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The Gratuitous B-Movie Column 2.25.13 Issue #247: Bullet to the Head (2012)

February 25, 2013 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz

The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Issue #247: Bullet to the Head (2012)

Hello, everyone, and welcome once again to the internets movie review column that has never been subjected to a sustained cheese attack by foreign aggressors, The Gratuitous B-Movie Column, and I am your host Bryan Kristopowitz. In this issue, issue number two hundred and forty-seven, I take a look at the 2012 but released in 2013 action flick that may still be playing in a movie theatre near you, Bullet to the Head, starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by the Walter Hill.

Bullet to the Head (2012)

Bullet to the Head was one of my most anticipated movies of 2013. It was the return of director Walter Hill to the straight up action movie world, and it was a Stallone movie, something we just don’t get enough of these days (it would be great if he could make an The Expendables every year). I may have expected a little too much going in. Bullet to the Head isn’t a great action movie by any measure, but it is a solid effort from just about everyone involved, and something I definitely want to see again.

The movie stars Stallone as James “Jimmy Bobo” Bonomo, a professional hitman working in New Orleands. Along with his hitman partner Louis Blanchard (Jon Seda), we first see Bonomo take out a coked up ex-cop (Hank Greely, as played by the great Holt McCallany). After the hit, Bonomo and Blanchard go to a local bar to get a drink and unwind a bit. As Bonomo goes to the bathroom, Blanchard is attacked by Keegan (Jason Momoa), a henchman of local crime lord Robert Morel (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Keegan tries to attack Bonomo, too, but Bonomo is ready for him and beats the crap out of him. Keegan escapes, and Bonomo is forced to watch Blanchard die before hie eyes. What the hell is going on? Bonomo intends to find out.

Washington D.C. detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang), Greely’s old partner, shows up in New Orleans to investigate Greely’s death. Kwon is a sort of by-the-book cop who isn’t intune with the way things are done in New Orleans (the first local cop Kwon runs into, Lt. Lebreton, as played by Dane Rhodes, is incredibly corrupt. You just get that feeling immediately). Kwon is forced to relinquish his sidearm, and as soon as he starts poking around he’s shot at by heavily armed corrupt cops. What the hell is going on? Detective Kwon, despite the machine gun attacks, intends to find out.

Kwon’s investigation eventually leads him to Bonomo, and after meeting with Bonomo at a bar for a drink, they agree to team up to find out what the hell is going on. They’re also interested in a little bit of revenge, Bonomo a little more than Kwon. Kwon is a by-the-book cop who believes in the law, and Bonomo is a badass criminal who believes in “an eye for an eye” and, well, putting a bullet in someone’s head. As you’d expect, their partnership is a bit rough at first. Bonomo doesn’t trust Kwon at all, and Kwon can’t stand the fact that he can’t arrest Bonomo on the spot (Bonomo kills people for a living, man. He has to go down. That shit is against the law). But as the movie progresses, the cop and the criminal form a kind of respect and friendship that will, hopefully, help them figure out what the hell is going on and take down those that need to be taken down.

Now, the flick’s biggest problem is the criminal scheme that Morel and his lawyer/underworld deputy Baptiste (Christian Slater) are engaged in. It has something to do with blackmail, land development, and massive government corruption, all of which could be interesting in a better script. But in this movie. it’s all just a confusing jumble. You’re never really sure what Morel is really up to or what Baptiste’s role in it really is (he has a flash drive with names on it that figures into the end of the movie, which would have been a little more interesting as a plot point if it had been the movie’s sole major plot point, “Who has it? What’s on it?,” that kind of thing). Momoa’s Keegan is easier to understand, as he’s a psychotic yet effiecient hitman with a penchant for killing people. You know he’s dangerous and when he’s around bad stuff is going to happen. The movie probably would have been more successful with a smaller, simpler story. Why does government corruption have to go all the way up to the U.S. Senate?

The flick’s other huge problem is the total lack of chemistry between Stallone and Kang. Stallone. as usual, oozes charisma and screen presence. Kang is a bland bore. I understand the dynamic that Hill and company want to create (Bonomo the old school killer, and Kwon the computer savy nerd), but it just isn’t there on screen. There’s also very little chemistry between Stallone and Seda, which is a big problem if we’re supposed to believe that Stallone’s Bonomo really wants to kill someone for taking his partner out. I guess Hill and company could say that, for Bonomo, it’s a principle thing, but in this movie it needs to be about something a little more than that. The movie’s revenge plot is a little more interesting towards the end of the movie when Bonomo’s tattoo artist daughter Lisa (Sarah Shahi) becomes the focus of the story, but by then it’s really too late. What you’ve just watched is a bunch of stuff happening that may or may not make sense. You’re not as involved/invested as you should be.

