The Birth of ‘The Man with No Name’ Action Movie Archetype

How 'Yojimbo' and 'A Fistful of Dollars' shaped the modern action movie star When Italian director Sergio Leone began production on what would become his...

An Introduction to the Samurai Way in ‘The Challenge’ (1982)

Scott Glenn, Toshiro Mifune and the Way of the Samurai. The Challenge is a 1982 martial arts masterpiece and one of my all time favorite...

Remo Williams: Fred Ward as America’s James Bond

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) I was raised reading a series of pulp novels entitled The Destroyer.  It told the story of a NYPD...

How Jackie Chan Changed Action Movies For The Better

Rumble in the Bronx (1995), a.k.a. the end of the classic action movie genre Before 1995, action movies were pretty much slugfests and shoot-em-ups. The...

Why ‘Pray for Death’ (1985) is the Ultimate Ninja Movie

Sho Kosugi, Ultimate Ninja Warrior As a child of the 80s, I grew up with a lot of awesome things. Saturday morning cartoons. Comic books....

Lionheart (1990): Van Damme’s Forgotten Masterpiece

Lionheart takes on Bloodsport for JCVD Supremacy With Jean-Claude Van Damme’s recent revelation that later this year he will begin filming Lionheart 2, a direct...

Rambo: A Love Letter to Sylvester Stallone’s ‘First Blood’

First Blood (1982): My First Ultimate Action Movie Whether it’s your first word, first step, first kiss, first job, first date, etc., life is about...

Shoot to Fight in Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993)

Bolo Yeung Takes on the Karate Kids. Arguing about which Martial Arts style would win in a fight to the death was an essential part...

Nicolas Cage in ‘Face/Off’ – The 90s Action Hero We Never Knew We Needed...

FACE/OFF (1997): PART 3 OF THE BEIGE VOLVO TRILOGY Note: This is part 3 of The Beige Volvo Trilogy. Read Part 1 on ‘The Rock’ and Part 2...

UAMC Reviews: Why No One Is ‘Cooler’ Than Patrick Swayze in ‘Road House’

Road House (1989): Swayze's Greatest Legacy Much can be said of Liam Neeson’s late-career resurgence from a traditional thespian into a full-blown, grade A, American action...