By: John M Jerva Alright, it’s time to put the women and children to bed and go looking for dinner. You’ve checked out 20 to 11 of my Best of Action 2021, now marvel at my top ten list of the best of the best for the year. From smaller, independent action films to big budget blockbusters once again, here they are so buckle up … Continue reading The Best of Action 2021 Part 2- THE TOP TEN!
By: John M Jerva 2021 is coming to a close and with it everyone is shelling out their best lists of this past year. I sometimes feel like I shouldn’t do these as someone always shares their opinion on how I’m wrong but alas I’ll keep doing it as these are the films I feel are the best that 2021 had to offer. I’m doing … Continue reading The Best of Action 2021: Part 1 (20 to 11)
By: John M Jerva There’s no denying that the first Matrix trilogy changed the face on how Hollywood made movies with its innovative story telling and mind blowing action sequences that had never been seen before. After all, bullet time owes all its subsequent popularity over the years to the original film. Say what you will about the other two follow ups as they have … Continue reading Review: THE MATRIX Resurrections- Do Yourself a Favor and Take the Red Pill for Another Round of Gravity Defying Adrenaline!
By: John M Jerva The year of 2021 definitely was an up and down rollercoaster in terms of action cinema fair but one positive light was that theaters started to make a comeback after the blitzkrieg that was 2020. Even though pickings were still slim to say the least, there were still some positive takeaways to be had and this year certainly ends with a … Continue reading Review: SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Lives Up to All the Hype and More Delivering the Best MCU Film since ENDGAME!
By: John M Jerva It almost seems like Bruce Willis and Steven Seagal are the same person. Both actors were heavyweight action stars back in the day, but time has not been kind to a certain extent, and both are now relegated to DTV films that are of the hit or severe miss variety. While Seagal has been known not tin post-production and sometimes on … Continue reading Review: Fortress (2021) Starring Bruce Willis is More of the Same from the One Time Action Star
By: Anthony Francis “Nash Bridges” was popular show on the USA network that aired from 1996 to 2001. Don Johnson and Cheech Marin played San Francisco cops who bucked the rules and had bickering “fun” along the way. Their roles were perfect fits for the talents and personalities of the two stars, and the show was a good blend of tough and lite and existed … Continue reading Review: The Return of NASH BRIDGES is a Raucous Good Time
by: John M Jerva Nowadays when one sees Bruce Willis’ name attached to a project, certain negative preconceptions immediately come to mind. Willis will sleepwalk through the movie. Willis will only be in the movie for an extended cameo. The glory days of Willis are long gone. These and many other feelings flood social media when a Bruce Willis DTV vehicle comes out or is … Continue reading Review: Bruce Willis & Patrick Muldoon Goe Toe to Toe in the Serviceable 90’s Style DIE HARD Actioner DEADLOCK
By: John M Jerva Action heavyweights Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins have been quietly assembling an action genre dream team as of late as the two stars have appeared in four films together with a fifth one on the way. Lundgren and Adkins have brought their high-octane A game to such pics as Expendables 2, Legendary, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and now with the … Continue reading Review: CASTLE FALLS- Dolph Lundgren & Scott Adkins Reunite for the Action-Drama that Delivers Signature Style Action Combined with a More Human Centered Story
By: John M Jerva Indie action cinema is certainly a curious beast especially for one that runs an action film website. There are countless lower budgeted films that hit DVD and VOD on a weekly basis and to be perfectly honest, most of them are not worth your time. I do admire these filmmakers that virtually make something out of nothing and I’m always impressed … Continue reading Review: THE HANDLER is a Relentless & Bloody Indie Action Pic that Delivers Something Out of Nothing
By: John M Jerva This has certainly been a comeback year for Marvel with 2020 being the calamity it was due to the pandemic. The studio has put the pedal to the metal this year with its newest crop of success stories like Black Widow, Shang-Chi and most recently The Eternals. There have also been the Disney Plus limited series triumphs such as Wandavision, The … Continue reading Review: The First Two Episodes of Marvel’s HAWKEYE Injects Adrenaline, Humor & Holiday Cheer into the MCU!
