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Popcorn Talk Network, the online broadcast network that features movie discussion, news, interviews and commentary proudly presents “Action Movie Anatomy”, the in-depth discussion shows for all the best action movies ever made. Hosts Ben Bateman and Andrew Ghai discuss and break down all aspects of action movies to find out what makes a great action movie.
 
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When you think of international espionage, a high-priced ancient diamond ring, and the Third Reich, you of course think... Spokane, Washington. The boys send out Norrisvember with style, and the movie that caused Chuck Norris to retire. In this film, Chuck Norris is a private investigator who helps an aged jewel cutter. And does this movie have eve…
 
The boys continue Norrisvember with Hero & The Terror, a trip to a world of intrigue and mystery. In Hero & The Terror, Chuck Norris plays a cop who is tasked with tracking down an escaped killer, who he previously caught in a right-place-right-time situation. Of course, like all Chuck Norris movies, this is just a ploy for a duchy in Burma. They f…
 
The boys take a trip to the mean streets of Santa Madre, CA, home of the worst police force in the entire universe. They laugh, they cry, they drop nuggets about Air Force One, and Jeff tells Joe His One Story! A Force of One is on Amazon Prime. Next week's movie is Hero and the Terror (1988), which is just chilling on YouTube if you look for it, f…
 
The boys kick off Norrisvember with a movie about family, soul-stealing, finances, and maybe marijuana? This week's movie is 1977's Breaker! Breaker! which could honestly have been in Brawloween with some different music choices. Chuck Norris investigates a small town after his brother's disappearance, and he discovers that investigating a small to…
 
The boys wave a fond farewell to Brawloween with a series that has seen better days... Jason X! Jason goes to space! Where all great franchises eventually end up! They discuss Jason's real voice, why a character exists at all, how Jason is less visually horrifying than a children's television show character, the logistics of Jason's aging, and spac…
 
Brawloween marches on with the Chuck Norris religious action monster classic(?) Hellbound. Shot entirely in Israel (even Chicago), the movie evokes all the things you love from Star Wars (yellow text!) and basketball (the playoffs!). Chuck Norris and his partner must travel to Israel to track down the emissary of Satan... Prosatanos. That's not a r…
 
This is the greatest and best horror movie in the world... Tribute. The guys take a look back at the not-so-classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and Jeff reveals a horrible secret about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. The main topics of conversation in this horror-action movie are an alternative to the G.I. Bill, the logistics of owning a food…
 
The boys kick off Brawloween (the spookiest of all action movie months) with the Steven Seagal vampire/zombie/meth-head action flick, Against the Dark. If each zombie movie trope creates a beautiful piece of the rainbow, this movie takes all those colors and swirls them all together into one hideous brown mess. The boys get really political about t…
 
Joe and Jeff take a quick look (and we mean quick) at the trailer for Against the Dark. It's 75% shots of zombies and Steven Seagal slicing at things, so there's not much to go over here. This is the first movie of BRAWL-O-WEEN! Our love letter to terrible action-horror flicks. We have two better ideas for October, but we're already stuck with Braw…
 
Seagal September comes to a merciful close with Beyond the Law, a movie featuring Seagal, Johnny Messner, Zack Ward, Patrick Kilpatrick and, of course, DMX! In this movie, Steven Seagal is a former/current mob boss with the world's deadliest fail son. Please note: the legal views outlined by the characters in Beyond the Law do not reflect legal adv…
 
Seagal September comes to a close with 2019's Beyond the Law, starring DMX, Johnny Messner and, of course, Steven Seagal. In this one, the boys imagine conversations between Steven Seagal and Donald Trump (the most powerful man in the world and Donald Trump, respectively), Zapruder film a split-second of cards being played, and envision a better Ja…
 
Flight of Fury is Steven Seagal's masterpiece. That's right, he wrote it. And lemme tell ya, you can definitely tell that Steven Seagal wrote this. Constants like directions, time, speed... all a matter of debate. In this movie, action star Steven Seagal demonstrates numerous action star traits, like knowing how to hold a gun, and crouching... also…
 
