Chain Reaction can refer to a few movies, so to clarify the situation, we’re gonna talk about 1996 movie starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz and Morgan Freeman. And it took me a while to get it on DVD! At least, for a decent price, you know…but, luckily, I’ve found a 3-movie pack (along with Johny Mnemonic and Point Break, so, yay…happy days!)
If you remember good old 1990s and were using computers back then, chances are you remember Wolfenstein 3D. And if so, you certainly remember Doom and its sequel, Doom 2: Hell on Earth. We’re talking about the great age of PC games. Obviously, the franchise has spread to consoles as well and now the new version, called Doom Eternal.
Well, they don’t make ‘em like that anymore…they probably do, though, as the low budget filmmaking is pretty much alive and well all over the world, but these little B-, C-…Z-grade movies from the 1990s have their peculiar charm for all of us growing up as teens in those times.
The Italian cinematography with all its ups and downs is pretty much known around the world, but today I was in a mood for something different than usual post-apocalyptic, horror or giallo movie. Yep, folks, I was craving some war action and there was a time nobody did them better (or worse, depending on the perspective) than our Italian filmmakers.
Finally, JCVD is here in the pages of the Rubber Axe webzine! It’s almost criminal to omit this B-movie star and legend so it’s time to remedy that situation straight away!
With Fist of Steel, what we have here it’s not the 1989 movie Fists of Steel with Carlos Palomino and Henry Silva, this singular fist has Cynthia Khan and Dale Cook starring in the 1992 movie (although sometimes the year of release is stated as 1991, so pick your favourite) directed by Teddy Page (under the pseudonym Irving Johnson). So that should clear any confusion one might have. Oh, and sometimes it’s known as Eternal Fist. You’re welcome.
Truth to be told, I haven’t seen a nice not-totally-old-school but still older martial arts flick in ages! So, when I’ve managed to have some time on Friday night (which doesn’t happen as often as I’d like), I’d decided to re-visit one of the moves I’ve seen as a kid in post-commie Czechoslovakia, as this one (and a couple of others) were among the first ones being officially released on VHS.
For some strange reason I’ve developed an urge to watch some post-apocalyptic movie. Although I still want to re-watch Mad Max trilogy (plus Fury Road), as I need to refresh my memories, I’ve opted for a great silly Italian rip-off from the great late Joe D’Amato – 2020 Texas Gladiators.
Jim Wynorski is The Man and that’s the fact. Why? Because almost anybody can make a movie given enough money and time, but it takes a genius to do a likeable low-budget flick. And because there are still quite a few of his movies I haven’t watched yet, one nice rainy day I have decided to remedy that situation and sit down to enjoy his directorial debut The Lost Empire.
Today is a reason for a little celebration! Really! First, we have an addition to our Die Hard rip off section, and we all agree it was long overdue. Well, the wait is over!