The passage of time can make you see what was once an unfavourable film as an overlooked gem, perhaps because of your shifting tastes as a viewer or simply due to the fact that you are seeing the film in a new light. Sometimes watching a film ten or even twenty years after the fact simply reinforces your original opinion of it. Or, as is the case with Universal Soldier, makes you wonder why you liked it so much when you first saw it. Not to say that this early Roland Emmerich-directed actioner.... [READ MORE]
Having a hit movie franchise with lots of established action stars means that there is renewed interest in their back catalogue, and in Germany there's an "Expendables Selection" line which has a few movies by Expendables stars in its ranks, plus for some reason Steven Seagal's Belly of the Beast. Unfortunately, the Dolph Lundgren vehicle... [READ MORE]
I think Dolph Lundgren is a vastly underrated director, but that his directing projects are often plagued with problems beyond his control which dampen the results and make it look like he has difficulties crafting a good film. I'm certain that if he got given some proper funding and a decent script, and wasn't fucked over by the producers, he'd deliver some action classics... [READ MORE]
Bone Tomahawk proves that the western just keeps on chuggin’ along, despite long stretches where critics wrote off the genre as dead and buried. Sometimes it takes a film that blends the western with some other interesting, less-than-obvious sub-genres to keep it alive (The Good, The Bad, The Weird), the stubbornness and skill of an auteur... [READ MORE]
Astute readers may have picked up from Let Us Prey's title that it has religious themes, and with its whole judgement angle the most obvious comparison is 1981's Xian horror film A Day of Judgement. Happily, Let Us Prey is roughly eight kajillion times better than that one, and that's just because it has Liam Cunningham in it. It gets incalculably better... [READ MORE]
For a lot of people, the highlight of Tarantino and Rodriguez's unfortunate box office failure Grindhouse was the tongue in cheek trailers set in between the two films. We were given Don't by Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright, Thanksgiving by Eli Roth, Werewolf Women of the SS by Rob Zombie and of course, the indomitable Machete by Rodriguez himself... [READ MORE]
In The Mechanik, Dolph Lundgren is again playing a Russian. Having recently rewatched Red Heat, I started thinking about other action stars that like to play Russian, and realised that Steven Seagal seems to play Russians almost as much as Lundgren. Stevie will sometimes even play a Russian when it has no connection to the plot or to his accent... [READ MORE]
A little while back I had a friend over who was perusing the movie collection. He wanted to know why I'd bought two copies of the same movie, one on Blu-ray and one on DVD. I said maybe I was upgrading, but when I do that I usually foist the DVD off on some unsuspecting Digital Retribution follower. Then I looked at the cases he was holding... [READ MORE]
Dear Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Look, we all appreciate that there are years where the Academy Awards make some missteps, when you're not flat-out getting it wrong. You have your baffling omissions (to name two of many that come immediately to mind, no nominations for Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin or Snowpiercer... [READ MORE]
I was at a market the other week for some bizarre reason and found a stall selling DVDs for $1. This is always dangerous for me because at $1 I tend to buy almost anything, but I don't think I've ever actually kept any of the discs I've acquired at that price. Despite constantly fobbing off shithouse DVDs to anyone I bump into, I decided that I needed to check out... [READ MORE]
When one hears the term, 'video nasty', there is one particular film that will always spring to mind. And that is Italian director Ruggero Deodato's notorious Cannibal Holocaust. There have been many varying views over the years regarding the historical and cultural significance of Cannibal Holocaust, but one defining characteristic connects them all... [READ MORE]
So, as cinema fans we have decided that remakes are something we will no longer argue about ad nauseum, as there have been enough good ones and enough bad ones for both sides of the conversation to have ammunition in a non-winnable war. Now however, the detractors have a new weapon, a carpet bombing, nuclear, anthrax-filled, DNA bomb... [READ MORE]
I've been mocking Steven Seagal's weight in previous reviews, but I wouldn't want anyone to get the wrong idea about that. I don't mind Stevie collecting kilos, and I don't have anything against massive martial artists. In fact, my favourite martial arts star is Sammo Hung. Comparing the two really highlights most of my issues with Stevie. Firstly... [READ MORE]
I'm not sure why this Steven Seagal movie is called Into the Sun, because Stevie isn't really in the sun much at all. In fact, here he's taken to hiding in the shadows, a trick he employs to hide his growing girth and his bizarre hair. I didn't think Stevie looked at his heftiest in this one, but his hair is something else, as he appears to be going for some sort of Dracula. ... [READ MORE]
I own 21 Steven Seagal movies, far more than I have of anyone else's. Stevie may have an unfair advantage there, given he makes more movies than anyone but Takashi Miike, but it's still a safe bet that I'm a bit obsessed with Steven Seagal. Luckily, I'm not the only one. AICN's Vern likes Stevie so much he's written a whole book on the man's movies... [READ MORE]
Just when you thought the action genre was out of ideas… in Out of Reach, Steven Seagal stars as a psychic who must rescue his 13 year old pen pal from a white slavery ring. No, really. Stevie is an ex-CSA agent who has taken to running around the woods and helping animals in need. To fill in the time when not saving hawks, Stevie is pen pals... [READ MORE]
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