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The B Action Movie Thread
#36
This thread begins and ends with Invasion U.S.A..
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#37
One of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time must be Ticker starring Steven Seagal, Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper, directed by Albert Puyn. It contains a truly awful performance by Hopper. He's supposed to be an Irish terrorist, but his accent just comes and goes all the time. Sometimes during one sentence. Ticker also has the worst blue screen driving scene ever put on film. It looks awful and when the car stops, the background stops abruptly, like the car just hit a wall or something. Unfortunately Seagal doesn't get to do much in this film, except deliver zen wisdom to Sizemore.
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#38
Oh, and now that we're at it -and since I'm too lazy/ashamed to open a new thread for it- anyone knows what's the name of that B-movie that RIPPED COMPLETELY OFF the car chase scene from Bruno's Striking Distance (some footage included, I swear to god)?

I once caught it on TV some day halfway through, recognized some shot, and then -bang!- some other guy was at the wheel. In Bruce Willis' car. What the fuck--?

I mean, really, it was like in Christmas at a mall, when you were a happy kid sitting on Santa's knees until you pulled his beard down and discovered it was actually Al Leong under the disguise SMILING AT YOU.

Damn, that magic is long gone.

Okay, back on general topic, for me the Rites to Manhood started with American Ninja and Bloodsport and ended tragically with Fire Down Below (DTV here in Spain retitled On Deadly Ground 2 -WTF!?-). After that the absolute nada, but in-between a young boy cinematically growing, full of hopes and dreams... and a ponytail.
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#39
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti

Damn straight! You're lucky you got a trailer. Region 1 doesn't have jack! Thank God for this site. It may not be the same trailer they showed overseas but it sure does sum up all the film has to offer, minus the sushi served on naked broads.

That's the one! It would be just okay, but that High Five at the end seals its greatness.

Someone was talking about terrible blue-screen?! You cannot talk about terrible blue-screen until you have seen Derailed with JCVD (not the recent Clive Owen-Jennifer Aniston remake). The whole film is remarkably sloppy - there are pointless jump-cuts which seem to suggest that either the editor is using the film as a CV-boosting work experience job or that they just didn't get enough coverage - but there is a genuinely hilarious and mystifying shootout involving a motorbike, two trains, the Muscles and a couple of goons. I have no idea what happened in that sequence, but there was something strangely beautiful about it.
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#40
Van Damme's "Wake of Death" is pretty damn cool.

I liked Christopher Gans's "Crying Freeman" with Mark Dacascos, as well as Dacascos in "Drive" with Kadeem Hardison.

"A Better Way to Die" is kind of cool.
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#41
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Originally Posted by Quarant

Anyway, big up to Michael Dudikoff the ninjaniest ninja around.

I've caught bits and pieces of his movies on cable, but they always seemed too generic to hold my attention for long. Maybe I just haven't seen his best work. Anyone know what that would be?
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#42
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Originally Posted by Stew

Van Damme's "Wake of Death" is pretty damn cool.

I liked Christopher Gans's "Crying Freeman" with Mark Dacascos, as well as Dacascos in "Drive" with Kadeem Hardison.

"A Better Way to Die" is kind of cool.

Drive is the best American kung fu film ever made. And Rush Hour should be ashamed for ripping it off.
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#43
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Originally Posted by Desslar

Maybe I just haven't seen his best work. Anyone know what that would be?

BACHELOR PARTY, that's it.
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#44
I just saw Lundgren's Mechanik and it's the best dtv action film I've seen since Van Damme's Wake of Death. I wasn't a big fan of Lundgren's previous directorial work Defender, but Mechanik is solid. It looks great, the writing is ok and there's lots of well directed action. I really liked the fact that it takes place in Russia and it's filmed there. There's lots of great scenery that you see very rarely in movies. Although I must say that the last scene in the Russian - Finnish border, doesn't look like any border crossing point I know of.

Man, I loved the way Lundgren blows away the main bad guy in a geysir of blood.
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#45
Glad you enjoyed THE MECHANIK Timo. Sadly when it is released here next month Sony is releasing it with the awful title of THE RUSSIAN SPECIALIST. Oh well, those are the breaks in the DTV world. I really dig how the film has a bit of a western feel with the final confrontation.
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#46
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Originally Posted by ServantOfDagon

I think The Rock is an underrated guy. He should be the next Schwarzenegger imho, but likely he's going to end up a new Bruce Campbell: charisma out the ass, but no big mainstream success. And since he's not as "underground" as Bruce, he won't even have the same cult following.

