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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
Rob Leane May 17, 2017
As I awkwardly shambled into a fancy London hotel room to interview Charlie Hunnam, I had no clue what to expect from the man. The British born actor has played hard nuts on several occasions, across projects such as Green Street and Sons Of Anarchy. His latest role, a rough and ready rendition of King Arthur for Snatch’s Guy Ritchie, seems to fit in with that lot.
But Hunnam has also worked with indie darlings like Guillermo del Toro and James Gray. As well as pulling swords from stones, murdering motorbike enthusiasts and scrapping on the streets of London, he’s battled kaiju, explored strange new worlds, dabbled in period pieces, and much more. It all adds up to a very diverse CV, »
The actor has made a career out of musclebound oddballs.
Charlie Hunnam gets a bad rap. The former model has attempted to make a name for himself as a leading man, but his unique brand of meatheadedness is quite different to the competent and suave badasses making up the A-list of action. He’s no Jason Bourne. There’s no way he’d pull off billionaire/playboy/superhero. That’s not what he’s after. His characters all — like the man himself — strain against their muscles as physical limitations to their introspective spirits. They want to be poets and writers and academics, but find themselves damned by their bodies, faces, lifestyles, and fates. In performing these roles, Charlie Hunnam has perfected the long-suffering wannabe-intellectual tough guy. He does this to great effect in the gorgeous slow-burn adventure The Lost City of Z, which expands this weekend, but first, let’s look at how he got here.
- Jacob Oller
By Todd Garbarini
The Monsterpalooza convention in Pasadena, California this coming weekend will afford convention-goers a rare opportunity to meet the last of the great horror film stars, the Queen of Horror herself, actress Barbara Steele.
Ms. Steele, who is best known to genre fans for her work in Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960), Roger Corman’s The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), and Mario Caiano’s Nightmare Castle (1965), will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 2017.
The convention will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101 from April 7 to the 9th, 2017.
Full details can be found here. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Stars: Scott Adkins, Lily Ann Stubbs, Wade Barrett, James Cosmo, Daniel Caltagirone, Stephen Marcus, Nick Nevern, Ty Glaser, Sean Cronin, Mark Wingett, Mem Ferda | Written by Nathan Brookes, Bobby Lee Darby | Directed by James Nunn
If there’s ever a phrase that will have me instantly reaching for my wallet it’s “a Scott Adkins film…” Honestly, nine times out of ten I will buy an Adkins film without so much as seeing a trailer. Why? Well because for me, Adkins is keeping the Dtv dream alive, picking up the action hard-man mantle from 90s pioneers like Jeff Speakman, Olivier Gruner, Gary Daniels and in particular Jeff Wincott, one of the only other true action heroes to have the same perfect blend of fighting skills, charisma and acting chops as Adkins.
- Phil Wheat
The Lost City Of Z review
James Gray follows up previous crime movies The Yards, We Own The Night and the previous Little Odessa, all of which were impressive in their own way, with this ambitious, yet involving period piece about the legendary British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett who, in the early twentieth century, embarked on a series of journeys to find a mysterious lost city in the Amazon jungle.
Charlie Hunnam (Green Street, Sons Of Anarchy) leads the cast of this epic 140-minute motion picture that is reminiscent of movies made in an era a long ago. In The Lost City Of Z he plays the lead of Fawcett, an ambitious »
- Paul Heath
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