, don't read this if you haven't yet watched the final episode of the fifth season. And if you haven't, what are you waiting for? How can you just let that sit on your DVR?

- I can go along with Mark's idea that Jacob and his nameless nemesis have had an ongoing battle that our plane crash victims got caught up in. I'm also kind of annoyed that it took five seasons to get to that point. I really hope the sixth season wraps it up nicely and ties everything together from the first few seasons -- including characters like Mr. Eko and his brother, Libby, Anna Lucia and Boone. There have been a lot of characters that have just been brushed aside since they started focusing on the Oceanic 6, and it's not that I am heavily invested in the fact that we haven't heard about them, but I'm hoping the series doesn't end with everyone scratching their heads as to why we had so much screentime for these people who didn't matter. A lot of time was wasted on that in the first three seasons, so it would be nice to feel some vindication for that next year. I was originally hoping that Jacob would be a character we had already met because I was worried if they would get the casting right (which I believe they did a good job with) and worried that it would be too difficult to tie in a new character's story to everyone else (which I'm still worried about). So I'm super invested in watching the rest of the series, but also anxious that I'm going to be disappointed. I don't know if I've ever actually been disappointed in what the show has done, but after so much build up, the last season had better be darn good.

- Mark says Locke is dead (which I can agree with) and that Jacob's nameless nemesis is occupying his body (which I can agree with, except that I'm not sure if it's actually Locke's body, seeing as how we saw Locke's body). Did the nemesis also occupy Christian's body?

- Mark also says Jacob's dying utterance, "They're coming," refers to the plane-crash-turned-Dharmavillians coming back into present time. I agree with this, but I have no idea how it's going to happen. Is it going to be like the previous flashes where they just appear in another time period? Did the explosion do anything? Is the hatch going to to still be built? Is everything going to happen the same way it already did?

- I don't know if Juliet is dead, so I'm going to disagree with Mark here. I'm kind of a Juliet-hater, but I was in tears when she fell down into the hole. Maybe it was a hydrogen bomb explosion, but maybe it was a time-traveling flash. It reminded me a lot of the end of season two, when Desmond turned the key, causing the Swan to explode. But he didn't die. Maybe Juliet will just have a Desmond-like time-traveling experience, so she'll have to find her constant so she doesn't die. But who would it be? Sawyer? Jack? Ben? Her sister? Jacob?

- While Mark mentions Hurley was touched AFTER he left the island, he doesn't mention that Sayid ALSO was touched after he left the island. Another co-worker suggested that maybe Jacob sought them out to touch them because they had no intentions of returning to the island.

- And I disagree with Mark's "safe bet" that the smoke monster is the nemesis occupying Locke's body. I like the idea of it, but I think a lot of people are forgetting that Locke was with Ben when he took him to be judged by the smoke monster about Alex's death. How could the smoke monster have been with Ben when Locke was there too? mentions that Locke knew where to find the smoke monster, that the smoke monster took the form of Alex, and that Alex instructed Ben to listen to everything Locke had to say. Are the smoke monster and the nemesis related? Yes. Are they the same entity? I'm not so sure about that. Although, it seems the smoke monster can take the form of something else ... maybe only a dead body?

- I'm kind of sad that Locke is actually dead. His character was kind of starting to annoy me, but I liked the old optimistic Locke much better than his repossessed form.

- Are we going to see Walt again? I had a theory a while ago that Walt would be the next Locke -- the next "leader" of the island. Locke had told him he was special, and he seemed to have a sixth sense. But it seems like the writers have just dropped him after Locke visited him early in the fifth season. Again, Walt is another character I don't want to just disappear without any explanation of what his purpose was.

Any other musings from fellow "Lost" addicts?

-- Cheryl Sadler


Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Lost" coming into focus

Note: Do not read this until you've watched the season finale of "Lost."

OK, a quick show of hands: Were you the ones throwing your remote against the wall after watching the season 5 finale of "Lost" Wednesday night? Or were you the ones with goose bumps at the conclusion, and a better understanding of what just might be happening on the island?

