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Topic: Action

42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition

A treasure trove of trailers that titillate.


Action

Rod Lott
Since 2005, Synapse Films has helped keep the sticky-floored spirit of grindhouse cinema alive by issuing collections of coming attractions under the 42nd Street Forever banner. Interested parties can catch up on the half-dozen titles thus far on DVD (I have, minus the lone XXX-Treme one) or opt for the new Blu-ray Edition. It's essentially a "greatest hits" piece, culling 80 trailers from all previous volumes.
 
Friday, June 1, 2012

Monster Brawl

If wrestling were like this, I'd watch.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Imagine there were a pay-per-view pro wrestling championship battle in which the fighters were not your Hulk Hogans, but hulking creatures. Would you watch it?
 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kill Speed

Higher. Faster. Harder. Dumber.


Action

Rod Lott
I commend you, Kill Speed, for trying to win audience favor, by killing off a drunk Tom Arnold in your opening scene. We don’t see enough junkie’s trailers being blown up these days in such a spectacular fashion. Yet with the level of enjoyment free-falling from there, you quickly prove yourself the year’s worst action movie.
 
Monday, June 11, 2012

Accident

You used to be a victim / Now you’re not the only one.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Assassins are given a twist in Accident, a unique and superior Hong Kong thriller directed by Soi Cheang and produced by one of the best in the biz, Johnnie To (Mad Detective, Vengeance).
 
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Nic Cage's flaming-skull superhero gets 'Crank'ed.


Action

Rod Lott
Too bad Nicolas Cage had to sell off his comic book collection a while back, because he could've used a refresher course on Ghost Rider, the Marvel Comics character he’s now played twice. I'm in the minority that found the 2007 original to be deeply flawed fun, and I think the same of this sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, yet I still think about the lost opportunity both represent.
 
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wrath of the Titans

Better get Kraken.


Action

Rod Lott
Love it or hate it, the Clash of the Titans remake accomplished something the 1981 original could not manage: Birth a sequel. As much cash as that 2010 upgrade made, the shoddy job of converting it to 3-D after production left a lot of moviegoers feeling burned, which may explain why Wrath of the Titans was unable to draw similar numbers.
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Red Scorpion

This ‘Scorpion’ is king among ’80s action.


Action

Rod Lott
When The Expendables reinvigorated my love of Dolph Lundgren, the one movie I couldn't wait to get my hands on from his golden age of wide theatrical releases was the one I never got to see: 1988's Red Scorpion. So naturally, it was out-of-print.
 
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Iron Man vs. Lane Pryce in an average sequel.


Action

Rod Lott
Robert Downey Jr. reprises his other franchise role — the Golden Globe-winning one — as popular culture's arguably most popular detective of all time in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. To shortcut things, whatever you thought of Downey's first go-round in 2009, you're likely to have the same feelings about this 2011 sequel.
 
Monday, June 11, 2012

Chesty Morgan's Bosom Buddies

You're in for a real t(r)eat.


Action

Rod Lott
Let's just state the obvious right, er, up front: Chesty Morgan has extremely large breasts. Unlike her name, they are God-given.
 
Sunday, July 1, 2012

Savages


Thriller

Phil Bacharach
Oliver Stone might be best-known for making movies filled with political and cultural bomb-throwing (JFK, Natural Born Killers), but what makes his best works so eminently watchable is their visceral punch. He might claim he’s out to edify, but the guy can exploit with the best of ’em.
 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
 
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