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The Bruce Lee Retrospective Link List
The Bruce Lee Retrospective Link List
The Bruce Lee Retrospective Link List

The Bruce Lee Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: 1. The Big Boss 2. Fist of Fury 3. Way of the Dragon 4. Enter the Dragon 5. Game of Death 6. Bruce Lee Podcast
 
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Filmwerk Podcast #125 - Bruce Lee
Filmwerk Podcast #125 - Bruce Lee
Filmwerk Podcast #125 - Bruce Lee

Filmwerk Podcast #125 – Bruce Lee

Ben Pegley and Steven Hurst cover the short but prosperous career of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. A man who needs no further introduction to cinema lovers.
 

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Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Game of Death
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Game of Death
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Game of Death

Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Game of Death

Welcome one and all, to the fifth (and final), Bruce Lee movie retrospective. A moment’s silence please…. If you have followed this series through from the beginning, then I thank you so much for your time (and staying po...
 
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Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Enter The Dragon
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Enter The Dragon
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Enter The Dragon

Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Enter The Dragon

OK, we have now made it to a very important moment in Bruce Lee’s film career, as we come to perhaps (and it’s definitely contentious among fans), the crowning glory of Bruce Lee’s dazzling, albeit, tragically short...
 

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Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Way Of The Dragon
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Way Of The Dragon
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Way Of The Dragon

Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Way Of The Dragon

When the subject of doing these retrospectives came up at Filmwerk Towers, I immediately began mentally sketching out each film. It quickly became apparent that even though I had my favourites among my favourites; I was going t...
 
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Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Fist Of Fury
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Fist Of Fury
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Fist Of Fury

Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: Fist Of Fury

Well, here we are again; fresh from the fairly lengthy business of not only introducing this series of retrospectives, but discussing ground zero, numero uno movie The Big Boss, we now move our focus on to Bruce Lee’s sec...
 

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Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: The Big Boss
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: The Big Boss
Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: The Big Boss

Action Heroes – Bruce Lee: The Big Boss

Part 1: Introductions Welcome one and all to this series of retrospectives focused on the feature films of the late great martial arts legend; Bruce Lee. I was born the year Lee’s action debut The Big Boss, came out in Ho...
 
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The Expendables 2 Review
The Expendables 2 Review
The Expendables 2 Review

The Expendables 2 Review

  With a crash bang and a fair few wallops, Expendables 2 explodes onto screens with the return of Barney Ross (Stallone) and his mismatched team of professionals. Sent on a mission by the mysterious Mr Church (Willis) the...
 

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Filmwerk Podcast #26 Retrospective: Statham
Filmwerk Podcast #26 Retrospective: Statham
Filmwerk Podcast #26 Retrospective: Statham

Filmwerk Podcast #26 Retrospective: Statham

Fully hair headed, Steven Hurst and Staham stalker, Suzanne King tackle the filmography of the Stath only to find themselves talking about his bald head and his often naked body. Spoilers are bound to pop up.
 
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Filmwerk Podcast #24 Retrospective: Willis
Filmwerk Podcast #24 Retrospective: Willis
Filmwerk Podcast #24 Retrospective: Willis

Filmwerk Podcast #24 Retrospective: Willis

The action just won’t stop here. As part of our action hero retrospective series we look at the king of cool, Bruce Willis and his small contribution to the action genre. Northern ranger, Steven Hurst and mouth from the S...
 

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Filmwerk Podcast #23 Retrospective: Rambo
Filmwerk Podcast #23 Retrospective: Rambo
Filmwerk Podcast #23 Retrospective: Rambo

Filmwerk Podcast #23 Retrospective: Rambo

Not satisfied with their coverage of the Rocky film series,  Steven Hurst and everyone’s favourite talking monkey, Dani Singer, return to look at the Rambo franchise for the Filmwerk action hero retrospective series.
 
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Filmwerk Podcast #22 Retrospective: Van Damme
Filmwerk Podcast #22 Retrospective: Van Damme
Filmwerk Podcast #22 Retrospective: Van Damme

Filmwerk Podcast #22 Retrospective: Van Damme

Van Damme gets his slow motion scream on and a few roundhouse kicks in this edition of the action hero retrospective series. Ball kicker, Steven Hurst, is joined this time by sucker puncher, Shane Meekings, as they delve back t...
 

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Filmwerk Podcast #21 Retrospective: Schwarzenegger
Filmwerk Podcast #21 Retrospective: Schwarzenegger
Filmwerk Podcast #21 Retrospective: Schwarzenegger

Filmwerk Podcast #21 Retrospective: Schwarzenegger

We turn our attention to perhaps the most successful of all the action stars in our action hero retrospective series with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Charting the Austrian Oak’s action movie career and loving it long time is ...
 
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Filmwerk Podcast #19 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 2)
Filmwerk Podcast #19 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 2)
Filmwerk Podcast #19 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 2)

Filmwerk Podcast #19 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 2)

The gloves are off and in this final round we look at the last three Rocky films. Zookeeper, Steven Hurst and resident monkey, Dani Singer make it to the final bell with their thoughts of the tail end of the series.
 

