A true action movie lover, he's responsible for many a macho movie marathon starring the likes of Van Damme, Seagal, Bronson, Russell and more. This past weekend at the Alamo's Yonkers, New York location a mystery day of Van Damme fare included Sudden Death, Lionheart, Knock Off and Hard Target. Using the power of #MovieBro's I introduced Greg and Sheldon and now here they are, doing the Damme thing. I've never been to an Alamo or Austin so I'm pumped to see how they kick ass.
yoked Mark Dacascos and Geoffrey Lewis. The D plays a former special forces soldier who learned the Brazilian, dance based martial art while on assignment. Upon returning to hometown Miami he finds his former high school overcrowded and full of drugs and gang bangers. Teaming up with old friends and flames, Dacascos sets about to straighten out the worst kids in the school and dealing with their local crime lord relatives. With kicks, flips and ba-na-na-way chant music. Lettich directs and co-wrote the script with Luis Esteban.
Then it's time for 1990's pseudo update of Charles Bronson's street fighting man tale Hard Times starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page and Brian Thompson in Lionheart. JCVD is Leon, a French Foreign Legionnaire who finds out his brother has been killed by drug dealers on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Going A.W.O.L., Leon lands in LA and scrambling for cash, ends up fighting in a street match organized by Joshua (Page), whups some dude's ass with his "foreign shit" and is dubbed the Lion, king of the jungle. In an interesting story twist, Leon doesn't spend any time searching for the guys who killed his brother (they were believed caught by police) and sets out to help bro's widow and young daughter. By fighting. In a parking garage, racquet ball court, empty pool, a converted tennis court and anywhere with a little open space. Lettich directs and co-wrote with Van Damme himself in this surprisingly dramatic fight flick that contains the most heart of any JCVD flick outside mockumentary JCVD.
In March, Sheldon and Harrison Page head to Germany for a Lionheart blu-ray release event where a European cut of the film has been cleaned up and digitized for a special features packed release.
You got a lot of heart, Lionheart!