Craig Lines

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Recent articles by Craig Lines

Looking back at the Death Wish franchise

Craig Lines Feature
Aug 16, 2016

Death Wish made Charles Bronson a star. Death Wish 5 gave him a cheque. But were the movies any good? We look back...

How well do you know martial arts movies?

Craig Lines Feature
Aug 3, 2016

From Jackie Chan and Cynthia Rothrock to Jet Li and Bruce Lee: how much do you know about martial arts movies? Take our quiz here...

A beginner’s guide to Chinese black magic movies

Craig Lines Feature
Jul 6, 2016

From The Boxer's Omen to the genuine unpleasantness of Calamity Of Snakes, we take a look at a stomach-churning subgenre of cinema...

The Conjuring 2 review

Craig Lines Review
Jun 13, 2016

James Wan's Conjuring sequel has its moments, but it also points at a format that's coming to the end of its time...

Looking back at Way Of The Exploding Fist

Craig Lines Feature
Jun 1, 2016

We're back talking martial arts, and what, for many of us, was a pivotal videogame: The Way Of The Exploding Fist...

Looking back at the China O’Brien films

Craig Lines Feature
May 4, 2016

Cynthia Rothrock took centre stage in the China O'Brien films. Here's our salute to them...

20 awesome ninja VHS sleeves‏

Craig Lines Feature
Mar 30, 2016

Ultimax Force? Sakura Killers? We take a look at 20 great ninja movie covers from the VHS tape era...

Looking back at the Flying Guillotine series‏

Craig Lines Feature
Mar 2, 2016

The deadliest weapon the martial arts world had ever seen: we look back at the Flying Guillotine movies...

Looking back at The Five Deadly Venoms

Craig Lines Feature
Feb 8, 2016

The Five Deadly Venoms is a martial arts classic, that comes with one of the best opening sequences we've seen...

Police Story: ranking the movies in order of quality

Craig Lines Feature
Jan 6, 2016

Police Story might just be the greatest action franchise of all time. But which movies are the best in the series?

Less-known Christmas movies: Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

Craig Lines Feature
Dec 7, 2015

We continue our hunt for an overlooked Christmas classic in the DVD bargain bin. Our latest treat? Grumpy Cat...

Bruce Lee: revisiting Datasoft's 1980s computer game

Craig Lines Feature
Nov 27, 2015

If he were still alive, Bruce Lee would be turning 75 today. We take a look back, in pixels, at the Bruce Lee computer game

Meet Fatal Deviation, Ireland's only martial arts film‏

Craig Lines Feature
Nov 4, 2015

Our latest martial arts focus takes a look back at what might just be Ireland's only martial arts film to date...

Jackie Chan's hard road to Hollywood

Craig Lines Feature
Oct 7, 2015

Jackie Chan's journey to success in American movies wasn't an easy one. We chart his story...

The early movies of Corey Yuen

Craig Lines Feature
Sep 2, 2015

Corey Yuen gets much love here for his work with The Statham in The Transporter. Yet his earlier martial arts films are quite brilliant too.

We Are Your Friends review

Craig Lines Review
Aug 27, 2015

Zac Efron continues his knack for picking some very, very decent movies. We Are Your Friends, for one...

Corrado Farina interview: They Have Changed Their Face

Craig Lines Interview
Aug 25, 2015

Corrado Farina only made two films, both using horror in an interesting way. He tells us a little about his approach...

Looking back at the 36th Chamber Trilogy‏

Craig Lines Feature
Aug 6, 2015

We salute some of the finest work of The Shaw Brothers, as we look back at The 36th Chamber films...

The top 10 Brucesploitation films

Craig Lines Feature
Jul 7, 2015

Many films tried to capitalise on the popularity of the late, great Bruce Lee. Here are our ten favourites...

Ranking the American Ninja films in order of quality

Craig Lines Feature
Jun 11, 2015

There were five official American Ninja films. And here's how we think they sit, from worst to best. Contains Michael Dudikoff.

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