action movie freak    


















May 6

Aliens starring Bill Paxton as Private Hudson in Game Over moment after landing craft crashes

"Game over, man.
Game over!"

Are you a FREAK
or just a

Action Movie Fans can watch
other genres in comfort.
Action Movie FREAKS will start shifting in their seats 10 minutes into a movie where nothing has crashed or been blown up yet . . .

Action Movie Fans
can quote
a few one-liners from a few
 popular action movies.
"I'll be back!" 
"Make My Day!"

Action Movie FREAKS try to work
their favorite quotes into
conversation all the time! 
"God has his tricks, but getting
[paper jams out of copiers],
that's one of mine.*"

Action Movie Fans
have watched their favorite action movies
a handful of times.
Action Movie FREAKS can recite
the entire opening scene
word-for-word from at least 2 movies they're obsessed with!

"The Hovitos are near, the poison is still fresh𔃋 days, they're following us . . . "

"They are an army, unlike any other, crusading across the stars toward . . . "

And if you can easily finish
this entire quote: 
"I know what you're thinking,
did he fire 6 shots,
or only 5 . . . "

.44 magnum 

just admit it now,
you're an Action Movie
(That quote should be required memorization if you're going
to call yourself an

Action Movie FREAK

Action Movie Fans can stomach
most movie violence.
Action Movie FREAKS will clap when the action reaches its gross-out best! Remember the incredible opening of Ninja Assassin . . . 
What's that? You didn't see
"Ninja Assassin"?
Then you're an
Action Movie Fan.
Let's start again.

Remember the incredible opening of Ninja Assassin, which ended when the blood splatter becomes the title 
 Ninja Assassin blood splatter title
you knew it was coming, but you clapped anyway! (Yes, true Action Movie FREAKS clap when the violence is really good like horror movie fans laugh when it gets really gross)  If, right about now, you're shaking your head or laughing,
you're an Action Movie Fan.
If you're all fired up . . . 
"Welcome to the Jungle!"

You're an
Action Movie FREAK!

"God has his tricks, but gettin' outta places no one else can, that's one of mine."


The Villainess on the hood with the axe

Greatest Action Movie moment ever Rambo: First Blood Part II wall of mud

Wonder Woman

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible

Aliens one of the greatest ever Action Movies

Sylvester Stallone The Untouchables

Trinity in the phone booth in The Matrix

Michael Jai White, Never Back Down: No Surrender

Ilsa Faust motorcyle behind the scenes

Lucy Lawless and stunt double Zoe Bell as Xena Warrior Princess

Tom Cruise Edge of Tomorrow

Jet Li Unleashed

Dwayne Johnson as Hercules

Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores from Starship Troopers bad ass action movie chick

Jeannie Epper, Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman stunt double, holds her like a bride

The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in Rogue One

Tom Cruise rock climbing in Mission: Impossible II

Amy Barnes as Doomsday warrior girl

Chris Hemsworth as Thor

Cobie Smulders throws down in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Action Movie Bad Ass Chick Jennette Goldstein as Vasquez in Aliens

Terminator Salvation with Christian Bale aka Mumbles

stunt double Heidi Moneymaker as Black Widow

Jean-Claude van Damme bites the tail off a rattlesnake in John Woo's Hard Target

bad ass action movie chick Kate Nauta in Transporter 2

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo in Rambo

Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight

Andrea James Lui bad ass action movie chick in close space fight in Bail Enforcers

Peter Weller as Robocop-an Action Movie Classic

The incomparable Jackie Chan's clocktower stunt in Project A

Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil Apocalypse bad ass action movie chick

stunt double Dayna Grant as Furiosa

Keanu Reeves as John Wick seeing double

Dolph Lundgren Universal Soldier Action Movie Classic

The immortal Bruce Lee

Wesley Snipes Gallowwalkers

Olga Kurylenko as Etain from Centurion bad ass action movie chick

Keanu Reeves as Neo in The Matrix bullet time

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor

Mission:Impossible III starring Tom Cruise in the bridge scene

Joyce Godenzi in Eastern Condors

Predator starring Arnold as Dutch and Arnold's biceps

Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies

Chuck Norris with guns in both hands in front of an American flag

JeeJa Yanin in Chocolate with a kick to the head

Sammo Kam-bo Hung in Eastern Condors

Chris Pine in Jurassic World

Steven Seagal holding a machette in Above the Law

Gina Carano in Haywire

Scott Adkins as Boyka

Ronda Rousey in The Expendables 3

Act of Valor swamp scene

Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2 ejector seat scene


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Die Hard Nakatomi Plaza explosion Christmas tree topper

Closing out 2021: Where were the Action Movies?
December 31, 2021

I can't let 2021 go without sounding off on my INCREDIBLE disappointment in James Bond 25 and Matrix 4.

First, No Time To Die—apparently there was time. Not only did they kill off James Bond, but also Felix Leiter. I was so pissed when I accepted they really were going to kill him that I wanted to walk out, but what kept me in my seat was if maybe they would un-do it somehow in true Bond fashion. I mean REALLY . . . THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE ASSIGNMENT. After Covid-19 and the horrible year plus we had, and all the time we waited for our feel-good, escapist, annual "action injection" what we got was the movie nobody wanted to see or will ever watch again. The only redeeming thing for me was the unexpectedly competent performance of Ana de Armas's character who went from eye candy to full-force lethality at high speed.

Ana de Armas in James Bond 25, No Time to Die

As for The Matrix Resurrections, it was a turd. Not only was it boring all the way through and left me shifting in my seat, but apart from two moments, there was not enough there to keep me from almost nodding off repeatedly. SUCH a disservice to the masterpiece that the original The Matrix is. At the end, I was sure I would have wanted to vomit if they put rainbows in the sky. Even as a woman, all that Trinity in the driver's position, Trinity with the power of The One, etc., being shoved down our throats was a bit much. They also did not understand the assignment. And thanks to Franchise Fred [Topel], I learned the word "metacommentary" but that wasn't enough to make it worthwhile for me, even when I really wanted to be put back in that world. It sucked! It sucked BAD!!! It felt like they mashed together what they thought audiences would want to see/be entertained by. The two great moments for me were stuntwork:

1) This fluid (and close than it looks here) leap over the car by Jessica Henwick's character [Fight Team/Stunt Actor: Captain/Stunt Double Jade-Eleena Dregorius] was impressive.

Jade-Eleena Dregorius and Jessica Henwick stunt in The Matrix Resurrections

Here's Jade's 2017 YouTube Stunt Reel (she has another more recent video on IMDb). Love the ending!


 2) And a motorcycle riding up a car was cool . . . Two Stunt Coordinators are listed Jonathan Eusebio and Scott Rogers, and no Second Unit Director.

The Matrix Resurrections motocycle rides over a car stunt



Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov holds the reigns of horse with a Nomad Stunts rider looking on

Nomad Stunts Founder has Praise for Women in Stunts
December 20, 2021

Tomiris movie posterI became a huge fan of Nomad Stunts after watching "[The Legend of] Tomiris." It won the 2020 Taurus World Stunt Award for "Best Action in a Foreign Film."  This is just an excerpt from a December 17, 2021 article in Esquire Magazine, Kazakhstan written by Roman Raifeld: "Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov about injuries on the set, being in demand abroad and discipline in the family." 

At Nomad Stunts you have not only men, but also women ...
Yes, we have 12 girls, and many have been working for a long time.

How do you work with them?
Everything is like in the army: we do not divide into women and men, but each does his job. All train the same, there are no indulgences.

Is your approach: should a man be stronger by default?
Yes, that's right. Our girls fence, work on horses, fight, fall, do the quickdraws on the cables—they do practically the same thing as the guys. But, for example, we don't hit girls with cars—we only take guys for such scenes. There is always a woman in some group—at least one—very strong. And we have a team, she surpasses some of the guys. But naturally women are still different. Take, for example, the way they drive a car: be more careful, because they have a maternal instinct. During a fight—there are very strong ones, even a Jiu-Jitsu champion—but some maternal instinct does not let her go beyond a certain line, she begins to doubt. If men go for a trick, sometimes even knowing that they will break something, then the girls instinct does not allow it, stops. It's okay, it's just nature.

Here I have a manager, Evgenia Li—she is better at planning, her brains work better than the guys, she is more stable and obligatory than the guys. No matter how much I recruit managers and assistants for the guys myself, the girls work better. I still cannot replace Evgenia with any guy. Yes, girls are trying to dominate, but in general, they did not take away the work of stuntmen from men. Once we worked with Natalie Portman in Ireland, there was a group of women stuntmen, out of ten we were able to select only one, among the guys out of ten you can select five. There are, of course, some unique women who can easily replace 5-6 men.

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Goosebumps over The Matrix Resurrections Trailer
September 11, 2021

Loving this trailer. It's like a little masterpiece unto itself.


Trying to start a meme: #showmeyourduckie #matrixduckiememe cause I have the best soldier camo RUBBER DUCKIE (thanks to my nephew!) #matrix4 #matrixresurrections  

The Matrix Resurrections, Matrix 4 rubber duckie meme



Glorious Violence in One More Shot Trailer
September 4, 2021

The Action Elite shared this incredible action-packed trailer in this post: "Siu-Wong Fan Goes Ballistic in New Trailer for One More Shot." (Previously shared by as "Siu-Wong Fan Goes All-Out, Bloody Ballistic in the New Trailer for the Insane Looking, Balls Out Asian Action Spectacle"). It appears Gnarly Kills abound. Can't wait! China Release date 9/17/2021. Nothing on IMDb. YouTube channel source site: "Biggest Hong Kong, China and Taiwan cinema site in Russia" | @hkcinema on twitter but they didn't tweet it and haven't tweeted since 8/8.


