Martial Arts

TIFF 2021 Review: ‘Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash’ Does Not Live Up to Its Crazy Title

At the 2021 Toronto Film Festival, Alan French reviews "Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash" from the director Edwin. The dark comedy, rom-com, martial arts genre-bender stars Marthino Lio and Lady...

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Triple Threat Movie Review: The Three

Back in the ‘90s the ultimate martial arts combination would’ve been Jackie Chan and Jet Li. They finally did it in 2008. Now the martial arts heirs Tony Jaaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen team up  in Tri...

The Debt Collector Movie Review: Scott Adkins’ Training Day

If you’re not going out to the movies this weekend, there’s a new Scott Adkins vehicle available right in your home. And man oh man, does he drive The Debt Collector. French (Adkins) runs a dojo that’...

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story 25th Anniversary

I saw the Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story before I’d ever seen a real Bruce Lee movie. I had just discovered Brandon Lee in the previous year’s Rapid Fire (with Showdown in Little Tokyo on HBO around the ...

Cobra Kai Season 1 Review: Franchise Fred Waxes On About This Sequel Series

Franchise Fred believes there should always be more sequels to movies. Even if we end up with a Karate Kid III, it can still give way to the fun twist of a Next Karate Kid. It’s becoming more common f...

Bloodsport and the Films of Jean-Claude Van Damme: 30 Years of Van Dammage

Today is the 30th anniversary of the movie that made Jean-Claude Van Damme a star. In limited release at least. It must’ve been an arthouse movie until it went wide in April. I take IMDB’s word for it...

Accident Man Movie Review: Franchise Fred Approves

Were Accident Man not already based on a comic book, I would have said it was the perfect idea for a Scott Adkins franchise. Now I can see why it was the role he wanted to play his whole life. As hitm...

Ithaca Fantastik Review: Jailbreak – Prei Klaa Redemption

Jailbreak has been called a Cambodian The Raid, because The Raid was most viewers’ introduction to Indonesian Silat. We know Gareth Huw Evans made Merantau with Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian before The R...

Franchise Fred Interview: Dave Franco on LEGO Ninjago & Disaster Artist

It’s about time Franchise Fred went to LEGOland since they’ve got both a toy franchise and a movie franchise. I was there last week for interviews for The Lego Ninjago Movie. This week we’ll get insid...

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