By: Anthony Francis “Let discipline shape your spirit and mind… allow this principle to guide you in your journey. Nothing must stand between you and your sword.” The Yakuza was born from two separate groups of outcasts that existed during the Tokugowa Shogunate (1603 – 1868). The “Takiya”, wandering peddlers who traveled from village to village selling goods at markets, and the “Bakuto”, wandering gamblers … Continue reading Review: YAKUZA PRINCESS is Martial Arts & Sword Fighting Bad Assery at its Finest!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Released in 2019, “The Courier” boasts two major leads in Olga Kurylenko and even Gary Oldman tells the story of Kurylenko’s no name Courier character who is of course more than just that as when she discovers a bomb, it tied into a vast operation taking place and she ends up having to not only survive but to protect a … Continue reading Review: Olga Kurylenko Brings Superstar Level Ferocity in THE COURIER!
By: Anthony Francis An assassin that can subdue his prey in six seconds. An assassin who carries a single-action gun filled with non-lethal bullets. An assassin called “The Fable”. Akira Sato (Junichi Okada) a.k.a. The Fable is a professional killer who is a legend, perhaps even a ghost story, for gangsters in the criminal underworlds. Premiering at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, “TheFable: The Killer … Continue reading NYAFF (New York Asian Film Festival) Review- THE FABLE: THE KILLER WHO DOESN’T KILL is a Sequel that is Bigger, Better & More Entertaining!
By: John M Jerva REVIEW: FAST VENGEANCE STARRING: D.Y. Sao, Natalie Burn, Jeff Fahey, Bail Ling and DMX DIRECTED BY: Pearry Reginald Teo Upon hearing of his brother’s death, a man named Shen returns to his old stomping grounds to find the men responsible and take justice into his own hands. He learns that a biker named Cobra and his ferocious gang, The Midnight Squad, … Continue reading Review: FAST VENGEANCE is an Action-Thriller that is Anything but Fast or Furious
By: Eoin Friel Summary Free Guy may be The Truman Show for the Fortnite crowd but I was surprised how enjoyable it was with Ryan Reynolds his usual self but it works perfectly for this movie and he makes Guy an immediately appealing protagonist. There is plenty of action with explosions, chases and even some fights so if you’re looking for some bright escapism from … Continue reading Review: FREE GUY (2021)
By: John M Jerva REVIEW: SWEET GIRL STARRING: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Amy Brenneman, Adria Arjona, Raza Jaffrey, Justin Bartha, Lex Scott Davis, and Michael Raymond-James DIRECTED BY: Brian Andrew Mendoza Official Synopsis: In Sweet Girl, devoted family man Ray Cooper, vows justice against the pharmaceutical company responsible for pulling a potentially life-saving drug from the market just before his wife dies from … Continue reading Review: Jason Momoa & Isabela Merced Pack a Punch in Netflix’s Latest Action-Thriller with a Twist!
By: John M Jerva REVIEW: The Protégé STARRING: Maggie Q, Samual L. Jackson, Robert Patrick, Ray Fearon and Michael Keaton DIRECTED BY: Martin Campbell Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody, Anna is the world’s most skilled contract killer. However, when Moody is brutally killed, she vows revenge for the man who taught her everything she knows. As Anna becomes entangled with an enigmatic … Continue reading Review: The Protégé Delivers with a Sensational Cast and Hard R Action!
By: Anthony Francis Director Nicholas Barton’s new Western “Death Alley” begins with a dichotomy. The opening credits roll as authentic Old West photography of dead outlaws roll by like a grim slideshow. A proper opening for a film such as this one to be sure, but the Rock & Roll song played over the opening credits is a bit out of place. As a Western … Continue reading Review: In a Time of so Few Westerns, DEATH ALLEY is a Good One
By: Anthony Francis Interesting and well-crafted thrillers are hard to come by these days. Most modern films are too timid in their screenplays and are in too much of a hurry to get to the action. Gone are the days of films such as Sidney Pollack’s “Three Days of the Condor”, John Schlesinger’s “Marathon Man”, or Arthur Penn’s massively undervalued 1985 film, “Target”. Films such … Continue reading Review: Beckett is the Type of Thriller Cinema Needs More Of
By: Anthony Francis A man is being chased. The men after him catch their prey and beat the hell out of him. They are after something important. With a P.O.V. shot of a kick to the face, so begins the new Strike Back Studios production “Overrun”. Omar Zadir stars as Marcus, a former military specialist trained in the Martial Arts. He works for bad dude Ray … Continue reading Review: OVERRUN is an Exciting and Always Involving Action-Thriller!
