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In regards to his filmic output, director Michael Winner was wildly inconsistent at his worst and wholly divisive at his best (and vice versa). The remarkable thing is that those two extreme opinions can be about the same film; some find the kinetic sleaze of Death Wish (1974) powerful and disturbing, others find its ham-fisted social grazing problematic and off-putting. But it was a big hit, so naturally Universal let him ride the satanic tide with The Sentinel (1977), a Good vs. Evil, Portal to Hell potboiler that warms this Fulci-loving heart three years before Lucio even set foot in New Orleans.
Given a limited release in January stateside, The Sentinel barely broke even on its $4 million budget, and the critics hated it, deeming it lurid, reprehensible trash. Which it is; but it’s also ridiculously entertaining and has a few truly haunting moments. Turns out Winner could do horror—and yet »
- Scott Drebit
Marvel movies are big business, from the Avengers franchise and all of the interconnected heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on screens both big and small, to Fox's ever-expanding world of the X-Men and Deadpool, to the Sony steered Spider-man movies, going all the way back to Sam Raimi's original trilogy. But that doesn't mean every big name actor and A list talent in Hollywood wants to be associated with these characters. Some heavyweight actors have straight up said no way when Marvel came knocking. So, who would do such a thing?
Since becoming its own studio, which was later acquired by Disney in one of the biggest studio deals this side of Lucasfilm, Marvel has had no problem attracting top-tier A-list talent to its roster; the talent who commands major ticket grosses and critical acclaim alike. Who doesn't want to suit up as a one of Marvel's Merry Mutants, »
Nashville – Glen Campbell had many acts in his long career – sought after session guitarist, singer, TV & movie star and country personality – but his greatest contribution to culture may be the 2011 public announcement of his Alzheimer’s disease, and the documentary about the condition, “I’ll Be Me.” Campbell died on August 8th, 2017. He was 81.
The amiable persona he built as a pop music star was amplified by his variety show “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” which ran on CBS-tv from 1969 to 1972. The show opened every week with his hit song “Gentle on My Mind,” and featured the good time personality of Campbell interacting with the guests and musical acts, which included an eclectic mix of artists like Ray Charles, The Monkees, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, The Righteous Brothers, Liza Minnelli and Tom Jones. And this was all before his signature song, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” became an unlikely number one hit in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Ever since Ronda Rousey stepped into the Octogan and took the world by storm, Female Mma has gone to a whole new level. Everyone from Ufc to Hollywood is trying to cash in on this new wave of female athletes. Female Fight Squad is the latest attempt from Hollywood to capitalize on the swelling popularity of Women's Mma. Starring martial artist, and stunt performer, Amy Johnston as the main lead, Rebecca, in a prototypical fight movie. A retired fighter must get back into the ring to save a loved one from a debt they owe. As any good throwback fighting movie it is only natural to cast an actor from the 80's or 90's. Dolph Lundgren is that actor who stars in this movie, and doesn't overshadow the story at all.
The plot of the movie is nothing we haven't already seen from any Mma/fighting movie. A former fighter, »
- Michael Connally
The exhilarating action film Female Fight Squad comes out swinging on DVD at Walmart, Digital HD, and On Demand August 8 from Lionsgate. Dolph Lundgren and Amy Johnston lead the action-packed story of a former fighter who returns to the secret world of illegal combat in order to save her sister and confront the club’s deranged leader. Loaded with exciting mixed martial arts battles and amazing stunts, the Female Fight Squad DVD will be available exclusively at Walmart.
Now you can own the Female Fight Squad DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has One copy to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘Squad’ in the title? (mine is The Monster Squad!). It’s so easy!
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- Tom Stockman
The exhilarating action film Female Fight Squad comes out swinging on DVD at Walmart, Digital HD, and On Demand August 8 from Lionsgate. Dolph Lundgren and Amy Johnston lead the action-packed story of a former fighter who returns to the secret world of illegal combat in order to save her sister and confront the club’s deranged leader. Loaded with exciting mixed martial arts battles and amazing stunts, the Female Fight Squad DVD will be available exclusively at Walmart for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
A former fighter (Amy Johnston) reluctantly returns to the life she abandoned in order to help her sister survive the sadistic world of illegal fighting and the maniac who runs it.