Update From: Dayna Grant
August 19, 2021

What a relief to see this glowing report from Stuntwoman extraordinaire Dayna Grant:

I am week 5 after brain surgery and doing extremely well thanks to everyone's help and support

 I had an appointment with my surgeon today and I am cleared to start doing basic stuff again, only 'cause I'm experienced on an amazing horse he has given me the ok to go ahead to get on my horse. This has made me extremely happy. My day is jam pack filled with rehab.

I am feeling really good and I think I am starting to get a small amount of sight back in my left eye. I try to keep my eye patch off but sometimes I need it on to give my eye a break (it's trying really hard) "You can do it left eye!" Every day I feel an improvement and I'm gonna come back better than before any of this. I have found meditation and a huge appreciation for life and the amazing people in this world . . . and what is truly important to me.

I have turned a negative into a positive and for the first time in I don't know how long I have been able to focus on my health. So I want to thank you all for following me on my journey, still a way to go but it's a happy journey thanks to you all. Oh yeah and my surgeon couldn't believe I haven't been on medication for the past month, he said I was the picture perfect patient/

Stunt School Update: I try my hardest to make it along to see everyone's happy faces at the workshops, sometimes it will take a week of rehab (after) to be able to make it back again to see everyone . . . but it's worth it. January 2022 is the next time I'm allowed to drive a car again in public. I have an eye specialist appointment soon but due to Covid restrictions that probably won't happen. I owe it all to nutrition, positivity and the oxygen chamber and I wouldn't have had any of this without you all♥♥

SOURCE:  See her daily schedule at

It was great to see how much love the action movie community showed her in her hour of need. God bless you Dayna! Hope you continue to recover the sight in your eye and feel better and better.  Donation Page  |  @Daynastunts on twitter



TAE Live The War Room: YouTube Series
July 5, 2021

Just discovered The Action Elite is doing live YouTube Shows (I plead full-time job + college courses).  It was really enjoyable! Eoin and Jeff Turner of Action Reloaded discussed the Escape Plan Trilogy in this episode.

Can't wait to watch Friday's TAE LIVE episode on the Death Wish series.


Death Wish series posters



The Art of Action Episode 35: Heidi Moneymaker
June 5, 2021

Up next . . .  Heidi Moneymaker! Here's the teaser:




"Who is this lunatic?" Jason Statham stars in Wrath of Man
May 2, 2021

2021 is looking up!  Release Date:  May 7, 2021.

WRATH OF MAN is an armored car revenge movie starring Jason Statham (and a whole lot of guns) as an armored car guard with a problem. Some armored car thieves killed his son—big mistake. Set in L.A., directed by Guy Ritchie, and also starring Josh Hartnett, Scott Eastwood, Andy Garcia, and Holt McCallany, this movie looks like a winner. Please take my money.

The guns are sure to be on, the Internet Movie Firearms Database (they have their work cut out for them) as they featured in in their latest newsletter.




The Art of Action: Iko Uwais
February 14, 2021

This incredibly enjoyable series features Iko Uwais next. So glad he learned English. I first heard of him with Merantau at ActionFest 2010, when I wrote:

"What a surprisingly moving Action movie. This would be a wonderful drama if not for the remarkable fighting skills of Iko Uwais! The plot reminds us how small the world is and how we are all the same. Compassion and heroism. It will make you cry, girlie man! Merantau showcased Uwais's Silat skills, can't wait to see more from him."

The whole festival was abuzz about how incredible he was/is. It was a TIFF crowd as well so that says something. Merantau is one of the best films I've seen. It should be required watching for humans. The Raid films cemented his place in Action Movie history, and he's been fire in every role. Can't wait to watch this episode of The Art of Action.



Monsters of Man "Catch me if you can."
February 7, 2021

Directed by Mark Toia, and Written by Jeff Hand (screenplay) and Mark Toia (story), this Action SciFi Horror movie is described on IMDb as: "A US weapons manufacturer tests its 4 killer robots on heroin producers in the Golden Triangle in SE Asia. It goes haywire." You had me at Action SciFi Horror, but then "robots" . . . OH YEAH! Of course, I immediately thought The Terminator meets Predator, with a little of The Condemned. This is Mark Toia's first IIMDb credit, and he is also listed as the Producer and Cinematographer. What an epic start! His company website Zoom Film & Television showcases his career in commercials. No wonder this movie looks so polished.  Here's his bio from the movie website:

"Originating from a very successful career as an advertising photographer, Mark Toia was encouraged into directing TV commercials by his clients. They desired to bring his exceptional photographic eye to the small screen. ​ 20 years on, Mark has become one of the world's most sought after international directors and is now receiving scripts from Hollywood's finest. His ability to deliver a stunningly artistic story full of drama, to shooting a fast and furious action piece is only a glimpse into what he can deliver. Toia's legendary cinematography skills, vast post-production VFX knowledge, combined with his ever-evolving mind and machine-like work ethic make him the perfect choice for any production. His passion is to capture incredible performances within an image that emotionally compels. This combination puts him squarely at the forefront of today's film and television industry."  Bad ass.

 "The ad game has honed me into a bit of a Swiss Army Knife."

You're in, right?  Storyline by Mark Toia: "A robotics company teams up with a corrupt CIA agent undergoing an illegal, unsanctioned military operation. Dropping four prototype robots into a suspected drug manufacturing camp in the Golden triangle that no one will miss. The mission is to prove the robotics company is worthy of winning a lucrative military contract. Six doctors on a good cause witness the brutal slaughter of an innocent village, and are forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse as they become the new targets." The mice are REALLY stupid. Why do people always move too slowly AND give their position away every chance that arises?

It was released worldwide on December 8, 2020 on all popular platforms to rent or buy I watched on Amazon (purchased not rented). And, it stars Neal McDonough! I have to say ALL the acting is excellent. Great casting as well.

There is some cool merchandise (I got the larger image robot tshirt, so cool.). I really hope Mark Toia gets backing to do more Action Movies, because if this is any indication, there'll be no 'catching' him!



Jacked Up! on Podcasts :-)
January 18, 2021

2020 gave me the experience of being on 2 podcasts. The first one already aired. The second one is airing on 1/27.

  • The House That Screams: A Horror Podcast 9/16/2020
    The first time was a Horror Movie podcast with Robb Antequera also known as The Cinema Drunkie twitter: @TheCineDrunkie, like him on Facebook. He also writes for UAMC, and has great taste in Action Movies twitter: @actiondrunkies. Robb invited me to Candy Allison's "The House That Screams: A Horror Podcast" (twitter: @finalgirlcandy, her blog: | discussing the cult classic Bram Stoker's Dracula. I love that movie! This group session was fun. They've been doing it for a while and have a great dynamic. I tried to fit in, and generally not make an ass of myself. You be the judge. When the time came I plugged Aramis Gutierrez's @anti_cgi on instagram because, being horror fans, I thought they would be more likely to follow him than follow me. He now has 96.9k followers! He works with my brother and is 4-alarm-fire fun and a very fine, fine artist. Plus he watches a LOT of movies.


  • The Jacked Up Review Show Podcast 1/27/2021
    My second podcast experience was being very kindly asked by Cameron Sullivan, host of "The Jacked Up Review Show Podcast" (like it on Facebook / @CamSullyFilm on twitter and @camsullyfilm on instagram) to participate in reviewing the Jeepers Creepers series and the Final Destination series— Again, horror movies, but I happen to LOVE both these series and Final Destination 2 has that incredible crash sequence. Cameron is a super knowledgeable, super nice, incredibly polite and patient guy who is an encyclopedia of film! I've yet to meet anyone who loves film more or knows more (well, maybe Colin Geddes). Truly impressive. It was so much fun, I think we talked for 4 hours. I don't know how he's going to edit it down. Hope he takes out me giving him a hard time about not liking Action Movies more ;-). I also don't know how I ended up having my first podcast, and my second, be about horror instead of Action Movies. But horror was my first love, so . . . it's all good. Here's all the information Cameron posted about the podcast: The episode will air on 1/27. He writes: "On Jan. 27, ActionMovieFreak helps me conclude the discussion for the action-horror blockbuster sagas: Jeepers Creepers and Final Destination." Here are the platforms The Jacked Up Review Show Podcast appears on:

  • iHeartRadio
  • Podbean 
  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcastss 
  • RadioPublic 
  • Overcast (requires login)
  • Google Podcasts
  • Anchor

After these two podcasts, I chickened out of talking about Predator with Robb. I don't think Podcasts are for me . . .



2020 is over! Bring on 2021
January 1, 2021

What to Expect and When to Expect It:

As if you need a reason to celebrate . . . 2021 brings us a huge list of awesome movies to look forward to. These are in the order that they appear in the trailer compilation below. If things keep their release dates, MAY will be a HUGE month!

  • Top Gun: Maverick (2 July 2021)

  • (Bond 25) No TIme To Die (2 April 2021)

  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (6-episode TV Mini Series 19 March 2021)

  • Loki (TV Mini Series ? May 2021)

  • (The Fast and The Furious) F9 (28 May 2021)

  • Black Adam (THE ROCK as a SUPERHERO! still in "pre-production)

  • What If (Animated TV Series no date)

  • Morbius (Jared Leto is our greatest living actor! 8 October 2021)

  • Free Guy (21 May 2021)

  • Dune (1 October 2021)

  • Nobody (26 February 2021) . . .