By: John M Jerva REVIEW: Raging Fire STARRING: Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Qin Lan DIRECTED BY: Benny Chan Shan (Donnie Yen) is a highly respected hardline cop with a long history of success on dangerous cases. However, his past unexpectedly comes back to haunt him when a sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals led by Ngo (Nicholas Tse), his former protégé, … Continue reading Review: RAGING FIRE- Donnie Yen and the Late, Great Benny Chan Deliver an Operatic Action Spectacle!
By: John M Jerva Task Force X is back in action as director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is finally here. The movie is a balls to the wall, pedal to the metal comic boof flick but does it measure up to be Action-Flix Approved? Check out my full video review below as I dig into the latest comic book endeavor which is not short … Continue reading Video Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD is Task Force X at its Over the Top, Balls to the Wall Best!
By: Anthony Francis “I’m starting to learn that, sometimes, there are two truths.” An Action-Thriller based on important history that has something to say. Yes please! “Escape From Mogadishu” was the opening night film at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival and it is one hell of an entertainment: not only on an action level but on every level. This is a film rich … Continue reading Review: ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU is a Powerful and Stunning Work that will Leave Viewers Riveted!
By: Anthony Francis An updated version of Charles Dickens 1883 classic “Oliver Twist” redone as an Action-Heist film full of Parkour stunts? I cannot say with any honesty that you “had me at hello” but consider me intrigued! Dickens’ characters have been moved to the 21st century for a film that is silly and completely unnecessary, but one that does have its moments, be they … Continue reading Review: TWIST is a Head Scratcher with some Fun Action and Worth a One Time Watch
By: Anthony Francis Fans of Wuxia style action (such as myself) will be pleased with the new film “The Emperor’s Sword”. Directed by Zhang Yingli, this is a fast paced and action-packed film that delivers some good battles with skill and style while telling a great story that unfolds like an ancient tale handed down for generations to the youth by their elders. During the Qin Dynasty … Continue reading Review: THE EMPEROR’S SWORD will Please Fans of Wuxia Style Action Cinema!
By: Anthony Francis Shane Dax Taylor directed one of the most undervalued films of its decade, 2010’s soulful character piece “Bloodworth” that found Kris Kristofferson as a country singer who returns home to his hometown and the broken family he left behind. The film was a small and moving film rich in character and place and was one of the finest of its year. Proving he could … Continue reading Review: The New Thriller MASQUERADE is Populated by Solid Performances, Tight Direction and a Clever Finale!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock “Jolt” is the latest significant film to land on streaming, this time on Amazon. It stars A-List actor Kate Beckinsale as “Lindy”, a woman with deep anger/impulse control issues, has been studied and experimented on and is now using tech that is supposed to shock control it. This all unravels when her lover is murdered and she sets out to … Continue reading Review: Kate Beckinsale Hits with High Energy Action & Fun in JOLT!
By: John M Jerva REVIEW: Jolt STARRING: Kate Beckinsale, Jai Courtney, Stanley Tucci, Bobby Cannavale, Laverne Cox, and Susan Sarandon DIRECTED BY: Tanya Wexler THE REVIEW: It’s only fitting that today being Kate Beckinsale’s birthday, I serve up some thoughts on her newest action offering Jolt which premiered last Friday on Amazon Prime. It’s a good thing I guess that the effects of the pandemic … Continue reading Review: JOLT with Kate Beckinsale is a Gleeful Mixture of Raw Action and Dark Humor!
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Gunpowder Milkshake is the latest Netflix original film and stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Chloe Coleman, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti and Ralph Ineson. It follows Eva (Gillan) a young troubled woman and assassin who ends up deciding to protect a little girl (Coleman). While on the run she reunites with her estranged mother (Headey) as they … Continue reading Review: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Yeoh & More Deliver a Blast in Gunpowder Milkshake!
By: Anthony Francis The most frightening words to hear regarding the trailer for any type of film are, “Based on the video game…”. Historically, video games have not been translated into successful cinema. Most of the lot are simply not good (the “Hitman” films, “Street Fighter”, the “Tomb Raider” films) with a few being completely awful (“Silent Hill, “Alone in the Dark”, and the abomination … Continue reading Review: Netflix’s DYNASTY WARRIORS is a Fun Film that Gives Genre Fans Just Enough of a Good Time!