Check out this exciting trailer:
Sean Farris Never Back Down, Yours, Mine & Ours
- Tom Stockman
Ok, let’s all just say it together. Scott Adkins is the saviour of Dtv action movies. Charismatic, skilled and just a downright badass (and likeable) actor, whatever Adkins seemingly touches turns to gold – the Universal Soldier franchise was improved by his addition, as was the Undisputed series: in fact he made that particular fighting franchise Better with each and every sequel. Even the football-themed series Green Street was made watchable by the appearance of Adkins in the third installment, and that coming from someone who, typically, refuses to watch movies based on idiotic football hooligans.
Adkins has single-handedly kept the direct to market action genre alive, »
- Phil Wheat
Buckle up for high-stakes action when Altitude arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HDJune 20 from Lionsgate. Depart on flight 709 with star Denise Richards as she embarks on a thrilling ride fighting action veteran Dolph Lundgren and former Ufc Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Packed full of nonstop action, the Altitude Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.
A headstrong FBI agent (Denise Richards) is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. When she finds out that his ex-partners (Greer Grammer, Chuck Liddell, and Dolph Lundgren) are leading the deadly operation, she must choose sides and do whatever it takes to keep the plane from going down.
- Tom Stockman
Universal Soldier stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren are reuniting next year for the action thriller Black Water, marking the first time the two action icons have appeared together on screen as allies, and we’ve got the first trailer for you here; check it out…
A CIA operative (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is imprisoned in a secret black site on board a nuclear submarine. With the help of a new ally (Lundgren) he must make his escape and clear his name before he disappears forever.
Black Water is slated for release in 2018. »
- Amie Cranswick
Action-movie stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, first seen together in Universal Soldier back in 1992, re-team for the action thriller Black Water; the directorial debut of cinematographer-turned-director Pasha Patriki, written by Chad Law, who previously penned the Van Damme film 6 Bullets – which is set to bow next year.
A CIA operative (Van Damme) awakes to find himself imprisoned in a secret black site on board a nuclear submarine. With the help of a new ally (Lundgren) he must make his escape and clear his name before he disappears forever.
- Phil Wheat
Lundgren will play King Nereus of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Aquaman’s wife Mera (Amber Heard) as his own and wants to kill him. The cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.
The studio said last year that the title character, played by Momoa, would be caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and the undersea Atlanteans, who are ready to lash out in revolt. Aquaman is based on the DC Comics character first introduced in the early 1940s who’s the king of Atlantis — a half-human and half-Atlantean named Arthur Curry. »
- Justin Kroll
Author: Matt Rodgers
Growing up in the UK’s equivalent of The Shire meant that access to the escapism of video rentals was something as distant as The Misty Mountains. The arrival of a man who looked like Stanley Uris from Stephen King’s It, driving a van that was filled to the rafters with VHS, and which glowed like the Pulp Fiction briefcase when opened, introduced me to a roll-call of the 80s Action Heroes. Monosyllabic men, who quipped their way through bullets and bodies. The first plastic case to cross my sweaty palms featured a muscular fellow, holding a gun, against a colourful heatmap backdrop. It was Predator, and that was a long time ago.
About where things began to change for the real expendables is hard to pinpoint. Why did these one-time box-office giants; Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van-Damme, and to a lesser degree Lundgren, suddenly find their powers diminishing? »
- Matt Rodgers
So there you are. You’re bowling a near perfect game. You’ve had the odd spare here and there but largely you’ve had strikes. Then you hit a gutter ball and your game starts falling apart. Sometimes it can end disastrously, or you may just be able to maintain a reasonable finish, but in the end you’ll still look back and wonder whether you missed out on greatness because of one misjudgement on your spin.
