Thursday, February 2, 2023

Bloodspurt: The Films of JCVD (2023, Bear Manor)



Collected from across the nation, over forty writers, film critics, academics, artists, filmmakers and editors tackle the complete film oeuvre of action star Jean Claude Van Damme. The Muscles from Brussels has been a beloved fixture in action cinema for four decades... that mullet notwithstanding. Loved or hated, JCVD has always been regarded as the nicest butt-kicker in the business and wholly self aware of his cult film status - and exactly how he got there. If the Kumite couldn't stop him, or all of those groin-wrenching splits, is there any force on the planet that could impede the sultan of spin kicks? In examining JCVD's films, maybe this eclectic group of professionals can answer those nagging questions. Regardless, whenever you run into Jean Claude Van Damme in an alley, lit or otherwise, prepare for the... Bloodspurt.

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