Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) – Bryan Spicer

I never quite got into the Power Rangers, nor understood the appeal, but they are my next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. I never really saw much of the television show, and anything I did see, seemed fairly low-end, but the film tries to embrace a big budget theatrical look with a Point Break…

Issues Vol. 18

It’s a quiet week for me at West End Comics, but Kirk still had a couple of interesting titles to throw my way, so without further ado let’s see what I was reading this week… Wild’s End: The Enemy Within (Boom Comics) issue 1 (of 6), written by Dan Abnett, art and letters by I.N.J….

The Protector 2 (2013) – Prachya Pinkaew

The stunts and actions are bigger and louder this time around as Kham’s (Tony Jaa) loses his elephant again. Actually it’s stolen from him and he ends up in a fight club of sorts, run by L.C. (RZA). But for the most part, the further along you get into the film, the less sense it…

The Delta Force (1986) – Menahem Golan

Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin take on cardboard cut out bad guys led by Robert Forrester and terrorists in this 80s action flick. It’s one of those ones that you don’t realize how bad it actually is, until you watch it. And let’s get this out if the way, whether they have or not, no…

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, you…

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) – Ang Lee

The 101 Action Movies brings me a chance to revisit the beautiful and action-filled epic from Ang Lee, which one the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars that year, as well as Art Direction, Cinematography and Score. This is a gorgeous film, with fantastic martial arts, sword and wire work all overseen by Yuen…

Toronto After Dark: Evil Feed (2013) – Kimani Ray Smith

Gory Night continued last night with the second extreme feature, following the coming-of-age, serial-killer is my brother film, Found, with Evil Feed. The film centers on a Chinese restaurant that kidnaps martial artists, forces them to fight in a cage match, and the loser, properly tenderized by the beating, is served up as dinner to the…

Fist of Legend (1994) – Gordon Chan

  The 101 Action Movies brings us another classic, as Jet Li takes center stage in this martial arts stunner. A remake of the Bruce Lee classic, The Chinese Connection, Li is absolutely stunning in the title role of Chen Zhen, a Chinese student studying in Japan during the Japanese occupation of China. Receiving word…

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…

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…

Five Fingers of Death aka King Boxer (1972) – Chang-hwa Jeoong

The 101 Action Movies brings another Shaw Brothers classic to my screen. It’s a fairly generic tale, yet for all that, it’s a lot of fun, and the fight sequences are exciting. There are glowing red hands indicating the power of the Iron Fist, there are eyeballs ripped from sockets with a music cue that…