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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What would you do if you were trapped in a hotel room for 15 years? Would you make sure you get room service comped? Would you be enthralled by Cinemax for about a month or two before losing it entirely?
Oldboy ((Korean: 올드보이; RR: Oldeuboi; MR: Oldŭboi) is a Korean action flick par excellence. It’s simply amazing, and even with a premise like the one described above, it’s can’t miss.
But it takes us places above and beyond that.
It’s the late 80s. A salary-man named Oh Dae-su is arrested for public intoxication, missing his daughter’s birthday and sitting in the drunk tank.
His friend picks him up from the cop shop, and they go to a phone booth so Oh Dae-Su can make amends with the missus. Suddenly, Oh Dae-su is kidnapped and wakes up in a sealed hotel room, where food is delivered through a trap-door and he’s periodiocally gassed by unknown captors. Watching the television news, Oh Dae-su learns that his wife has been murdered and he’s the prime suspect.
Of course, he’s gotta wrest himself from the predicament and go hog wild with revenge.
What a plot, folks. Oldboy (not the terrible remake) is a higher-order action film, smart and savvy as hell and with some showstopping fight scenes. Join us for this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast.