The Good, the Bad, and the So Bad it’s Good

If the grind-house laid their claim back in the 70s, Cannon Films had theirs in the mid-80s with the VHS era.

Not so much a film company at that point, but rather a genre unto themselves. Aerobic-instructor ninjas, Vietnamese prison camps, inner-city gangs, vigilantes, breakdance battles, arm wrestling, excessive rape, Chuck Norris, 357 Magnums,and Superman questing for peace, these are just a few of the things that come to mind when the name Cannon Films pops up. They spit out classics faster than the bullets from a Charles Bronson hand cannon […]

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A Mixed Bag of On-Screen Baddies

Things to play with. That’s all we are to some.

Using our own planet for his own personal amusement, the Merciless Ming rained hellfire (literally) on the earth by taking his time to torture us to death with really really bad weather—instead of just blowing us up straight away Darth Vader-style. That’s just too easy for a man who has a thing for the ball worms. Ming, being the “man” that he is, gives us a convenient countdown to total destruction […]

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Let’s Make Bad Decisions or How to Not Plan a Vacation- The Hollywood Edition

I realize this title is pretty verbose but I liked the sound of it so I will apologize beforehand. Now that I have gotten that out of the way, it’s almost the end of summer. However, there is still time to plan that critical vacay.

Let’s face it. You are overworked, underpaid and probably needing to slip away to some tropical paradise with cabana girls and boys sipping some sort of rum concoction or a nice, cool, refreshing Mojito […]

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Road to Ruin – Tony Montana’s 5 Most Fateful Mistakes

From political refugee to Miami kingpin, for a brief period the world was truly his, but where exactly did it go wrong for the man who wanted it all? The tenacious Montana was straight off the banana boat, but he didn’t let that stop him. All he had in this world was his word and his balls, and he didn’t break them for no one.

It was this kind of straight-shooting  attitude that allowed Montana to quickly climb the ranks […]

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How to Become a Successful Writer – Hollywood Style

I decided I wanted to be a writer in the third grade when I created my first short story, Timmy the Turtle. Honestly, I didn’t believe I had a future, but my English teacher fell in love with it and hung it on the bulletin board. To a young schoolgirl, that was like having a New York Times best seller!

You can learn the craft of writing from reading books by people who are self-publishing gurus, or you can join numerous writers’ support groups, if you are in to that sort of thing […]

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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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5 Life Hacks Learned from Horror Movies

My husband John and I were watching a DVD the other day and the trailer for the horror thriller Don’t Breathe came on. I hate to admit it but I was mildly intrigued by the premise. John, on the other hand, was not even remotely interested.

“The guy is blind.  What is he going to do to me? I can run. He can’t see me.” I replied, “Yes, but his other senses have probably become more acute out of compensation.” Rolling his eyes, John said […]

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