I had never heard of Red Stone, a crime thriller, released at the end of 2021. Every film director of tough-guy films hopes to be tagged as noir; you know, the stuff dreams are made of. Red Stone is a gritty, violent film that weaves two stories together. Usually when that happens in an action … More Modern Film Noir: Red Stone
Tina Turner sang the song, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” in one of the Mad Max films. The least interesting one in the series. So, with the release of Daniel Craig’s last James Bond film, having turned in his tuxedo and parked the Aston Martin, there certainly is speculation of what’s next in the Bond … More James Bond: Now Hiring
When the first John Wick film came out, I saw it and did not think much about it. I found it cartoonish and way too violent. I did not bother to see any of the sequels. The other day I was looking for something to watch. I had been viewing a lot of those Van … More John Wick (1,2,3)
Direct to video films became synonymous with cheap, low quality films. In the world today, content designed to be available on-demand over streaming services is replacing films going through the traditional movie theater. Consumers are choosing subscription streaming services over cable subscriptions and 82% of internet traffic relates to video now. What a mixed-up world … More Direct to Video
Tough guy Jean-Claude Van Damme was quite a successful actor during the 1980s and 1990s, his films were international hits. Since then, the quality and success of his films have taken a nosedive. I noticed his series (Jean-Claude Van Johnson) on Prime, a fictionalization of his real life. I tuned in to watch an episode, … More Van Damme
He has to be the unluckiest person. Every film role has him working to avoid a calamity or rushing to clear him name. What other person has such back luck? Since Taken (2008), Liam Neeson has specialized in this action/thriller genre. A brooding action star for much of his career, even when he plays a … More Liam Neeson: Lucky or Unlucky?
Being governor was a speed bump to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career. He left public office in 2011 and got busy again in front of the camera. Arnold’s career had slowed down in the new millennium, as other, younger action heroes emerged. He tried another Terminator film, without any of the past team; it made money, … More Recent Arnold Films