As I dreadfully put my credit card information into The Daily Wire, I wondered just how bad Terror on the Prairie would be. I’m not a fan of news sites and giving them money made me somewhat sick. But I did it. I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was “the return of the cancelled Gina Carano” and Donald Cerrone’s acting debut. Terror on the Prairie was a fun movie for those who like westerns. For those who don’t it’s still a watchable movie!
Terror on the Prairie: The Good
Gina Carano is a pretty stale actor. She’s new and while she did well in The Mandalorian, her other work has been sub par. In Terror on the Prairie, Gina Carano did quite well acting. She’s been working on her acting and it’s very apparent.
This role for Carano is very much something within her wheelhouse as well. The movie was obviously made for Carano and it paid off. Terror on the Prairie was your textbook western and stayed true to what it was wanting to be. It brings back the western style movie and does itself justice.
Cowboy Cerrone was also the co-star in this movie and was his acting debut. His role in this was pretty small and Carano was the star of the movie. But for what he did have to do, Cowboy wasn’t half bad. He was a bit stiff, but as a newcomer to acting, he got his feet wet and that’s half the battle.
The story wasn’t special but was executed pretty efficiently. I felt like Carano’s character was in danger and having Cerrone away and the kid home upped the ante even more for me.
The Bad: Ankle Deep
As I said above, the story of Terror on the Prairie was nothing special. That’s part of what makes it bad. I like a movie with plot twists and something that I can’t see coming a mile away. Terror on the Prairie wasn’t that. We all knew Gina Carano was going to get out victorious and the baddies would bite the dust.
Bullets bothered me as well in this movie. How did Carano, Cerrone and supporting actors all have so much ammunition? The directors tried to make it look like they were preserving ammo but the amount of bullets shot took me out the movie a bit and made it a little less unbelievable.
The Ugly (See what I did there?)
The worst part about Terror on the Prairie was having to stomach giving The Daily Wire money. I don’t like politics at all and think that the politicization of the United States is responsible for so much hurt in the country. I feel that both right wing and left wing outlets are responsible for this together. They’re two sides of the same coin. Having to give them money was against my normal code and it took me a while to decide if I wanted to review this movie or not.
According to IMDb, it will be released in the Netherlands on DVD and BluRay. Maybe you can snag a copy that way if you don’t want to sign up to The Daily Wire at all.
Overall, I enjoyed Terror on the Prairie way more than I thought I would. It’s an old school western with modern cameras. Westerns don’t have to be bullet proof (another pun, I’m on a roll today). What westerns have to do is make a movie that has good guys, bad guys, and some killing. That’s all and that’s what Terror on the Prairie does. While I do like a slightly deeper story, I recognize that fact.
Terror on the Prairie gets a 5.5 from me out of ten. As usual, I want to remind you that my 10 point system is a true 10 point system. Bad movies are a 1. Great movies are a 10. Average is right in the middle. And that’s how I see Terror on the Prairie: average. And being average is okay!
Everyone’s favorite panda is back in action! Kung Fu Panda 4 has just received it’s release date: March 8, 2024. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures this Friday.
The film will feature Po, the Kung Fu “Dragon Warrior” who is voiced by Jack Black. Other actors in the first three installments included Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, and many more. It’s not clear if all of these will return from the original trilogy, but one could assume that some familiar names will return alongside Black.
Kung Fu Panda: The Plan Ahead
With the announcement of Kung Fu Panda 4, we enter what the directors described as the “master trilogy.” While the first three movies showed Po becoming a Kung Fu fighter, these next three can be assumed to show how he’s now the master and will likely have a young student that he has to teach.
The original Kung Fu Panda came out in 2008 and was received quite well. It spawned many sequels and other spinoffs. In addition to the 4 installments in film, there are 4 short films, three animated series, and a Christmas special.
Kung Fu Panda 4 is the first chapter in the second trilogy. Directors have said they “only” planned two trilogies. That seems a given now that the franchise has grossed an estimated $1.8 billion since 2008. If Kung Fu Panda 4 is as close to as good as it’s three predecessors, it will undoubtedly be a success as well. With the opportunity for more spinoffs, there’s even more potential with the franchise.
There wasn’t any other real news announced by Universal aside from the new release date.
