Tag: action

American Ninja & American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

American Ninja & American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

| August 16, 2016

Those of us who love action movies have long understood that, when you want to watch some bonkers 1980s action, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus’ The Cannon Group is where the action is. I mean, we’re talking the studio here that put out the Death Wish sequels, the Missing in Action movies, Cobra (1986), Over […]

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The Countdown: Top Ten Kurt Russell Movies

The Countdown: Top Ten Kurt Russell Movies

| August 8, 2016

I’m excited to start this new weekly segment. A few months ago, I started a podcast called Quote Unquote Guilty all about guilty pleasures.  Upon getting some of my friends addicted to podcasting, they too started shows of their own and I compiled us all under a shared network: Word Salad Productions.  Recently, I reached […]

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Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: The Complete Season One

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: The Complete Season One

| June 14, 2016

American animation studio Filmation produced this serialized adaptation of the Tarzan tales by Edgar Rice Burroughs for CBS beginning in 1976. The series embodies all the most predictable yet charming techniques at Filmation’s disposal including the rotoscoped figures and the oft-recycled sequences of animation that make Filmation cartoons what they are. As someone not well-versed […]

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Hired to Kill

Hired to Kill

| May 17, 2016

“They’re models. They’re mercenaries. They’re Hired to Kill!” If that had been the tagline to this 1990 actioner from prolific director Nico Mastorakis, it would have suited the tone of the picture all too well. Hired to Kill, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow video, is sleazy, cheesy, and exactly what I look […]

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Dangerous Men

Dangerous Men

| April 12, 2016

The late John S. Rad’s Dangerous Men—produced over the course of 26 years before finally being released in 2005—is a film unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I mean, its constituent parts are all clearly sourced from any number of 1980’s action movies/rape-revenge movies, making it highly derivative in a sense. Yet, these particular elements […]

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Breaker! Breaker!

Breaker! Breaker!

| March 22, 2016

You don’t hear much about the 1977 Chuck Norris vehicle, Breaker! Breaker!, do you? In fact, prior to it being riffed by the guys over at Rifftrax, it’d never even entered my consciousness, which is weird because Chuck Norris is a legend. Chuck Norris’ Canon films are beloved by fans of 1980’s action films, and […]

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The Midnight Man

The Midnight Man

| March 2, 2016

Writing reviews for Film Monthly is a gamble.  You mostly watch a lot of garbage that’s more boring than anything, but you do it for the chance to maybe stumble onto something special  that you otherwise would have never seen. The Midnight Man was one of these special treats for me, and while it will […]

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Extraction

Extraction

| February 28, 2016

When I got in my review copy of Extraction, I asked my dad if he wanted to watch it with me.  He told me that he had already tried to watch it once but turned it off after the opening scene, which is saying something because my dad will literally watch anything start to finish […]

Hitman: Agent 47

Hitman: Agent 47

| December 29, 2015

It’s hardly a surprise that a video game-to-film adaptation should be met with critical scorn upon release, as Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) was. It’s a trend dating back to the colossal critical, creative, and commercial failure of Super Mario Bros. (1993). But nowadays it seems, as soon as a video game adaptation is announced even, […]

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Cooties

Cooties

| November 30, 2015

I saw an advertisement at the Alamo Drafthouse in which Elijah Wood told the audience to keep quiet during the movie.  Behind Wood was a poster for Cooties, which featured him, a blonde who looked like Kristen Bell (turned out to be Allison Pill; The Newsroom) and a group of other adults fighting for their […]