• Black Widow (at last! 7 May 2021)

  • [this is now 2022 . . .] The Batman (4 March 2022)

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife (11 June 2021) Doesn't it look like the perfect summer movie?!

  • The King's Man (12 March 2021), and

  • Suicide Squad 2 (6 August 2021 | I really liked Suicide Squad. Jared Leto was the best thing in it and it introduced all the players really well).

All those trailers and a few more are here in this Film Spot Trailer compilation:



Monster Hunter: Gimme More!
December 26, 2020

You don't have to twist my arm to go see anything with Tony Jaa or Milla Jovovich. Put them together and BAM!

Monster Hunter was cool and fun. Visually, it was a little Transformers DOTM desert scene, a little Stargate, a lot Pitch Black, a little Starship Troopers, and a little Dune mixed in, and, maybe, some Mortal Engines (but I didn't see that movie).

What surprised me most was that Milla made it believable that she could take on Tony Jaa (!). Not kidding. The fight scenes were surprisingly believable. I mean, it's TONY JAA! Loved the supporting cast, including: Ron Perlman, T.I., Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, and Miami boy (North Miami Beach) (he appeared in my favorite F&F, 2 Fast 2 Furious) Jin Au-Yeung.

I'm hoping for a series. Love "bad-ass team" movies.

From IMDb Trivia:

The premise of the movie involves an Alpha Team (led by Milla Jovovich) looking for their colleagues of Bravo Team who have gone missing under suspicious circumstances. Alpha Team subsequently ends up in a place full of monsters where they find most of their Bravo Team colleagues already dead. This is almost the exact same premise as the classic video game Resident Evil (1996), with soldiers replacing a special police team, insectoid monsters substituting for zombies, and a parallel world instead of an old mansion. Paul W.S. Anderson, screenwriter/directer of Monster Hunter, also wrote and directed Jovovich in Resident Evil (2002), as well as the last three installments of Resident Evil, which were big screen adaptations of the eponymous game series. Monster Hunter is also an adaptation of a popular game series that started with Monster Hunter (2004).



Wonder Woman 1984
December 26, 2020

If you haven't seen this on the big screen, what are you waiting for?! It's WONDERful. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

This movie surprised me with the depth of its emotional appeal and some pretty spectacular action moments for Wonder Woman. Spoiler: The winged gold suit ascent really took my breath away. I didn't expect to feel so proud of how 'good' she is. It was the message we really needed to hear RIGHT NOW. Without saying anything more about it, one more ENORMOUS spoiler . . .

The cameo at the end after just a few credits really hit me 'in the feels'.  I watched the 1975-79 Wonder Woman TV show when I was 15-19, and it's hard to say how much Lynda Carter/Woman Woman means to girls because there was so little out there then in the form of powerful role models. All that pride from the '70s and all that women have lived through since just so unexpectedly came at me all at once.

Of course, I highly recommend this movie and will watch it over and over for years to come. Hats off to Patty Jenkins for the writing (story by) and directing. Gal Gadot looked more muscular to me and did a great job selling the action. She IS Wonder Woman to me now and has earned that place (even though I kicked and screamed at first wanting it to be Gina Carano).

Hats off to all the Amazonian "Competitors" (in bold L-R top to bottom):

plus: Miranda Chambers, American Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff, Jade Johnson

And the "Amazon Athletes": Mikayla-Jade Barber, Candice Carbinee, Donna Forbes, Karis McCabe, Chantal Nell, SaskiaNeville, Jenny Pacey, and Katherine Pickering. And the stunt women listed as "Competitor", "Amazonian", or "Amazon": Betty Adewole, Samantha Alleyne, Claire De Boer, Sarah Exall, Camilla Roholm, Ella Walker, and Rosanna Walls.

Wonder Woman 1984 Amazonian Competitors Briony Scarlett, Moe Sasegbon, Lilly Aspell, Bronte Lavine, Dayna Grant, and Gwendolyn Smith


Wonder Women Gal Gadot with Lynda Carter by Jack Fisher

(picture by Jack Fisher)



Surprising Depth in Action Short Film OFFICER DOWN
November 28, 2020

Officer Down (:18 min) is a taut Action Short that, in the words of Writer/Director Simon Pearce, follows a young British police officer ("Alex Trent"), who finds himself cut off and trapped during civil unrest and has to fight for his survival. In doing so, he also has to overcome his own fears and bias, in order to possibly make it out of the situation alive.

Officer Down action short film horizontal movie poster

He continues "When I set out to make this film, I was very keen to make something that felt very real  and visceral. And to that end, something that wasn't just a typical Action Movie where it was as simple as good guy versus bad guy. I really wanted to ground the film in the world we're in today, and to have some moral complexity within the characters." Mission accomplished, thanks in no small part to the script with co-Writer Tommy Draper.

Taking Sides

The lead 'villain's' remark "You're out there now, armored up, hurting, detaining people because they don't share your ideals" particularly resonates given the state of policing in the U.S., which has been exposed as pervasively the white supremacist state-sanctioned killing of black people.#justmyopinion. "Elijah" (played by Ben Turner) pointedly asks Officer Trent if he's prepared to do what is necessary. I often wonder on what side the U.S. military will fight if the level of racism, hatred, and corruption in the police force places the police on the side of neo-Nazi militias who seek to start another Civil War.  Am I reading too much into it? Maybe, but it's to the film's credit that these connections were made in my mind. Also, there comes a point where Officer Trent is faced with a choice, and what he chooses to do emphasizes that we all have free will outside of the constraints of society, or our jobs, or belief system, whatever, to do "the right thing" in the moment . . .

Officer Down action short film starring Ben Turner as Elijah

Packing Punches

Office Down action short film Officer Alex Trent played by Martin DelaneyAs well as Thought, this Short packs a lot of Action into a neat and beautifully shot package. The Director of Photography is Phil Méheux, BSC (Casino Royale, The Saint). We know what the main character (Officer Alex Trent played by Martin Delaney) is there to do, and the overall excellent acting engages us in his efforts to stay alive.

At the start, the plot fast forwards from when Officer Trent enters an abandoned "old sports hall" building with other officers, to the point at which he winds up alone without any help. During the movie, he narrowly escapes death several times. The film's major fight scene, midpoint, is ferocious, and even has what I thought was a Gnarly Kill, but no spoilers. Seriously, the sound effect for that will leave you wondering how they did it. It hurts to watch.

Simon Pearce as Director does an excellent job, and the acting is first rate all 'round. The whole movie is quite impressive. From his website, Simon's bio says that he:

Has been making films since he first picked up the family video camera in his early teens. He began his career in a range of on-set roles, such as production and video assistant, self-shooting camera operator, and finally going on to become a freelance editor, for the likes of the BBC, Animal Planet, and National Geographic. He had the opportunity to direct his first feature SHANK in 2008, a gritty, coming-of-age drama set in his hometown of Bristol. The film went on to play in over 60 film festivals around the world and was released on DVD in the UK and US in 2009. In 2015 his second feature was released, Judas Ghost, a supernatural horror filmed in a single location and written by New York Times best-selling author Simon R. Green. He continues to develop short and feature length titles, with a focus on commercial, genre projects.

I think Simon Pearce has a brilliant directing career ahead of him, just off this film alone. His bio doesn't include Horizon (2015 TV series) which looks really cool. He's got such an extensive, well-rounded film background with credits in Editing, Producing, Directing, Acting, Camera + Electrical, Cinematographer, etc. Also, with a lot of film experience (Acting, Directing, Writing), is the Producer Emily Haigh who played Georgiana Reed in 2011's Jane Eyre, and has no fewer than 10 projects she's appearing in (as Actress) in the works for 2020-2022.


Everyone in the film was excellent! The main players were:

Hats off to the Stunt Team:

About the Film

"Having recently finished it's run at the Oscar qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival, the film is now available to stream until November 30th at the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival, with currently another two chances to watch coming up in early December, one via the Fighting Spirit Film Festival based in London, and another via the genre festival Another Hole in the Head in San Francisco. There will be more screenings to follow through 2021, too."

HollyShorts Film Festival (11/9-15/2020) showcases the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Festival showcases the top short films produced :40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Youth Film, and Digital Microbudget.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival (11/3-12/6/2020) takes place annually in York, England (my Dad was a Yorkshireman!), and is a key annual event for emerging and established filmmakers to meet alongside industry professionals. British and international films are in competition in their category for an award, alongside the Best of Festival Award, Audience Award and Best Screenplay.

Launched in 2016, the Fighting Spirit Film Festival has two events each year, one in London and one in Birmingham, and offers full-length and short films that promote martial arts cinema.

Another Hole in the Head Online Film Festival (12/22-26/2020) is in it's 17th year. As San Francisco's IndieFest, it is a "two-week cinematic excursion into the realms of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and assorted other genres."


Officer Down (2020) Official Trailer from Deniable Productions on Vimeo.

On twitter follow Simon @cbaproductions and the movie @OfficerDownFilm, and like Officer Down Movie on Facebook.



The 2020 TAURUS World Stunts Awards . . .
November 22, 2020

are online for a very limited time!  Watch exclusively on their website. 

screencap of 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video on vimeo


Nominees listed and winners highlighted below:

Best Fight animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Best Fight  | This award is for fights with or without weapons.
(Stunts in this category include street fighting, boxing, wrestling, and martial arts. The award will be given to the principal stunt performer.)