Stay posted to Double Hammerfist for all the latest news surrounding Kung Fu Panda 4 and other martial arts movies! Thanks for reading!
Cobra Kai season 5 just got a bit more extreme. Announced earlier today, Sean Kanan will reprise his role from The Karate Kid Part III as the infamous Karate Bad Boy, Mike Barnes. Kanan announced it on his Twitter account today. He joins his old sensei, Terry Silver, who joined the series in Cobra Kai season 4.
Cobra Kai Season 5 Shaping Up
Cobra Kai season 5 debuts on September 9th and with today’s announcements we are getting a look at what could go on for the fifth season of the hit Netflix series. With Mike Barnes returning, Terry Silver, played by Ian Thomas Griffin, and Miyagi-do/Eagle Fang will go head to head with each other.
Much like The Karate Kid Part III, Mike Barnes will likely be brought in to spice things up for Terry Silver and company. He notoriously beat Daniel LaRusso to a pulp in the All-Valley for a 50% stake in the Cobra Kai dojo franchise.
In addition to Kanan returning, Alicia Hannah-Kim will join the cast as Kim Da-Eun, a South Korean sensei. Hannah-Kim will be joining Silver’s Cobra Kai dojo to up the ante in Cobra Kai season 5.
At the end of season four, we saw that Tory Nichols win the All Valley Tournament but it was Terry Silver who paid the referee off to get the win. We also saw Daniel LaRusso reach out to Chozen to help with the upcoming war and Johnny Lawrence and Robby, his son, reunite.
Cobra Kai season 5 will be bingable on September 9th on Netflix. Don’t miss the return to the Karate Kid universe with fan favorites like Johnny Lawrence, Daniel LaRusso, Sam LaRusso, Miguel Diaz and more! Check back with Double Hammerfist to get your season review when it does drop. Thanks for reading.
The upcoming series, Mike, debuts on Hulu and it’s titular character, Mike Tyson, isn’t happy about the upcoming adaptation of his likeness. On Saturday, he unloaded a tirade of criticism of the show and Hulu accusing them of stealing his life rights. Check out the tweets below:
Mike Tyson vs. Hulu
As you can see, Mike Tyson is not happy with the upcoming series. Mike aims to show the boxer’s life and show the infamous career of Tyson that was full of controversy. But according to Tyson, he was not paid for his story or likeness for the mini-series.
Tyson said on social media that Hulu executives contacted friends and known associates of Tyson for Mike and were misled. Mauricio Salaiman, the president of the World Boxing Commission, said they were told that Tyson was involved. As we’ve come to find out, he was not.
Other names have come to Mike Tyson’s side including the UFC’s Nate Diaz and Dana White, as seen in the tweets above.
Mike out on August 25th
Mike comes out on Hulu as an six episode series on August 25th. It is sure to cause controversy with the noise being made by Mike Tyson on social media about his lack of involvement. Perhaps there will even be boycotts of the show as well, although Tyson hasn’t called for that yet.
Mike features Trevante Rhodes as the titular character. You’ll have seen Rhodes in Moonlight, The Predator and Bird Box. Other popular names in the series include Harvey Keitel as Cus D’Amato, Russell Hornsby as Don King, Ethan Dubin as Teddy Atlas, Laura Harrier as Robin Givens, and many many more names that will pop up as the series goes through Tyson’s career.
Watching it or not will be up to you. Tyson has not called for a boycott. But the series is going to be a hot topic among his fans for some time. Keep in mind there is still going to be another Tyson series featuring Jamie Foxx as Tyson and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Martin Scorsese that is still in development.
UFC megastar Conor McGregor is taking on the film industry. Announced today by his spokesperson, Karen Kessler, McGregor has been cast alongside Oscar nominated Jake Gyllenhaal for the upcoming Road House remake that will release on Amazon Prime. The original movie came out in 1989 and a remake of the film has been in the works for some time.
The movie will feature Jake Gyllenhaal taking on the role originally portrayed by Patrick Swayze. Gyllenhaal will be an ex UFC fighter who works at a roadhouse in the Florida Keys. The production will begin this month in the Dominican Republic and will be a worldwide release.
As for Conor McGregor’s role in the movie, it’s said he will have a major part in Road House. He will not be a cameo of himself in the fight and will be an original character. Other names attached to the film are Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchoir, Gbemmisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, BK Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp and Bob Menery.
