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Topic: Action

Jersey Shore Shark Attack

Goombahs and gore galore.


Comedy

Rod Lott
With one of those titles that doubles as a story summary, Jersey Shore Shark Attack is the rare made-for-Syfy film that has more to it than said title.
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blade Anime

The vampire hunter gets a toothless treatment.


Action

Rod Lott
I love the character of Blade. I love the Blade comic books, starting with his debut in Marvel's Tomb of Dracula in the 1970s. I love all three Blade movies — yes, including that third one. Hell, I even love the short-lived Blade series Spike TV aired in 2006.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hercules, Samson and Ulysses / The Slave / Sandokan the Great

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?


Action

Rod Lott
Swords and sandals: Once a matinee mainstay, the adventure subgenre is now all but extinct, kept alive by the occasional Conan movie or Titans clash. DVD helps, too, such as three new offerings from Warner Archive.
 
Thursday, August 16, 2012

One in the Chamber

Relax, it's a blank.


Action

Rod Lott
While it's safe to say Dolph Lundgren will never win an Academy Award, the Expendable's performance in One in the Chamber runs rings around his co-star who did. (To be fair, that Oscar winner is Cuba Gooding Jr., whose statuette the Academy likely wishes it could revoke, but still.)
 
Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Liquidator

Makes a small splash, but you won't die laughing.


Comedy

Rod Lott
One of many spy flicks released amid the height of the 007 craze, 1965's The Liquidator may look and sound like a James Bond imitator — what with a winning animated credits sequence set to a Lalo Schifrin song belted out by Shirley Bassey — but it's actually a spoof, as quickly becomes clear.
 
Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Viral Factor

Warning: This Asian actioner can be infectious.


Action

Rod Lott
Directed by Dante Lam (The Stool Pigeon), the action-thriller The Viral Factor revolves around the world’s last two surviving samples of the smallpox virus, one of which is an arm’s length away from being used to develop a biological weapon to unleash of five of the world’s seven continents.
 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Shark Week

It bites. Hard.


Thriller

Rod Lott
What do you get when a prosecutor, a police officer, a journalist, an accountant, a judge, a bodyguard, a paramedic and one unemployed junkie skank are drugged, shackled and forced to play a game of survival involving man-eating sharks? The Asylum Home Entertainment's Shark Week, not to be confused with the Discovery Channel programming people look forward to.
 
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Full Metal Jacket: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Book

More than just the movie that made ‘me so horny’ a household phrase.


Drama

Rod Lott
When Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam film, Full Metal Jacket, hit theaters in the summer of 1987, I was all of 16 years old. Even I could tell it was far better than Oliver Stone’s Platoon, which by then had won four Academy Awards; by comparison, Jacket would be nominated for one, Best Adapted Screenplay, and lose it to The Last Emperor.
 
Friday, August 24, 2012

American DREAM

A group of young people in the state’s Hispanic community is working to help Oklahoma’s undocumented residents benefit under the DREAM Act.


News

Peter Wright
Thousands of undocumented residents living in Oklahoma now can apply for a deportation protection program initiated by presidential order in June. For one group of undocumented students and their friends, the application is not only a reprieve, but also a call to help others who may be eligible.
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Safe

Because ‘Safe’ doesn’t play that way, it succeeds.


Action

Rod Lott
Because she has a photographic memory for digits, 11-year-old Mei (newcomer Catherine Chan) was kidnapped and taken from Beijing to Brooklyn to "count" for the Chinese Triads, like a pint-sized accountant who needs no calculator.
 
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
 
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