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” …

Mad, Bad and Beyond the Reach

Hollywood icon Michael Douglas is back in crazed badass mode as Madec, a rich, ruthless businessman and avid game hunter. Searching for a new trophy to add to his collection, he hires young tracker Ben, played by Jeremy Irvine (The Railway Man, War Horse) as his guide through the Reach, a vast and hostile basin in the Mojave Desert. When the hunt goes tragically wrong and an innocent man is accidentally killed, Ben finds himself the target of Madec’s fiendish and desperate cover-up. …

Wolf Warrior invades the UK

Wolf Warrior, starring and directed by Wu Jing and co-starring Scott Adkins, finally arrives in the UK. This follows its successful Chinese box office result and recent release in North America. Leng Feng (Wu Jing), a special forces soldier, is spending time in confinement for disobeying an order and killing a notorious drug lord. However, his extraordinary marksmanship soon earns him recruitment into the elite Wolf Warrior squadron. But before long, the squadron is ambushed during a training exercise by a troop of deadly …

Movies That Inspired Life of Action

Over on the Life of Action Facebook page, we’ve been celebrating the great movies which inspired the book. I think it’s crucially important to acknowledge specific work, as well as the artists who made it happen. I also hope the book encourages people to re-visit, or see for the first time, certain movies in a new light or with fresh insight, as this was definitely my aim. Films like Undisputed II and III changed the Martial Arts movie landscape, especially in the …

Mississippi Burning comes to Blu-ray

Originally nominated for an impressive six Oscars, Mississippi Burning still makes for powerful, striking and occasionally uncomfortable viewing, and remains one of director Alan Parker‘s best works. When three civil rights activists go missing deep in Mississippi in 1964, the FBI are called in to investigate. Agents Anderson (Gene Hackman) and Ward (Willem Dafoe) are poles apart in their approach, one methodical and by-the-book, the other more cynical with age and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …