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First Squad: The Moment of Truth

‘Truth' doesn't hurt.


Action

Rod Lott
In its excellent opening credits, "First Squad: The Moment of Truth" plays off the classic iconography of Nazi and Communist propaganda — fitting since the film takes place in the heat of World War II.
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lethal Ladies 2 Collection

Swords, stewardesses, sex — success!


Action

Rod Lott
"At least if you die, you'll die with a sword in your hand."
 
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dead Hooker in a Trunk

Trust me: Leave it locked up.


Action

Rod Lott
As Adam West once famously spoke as Batman, “Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb.”
 
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Redline

On your mark ... get set ... anime!


Action

Rod Lott
Japan anime “Redline” imagines a future where racing isn’t such a big deal in the sports world any more, with the clear exception of the titular race, an anything-goes event held every five years.
 
Friday, January 6, 2012

The Last Hard Men / Sky Riders

While Coburn isn’t ‘Hard’ to like, some of his movies are.


Action

Rod Lott
As a recent release of a bitch-slappin' medical mystery reminded me, James Coburn is really as cool as Clint Eastwood, so I welcomed Shout! Factory’s new “Action Double Feature,” which places two of the late actor’s 1976 films on one DVD.
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds

Have a dollop of Dolph in your Boll.


Action

Rod Lott
Oh, to lead Dolph Lundgren's life! In the opening scenes of "In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds," his Granger character teaches a martial-arts class, goes home, drinks, sniffles, whistles, draws a bath and punches and/or kicks knife-wielding, hooded-robed intruders.
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Expendables: Extended Director's Cut

Even more of the manliest movie ever made.


Action

Rod Lott
From the set of "The Expendables 2," Sylvester Stallone introduces this "Extended Director's Cut" of his 2010 summer smash, which he says now sports "more content and more heart."
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Triple Tap

Let’s call it a third on-target.


Action

Rod Lott
Fresh from directing Jackie Chan in “Shinjuku Incident,” Derek Yee begins “Triple Tap” with a fun sequence of a marksman competition on an obstacle course of sorts, where sharpshooter Ken (Louis Koo, “Triad Election”) and cop Jerry (Daniel Wu, “Robin-B-Hood”) break records as rivals.
 
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Captain America / Captain America II: Death Too Soon

‘America,’ eff yeah!


Action

Rod Lott
When “Captain America: The First Avenger” burst onto blockbustin’ movie screens this summer, someone over at MGM’s video division took notice and finally put the abortion that was 1993’s “Captain America”.
 
Friday, December 16, 2011

Helldriver

Those Sushi Typhoon guys are at it again! And again! And again!


Action

Rod Lott
I’ve now seen three movies from Japan’s crazy cinematic crew known as Sushi Typhoon: “Karate-Robo Zaborgar,” which I loved; “Alien vs. Ninja,” which I hated; and now “Helldriver,” which falls somewhere in between.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Around the World Under the Sea

‘By this time, my lungs were aching for air ... still.’


Action

Rod Lott
Four years after his long run on TV’s “Sea Hunt” ended, Lloyd Bridges was back in the water for 1966’s big-screen adventure “Around the World Under the Sea,” but IN COLOR!
 
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

It's no mystery: This heroic whodunit rules.


Action

Rod Lott
Part costume drama, part fantasy, part mystery, part action and all imaginative, "Detective Dee & The Mystery of the Phantom Flame" marks a return to form for master director Tsui Hark, who helped popularize Hong Kong films in the Western hemisphere in the 1990s with the likes of the "Once Upon a Time in China" series and the Jackie Chan vehicle "Twin Dragons," but has weathered a string of more recent misses in "Zu Warriors," "Black Mask 2" and collaborations with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
 
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mortal Kombat: Legacy

It has begunnnnn! Again.


Action

Rod Lott
Leave it to the Internet to resurrect the moribund franchise known as — all together now — "Mortal Kombat"! After the blockbuster video game spawned back-to-back hit feature films, it was safe to assume a third was on the way, but it never came.
 
Friday, November 18, 2011

Conan the Barbarian

By Crom, that's not bad at all!


Action

Rod Lott
While this new "Conan the Barbarian" is an origin story, it is not really a remake of the 1981 "Conan the Barbarian" that helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name. No camel-punching. No Wheel of Pain. No hearing the lamentation of women.
 
Monday, November 14, 2011

Lethal Ladies Collection

The misses of martial arts hit hard as a triple feature hits home.


Action

Rod Lott
From all the hoopla in 1986 when Sigourney Weaver landed a Best Actress Oscar nomination for “Aliens,” you’d think she was the first woman to kick into action mode on film, but babes were badass long before that.
 
Thursday, November 10, 2011
 
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