I'm definitely the latter. Let's get into the highlights and a few of my takes:

- I absolutely loved the opening scene, as Jacob and his nemesis are introduced on the island many, many years ago. The two seem to be long-time God-like enemies (and brothers?). Jacob's nemesis promises to one day kill Jacob and will find a loophole to do so. Locke becomes that loophole. The religious overtones are what sucked me in. Jacob represents the good and the light (an angel?) His nemesis the bad and the dark (the devil?). During their conversation, a boat is approaching the island (is Richard on it?), and Jacob talks about "progress." Jacob's nemesis is growing tired of Jacob bringing people to the island, "They come, fight, they destroy, they corrupt." Is this some type of ongoing sick game between the two, testing the resolve of humanity? It's pretty obvious their battle will be the focus of season 6, but did we really need five seasons to unveil this storyline?

-As Ben once said, "Dead is dead." Well, we now know Locke is in fact dead (at least, that's what I believe), and Jacob's nemesis' spirit lives inside his body. But really, who knows? Other thoughts from the final scene with Jacob: Something tells me that Egyptian tapestry Ben notices is a very important item for next season; Jacob's dying words to Locke, "They're coming," could be a message that Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Co. are now returning to their proper timeline, and, in the process, the island.

-Speaking of the timeline, I'm of the belief Jack's and Faraday's desire to blow up the island with the hope that it would change history, only makes things stay the course of history. Nothing will change.

-Killing off Juliet was a surprise, but the more I think about it, I like it. Her about-face on Sawyer and on returning to the island was so out of character. After that, she needed to go. But really, how in the heck did she survive that fall and then have the strength to use a rock to detonate the hydrogen bomb?

-Speaking of the bomb, thank goodness it was detonated. Not doing so would have been a real downer.

-This scene seemed subtle at first, but I'm absolutely fascinated by the fact Hurley was the last to be magically touched by Jacob and that the guitar case was given to him by Jacob. What's in it?!?! And what's up with him not being touched until he left the island? Taking a wild stab here, but the guess is inside the case is the secret, the means or the loophole to Jacob reincarnating himself in the final season. There is no way he is dead.

-It's likely a safe bet the smoke monster was occupied by Jacob's mysterious nemesis before taking over Locke's body.

-My theory on what "Lost" is all about: The island serves as purgatory-type place between heaven and hell, and Jacob and his nemesis are somehow trapped there.

All in all, a great season finale, one that gives die-hard fans plenty to chew on before we get all our questions answered (let's hope!) in the sixth and final season.

- Mark Podolski

Don’t ‘Blink’ for this summer tour

"Tuned Into Pop Culture" guest contributor Nick Carrabine is a News-Herald staff writer.



(***Update: The Blink Tour will roll into Blossom Wed. Sept 2. Openers will be Weezer, Taking Back Sunday and Chester French, there will be a variety of different openers for other tour dates)

As I so impressively predicted in a blog in January, Blink-182 are back together.

Taking full credit for their reunion — because I know they read this blog — they officially announced an end to their four year hiatus at the 2009 Grammys in February.

Yesterday, they announced they will be touring with Weezer starting in July, and I for one — nor should you — wouldn’t be caught dead missing this show.

The downside: Fall Out Boy is also involved in this tour. Not cool.

It’s OK, I’d settle for sitting through Yanni rapping to hardcore metal music if it led to three hours of Blink and Weezer afterward.

There is also a surprise guest that will officially be announced next week, which is heavily rumored to be the The All-American Rejects.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Weezer live three times in my day, and while its incredibly uncomfortable and awkward watching Rivers Cuomo have panic attacks performing in front of people, they are an exceptional live band. They’ve also toured with great bands all three times I’ve seen them (Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional and Foo Fighters).

I’ve had two opportunities to see Blink-182 (who by the way, are nowhere near one of my favorite bands, I feel I should clarify that as I’ve written about them three times already in this blog. But I do like their music) but turned down tickets both times because I wasn’t too much of a fan of theirs until around 2000 or so.