I think The Rock may yet become the megastar he deserves to be. Hopefully the upcoming Southland Tales and Spy Hunter will be much better than the dreadful Be Cool (although The Rock as great in it) and Doom.

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BACHELOR PARTY, that's it.

Er, were there ninjas in that? What about:

American Ninja?
Chain of Command?
Bounty Hunters?

Seems like most of his films are no longer available in the U.S. Possible communist conspiracy?
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#47
I've never seen CHAIN OF COMMAND or the what must be stellar BOUNTY HUNTER series but AMERICAN NINJA blows, they should have given the lead to Steve James. He had some personality. I'm glad that even with the resurgence with these type of movies that Dudikoff has been MIA for a few years.
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#48
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti

I liked how the somewhat interesting French inspector from the first film turned into some kind of wacky sitcom loud shirt wearing guy this time around.

Just like in the first Transporter the director seems to be challenged when it comes to actors' performances, most of which are stiff and lifeless. If the Transporter himself actually had a personality this franchise would probably be a lot bigger.


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I'm glad that even with the resurgence with these type of movies that Dudikoff has been MIA for a few years.

Gave the genre a bad name did he?
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#49
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Originally Posted by Stew

I liked Christopher Gans's "Crying Freeman" with Mark Dacascos, as well as Dacascos in "Drive" with Kadeem Hardison.

Here's the thing. Yeah, Crying Freeman was cool, but I thought Drive was absolute shite and Hardison was seriously irritating. However....

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Originally Posted by Nigel St. Buggering

Drive is the best American kung fu film ever made. And Rush Hour should be ashamed for ripping it off.

I can't actually disagree with this quote. For the life of me, I can't go one better and I do recall there being a half-decent fight between Dacascos and the super-suped up enemy dude. I know there is one out there, but everything I think of is HK or European. I would throw Shanghai Noon in, cos it has some awesome choreography and Chan's bit with the horseshoe is staggering, but it's not strictly a kung fu movie is it? More a buddy-western comedy, with a kickass fight sequence at the end.

Oh, and films can't feel shame. Only love.
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#50
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Originally Posted by sackley

Drive is the best American kung fu film ever made.

I can't actually disagree with this quote. For the life of me, I can't go one better and I do recall there being a half-decent fight between Dacascos and the super-suped up enemy dude. I know there is one out there, but everything I think of is HK or European.

Hmm... That is tough. Bourne Identity? Blade? The Matrix? The Rundown? Seagal in his prime?
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#51
DRIVE is one that I'd like to give another shot. It just didn't do anything for me when I first saw it and none of the fights left much of an impression on me. I guess if you view KISS OF THE DRAGON as a European kung-fu flick then I would take the fights in both LITTLE TOKYO and RAPID FIRE any day over the ones in DRIVE.

What's the word on Dacascos' CHINA STRIKE FORCE? I've had that recorded for a while now and just haven't had the time and/or urge to watch it yet.
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#52
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti

What's the word on Dacascos' CHINA STRIKE FORCE? I've had that recorded for a while now and just haven't had the time and/or urge to watch it yet.

It's got the Coolio stamp of quality.


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This thread begins and ends with Invasion U.S.A..

Embarrassing as it is, I've seen very little Norris material. That does sound like a good one.
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#53
Coolio is a contributing factor as to why I haven't watched it yet, and recently seeing Dacascos play an underwelming bad guy opposite Rutger Hauer in RED LINE isn't going to get me to check CHINA out anytime soon either.
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#54
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Originally Posted by Timo

Ticker also has the worst blue screen driving scene ever put on film. It looks awful and when the car stops, the background stops abruptly, like the car just hit a wall or something.

Worse than the underwater scene in Transporter 2? That was embarrassing for a major film. I wonder if they used a European effects house.


