The History of the Action Movie

Action movies have been a part of our lives since the dawn of cinema itself. It features one of the most simplistic stories a movie can tell. A hero faces daunting odds and an evil villain and must save the day. Whether the her...
by Omar
 

 

 

Why Can Nobody Shoot an Action Scene Anymore?

I am just back from seeing Battle: Los Angeles and absolutely loved it, however, it has one fatal flaw that so many movies have today, that damn shaky cam. Is it really so hard to hold the camera steady so we can make out what&...
by Eoin Friel
 

 
 

Cut Scenes

Don’t you hate it when you see a trailer to a movie then when you watch it in the theatre half of the stuff from the trailer isn’t in it? So I’m gonna try and find a bunch of films where this has been the case. The most r...
by Eoin Friel
 

 

 

Whatever Happened to John Woo?

I was always a huge fan of Mr. Woo’s movies, the balletic violence, the slow mo and the over use of doves and pigeons. His movies were so stylish: Hard Boiled, The Killer, Face/Off, Hard Target, Broken Arrow and M:I-2 are...
by Eoin Friel
 

 
 

Scott Free

My day job has been too busy lately so I haven’t been able to write much, so I’m trying to make up for it tonight. I’ve talked a lot about great producers who have made some classic actioners but now I am goin...
by Eoin Friel
 

 

 

An Evening with Al Pacino

So as you may or may not know, Al Pacino was doing a talk in Niagara Falls last night and I was lucky enough to go along and see him. I have to say that he is one of the most entertaining people I’ve ever seen. He is extremel...
by Eoin Friel
 

 
 

The Death of the Action Hero

I wrote this over a year ago, before The Expendables came out but thought it was still relevant.   So I was flicking through the channels there and Dirty Harry was on. Eastwood chews the scenery in that movie; he takes no ...
by Eoin Friel
 

 

 

Outnumbered

So, today I want to bring to your attention an up and coming talent: Taj L. Cooper. He sent me a short student film showcasing some great martial arts and action scenes. It was shot on a tiny budget and is called “Outnumb...
by Eoin Friel
 

 
 

Charity Hurts

I received an email from Andrew Thatcher in Australia, who wrote and directed a low budget martial arts flick called “Charity Hurts.”  He sent me the DVD so I could check it out, which I just did. Synopsis:  ̶...
by Eoin Friel
 

 

 

Frank Martin is a Crap Transporter

You all know who Frank is right? The Transporter (played by Jason Statham).  So, we’re getting a TV Series apparently (someday) which I’ll check out, despite being Stathless. In his place will be Chris Vance from T...
by Eoin Friel