And what’s the deal with the Stallone voice over? It’s awful and helps to drain the movie of its energy.

What the movie excels at is action and violence. The final fight between Bonomo and Keegan is pretty nifty (it’s one of the better axe fights in cinematic history). Bonomo and Keegan also have a decent fight in a bar bathroom that will get your blood pumping. The flick’s gun fights aren’t all that exciting, but there are plenty of bullets to the head (hence the movie’s title. Ha). That’s always cool.

Stallone, who looks like he’s in serious physical pain in almost every scene he’s in, does his usual worthwhile job (again, the man just oozes charisma). I don’t quite understand the gravely voice, but he still knows how to kick ass outside of a good guy mercenary team setting, and that’s good the future. Momoa is excellent as Keegan the scary henchman. And Christian Slater is funny as Baptiste. Maybe he should have been the Kwon character and Kang should have been the evil lawyer? That might have played better.

And I want to commend Shahi for her “look quick or you’ll miss it” nude scene. Easily one of the movie’s highlights.

Now, despite its issues, Bullet to the Head is still worth checking out. It’s got some good stuff in it, and when it comes to this kind of action movie, even if it isn’t as good as it should be, action movie audiences should still come out and support it. I know I want to see Bullet to the Head again, just to see if I missed something important. Maybe with a second viewing the bits that confused me will become clearer. That’s my hope, anyway.

I liked Bullet to the Head. It has its problems, but I liked it. I’m glad I made an effort to see it in a movie theatre. If it’s still playing in a movie theatre near you and you haven’t seen it yet, good God go and see it. It’s worth it. It really is.

See Bullet to the Head. See it, see it, see it.

So what do we have here?

Dead bodies: 20+

Explosions: Several, and most of them are big ones.

Nudity?: Oh yeah.

Doobage: A bullet travelling through several logos, a flash forward flashback, a very cool opening theme, a guy doing cocaine, a hot babe in a shower, police impersonation, two bullets to the chest, wallet and watch stealing, coffee table breaking, several bullets to the head, off screen shower shooting, a post mortem kick to the face, four nasty shots to the side with a curved knife, a brutal bathroom brawl, urinal to the head, urinal smashing, multiple instances of loud music, NCIC, a gross autopsy with nifty internal organs, a swamp house, alcohol drinking, a street parade, people running around a parking garage, a great bit where Stallone hits a guy with his car, naked chick tattoos, a back tattoo, nasty surgery and bullet removal, an illegal poker game massacre with two very nasty bullets to the head, file stealing, Asian racism, a fight in a bathhouse, apple eating, a gruesome half naked man fight, more head shots, fire pin removal, a mask buying montage, a topless chick society mask party, a bunch of bullshit about land development, naked lesbian tango, tape bondage, attempted car accident, evidence burning, interrogation, rifle butt to the chest, a flash drive, machine gun attack, exploding house, a father-daughter heart-to-heart, a serious beatdown, glass jar to the head, body thrown through a drawing table, a massive bullet to the head through a window, an old cell phone, a kidnapping, another massacre, a man gets thrown off scaffolding, exploding car, a bad ass stand off, an axe fight, axe to the foot, knife up into the neck, another bullet to the head, and a weird ending where Stallone buys a Porsche (at least I think that’s what he does).

Kim Richards?: None.

Gratuitous: Bullet travelling through various movie logos, a black and white flashforward, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Seda, a Sylvester Stallone voice over, a guy doing a bunch of cocaine, multiple bullets to the head, post mortem kick to the face, New Orleans hooey, Jason Momoa, a brutal bathroom brawl, loud music, Sung Kang, NCIC, John Seda’s autopsy, alcohol drinking, a nasty car hit, Sarah Shahi, mutiple tattoos, bullet removal, a bar massacre, file stealing, a bathhouse beatdown, firing pin stealing, Christian Slater, a mask buying montage, a topless chicks party, naked lesbian tango, tape bondage, attempted car accident, a brutal interrogation, a flash drive, exploding house, Sarah Shahi very naked, glass jar to the head, body thrown through a lit drawing table, exploding car, a badass standoff, axe fight, and a weird ending where Stallone buys a Porsche (at least I think that’s what he does).

