Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series

It’s here! Amassed in one small slip-case, the adventures of Aang (Zach Tyler), the Last Airbender – The Complete Series comes to blu-ray for the first time. Over the course of 9 discs and 66 episodes the brilliant, and beloved Nickelodeon series comes home in the perfect collection. Included in the set are a mass…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – New Earth and Tooth and Claw

The Doctor (Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) begin their adventures together, as they travel to New Earth. Written by Russell T. Davies, Rose started her travels with Ten on 15 April, 2006. Tennant owns the role right from the off. He’s fun, excitable, and clever. To show that the Doctor was still the same character,…

The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – Andy and Lana Wachowski

  Having previously stepped into The Matrix, I was delighted that the Sci-Fi Chronicles would give me a chance to revisit the two sequels from 2003. Once again written by the Wachowski’s the first sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, was set 6 months after the events of the first film, and Neo (Keanu Reeves) is settling…

Hot Docs 2014: Kung Fu Elliot (Matthew Bauckman & Jaret Belliveau)

Screening for the final time toady at the Scotiabank Theatre at 9:30 is this highly entertaining, often funny,¬†film about no-budget movies, bad acting, ‘good’ kung fu, and lies. In Moncton, New Brunswick, we are introduced to Elliot Scott and his girlfriend Linda. Elliot’s only desire is to be Canada’s kung fu star, like his heroes…

Kill Bill (2003/2004) – Quentin Tarantino

The 101 Action Movies brought me the fantastic 4th film of writer/director Quentin Tarantino to view again. Broken up over 2 films, released 6 months apart, this film is the ultimate homage to 70s films, be it, the revenge flick, the kung-fu flick, the exploitation flick, it pays respect to all of them, as the…

Jack Reacher (2012) – Christopher McQuarrie

Ok. Let’s get this out-of-the-way first… the bus stop gag does not work, and is downright silly. I took a quick break from my lists today to hit Netflix and have a look at the latest Tom Cruise vehicle, Jack Reacher. I’d read a couple of the books by Lee Child, and was interested on…

The Matrix (1999) – The Wachowski Brothers

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings me a chance to rewatch a film that perfectly combined science fiction and kung-fu action in one big mind-blowing blockbuster. Sure Keanu Reeves still isn’t my favorite actor, and his delivery is as monotone as ever, but he and the entire cast worked their ass off to make this film…

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 there…

The Heroic Trio (1993) – Johnnie To

The 101 Action Movies doesn’t usually leave me scratching my head, but this entry definitely got me close to it. Imagine crossing Charlie’s Angels, with a healthy dose of Kung Fu, mysticism, wrap it up in a less than stellar comic book title and you might have something approaching this. The sets and costumes (most…

The Shaolin Temple (1982) – Xinyan Zhang

The 101 Action Movies brings me yet another awesome movie I had never seen, and features a very young Jet Li. Witnessing the murder of his father by an evil general who has rebelled against the emperor and installed himself as a the new ruler . Young Jue Yuan (Li) makes an escape and injured…

The Five Deadly Venoms (1978) – Cheh Chang

The Shaw Brothers bring another film to the 101 Action Movies list that brings all the variables we’ve come to expect from the classic kung fu movies, fights, betrayals, secrets, and more fights! Cheh Chang directs the tale that has a convoluted and engaging plot as young Yang Tieh (Sheng Chiang) is summoned to his…