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Sword and Sorcery Collection

Four ’80s flicks for your pecs-and-sex viewing pleasure.


Action

Rod Lott
I wasn’t sure Shout! Factory was going to be able to top this summer’s release of “The Women in Cages Collection” in its line of “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics.” But it’s done just that with “Sword and Sorcery Collection,” rounding up four flicks for your pecs-and-sex viewing pleasure.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Airwolf: The Movie

More like ‘Airwoof.’


Action

Rod Lott
In the early 1980s, we Americans just couldn't get enough of our high-tech helicopters! In fact, in January 1984, we had two competing series on the subject: “Blue Thunder,” based on the previous year’s hit movie, and “Airwolf,” producer Donald Bellisario’s attempt at stealing “Thunder”’s thunder.
 
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blitz

Make a play for the Stath!


Action

Rod Lott
"Blitz" isn't your average Jason Statham flick, in that: a) it skipped theaters, and b) his partner is a homosexual. I can't recall seeing that mix in cinema crime stories since the days of Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt in "Partners," and that 1982 film was a comedy.
 
Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tactical Force

May leave discriminating action fans ‘Stone Cold’


Action

Rod Lott
Had "Stone Cold" Steve Austin been born about 20 years earlier, he could have had a brief but decent big-screen career as a rival to Jean-Claude Van Damme or Chuck Norris. Instead, his small role in last summer's smash "The Expendables" excepted, the former pro wrestler has been relegated to straight-to-DVD fare since fronting the box-office dud "The Condemned."
 
Thursday, August 11, 2011

The King of Fighters

Like 'Tekken,' but ... well, like 'Tekken.'


Action

Rod Lott
Hitting video one week after "Tekken" is "The King of Fighters," and the two share an awful lot in common: The live-action films are based on video-game franchises, more or less skipped theaters, place style over substance, and flirt with unresolved daddy issues as a subplot.
 
Monday, July 18, 2011

Women in Cages Collection / Women in Prison Triple Feature

Six times the exploitation!


Action

Rod Lott
How many women-in-prison movies are too many? I don't know; I haven't reached that number yet, even after marathoning through two separate three-films-on-two-discs collections: Shout! Factory's "Women in Cages Collection" and Synapse's "Women in Prison Triple Feature."
 
Monday, July 18, 2011

Turbulent Skies

Casper the friendly actor saves a plane.


Action

Rod Lott
It’s strangely comforting that “Turbulent Skies” hasn’t an original idea in its 87 minutes.
 
Monday, July 18, 2011

13 Assassins

Samurai! Samurai! Samurai!


Action

Rod Lott
Proof that "13 Assassins" isn't your everyday Takashi Miike film: The opening scene depicts a man committing hara-kiri, and just as the sword is about to be inserted into his stomach, the director cuts away.
 
Friday, July 15, 2011

The Warrior's Way

Cowboys versus ninjas? ‘Way’ cool!


Action

Rod Lott
Sometimes a mess can be a good thing. Consider the canvases of Jackson Pollock, the beauty of bikini Jell-O wrestling, or the green-screen genre mishmash that is “The Warrior’s Way.”
 
Friday, July 8, 2011

Hobo with a Shotgun

The feel-good homeless vigilante film of the year!


Action

Rod Lott
“Hobo with a Shotgun” started as a joke — specifically, as the winner of a fake trailer contest to promote the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collaboration “Grindhouse.” For some reason, it follows “Machete,” the first faux coming attraction in “Grindhouse,” to a full-fledged feature.
 
Friday, July 8, 2011

Tekken

A video game comes to partial life in 'Tekken,' we reckon


Action

Rod Lott
Here's what I knew about the video game "Tekken" before watching the film it now has spawned: "Tekken" is a video game; I think it involves fighting.
 
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sucker Punch

Plenty of kick for an overnight rental


Action

Rod Lott
With "Sucker Punch," few in-betweeners exist. You either like it or you hate it with a fury of a thousand suns.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Superman Motion Picture Anthology: 1978-2006

You'll still believe a man can fly!


Action

Rod Lott
If only my dad were a fan of superhero movies, his Father's Day gift would be a no-brainer: "The Superman Motion Picture Anthology: 1978-2006."
 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

High-kicking historical fun with a masked Donnie Yen


Action

Rod Lott
Your first sign that "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen" is not a mass-audience crowd-pleaser is that most moviegoers — even those who thrive on action — would ask, "Who the hell is Chen Zhen?"
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gordon’s War / Off Limits

At this price, one outta two ain’t bad


Action

Rod Lott
What do 1973’s “Gordon’s War” and 1988’s “Off Limits” have to do with one another?
 
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
 
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