The film will be written by Anthony Bagarozzi, Nick Cassavetes, and Chuck Mondry.
The Road to Road House
Road House has been a target of Hollywood as a prime candidate for a remake. With the 90’s generation so nostalgic, a movie from that era seemingly always has legs. Just ask Top Gun: Maverick which took the cinemas by storm this summer.
In 2015, at the height of her fame, UFC champion Ronda Rousey was attached to the remake of Road House before losing to Holly Holm by a spectacular knockout. That film was also to be written by Nick Cassavetes as well. Rousey then took time off and after losing her comeback she took her talents to WWE and professional wrestling.
Conor McGregor has had his eyes on Hollywood for some time saying that he’d planned on making a jump to Hollywood after he was done fighting. After breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021, he’s planning a comeback. Will it be the last fight that we see Conor McGregor in before he retires for good?
UFC’s welterweight champion is getting started on his post fight career. Kamaru Usman has been a dominant champion for some time and now he’s off to dominate Wakanda in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Usman and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, announced that he’s been cast in the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Kamaru Usman in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Kamaru Usman has been campaigning for some time to be in the Black Panther franchise. His wish has finally come to fruition. He will have a role in the upcoming film, although it’s unsure which role he will be playing. Usman, who is from Nigeria, wanted to be a part of the film along with Francis N’Gannou and Israel Adesanya, the two of which are also UFC champions from Nigeria.
It’s not been announced if Adesanya and N’Gannou will be in the film but the two would be great fits for the franchise as well. Both are very into their Nigerian culture. N’Gannou is the heavyweight champion and is a ripped, massive specimen of a human being. Adesanya is the middleweight champion and is very into anime and comics and would be a natural fit into the universe as well.
In the past, Georges St-Pierre has taken on the role of Batroc The Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Falcon and Winter Soldier. Usman joining Black Panther makes him the second UFC welterweight champion to join the MCU.
As everyone knows, Chadwick Boseman, the original Black Panther, sadly passed away in August of 2020 from cancer. There is assuredly to be a tribute to the late Boseman as the mantle will be passed on to a new character.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever comes out November 11th! Kamaru Usman will be back in action on August 20th at UFC 278 as he takes on the tough and talented Leon Edwards in a rematch from 2015.
Stay posted to Double Hammerfist for all the latest news surrounding martial arts movies and casting news! Thanks for reading!
When I started my first website, fight-library.com, I aimed to make a website that was unique and fun. The goal was to put out content that was completely unique to the MMA and combat sports spheres.
During that journey, I found that I really enjoyed what was brought to the big screen in martial arts. Bruce Lee, Rocky, and The Karate Kid were all some of my favorite things in all of cinema.
As The Fight Library shaped up, it became more and more clear that the movie reviews and interviews didn’t quite fit. The Fight Library had become more of a study into martial arts and movies weren’t truly martial arts. They were feats that were incredible in their own right but not quite what the goal was.
While I did like having the martial arts movie reviews up on my site and the views were more than any other article, it just didn’t fit.
When I was faced with the idea of stopping the movie and TV reviews, I was kinda bummed. I liked doing them. They were fun to me. But it didn’t fit. Then I had a great idea: Double Hammerfist.
Now I can dedicate a space, this space, to martial arts movies and television.
So I hope you all enjoy the site. It’s new so bear with me! I’m going to get all the movie reviews transferred over to this site so they’re all in one place. Enjoy!
While listening to The Joe Rohan Experience with Khalil Rountree, my ears perked up when I heard Rountree mention he was in a movie featuring him, Anderson Silva, Rampage Jackson and more called Lord of the Streets. “Hey” I thought, “That sounds like something I should review.” Well, I watched it to review it. It was…a tough watch to say the least. But I will not say to not watch this movie. I do believe I’m supporting Rountree, Silva and more despite the movie quality. More on this later. First, let’s review the movie.
Lord of the Streets is an underground martial arts movie similar to Never Back Down: Revolt that we recently reviewed. This has a bit different spin and, admittedly, I thought this was just going to be a rehash of that movie at first. But it does have stark differences.