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Filmwerk Podcast #18 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 1)
Filmwerk Podcast #18 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 1)
Filmwerk Podcast #18 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 1)

Filmwerk Podcast #18 Retrospective: Rocky (Part 1)

We start our action hero retrospective podcast season with a look at the first  three Rocky movies. Lord of the jungle, Steven Hurst and King of the swingers, Dani Singer get into the facts behind why Sylvester Stallone is such...
 
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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo

We bookend this Stallone series (and finish the entire Action Hero retrospective) with Stallone’s self-penned and directed fourth and final Rambo movie. We wave goodbye to a hero who helped kick-start the action genre in a big ...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo III
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo III
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo III

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo III

Rambo III had a budget of $63 million, making it the most expensive film ever made at the time of its 1988 release. Now that’s some pretty expensive explosions! Despite this big bulging budget, Rambo III wasn’t the most popular...
 
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Action Heroes - Stallone: Rambo: First Blood Part II
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rambo: First Blood Part II
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rambo: First Blood Part II

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rambo: First Blood Part II

The year is 1985 and Stallone’s Rocky IV has thrilled and spilled everyone (my young self included) with its heady mix of muscles, music, montages and feel good (if naive) Cold War idealism. Later the same year came Rambo: Firs...
 

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Action Heroes - Stallone: First Blood
Action Heroes - Stallone: First Blood
Action Heroes - Stallone: First Blood

Action Heroes – Stallone: First Blood

John J. Rambo’s cinematic introduction was (believe it or not), a surprisingly subtle piece of work, and a very long way from the mental image (either interpretation of the phrase ‘mental image’ is fine), most people associate ...
 
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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky Balboa
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky Balboa
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky Balboa

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky Balboa

The 1990s had been mostly poor for Stallone but as the century turned over things just got worse and worse. By the time he announced that Rocky would be dusting off his boxing gloves once again his star had hit rock bottom afte...
 

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Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky V
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky V
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky V

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky V

Hmmmm…..I’m desperately trying to think of a way of introducing this fifth instalment of the Rocky franchise without using the phrase “What the flaming heck was Sylvester Stallone thinking?!” but I reall...
 
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Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky IV
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky IV
Action Heroes - Stallone: Rocky IV

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky IV

Some of you may have read my recent review of Captain America, in which I lampooned him as the worst symbol of the ‘American Dream’ since Ronald Raegan’s ‘Star Wars’ initiative. Well, recently I re-watched Rocky IV and it dawne...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky III
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky III
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky III

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky III

Filmwerk’s Stallone season continues, and I now get the chance to do the Retro thing with one of my absolute childhood favourites. The great, the amazing, the one, the only: Rocky III. This retrospective has been sitting ...
 
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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky II
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky II
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky II

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky II

Sylvester Stallone is back as the human punch bag Rocky Balboa out to show the Master of Disaster Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) that he can go one better this time around. Following the enormous success of the original Rocky (Be...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky
Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky

Action Heroes – Stallone: Rocky

Just in case anyone thought that during this action hero retro season that we forgot to include the two characters that put Sylvester Stallone on the map, we didn’t. But with two large franchises, we thought we’d sa...
 
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Action Heroes - Stallone: The Expendables
Action Heroes - Stallone: The Expendables
Action Heroes - Stallone: The Expendables

Action Heroes – Stallone: The Expendables

When The Expendables was first announced by Stallone, there was an air of almost frenzied geek anticipation. An air that could possibly described as the need to watch the greatest action film ever made. And how could it not be ...
 

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Action Heroes - Stallone: Driven
Action Heroes - Stallone: Driven
Action Heroes - Stallone: Driven

Action Heroes – Stallone: Driven

So Stallone took on a new sport, or is that returned to the racetrack after Death Race 2000, with this naughties effort. He got his old Cliffhanger director buddy Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) to direct. Harlin was on the down and ...
 
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Action Heroes – Stallone: Get Carter
Action Heroes – Stallone: Get Carter
Action Heroes – Stallone: Get Carter

Action Heroes – Stallone: Get Carter

Well, you can either compare a remake to the original or let it stand on its own merits. For me, I can’t do the former here as (shock horror) I’ve never seen the original Get Carter (people may think I have it in for Mich...
 

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Action Heroes – Stallone: Copland
Action Heroes – Stallone: Copland
Action Heroes – Stallone: Copland

Action Heroes – Stallone: Copland

Perhaps you remember when James Mangold’s Cop Land came out back in 1997. Even if you didn’t go to the cinema to see it, maybe you remember the buzz around Sylvester Stallone’s performance. This was going to be the role that pr...
 
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Action Heroes - Stallone: Daylight
Action Heroes - Stallone: Daylight
Action Heroes - Stallone: Daylight

Action Heroes – Stallone: Daylight

Sylvester Stallone in Rob Cohen directed big budget, small scale quasi disaster movie action! – Discuss… Exactly ten years after Cobra (I mention it for no other reason than because of having reviewed that particula...