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 WHEN ACTION FILMS HAD BALLS- Sam Peckinpah’s “The Killer Elite” (1975) Sam Peckinpah directed some truly classic films and is considered one of the greatest and most unique filmmakers who ever stepped behind a camera. His voice and his vision were completely unique and his imprint on film history is undeniable. Whether his work spoke of loyalty and camaraderie, family and the influence of … Continue reading When Action Films Had Balls! Looking Back at Sam Peckinpah’s 1975 Actioner THE KILLER ELITE!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life” was released in 2003 as a follow up to the previous 2001 film. Angelina Jolie again stars in the titular role to perfection. I know she is the subject of controversy with the Pitt/kids situation but the truth is none of us know them personally so I find it moronic that … Continue reading Rapid Fire-Action Rewind: Angelina Jolie Brings it in the Blast of a Sequel LARA CROFT-TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE!
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 Windfall was a made for television movie released in 2003 (also seen listed as 2001 and 2002 so who knows) and follows thieves Ace (Casper Van Dien) and Scratch (Robert Englund) whose robbery of a prominent casino goes awry but they end up working as security advisors to the owner (Ray Wise) where they uncover a betrayal in the business … Continue reading Action Rewind: Casper Van Dien and the Star Studded Cast Deliver in the Overlooked DTV Heist Thriller WINDFALL!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Maiden Voyage: Ocean Hijack was a made for television movie released in 2004. Starring b-movie and genre guru Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers cult fame, the film follows him as “Kyle Considine” a former firefighter and special forces operative who winds up against a terrorist conspiracy aboard a luxury cruise ship as he now works for an agency reviewing … Continue reading Rapid Fire Review: Casper Van Dien Goes UNDER SIEGE in the Action-Thriller MAIDEN VOYAGE: OCEAN HIJACK!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Released in 1993, Cyborg 2 was the true film debut of soon to be superstar Angelina Jolie (Besides a brief appearance in “Lookin’ to Get Out”)! That’s right! The one and only Angelina Jolie, who is an acclaimed actor in many other even better films, made her lead debut in a sequel to Albert Pyun and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s original … Continue reading Action Rewind: Angelina Jolie Debuts in the Infamous Sci-Fi Action Outing CYBORG 2!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Slayer was a TV movie released in 2006, written and directed by Kevin VanHook for the Syfy channel. The story follows a group of soldiers led by Hawk (Casper Van Dien, Starship Troopers) and Grieves (Kevin Grevioux, Underworld) who are sent in by Linda Carter to investigate and eradicate a growing possible vampire threat. When Grieves is taken as well … Continue reading Action Rewind: Casper Van Dien Trudges Through the Blood Soaked B Horror Actioner, SLAYER!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Released in 1995 from acclaimed director Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon), Assassins starred action movie icon Sylvester Stallone, fellow genre heavyweight Antonio Banderas and one of my favorite actresses of all time, Julianne Moore! It follows Stallone’s character “Robert Rath” who due to his trauma being in the business so long is looking for a way out. That’s when he … Continue reading Rapid Fire-Action Rewind Review: Sly, Banderas & Moore Dazzle in the Underrated Action-Thriller ASSASSINS!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Passenger 57 was released in 1992 and features the one and only Wesley Snipes in his breakthrough role in the action genre. Snipes is an actor who has always intrigued me but I unfortunately had only previously seen him in the Blade trilogy for the most part, so this is me correcting that. He stars as “John Cutter”, a decorated … Continue reading Action Rewind: Wesley Snipes Shines in His Breakout Role PASSENGER 57!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Tango and Cash released in 1989 & starred action juggernaut Sylvester Stallone alongside another icon of the genre in his own right, Kurt Russell . Let me just say right off the bat the fact that this film even exists is a dream flick for fans of the action movie world. I mean we got Rambo alongside Snake. It’s gotta … Continue reading Action Rewind: Sly & Russell Keep Forgettable TANGO & CASH Afloat!
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 Ticker was released in 2001 and it starred Tom Sizemore, Dennis Hopper and of course martial arts legend Steven Seagal! It was directed by Albert Pyun whose work always seemed to be somewhat up and down in quality with some solid action sci-fi efforts and others that just under delivered and faded. However he is responsible for one of my … Continue reading Action Rewind: 2001’s TICKER isn’t Your Usual Steven Seagal Film but it Delivers the Action!
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: Eoin Friel I’m not sure why it’s so hard to find the correct plot synopsis for this movie; on IMDb it says “An embittered satellite expert gets the opportunity for revenge against the USA by aiding terrorists in a plan to destroy the country’s military base”. Yeah, that’s not what the plot is and if you go to Rotten Tomatoes it says “A SWAT … Continue reading Action Rewind: The Action-Thriller MEMORIAL DAY is for Jeff Speakman Die Hard Fans Only
By: Anthony Francis HOMEFRONT (2013) Written by Sylvester Stallone/ Directed by Gary Fleder I ignored this film when it was released, as Jason Statham films were becoming a retread of the same over-the-top goofiness film after film and I was burned out. There is also the fact that I failed to catch that Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay. If I would have paid closer attention, … Continue reading Action Rewind: HOMEFRONT with Jason Statham is an Undervalued Gem in the Action Genre
By: Eoin Friel In a piece of sad news writer/director Xavier Kantz AKA Kantz passed away recently and one of his best known movies was the action comedy Love and a Bullet which he co-wrote and directed with Ben Ramsey (Blood & Bone). My friend Franklin thought it would be a nice tribute to Xavier if we did a retrospective on the movie and to … Continue reading Action Rewind: Looking Back at Love and a Bullet and a Tribute to Xavier Kantz
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