  • Avengement  Lee Charles, Conor Hegarty, David Nolan, Donal O'Shea, Tiago Silva
  • Captain Marvel  Joanna Bennett, Heidi Moneymaker, Renae Moneymaker, Eric Solky
  • Hobbs & Shaw  Can Aydin, Daniel Bernhardt, Kyle McLean, Stanimir Stamatov
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum  Anis Cheurfa, Bruce Concepcion, Danny Graham, Akhiro Haga, Jon Valera
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  Zack Duhame, Braxton McAllister, Michaela McAlliser, Kimberly Shannon Murphy


Best High Work animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Best High Work | This award is for stunts involving high work of any kind.
(Eligible stunts in this category include but are not limited to jumps, falls, dives, bungee jumping, descenders, and other stunts performed on or in relation to such things as bridges, buildings, and terrain. This award will be given to the stunt performer.)


  • 6 Underground   Benj Cave, Drew Taylor
  • 6 Underground   Benj Cave, Max Storer Cave, Hazal Nehir, Pasha Petkuns, Drew Taylor
  • Ad Astra  Travis Fienhage
  • The Aeronauts  Helen Bailey
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  Corey DeMeyers


Best Stunt Rigging animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Best Stunt Rigging  |  This award is for the technical rigging of a stunt.
(Rigging may include descenders, ratchets, and other rigging equipment. This award will be given to the key rigger.)


  • 6 Underground   RIchard Epper, Zac Henry, David Huggins, Brett Jones, Aaron Richard Walters
  • Angel Has Fallen  James Bomalick, Robin Earle
  • Jumanji: The Next Level   Scott Armstrong, Roel Failma, Mike Li, Joe Ross, Wolfgang Stegemann
  • Shazam!  Jade Amantea, Cameron Ambridge, Andrea Bertchold, Robbie Clissold, Kyle Gardiner
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home  Chris Daniels, Jacob Hugghins, Keone Kim, Billy Mortz, Eddie Yansick


Best Work with a Vehicle animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Best Work with a Vehicle  | This award is for driving work involving vehicles of any type . . .
( . . . including, but not limited to cars, vans trucks, buses, heavy equipment, motorcycles and mopeds. It also includes stunts performed in, on, under or otherwise engaged with vehicles of any type. Eligible stunts in this category include but are not limited to crashes, chases, turnovers, ramp jumps, cannons, getting hit by, bailing from, leaping onto and dragging from a vehicle. This award will be given to the principle stunt performer and/or the principle stunt driver where appropriate.)


  • 6 Underground  Brent Fletcher, Logan Holladay, Mike Johnson, Brett Smrz, Russell Solberg
  • Hobbs & Shaw  Kortell Autrey, Rick English, Clay Donahue Fontenot, Gary Hoptrough, Martin Ivanov
  • Ford v Ferrari  Kelly Collins, Jeremy Fry, Tony Hunt, Allan Padelford, Chris Palermo
  • Gemini Man  Kortel Autrey, Tony Carbajal, Jalil Jay Lynch, Travis Parker
  • Terminator: Dark Fate  Debbie Evans, Jalil Jay Lynch, Lance Gilbert, Jimmy N. Roberts, Mike Ryan


Best Speciality Stunt animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Best Specialty Stunt  | This award is for stunt work not encompassed by the other categories.
It includes but is not limited to water work, work with an animal, work in a motorized aircraft of any kind and specialized work with bicycles, skateboards, snow skis, roller blades and other roller-sports and may also include stunts such as water skiing, parachuting, paragliding and hang gliding. This award will be given to the stunt performer.


  • 6 Underground  Kirby Chambliss
  • 6 Underground  Drew Taylor
  • The Courier  Neil Chapelhow, Freddie Mason
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  Matt Baker, Bob Brown, Travis Fienhage, Jeremy Scott Ftizgerald, Jim Palmer
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  Michaela McAllister


Hardest Hit placeholder animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Hardest Hit This award is for the stunt performed by a stunt man or woman with the hardest hit.
All stunt sequences within a motion picture of any genre are eligible as long as they fit the overall stunt eligibility requirements.


  • 21 Bridges  Terrence Julien, Steven Turner
  • Child's Play   Johnny Mah
  • Hobbs & Shaw  Nate Perry
  • Good Boys  Maya Macatumpag
  • Joker  Steve Izzi


Best Action in a Foregin Film placeholder animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Best Action in a Foreign Film This award goes to the Stunt Coordinator for best stunt coordination throughout an entire foreign motion picture of any genre.


  • EGYPT  |   Kasablanka  Deni Jordan, Klo Vodenicharov
  • ITALY  |  Il Primo Re (The First King)  Emiliano Novelli
  • UKRAINE  |  The Rising Hawk  Pavel Avilov
  • RUSSIA  |  Spasti Leningrad  Sergei Golovkin
  • KAZAKHSTAN  |  Tomiris  Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov (Nomad Stunts)


Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman placeholder animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman This award is for the best overall stunt performed by a Female in a motion picture of any genre.

Stunts in all film categories are eligible as long as they fit eligibility criteria and may have been nominated in another category.


  • 6 Underground  Hayley Wright
  • The Aeronauts  Helen Bailey (2nd category nomination!)
  • Captain Marvel  Joanna Bennett, Heidi Moneymaker, Renae Moneymaker (2nd category nomination!)
  • Good Boys  Maya Macatumpag (2nd category nomination!)
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  Michaela McAllister (2nd category nomination!)


Best Stunt Coordination and/or 2nd Unit Direction placeholder animated clip from 2020 Taurus World Stunt Awards video

Best Stunt Coordination and/or 2nd Unit Direction  This award goes to the Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director for best stunt coordination throughout an entire motion picture of any genre.


  • 6 Underground  Ken Bates, Gregg Smrz
  • Captain Marvel  Hank Amos, James M. Churchman, Monique Ganderton, Jeff Habberstad
  • Hobbs & Shaw  Simon Crane, Pete Miles, Chris O'Hara, Greg Rementer, Pete White
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum  Jonathan Eusebio, Darrin Prescott, Scott Rogers, Jérémie Vigot
  • Terminator: Dark Fate  Freddy Bouciegues, Mika Massa, Balazàs, Philip J. Silvera, Cuco Usín


Congratulations to all the nominees, and to the WINNERS!
THANK YOU for all the hours of incredible entertainment.

#StandUpForStunts @StandUpForStunts (sign the petition)


Bounce Mojo looks at Tom Cruise and his Toys
September 24, 2020

"In this article ["Tom Cruise Net Worth (2020)—How He Made His Fortune"] we're going to be diving into Tom Cruise's net worth, how he made his money, milestone deals, his assets such as property, cars, boats, planes, etc, and how he spends his money.

[Ryan Williams, the article's author, says his] favorite take away from all of this is [Tom's] massive collection of cars, planes, and motorcycles—it's an incredible toy box . . .."



The Art of Action Series: Ep. 14 Dolph Lundgren
September 8, 2020

Covid-19 has us all on Zoom and conference videos, but this one, really hits home because who could have imagined that Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren would be 'sitting around' so to speak, and let us in on their video chat?! This one went so fast for me even though it's nearly an hour. Dolph Lundgren is way more calm and down to earth than I imagined he would be. Laid back, I guess is what I mean. Again, Scott shows his appreciation for the body of work by his guest. Will be interesting to see what other giant Action Movie stars he converses with. Wondering too, how long this series will last. It's a little like the Life of Action books come to life. So now we all want to re-watch all of Dolph's movies, right?

Hell yes! I still remember what an impression he left on me the first time I saw him in A View To A Kill. Unforgettable, like when Tom Cruise appeared in Endless Love. Some people just have that thing.

Episode 14 | Dolph Lundgren (58:11)




Which Action Movie are You Waiting For? Me, Bond.
September 4, 2020

Bond 25: "In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."  I've watched 10 seconds of the trailer but I really don't want to spoil it for myself. SO HARD not to watch. I am so ready to go back to the movies. I did watch the teaser . . . (song by Kully B & Gussy G "Boom Shot Dis")



I stumbled on this . . .

The Rolls Royce Vision is so Bond. I wish it would appear in a Bond movie.



The Art of Action Series: Ep. 13 Benny Urquidez
September 4, 2020

"Sensei Benny" aka Benny "The Jet" Urquidez has remained undefeated for more than 27 years, and remains the longest reigning World Champion of all professional sports. His kickboxing record is 63 wins, 0 losses (2 draws with 54 knockouts). He is an 8 time/5 weight division world kick-boxing champion. Fun fact: He wrestled professionally at New Japan Pro Wrestling Super Powers Clash in 1989 against Nobuya Azuka (from IMDb, more at Wikipedia).

From what he says, is there any more proof that fighters are born, not made than Benny Urquidez? It ran in his family. So many of these interviewees began martial arts at a very early age. He began at age 5!

Wheels on Meals and Dragons Forever, are, in Scott's opinion, two of the best fight scenes ever. It's so clear that Benny is the real deal. Fighting Jackie Chan would be the top of anyone's career, or vice versa. They also cover Benny's work in Road House, and the fact that he's trained John Cusack for 29 years (who knew?!).

Episode 13 | Benny Urquidez (40:16)





"I took out my axe in the fifth round, I started chopping."
"To the dismay of the purists, this was the shape of things to come."