There is only one trailer for this movie and a full 22% of it is the green screen that shows before the trailer and a picture of the DVD with a flag waving in the background, so enjoy the episode! We are back with the Steven Seagal-written action smash hit of 2007: Flight of Fury. We discuss Ticker some more, and wonder whether Steven Seagal actual…
 
Steven Seagal is back, and this time he's brought Nas, Chilli, Tom Sizemore, Jamie Pressley and Dennis Hopper! With a lineup like that, this movie can't be a bomb, right? Er, sorry... device. I'll try to be more zen. The guys break down the 2001 movie that was exactly what we wanted to see two months post-9/11: lots of explosions in civilian areas.…
 
Seagal September continues as the boys check out the most frenetically-edited trailer in the history of cinema. This bad boy averages 1.5 edits per second, and it feels faster than that, somehow. Steven Seagal and Tom Sizemore hunt down Dennis Hopper, who, in a new type of role, is a bomb-based terrorist. Jeff threatens to quit the podcast and acci…
 
The Glimmer Man is the first movie in Seagal September as we take a leisurely stroll through Steven Seagal's collection. In this one, Steven Seagal and Keenan Ivory Wayans star as two mismatched cops: Seagal is steeped in Chinese traditions and Keenan Ivory Wayans is a street smart detective. Somehow, this movie was made just two years before Rush …
 
The guys kick off their string of theme months with STEVEN SEAGAL SEPTEMBER! This episode has the first, chronologically: 1996's The Glimmer Man. In this flick, Steven Seagal is a retired CIA wetwork assassin-turned-Buddhist (we think) who liaisons with a police department (we think) after his girlfriend(?) is killed. He teams up with Keenan Ivory …
 
When myth and history merged into mystery... We travel to modern ancient Greece, where an Austrian bodybuilder/Nazi Super Soldier is a Greek (demi)god who is incredibly terrible at improv! We laugh, we cry, we wonder why anyone would wrestle a man who killed a bear (???). We won't learn great interpersonal skills or learn how to tie a tie. The boys…
 
The boys take a break from unrealistic science fiction to discuss a movie wherein an Austrian bodybuilder is cast out of Olympus for being an obnoxious weirdo with two different voices. They travel through time not only via narrators, but characters as well, and they're aobut to find out that being an Austrian bodybuilder... is harder... than it lo…
 
The boys go deep into the heart of Africa to find everything you would expect to find there: gorillas and humans making sweet love, a long road to anti-semitism, and Joe Pantoliano! They explore why Amy the talking gorilla has those #mommylife goals and uncover some dark secrets that Laura Linney would rather keep in Panama. You'll laugh, you'll cr…
 
The boys leave future earth behind to travel to the heart of Africa with Michael Crichton's smash cultural sensation Congo (1995). In this preaction Jeff works out his feelings for Tim Curry and a crazy Tim Curry accent, Amy the Gorilla signs about classic literature, the boys work out the fear of Africa in the 90s, Ernie Hudson and Tim Curry are t…
 
The boys take a trip to 3071 with the Jaden Smith and Will Smith blockbuster(?) After Earth. This 2013 film features CGI worse than movies that came a decade prior, but at least it had a massive budget to work with! Kitai Raige and Cypher Raige crash land on a mysterious planet that if you had half a brain cell you knew was Earth. Jaden Smith must …
 
Joe and Jeff break down the trailers to Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and M. Night Shyamalan's definitely-not-Planet of the Apes-definitely-not-Avatar-definitely-not-Scientology-propaganda science fiction action movie (After Earth). There are so many questions: how did the Earth creatures evolve to kill humans without humans? Why does Will Smith look so…
 
The guys tackle the cocaine-fueled (and literally cocaine-powered) pink-blue-and-black ode to first-person shooters starring Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving, Guns Akimbo. If you never heard of Guns Akimbo, that's because it hit theaters about 30 seconds before the world ended. Miles (Radcliffe) talks infinite amounts of trash online as a "troll…
 