Khalil Rountree’s Damon Stone is in jail for a crime and Jason Dyson, played by Treach, discovers him in a prison-MMA outreach program. After a bit of a scuffle broke out, Treach saw how good Rountree was, albeit raw in skills. Dyson’s child is kidnapped by a very mean, very mob-influenced Rampage Jackson. His henchman, played by Anderson Silva, enforces his decrees and is just the stereotypical bad guy. To get his daughter free from Jackson Treach gets Rountree out of prison and has to fight five fighters in one night to free Treach’s daughter and himself from his prison sentence.
Lord of the Streets: The Good
Lord of the Streets may have some of MMA’s biggest names and Treach as the lead, but the movie itself leans to not much good. Some of the movie, however, is gleaming. Director Jared Cohn took advantage of the skills of the MMA fighter/actors in the movie being sure to show off their skill sets as martial artists.
Another cool homage of sorts is the climax of the film where Rountree is in the cage fighting five fighters in one night. It has a tower ascension feel popularized by Bruce Lee in Game of Death. There, both Lee and Rountree have to ascend, either physically or metaphorically, a tower and face opponents with different skills that get progressively harder the more tired they become. This was either a great inspiration or a blatant copying. Either way, it works well in the story and is a modern adaptation of the trope.
Where the movie fell short
To be honest, finding the good in this movie took some time. I had to think hard about what I did enjoy from the movie. The move fell short in a good bit of what it was trying to do.
First off, the dialogue was clunky and overall not very well written. “Thank God for corruption,” Roundtree said after getting taken out of jail by Rampage Jackson’s mob ties. It sounds good on paper, but when said in the movie, it lands flat. I don’t really know if it is due to Roundtree’s delivery or the lack of buildup for the line itself.
Rampage was very mean and played a good bad guy in the movie. But his motives were simple. He’s an underground fight promoter and Treacherous owes him money, and apparently enough to kidnap his daughter. It’s kind of a stale trope at this point but it’s what sets the movie up for the next hour.
In the climax of the film, Khalil Roundtree has to fight five fighters in one night, like Game of Death as mentioned a
Lastly, the scenes in the movie aren’t very well put together. It seems like the directors and producers took a bunch of shorts and spliced them together to make an hour and a half quota for the movie. They don’t flow well from one scene to the next and sometimes it feels like we’re spending too long in the scenes we don’t need to be spending time in and not enough time where we need to be to fully flesh out the story.
Overall rating: 1.5/10
Simply put, Lord of the Streets is a very flawed movie. It’s original ideas lack originality if that even makes sense. While it pays homage to its predecessors like Game of Death, it isn’t executed properly. The dialogue isn’t good. It is quite the rough ride.
But if you’re questioning if you should watch Lord of the Streets, I suggest giving it a spin. It’s out for free on Tubi and your watch will help Anderson Silva, Khalil Rountree, AJ McKee and Rampage Jackson. Fighters need work after fighting and action movies are a way they can do that.
Cobra Kai season 2 marked the return of Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso from the beloved Karate Kid franchise. Dealing with consequences from season 1 is the major theme of the second season and provides great character building and introduces new characters that were welcomed. If you missed our season one review of Cobra Kai, catch up on it below!
Cobra Kai Season 2 Review: Great Lessons, Great Building
As said at the top, the character building, and tearing down of characters for that matter, is perhaps the best part of Cobra Kai’s second season. We see our favorite characters, like Miguel Diaz and Johnny Lawrence grow into their own and change for the better. Then the other favorite characters, like Hawk, are torn down and given new, and not always positive, motives.
Then there are new characters introduced in season two that are welcome additions to the show. At the end of season 1, we saw the return of John Kreese, who we know from foreshadowing in season one, is no good at any point in time. Then there is Stingray, my favorite new character. Stingray, played by Paul Walter Hauser, is an older guy for the Cobra Kai dojo and provides welcome comedic relief on the high school shenanigans going on in the dojo with a hint of immaturity. He fits in perfectly, but in the sense that he almost fits in with the team.
Learning from Consequences
The major theme of Cobra Kai seson 2 is consequences and dealing with those consequences. Without spoiling too much, Johnny Lawrence must deal with the consequence of having Kreese back in his life. Cobra Kai does a good job mixing in the teenager and adult struggles into the narrative as well. Daniel LaRusso has to deal with his old/new passion as an adult while juggling real life things like being a husband, father, and business owner.