Best lines: “Pretty good reflxes for an old guy. I got your old guy,” “Keep your fucking oants on!,” “When I’m done with this drink I’m done with you,” “Why don’t you have a drink for Louie? It’s probably the only thing you’ll ever do for him,” “Make up my mind, my fucking arm’s getting tired,” “He’s a cop. I made the mistake of saving his life,” “Gee, that’s too bad,” “Give him a Band-Aid and a Blow Pop,” “What are you, a cop or a shrink?,” “Let’s go take a bath,” “You’re one of those phone guys, huh?,” “Guns don’t kill people. Bullets do,” “You had me at fuck you,” “Any drugs in here?,” “Nice going Odd Job. Nice call,” “Don’t condescend to me, Kato,” “Are you fucking insane! You don’t just kill a guy like that! I just did,” “You’re probably wondering why I had my safe house all wired up,” “Never trust anyone who doesn’t care about money,” “Touch her and I’ll kill you with a fucking rock!,” “We gonna fight or do you plan on boring me to death?,” “What are we, fucking vikings?,” “I had it under control. Bullshit, you were history,” and “I thought I smelled a cop.”

Rating: 7.0/10.0

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Things to Watch Out For This Week: Part 1

- Joshua Tree: This action flick, also known as Army of One, is one of Dolph Lundgren’s best movies. It’s chock full of badass action (there’s a shootout inside a garage that’s goddamn insane), sleazy bad guys (George Segal and Beau Starr are absolutely disgusting), and cool cars in the desert. The movie’s only bad part is an awkward sex scene under a bridge. I have no idea why it’s in the movie outside of Dolph wanting to do a sex scene. I’m not sure if this Blu-ray disc is a special edition with the extras and whatnot (there are at least two versions of the movie that I’m aware of), but even if it is bare bones Joshua Tree is worth owning. Awesome, awesome movie.

- Monster From Bikini Beach: A mega low budget monster movie comedy? Why wouldn’t I want to watch something like that? And if imdb is right and the movie’s budget was only $10,000, holy hooey that’s cool.

- Girls Against Boys: A sort of female revenge flick starring the great Danielle Panabaker? I’m shocked that we’re not ass deep in a low budget franchise by now featuring that premise. I’m hoping that this movie isn’t as slow as its trailer would seem to suggest.

- 500 MPH Storm: Outstanding. A low budget disaster flick starring Casper Van Dien and featuring Michael “Darnell” Beach in some capacity. I wish we had one of these movies coming out every month.

- Freaky Deaky: Holy hooey, check out this flick’s cast. Christian Slater. Crispin Glover. Michael Jai White. Bill “fucking” Duke! Why isn’t this comedy getting a wide release, or one of those smaiish theatrical releases? The movie looks weird enough to warrant such a thing.

- Border Run: I’m hoping that this movie is even sleazier than it looks. I really don’t want to watch a low budget “issue movie” starring Sharon Stone and Billy Zane. I want sleaze, dammit!

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TV Quick Hits

- Was last Thursday’s episode of Person of Interest a “back-door pilot” for a potential spin-off? I haven’t been able to find anything on the internets anywhere about last Thursday’s episode, Relevance, featuring Sarah Shahi as a deadly operative named Samantha Shaw,, saying it really was a back-door pilot or it was just a regular episode, but it sure seemed to me like CBS, JJ Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and company were trying out a potential new show, a spin-off that takes place in the Person of Interest universe and stars Sarah Shahi. I did see a Hollywood Reporter interview with Shahi where she said she’s engaged in an “arc” of some sort, but didn’t give further details.

PoI regulars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman appeared in the episode, as did the “Root” character (Amy Acker), J. O. Sanders (I have no idea what his evil character’s name is on the show and I’m probably never going to look it up. To me, no matter what kind of character he’s playing, his is just J.O. Sanders), and J.O. Sanders’ main henchman, but the episode seemed to really be all about Shahi’s Shaw. She was in just about every scene, she drove the story, and she was the one everyone was talking about at the end. Isn’t that how a character gets its own show?

