The Last Action Hero (1993) – John McTiernan

When it was first released The Last Action Hero, which saw Arnold Schwarzenegger reteamed with Predator director John McTiernan, and featuring a script that Shane Black was involved in, the film flopped, failed to find an audience, and marked Arnold’s first failure at the box office. Time has been kind to the film, and rewatching…

Die Hard 2 (1990) – Renny Harlin

Bruce Willis returns as John McClane in the follow up to the blockbuster hit, Die Hard. Two years after the first film changed the action film game, Twentieth Century Fox delivered a sequel, one with just as solid a story as the first, something that started to slip after the the third entry. In this…

Maximum Ride (2016) -Jay Martin

James Patterson’s young adult novel series, Maximum Ride, takes flight cimematically this week from Paramount Pictures. I read the first book when it came out in 2005. It was fun, engaging. Patterson is a very entertaining and imaginative writer, and Max seemed perfectly suited for exploration in other media. The downside to this big screen…

Star Wars: Catalyst – A Rogue One Novel (2016) – James Luceno

This weekend, new names will be added to the Star Wars cinematic universe, those of Orson Krennic, Galen, Lyra and Jyn Orso. But Star Wars readers get to know these characters already, through James Luceno’s new canon novel Catalyst. Set during the closing years of the Clone Wars and those following it, as the Rebellion…

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Matthew Vaughn

    Matthew Vaughn has shown an ability to handle the fine line of directing comic book films, embracing their uniqueness while grounding them in the reality of the world they exist in. His latest effort is Kingsman, based on the comic series The Secret Service by Mark Millar and David Gibbons. The film heavily embraces its cinematic progenitors…

Act of Valor (2012) – Micke McCoy & Scott Waugh

  Act of Valor is an interesting little experiment of a film. The very things that make it awesome are also the same things that make it a bad as well. It’s a film that feels equal parts action flick, documentary and Call of Duty: Black Ops (right down to the first person shooter view-point)….