Robby Keene, Lawrence’s son, also deals with the consequences of his past life as he struggles to do right. He finds a love interest that has him wanting to do more and do it right. But, old ghosts still haunt Robby and he has to battle those demons.
The last episode of Cobra Kai season 2 isn’t another tournament, thankfully. Instead we have an all out school brawl that changes the pace for the series. In season one, we had the All-Valley Tournament and it was neat and organized. This time, it’s chaotic but the choreography was well done. There are tons of matchups that we were hoping to see and we got to see that beef somewhat settled.
The end of the episode sets up the narrative for season three. While I won’t spoil that here, watching season three’s trailer will do so. I will say that season three will bring new themes between Lawrence and LaRusso who both look to right the wrongs done in the past 30+ years of Karate Kid lore.
You can catch Cobra Kai on Netflix as season three debuts January 8th, though that’s subject to change according to the rumor mills. But if you wish to support The Fight Library and the actors from the show, you can buy seasons one and two of Cobra Kai on Amazon below!
Check out the trailer for Cobra Kai season 3 on YouTube below!
Originally I was writing reviews for each episode of my new favorite show, Cobra Kai. That became too daunting and I would not have finished it before the new season came out. I opted to binge a season and write about it instead. So, here’s season one’s review of Cobra Kai!
Cobra Kai Redeeming the Karate Kid Franchise
Karate Kid was a very heralded franchise that was circling the drain after every release. While the original movie was fantastic, it failed to capture that underdog magic the movie did. Cobra Kai brings back that in a completely new way. The first season is ten episodes long and thirty minutes a piece.
Cobra Kai Season 1 brings back our favorite actors to play their roles in the original Karate Kid movie. Ralph Macchio returns to play Daniel LaRusso, William Zabka to play Johnny Lawrence and more. There are tons of cameos and callbacks to have people who grew up with Karate Kid to be nostalgic over.
Cobra Kai flips the script on us, and it’s a lesson of the entire season: not everything is as it seems on the surface. Originally, we’re to pull for Daniel LaRusso as he and Mr. Miyagi work to become karate masters. It is the Cobra Kai dojo that are the bad guys. In the new series, it’s Johnny Lawrence that’s the good guy. You feel bad for him, seeing what his loss in the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament did to him. LaRusso is a successful auto dealer, and somewhat of a jerk at first. It doesn’t take long to find out that the two still have a distaste for each other.
Then, Lawrence meets Miguel, his first student. Miguel helps Lawrence get past his loss to LaRusso almost 40 years ago. Now, Miguel has Lawrence teaching him karate and Lawrence finds out, he’s not all that good at it. It takes time for Johnny Lawrence to learn how to teach kids with their own unique set of downfalls. Soon we meet new versions of students like Hawk, Aisha, and more, who have all conquered their demons and become very talented karateka.
You also learn that Daniel LaRusso isn’t really the bad guy, and most of his “badness” is circumstantial. The show also retcons Lawrence’s story and shows he wasn’t the bad kid like everyone thought. He was just in a bad environment.
We finally get that awesome fight scene where the students of Cobra Kai are in the All Valley Tournament and have great success. It’s not until here, we see some of the downfall of Lawrence’s teaching with his Cobra Kai pupils. While they come away with the trophy, it came at great cost for the dojo.
The Good and the Bad Of Cobra Kai Season 1
Cobra Kai is not for kids, like the original movie was intended. The new series is for the kids who watched the original Karate Kid in 1984. There is tons of humor geared towards adults and dark moments of the series that make you question your own life, as the director and writers intended. The humor is on point and you can’t help but laugh at Lawrence’s ignorance of today’s cultural environment once you get to know the character.
On the bad side, these kids became black belts in karate in the length of one school year. Miguel picked up karate and became incredibly good in a very short time. Karate takes years to get to that level, but that’s honestly semantics. Who wants to watch a white belt in the tournament? It helped the plot and requires a bit of suspension of disbelief.
Overall, I give Cobra Kai Season 1 a 9/10 and am excited to start the second season to see where our heroes left off!
We will be reviewing season 2 of Cobra Kai before the third drops, and, of course, season three. Next in the review line, however, will be Nicolas Cage’s Jiu Jitsu movie that comes out on the 20th.
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