Dueling with the Cannon Films’ Ninja Trilogy

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Interest in the Cannon Films productions from the 1980s has had a growing resurgence in recent years.  The films of that ‘golden era’ came under the leadership of Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.  2014 marked not only the death of Golan and associated memorial publicity but also the release of two documentaries about […]

Steven Seagal’s Golden Era in Film

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Prior to reading the action movie reviewer Vern’s excellent book “Seagolgy,” I had little interest in the films of Steven Seagal.  However, Vern’s analysis highlighted the many quirks within Seagal’s work that a casual viewer wouldn’t otherwise notice.  As a result, viewing Seagal’s films became more interesting and enjoyable than I would have otherwise imagined. […]

Re-Discovering The Lost Empire with Jim Wynorski

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“We have a gorilla suit, let’s use it.” – Jim Wynorski, Director   “The Lost Empire” might be the rare film where you want to watch it with the director’s audio commentary turned on before actually watching the film itself.  Before getting into details regarding the film though, let me first offer a personal anecdote […]

Lessons Learned from Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate

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  In the decades since its production, most people have forgotten about Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate” and its harrowing production via the film ‘studio’ United Artists. Although this saga took place in the late 1970s, many of the mistakes made in the handling of that film are still relevant today. The story behind “Heaven’s Gate” […]

Conan The Barbarian’s Film History

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    Introduction   It has been remarkable that Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian has managed to stay visible in pop culture across magazines, books, comic books, films, and video games since debuting in print in 1932.  One reason was undoubtedly the surprising amount of basic source material.  Between the time of the character’s creation and […]