Now, I guess there’s a chance that this episode was something that sets up something bigger later in the season where Shaw plays a big part. Maybe Caviezel’s Reese will be badly injured in one episode and Emerson’s Mr. Finch will have to find a way to get her involved as his new operative for The Machine. She does have Finch’s business card. She could contact him, build a relationship of sorts with Finch that Reese doesn’t know about, and when the hooey hits the fan she can be brought in to beat the crap out of people.

And how about this? What if the Shaw character is a way to keep Caviezel in line so he doesn’t ask for more money? “See, Jim, you’re wonderful and great and a big part of the show, but we can replace you in five seconds with someone else, so don’t get greedy?” That’s possible, right?

Anyone out there have any further insight into this? Am I wrong to think that CBS wants more Person of Interest?

- What the heck happened to True Justice?: The second season of Steven Seagal’s TV show True Justice is currently roaring along on the Reelz cable channel, and as far as I know people are still watching. I know I’m watching every week. But what the heck happened to the show? The first season was more or less a cop show featuring Seagal’s team battling bad guys in Seattle. The second season is all about Seagal’s Kane character working as a kind of off-the-books special agent running his own personal war against some uber terrorist named “The Ghost.” Now, The Ghost is responsible for killing several members of Seagal’s first season team, right? He’s the one who sent the Russian black ops mercenaries to the police station, right?

And is it me, or is the second season more “Steven Seagal movie oriented” than the first season? Because tracking down weird beard super terrorists is more in Seagal’s wheel house. I would like to know, though, if the show gets a third season will it be completely different from the second season? Will we see Seagal’s Kane in Europe tracking down art thieves, or will we see him take on drug cartel people from Mexico? Or, since Seagal is now big buddies with Joe Arpaio, will we see Seagal take on illegal immigrants?

I’d also like to know if the change in direction was made because it took seemingly forever to find a network that wanted the show. If you look at imdb, that website claims True Justice has been around since at least 2010. It is now 2013 and season 1 aired at the tail end of 2012. That’s a two year difference between when the show started and the second season. Some actors had to leave, right? They couldn’t wait around to see what happened to the show.

I’m still going to watch the show. I just hope that it’s as good as the first season. The world needs more good action TV shows.

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The Gratuitous B-Movie Column B-Movie Theme of the Week

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The Gratuitous B-Movie Column B-Movie Babe of the Week: Sarah Shahi

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Things to Watch Out For This Week: Part 2

- Samurai Cop Special Edition: This low budget action flick is famous in some B-movie circles. The great Joe Bob Briggs provided a commentary track on the previous DVD release. I’m not sure if that track is on this release but, based on its reputation alone, owning this movie is a must. It’s really is that ridiculous.

- Crawl: The fine folks at Bloody Disgusting Selects are releasing this Australian thriller that apparently has a bit of a reputation. I’ve never heard of it, but, hey, Bloody Disgusting is good people. They know their stuff. Easily worth a rental.

- Bio-Slime: This low budget sci-fi horror flick, also getting a DVD release by Bloody Disgusting Selects, is also apparently known as Contagion. I think it looks pretty cool. Anyone out there see this as Contagion?

- Nobody Gets Out Alive: This low budget flick is also apparently known as Punishment and Down the Road. The fine folks at imdb claim that it’s only 77 minutes, so this could be one of those lean and mean horror flicks that I love, or one of those short but it feels like it takes forever horror movies I’ve seen a million times. I like the trailer, so I’m hoping for the best.

- Total Retribution: I have no idea why this movie, formerly known as Earthkiller, is now known as Total Retirbution. And I’m not sure if there are zombies in it, although the description on amazon seems to indicate there are zombies in it. But it looks cool, and that’s all that really matters. I’m a sucker for mega low budget sci-fi movies. I really am.

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The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Douchebag of the Week

This week, The Gratuitous B-Movie Column Douchebag of the Week goes to the ultra ultra right wing media, for flipping out over the Zeb Colter manager character that’s currently accompanying Jack Swagger on WWE’s programming. Colter’s speech last Monday night, not to mention the whole gimmick between Colter and Swagger, is allegedly an attack on teabaggers.

An attack on teabaggers? Please. It’s a wrestling gimmick. It is not part of a massive conspiracy by the “Republican establishment” to brainwash people into believing that teabbgers are all racist lunatics (the teabaggers are doing a fine job of that themselves). It’s a scheme to make money. That’s all it is. It’s pro wrestling. Go ahead and watch it for five minutes and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Lunacy. What the hell is wrong with people?