The Art of Action Series: Ep. 12 Cynthia Rothrock
September 1, 2020

"You ARE The Blonde Fury!"

Cynthia Rothrock is so down to earth, "one tough son-of-a-gun, and a crazy person as well". Loved listening to her stories. What a life!! I also loved hearing Scott praise her. There's not many women to compare her to. Loved when she said: "I never ever looked at myself like 'You're a woman. You can't compete against the men. I always put myself on their level.' " :-)  We got to hear where her power comes from, and her training background and ethic. "I'm about strength, and speed, and power."

"Shooting the first movie in Hong Kong, prepared me for anything else in the world." LOL The culmination of all the previous episodes of Scott and his guests has created such a fun glimpse into the world of Hong Kong martial arts movies.  Loved her story about getting kicked in the groin. Also loved hearing that her signature move got named the "Scorpion Kick".

LOL When Scott says "Why am I doing this again?" It's really fascinating to hear them comparing notes, and what it means for them to talk as equals (actually Cynthia did more Hong Kong movies) in what they went through to make these movies. Scott is so in awe of this "white girl from Pennsylvania" and how unusual it is/was. She paid the moviemakers a great compliment in saying that they brought the best out in her. Plus she said she never said no to their ideas.

Episode 12 | Cynthia Rothrock (1:09:24)





The Art of Action Series: Ep. 11 Richard Norton
August 27, 2020

Lifelong Martial Artist
It's so cool how Scott and Richard Norton never met but can talk like this. The Action Movie community seems to have such a great amount of genuine camaraderie. Imagine starting out training with Chuck Norris. Richard Norton's martial arts background is really interesting. Kick Boxing came up again (:-D) . . .

Okinawan weapons came up. I never imagined a group of weapons as varied as this would be grouped. Martial Arts has so many interesting parts and so much history.

"The Golden Age of Martial Arts Films"
The Octagon, Gymkata
(Kurt Thomas) . . . 

On filming Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars (Sammo Kam-Bo Hung directed), it had a 3+ minute fight that took 3 weeks to film. They figured it out as they went ("I know no tougher film schedule than what it was like back then, with the hours, with the contact, with learning choreography in front of camera with not getting a change to rehearse." He said it was "almost full contact" (yikes), and they show him punching Sammo in the mouth!

"Sammo can punch like a mule and he's got an amazing spinning back kick."

On Acting "You can't teach that shit, mate."  LOL (-Richard)

On Cynthia Rothrock "I can't think of another female martial arts film actor that moves like she does. I mean, she's absolutely phenomenal." (-Scott) "I don't know anybody else that's come close to her." "She was very skilled. She could place a kick exactly where you wanted it to go. She was very strong, very powerful, you know, with her technique. I don't know anybody else that's come close to her." (-Richard)  "You don't get many girls that can kick with the power that she kicks with. Such force! You can see the speed and the power behind the way she does it." (-Scott) High praise indeed.

Wow! 6 and half weeks to film the main fight scene with Jackie Chan in The City Hunter. "I was just beating the daylights out of him. Richard's take on the humor in Mr. Nice Guy is a lot to his credit.

On Yojimbo and Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune "A fight scene is as much about what you're not doing, as what's you are doing." "Fights are not just action, they're a continuation of drama." (Says A Fistful of Dollars as a Western copy.)


Episode 11 | Richard Norton (59:25)




The Art of Action Series: Ep. 10 Mark Dacascos
August 18, 2020

Action Freaks are thrilled with this choice. Mark Dacascos is a true talent. What an impressive body of work! Scott praises Mark's inspiration. It's fun to see all these Action Movies heroes giving each other some love. They have never met in person! Things to watch/re-watch: Crying Freeman, the butterfly twist in Only The Strong, Drive . . .

Melia Bernal Dacascos
So his mom was/is a bad ass! She competed against men. Mark makes a really important point about self defense (please listen for yourself), that cannot be overemphasized. The street fighting aspect is really cool. "If you take second place, you're still a loser", she said. LOL #goals He says he's a lover, not a fighter. All evidence to the contrary. He's got such a sweet face, though.

Enter The Dragon:
every Action Movie lover was influenced by this movie. He also mentions Jackie Chan, and after watching Jet Li in The Shaolin Temple, the moment he realized what he wanted to do (at least at that moment LOL). From IMdb he's "a mix of Japanese, Filipino, Spanish, Irish, and Chinese heritages". He speaks German (from living in Germany). Loved his realization about discipline. Watching this I'm realizing that every time I watched him, I was always so impressed with his skills. He makes a big on screen impact.

"There Will Be Pain"
Part of Drive reminds me of fights in The Transporter and Transporter 3. Mark Dacascos is a delight. I would love to see Scott Adkins work with him.


Episode 10 | Mark Dacascos (51:16)



The Art of Action Series: Ep. 9 Chad Stahelski
August 13, 2020

What an fascinating inside look at how Chad Stahelski works. John Wick, Matrix, and Rain/Ninja Assassin fans will be fascinated to hear the praise for what went into the skillset that makes these movies so great. The level of commitment really shows in the finished product! "If you're not doing dress rehearsals in real stuff, with the real props, you're not rehearsing." 

Gunjitsu | The John Wick Way
Scott says he saw 87Eleven's "gunjitsu" style back in 2010 and ripped it off for El Gringo (2012). That's the thing about Scott. He's so good at everything he does, that everything he does is worth watching.  The same is true for 87Eleven. If they are involved you can be sure the Action will be out of hand!

SMH in spite of the success of the John Wick guys, Chad Stahelski says he still has to explain it. This video REALLY drives home how 'they' work and how someone who really knows Action works. He recognizes what's important and puts the money where it needs to be to make it look as good as it does. Not many people are anywhere close to his level. It really makes you want to rewatch all the John Wicks.  He says he did all the John Wicks in under 55 days. That's a testament to his prep ethic.

Even Halle Berry trained 5 months. 5 days a week, even with the dogs. He says he plays around at his Jiu-Jitsu gym with his own (smaller) dogs for fun. They even committed to adopting the dogs after (!).

Influences and the Real Deal
Chad Stahelski tributes his glass/reflection fetish to Moonraker's glass factory fight. What they did with VFX is mindblowing. What's clear is just how ARTISTIC Chad Stahelski's approach is and his love of film (not just Action), and dance, and martial arts, and drama. His influences include even childhood fights, which really drives home the gift he was clearly born with. It was interesting to hear him talk about putting reality back in to ground all the wild stuff. He mentions Transporter and Luc Besson :), and Conan (he has excellent taste). Is there any human who understands Action Movies more?!

"You just have to believe in it . . ."


Episode 9 | Chad Stahelski (1:02:32)



The Art of Action Series: Ep. 8 J.J. Perry
August 3, 2020

The "real kinetic impact" of this interview with JJ. Perry comes from his over-the-top enthusiasm, love of the genre, and praise for all his fellow collaborators. His personal history is super interesting. It was funny that he said when he realized he'd love to do stuntwork, he realized he was stuck in the Army. He has 147 films in his Stunts credits (for a frame of reference stunt legend Henry Kingi Sr. has 207 and he's 77, J.J. is only 55), that's a tremendous body of work! How many people can say they joined the Army as part of the "Elite Athlete Program"?! He didn't mention it (he's nothing if not humble), but he got a black belt at age 12.

OMG the clip they showed of Chad Stahelski with long (I mean LONG) black hair LOL. It does make him look sinister/tough. I particularly enjoyed the story of when J.J. met Tony Jaa and how Tony got the name "Hollywood". It's because it was so clear he's gonna be a star! Of Tony Jaa, Scott said "He's made of different atoms, that guy!" And J.J. said that both Tony and Scott are "genetically and physically on a different level", which anyone with eyes can see. SUCH talent!

I'm so loving this series. It really celebrates the work that goes into making Action Movies so good. Now I know who took the tumble for The Rock and Seann William Scott in The Rundown (LOVE that movie). It was Tanoai Reed and J.J. Perry. J.J. called Tanoai a "super, genetic freak of nature, big Samoan, cool, hard-as-nails cat".

"I didn't know that I could do these things until you forced me to do it." LOL

He's hilarious taking about Haywire. Gina Carano is a force of nature in that. To me, nobody keeps up with her in that movie. It's funny that Scott says how much he loves J.J. Perry's style (and Larnell Stovall) because the action is so "vicious". Gotta love that! Learned the lingo "Trickers".  I also found the discussion of Keanu's gun training super interesting.
Here's his lineup:

0:00 Martial Arts Background
03:40 Auditioning for Lionheart with Van Damme
05:15 Bloodsport 3
07:44 Mortal Kombat
11:50 The Rundown
14:52 Never need grow up
16:08 Undisputed 2
22:33 The evolution of Martial Arts cinema
31:28 Keanu Reeves
33:37 The Tournament
34:39 Wolverine X-Men Origins
36:19 Real stunts = Real danger
37:55 Gemini Man
39:10 Haywire
42:46 Fill the frame
44:39 Jackie Chan
46:44 Jason Statham
50:32 Oldboy
53:40 John Wick


Episode 8 | J.J. Perry (1:00:20)


The Art of Action Series: Ep. 7 Daniel Bernhardt
August 3, 2020

Daniel Bernhardt is a towering figure (literally 6' 3"—IMDB says 6' 2 3/4"—and figuratively) in Action Movies. I didn't realize that was him in The Matrix Reloaded (2003)! Maybe it was the sunglasses, but now it's clear . . . And how cool is that?! His first movie was Bloodsport 2 (1996), where he played Alex Cardo (as in wasn't only doing stunts). Since I didn't see Bloodsport: The Dark Kumite, The Matrix Reloaded would have been the first movie I saw him in. So, looking at this movies between 2003 and Parker in 2013, I'm not sure just how I came to worship his skills so much, but as Chad Stahelski told him "You're an Action Actor". Maybe it was these direct-to-video Action Movies: Future War (1997) opposite Robert Z'Dar, Black Sea Raid (1997), True Vengance (1997) with Miles O'Keeffe and Beverly Johnson, and Perfect Target (1997) with Robert Englund and Brian Thompson.