I've seen the fantastic Brotherhood of the Wolf. Are there any other Dacascos films that come close to that?
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#55
If you're giving Drive another chance, see if you can do it with the full theatrical cut. Of course, it's only available as a region 2 pal disc. But it really is a better film than the truncated cable version we got here.
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#56
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Originally Posted by PsycheOut00

Oh, and now that we're at it -and since I'm too lazy/ashamed to open a new thread for it- anyone knows what's the name of that B-movie that RIPPED COMPLETELY OFF the car chase scene from Bruno's Striking Distance (some footage included, I swear to god)?

I once caught it on TV some day halfway through, recognized some shot, and then -bang!- some other guy was at the wheel. In Bruce Willis' car. What the fuck--?

Apparently the movie you're talking about is Ablaze, featuring none other than the Dudikoff himself. It allegedly uses footage from Striking Distance and the Leslie Nielsen classic City on Fire. Hey, if you're going to steal you might as well steal from the best, right?
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#57
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Originally Posted by Nigel St. Buggering

And Rush Hour should be ashamed for ripping it off.

So should Blade 2.

My grandpa loves his B action movies it's unbelievable.

Spent christmas watching Belly of the Beast(not a bad film on seconds viewing) and American Yakuza 2 which fucking hilarious.

The American Yakuza 2 video had previews of other really bad DTV releases which I never want to see again.
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#58
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Originally Posted by Desslar

I've seen the fantastic Brotherhood of the Wolf. Are there any other Dacascos films that come close to that?

Sadly, nope. But Crying Freeman is from the same director and has some decent action sequences. Nothing as ass-kicking as Dacascos' scenes in Brotherhood though.
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#59
Since he hasn't come up yet, I'm gonna give a shout-out to Jake Speed himself, Wayne Crawford.

A coupla buddies of mine did the Special Effects for an old movie of his called Snake Island and I gotta tell ya, it's pretty much the worst film of all time - but in a "so bad it's good" way. In fact, IMDB had so few positive reviews that the producer logged on twice (USING HIS OWN NAME) and wrote a glowing review in the guise of someone who's just seen the film. Check it out, it's hilarious.

Crawford also starred in a film called LAPD: To Serve and Protect which has the quadruple B-Movie punch goodness of him, Michael Madsen, Marc Singer and Dennis Hopper.

And I always thought that if a movie with that many bad actors was made a black hole would open up and suck in all of humanity...
I might have been born yesterday sir, but I stayed up all night!
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#60
Jake Speed rocks. I meant to dig out my old, ex-rental VHS (you know, those massive boxes?) when it came up on the Daily Graboid a while back. Its just such a bizarre setting for a film of its type... Gotta love the Kid.
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#61
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Originally Posted by sackley

Sadly, nope. But Crying Freeman is from the same director and has some decent action sequences. Nothing as ass-kicking as Dacascos' scenes in Brotherhood though.

That's too bad. I loved Brotherhood. Best European action film I've ever seen. And I got a kick out of the blond-haired hero who looked like Vince Neil of Motley Crue.

Is Crying Freeman based closely on the manga, or did they just use the title?
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#62
CONTEMPORARY ICONS VOL. 1 PART 1: PATRICK KILPATRICK



The world of B-action movies is full of actors who shot to quick fame playing heroes but blew their load playing the same role over and over. So while Sasha Mitchell just delivered my newspaper this morning, guys like Patrick Kilpatrick maintain long careers playing characters with names like “Mance,” “Jaggart,” and “Ray Booth.”

Kilpatrick has appeared in many high profile projects. ERASER, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, and REMO WILLIMAS just to name a few (Was REMO WILLIAMS high profile?). But those films tend to find Kilpatrick appearing for precious few minutes before getting his ass handed to him by the star (Does Kilpatrick get his ass handed to him by Fred Ward in REMO WILLIAMS?). As great as he is in those roles it is the smaller genre films where the man truly gets to shine, such as the following selections.

RIOT: For most of this movie the audience believes that our hero, played by Gary Daniels, is punching his way through an urban riot zone to rescue an heiress from a common street gang. But as the story unfolds it is revealed that the gang is merely doing the bidding of a former IRA madman with an axe to grind. Kilpatrick takes the “American doing an Irish” accent to new levels as O’Flaherty, a man so sinister that I have barely been able to eat a bowl of Lucky Charms since.