And then there’s ABC’s The View, for having Abby Lee Miller, star of the documentary reality show Dance Moms, as a guest host last Wednesday. Miller is easily one of the most disgusting people on television, and having her as a guest host on any show is nothing short of reprehensible. Now, if The View wanted Miller on as a guest to promote her terrible show, that would have been reprehensible, too, but not as reprehensible as having her as a host. The View should be ashamed of itself. Abby Lee Miller should be marginalized, not encouraged.

And finally there’s Lifetime, for cancelling Drop Dead Diva. I know I’m over a month late with this, but the cancellation still stings. Diva was a damn good show featuring a fine cast and a heart that few other shows could. Knowing Lifetime and cable in general, Drop Dead Diva will probably be replaced on the schedule by some horrendously awful “reality show.” And that sucks. Hopefully Sony, the studio behind the show, is able to find another network willing to air the show. It deserves a fifth season.

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NASCAR and Indycar thoughts

The 55th running of the Daytona 500 is now in the books, and five time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was the big winner, picking up his second career Daytona 500 win. The big story of the race, though, was pole sitter Danica Patrick, running in the top 10 for most of the race and having a plausible chance to win the big race. I was shocked that it took almost the entire race distance for the other drivers in the field to hang Danica out to dry in the lead drafting pack as that’s what the veteran drivers tend to do to rookies. But then Danica was legitimately fast for the entire race so maybe the vets figured that it would be wise to hook up with her so they could get to the front. Danica ended up finishing 8th. She stayed out of trouble the whole race and didn’t wreck. That’s good.

The start of the race was uneventful. Jeff Gordon led the first part of the race, and it looked like that instead of massive pack racing we would get “follow-the-leader” straight line racing as no one could pass. And for the most part that’s what we got. The first big wreck of the race, which took out early Speedweeks favorite Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, and two other cars, seemed to be one of those “it happened because a guy tried to move around” type of accidents. And the one that happened later on seemed to be the same kind of thing. Do these new “Gen 6″ cars have side drafting issues?

The other big story of the race was what happened to Joe Giggs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, who dropped out of the race at essentially the same time with engine issues. And then Martin Truex had some kind of engine issue. Is this going to be the new reality for the Toyota teams? Engine issues? When did that happen before?

And how about those small teams getting top ten finishes? Regan Smith, Michael McDowell, and J.J. Yeley all had top ten finishes, something you very rarely ever see. I’m going to assume that they ended up closer to the front because of the two major accidents removing contenders like Harvick, Stewart, and Kahne, but it’s still a cool story. It’ll be interesting to see if those small teams actually race in the next race and don’t engage in “start-and-park” shenaningans.

Overall, I thought it was an okay race. I still can’t tell the cars apart manufacturer wise just by looking at them, and I have a feeling that, in light of what happened on Saturday during the Nationwide race, NASCAR is going to have to find a way to slow the cars down even more. Didn’t Mike Joy say that Ryan Newman was doing over 200 mph at one point towards the end of the race?

The internets apparently exploded after race grand marshal James Franco, out promoting his Sam Raimi movie The Great and Powerful Oz, gave the command to start the race “Drivers and Danica start your engines!” instead of just “Drivers, start your engines!” “Danica is a race car driver!” the early criticism went. Franco wasn’t removing Danica from the pack of other drivers or singling her out “because she’s a woman.” He likely did it because Danica was the story going into the event, and he was probably reiterating that (it’s also the only driver he probably knew the name of).

And apparently 50 Cent tweeted during the event that he “didn’t see any black people” at the race. NASCAR, despite its attempts to make you believe that it has a diverse, multicultural fanbase, is still very much a “white” sport. That’s the reality, and 50 Cent was just stating the obvious. Stop the bullstuff.

I didn’t get a chance to watch the Nationwide race on Saturday, but I, like many of you likely did, saw the terrible accident at the end of the race that injured 28 + fans in the grandstands. I’d imagine that, much like after the Dan Wheldon crash at Las Vegas, more and more people at tracks and sanctioning bodies are going to look at installing higher fences and clear, bulletproof hockey rink style walls in front of the fences so parts won’t fly into the stands. Now, from what I’ve read about the accident Kyle Larson’s car smashed into the gate in the fence that allows people to cross over from the infield to the grandstands. If the tracks and sanctioning bodies don’t look at the clear bulletproof shield thing they may have to eliminate the gate and create a fence without “gaps.”