His career really took off after Parker. And these are just highlights: He did The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (same year), Knock 'em Dead, and who wasn't 'knocked out' by him in John Wick (2014)? He was in Logan and Atomic Blonde (2017), Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019), Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbes & Shaw (2019), Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020), and did 5 episodes of Altered Carbon (2018-2020). Super impressive!

And I didn't know he was Swiss. His accent came out just a little here and there (sounds a little like the Canadian accent). He heavily downplayed his martial arts training, but his work speaks for itself. Modeling led him to a TV commercial he did where he fought Jean-Claude Van Damme. This attracted the attention of Producer Marc Di Salle who cast as the lead in Bloodsport 2. And the rest is history, as they say. One really cool pattern in this series is how much praise these "action actors" have for their victims lol. The people they fight against, who help sell it and make it look real . . .

I really enjoyed his story about working on Parker. Don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't watched, but, owch!


Episode 7 | Daniel Bernhardt (57:32)


This series is amazing, and next up is J.J. Perry who I first heard of (saw) at ActionFest 2012 where he won the Stunt Coordinator of the Year award (he was on hand to accept, and was there the whole festival chatting with fans). They showed a video from Chuck Norris who said "nobody deserves it more". J.J. Perry seemed like a really gracious and truly nice person, and he thanked Mickey Gilbert for paving the way.


The Art of Action Series: Ep. 6 Loren Avedon
July 25, 2020

Really living for this series! So enjoyable to hear them talk about what it's like to make an Action Movie. Someone asked me on the Action Movie Freak Facebook page which martial art I liked. I think I was expected to say Muay Thai, but I like kickboxing and taekwondo, and it surprises me how often they come up when these Action Figures are asked what they studied and what their favorite is.

I love how Scott Adkins love of Action Movies comes through in his knowledge and appreciation for all elements of the genre. I had no idea Billy Blanks did any Action Movies (I will look for him next time I rewatch Tango and Cash, Time Bomb, Lionheart, or any of many others . . . I definitely have to watch King of the Kickboxers (which I have never seen). Looks like Thunderdome (5 years later).


Episode 6 | Loren Avedon (53:47)


The Art of Action Series: Ep. 5 Gareth Evans
July 19, 2020

This was really enjoyable, especially for his passion for Action Movies. There were many things I had to look up:

• Eggy (Eggy is when something annoys you, but not to the point of anger more just slightly frustrating -source)

 Previz (Previsualization is the visualizing of complex scenes in a movie before filming. It is also a concept in still photography. Previsualization is used to describe techniques such as storyboarding, either in the form of charcoal sketches or in digital technology, in the planning and conceptualization of movie scenes. -Wikipedia)

 Dit Guy (Digital Imaging Technicians support the camera team with technical and creative tasks with the digital camera. Their purpose is to ensure the best technical quality possible, as well as production safety. DITs are responsible for tasks during preparation, on-set time and post production. -Wikipedia)

• Jib/Jimmy Jib (The jib is an extension arm with a camera mounted on the tip. -video)

• Fig / Fig Rig Not sure this word . . .



• Panasonic 2 Camera (Merantau), Panasonic AF100 Camera (The Raid), Red Camera (Red Digital Cinema is the camera company that figured out how to make a digital camera feasible for Hollywood productions. -Wikipedia)

• M.I.A. Born Free "amazing music video" his influence for The Raid handheld feel. He makes a great point that the whole film should have the same style and not have just the action sequences be 'shaky'.

• Fig / Fig Rig (A handheld stabilization device for smaller film cameras/video cameras designed by film director Mike Figgis. The Fig Rig is made commercially by the Manfrotto Group. -Wikipedia)

 Dutch Tilt (The Dutch angle, aka Dutch tilt, canted angle, or oblique angle, sets the camera so the horizon line of the shot is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame. This produces a viewpoint of tilting one's head to the side. -Wikipedia)

• "Punchlines" He came up with this term for those moments of 'impact' in a fight scene that gets a rise out of the audience. You know, it's how you know you're an Action Movie Freak—those moments of levity at the extreme violence.

This was also a fascinating look at Action Design. "[We try] to maintain that sense of geographical space so that you're not lost in the movement of something. You're not, sort of, trying to figure out where are we in the room right now? You always want to know exactly where you are,and you know where the attack's coming from, and you know the relationship of that action with that space that you're in.  THIS IS HUGELY IMPORTANT and too often lacking in action sequences (super annoying too).


Episode 5 | Gareth Evans (54:19)



LOVE the big finish where Gareth STANDS UP FOR STUNTS.  #StandUpForStunts Sign the Petition!


The Art of Action Series: Ep. 4 Michael Jai White
July 14, 2020

Love listening to these Action Figures talk about Action Movies! Super entertaining to see their take on shared experiences and their interaction/friendship. Love that Michael Jai White thinks the fight between Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee in The Way of the Dragon according to MJW is the best fight scene. It has the most narrative that he's ever scene in a fight (about honor). Love, too, that this is such an insightful choice. Really shows what he knows about fighting. It was so enjoyable that I hated for it to end. It seems they cut it a bit short, but probably, they could have talked all day and Scott just want to keep it under 50 minutes.  Hope this series continues!

Episode 4 | Michael Jai White (48:32)



Scott Adkins' Exciting "The Art of Action" Series
July 10, 2020

Just discovered this series (already on episode 3) on YouTube. Scott's respect and admiration for fellow stars is great to watch and their love of the genre shines through. Now that I'm caught up, can't wait to see who's in the next episode.  Loved how Enter The Dragon, Yuen Woo-Ping ("he is he best" "Master"), and Sammo Hung kept coming up.

It starts off with what Scott Adkins calls his "the best fight I've ever done" against Marko Zaror in the always enjoyable Undisputed III: Redemption (2010), which is an amazing Fight Movie showcasing the talents of Larnell Stovall and Isaac Florentine, with a nod to J.J. Perry (it must be this stunt reel he mentions?).   So cool to hear how they pulled off so many real-looking moves and what really connected! lol

Episodes 1, 2, and 3 . . .


Episode 1 | Marko Zaror (37:19)

In Episode 2, Scott talks to his Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear co-star Kane Kosugi about his training and his martial arts background and influences—they both love kicking things lol. (Kane Kosugi's father is the legendary Shō Kusugi.) They talk about other famous action stars (Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jackie Chan) that they got to work with who impressed them. There is more praise in this episode for Isaac Florentine and his directorial style, and for Fight Choreographer and Stunt Coordinator Tim Man. This was the first time Scott worked with Tim but he says "Tim's become my go-to fight coordinator". Kane agrees "I don't think you can find anybody better." They breakdown the final fight in Ninja 2. Scott says it was his hardest film ever (he did 11 fight scenes with a back injury).

Episode 2 | Kane Kosugi (50:00)


Scott talks with Thai International martial arts phenomenon Tony "Hollywood" Jaa about his martial arts background, revealing how much Tony looked up to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. He trained 8 hours a day in the beginning and ran 12 miles a day. Tony speaks about Panna Rittikrai ("the man behind" Tony Jaa) and about how he got into movie making.  Tony breaks down some of his most famous moves and reveals the inspiration for some of them. No wires, one take, it's all just as incredible in review as it was the first time you saw it. His timing and reflexes are astounding, and his vision because he comes up with these incredible moves himself. Makes me want to watch all the Ong Baks and Triple Threat again.

Episode 3 | Tony Jaa (54:32)



ROCKY with Sylvester Stallone 5/21 7PM EST  
March 20, 2020

Predicting MGM Studios Facebook page ROCKY Watch Party with Sylvester Stallone will ABSOLUTELY break the internet. Tomorrow, Thursday 5/21 7:00  Miami time . . . See you there!

This kicks off a series. Fans will be encouraged to donate to charities such as the World Health Organization, #FirstRespondersFirst, DonorsChoose, and America 's Food Fund.



Bad Guys: Vile City Heavy on the Action!
March 16, 2020

박중훈 Bak Jung Hun in Bad Guys: Vile CityIt's been a while since I liked anything this much right off the bat, but Netflix's 나쁜 녀석들: 악의 도시 Nappeun Nyeoseokduel: Akui Doshi, literally Bad Guys: City of Evil aka Bad Guys: Vile City makes Training Day look like kindergarten. If you're not big on Korean movies or dramas, maybe this will make you a fan. It's a spin off of Bad Guys, which was also made into a movie of the same title, and like in the first show the cast is excellent!

Starring . . .

