Episode 30: Creed II

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2018 — The Year of Dolph. Or the “Lundgrenaissance.” On this month’s episode, we’re discussing the next installment in the Rocky franchise, Creed II!  While this is a giant leap ahead in the filmography of Dolph, there’s no denying the momentous year that Lundgren has been having!  And now is the time to talk about it! In this sequel to 2015’s smash hit, Creed, Lundgren returns to the role that initially made him a star 33 years ago — Ivan Drago!  Joining me once again for this inevitable discussion is Craig Cohen of the SlyCast! What is it about this franchise and these characters who continue to enthrall so many for over 40 years?  How was director Stephen Caple and everyone involved able to take the cartoon that is Rocky IV and ground it into the real world of Creed?  Is Lundgren’s Ivan Drago truly a villain?  Where can this series go should it decide to continue?  And where would we like to see Lundgren’s and Stallone’s careers go at this point?

Listen in as the hosts of the Stallone podcast and the Lundgren podcast join forces once again and BREAK down Creed II currently in theaters!

Major thanks to Craig Cohen for joining.  Please check out his podcasts, the SlyCast and Big Screen Book Club, as well as his Ramones Blog: ramonespinhead.blogspot.com!

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Episode 29: Interview with Chad Law, writer of BLACK WATER

On this bonus episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with screenwriter, Chad Law.  Law is a rising voice in the action genre who’s had an amazing past couple years. Chad Law has written films starring Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude-Van Damme, Scott Adkins, and many more!  One of these films was this year’s Van Damme-Lundgren reunion Black Water!  In this thriller, JCVD and Dolph team-up as they attempt to expose the corrupt officials who imprisoned them on a CIA black site submarine!  In this fun discussion, Law and I chat the writing process, his entry into the action genre, his collaborations with action visionary William Kaufman, and what’s coming up for him in the next year!

Major thanks to Chad Law for for his time.  Please feel free to rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever else you go to subscribe!

Episode 28: Bridge of Dragons

Bridge of Dragons

On this month’s episode, we’re taking a look back at 1999’s Bridge of Dragons.  In this direct-to-video thriller, Dolph Lundgren plays Warchild, a trained killing machine who falls in love with the princess slated to marry the land’s evil dictator and oppressor (played by the always great Cary Tagawa)!  Joining me to chat this film is Ben Johnson, host of the Kung-Fu Move Guide Podcast — your one-stop shop for all the latest news and interviews regarding martial arts cinema! Where exactly does this film take place? What kind of visual flair does director Isaac Florentine add to the film?  How does Lundgren do at revisiting his “mercenary with a heart” character archetype? And in what ways will this film forever be linked to the Power Rangers?  Join Ben and I as we discuss the fantasy-post apocalyptic amalgam that is Bridge of Dragons!

Major thanks to Ben Johnson for joining me!  Please check out is podcast and website, the Kung Fu Movie Guide on iTunes or on SoundCloud!  As always, please feel free to rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever else you go to subscribe!