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Legionnaire: Van Damme’s Period Desert Epic

Jean Claude Van Damme gets real in Legionnaire (1998) The late 90s was an odd time to be a fan of action movies. Many big action...

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...

Bill Hader Tries Serious Action and Acting in ‘Barry’

But does the HBO action comedy work? Best known for his time at Saturday Night Live and being buddies with Lebron James in Trainwreck, Bill...

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...

5 Underappreciated Action Movies of the 1990s

Neglected but not forgotten. The 90’s were a strange, fluid time for action flicks. The old model of making them – a huge star would...

What The Expendables Series Got Right (and What it Got Wrong)

Ultimate Meditations on Stallone's Expendables Co: Why did they pick you? Because you like to fight? Rambo: I’m expendable. Co: What mean “expendable”? Rambo: It’s...

A Wish for Death: Ranking The Original ‘Death Wish’ Movies

Because Charles Bronson Wishes Death On Us All The Death Wish movies hold a special place in my heart. My all time favorite action franchise in...

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...

Nicolas Cage in ‘Con Air’ – The 90s Action Hero We Never Knew We...

Con Air (1997): Part 2 of the Beige Volvo Trilogy Note: This is part 2 of The Beige Volvo Trilogy. Read Part 1 on 'The Rock'...