Park Joong-Hoon (박중훈 Bak Jung Hun) as Prosecutor Woo Je-Moon (reaching for the bat, below right) is ordered to take down a villainous business leader "Chairman Jo" Jo Yeong-Guk (played by 김홍파 Kim Hong Pa above at right) who controls Seowon City. Woo gathers a team of men (key players below) who may not be so clean themselves. Men who are emotionally invested in the outcome. If you really want to get the most out of this series, use the cheat sheet at the bottom and get to know the names. There are about 15 key players.

poster for Bad Guys: Vile City


Next is heartthrob 주진모 Ju Jin-mo (known for 사랑하는 은동아 Saranghaneun Eundong-a aka My Love Eun-dong—just my favorite) in the group photo above at bottom left, who has beefed up for this role of the total badass, Heo Il-hu aka "Mr. Heo." In real life, Joo Jin-mo is also know for, though his popularity appears untouched by, some scandalous text message conversations with another old-er famous Korean actor Jang Dong-gun  (Jang Dong-gun was the lead in The Warrior's Way, and I loved him in A Gentleman's Dignity—oh, the irony . . . ) that were published by hackers at the time of the JJY group chat scandal involving mainly Seungri (of kpop group Big Bang). Ju Jin-mo apologized publicly: "Even though his apology statement was released, people say that Ju humiliating and sexually objectifying women with his acquaintances has to be clarified as a separate issue from his hacked [text] messages." That quote is from this YouTuber's take (watch the video below) on what happened: "It looks like a conversation between two old men trying to look young and hip by using all these squiggly lines and LOLs." Ah, even though he's younger, I think the YouTuber's a little jealous. Ju Jin-mo and Jang Dong-gun are pretty much the shit for their age group in Korea (IMO), and maybe also So Ji-sub, but this is a big tangent. Anyhow, Ju Jin-mo makes the fighting look legit as his athleticism shows in all his moves (he does Taekwondo in real life). He's the guy that takes on the room full of men The Wild Wild West style (rest in peace Robert Conrad). There are many "Oh Shit!" moments that satisfy.

주진모 Ju Jin-mo in Bad Guys: Vile City


Anyway, Ju Jin-Mo is jacked, kickin' ass, and taking names. But, don't leave out 'the little guy'. Part of what I love so much about KDrama is the backstories on the characters. Just when you think you know what kind of person they are, you find out there's a really good reason for why they are the way they are. Take this character, for example, the mad dog Jang Seong-cheol (played by 양익준 Yang Ik-Jun):  "He's a real psycho. He has no goal in life. He lives because he's alive." When he's introduced, he comes off as a lowlife dick, but you soon learn to respect him. In real life, he starred in, wrote, directed, and won several awards for his movie Breathless. And just like it says in the trailer for Breathless, "A vicious man, but he will make you cry."

양익준 Yang Ik-Jun in Bad Guys: Vile City



Next is Kim Ji-soo, internationally known as just 지수 Ji Soo. He starred in JTBC's Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, which you should watch (he's so adorable it's hard to explain #swoonworthy), and, another Netflix K-Drama series I really liked: My First First Love). In BG:VC his rage fuels his fighting, and he's always showing up at clutch moments. Plus, he's indestrucible!


지수 Ji Soo in Bad Guys: Vile City




One of Korea's best actors has to be 죄귀ㅘ Choi Gwi-Hwa. His range is amazing. Loved him in Netflix's excellent Korean version of Suits, which contrasts greatly to this bad ass bad guy as he plays the #2 man to the villain "Chairman Jo" Ha Sang-Mo. Gwi-Hwa's character's strength also contrasts greatly to the character he played in Train to Busan (yes, that's him on the left, below with his head bowed).  As Ha Sang-Mo, Choi Gwi-Hwa's character may be the most complex, least predictable. Like all his roles, it's a nuanced, deep, and enjoyable performance.


죄귀ㅘ Choi Gwi-Hwa in Train to Busan

Here's the Train to Busan trailer, although if you've never seen it, I would recommend it as the best zombie movie ever, and a great movie overall. Just skip the trailer and do yourself a favor. You can watch the trailer after, and then watch the trailer for Train to Busan 2, called Peninsulaa (below). Think The Raid or The Raid: Redemption with zombies.


Each of the actors is memorable in his/her own way. I couldn't recommend this so highly if the performances weren't stellar, plus if you're a fan of KDrama, you will know many of these faces. Hats off to the writer as well, 한정훈 Han Jung-Hoon (Han Jeong-Hun). He also wrote Bad Guys and 2019's The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos (can't wait to see that). I could go on and on, but I don't want to get into spoilers. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  If you're a fan of 김민재 Kim Min Jae, he's in Peninsula.

Here is your cheat sheet (characters by last name alphabetically—I made this version), and below this, the cast courtesy of . . .

Bad Guys: Vile City characters in alphabetical order

AsianWiki dot com cast list for Bad Guys: Vile City




Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker
January 26, 2020

I was very late to see Star Wars, but so glad I did! It was a full circle kind of thing, and very emotional. You realize just how long you've been watching these movies because Harrison Ford is old now, and Carrie Fisher is gone. I tried not to have expectations, but I was in no way disappointed. Quite a bit of it was predictable, but I just tried to enjoy the ride. It delivered everything we like Star Wars movies for. I would say the wrecked Death Star was worth the whole movie. Even though we've gotten really spoiled with amazing CGI, it still took your breath away. I know mega fans will nitpick, but it's still a buffet. Shut up and eat your awesome (<--love that phrase, use it every chance I get and never get sick of it).

Star Wars IX view of Death Star ruin



Bad Boys For Life
January 20, 2020

The best Bad Boys yet! We waited so long for it, I was afraid it would not be worth the wait, but it so was. An extremely enjoyable movie; love it when I want to watch it again right away. Also love that they set it up for more with a new team. Never can get over how beautiful Miami is in movies. It's even more stunning in real life. I thought the most impressive shot was the one they opened with here (and at 1:21):


Bentley Bay South Condominium Penthouse Bad Boys For Life

Bentley Bay Condominium South Penthouse Bad Boys for Life

The glamorous pool deck scene at night was shot at the spectacular Bentley Bay South Condominiums (Penthouse Villa B), which sits on the right hand side at the point when Alton Road meets 5th Street on South Beach as you turn right to leave the Beach and drive across the MacArthur Causeway toward Miami.  (daytime photo from Lucas Lechuga's website Miami Condo Investments  | he is still using the logo I bought/made for him, which was the first logo commission I ever got paid for as a graphic designer—nobody cares, right? LOL)

Miami Condo Investments logo-original        Miami Condo Investments logo

It was once the site of the Biscaya Hotel (also initially called The Floridian) where Al Capone stayed, and had a beautiful patio along the water that you approached by boat. When it fell into disrepair, it was a time when all anyone seemed to care about was Art Deco and it was Mediterranean style, so they couldn't see past the disrepair to appreciate the architecture. What a loss of history and an elegant landmark property. I was on the bridge the morning they imploded it as captured in this video. Many people were sad to see it go.

postcard of Biscaya Hotel originall called The Floridian


Tom Cruise for President!
January 11, 2020

This guy (Miles Fisher) is awesome.



Netflix is 'On the Nose' with Michael Bay's 6 Underground
December 17, 2019

"With loneliness comes freedom to go where you please, do what you want."

Disney had good reason to be worried that Netflix got Michael Bay!  Michael Bay delivers a stunning Action Movie with an unparalleled opening 20 minutes. Within the space of that first 20 minutes, I had said "Holy shit!", "Oh my God!", "How did they do that?!" (twice), "Jesus!", and another two "Oh my Gods!". The killcount was at least 23 at that point and rated "R";, and that is awesome

I love when Action Movies introduce a team like players in, for example, The Rundown. I also liked the numbers-instead-of-names thing too.

6 Underground number one the billionaire

 "One" The Billionaire
played by Ryan Reynolds

  (10/23/76 age 43, 6' 2" born in Vancouver)

6 Underground number two the spy

 "Two" The Spy aka "Cami"
played by Mélanie Laurent

(2/21/83 age 36, 5' 2" born in Paris)

6 Underground number three the hitman

 "Three" The Hitman aka "Javier"
played by Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
(2/25/81 age 38, 6' 2.5" born in Guadalajara))

6 Underground number four the skywalker

 "Four" The Skywalker aka "Billy"
played by  Ben Hardy
(skills: parkour, electronics)
(1/2/91 age 28, 5' 8.5" born in Bournemouth))

6 Underground number five the doctor

 "Five" The Doctor aka "Miliam?"
played by Adria Arjona

 (4/25/92 age 27, 5' 7" born in Puerto Rico
   Ramirez in Fortnite, singer Ricardo Arjona's daughter)

6 Underground number six the driver  "Six" The Driver
played by Dave "Davy" Franco

 (6/12/85 age 34, 5' 7" born in Palo Alto
   actor James Franco's brother
I don't wanna be just James Franco's little brother.")

6 Underground number seven the soldier


 "Seven" The Soldier/Sniper aka "Blaine"
played by Corey Hawkins

  (10/22/88 age 31, 6' 1" born in D.C.)

The movie begins like a Redbull Commercial in a Mission-Impossible-II-cliff-climber opening setting. The Netflix logline reads "After faking his death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives for a bold and bloody mission to take down a brutal dictator."  The movie introduces them and later gives us a little more on each. [SPOILER] One of them dies so they have to replace him.

The premise is all of them would rather be "dead" to the world so they can do good. As "One" puts it:  "Our job as ghosts is to do the dirty work the living can't, or won't." The group has a target hit board of 9 men. Target number one is the "first mission" (this movie). Does that mean we get 8 more movies?! I hope so.

