His reviews and general movie chatter are worth a look and I must admit he's turned me on to many a film.
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (1995)Calling a well-liked film that topped $100 million at the box office "underrated" is a stretch, I will admit. But while its 1988 precursor continues to be prasied as a genre trend-setter,Die Hard with a Vengeance remains my personal favorite of the entire series. From the banter between Bruce Willis' John McClane and Samuel L. Jackson's reluctant sidekick Zeus Carver to all the challenges incoming bad guy Jeremy Irons sets before them, there's hardly a moment that I don't get giddy over whenever I revisit the flick. Die Hard with a Vengeance expands the franchise's scope without compromising its signature style, supplying fans with a blend of thrills and snark that's quintessential Die Hard.
JACKIE CHAN'S WHO AM I? (1998)Some will point to Jackie Chan's earliest work as his finest period ever. But although the likes of Police Story andDrunken Master do have their place in martial arts cinema history, I have an affinity for that wonderful time in the '90s when endearingly cheesy fare likeWho Am I? arrived to delight a young yours truly. As an amnesiac soldier, Chan goes full Bourne on South Africa in an attempt to piece together his identity. While it's definitely one of the more humorous additions to the man's pantheon of posterior-pummeling, Who Am I? boasts the kind of great fight scenes and awe-inspiring stuntwork that's kept me a Chan fan to this very day.
STREETS OF FIRE (1984)
A cult classic that truly was ahead of its time, Streets of Fire beat Frank Miller to the punch in doing a lighter version of what the "Sin City" comics would do. In a metropolis that's the bastard son of the '50s and the '80s, mercenary Tom Cody (Michael Pare) dives into a seedy world to rescue his pop star girlfriend (Diane Lane). Loads of bullets, neon, and Jim Steinman-penned tunes accompany the journey, which director/co-writer Walter Hill also packs with everything from a teenage boy's wish list (guns, motorcycles, the works).Streets of Fire certainly struck a chord when I first caught it in high school, a self-proclaimed rock and roll fable that I can hit up anytime.