Harry Potter is back, and he casts firearmeus attachicum on himself! Joe and Jeff watch the trailers for Guns Akimbo (2019). In Guns Akimbo, Daniel Radcliffe is a listless millenial who loves to argue online, so he's basically the guys who host this podcast. He gets caught up in what is definitely not a 21st Century version of Running Man, and team…
 
The boys take a trip back in time to Ancient Sparta, a society which sucked a lot and had odd definitions for what constituted being beastly and deformed as they talk about Zack Snyder & Frank Miller's 300, starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headley, Rodrigo Santoro, and McNutty, from The Wire. They do battle against 9 foot tall Jeff Goldblum and his hor…
 
Joe and Jeff do penance for the godawful The Assignment movie last week by dipping their toe into hypermasculinity with Frank Miller & Zack Snyder's love letter to abdominal muscles, deformities, and most of all: historical accuracy. 300 stars Gerard Butler and Lena Headey, as well as McNutty from The Wire. The guys recount when they saw the movie …
 
Joe and Jeff break down (and have a breakdown about) the Michelle Rodriguez/Sigourney Weaver/Tony Shalhoub superflick The Assignment. In this film, Sigourney Weaver kidnaps and forcibly transitions Michelle Rodriguez (contract killer Frank Kitchen) from a man to a woman. The assignment is the assignment surgery but also the assignment that Frank go…
 
The boys take a look at the trailer for The Assignment (2016) starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, and Tony Shalhoub. The description for The Assignment is as follows: "After waking up and discovering that he has undergone gender reassignment surgery, an assassin seeks to find the doctor responsible." They talk about much better films alo…
 
John Travis is back! Everyone's favorite last cop on earth (except for all the other ones) to stop a whole new gang of rapists and slavers! But, this time he brings in parts from numerous other movies in a loving homage/complete ripoff of much better films. We figure out which movies Marchini ripped off and determine the reason why there is a much …
 
We take our third dive into the Marcini Cinematic Universe with the direct sequel to Omega Cop, KARATE COP! Everyone's favorite last cop on Earth, John Travis, is back for another adventure! Don't worry, this one also steals from much more successful franchises. See the parts you love from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mad Max, and Star Trek fr…
 
The Marchini Cinematic Universe (MCU) marches on with OMEGA COP. The year is 1999, nine years in the distant future. A future so distant that nobody remembers 9 years in the past or swimming pools. Baseball is a long-distant memory, but the fields remain immaculately manicured. There is no water, little food, but an ample supply of cancelable offen…
 
The boys dip their toes back into the Marchini Cinematic Universe with the trailer for 1990’s OMEGA COP. Omega Cop is apparently in a near future where humanity is devastated by solar flares. It’s up to one cop (Ron Marchini) to stop the slavers from running things. He’s joined by Batman (Adam West), and Chuck Katzakian returns to acting to play Wr…
 
We take our first peek into the original MCU (Marchini Cinematic Universe) with DEATH MACHINES! In the near past where murder is definitely still a crime and bikers can go on extended monologues consisting of three phrases on repeat... A team of culturally insensitive stereotypes, aided by more culturally insensitive stereotypes is the crack assass…
 
A motion picture odyssey into a terrifying world. Writers without minds. Scenes without reason. Get your anti-cancellation shields ready because this 1976 film features, according to the official credits: White Death Machine, Black Death Machine, and Asian Death Machine. These killers of the future, ar ready now. Recruited by an evil Oriental Drago…
 
Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw must do the unprecedented to save Deckard Shaw's sister... team-up. You know, just like they did in Fate of the Furious. Hobbs and Shaw team up to stop George Soros-funded Antifa supersoldier, Brixton, from releasing a virus that kills half the world's population. Along the way, they learn the power of friendship, and th…
 
Please allow the Fast Saga to reintroduce itself! Grab a pint to drink and some coffee to eat, because it’s time for The Fast & The Furious Present: Hobbs & Shaw! Our two favorite characters that weren’t characters to start the franchise, but I guess, are the stars now (?) team up! Can you imagine it, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, working together? …
 