Some things I loved about this movie were . . .

In the opening sequence, when One has to bail out of his aircraft to fake his death, in true Michael Bay fashion, the plane circles around him as he falls (must be seen to be appreciated).

6 Underground redbull crash


The "glorious clusterfuck" first chase scene in a 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio ( in "day-glow green" is something that not only showcases the skills of the team, but how they work, plan ahead for contingencies, get along. It's Michael Bay mayhem at its finest.

Right after a car full of bad guys gets T-boned by a (rig/oil truck?) and they bounce a pedestrian off the hood of the car, the second how-did-they-do-that sequence was this motorcyclist who takes a headshot and winds up on the hood of their car..

6 Underground motorcycle headshot crash

6 Underground motorcycle headshot crash

6 Underground motorcycle headshot crash

6 Underground motorcycle headshot crash

6 Underground motorcycle headshot crash


The third unbelievable stunt was this death-by-pipes impaling:

6 Underground bricks and pipes impaling

6 Underground bricks and pipes impaling

6 Underground bricks and pipes impaling

6 Underground bricks and pipes impaling

6 Underground bricks and pipes impaling


Then there was this guy who got caught between cars in the chase. Photos don't do it justice since it happens so quickly, the cyclist's body is just flung against the Maserati.  Seriously, HOW do they do that?!

6 Underground motorcycle crash between cars

6 Underground motorcycle crash between cars

6 Underground motorcycle crash between cars

6 Underground motorcycle crash between cars


The next gnarly kill was also hard to imagine how they did it..

6 Underground man dragged into excavator

The guy gets dragged. That part looks real/possible/incredible.

6 Underground man dragged into excavator>

6 Underground man dragged into excavator>

Once you see the excavator in the distance, you know what's going to happen.  As the bad guy (whose leg is stuck somehow in the car) gets swung all over the road, he is headed straight for the bucket.

6 Underground man dragged into excavator>

6 Underground man dragged into excavator>

How he flails about and moves his arms looks real, and this looks so painful but in this screencap, it shows it's a dummy.

6 Underground man dragged into excavator>

He hits and gets thrown back 90 degrees (owch) . . .

6 Underground man dragged into excavator>

6 Underground man dragged into excavator>

And then there's the shoe . . .

6 Underground man dragged into excavator>


Gnarly kills are best when it hurts to watch! On the heels of this death is another incredible scene. This is one hell of a chase sequence. We can see it coming, but Michael Bay really puts his mark on it. It's like the worst imaginable car crash movie that they show you in traffic school (yes, someone's been to traffic school more than once).

6 Underground car split in half

Here we see the car breaks in half.

6 Underground car split in half

And, of course, the passengers come flying out.

6 Underground car split in half

6 Underground car split in half

Somehow the driver's still inside and (it's hard to see here) gets something through his neck! Sweet! LOL

It's all Final-Destination-2 good, or maybe I should say Transformers-Dark-of-the-Moon good, because nothing I've seen since has topped the last 45 minutes of the eye-popping 3D of that movie!

Another how-did-they-do-that scene was this 'on the nose' shot through the window at high speed. It looked like tit took half his nose off in real time, but in these pictures, it just gets smooshed to the side.

6 Underground on the nose shot


In this crash, they 2 men in the car come crashing through the windshield. Then, the green car sideswipes them as they try to move. They are knocked into the air and thrown into the wooden slat wall below. Again, timing makes it look so real. I really think 2 stuntmen did this, just don't know how. Looked so real.

6 Underground guys knocked into wall

There's so many more incredible moments in this movie, but that first 20 minutes is packed!!!! The soundtrack is great and there is plenty of humor. This is BY NO MEANS all the crashes or kills, it's just my favorites.

 Some critics complained there wasn't enough story. I think that just translates to they wanted more. You want more. Watch it yourself. The rest is just as good.


And "Two" is a total bad ass! #grrrlpower

6 Underground Melanie Laurent

6 Underground Melanie Laurent



At Last—Black Widow Movie
December 3, 2019

Black Widow 2020 movie poster

I thought for a while it wasn't going to get made, that they had given up. But, here's the trailer. Sounds like an excuse for her to kick ass. Super excited for the female stunt work on this.  Don't even care if it's a good movie, it's MARVEL! 


"I Won't Be Back" Terminator: Dark Fate
November 13, 2019

So, YES, you need Arnold Schwarzenegger if it's a Terminator movie, BUT they don't get what made it cool in the first place: MUSCLE. I saw it in theatres when Arnold was a phenomenon. It was like "What's the big guy gonna do next?" "Oh, they turned him into a robotic killing machine—cool!". We were afraid of him BEFORE we found out he was a killing machine, but none of the Terminators have been scary since. Yes, they've been relentless and indestructible, but still ordinary-looking men/woman—meh!

And this was yet another Terminator movie that gave us only a glimpse of the battle we are all still waiting to see . . . How do they still not get that we want to see THAT movie?!

Terminator: Dark Fate answered a question you didn't want answered: "What would your Dad look like as The Terminator?" Not only did the robot 'become' human, but so did Arnold Schwarzenegger. And yet, he's the still best thing in it. Schwarzenegger humanizes the "Cyberdyne Systems Model 101" in the best/worst way possible.  If just his exterior 'skin' aged but his physique was the same, it would be different, but we are all too painfully aware our heroes are aging. You can't escape reality there and that knowledge/baggage made it suck for me. As he finally says, he won't be back . . . (I'm not crying, you are!)

There were amazing moments but they were just other versions of things we've seen before. Not original, like the "unscathed" moment the liquid metal Terminator stomps out of the burning semi wreckage, but another level version of that. It's the coolest moment in the film (what happens with the—I call him the "tar" version; tar is not scary—REV 9) when he explodes out of burning wreckage, but . . . it's still like this. This photo cold be high school, guess who's the nerd and who's the bully?

Diego Luna looking scrawny next to Arnold Schwarzenegger

As for the women, Linda Hamilton's character is made fun of IMO. The new Sarah Connor character doesn't have a son that will save the world, SHE will save the world. It feels like they just wanted to cast a Latina to attract a demographic (like the choice of Diego Luna). That's great, I'm all for diversity, but this girl is tiny. Again, where's the MUSCLE?! If you're going to have two other average women, bring on a super-bad-ass-beefy-augmented Super Soldier! But "Grace" is just tall. She would look more at home on the runway. I like her androgynous look, but I just don't get why another opportunity for a muscular Vasquez-from-Aliens type was lost. 

Here's a character poster of the tiny and skinny chicks. ACTION MOVIE!!!! <--screaming in Gary Oldman as Stansfield in "Léon: The Professional" way. Where's the muscle? Women are fighting MMA and UFC! Isn't that proof enough, women want to see truly strong women?  

Terminator Dark Fate character poster of tiny and skinny chicks



New Action Movie Trailers
October 25, 2019

Maybe just new to me, but, here we go, here we go . . . As we all countdown to Terminator: Dark Fate (11/1), these look like the-real-deal Action Movies:

Primal  (8 November 2019)

First, let's start with Primal (of course) #becauseNicolasCage, but Kevin Durand might steal the show as the walking wall of villain. Famke Janssen plays (Army) Dr. Ellen Taylor. "A big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a fresh haul of exotic and deadly animals from the Amazon, including a rare white jaguar - along with a political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret. Two days into the journey, the assassin escapes and releases the captive animals, throwing the ship into chaos." And I don't give a damn how fake the white jaguar looks. Rated "R" and it looks like it will have a High Killcount, lots of Gnarly Kills, and because Nicolas Cage, lots of Trash Talking.


Line of Duty  (No Release Date Yet)

This looks exciting (love when they "put a clock on it")! Aaron Eckhart in Line of Duty—"A disgraced cop finds himself in a race against time to find a kidnap victim whose abductor he accidently killed."—succinct. I see explosions, stunt driving, and in the vein of Heat (1995), a gun battle in the streets. Director Steven C. Miller's career speaks volumes for his passion for filmmaking as he hit the ground running (10 years to 'the big time'). He directed Escape Plan 2: Hades, First Kill (Bruce Willis, Hayden Christensen), Arsenal (Nicolas Cage, John Cusack), Marauders (Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista), and Extraction (Bruce Willis, Gina Carano, Kellan Lutz).  No release date listed yett.


Bad Boys For Life  (17 January 2020)

And #becauseMIAMI (the Magic City always looks so pretty in movies, but it's even cooler in real life) Bad Boys For Life brings back the dynamic duo of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, in theatres January 17, 2020. Joe Pantoliano plays that stereotypical police captain (love that). He's been a favorite of mine since Midnight Run (1988) and The Fugitive (1993).


Bloodshot  (21 February 2020)

If you're a Vin Diesel fan, you're excited about this, if not, you're missing out as it looks like Vin does his version of RoboCop. For good or bad, two words: Man's man. Go see it. Bloodshot.  And P.S. Riddick fans, Furya has been announced.



6 Underground—Michael Bay on Netflix!
October 4, 2019

AdWeek ran a story that "Disney Will No Longer Run TV Ads From Rival Netflix on Its Entertainment Networks". I guess you must be #winning if you have Disney worried. And so they should be! Netflix has Michael Bay. His new Action Thriller 6 Underground starring Ryan Reynolds comes to Netflix on 12/13/2019, and true to Michael Bay's #shutupandeatyourawesome ways, the trailer looks FANTASTIC!











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