John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the Euro-action film from producer Luc Besson and director Pierre Morel

‘From Paris With Love’ – Euro-action on Hulu

From Paris With Love (2009), starring John Travolta as a cowboy of an American agent and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as an ambitious but untrained low-level agent assigned to assist, is another of Luc Besson’s English language Euro-action films, the contemporary equivalent to the drive-in action movie of decades past. Besson has perfected the formula in […]

John Travolta in Brian De Palma's 'Blow Out'

Brian De Palma’s ‘Blow Out’ on Amazon Prime

Is it too sweeping to call Jack Terry, the movie soundman of Brian De Palma’s Blow Out (1981), John Travolta’s best performance ever? So be it. Who knew that De Palma—a director still more often than not dismissed as a technician with a Hitchcock obsession, a facility for bravura camerawork, and a penchant for split […]

John Travolta hams it up an alien overlord in the absurd science fiction adventure based on the novel by L. Ron Hubbard, one of the worst films ever made

‘Battlefield Earth’ – Worst film ever? Decide for yourself on Netflix

John Travolta, one of Hollywood’s most visible Scientology cheerleaders, dreamed of bringing Scientologist founder L. Ron Hubbards’ Star Wars-inspired sci-fi epic to the big screen for years. Be careful when dreams come true. Battlefield Earth (2000) is hilariously, flamboyantly, aggressively bad, a pulp fantasy built on same hokey tropes and clichés that were tired before […]