For fans of shootouts in abandoned warehouses, cool zingers, bazookas fired in crowded places and people hanging off fire escapes and choppers (or, “chopp-uhs!”) check out our latest book, a paean to cult action movie cinema. It’s called Mine’s Bigger Than Yours: The 100 Wackiest Action Movies, and it’s available for pre-order right now (and in stores, September/October 2020).
With a foreword by our pal Brian Trenchard-Smith (Day of the Panther/DeathcheatersStunt Rock) it’s a loving tribute to the action heroism of Reb Brown, JCVD, Seagal, Vic Diaz, Cameron Mitchell and MANY MANY MORE.
While our first love is unquestionably horror (please see our Death by Umbrella! The 100 Weirdest Horror Movie Weapons) we have a soft spot for the action movie genre and wanted to express our genuine love in the pages of Mine’s Bigger than Yours.
We worked really hard on it, and it’s the reason this site has been given short-shrift (not to mention our podcast of the same name). But we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming once the book is done and the pandemic settles down.
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Is it Lethal Weapon? Is it Die Hard? More like, tries hard. Crackerjack is a spirited knock-off action flick, complete with a German uber-villain (played by Christopher Plummer, of all people).
First off, biases aside, we LOVE Crackerjack III, one of the wackiest, bonkers action flicks of all time. And like that effort, the first installment in the unrelated series, does not disappoint.
A hard-boozing Chicago cop is suspended from the force (what? A corrupt Chicago police! Who would’ve thought?) When he’s cooling his heels, resting his jets and doing other cliche things, his sister and brother-in-law figure some R&R is in order, so they book a vacation to a BC mountain resort. Why BC? Because British Columbia is notoriously cheap and offers tax credits.
To ITS credit, there are some hilarious action scenes here, some dubious dialogue, and even overt references to other, better movies (there’s a Godfather-esque Fredo) and of course, a Hans Gruber from Die Hard.
Join us, folks.