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Guilty Pleasures: “Action Jackson”

September 28, 2012

Poor Action Jackson. It’s like the dinosaur that just keeps on scampering through the jungle, blithely ignoring the funnel of ash kicked up by the meteorite that hit yesterday. In other words, it was dead but just didn’t know it yet. By its premiere in February of 1988, we’d already had Lethal Weapon and Above the Law, and the summer would bring us Die Hard—all of which heralded the arrival of lean, wily action heroes who got by more on wit and cleverness than bulk. The era of the muscle-bound, solo action hero was over, and Carl Weathers arrived at the party too late to build his own franchise. Of course, now we can look back and appreciate it for the dumb fun that it was. What’s cool about Action Jackson? Well…
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Fade to black: “Vanishing on 7th Street”

January 10, 2011

When you’ve got a movie that stars Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton , well, it’s a dilemma. On the one hand, I’d gladly plunk down 20 bucks to watch Thandie Newton balance her checkbook, in 2D even. On the other hand, Hayden Christensen usually sucks so bad that the massive black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy gets envious.  So what do you do? It’s like being promised a maple waffle-on-a-stick, but you have to eat it buried neck deep in a vat of the carnivorous worms from Squirm. Vanishing on 7th Street presented me with precisely this dilemma. Of course, the fact that the movie hasn’t been released yet gives it some added cache, but mainly I had to decide if Thandie Newton is worth suffering the guy who screwed up the Star Wars prequels (one of them anyway). All I can say is: Thandie, if you’re reading this: I would gladly brave a vat of worms to devour the waffle-on-a-stick that is you (okay, that came out wrong).
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