The Naked Cage

I tend to think of Cannon as having been a pretty fearless studio. There was nothing beneath them. Ninja films, breakdancing movies, Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, you name it!  So, it only makes sense that they would dip their toe into that genre known as women in prison flicks at some point. So in 1986…

Hero and the Terror

I’ve heard said that back in the 80’s Cannon Films would divide the potential action scripts into two piles depending on which “Chuck” they were best suited for…Charles Bronson or Chuck Norris. Well, our film today is one that ended up in the Norris stack, apparently. As usual, the film is not terribly heavy on…

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold

  In recent years I’ve been trying to fill in many of the gaps in my list when it comes to movies of the 80’s. One such film was 1986’s King Solomon’s Mines. It was clearly an attempt by Cannon Films to piggyback on the success of the Indiana Jones films. The film wasn’t quite…

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects

J. Lee Thompson is a filmmaker with a unique filmography spread out over his nearly 40 year career. In the 60’s he directed films like The Guns of Navarone and the original Cape Fear. In the early 70’s he helmed the last two Planet of the Apes films. Then in the latter part of the…