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CanFilm Five: Cult Film Expert and Writer Ian Jane

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Ian Jane runs the movie and music review site Rock! Shock! Pop!, contributes regularly to DVD Talk and in the past has written extensively for AV Maniacs and provided liner notes for Synapse Films, Mondo Macabro and Media Blasters. He’s currently hard at work co-writing his first book which will hopefully see publication in 2012. He lives in New York City with his pretty and surprisingly tolerant wife but was born and raised in Canada and still proudly clings to his citizenship.

For this CanFilm Five, Ian dives deep into the five finest fight scenes, brawls and battles that vintage Canuxploitation films have to offer.

5. ABRAXAS: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE
In this epic straight-to-video action/sci-fi hybrid. Jesse “The Body” Ventura proves he has what it takes to govern the fine state of Wisconsin by playing an 11,000-year-old space cop named Abraxas who sports a ponytail. He’s chasing down a space bad guy named Secundus (Sven-Ole Thorsen) who has busted out of space jail and is out to find the child he sired on Earth a few years before he got locked up. Secundus takes on the form of a chubby bearded guy in a flannel shirt and generally causes problems all over the small town where he decides to look for his kid. There are lots of blue lasers in this movie as well as some dirt-bikes, some strippers and some dopey sci-fi gizmos. This one has no shortage of action and punching but the one scene that really stands out is when Jess dukes it out with the bearded fat guy in a flannel jacket, relentlessly punching him in the face over and over again while a kid watches from the sidelines and well timed explosions erupt all around them. This one also gets bonus points for a great sequence in which two unwitting cops come up to the bad guy to take him in. When he resists, one of the cops pulls an UZI out of his coat and unloads on him but it’s no use. Only Jesse “The Body” Ventura can stop this guy with his punches… UZIs won’t work.

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