Rambo’s back, and he’s mad as hell

Twenty-five years after his first on-screen appearance and fully 33 years since the fall of Saigon, John Rambo is still trying to live down the trauma of that conflict.

Unfortunately for his sake, the world won’t leave him alone.

The cinema/eatery Cinebarre celebrates Rambo’s return on Friday, Jan. 25, with an event dubbed “Rambo Blows Up Cinebarre.” Showtimes are 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 and 10:40 p.m.

The Cinebarre staff will be “dressed to defend” in its finest combat gear, and a dead-ringer for Rambo will be in the lobby to greet moviegoers and autograph photos (and, presumably, stitch their wounds up with household thread if need be).

In keeping with the theme, Cinebarre’s kitchen will be serving vegetarian rice bowl and its taps will flow with “bloody beer”

Cinebarre is located at 800 Brevard Road behind the Biltmore Square Mall. Tickets may be purchased through Fandango via the Cinebarre Web site.  For more information, call 665-7776.

— Kent Priestley, staff writer

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11 thoughts on “Rambo’s back, and he’s mad as hell

  1. Nam Vet

    I screened “song for Bethany”at Cinnebarre. It was the worst movie I have ever seen. But beyond that, the service was laughable. The idea of some young guy darting in between rows to take your food and drink orders just doesn’t work. The people around me got their over-cooked pizza. Mine didn’t come. And didn’t come. Finally I got and went to the lobby. I finally got hold of someone and explained my order wasn’t delivered. It was brought a while later. I could hardly eat it. It must have sat in the oven for an hour at least. The crust was so hard I was concerned I’d break a tooth. Cnnebarre would be better served to ave people order and pick up in the lobby like they do at Brew and View.

  2. Draft Dodger

    I agree with the guy above me. My experience at the Cinnebarre was terrible. The pizza and deep fried pickles came minutes before the terrible movie I was watching, Transformers, was about to end. The pizza was crap, the pickles alright, but really how hard is it to make deep fried pickles, i mean come on. The only plus side to that place was the beer selection.

  3. Gordon Smith

    I love Cinebarre. The food is well priced and served quickly. The seats are spacious and comfy. I can’t imagine not liking it.

    Now, on the other hand, Rambo is going to be an abomination.

  4. [b]Nam Vet:[/b] I’m of the other mindset. I’ve been reluctant to go to any place that’s not Cinebarre since they opened up. The all-around quality is better than almost any other cinema I’ve been to. Good seats, small audiences not filled with loud teens who couldn’t care less about the film, and good service. (Unlike Nam Vet, I’ve never had a bad experience there. Maybe they’ve worked out some kinks since his visit?)

    And the food? It’s not my favorite place to eat, but it beats scorched nachos and reheated popcorn any day.

    Back to the topic at hand: I think RAMBO is probably going to be just like the others in the series (with the exception of FIRST BLOOD); loud, bloody, dumb, macho, silly, implausible and morally ambiguous. But, then again, lots of stuff will blow up in exciting ways, and if you’re not looking for a deeply intellectual film, it’ll probably be fun way to spend the night out. I think that Cinnebarre’s event is a clever way to get into the spirit of the thing, turning an opening weekend into an “event.” I think it’s pretty cool, even RAMBO sounds like a dumb film.

  5. Chad Nesbitt

    Loved it! Best Rambo yet!
    Ready for another sequel.

    Chad Nesbitt

  6. Nam Vet

    I saw Stallone interviewed yesterday about this movie. He said he did it so he could highlight problems in Burma, a personal interest for him in real life. Burma was taken over by a Marxist military dictatorship in the early 1960s. The people have suffered greatly ever since. The only comfortable ones in Burma are the higher ups in the far leftwing authoritarian communist government.

    The leader of the Burma democracy movement has been held under house arrest for many years now. She won the Nobel Peace prize. Evidently the government doesn’t dare kill her because she is too visible to the outside world. But that is their modus operendi, murdering their citizens. Just a few months back, Buddhist monks marched for democracy. 100s of them were shot down by the communist army, and some even burned alive.

    I’m not ordinarily a Rambo-type movie fan,but I think I’ll go just to support Rocky on this one.

  7. Ken Hanke

    “I saw Stallone interviewed yesterday about this movie. He said he did it so he could highlight problems in Burma, a personal interest for him in real life.”

    Gee, that’s sure not the way he told it originally, which had him looking around for situations suitable for the Rambo character when someone told him about Burma. There was no indication then that he had any long-standing personal interest — or even any knowledge of the situation — when this thing started.

    But really, isn’t this all about flying viscera, killing a lot of extras, blowing stuff up and making a buck?

  8. Nam Vet

    Well Ken it is. And this is not normally my kind of flick. I repeated my recollection of what he said in the interview. It was with Sean Hannity on Fox yesterday. He came across better than I thought he would. Burma is a cause worth supporting. We get kind of spoiled here in the US and forget there are some very oppressive governments around the world. God bless the USA!

    Of course the Rambo series doesn’t rise to the level of “art” that some of John Waters’ early films do. Like Pink Flamingos. :)

  9. I’ve liked most of the Rambos so I’ll definitely catch this one at the theater.

    And congrats to Chad for having a non-political post.

    marc

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