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Topic: Action

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

Captain America

Star-spangled s**t.


Action

Rod Lott
Not long after “Batman” changed Hollywood in the summer of 1989, every studio wanted to have the next comics-based blockbuster. I remember visiting Penn Square Mall’s multiplex (as I did often back then) and seeing a poster for “Captain America.” The one-sheet was comprised of little more than a close-up of Cap’s iconic shield and a promise to arrive next summer.
 
Friday, September 2, 2011

True Legend

Woo Ping = woot!


Action

Rod Lott
I can't think of the last time a straight-up martial arts film got a wide theatrical release. Ten, 15 years ago, it used to happen all the time after Jackie Chan burst through with "Rumble in the Bronx." Not every Hong Kong actioner is worth importing these days, of course, but "True Legend" s widespread love that one hopes it will find on Blu-ray and DVD.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Drive


Action

Rod Lott
To race right to the finish line, as it were, “Drive” is — so far — the year’s best film and a new crime classic.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BKO: Bangkok Knockout

For nonstop action, Thai one on.


Action

Rod Lott
Bangkok, Oriental city. And the city don’t know what the city is getting. In the slick “BKO: Bangkok Knockout,” that’s a ruff-em’-tuff-em’ rumble involving a fight club named Fight Club getting to do what it does best: fight!
 
Friday, September 30, 2011

The Cannonball Run

It’s the Burt that hurts.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In my tween days, 1981’s “The Cannonball Run” played HBO so often, one would think the cable channel had been taken over by Dom DeLuise. My brothers and I watched it with seemingly every airing.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Dark Angel

It comes in peace.


Action

Rod Lott
When did 1990's "I Come in Peace" become "Dark Angel"? More importantly, why? Did some porno cop its title? Now people will confuse it with that one TV series Jessica Alba did for James Cameron before she became a movie star.
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bunraku

Hard to say, hard to love.


Action

Rod Lott
“Bunraku” gets its name from a form of traditional Japanese puppetry, but it may as well be called “Cowboys and Samurai” or something equally generic. The sophomore effort of director Guy Moshe raises hopes for something special in its animated opening credits, which depict violence throughout civilization, but there’s simply too much going on here for a rather simple revenge story.
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Maniac Cop

You have the right to see this cult classic of crime.


Action

Rod Lott
Why won't anyone believe poor detective Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch") that the recent nighttime slayings around New York City are the work of a cop?
 
Friday, November 4, 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
 
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