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Terracotta’s Classic Kung Fu Collection

Terracotta Distribution is going from strength to strength with the next release in their relatively new “Classic Kung Fu Collection” already announced. The label has been filling something of a void right now, unearthing forgotten gems from the vaults of late night Kung Fu cinema, and in some cases giving these titles official DVD releases for the very first time! Previous releases include Hero of Shaolin (starring Alexander Lo Rei) and The Shanghai 13 (starring Jimmy Wang Yu and Andy Lau). The third title …

Get Pumped for Generation Iron

I’ve been waiting a long time for this. Being a huge fan of the original Pumping Iron, the first trailer for Generation Iron promised more of the same… over 30 years since the original was first released! This concept, alone, was nothing short of a treat for fans. The original film introduced the world to a charismatic, charming young bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger who nurtured a crazy dream to become an actor. To this day, the film is well loved as a …

Ninja: Shadow of a Tear – Rebirth of a Franchise

Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, the latest title from director Isaac Florentine and star Scott Adkins proves this famous action team has a lot of new tricks on offer and plenty of fuel in the tank. What’s more, after the underwhelming original Ninja (2009), this sequel offers enough of an old-school homage and fresh dose of energy to stamp the Ninja franchise back on the map and establish itself a cult status alongside the iconic Undisputed series. It might sound …

5 Video Games Which Need a Film Reboot

Okay… so we’ve all seen the movies based on video games which didn’t live up to expectation. Unfortunately it seems to be the norm. But I don’t want to rant about the worst (and there are plenty of other lists like that out there!). Following a lot of conversations I’ve had, I’ve been thinking about some of the best games which could make genuinely solid movies. We’ve heard announcements about Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed but what about the others? …

Gary Daniels is Forced to Fight

With his latest release, Forced to Fight, arriving in the UK later this year, Martial Arts favourite Gary Daniels will make his long-awaited return to the fight genre. With a career spanning 25+ years, he’s starred in a wide range of Martial Arts gems and earned his place as one of the most iconic faces of the 80s and 90s VHS glory days. In his new movie, ex-fighter Shane Slavin (Daniels) decides to turn his life around, promising his wife …

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 …

2012: A Great Year For Action

As we sign off 2012 for the last time and look forward to the coming year, I feel it’s important to look back and acknowledge the great year we’ve seen in the movies and specifically the action genre. We were treated to highly anticipated titles like The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Expendables 2, Marvel’s The Avengers Assemble, Snow White and The Huntsman, Men in Black 3, The Raid and many more. Obviously some were better than others and everyone has …

The Expendables 2 in UK Cinemas

The Expendables 2 hits UK cinemas today on 16 August! Please go support the film guys! No piracy, no downloading, just enjoy the big screen experience! Trust me, this is a great action trip that delivers the goods. I was lucky enough to attend the UK premiere and can honestly say it pulls no punches and raises the bar set by the first film! In addition to the already-legendary star ensemble of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, …

The Expendables 2: They’re Back!

They’re back and action fans around the world can hardly wait! With the theatrical release getting closer by the day, action cinema comes a step closer to total reignition from another spectacular lineup of genre legends, featuring the returning original all-star cast alongside some exciting new additions – kicking ass on both sides of the law! Lionsgate reveal that in this sequel: “The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things …

Action Goes Full Circle

Seeing the asskicking new teaser trailer for Yuen Woo-ping‘s latest project, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, was not only extremely impressive and enjoyable, but for those of us who grew up on action movies – really delivered a hard-hitting ‘blast from the past’. For me (and hopefully others as well) it gave memories of the old-school Kung Fu seen on late night TV and VHS while growing up. Yuen Woo-ping, the legendary director and action choreographer best known for …

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 …

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