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Muay Thai Giant

Big in heart, somewhat close to that in fun


Action

Rod Lott
Australian strongman Nathan Jones graduates from small roles in "Troy,” "The Condemned" and especially “The Protector” to a starring one in "Muay Thai Giant," a 2008 Thai effort that plays like an odd mix of "Drunken Master," "Popeye," "The Pacifier" and TV's "Top Chef."
 
Monday, May 23, 2011

Drive Angry

Nic Cage doesn’t even need to try — and doesn’t — in this hard-R hoot


Action

Rod Lott
As aggressive as its name implies, "Drive Angry" is so deliriously over-the-top, I can't help but love it.
 
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Mechanic

Enjoyable work from Hollywood's go-to action guy


Action

Rod Lott
Whether “The Transporter” or now “The Mechanic,” Jason Statham has one job in Hollywood, but he does it quite well: being cinema’s most reliable action star of the 21st century.
 
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Ron Howard Action Pack

The fast, the furious and the funny


Action

Rod Lott
Before he was Oscar bait, fresh-faced former Okie Ron Howard was a child actor with directorial dreams.
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Girls, Guns and G-Strings: The Andy Sidaris Collection

Super-cheap, super-great set of 12 films blending T&A and TNT


Action

Rod Lott
I miss Andy Sidaris.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Jackson County Jail / Caged Heat

One of the best double features in the series so far


Action

Rod Lott
Easily one of the best double features thus far in the “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics” series is the pairing of 1976’s “Jackson County Jail” with 1974’s “Caged Heat.”
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mortal Kombat / Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

It has begunnnnnn! On Blu-ray.


Action

Rod Lott
Piggybacking off the launch of the "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" webseries is the Blu-ray release of the two films in the arcade-spawned franchise: the surprise 1995 smash and the 1997 trash that kept a third chapter from hitting the multiplex.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Action-Packed Collection

A triple feature of carmageddon with only one good film


Action

Rod Lott
Buckle up, because Shout! Factory has unleashed a triple feature of carmageddon in the two-disc “Action-Packed Collection,” itself among the "Roger Corman's Cult Classics" collection.
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Excalibur

The best movie ever made on the Arthurian legends


Action

Rod Lott
In 10th-grade English, after we'd read “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Mrs. Anderson showed us John Boorman's 1981 epic, "Excalibur," or at least the parts she could show, given its deserved R rating.
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry / Race with the Devil

Two fine and sadly overlooked films


Action

Rod Lott
Big sis Jane may have spent much of the '70s racking up the awards and accolades, but give me Peter Fonda's films any day of the week.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Man from Nowhere

A pretty slick, Asian thriller


Action

Rod Lott
Meet Cha Tae-shik. He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land.
 
Friday, March 11, 2011

Sugar Boxx

A silly-minded fightin' foxy female flick.


Action

Rod Lott
The trailer of "Sugar Boxx" would have been right at home amid the fun, fake coming attractions sandwiched in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's epic "Grindhouse."
 
Thursday, March 3, 2011

Unstoppable

Technically difficult, but oddly inert dramatically


Action

Rod Lott
What is it with director Tony Scott and trains?
 
Monday, February 21, 2011

Shopping

The bonus features are the most interesting part


Action

Rod Lott
Writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson never has been one much for story.
 
Monday, February 14, 2011

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days / Death Hunt

Nothing in common, but both above average


Action

Rod Lott
Besides being distributed theatrically by 20th Century Fox, what do the feature films “Butch and Sundance: The Early Days” and “Death Hunt” have to do with one another?
 
Friday, January 21, 2011
 
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