Ronin (Arrow) – Blu-ray Review

Ronin is a 1998 action-thriller from John Frankenheimer, presented here on 1080p from a 4K restoration scanned from the negative of the original 35mm print by Arrow Video, which was overseen and approved by director of photography, Robert Fraisse.

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Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla – Blu-ray Review

Shin Godzilla is Toho Picture’s 29th entry in the Godzilla franchise, and the first Godzilla film created by the venerable Japanese studio in over a decade.  Toho’s filmmakers strung together Shin Godzilla for only $20 million. While this is a big budget for a non-American film, it’s still a surprising number when you account for Read more about Shin Godzilla – Blu-ray Review[…]

The Great Wall

The Great Wall – Blu-ray Review

The Great Wall (2016) was heavily panned by critics (even Chinese ones) and was widely regarded as a flop at the box office. It is one of the first big budget collaborations between Chinese and American film studios, and was directed by Zhang Yimou and features Hollywood actors Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, and Willem Dafoe. Read more about The Great Wall – Blu-ray Review[…]

The Marine 5: Battleground – Blu-ray Review

Most people don’t take professional wrestling very seriously… and those people often wind up taking a clothesline to the face. I was surprised when I made the personal realization there’s a lot of crossover between professional wrestlers and some very good action films. Wrasslers have repeatedly demonstrated their prowess at choreographing film fights on the fly, and much like Hong Kong’s famed martial artists they’re willing to take a convincing punch or two while the camera is rolling. Still don’t believe me? Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride showcased a great performance by Andre the Giant. The greatest street fight in American cinema was fought between Keith David and Rowdy Roddy Piper in John Carpenter’s They Live. More recently, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has become an integral part of the ridiculously immortal Fast saga, and is currently the highest paid star in Hollywood.  Dave Batista has also won audience and box office approval as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Weekly wrasslin’ on TV and at county fairgrounds across America might be a cheesy fight-centric soap opera,  but it’s had an undeniable role in shaping American action film culture. Can WWE Studios’ The Marine 5: Battleground honor the cult legacy of films like They Live and Jeremy Lin’s Fast franchise?

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