The Business (Dir. Nick Love, 2005): The director and cast of The Football Factory relocate to Spain's Costa Del Crime for this swaggering gangster film, a savagely funny tale of suntanned playboys, blokey camaraderie and violence that's as casual as the natty 1980s fashion.
With an acute eye for the cultural details of the 80s; from clothing to drugs and tacky Spanish clubs, boasting a superb soundtrack and a nailbiting climax, The Business is a tasty knuckle sandwich!
The Transporter (Dir. Louis Leterrier, 2002): Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring himself out as a mercenary "transporter" who moves goods - human or otherwise - from one place to another. No questions asked.
Carrying out mysterious and sometimes dangerous tasks in his tricked-out BMW, Martin finds his latest assignment could well be his last after his package is revealed to be a beautiful woman (Shu Qi) at the centre of a human trafficking ring...
Produced by Luc Besson, this insanely entertaining action flick features a pumped-up Jason Statham commanding in the lead role (see him deflect an anti-personnel missile using nothing more than a tray!) with sultry Taiwanese beauty Shu Qi holding her own in Corey Yuen's extravagantly choreographed action sequences.
Be Cool (Dir. F. Gary Gray, 2005): Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer (Travolta) decides to try his hand in the music industry, he romances the sultry widow (Thurman) of a recently whacked music exec, poaches a hot young singer (Christina Milian) from a rival label and discovers that the record industry is packin' a whole lot more than a tune!