I’ve watched Logan. The trailers were fantastic. The hype big and the reviews first rate. This was surely going to be immense. For the first hour or so it was. This saw a dark, tragic and beaten down Wolverine, meandering slowly to his grave in 2029. The world the X-Men inhabited, that we’ve seen »
Matt Edwards Feb 24, 2017
We check out every Steven Seagal film released last year. There were quite a few of them...
2016 was an eventful year for Steven Seagal. The action movie star really took to Twitter, got political, wore some lovely coats and was granted Russian citizenship. But we aren’t here to dissect Steven Seagal’s off-screen life because, well, fuck. What we can do is try to make some sense of his cinematic output. This article will tell you a bit about the Seagal films released in 2016 (it’s full on with spoilers) to let you know how he got on.
See related Power Rangers, boob armour, and impractical costumes
With films getting different releases in different territories, I’ve covered every Seagal film with a home video release in 2016 that I might reasonably be expected to have access to. That’s five in total. In the UK, we had a bumper Seagal summer, »
“Times change,” director Michael Mann says of what prompted him to revisit his 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic “Ali” for a “commemorative edition” Blu-ray. The new cut hits shelves today, on what would have been Ali’s 75th birthday. “What I was interested in, particularly now, was making more tangible the forces that were raised against him, all his adversaries, and linking them in a strong way.”
A director’s cut of the film was released in 2004, injecting eight-and-a-half minutes of material that both amplified the political strife of the times and deepened Ali’s kinship with sports journalist Howard Cosell, among other things. For the new release, Mann has pulled some of those Cosell elements back while keeping the political material in tact, shaving and trimming elsewhere for the shortest cut yet — though one still clocking in at a robust 151 minutes.
“It’s a combination of expanding certain things and compressing others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Black Water: Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren will star in Black Water. The two action stars previously appeared together in Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: Regeneration (above) and The Expendables 2, among others. The upcoming action thriller revolves around "a deep cover operative (Van Damme) who awakens to find himself imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine." [THR] Game Night: Jason Bateman (Office Christmas Party, above) was touted to star in and produce the ensemble comedy Game Night back in 2013. Now Bateman has formalized his commitment and Rachel McAdams (Spotlight, above) has been recruited to star opposite him. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Vacation) wrote the latest draft of the screenplay...
- Peter Martin
Even if they don’t hold the same clout as, say, Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Van Damme and Lundgren are two names that are often revered in Hollywood’s action scene, and over the years fans have lapped up their on-screen battles in the likes of Universal Soldier and its widely derided sequel, Universal Soldier: Regeneration.
But it appears Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren are ready to let bygones by bygones, for The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the duo has been cast in Black Water, a new action-thriller in which they’ll play on-screen allies for the very first time. No director is attached just yet, but THR reveals that the script by Chad Law revolves around a “deep cover operative (Van Damme) who awakens to find himself imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine.” Little is known about Lundgren’s involvement, but we assume his character »
- Michael Briers
Black Water will mark the first time that Van-Damme and Lundgren have appeared together as allies, having found themselves as enemies in their previous collaborations Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and The Expendables 2. »
- Gary Collinson
In the film a deep cover operative (Van Damme) awakens to find himself imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine. The film will see them stars as onscreen allies for the first time, so reports The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision.
Van Damme is a busy boy as he also has his original Amazon series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, which was picked up for series late last year.
- Paul Heath
Tony Sokol Jan 5, 2017
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren will be on the same side for the first time in their action filled careers, with the two almost-iconic action stars will co-star in the upcoming action thriller Black Water. The screenplay was written by Chad Law and the search is on for a director to steer the project.
In it, Van Damme will play a deep-cover agent in deep waters: he's being held in a prison that the CIA runs on, of all places, a submarine. There's no word on Lundgren’s character, but we assume he'll be able to tread water.
Van Damme and Lundgren have, of course, appeared on screen together before, »
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