By: John M Jerva I wonder what this newer generation thinks of when they watch an action movie from the 80’s. I’m sure there are those politically correct morons out there that totally miss what the film is going for and then proceed to try to cancel it because, you know, they know what’s good for us. I feel sorry for youngsters nowadays as they … Continue reading Action Rewind: Martin Kove is a Sword Wielding Action Hero Bad Ass in the Gloriously Over the Top STEELE JUSTICE
By: John M Jerva I’ve been a retail sales worker for over thirteen years now and when I saw that they were making a satire on Black Friday which featured lowly workers having the worst shopping day ever, I was immediately drawn to it. Throw in the fact that it stars Devon Sawa, Michael Jai White and the legendary Bruce Campbell and you had me … Continue reading Review: BLACK FRIDAY- Temper Expectations and You Might Enjoy the Fun Albeit Forgettable Ride of this Holiday Horror Satire
By: John M Jerva DTV in name only sequels to popular action films have always been a curious enjoyment for me. Are they attempts at capitalizing on the name of a popular film to make money? You betcha. Look, I totally understand why it happens and even though these follow ups have nothing to do with the original most of the time, I still enjoy … Continue reading Review- NEVER BACK DOWN: REVOLT is Essentially an MMA Film of Missed Opportunities
By: John M Jerva It’s weird as I feel this should be an entry in Action Rewind or Essential Action but seeing that it’s a director’s cut and a reimagining of the original 1985 film, it feels like reviewing a new film that has just come out. Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone has dabbled with director’s cuts of his films before and to this day I … Continue reading Review- Stallone’s ROCKY IV: ROCKY VS. DRAGO Packs a Definite, Stronger Dramatic Punch
Into by: John M Jerva Video Review by: The Arty Dans Ever since I saw the insane looking trailer for Louis Fan’s (Siu-Wong Fan) violently looking adrenaline rush of a film One More Shot, I’ve been dying to see it. Fan is known to most genre fans as the martial arts talented actor who starred in the cult classic Ricky-Oh: The Story of Ricki. Through … Continue reading VIDEO REVIEW: Louis Fan is Back in the Hyper-Kinetic ONE MORE SHOT!
By: John M Jerva I’m an action fan and most importantly an 80’s action fan so with that it must be said that I was old enough when Bruce Willis oozed coolness and bravado in his movies. From the Die Hard films to The Last Boyscout, Willis was the epitome of action cinema gravitas with his every man demeanor and sly wit. Mr. Willis is … Continue reading Review: APEX Goes Way Off Target and Delivers Another Missed Opportunity for Bruce Willis
By: John M Jerva Frank Grillo is one of the most underrated actors working in cinema today. The man makes a dozen movies a year it seems and he is always watchable and engaging in anything that he does. He’s played bad guys, good guys, morally grey guys and more and it doesn’t matter what genre it is because Grillo elevates anything he’s in. Today … Continue reading Review: The New Crime Drama IDA RED is a Brutal and Gritty Hard R Sleeper Hit
By: John M Jerva This has certainly been a crowded week for action fans as a deluge of choices have arrived this week to satisfy hardcore cravings. We’ve had One Shot with Scott Adkins, Dangerous with Scott Eastwood, Jesse V Johnson’s Hell Hath No Fury and now one of the most ridiculous guilty pleasures you’ll watch this year. I’ve saved the best, or I mean … Continue reading Review: ESCAPE FROM DEATH BLOCK 13 is a Ridiculous, Over the Top 80’s Style Guilty Pleasure of Immense Proportions
By: John M Jerva I don’t know how many times I can say it but I’ll say it here to officially start my review of the new WWII action-thriller Hell Hath No Fury. Former stunt professionals turned filmmakers are the best at making action movies. Having cut their teeth in one of the hardest aspects of filmmaking, stunts, these men and women know how to … Continue reading Review: Director Jesse V Johnson’s HELL HATH NO FURY is a Haunting Powder Keg of Raw Emotion & Unflinching Battle Action
By: John M Jerva Actor Scott Eastwood has one of the most famous and iconic surnames in Hollywood history. The man’s father is a living icon and legend and I applaud Scott for going into the family business and making it his mission to make a name for himself. The young man is definitely on the right track having starred in some pretty heavy films … Continue reading Review: Scott Eastwood is the Right Kind of Bad in the New Action-Thriller DANGEROUS