Hey everybody, I might not post any new reviews until after Thanksgiving. We’ll see. But I wanted to say thank you everybody for your support and just for reading and commenting and everything. I appreciate it and it inspires me to continuing striving for excellence.
Also I’m thankful that the films of badass cinema are alive and well enough that some of our favorite action movie icons have movies on the way, and some of them recently released trailers. So I have gathered some of them here for us to watch and discuss.
I’ll start with my favorite one…
As you can see it is not based on the Beastie Boys song. It’s directed and co-written by David Ayer. He’s known for writing TRAINING DAY and directing STREET KINGS and HARSH TIMES. He also wrote THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS though. I think he’s more interesting than trustworthy, but this one looks good, this seems like a really good role for Schwarzenegger to do right now. Good to see Max Martini continuing to get roles, and I didn’t recognize Sam Worthington. IMDb says Arnold’s buddy Ralf Moeller is in it too. This one comes out in April.
Now for some Van Damme.
As you can see that one’s directed by Peter Hyams, father of John Hyams who directed Van Damme in TIMECOP and SUDDEN DEATH. Interesting that JCVD is taking these different types of roles now, like playing the bad guy here, or the mentor in DRAGON EYES. Or what about this one:
I don’t know, doesn’t look hilarious, but the way they’re using Van Damme seems promising. I’ll definitely see that.
How ’bout some Zoe Bell:
Somebody on Twitter told me to lower my expectations for this, but I hadn’t really given it much thought at that time. Seeing the trailer makes me hope that guy was wrong though. Nice to see her getting a real vehicle, at least, plus she’s reunited with fellow Death Poofer Tracy Thoms, and I like Rachel Nichols from P2.
Here’s an older trailer, but it’s kinda my duty to include it.
FORCE OF EXECUTION:
I’ll be honest, Seagal has been in a dry spell lately. Not doing as many movies, mostly that TV show, and his movies haven’t been too exciting. This one looks a little better though. Director Keoni Waxman did a pretty good Steve Austin movie called HUNT TO KILL as well as two okay Seagal ones, THE KEEPER and A DANGEROUS MAN. More recently he did MAXIMUM CONVICTION starring both Seagal and Austin, but it was mathematically impossible, it did not equal the sum of its parts. We’ll see how he does this time.
I don’t know about this 30o-ified Hercules movie designed to come out before Brett Ratner’s one starring The Rock:
Doesn’t look promising to me. I assumed it was a theatrical release until I saw the earlier (basically the same?) trailer a month or so ago and it looked more like a SCORPION KING prequel level of production values. But on this one I notice that it says it’s in theaters, in 3D even. Anyway, as you probly noticed Scott Adkins is the villain. Also it’s directed by Renny Harlin. So that’s why it’s on my radar.
In more promising Scott Adkins news there’s a new trailer for NINJA II: SHADOW OF A TEAR, which I notice is the title now. It got the II back. I almost didn’t watch it because obviously I’m sold already. So I don’t blame you if you don’t watch it, but I can tell you that it looks like the type of thing an individual like me would enjoy to see.
NINJA II: SHADOW OF A TEAR comes out in the U.S. on December 31st, not just VOD but also on disc. So save space on your top ten lists just in case in my opinion.
Finally, this one doesn’t fit the theme of movies starring our favorite action heroes, but they got a full length trailer now for that NEED FOR SPEED movie from Scott Waugh, the director of ACT OF VALOR. Waugh has been doing some press lately and as I predicted when I wrote up the teaser this movie is all about trying to do a ridiculous amount of practical car stunts. And it really comes through in this trailer.
Anyway, have a good holiday or Thursday. Eat a sweet a potato. How bad can life be if you’re eating a sweet potato and NINJA II comes out in just over a month? Not that bad.