Both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series head to Phoenix next, with Cup on Sunday and Nationwide on Saturday. Will Danica be able to run up front on the flat 1-mile track? Will Jimmie Johnson win two races in a row?

The “UNOH Battle at the Beach” two night event, featruing NASCAR late models, modifieds, and K&N Pro Series divisions, was kind of lame. It’s a great idea, featuring three smaller NASCAR divisions during the sanctioning body’s biggest week of the year, but the event’s execution was less than stellar. Using a temporary oval on the backstretch of the 2.5 mile Daytona track, each division competed in a 150 lap race. All three events featured more laps under caution than actual side-by-side racing. It seemed like the caution was thrown every three or four laps because of a spin or stupid accident.

The first big problem with the backstretch oval is that the corners are too sharp and narrow. It would be better for everyone if the track had sweeping corners that didn’t require the drivers to slam on the brakes entering the corner. It would also help if, instead of small tire towers in the corners, NASCAR created an inner wall in the corners. If there’s a wall on the inside of the corners, the drivers won’t try to dive bomb the corners to try to make a pass. That’s what caused most of the spins; bottlenecks in the corners caused by impatient drivers trying to get to the front.

It might also help to limit the number of feature racers to 22-24 starters instead of over 30. Fewer cars to pass might make an impatient driver a little less apt to slam into a guy while trying to make a pass in turn one on the first lap. I doubt NASCAR will change much of anything for next year in terms of track configuration, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Daytona doesn’t want to hold the event again next year because of a real lack of fans in the grandstands. The late model crowd on Monday night was an absolute disgrace. The Modified crowd on Tuesday was a little better, but even that was pathetic. It didn’t look good on TV, and that’s what ultimately matters. I’m sure the cold weather Florida experienced didn’t help, but then it doesn’t seem like NASCAR did much in the way of promotion for the event.

Over in Indycar, the big news is last week’s test at Sebring in Florida. AJ Allmendinger, testing a third car for former NASCAR employer Team Penske, did okay, with the seventh fastest overall time. AJ Foyt’s new driver Takuma Sato was clocked in as the fastest of the assembled teams, which, to me, is surprising because, if any Honda team is going to be the fastest, it would have to be Ganassi’s team. But Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti were only second and fourth fastest (Chevy driver Will Power was thid fastest). What the heck is going on here? Has Honda decided that it needs to spread the wealth around a bit and give more technical assistance to its other Indycar teams, or is this just Sato gelling with his new team almost immediately? I think it would be pretty neat to see a Sato or even a Josef Newgarden, who tested eleventh fastest, up front. Chevy has both Penske and Andretti. Honda needs more teams with a real chance at winning.

So, will Allmendinger get more than two races with Penske this year? Team president Tim Cindric told Speed that he was pleased with Allmendinger’s Sebring effort, so, at least in that sense, Allmendinger has a chance. But since he was only seventh fastest, Allmendinger is going to have to run well at Barber Motorsports Park (and by “run well” I mean not wreck and finish in the top five) and make a respectable showing at Indianapolis to get more races. If he finishes in the top five at Indy, the team could use the race winnings to run at Detroit and Texas and wherever else. I will say that I’m surprised that Allemndinger, at least at the moment, isn’t slated to run at Long Beach. That’s supposedly a big event. Why wouldn’t Penske and third car’s sponsors want to run at the alleged second most prestigious race on the schedule?

Just about a month to go before St. Pete and the start of 2013. Anyone else anxious?

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Well, I think that’ll be about it for this issue. B-movies rule, always remember that.

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Bullet to the Head

Sylvester Stallone- James Bonomo
Sung Kang- Taylor Kwon
Sarah Shahi- Lisa Bonomo
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje- Robert Nkomo Morel
Jason Momoa- Keegan
Christian Slater- Marcus Baptiste
Jon Seda- Louis Blanchard
Holt McCallany- Hank Greely
Dane Rhodes- Lt. Lebreton
Marcus Lyle Brown- Detective Towne

Directed by Walter Hill
Screenplay by Alessandro Camon, based on the graphic novel Du plomb dans la tete by Alexis Nolent (as Matz)

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use
Runtime- 92 minutes

Website: http://bullettothehead.warnerbros.com/

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