Tag: action

Triad Wars (Fatal Move) Review

Triad Wars (Fatal Move) Review

| October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

A spiritual sequel to Wilson Yip’s 2005 martial arts film Killzone (Sha Po Lang), Dennis Law’s Triad Wars (Fatal Move in Hong Kong) is a solid film, that manages to interweave the great action of kung fu films, great gunplay and the plot and gritty tone of a gangster film. Sammo Hung and Simon Yam […]

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The Courier

The Courier

| October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

I was drawn to this one by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who I tend to enjoy when I see something with him in it.  He’s a wonderfully charming dramatic actor, having recently finished his first season of the Starz channel’s period hotel drama Magic City.  Unfortunately, Morgan is not an action star, and watching him stumble […]

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Battleground

Battleground

| August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Battleground (2012), coming to Blu-ray and DVD on August 28, 2012 from Well Go USA, is exactly what you’d cynically expect of a cross between Reservoir Dogs with First Blood: a flashy, dull mess of an actioner. The film follows a group of men fresh off a botched heist in Flint, Michigan who must lie […]

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One in the Chamber

One in the Chamber

| August 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Anchor Bay has released on Blu-ray and DVD One in the Chamber, an excellent B-actioner that just barely misses the A mark.  Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Ray Carver, an assassin hired by the Russian mafia to eliminate several high-profile targets on the opposite side of a gang war.  As he tries to complete his […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 10

| August 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

The 10th and final season of the 1987-1996 animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds our titular “heroes in a half shell” battling it out once-and-for-all against the evil alien warlord, Lord Dregg. With the complete 10th season’s release from Lionsgate, fans can at last complete their collection of this beloved animated series on DVD. […]

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Power Rangers Super Samurai: Vols. 1 & 2

Power Rangers Super Samurai: Vols. 1 & 2

| August 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Lionsgate Home Entertainment brings the first eight episodes of Power Rangers Super Samurai to DVD on August 14, 2012 in The Super Powered Black Box (Vol. 1) and Super Showdown (Vol. 2). As you might surmise, Super Samurai continues the story of Red Ranger Jayden and the crew’s battle against Master Xandred and his Nighlok […]

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Hercules, Samson and Ulysses / Damon and Pythias

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses / Damon and Pythias

| August 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Recently, the Warner Archive Collection debuted two of the more enjoyable Pepla I’ve seen in their manufactured-on-demand (MOD) line of DVDs, the epic Italian features Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (1963) and Damon and Pythias (1962). Although it may be obvious to you by the titles alone, these Sword-and-Sandal pictures draw heavily from Greek mythology, as […]

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Hijacked

Hijacked

| August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

The action film narrative is such a tried-and-true commodity that it is almost impossible to screw up.  For all of the times that action films have left us wanting better acting, more polished cinematography, more imaginative plotting, at least they lived up to our expectations as “action movies.”  At least they got that part right.  […]

Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Total Recall will always hold a special place in my cinephilic heart, as the film’s mixture of science fiction, nonstop action, and gratuitous violence captured my imagination at an important stage in my personal cinematic growth. And yet, as an adult who has somehow become fairly well-read in the history of the film’s development and […]

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The Delta Force

The Delta Force

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comments

In the Chuck Norris canon, the Missing in Action films, Lone Wolf McQuade, and, on a good day, Invasion U.S.A. are the only titles people seem to remember.  Having battled Bruce Lee in the Roman Colosseum and having made being a Texas Ranger the coolest job in law enforcement, many of Norris’ other action triumphs […]

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