Articles Posted in the " Action " Category

  • Olympus Has Fallen

    In the 80s a new flavour of action flick ran rampant through our cinemas. By the 90s the movement had lost its gusto: storylines were beyond belief, action bordered on the generic and the bad guys came out as cardboard copies. We’d been there, done that and no longer found the thrill in a good ass-kicking, the cheer in a villain’s gruesome death, the humour in snappy one-liners. Until now…

  • Baise-Moi

    Notorious for scandalising even the French, Baise-Moi fought extremely hard against the label of ‘pornography’ given to it by the certification board. Boasting “prolonged sex scenes of an extremely explicit nature and scenes of graphic violence” and continued bans in many countries, this low-budget sexploitation is known more for its reputation rather than its content. All controversy aside, Baise-Moi is an midly enjoyable, if uneven, feminist punk fantasy.

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    It’s official! The Rock is the resurrector of sequels. We watched him find his power in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. In Fast Five we saw how impressive his force could be. And now, in G.I. Joe:Retaliation, we get to witness the potency of his command. For do not be mistaken, ladies and gentleman, this is the Rock’s show and he rules with a mighty fist.

  • Knightriders

    Fancy a film which features a group of medieval jousters riding modern-day motorcycles? Then you’ve definitely come to the right place; Knightriders comes from the director of zombie classic Dawn Of The Dead and, despite the change in tone, is just as iconic, just as spectacular and just as epic…

  • Stolen

    Oh, Nicolas! YOU’VE DONE IT AGAIN. It’s actually quite impressive. Good on you, sir. Your contribution to cinema has gone from bad to worse. After Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which made its predecessor, Ghost Rider, look like flippin’ Shaft, we honestly didn’t think you could get any badder. But this isn’t even “ha ha” bad, Nic. I hope you can pay off your debt from all those saber tooth tiger skulls and pyramids of death you have purchased soon so you can stop making soulless, predictable, boring nonsense that fail at the box office anyway. Just some friendly words of advice.

  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

    Seeing director leviathans Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Peter Jackson reduced to giggling, bright-eyed fanboys gushing over Ray Harryhausen is quite something. They have good reason to go weak at the knees – Ray Harryhausen Special Effects Titan is a fascinating insight into the life’s work of one man with a love of animation in his DNA.

  • Fire With Fire

    Bruce Willis waves goodbye to integrity and for some reason takes on a very minor, very pointless role in Fire With Fire – the type of film you make do with on a Friday night when nothing else is on, or get recommended after having watched Cop Out (mistakenly) on Netflix. While there are some decent performances, the majority of the action – along with the film – is forgettable.

  • Red Dawn

    In 1984, Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey took up arms in guerrilla warfare to safe-guard their America from the the Soviet Union and its Cuban and Nicaraguan allies. In 2012, this premise was re-worked to suit the current political climate, making North Koreans the new big baddies. One was made at a time when the Cold War was still a heavy presence in U.S. culture. The other came about during a time of re-make madness.

  • Antique Bakery

    It has taken Antique Bakery almost 5 years to make it to our lovely shores. Kind of surprising really since it is known to be one of South Korea’s most successful movies having raked in over a million movie goers within the first two weeks of its release. Time to see what all the fuss is about…

  • The Hounds

    You don’t need an enormous budget to make a great horror film, as The Blair Witch Project proved spectacularly upon release. Unfortunately, no amount of money in the world could have made The Hounds anything more than the festering dog turd it is, steaming horribly on the doormat of this celebrated genre…