The Decline of Western Civilization Collection

Penelope Spheeris‘ iconic music documentaries finally arrive on DVD and Blu-ray in a complete set with a whole host of extras. This reissue (released in the US by Shout! Factory and the UK by Second Sight Films) is the first opportunity to own the films as a complete set with the 1988 sequel, The Metal Years, not widely available on DVD and the third film never commercially unreleased until now. To this day, The Decline of Western Civilization is a crucially important document …

Colors arrives on Blu-ray

Dennis Hopper‘s seminal 1988 cop drama remains a powerful, unrelenting piece of cinema and finally sees its UK Blu-ray debut for new and long-time fans to rediscover. From visionary director and Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper, the story of Colors unravels with street-wise veteran cop Bob Hodges (Robert Duvall) and his new, hotheaded rookie partner Danny McGavin (Sean Penn) grappling with their new working relationship on the gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles and the endless acts of violence between the Bloods, Crips and Hispanic gangs. With …

Guest on Double Page Spread Podcast

I was very happy to be invited as a guest on the Double Page Spread podcast (episode 123) to discuss writing Life of Action, its featured stars and filmmakers, movies, my own film work, the state of the action industry and a range of other topics. Big thanks to host Wendi Freeman for having me! You can listen here.

10/10 Book Review from Kung Fu Kingdom

I’m very proud and grateful that my book Life of Action earned a really strong review and 10/10 score from Kung Fu Kingdom! They described it as: “A brilliant consolidation of interviews with the filmmakers, actors and stunt people who bring us the action films that we love to watch. The questions asked are thoughtful and pertinent, and the answers provided are interesting and useful…” Read the full review here!

The Best Martial Arts Horror Movies

Horror Cult Films presented this piece to coincide with the recent release of my book, Life of Action! When two extreme genres collide, the results are nothing short of spectacular. Spanning well known and loved films from both the East and West, the tradition of blending dynamic fight action and blood ’n guts has always appealed to audiences and brought together the best of both worlds for genre fans. To celebrate the release of Life of Action, a new book featuring …

Life of Action Ebook Released

The ebook edition of my book Life of Action is available now for Kindle, iPad and all digital formats! Description: Martial Arts and Action cinema fans can now get the inside track on their favourite stars and movies through this fascinating selection of candid interviews with top talent such as Scott Adkins (Undisputed II & III, The Expendables 2), Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Special ID), Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, The Expendables), Tsui Hark (Once Upon a Time in China, Detective Dee) …

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Finally, fans can enjoy the UK release of the critically documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, and the undeniable nostalgia that comes with it. The film has done extremely well on the festival circuit and all over the world. Plus, as well as being a fascinating, historic documentary by any standard, it’s obviously a great piece for long time fans of the company and their wild output of movies throughout the 1980’s. Every action fan will have their selection of favourite …

Book review in Film Comment Magazine

There was a very positive one page review of my book Life of Action in the July/August 2015 issue of Film Comment Magazine! It’s featured in the print edition only so pick it up if you can. Hopefully it will be made available online at some point, otherwise you can order it or find out more about the magazine over at Film Comment is the official publication of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Founded in 1962 and originally released as a …

Bodyguard: A New Beginning on HBO

If you haven’t seen it, this is well worth a look. Bodyguard: A New Beginning from writer, director and producer Chee Keong Cheung is showing on HBO this month! You can view showtimes here. As a big fan of the film since its release back in 2008, I can definitely recommend it. Alongside Cheung and co-star/producer Mark Strange, the film was also produced by Mike Leeder, who worked on the casting and makes a cameo, plus it features a great roster of …

Revenge of the Green Dragons

This is an interesting spin on the genre. A gangster drama set in the Chinese immigrant community of New York in the 1980’s. Hyping up the accolades of being co-directed by Infernal Affairs‘ Andrew Lau and exec produced by Martin Scorsese, the film sets a precedent for the style and quality of this particular gangster tale. So what’s the result? With the story inspired by true events from an article of the time, Sonny and Steven are two Chinese-American immigrants surviving …

Steve Austin’s Greatest Hits

I’m a big fan of Steve Austin and the raw style he brings to the broad spectrum of action movies. While I love elaborate action films and crazy Martial Arts and stunt displays, there’s something homely about good ol’ fashioned toughness and action doing exactly what it says on the tin. Delivering his Stone Cold persona and brand onto the screen, he pays homage to the somewhat vintage, back-to-basics qualities of old time heroes and villains, relying on natural charisma, flair …

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