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    B-MOVIE BINGO: FIREPOWER

    FIREPOWER (1993)

    Showing on Tuesday 6/7/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    In the futuristic year of 2007, cities have become “Hell Zones”, where criminals can do what they want, whenever they want. When a fake AIDS vaccine miracle drug hits the non-Hell-Zone streets, two undercover cops named Braniff and Sledge (played by Chad McQueen and Gary Daniels, respectively) go into the Hell Zone to try and infiltrate the criminal organization that’s manufacturing the drug. Their snooping leads them to the Death Ring, an illegal cage-fight-to-the-death competition, run by a crime lord named Drexel (Joseph Ruskin – “L.A. Law”, “Airwolf”). Drexel is flanked at all times by his top fighter and personal bodyguard, known as “The Swordsman”, played by WWF legend The Ultimate Warrior. He has no dialogue in the is film–though he screams a lot while “oiled up”. He’s the best part of the movie! It must be noted that it would have been better if McQueen had no dialogue, and Gary Daniels had all the dialogue.

    In order to get into the Death Ring, Braniff and Sledge are required to come up with fighter names, so they come up with “Alley Cat” and “The Hammer”. Slowly they fight their way to the top of food chain, eventually having an electrifying showdown with The Swordsman. This is another PM Entertainment movie, and being so, is chock full of explosions, chases, male pony tails and general wall-to-wall action. For a few years in the mid 90s, they were consistently putting out the best, most insane direct-to-video movies out there. This is one of them!

    In the words of Gary Daniels himself, “FIREPOWER features a lot of explosions, gunfights, car and motorcycle stunts, as well as martial arts fight sequences, so it’s really an action movie for everyone. For almost a week, we would block off whole streets and sections of downtown L.A. from about 8:00pm to 6:00am, so we could film car chases and crashes and so on.”

    Rated R. Directed by Richard Pepin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTi2lYCdY7Y

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: SHADOW WARRIORS

    SHADOW WARRIORS (1997)
    Showing on Tuesday 5/3/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    SHADOW WARRIORS stars Terry “Hulk” Hogan as ex-Navy SEAL Mike McBride, the leader of a team of greasy beefcake bounty hunters that also helps people in need. Rounding out the crew are military buddies Roy Brown (Carl Weathers), Hunter Wiley (Shannon Tweed) and Martin Kove, who plays an FBI agent whose wacky ideas banish him to the FBI’s basement, kind of like Mulder. He’s a conspiracy nut!

    While on a routine mission to rescue a kidnapped girl, Hulk has flashbacks that his ex-nemesis, Dr. Sarkisian (Gerard Plunkett), faked his death and is still alive. With the rest of his team doubting his latest flashback revelation, Hulk takes off for the Middle East on his own to track him down, only to be captured by Sarkisian and injected with a poison that gives him 72 hours to live. While injecting his neck, Sarkisian explains that he’s planning an attack on the United States, and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it–except giving Mike McBride and his crew 72 hours to figure it out!

    Directed by Jon Cassar (“Criminal Minds”, “Person of Interest”).

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: LAST MAN STANDING

    LAST MAN STANDING (1995)
    Showing on Tuesday 4/5/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    Last Man Standing” stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, an “average Joe” who runs a sporting goods store in Denver, and who is surrounded by women—his wife and three daughters.

    Wait a sec.. wrong Wikipedia page! Ah, here we go:

    LAST MAN STANDING stars Bruce Willis as an aimless drifter during Prohibition. He drives into a small Texas bordertown and is entangled with the Irish mob and a corrupt police force. It’s up to him to free the town from the iron grip of two opposing gangs. Like A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, it’s essentially a remake of Kurosawa’s YOJIMBO

    Damn—oh wait. Pulled up the wrong Wikipedia page again. Writing reviews is hard!

    Well, there’s no Wikipedia page for this one, so I guess I’ll have to wing it.

    LAST MAN STANDING from PM Entertainment is by far the best, most entertaining thing called LAST MAN STANDING, and that’s saying a lot (see above). We’ve been doing B-Movie Bingo for about ten years now, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, PM Entertainment is the best at producing “A-quality films in a competitive marketplace… with increased budgets ranging from $2m-$6m.”

