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Life of Action at 87Eleven HQ

Photo courtesy of 87Eleven Action Design It was great to see my book Life of Action holding a coffee table spot at 87Eleven HQ. The team posted this picture of their new Cold Steel training weapons and the book is seen (with Scott Adkins on the cover) casting a watchful eye. The book features extensive interviews with 87Eleven co-founders Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who are now embarking on their increasingly busy paths as filmmakers, responsible for John Wick 1 …

A Touch of Zen on Blu-ray

The Taiwanese wuxia classic, A Touch of Zen, finally arrives on Dual Format boasting an impressive 4K restoration, marking the perfect opportunity to revisit this milestone of action filmmaking and one of the forefathers to the modern swordplay movie. To put it in context, this is usually cited as one of the biggest inspirations behind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, House of Flying Daggers and more. It was also the first Chinese-language film to break out and gain recognition at the Cannes Film Festival. Great accolades, but it would be a …

The Story of the Rubble Kings

Between 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the hopes of the Civil Rights movement lay an unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social intervention could stop the escalating violence. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would impact the world for generations to come through peace, positive influence and, eventually, music. New documentary Rubble Kings chronicles life during this era of gang rule and tells the story of how a few extraordinary, overlooked people would achieve the impossible and …

The Friends of Eddie Coyle gets new release

The highly underrated, low-key crime thriller The Friends of Eddie Coyle gets a much awaited home release in the UK for the very first time and looks better than ever, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment‘s Masters of Cinema series. Directed by Oscar-nominated Peter Yates, best known for Bullitt, this film was one of my Dad’s personal favourites, making it all the more meaningful since he switched me on to so many genuinely great movies, many of which remain my own favourites to this day. This film was also …

The Cannon Ninja Trilogy

The crazy output from Cannon Films has been of keen interest to both fans and critics since the company’s formative years, peaking in the 1980’s, while of course being the subject of recent documentaries Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films and The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films. Notorious for their wild concepts, boundary-pushing taboos and often humourously cheap production values, the company became notorious; sometimes loved, sometimes hated, but immensely influential in the action genre and the moviemaking business as a …

NWA & Eazy-E: The Kings of Compton

With the release of Straight Outta Compton and the resurgence of interest in late 80’s/early 90’s hip hop icons and NWA, it’s no surprise to see a certain capitalised effort on their legacy. For the record, I’m a big rap/hip hop fan, mainly old school, and this documentary, Kings of Compton, is a passionate though flawed retelling of this crucial musical and cultural history, with Eazy-E standing front and centre… Perhaps appealing more to long-time hip hop music fans, the film chronologically tells the story of the …

Heist: Interview with Scott Mann

To celebrate the UK release of new action/thriller Heist, I caught up with Brit director Scott Mann and interviewed him for MyM Buzz. Hailing from the unlikeliest of places in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, England, film director Scott Mann first caught the attention of fans with fast-paced British action film, The Tournament, starring Robert Carlyle and Ving Rhames. Taking the genre back to gritty, violent roots, the film offered a throwback to hard stunts and physical action in an age …

Guest on The Debatable Podcast

I was pleased to be invited on The Debatable Podcast to discuss writing my book, plus a range of other topics. Thanks for having me! Mike Fury author of Life of Action, joins me on this episode. We talk his origins, how he became involved with his lifelong passion for action cinema, and the process of writing his excellent book. We also touch on Walter Hill’s The Warriors, action cinema’s reputation and the respect martial artists deserve… You can listen to the …

The Incredible True Story of Precinct Seven Five

Precinct Seven Five is not an easy watch, but rather makes for compulsive, fascinating and extremely tense viewing, charting a highly turbulent era in the history of the New York Police Department. During the crack cocaine explosion of the 1980s and 90s, a New York City police officer led a crew of cops within the department to build his own empire in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Brooklyn. Michael Dowd, referred to in headlines as “The Dirtiest Cop Ever”, turned the department’s 75th Precinct …

Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

Critically acclaimed documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD finally arrives in the UK and offers a very welcome, surprisingly overdue account of legendary comic 2000AD, the title that gave birth to Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Rogue Trooper, among others, plus big breaks to creators like Alan Moore (Watchmen) and Grant Morrison (Arkham Asylum). For anyone interested in these iconic titles, and comic aficionados, or lovers of pop culture, Paul Goodwin’s documentary is a strong, tightly woven retelling of this fascinating history. Charting the story of the multi-award winning …

Veteran: Interview with Ryoo Seung-wan

During a recent visit to the London East Asia Film Festival for the premiere of his latest film Veteran, South Korean writer, director and producer Ryoo Seung-wan was kind enough to make some time for a small group interview. Along with Andrew and James from easternKicks and Paul from Hangul Celluloid, we discussed this new film with the man himself and got some great insight into a movie which has now become one of the highest grossing films in Korean cinema history – an amazing feat by …

The Top Martial Arts Movie Villains

The Book The Film The T-Shirt presented this piece to coincide with the release of my book, Life of Action! In any story of good vs evil, a hero needs a strong, worthy villain to overcome. The best villains will always appear as good as (if not better than) the unlikely protagonist and only through sheer perseverance and battling the odds will our hero ultimately emerge triumphant. Throughout the decades, the martial arts genre has seen many villains transcend status as generic “bad guys” …

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