We've finally done it. The Jesus Chain Saga is mercifully over... for now. Fate of the Furious marks the last time we will see our friends Dom, Letty, that picture of them at the cookout, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey... something. Shaw joins the crew in their efforts to stop Dom from convincing Charlize Theron from getting blonde dreads per…
 
Joe and Jeff finish up the main Fast Saga (for now) with the trailer for Fate of the Furious! In this one, Dom turns against his family to save his family, the crew comes in like a wrecking ball, Letty and Dom have NEVER TAKEN A SECOND PICTURE, Elon Musk designs a tank, and Charlize Theron is here to ruin the day via Jamaica. Our old friends are ba…
 
Dom and crew have destroyed American cities, they've destroyed South American cities, they've destroyed European cities. That means it's time to do the only thing possible. Hang 'em up? Of course not! It means it's time to do some damage to the Middle East. Joe finds out about a whole different plotline that the creators forgot about in the trailer…
 
Domi'ic Tore'o, you don't know Furious 7, but you're about to. We learn the fate of the crew in this sequel to Tokyo Drift! We learn that Brian is the new Vince, the team can't quit doing their favorite thing (shooting grappling hooks), and Joe has to relive the most gruesome death of the entire franchise... RIP Han...'s RX-7. The boys also wonder …
 
Joe and Jeff have become completely exhausted with this franchise, but you don't turn your back on a bad action franchise, even when it turns its back on you. Dom and the whole crew* take a break from their newly extravagant lifestyles to travel to London to do some vehicular warfare against Owen Shaw and company, which includes a previously-dead o…
 
Joe and Jeff watch two trailers for Fast & Furious 6, getting audibly tired of this franchise. In this movie, everything changes (they destroy a city in a different continent than last movie). We mourn those we've lost: Vince (going gorilla mode with God now), countless Brazilians, the guy Dom cut in half, and The Rock's weird thick beard. In Fast …
 
EVEN MORE OF YOUR FAVORITES ARE BACK! Dom and crew head down to Rio de Janeiro to destroy some favelas in the name of saving the favelas. Everything changes in this one, except Vince and Brian getting mad at each other all the time. This one has everything: a complete disregard for prior movies, a history lesson, a physics lesson, The Rock's beard,…
 
The boys get back to critiquing the trailer(s) for Fast Five, which almost had five unnecessary words in the title. Luckily, this movie has no unnecessary characters! Joe and Jeff determine whether Mission Impossible or Mission In-Frickin-Sanity should rank higher on the difficulty scale, and whether or not you should ever, ever let Dom and Brian g…
 
All your favorites are back! Dom, Letty, Brian, Mia... Han?! Two guys whose names we don't know! Not Jesse though, he's still dead. Brian is now a federal official after committing crimes that screwed over the FBI in each of the last two movies he's appeared in. Dom and Brian must go down Mexico way to take down Campos, a mysterious drug-running Me…
 
Fast & Furious, also known as Fast & 4ious, has two trailers! That's one story per story Brian falls onto a car with zero repercussions or injury! Remember Tokyo Drift? It doesn't matter! Remember 2 Fast 2 Furious, that also doesn't matter! It's back to the original crew (but no Jesse) to get tanker trucks full of VHS/DVD combos to sell on the blac…
 
After lovingly spending two movies developing Brian O'Conner as the star of the Fast and the Furious franchise, it's time to start all over with Bama_Boy Sean, who gets the boot to Tokyo. Joe and Jeff discover the true motto of the franchise, wherein there are no repercussions for any actions movie-to-movie, and where everyone who speaks English in…
 
Joe and Jeff take a look at the trailer for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift prior to watching the full movie. In this one, the Fast and the Furious crew goes to the other side of the world... and ends up on the wrong side of the law. Or do they? This Fast and the Furious is different... the cars are lighter, the tires are slick... and if you …
 
Jeff and Joe return to talk the sequel to The Fast and the Furious, featuring all your favorite characters from the first one! Brian! Agent Bilkins, who you probably forgot about! Not Ja Rule! Plus new characters, like Elvira Mendes! And the perpetually hungry Roman Pearce! Get really mad at someone else's burrito, and enjoy 2 Fast 2 Furious. Joe a…
 
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