Action Jackson (1988) – A Quick Capsule Review

Action Jackson (1988) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Action Jackson is a top notch film.  It’s got everything – action, Al Leong, gratuitous nudity, synth music, familiar faces, Carl Weathers, a silly lead character name (Jericho ‘Action’ Jackson) quips, stunts and, of course, Vanity.  It’s screams the 80’s from every second of its tightly edited ninety minute run time.  It also has held up quite well, all things considered.  It’s odd that in the pantheon of great 80’s action films that Jackson it isn’t remembered more fondly.  Seek it out – it’s well worth it.

Best Bit: Weathers is superb

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Never Too Young To Die, Lethal Weapon 2, Tango & Cash


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Hidden Gems

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Hidden Gems

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about some hidden gems of films that you may or may not have seen.  From the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s from action to comedy and, er, Neil Breen we will be filling up your watch list for months to come.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Never Too Young To Die, Love Object, Avengers: Endgame, Go, The Perfect Weapon, American Ninja, Monster Man, Fateful Findings, Action Jackson, The List Dragon, Gymkata, Creed 2, Fear Is The Key, Wet Dreams, Rapid Fire, The Last Supper, Swingers, Headrush, Free Enterprise, The Irrefutable Truth About Demons, Pterodactyl

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

#RossAndPhil #RossAndPhilTalkMovies #MoviePodcasts #Podcasts





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Phil’s Top 5… Films featuring Al Leong

Phil’s Top 5… Films featuring Al Leong

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:  Films featuring the legendary martial artist, stunt man and henchman Al Leong…


Close but no cigar: Action Jackson, Deadly Target, Dark Angel, Steel Justice

5 – Big Trouble In Little China
Okay so he’s only in it very briefly but Big Trouble In Little China should be on any list it can be squeezed on.


4 – Rapid Fire
A little remembered but damn fun action film featuring the late Brandon Lee. And of course Al Leong.


3 – Die Hard
Henchman. Machine gunner. Bruce Willis victim.

2 – Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure
Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure sees Leong play Genghis Khan in what is one of his most featured roles. 


1 – Lethal Weapon
One of the best Al Leong performances as he electrocutes Riggs in the extended middle torture sequence. Dies. Obviously.



My Favourite… Sonny Landam Film

My Favourite… Sonny Landam Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.

This time out: My Favourite…. Sonny Landam (1941-2017) Film



A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major “Dutch” Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world.

So Landam wasn’t the lead in Predator. But man he was memorable.    As Billy Sole Landam struck in intimidating figure that if you believe the behind the scenes talk stretched off screen as well. He’s the first to get wind of the group being watched and stands face to face with the Predator, machete, leading to his final death.   As a film Predator holds up well, it’s a brutal, memorable and lean action film.

See also: The Warriors, Action Jackson, 48 Hours