BEST OF THE BEST 2: In a motion picture with more great performances than films like BEST OF THE BEST 3 and BEST OF THE BEST 4 combined, Kilpatrick glows as Finch. Nobody can bring something new to the cliché role of guy-who-heads-security-at-illegal-fighting-tournaments quite like Kilpatrick. I admire any actor who can remain cool even after they’ve been kicked in the face by Eric Roberts.

DEATH WARRANT: Not a huge fan of this one. I’m moving on.

THE SUBSTITUTE: FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION: When most film series are running out of steam on their 4th entry, THE SUBSTITUTE films fuck that trend thanks mainly to Kilpatrick. He dons the role of Brack, the sadistic head of a once prestigious military academy who is secretly brainwashing his students into becomming white supremacists. One problem for Brack, there’s a new substitute American history professor in town who doesn’t take kindly to what’s going down.

MINORITY REPORT: Screw Cruise, to hell with Colin Farrell. For all the praise Steven Spielberg has received over his career he made his biggest mistake since HOOK by not giving Kilpatrick a larger role in this 2002 Sci-Fi blockbuster. At the very least Spielberg should make up for this blunder by producing a TV series showing us more exploits of Kilpatrick’s beloved Officer Jeff Knott (That’s Knott with two “T’s” baby!).

Who knows when Kilpatrick will dazzle us with his abilities in the future? Actors like him can go years in between memorable roles. But what's truly important is that every casting director in Hollywood knows precisely where to flip the rolodex when looking for a guy to play any number of homicidal maniac-type personalities.
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#63
Yeah, but he was the best part of Death Warrant, unless you count the one eyed Benson.

I just wanted to say that The Protector is on Spike right now, almost over, but I'm sure it will be on later tonight. I truly believe that this movie contains Big John Stud's best performance ever.
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#64
I still remember seeing him in 'Death Warrant' as a sadistic inmate and the villain of the piece. What a piece of work he was in that film, it's funny to see him show up in 'Minority Report'
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#65
Just gonna throw it out there....

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.

I loves it, no matter how bad it is (I actually don't think its so bad).
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#66
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Originally Posted by sackley

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.

I loves it, no matter how bad it is (I actually don't think its so bad).

This is where I go for my Big John Stud fix. The film has so much to offer. Daniel Baldwin in a bulletproof leather coat, thin Sizemore, and Don Johnson joining the illustrious list of actors who have beaten the crap out of Branscombe Richmond.

Speaking of Branscombe, check this site out

It's full of interesting facts. Did you know "Branscombe Richmond and the Indian Motorcycle company have an excellent relationship. Any time you see Branscombe on a bike...it's an Indian. Branscombe's notoriety and hard work brought him to being the National Spokesman for the Indian Motorcycle Company and the position of V.P. of the Office of Public Affairs of the Indian Motorcycle."

All that and he has his own band! Any way you slice it he's Contemporary Icon material.
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#67
I thought Harley Davidson was decent, if nothing special. Pretty cool soundtrack though.

Has anyone ever seen that other Don Johnson action spectacular Dead Bang? It does have B veteran William Forsythe in it.
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#68
I saw DEAD BANG recently and it's not bad, what hurts it is the Neo-Nazi bad guys are a little too generic. But Johnson does a good job of playing a very Un-Crockettish lawman and Bob Balaban is a perfect contrast as a probation officer who is forced into helping Johnson with his case. William Forsythe goes way against type as an FBI agent who is upset by Johnson's constant use of foul language. It's quite a stretch for Forsythe who has always had one of the more potty-mouthed cinematic vocabularies known to man.
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#69
Speaking of Forsythe, gotta love Stone Cold (the Brian Bosworth one, not the recent Tom Selleck one). Bikers, titties, oodles of things blowing up and a monster shootout in a courtroom. And of course, Lance Henriksen as Chains. Awesome.
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#70
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti

William Forsythe goes way against type as an FBI agent who is upset by Johnson's constant use of foul language. It's quite a stretch for Forsythe who has always had one of the more potty-mouthed cinematic vocabularies known to man.

Speaking of playing against type, did you know that Forsythe played the computer geek in Cloak & Dagger? Man, that takes me back. Seems like he doesn't get many A movie roles these days though.
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