    According to a promo in a 1995 issue of movie industry trade magazine Screen International, LAST MAN STANDING is an “action-packed, stunt-filled movie in which more than 100 cars are destroyed.” You don’t have to tell me twice—that’s a good movie!

    Jeff WIncott (“Night Heat”, MARTIAL LAW 2) stars as the chain-smoking Kurt Bellmore, a good cop on the LAPD, but who has a tendency to play by his own rules. His partner, veteran cop “Doc”, is played by Jonathan Banks, who we all know now as Mike from “Breaking Bad”. When they’re not at Doc’s senile mom’s house (where Doc lives), they’re after a super-criminal named “Snake Underwood” (Jonathan Fuller, CASTLE FREAK, “Homeboys in Outer Space”), who LOVES being a bad guy, and proclaims to be Errol Flynn more than once. When Doc is “accidentally” killed by a corrupt cop, Kurt realizes he and his busty wife (Jillian McWhirter, PROGENY, THE DENTIST 2) are in danger from both sides of the law, as the race to see who’s the “last man standing” reaches its riveting climax.

    Directed by Joseph Merhi (EXECUTIVE TARGET, ZERO TOLERANCE).

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: AMERICAN HUNTER

    American HunterAMERICAN HUNTER (1988)
    Showing on Tuesday 3/1/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    In AMERICAN HUNTER, Chris Mitchum stars as Jake Carver, an Interpol agent and martial arts expert. While on a mission to recover microfilm that holds information that can destroy Wall Street, he meets an adversary’s secretary and falls in love with her. She is subsequently kidnapped at least four times. His nemesis, Adam (non-contact karate star Bill “Superfoot” Wallace), has a pet falcon and monkey, and can often be seen in a sweat suit. This movie is action-packed with plenty of car chases, kidnappings, denim, and Chris Mitchum on a motorcycle. The most boring part is a ten minute helicopter chase that ends in total anti-climax. Directed by Indonesian action master Arizal.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: STRIKER

    STRIKER (1988)
    Showing Tuesday 2/2/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    STRIKER is a movie that’s been waiting around in our VHS hoard for around two years. At first, we thought it was just a pretty box, featuring an oiled-up Frank Zagarino wielding a large machine gun. We figured since most jungle-extraction plots are boring, that this movie would probably be a long, dark slog through a rain forest, with bamboo cages and dripping sweat. We were wrong!

    When we finally watched it, we were immediately curious about the credit sequence: Italian names flashed on screen. “Directed by Stephen M. Andrews.” We deemed it odd that so much of the crew had Italian names, and sure enough, the director’s name was a pseudonym. It was actually directed by Italian director Enzo G. Castellari (STREET LAW, THE HEROIN BUSTERS), who in the 1970s had great success making Italian “tough cop” movies that dominated Italian cinema. It was co-written by Umberto Lenzi (THE CYNIC THE RAT AND THE FIST, ALMOST HUMAN), another maestro of the genre. Known as “Poliziotteschi”, this subgenre of Italian cinema churned out copies of American movies like DIRTY HARRY and THE FRENCH CONNECTION. By the late 70s, Castellari had made a JAWS clone (THE LAST SHARK), and by the early 80s, a MAD MAX a rip-off (THE NEW BARBARIANS). So, it follows that by the late 80s, Castellari would be making his own Italian version of RAMBO, which was STRIKER.

    The movie features wooden, blonde beefcake Frank Zagarino as John “Striker” Slade, who is “best in extraction from hostile territories”. His weapon of choice is a slingshot with a brass knuckle grip—no wonder he’s considered the best! He’s called upon by the US government when his old war buddy turned journalist, Frank Miller, is kidnapped by the truth-silencing Nicaragua crime lord “Kariasin”. Guided by a beautiful but deadly local woman named Marta, Striker infiltrates the jungle hideout of Kariasin… and beyond!

    Frank is played by John Phillip Law (DANGER: DIABOLIK, DEATH RIDES A HORSE), who is no stranger to Italian B-movies. He’s Diabolik! Surely Striker and Diabolik would make a formidable team.

    Note: every movie we mentioned in this article is awesome. Directed by Enzo G. Castellari.

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