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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 #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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Action Heroes – Van Damme: JCVD
Action Heroes – Van Damme: JCVD
Action Heroes – Van Damme: JCVD

Action Heroes – Van Damme: JCVD

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s cinema career petered out in the late 90s. As he started to head into DTV territory he still had the occasional film hit theatres over here. Knock Off came and went, and then finally Universal Soldier: T...
 
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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Until Death
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Until Death
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Until Death

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Until Death

Bonus Review! Until Death presents us with quite an issue. It’s a film that appears to have been smartly made – with due consideration given to action, character, supporting characters and gasp!  Hidden depths. We can pray that...
 

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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Replicant
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Replicant
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Replicant

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Replicant

Bonus Review! Jean-Claude Van Damme just can’t help himself. Barely a film goes by when he isn’t at it again.  What am I talking about? Why, playing dual roles of course!  Let’s see if we can count the times. Well of course the...
 
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Action Heroes – Van Damme: The Order
Action Heroes – Van Damme: The Order
Action Heroes – Van Damme: The Order

Action Heroes – Van Damme: The Order

BONUS REVIEW Van Damme was well on his way with the DTV releases. After Inferno came this one; but it is worth a peek if for only a few reasons. Firstly, it is one of the many films he co-scripted, but also had directed by Shel...
 

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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Knock Off
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Knock Off
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Knock Off

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Knock Off

Bonus Review! This film has no right to be as much fun as it is. It’s all over the place. The action and editing is nonsensical, the plot is all over the shop (although provided by Steven E De Souza – Die Hard, 48Hrs and er, St...
 
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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Double Team
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Double Team
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Double Team

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Double Team

After the steam filled nonsense that was Death Warrant I have now the ominous task of tackling Double Team. This release came after Van Damme’s high point of Timecop and it’s evident the moment you look at the cast which includ...
 

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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Maximum Risk
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Maximum Risk
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Maximum Risk

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Maximum Risk

Maximum Risk was one of those Jean Claude Van Damme films I caught late one night on some obscure channel. I’d just entered my early teens and was at the height of my Van Damme obsession. I can remember watching it and fi...
 
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Action Heroes - Van Damme: Sudden Death
Action Heroes - Van Damme: Sudden Death
Action Heroes - Van Damme: Sudden Death

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Sudden Death

Everyone has done it.  You are not a proper action hero unless you have done a “Die Hard in a…” film. Perhaps Schwarzenegger is the exception here – but then he is literally the ruling king of the action film box office. ...
 

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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Street Fighter
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Street Fighter
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Street Fighter

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Street Fighter

In case you were living in a cave in the 1990s’ (or perhaps weren’t born), Street Fighter was an incredibly successful series of beat-em-up video games. Indeed the game was so ubiquitous that it has the dubious honour of being ...
 
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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Nowhere To Run
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Nowhere To Run
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Nowhere To Run

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Nowhere To Run

I’m not sure what film or TV show was first to market (so to speak) with the concept of the lone drifter warrior with a ‘past’ who finds wholesome but vulnerable ‘folks’ under threat from some ruth...
 

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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Hard Target
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Hard Target
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Hard Target

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Hard Target

Chance is a bit of a poncey name for an action hero. But a guy with jeans pulled groin-huggingly far up and a Billy-Ray Cyrus haircut called Chance is perhaps a step too far. Enter Jean-Claude Van Damme in a rather special film...
 
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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Universal Soldier
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Universal Soldier
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Universal Soldier

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Universal Soldier

To be clear from the outset, this is the first Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) movie I’ve ever seen.  I’m a girl who likes action movies to be sure, but I’ve never understood the appeal of martial arts films. All that eastern phil...
 

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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Double Impact
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Double Impact
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Double Impact

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Double Impact

The first thing that came to mind the moment I found out I was doing the retro on this movie was the original voice over on the trailer; the wording of which I remember to this day and I give you my word, I did not have to look...
 
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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Death Warrant
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Death Warrant
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Death Warrant

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Death Warrant

First I must confess that I am almost a Van Damme novice having only seen two films from his considerable output. Death Warrant was released in 1990 and it came just as he was becoming a major movie star. Jean Claude Van Damme ...
 

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Action Heroes - Van Damme: AWOL (Lionheart)
Action Heroes - Van Damme: AWOL (Lionheart)
Action Heroes - Van Damme: AWOL (Lionheart)

Action Heroes – Van Damme: AWOL (Lionheart)

PLaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh… No wait. It’s BAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…three minutes later…aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhAAAAAAAAaahhhhhhh. That’s kinda one of Van Damme’s earliest traits before getting his ar...
 
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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Cyborg
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Cyborg
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Cyborg

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Cyborg

  Van Damme goes post-apocalyptic Sci-fi on us with Albert Pyun’s Cyborg. I remember my first encounter with this was either just before or just after I got into Van Damme. It was a short TV ad for upcoming video releases, and ...
 

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Action Heroes – Van Damme: Kickboxer
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Kickboxer
Action Heroes – Van Damme: Kickboxer

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Kickboxer

If there was one film that epitomizes my love for action films during my childhood, then Jean-Claude Van Damme in Kickboxer was one such film. Made not long after Bloodsport; this is actually my preferred of the two as this is ...
 
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Action Heroes - Van Damme: Bloodsport
Action Heroes - Van Damme: Bloodsport
Action Heroes - Van Damme: Bloodsport

Action Heroes – Van Damme: Bloodsport

Friday nights in my house was movie night! Dad would come home from work via the local video store and bring home the weekend’s entertainment normally comprising of shed loads of fighting or stuff getting blown to pieces! After...
 

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Comic Book Movies 101: Timecop
Comic Book Movies 101: Timecop
Comic Book Movies 101: Timecop

Comic Book Movies 101: Timecop

For Van Damme, Timecop in easily one of his better films (in fact director Peter Hyams of 2010 and Outland fame went on to direct him in another, Sudden Death) and probably his most complicated as time travel is the order of th...