Action, Martial Arts, Modern, Mook

Russian Raid (2020) — Movie Reviews by a Mook

In 2011, Indonesia blessed us with one of the greatest action films of this millennium, The Raid, a masterclass in how to do close-quarters combat in a tight space under dire circumstances. For the uninitiated, it introduced new action stars and brought Pencak Silat to the forefront of martial arts cinema. It also did it […]

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90s, Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Mook

Knock Off (1998) — Movie Reviews by a Mook

I love action movies with completely nonsensical, ridiculous plots that exist purely to put some completely miscast action star directly in the path of danger, possibly alongside an equally miscast comedian in a sidekick role. Lo and behold, here’s exactly what I want in a film: Knock Off. Jean-Claude Van Damme is a member of […] […]

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80s, Action, Martial Arts, Mook

Blind Fury (1989) — Movie Reviews by a Mook

Physical disability tends to boil into two camps in B-grade or exploitation film: it’s there to engender sympathy in the audience, or it’s there to provide some kind of handicap for a protagonist to overcome in some way. For example, a movie like Savage Streets features a deaf character, whose purpose is to be brutally […]

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80s, Action, Drama, Mook, Revenge

Black Rain (1989) — Movie Reviews by a Mook

Let’s be honest. If you looked that good sitting on a motorcycle while wearing shades with a bunch of Japanese signs behind you, you’d probably pose like this too. Michael Douglas knows. Shoot, he’s probably somewhere doing this right now. Damn right, he is. Nick Conklin is a New York City cop on the edge. […]

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