If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share
Everybody knows the name of the next big modern comic book movie, but not many knows what’s going on in the land of Direct-To-Video action movies. Some may refer to it as the garbage bin, while others may call it ‘the last frontier of the old school action movie’. Ever wonder what the washed-up action stars are doing when they are not in Expendables movies? With more talented directors in Dtv action than there has been in God knows how long the future is looking bright for the heroes of yesteryear.
2014 has several interesting Dtv projects in the pipeline that might skip theaters, but could still give you a damn good time if you turn your brain off beforehand.
Honourable Mention: Full Love/The Eagle Path/Soldiers
The Eagle Path has been Van Damme’s pet project for years with him directing, writing, producing and starring in the movie.
Where is Jean-Claude Van Damme? We were supposed to meet in London, until he cancelled his trip at the last minute. Then I was to visit him on a film set in Budapest, but that fell through when he wrapped his scenes early, and so he invited me instead to his parents' home in Belgium, only to go missing in action for 24 hours in the middle of negotiations. None of this is too surprising; after all, this is the self-sabotaging prima donna action star who rose in the 80s and ignominiously nose-dived in the 90s, having burned all his bridges in Hollywood.
And then, as I'm beginning to give up hope, he calls. "I just finished two movies back-to-back," he says apologetically. "When you finish a film, if you believed in your character,
So says the man Jean-Claude Van Damme in this trailer for "Assassination Games," his newest action thriller killer. Van Damme was last seen -- or heard -- in "Kung Fu Panda 2" as a crocodile, but his more recent films sound like outtakes from his meta-action pic "Jcvd," which tweaked the actor's waning career.
"Universal Soldier: Regeneration" went directly to DVD, and "The Eagle Path," which he wrote and directed, is headed there this October. However, things are looking up for Van Damme, at least when it comes to theatrical distribution.
"Assassination Games," previously known simply as "Weapon," is the first collaboration with Van Damme and director Ernie Barbarash, whose resume includes two episodes of the TV show "Rock the House" and the Cuba Gooding Jr./Val Kilmer vehicle "Hardwired." In "Games," Van Damme stars with muscle-bound martial arts dude Scott Adkins as,
Directed by Jared White.
Starring Jean Claude Van Damme.
Narrated by Jason Flemyng.
A reality show giving unprecedented access into the life of action star Jean Claude Van Damme.
In the mid-80’s, a young, and buffedly (yes, I just invented that word!) goofy looking young Belgian, crossed paths with (somewhat) pioneering action movie producer Menahem Golan. At the time the action flick business was hitting full swing with the likes of Sly, Arnold, Chuck and Charles leading the pack. Jean Claude Van Damme entered the fray and roundhouse kicked his way firstly into the video market in a big way, then onto the big screen. Jean C has starred in many cult favourites amongst genre enthusiasts, in particular his breakout movie Bloodsport and then the likes of Kickboxer, Lionheart (Awol), Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Timecop and Hard Target. Oh and Derailed of course,
Hit the jump for artwork and synopses for these films plus a trailer for Bridge to Nowhere. Look for a lot more Afm coverage soon.
The self-proclaimed “Fred Astaire of Karate,” Jean-Claude van Damme appeared at the Marche in Cannes with “The Eagle Path” (Rodin Entertainment), a film that he directs and stars in and which has a number of programmers and buyers scratching their heads.
“It could possibly be the biggest embarrassment of his career,” said Fantastic Fest Director Tim League who was a big fan of 20...
Next month, Van Damme is set to attend the 2010 Cannes Film Festival to screen his latest movie The Eagle Path (aka Full Love), in which he stars and has also written and directed. He is then apparently due to fight Olympic gold medalist Thai boxer Somluck Kamsing in a kickboxing mtach in Las Vegas in October, before resuming work on his next martial arts epic movie known as The Tower.
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Now, Van Damme returns with not one but two new action films. One, has the actor embracing his Luc Deveraux character again in the "Universal Soldier" franchise, and the other, Van Damme returns to the director's chair in "The Eagle Path."
First, let's take a look at the fifth installment of the "Universal Soldier" franchise called "Universal Soldier Regeneration." This one's directed by John Hyams and stars Van Damme and Dolpg Lungren (!) yeah!
"Universal Soldier Regeneration" is a direct-to-video release (tsk,tsk) and will arrive February 2nd of 2010.
Now here's "The Eagle Path." The last time Van Damme directed a film was 1996's "The Quest." This time, not only did the actor helm the project, he also wrote it! Interesting trivia y'all, did
Van Damme plays "Frenchy," a military vet and former mercenary who hides from his past by working as a taxi driver in East Asia. When he picks up a sexy woman one day, he becomes obsessed with the idea of improving her life and decides to do so without her approval. With help from his special ops friends, he sets out to "save" her,
A military veteran and former mercenary, Frenchy (Van Damme) works as a taxi driver, hiding somewhere in East Asia, haunted by his past. After his driving shifts he often frequents the Eagle’s Nest, a seedy bar that houses a caged eagle. In the midst of the chaotic Asian traffic Frenchy picks up a beautiful female passenger who will change him forever.
Driven by dark memories of his childhood, he becomes determined to improve her life and, without her approval, he embarks on a journey which proves to be more dangerous and complicated then he expected. After encountering a series of harrowing obstacles he calls in favors from his special ops friends who immediately join him. His military team engages in the biggest fight of their lives. War is hell, but nothing they’ve done could have prepared them for this.
It’s an adrenaline-fueled, full-on, maximum firepower thriller, filled
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