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  1. Nabbed this at Walmart for $9. Watched it last night. On an impression after an initial viewing, I would say, "Run! Do not walk. Run away from this!" The plot isn't bad. It's a standard trope. Guy is a professional fighter, but wife gets pregnant, so he tries to bow out of the game. Villain want him to fight, attacks pregnant, so guy wants revenge, destroying villain's drug enterprise in the process. It's a no-brainer. The acting is serviceable. Sadly, the choreography is lackluster. It is very basic fare, and poorly shot and poorly edited to boot. One good thing in the film is costar Sarah Chang, who also served as action director. Her character is fun and interesting, and has the best lines. She's got talent in a number of areas. It will be interesting to see what she does in the future. That is, if she hasn't shot herself in the foot with this movie. I think the action would have looked better is the camera had been pulled back, but some of the problem with the fights was also the angles used. They did not work. The editing of some moments in the fights is also horrendous, to the point that certain moves or impacts aren't even conveyed. The only other good thing about this movie is that the star Ian Ignacio looks a lot like Korean pop star Rain, and now I want to watch Ninja Assassin again.
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    Kill Zone vs Flash Point

    That's a double feature that one should only engage in if determined to die from boredom.
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    Atomic Eden (2015) by Nico Sentner

    I'm down for anything with Moller in it kicking butt.
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    Netflix's The Witcher

    Yes, and the producers didn't do a good job of cluing you in about it either. You sort of have to figure it out. The wife & I were discussing that last night. If someone were to list the story eps in the chronological order they occur, I think I'd probably get a better sense of the continuity watching them in that order a second time around.
  5. Jailbreak for 2017 because the choreography is solid and consistent. I like Savage Dog but it just didn't quite check all the boxes for me. And I loved Atomic Blonde but view it more as an action film with some solid MA moments. Accident Man for 2018 because Adkins owns that movie and the fights are great. Hard call though because The Night Comes For Us has some vicious fights scenes. Triple Threat for 2019 because there's a plethora of great screen fighters & we finally got Adkins vs Jaa. And as much as I loved JW 3, again I see it more as an action movie with some killer fight scenes, especially the finale. Plus, I haven't seen Ip Man 4 and probably won't until its dvd release.
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    Happy 2020

    Well, it's officially 2020, but I still need reading glasses. What's up with that? Here's hoping everyone has a blessed year, and that we all get some great MA films to kick the decade off with a much wanted visual punch.
  7. I enjoyed Rise of the Legend far more than True Legend. And Jailbreak has its moments. It's not necessarily mind-blowing choreography but it is consistently good stuff. I just don't get the love for Wu Xia. Great story but sub par choreography for me.
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    What Books Are You Currently Reading or Read?

    Runnin' With The Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen (2017) by Noel E. Monk with Joe Layden Fewer bands than Van Halen made a long lasting impression on my musical tastes growing up in the 70's & 80's. Their music contributed greatly to the soundtrack of my adolescence, especially those high school years. I screamed myself hoarse in imitation of David Lee Roth's raspy screech, and could actually nail it for the most part. (Some of them either got out of my vocal range or got away from me entirely.) But alas, as is always the case when you adore those who attain legendary status in whatever aspect of entertainment they may reside, the less you know, the better off you are so that your mental image of them isn't too terribly tarnished. Hey, if you're a fan of the band, you know there were a lot of personal conflicts in the group dynamic. That's just no secret. Monk was their manager from the beginning right up to the point Roth went solo after the mind-blowing success of their album 1984. You want the inside on Van Halen? Here it is. With all their insecurities, egocentricities (and egos), tour antics, alcoholism, and drug dependence. Truly the band of "the party never stops" never stopped partying. They lived the life they promoted. Of course you're saying, "Well, what do you expect, ShaOW!linDude?" Oh, I expected that. What I did not expect was the rancor they held for one another almost from the beginning, particularly Roth and Eddie Van Halen. Even more shocking for me was to learn that Roth, Eddie, and Alex all regarded the bassist Michael Anthony with disdain, and he was the meekest of the bunch, just happy to be there and contribute. And sadly, when they gave him a raw deal contractually, he took it. I got this for Xmas and blew through it in a week. It's a fun, easy read of a group's implosion that honestly shouldn't have taken as long as it did. Monk's asides about the music business and his experiences as a band manager are quite interesting, too. But honestly, in retrospect, I almost wish I hadn't read it. So disappointing considering what might have been if not for the egos, alcohol, and drugs. I guess "Eruption" was a fitting song for their debut album because that's what they were in a constant state of. Hey, we got some killer music out of it, but we could have gotten more. Just being greedy, I guess. Kind of like the guys in the band. (Ooooh. Now I don't care much for myself either.)
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    Undercover Punch and Gun (2019)

    This is $30 - 40 on Amazon. Think I'm gonna wait a while.
  10. As always, you are owning me. That is a bold statement for @One Armed Boxer's reviews, but when it comes to MA films, I have to concur.
  11. For real. I'll be honest that I didn't expect much action-wise from MJW in this, but I did think he would be in it more than he was. He's a good actor, and BD proved he has some comedic chops. This was like a mash up of Undercover Brother and Black Dynamite, and a very poor one. @KUNG FU BOB, just go ahead and send it back. Once you've watched it on Netflix, you won't ever be watching it again. As far as MJW doing some action? Netflix had his movie The Hard Way. Search it out and stick it in your queue. Some fantastic fights in there with him putting the beatdown on folks. I really wish that would get a dvd release.
  12. @DrNgor would probably know for sure.
  13. Maybe Marked For Death or The Glimmer Man? Or maybe On Deadly Ground?
  14. This is actually based of a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. I'm currently reading a collection of his work, and I just finished this story yesterday. One of my faves so far.
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