From SFGate’s Peter Hartlaub:
It has been 10 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger has starred in an action film, and I have mixed feelings about this weekend’s release of “The Last Stand.” I like the spaghetti Western-esque plot of a small-town sheriff outnumbered by a drug cartel. I count at least a dozen explosions in the trailers. It’s rated R.
But I don’t like the way Johnny Knoxville seems to be (poorly) channeling Dwight Schultz’s character from “The A-Team.” I see Schwarzenegger’s character’s name, Ray Owens, as a bad omen. (In all of the actor’s best movies, he has cool names like “Dutch” and “John Matrix.”) And the former governor looks so sober in the previews. Smile, Arnold! You’re 63 and you’re still making action movies that don’t go direct-to-video!
With “The Last Stand” coming out on Friday, Today’s Special is the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of all time.
Please, take none of this too seriously. But I did set a few ground rules, which you’re free to ignore. I made the list weighing equally both the quality of the movies and Schwarzenegger’s performances. That all but disqualified movies such as “The Expendables” and “The Rundown” where he shows up for about 30 seconds. I considered the film documentary “Pumping Iron,” because honestly he seems to be acting more in that than in “Conan the Destroyer.”
Your picks in the comments. I’ll post the reader consensus later. The over/under is 7 on how many commenters weigh in with a variation of “Arnold’s greatest performance was as the governor of the state of California.”
PETER HARTLAUB is the pop culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle and founder/editor of The Big Event. He takes requests. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @peterhartlaub. Follow The Big Event on Facebook.