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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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