What should be the most interesting part of this tour is how these two main acts will interact with each other.

The boys from Blink-182, in their mid-to late 30s are about as immature as it gets and the guys from Weezer, who are pushing 40, are about as nerdy as it gets.

Cuomo is a weird dude. I don’t see his personality mixing well with anyone from the Blink camp.

When Weezer toured with Foo Fighters in 2005, the Foo’s lead singer Dave Grohl later stated Weezer was one of the weirdest bands he’s ever toured with.

Well hey, if it makes dollars, it makes sense. I guess.

It doesn’t get too much bigger than Weezer and Blink-182. Two bands who have been around for 15 years and have sold millions upon millions of records across the world and inspired multiple successful bands who are prevalent today.

Dates will be announced next week.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

'Lost' in time

I can’t believe it was back in February that I was blogging about the season premiere of “Lost.”
Man, the time sure has traveled.
If you’ve stuck with “Lost” — ABC’s mind-bending series about life on (and off) a mysterious, very tough-to-find Island — through this, it’s fifth season, you know what I’m talking about. The season, its second-to-last, has bet big on time travel. Several characters skipped repeatedly through time, landing in the 1970s with the much-talked about DHARMA Initiative. Bet you didn’t see THAT coming.
Wednesday brings the two-hour season finale. There may be a few answers. There certainly will be more than a few questions.
No show ends a season with more flair and cliffhangdom (technical term) that “Lost.”
Will anyone die?
Will we see Claire?
Will we, at long last, meet Jacob?
Will the bomb be detonated?
If it is, will that alter history?
I can’t tell you much about the finale, but I would guess it’s a Jack flashback. The photo above, made available by ABC, shows Jack in an operating room with his late dad, Christian, to the far right. (But, as you Losties know, we’ve seen Christian plenty of times on the island, so who knows.)
While the ABC’s press release for the finale makes no mention of an actor playing Jacob — such casting was recently rumored, however — nor an appearance by Emilie de Ravin (Claire), my guess is we’ll see both.
What does the press release tell us? That actors were cast as young Sawyer, young Kate and young Juliette. Interesting, no?
Oh, we should learn what the heck Bernard and Rose have been up to this season. It will be good to see them, to be sure.
It’s sad that the show is going away again for many, many months.
It’s sadder that after we will get only 16 episodes of this show that falls somewhere between work of art and guilty pleasure.
It’s sadder still that, due circumstances largely beyond my control, I won’t be able to watch the finale until Thursday night.
Spoil anything for me before that and risk me going all Sayid on you.

— Mark Meszoros


Kate or Juliet? Oh, Sawyer, what to do ...

The season finale of "Lost" is Wednesday night and if you're a fan of the once-immensely popular, once-dead-in-the-water, now immensely-popular-again show, you're looking for answers.

Will Jack blow up the Island? What's in Hurley guitar case? Will Locke kill Jacob?

As a guy, though, I'm most interested in Sawyer's dilemma. Kate or Juliet? Well, one thing is for sure: The poor guy can't shake Kate, who returned to Island this season along with Jack and others, and in the process created the mother of all love triangles.

Sawyer and Kate once had a thing before Sawyer hooked up with Juliet. Surely, Sawyer figured he would never see Kate again, since he was stuck in 1977 and Kate in present day. When they were together, Sawyer had a nickname for Kate, "Freckles." When Sawyer called Kate that in front of Juliet in an episode this season, the death stare Juliet gave her now DHARMA-era boyfriend was priceless.

Which sets up Wednesday's season finale. In case you missed last week's episode, Sawyer is intent on staying with Juliet. At the conclusion of the episode, Sawyer and Juliet are on a sub preparing to depart for Ann Arbor, Mich. Their future is well ahead of them. They profess their love for each other - then BAM! - here comes Kate, who's hitching a ride to Ann Arbor as well. It's easy wondering what's going through Juliet's mind. In Kate's? Who knows.

Either way, it has to be tough being Sawyer. Two hotties fighting for your affection. Yeah, really tough.

(P.S. If it were me, I'd pick Juliet in a heartbeat. Both are smokin' hot, but Juliet would be a much better choice for the long haul. Kate's a bit of a wild girl and would be plenty of fun, but that would likely wear off after a few years. She has divorce written all over her.)

- Mark Podolski

Friday, May 8, 2009

I'm a Twit-wit

I have been dragged, kicking and screaming, into the latest social networking fad. I’m Tweeting.

Once upon a time, I was completely on board with the social networking craze. I was a regular AOL Instant Messenger. I had a MySpace page.

But it was that MySpace page that eventually led to me becoming something of a cyber recluse in recent years. One too many times, I wanted to check my e-mail, only to be inundated with friend requests from girls named Cami, Tiffani and other names ending ending in “i”, all wanting me to check out their Web cams. Over and over and over.

No thanks, ladies.

I gave up on MySpace and haven’t gone back. I’ve been told by friends that Facebook is a much less seedy place to be, and maybe someday I’ll join. In the meantime, I decided to dip my toe in the water by opening up a Twitter account.

Two things led to this: 1. My favorite columnist, Bill Simmons of, finally caved and joined. I was curious to see how he would use a medium he had, to that point, been very much against. 2. I signed up for a cell phone plan that gave me unlimited text messaging. It was like I had been given a pass to fall right off the wagon, 140 characters at a time.

One week into my Twitter experience, I’m enjoying it thoroughly. Only a few of my friends are using it right now, so I’m not sending out too many messages, but I’ve found that “following” celebrities can be oddly addictive. In addition to my buddies and Simmons, I’m now getting updates from the likes of actors like Jason Segel, Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Banks, and other celebs of varying degrees of fame, like Joel McHale, Conan O’Brien and Chris Jericho.

But nothing thus far has topped my experience with one Carson Daly. Last Sunday morning, I started sifting through celebrity pages, looking for people who post interesting things. Since I don’t have Internet access on my phone, I wasn’t particularly interested in people who post nothing but links. I prefer celebs who put up the mundane, everyday stuff a lot of other people avoid. Daly had all sorts of fun, random observations. Sign me up.

But here’s what I didn’t bank on: Mr. Daly wants to follow people who post random stuff too. Just how serious is he about it? A couple hours after adding him to my “following” list, I received the following Twitter message on my cell when I was out to breakfast:

jst realizd I'm lame. Why follw celebs I dnt care about? Ur at bambzl'd,derby,vegas fight,strip- I get it. Gnna spnd 2day follwg norml ppl.

A couple hours later, I came home and checked my e-mail. I had an alert that I had my first follower. Oooh, who could it be? Try @carsonjdaly.

Apparently, I qualify as norml ppl who are worth follwg.

OMG, rite?!

So, my random musings this week about how awesome LeBron and the Cavs are and what I’ve been working on in the office are being picked up by, among others, the host of “Last Call." Ain’t technology grand?

Hold that thought, actually. Yes, technology is grand, but I’ve also quickly learned this week that it isn’t always reliable. Several times, messages quit being delivered to my phone for no apparent reason. Of course, I didn’t realize I wasn’t getting messages until hours later when I went online at my house. Not cool. I’ve also heard about people struggling with searches for friends and such.

It’s not a perfect system, but it’s a lot of fun. I think I’m going to stick with Twitter for a while. Facebook, on the other hand, will have to wait for another day.

- Tom Valentino /

Star Trek reboot gets a B

As movie reboots go - think "Planet of the Apes" (bad) and "Casino Royale" (excellent) - "Star Trek," which hit the big screen Thursday night, lies somewhere in between, and will have Trekkies wanting more.

For the average Star Trek fan? They should like it as well.

If you're neither, you'll like it too.

All those factors should add to a summer blockbuster for director J.J. Abrams' take on the popular sci-fi franchise.

If you've never seen a Star Trek film, "Star Trek" is a fresh place to start. Give Abrams credit. He is boldy going where no Star Trek director has gone before: A backstory on the James T. Kirk and Spock characters and how their paths crossed coming up through the ranks of the star fleet academy.

