Blade II (2002) – Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s other vampire movie is the next title I came across in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. A stronger entry than the first film, del Toro proves he can handle action beats with ease, and can work within the confines of a franchise. Wesley Snipes returns as Marvel’s day walking vampire…

Tomb Raider (2018): Blu-Ray Review

Video game movies are generally more miss than hit, but that hasn’t stopped companies from trying to find a way to adapt them to the big screen. Warner Brothers takes a stab at it this time around using the rebooted game series as its launching point to give us a look at a younger version…

Banshee: Season 4

The white-knuckle, pulp thriller, rollercoaster ride that is Banshee has come to a close. While it’s bittersweet that the show has come to its conclusion, there’s nothing like going out on a high note. Brutal in its violence, dark and dry in its humour, and incredibly sexy in its liaisons, the series has captivated the…

District 13 (2004) – Pierre Morel

  The 101 Action Movies brings this awesome confection of martial arts and parkour. Luc Besson serves as writer and producer on this wickedly cool, fast-moving film, set in the distant year 2010! Stealing a page from John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, areas in Paris have begun to be cordoned off, with huge walls being…

Ong Bak (2003) – Prachya Pinkaew

  101 Action Movies allowed me to take another look at this fantastic Thai martial arts film, showcasing the amazing fighting style of Muay Thai. Working with the simplest of stories, it merely serves as a jumping off point for some jaw-dropping fight sequences that use absolutely no computer generated engancements. It’s all real, in fact,…

Iron Monkey (1993) – Woo-Ping Yuen

  A Robin Hood style adventure launches the kung fu in this highly enjoyable addition to the 101 Action Movies list. Yu Rong-Guang stars as Dr. Yang, who along with his assistant Miss Orchid (Jean Wang) tends to the poor and the refugees in a small village. The village’s governor (James Wong) however is only…

Bloodsport (1988) – Newt Arnold

Jean-Claude Van Damme makes an appearance on the 101 Action Movies list with this martial arts classic. The film, based LOOSELY on a true story follows Frank Dux (JCVD), a military officer, who trained with Senzo Tanaka (Roy Chiao) after his own son died to pass on his martial arts style and philosophy. Going on…

Drunken Master (1978) – Woo-Ping Yuen

Jackie Chan debuts on the 101 Action Movies list with this Kung-Fu classic that cemented Chan’s style of stunning fight sequences with a comedic streak. Directed by Woo-Ping Yuen, who would later become the fight choreographer of such films as The Matrix, Drunken Master is a fun romp and a favorite amongst fans of the…