"According to statistics, one person out of five is disturbed. If there are four people around you who seem normal, that's not good."
- Jean-Claude Van Damme
Welcome to my humble podcast channel.
Little info about me:
I am a Bulgarian, living in Sweden since 2015. What drives my hobby, being the owner and host of the Action B-Rated podcast is also the fact of how fueled I am about movies. In this instance, I talk about what are or at least I regard as B-Rated Martial Arts Movies of the late 80s, 90s and early 2000s. One aspect of my childhood was renting a lot of movies from the neighborhood's video store every Friday (You rent movies on Friday, you get to keep for an extra day, returning them instead on Sunday) and for the rest of the time I had a small humble collection of about 30 VHS tapes half of which re-recorded, full of movies recorded from whenever a cool movie was on TV.
Growing in a country that recently left the Socialistic Soviet block came with some notable things to consider. One of which was that when things like movies started pouring over , now freely and unrestricted, from the Western world, movies were not separated by being AAA, A or B, but simply just movies. My first clash with martial arts movies in general, compared to majority of people being either seeing a Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan flick, for me for better or worse was one movie that marked the beginning for my fascination towards martial arts movies. This was the movie "Hard to Kill" with Steven Seagal. It was amazing, love him or hate him, he is a force to be reckon with, despite the wooden acting, his awkward running (see Above the Law with Steven Seagal) or the fact that he is pretty much mowing over in every single movie he's in, except that one that dies falling from a plane 10 minutes in and still featured on the front cover, he and his movie told me "Hey, you'll love what you love, but one thing is for sure, martial arts movies WILL BE one of those things you love.
The next step towards finding my what I regard as "guilty pleasure" (except for at times listening to Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, and N'Sync, I am sorry) was when I happen to watch from curiosity a cult classic called "King of Kickboxers" which opened the door for me to fully appreciate this style of movies and embrace it with all it's charm and sometimes obvious flaws. Flaws such as limited budget, bad camera placings, showing sometimes kicks and punches not even traveling all the way to the person being kicked or punched, the wooden at times acting, eye-gauging obviousness of stunt-doubles in fights, who may not even resemble the actor they are stunt-doubling for, etc. But overall it is an experience to watch and see people living their dream of being martial arts actors and displaying their absolute martial arts prowess from left to right.
The cat was out of the bag and I needed to see more.
With my podcast I aim to turn the spotlight on those movies, to turn the spotlight on those unsung heroes, these actors and actresses and stunt people, martial arts experts and amazing warriors, who never got to break through their B-rated status into A-Stardom, sometimes unable to keep their A-Stardom for long and to become household names. Those are the people you mostly recognize but can't say from where, mostly you can't even name.
Do you know who Jeff Wincott is?
Do you know who Daniel Bernhardt is?
Do you know who Loren Avedon is?
That's just for starters.
I delve into their lives, achievements and notable movies, I review some of their movies.
My podcast aims to entertain, but also, aims to educate. To inspire and ignite a fire in you, a passion for what I believe is a bit of a lost craft. There are not many good martial arts movies around these days, but what we can do is bask at the glory of what was already made.
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