Character Battles – Martin Riggs vs John McClane

It is a wholly ridiculous concept, but who hasn’t pondered a hypothetical battle between two of their favourite movie stars, particularly when they possess similar personalities and attributes. We have already had Freddy vs Jason and Alien vs Predator, and while those movies sucked beyond comprehension, it didn’t stop us from flocking to the movies in our legions.

Part of the reason why we fail to accept these crossover extravaganzas is that they answer questions that don’t need answering […]

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5 Reasons why Dudikoff’s American Ninja is a Total Badass.

In the mid-1980’s, Michael Dudikoff shot to fame as Cannon’s most unlikely stealth assassin.

For many martial arts fans, this was somewhat baffling. Not only did he lack basic martial arts training, he looked more like a teenage pin-up than a warrior trained in the Orient’s deadliest art form, and compared to co-star Steve James, his physique was somewhat wimpy, making him the antithesis of pumped-up 80s action stars like Schwarzenegger and Stallone […]

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A Brief History of . . . John Matrix

Where John Matrix came from, the Communists said Rock and Roll was subversive, which not only gives credence to the origin of his English name, but also explains his dislike for all things Boy George – or ‘Gorrrl George’ as our musclebound hero often refers to him.

Keeping the cold, hard-edged attitude but dumping the Commie philosophies, Matrix would use his inane charm to escape the iron curtain and rise to the very top of the US Elite forces […]

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No Retreat No Surrender (1986)

Karate is an Eastern world philosophy which teaches students how to defend themselves rather than how to attack. Principle 12 of Funakoshi’s ’20 Principles of Karate’ instructs pupils thus: ‘Do not think you have to win. Think, rather, that you do not have to lose.’ This is a credo which would most likely baffle the vast majority of American patriots.

In 1986, those same patriots were in the grip of cold war paranoia, and would use an inherently fascist cinema, and, more specifically, Karate […]

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Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

In 1985 the World Wrestling Federation would take the mainstream media by storm.

Thanks to some savvy ties with MTV and pop culture icon Cyndi Lauper, promoter and owner Vince McMahon would conquer the sport’s low-key territorial system by taking his product national, sinking all of his capital into a make-or-break wrestling extravaganza known as Wrestlemania […]

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