The Great Cop Drama

The unmistakably raw, atmospheric genre of the cop drama has always been one of my favourites. From hard hitting features though to awesome TV series, when you see a great one there’s no mistaking the quality, attitude and, when it’s done differently, true originality.  End of Watch from director David Ayer marks one of the best genre entries in recent years and unsurprisingly it does all of the above; it’s raw, atmospheric, there’s quality, attitude and it’s original in the delivery. The …

Yakuza Weapon – Blu-ray Review

Directors: Tak Sakaguchi & Yudai Yamaguchi Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Shingo Tsurumi, Akaji Maro, Jun Murakami Run Time: 106 mins Distributor: Bounty Films / Eureka Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis Working as a hard-to-kill mercenary in South America, ex-yakuza Shozo Iwaki (Tak Sakaguchi) is informed of the death of his gang boss father, Kenzo (Akaji Maro). Returning home after four years, Shozo discovers that his father’s number-one man, Kurawaki (Shingo Tsurumi), has double-crossed and assassinated Kenzo, leaving Shozo not only …

Sinners and Saints (aka Bad Cop) – DVD Review

Director: William Kaufman Cast: Johnny Strong, Kevin Phillips, Costas Mandylor, Sean Patrick Flannery, Tom Berenger. Run Time: 100 mins Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis Detective Sean Riley (Strong) is a tough cop investigating a series of brutal murders in his hometown of New Orleans. But when a clue leads Riley to a troubled friend from his past, he’ll uncover a shocking military conspiracy that triggers a war between local gangs and an international team of mercenaries …

Dragon Eyes – DVD Review

Director: John Hyams Cast: Cung Le, Peter Weller, Crystal Mantecon, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Run Time: 92 mins Distributor: G2 Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis In New Orleans, Hong (Le) a mysterious man with a shady past looks to unite to warring gangs against the lawmen who have been using them to advance their corrupt agenda. Drawing on the morals, skills and fighting talent taught to him in prison by his old cellmate and mentor, Tiano (Van Damme), Hong sets out to …

Recoil – Blu-ray Review

Director: Terry Miles Cast: Steve Austin, Serinda Swan, Danny Trejo, Keith Jardine, Lochlyn Munro Run Time: 90 mins Distributor: eOne Discs: 1 Cert: 15 Synopsis A cop turns vigilante after his family is murdered, exacting vengeance on the killers – and then on all criminals who have slipped through the system. When honorable police officer Ryan Varrett’s (Austin) entire family is brutally murdered, the one-time good guy cop is forced to go rogue – breaking the laws he once swore …

Best Laid Plans – DVD Review

Director: David Blair Cast: Stephen Graham, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David O’Hara, Maxine Peake Run Time: 104 mins Distributor: Sony Pictures Discs: 1 Cert: 15 Synopsis Set against a grim, urban backdrop, Danny (Stephen Graham: This is England, Boardwalk Empire) and his gentle friend Joseph (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje: Oz, Lost), whom he looks after and who has the mental age of a child are faced with a terrible ultimatum. To pay off Danny’s mounting debts to local crime boss Curtis (David O’Hara: The …

Bruce Lee Reviews – Hong Kong Cinemagic

As a huge Bruce Lee fan and having written reviews for the great Hong Kong movie site, Hong Kong Cinemagic, I thought what better way to feed both interests than to review all 5 of Bruce’s ‘official’ films. It’s also interesting to consider the full history in chronology. A real geek out! Check out the links below… The Big Boss (1971) review Fist of Fury (1972) review Way of the Dragon (1972) review Enter the Dragon (1973) review Game of …

Tactical Force – DVD Review

Director: Adamo P. Cultraro Cast: Steve Austin, Michael Jai White, Michael Shanks, Lexa Doig & Darren Shahlavi Run Time: 85 mins Distributor: eOne Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 15 Synopsis A training exercise for an LAPD SWAT Team goes terribly wrong when they find themselves pitted against two rival gangs while trapped in an abandoned Hangar, armed with nothing but blanks. With a major business deal in progress and the two gangs looking to eliminate the only witnesses, Captain Hunt (Steve …

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – Blu-ray review

Director: John McNaughton Cast: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold & Tom Towles Run Time: 83 mins Distributor: Studiocanal Discs: 2 Cert: 18 Synopsis Based on the horrifying true story of convicted mass-murderer Henry Lee Lucas (portrayed a magnetic Michael Rooker), John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer is one of the most remarkable films in the serial killer genre. Impressively building to a disquieting and horrific climax, the film provides a sobering and nightmarish glimpse into a deranged and damaged …

Hit Girls (Short) – Film Review

Hit Girls, the dynamic short film from Rosebud Pictures has finally been released online, following a successful set of screenings at BAFTA, Working Title and Electric Cinema in London. Blending dark comedy and stylish action, Hit Girls brings together an exciting cast of dramatic and action filmmaking talent and is bound to become a cult favourite. Word about this film has spread online for quite sometime now (the film was first screened back in 2010), yet very few were lucky …

Assassination Games – DVD Review

Director: Ernie Barbarash Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Kevin Chapman & Ivan Kaye Run Time: 96 mins Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 18 Synopsis Brazil (Jean Claude Van Damme) is a contract killer willing to take any job if the price is right. Flint (Scott Adkins) left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer’s brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the same cold-blooded gangster, both Brazil …

Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown – DVD Review

Director: Michael Jai White Cast: Dean Geyer, Alex Meraz,  Todd Duffee, Scottie Epstein & Michael Jai White Run Time: 99 mins Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Discs: 1 Cert: 15 Synopsis Behind closed doors of a normal, suburban college, ‘The Beatdown’, the ultimate showdown in underground Mixed Martial Arts is being planned. Former MMA prospect and ex-convict Case Walker (Michael Jai White) trains four college fighters, each with their own individual obstacles and reasons for taking part. Case will instruct …

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