Cinema is a medium for the grinders of daily life; an escape from the mundane. The Horror genre is a necessity in society; it’s through the horror picture, where a … Continue reading The Horror Picture alleviates pressure on society, supporting authoritarianism.
Double Impact would mark one of the 7x Van Damme has worked with writer/director Sheldon Lettich (Lionheart, Bloodsport). JCVD and Sheldon collaborated on The Order (2001) and The Hard Corps (2011) … Continue reading the brotherhood of ‘double impact’ – Van damme vs. van damme.
Bloodsport, Directed by Newt Arnold and Written by Sheldon Lettich, Christopher Cosby and Mel Friedman, follows the true story of Frank Dux (Van Damme) an American soldier who abandons his … Continue reading ‘bloodsport’ the quintessential jcvd film; a staple for the genre.
Death Warrant was directed by Deran Serafian (Terminal Velocity) and written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy). It’s a story about a recognized police officer named Louis Burke (JCVD), … Continue reading JCVD’s mystery/thriller written by david s. goyer.
Lionheart is a film about altruism and self-sacrifice. In Bloodsport (1988) JCVD used Kumite (one of three main techniques of Karate along with Kata and Kihon). In Kickboxer (1989) he trained the art of … Continue reading THE GAMBLING, STREET FIGHTING & ALTRUISM OF ‘LiONHEART’ – AN ESSENTIAL JCVD FILM.
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s skills as an actor, as well as a martial artist, were on full display in Kickboxer, in ways we didn’t witness in Bloodsport (1988) or Lionheart (1990) … Continue reading JCVD’s skills as an actor & martial artist were on full display in ‘kickboxer’ (1989).
In retrospection, perhaps the critics who dismissed John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness in ’87 will recognize the film for what it’s worth – an inventive horror film conjoining lucifer with … Continue reading John carpenter’s most underrated sci-fi film ‘prince of darkness’ (1987)
The production phase lasted less than 80 days on Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, a sci-fi-romance/tech-noir action picture worth spending under $50m. It took near $9m at the box office. The … Continue reading ‘Strange Days’ in the 21st Century of the 3rd Millennium.
Her is a Sci-Fi/Romance intertwined in a world of tech operations. Theodore is a successful writer who builds a genuine connection with the voice of an uber-advanced, emotionally intelligent A.I.. … Continue reading a soul-tie with a long-lost love in ‘her’ (2013)
Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) is among the greatest films of the 21st century. It bends the genre of romance with science-fiction, conveying the affect of … Continue reading ‘eternal sunshine of the spotless mind’ – a humbly overwhelming sci-fi/romance.
The Predator was portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Which means this is Schwarzenegger versus the guns from Brussels, in a film about a squad of army rangers on an operation … Continue reading the earsplitting concerto, genre-bending plot & intergalactic warfare of ‘predator’ (1987)
The audacious Alaskan Malamute’s (Norwegian dogs) being chased through the snow-white Antarctic alps (shot on-location in Alaska and British Columbia) foreshadow the bravado necessary to survive as a character in … Continue reading Man is the warmest place to hide – john carpenter’s masterpiece ‘the thing’ (1982)