By: John M Jerva A lot of times I get screeners for movies that I unfortunately have to watch on my phone because my laptop was old and has since bought the farm and I can’t cast them to my TV. Even on the laptop which was slightly bigger, it still doesn’t do some films justice. Some movies were just made for a large screen … Continue reading Essential Action: Revisiting Donnie Yen’s Visceral Instant Classic RAGING FIRE, Now Available on HI-YAH!
By: John M Jerva Back in 2019, director Jesse V. Johnson delivered one of the best action films in a long time as the Expendables of the East arrived in Triple Threat. The movie which originally started off as The Makeshift Squad which was an original concept of martial arts star Tiger Hue Chen brought together some of the most explosive martial arts talent the … Continue reading Essential Action: Revisiting the Greatness of the “Holy Grail of Action Films”TRIPLE THREAT!
By: John M Jerva I don’t know how many times I’ve said growing up in the 80’s was a fantastic time to be an action lover but, HEY!, let me say it one more time. During that marvelous decade, Cannon Films was the leader in over the top, exploitive action fare with company gurus Meneham Golan and Yoram Globus leading the charge. Watching the documentaries … Continue reading Tubi Top Pick: “Everyone Goes Home” in Cannon Films’ Flag Waving 1986 Vietnam Actioner P.O.W. THE ESCAPE with David Carradine!
By: John M Jerva Since I’ve been down for the count and no real or legit action films have seen a new release this week, I’ve been dabbling in my classic and vintage action section of my movie collection empire here at home. Out of the blue while I was strolling through my titles of limitless action greatness, one film from the 80’s screamed out … Continue reading Action Rewind: The Late, Great Rutger Hauer is the Epitome of Cool in 1987’s WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
By: John M Jerva The 80’s and subsequently the 90’s were a marvelous, and I do mean marvelous, time to be an action fan. Numerous action stars graced the screens of countless movie theater and even VHS and eventually DVD were coming into their own which opened up a whole new world for genre fans. The action just seemed more bombastic and the use of … Continue reading Action Rewind: Steve James & Reb Brown Deliver the Ultimate 90’s Actioner in STREET HUNTER!
By: Anthony Francis Michael Winner’s Death Wish and it’s sequel Death Wish 2 are two films that COULD NOT be made in today’s political and social climates., the way Winner designed them. 1974’s “Death Wish” gave birth to a true anti-hero (who became a hero, cinematically speaking) Paul Kersey, a man who lost his wife and (eventually, in the sequel) daughter to rapist thugs. Kersey took to … Continue reading WHEN ACTION FILMS HAD BALLS- DEATH WISH/ DEATH WISH 2
By: John M Jerva Well I just wished a very happy birthday to my man Jason Statham and now it’s time to let the ladies represent as the one and only Ms. Kate Beckinsale shares a birthday with The Stath. Yes it’s true that Beckinsale’s filmography of action hits only includes mostly one character but when it’s Selene the death dealer then that’s good enough … Continue reading THE ACTION FIX: Happy Birthday Kate Beckinsale!
By: John M Jerva Ah yes, today is July 26th and with that it is the birthday of one of my top 3 all time favorite action stars. Sure he’s taken a bad rep from some people who say that he plays the exact same character in all his movies but wouldn’t you if that said character oozed immense charisma and gravitas. I’m talking about … Continue reading THE ACTION FIX: Happy Birthday Jason Statham!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock “Con Air” released in 1997 and starred Nicolas Cage (with the greatest hairstyle in all of cinema), John Malkovich, John Cusack with a sizable supporting cast in Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney, Danny Trejo, M.C. Gainey, Dave Chappelle, Monica Potter and even Powers Boothe in an uncredited role. It follows paroled former army ranger Cameron Poe who is heading … Continue reading Action Rewind-Rapid Fire Review: Nic Cage Soars in the Ultimate 90’s Action Epic, CON AIR!
By: Anthony Francis “You are committing a genocide on a people you don’t know, for somebody you don’t know anything about. Does that make you feel good?” In the “cannon” (forgive me) of Cannon Films, there are not many action entries that have a statement to make. 1988’s “Mercenary Fighters” is an exciting yet sadly forgotten action film that, inherently, has a bit to say … Continue reading Action Rewind: MERCENARY FIGHTERS with Reb Brown, Ron O’Neal & Peter Fonda is One of the Finest Cannon Films Productions from the Ever so Explosive 80’s!
By: Anthony Francis Rightfully branded “The King of Cool”, Steve McQueen walked it like he talked it. He was not a manufactured Hollywood pseudo-tough guy like we see today. McQueen was the real deal. His characters were hard bred and in his personal life, he lived equally as hard. With natural talent, piercing blue eyes, and enough natural born cool for twenty actors, Steve McQueen … Continue reading Action Rewind: The Best Action Film Roles Steve McQueen Turned Down or Almost Starred In
By: John M Jerva I recently started to post on my Action-Flix group page some of my favorite 90’s DTV action flicks and I figured I would put them all here on the site. So today as I sit outside in Maine on my In-Law’s beautiful porch enjoying the summer weather, I have compiled the first five of some of the best the decade had … Continue reading Action Rewind: From Billy Blanks to Gary Daniels, it’s the Best DTV 90’s Action! Part 1
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock The third entry in the Mission Impossible franchise was released in 2006, the first entry directed by J.J. Abrams. After training recruits (namely Lindsey Farris played by Keri Russell) and spending time away from active duty, living a life for himself, we again follow Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as he faces personal loss, a conspiracy from within his own force … Continue reading Action Rewind: Cruise Leads an Ace Cast In the Franchise Gold Standard, M:I:3!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Eraser was released in both the year and month of my birthday, a couple weeks later on June 21 1996! Directed by Chuck Russell who helmed Scorpion King which I’ve always enjoyed as well as the fan favorite entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Dream Warriors…the story follows John Kruger (reference?) a top agent involved in the witness … Continue reading Action Rewind: Even at 25 Years Old, Arnie’s ERASER Stands the Test of Time!
By: Anthony Francis Charles Bronson was one of a kind. Exuding an undeniable screen presence as a “tough guy actor” (although he could be much more than that), Bronson was unmatched in his time and there shall never be another. He was and is a true icon. Bronson’s stone-cold face and steely glare fit perfectly in the Western genre and served the actor extremely well when playing … Continue reading Ranking an Action Icon: Charles Bronson’s Best in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Escape From New York was released in 1981. Coming off the heels of the success of Halloween in 1978, John Carpenter and co-writer (Michael Myers himself) Nick Castle were able to put this ambitious effort to the forefront. What can I say about this film that hasn’t already been said a thousand times? Nothing, but here I go. Directed by … Continue reading Action Rewind: Kurt Russell Cements Himself in the All Time Great, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock China O’Brien was first released in 1988 and was the first real foray into American Kung Fu cinema for martial arts extraordinaire Cynthia Rothrock. The plot was a very familiar but energetic tale that revolves around the daughter of a sheriff who sets out to weave out the corruption in her hometown after her father is murdered, as she deals … Continue reading Action Rewind: Cynthia Rothrock Reigns in the Imperfect Martial Arts Classic CHINA O’BRIEN!
By: John M Jerva Welcome to the first ever Essential Action section where we talk about action films that are a must watch for any serious genre fan! With that, I give you the 2004 blood soaked classic The Punisher starring Thomas Jane… With news this week of Thomas Jane gearing up for a new action-thriller titled Relentless, I thought I would create a new … Continue reading ESSENTIAL ACTION: Thomas Jane Delivers an Honest and Brutal Interpretation of THE PUNISHER in the Unforgiving and Bloody 2004 Classic