There are few things to nitpick in the film. There is a time-travel parallel universe storyline (apparently Abrams, the creator "Lost," just couldn't help himself) that, at times, is confusing. Also, a where-did-that-come-from? relationship seems awkward and out of place.

Overall, though, Star Trek fans should applaud Abrams' efforts. With the cast from this film signed on for two sequels, the beloved franchise seems to be in good hands.

- Mark Podolski

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ten in the Morning: Manly movies

Ah yes, the season has already begun. The summer blockbuster movie season.

It all started in 1975 with "Jaws" and has continued every summer since. Why do I love summer blockbusters? Because a lot of them are what I call "Manly Movies," testosterone-laced and action-packed. You gotta love 'em. That is, if you're a man. A manly man.

So in honor of manly men, Ten in the Morning counts down the 10 best manly movies, including top manly moments and classic quotes from each.

10. Pulp fiction (1994): An intertwining tale of two hitmen (John Travolta and Samuel Jackson), a boxer (Bruce Willis) and a crime boss (Ving Rhames) is non-stop fun from every angle imaginable.

Manly moment - Jules denying the robbery attempt of Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) at the Hawthorne Grill.

Classic quote: "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men ..." Jules (Jackson)

9. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992): Ever had fun messing around with your friends to find out who can issue the best verbal beatdown? Ladies, it's a guy thing. If so, this is your kind of film.

Manly moment: Take your pick. Blake (Alec Baldwin), Ricky Roma (Al Pacino) and Shelley "The Machine" Levene" (Jack Lemon) all berate fellow co-workers in their cut-throat real estate office world. Truly epic performances by all.

Classic quote: "Coffee is for closers." Blake (Alec Baldwin)

8. The Godfather (1972): The tale of the most famous fictional crime family in movie history has everything you could want in a mafia movie.

Manly moment: Sonny Corleone (James Caan) taking about 137 bullets before finally dying.

Classic quote: "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)

7. First Blood (1982): Pretty much Rocky with a knife in army boots.

Manly moment: John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) stitching up a huge gash on his left arm by himself.

Classic quote: "Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe." Rambo

6. Caddyshack (1980): Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Co. wreak havoc on an exclusive golf club. Guys being guys at its funniest.

Manly moment: Judge Smals (the late Ted Knight) taking a golf shot in the you-know-what and still finishing his round of golf.

Classic quote: "It's in the hole! It's in the hole!" Carl Spackler (Murray)

5. Fight Club (1999): An office sap (Edward Norton) and Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) create an organization to help vent male aggression. Need I say more?

Manly moment: Norton's character (he's nameless in the film) beating the crap out of himself in his boss' office.

Classic quote: "The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club." Durden

4. Dirty Harry (1971): This film holds up very well almost 40 years later, especially the badder-than-bad Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), who has little regard for the rules while tracking a seriel killer.

Manly moment: Harry catching two robbers while casually finishing his lunch.

Classic quote: "Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" Harry

3. Rocky III (1982): Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) must regain his championship belt from the brutal Clubber Lang (Mr. T) with the help of past nemesis Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).

Manly moment - Rocky tossing Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan), the ultimate object of desire - as he's so aptly described in the film - out of the ring during a boxing/wrestling crossover charity match.

Classic quote - "Prediction? Pain!" Clubber Lang

2. Die Hard (1988): John McClain (Bruce Willis) battles a band of terrorists hell bent on taking over L.A.'s Nakatomi Tower. It's non-stop action at its finest.

Manly moment - A bloody and barefooted McClain jumping off the Nakatomi Tower with a firehose attached to his waist.

Classic quote - "Yippee ki yay mother******." McClain

1. Predator (1987): You want testosterone? You've got testosterone. Arnold Schwarzenneger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura - big, bad men going after one big, bad alien in a jungle fight to the finish.

Manly moment - Dutch (Schwarzenneger) fighting one on one with the Predator in the film's climax.

Classic Quote - "I ain't got time to bleed." Blain (Jesse Ventura)

- Mark Podolski