Hard Times still packs a punch

Walter Hill has moulded an amazing career. He enjoyed a successful start as a screenwriter on classic films like The Getaway, and re-writing and producing Alien. It would always be a natural progression to ultimately direct a self-penned project. This would become 1975’s Hard Times. As the ‘maverick’ director responsible for The Warriors, Streets of Fire, 48 Hours, Southern Comfort and Extreme Prejudice, to name a few, each and every film stands out and there are simply too many greats to list. I recommend any serious movie fan to check out his work. He remains my …

Drunken Master on Blu-ray

In 1978, legendary filmmaker and choreographer Yuen Woo-ping (known in mainstream circles later for The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and action star Jackie Chan shook up the industry with two surprise hits, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master, redefining action filmmaking in the process. The much-loved classic Drunken Master arrives on UK Blu-ray for the first time, as fresh and dynamic as ever and a real joy to revisit. Breaking away from being dismissed as another Bruce Lee clone, these new films established Chan’s now-famous slapstick action/comedy …

Experts Roundup: The Rise of Donnie Yen

In the first of this new, topical series from Budomate Magazine, I joined a range of guests to analyse why action star Donnie Yen didn’t immediately catch popularity with the Blade and Highlander movies of the 90s, and whether his mainstream appeal will impact on future work. I said: “Those of us who’ve been watching Donnie Yen for years, mainly in his Hong Kong work, already know he is super talented. We’ve seen his best stuff. Eastern stars picking up small …

Savage Dog: Interview with JuJu Chan

JuJu Chan is a rising talent to watch out for. A former model and pageant winner, this Hong Kong actress is a proven athlete in the ring and a medalist in both ITF Taekwondo and Muay Thai. She has even been labelled the “Female Bruce Lee” by media and fans for her skilled use of the double nunchucks. Most recently, she appeared in Yuen Woo-ping’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and will next be seen in Jesse V. Johnson’s Savage Dog, alongside …

The Warriors: Interview with Michael Beck

This April, the cast of 1979 cult classic The Warriors makes their way to the UK for the first time, an unmissable event for fans. It was an honour and pleasure to interview leading man Michael Beck for this, my favourite film, on behalf of MMA Uncaged Magazine. Still a landmark of action cinema, director Walter Hill’s stylised masterpiece remains a favourite all over the world. Engrained in pop culture, it has been referenced in TV shows like The Simpsons, …

Eric Jacobus is back in Blindsided

I’ve been a big fan of Eric Jacobus for a long time: both his solo projects and team-efforts with his kickass stunt troupe, The Stunt People. I also interviewed him at length for my book Life of Action and he remains an incredibly creative filmmaker, actor and stunt performer. Despite more mainstream work in the likes of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, A Good Day to Die Hard and ABCs of Death 2, he is most inventive through his indie action output. In his new action short, Blindsided, our unlikely …

Essential Action Movie Books

It’s a real honour for Life of Action to be included in The Action Elite‘s recently compiled “Essential Action Movie Books” in very good company. Some excellent titles are featured elsewhere in this list so it’s a very kind gesture. Thanks guys! “Until recently there had never really been that many books about action movies; it was always a genre that critics scoffed at and never gave it the respect it was due, despite the fact it’s the most popular movie genre …

Life of Action – All Press

Here is a selection of the great press received for Life of Action so far! I am truly grateful that so many different people, from casual and avid film fans, through to young filmmakers, stunt guys, writers and academics, have embraced the book and really got on board with what it’s all about. It has made the whole journey and process totally worthwhile. Thanks so much for all the great support. Let’s keep it going and do part 2 soon! REVIEW The …

Life of Action Volume 2 Teaser

I posted this teaser image on Facebook for Life of Action Vol. 2. I’ve had a lot of emails and messages hoping for a new book so I appreciate the enthusiasm and support. This photo features myself with multi-talented action star and filmmaker Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Blood and Bone) who is involved in the next book. The accompanying caption reads… “Life of Action Vol. 2 spoiler alert! Very early days but things are progressing. Thanks for all your …

The Best of Christmas Action

Action cinema is raw, visceral and the classic setup of good guys battling the odds simply never gets old. It’s also the perfect entertainment for any season. Aside from the great slapstick of seasonal picks like Home Alone and Jingle All the Way, nothing beats a good old fashioned Christmas action movie to kick back to during the holidays. To celebrate this grand tradition, here are five of my personal favourites, a reminder that bad guys don’t take time off… and neither do our heroes! First …

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