"Game over, man. Game over!"
HOW TO TELL . . .
Are you a
or just a FAN?
Action Movie Fans
other genres in comfort.
Action Movie FREAKS will start shifting in their seats 10
minutes into a movie where nothing has crashed or been blown up
yet . . .
Action Movie Fans can quote
a few one-liners from a few
popular action movies.
"I'll be back!"
"Make My Day!"
try to work
their favorite quotes into
conversation all the time!
"God has his tricks, but getting
[paper jams out of copiers],
that's one of mine.*"
Action Movie Fans have watched their favorite action
a handful of times.
FREAKS can recite
the entire opening scene
word-for-word from at least 2 movies they're obsessed with!
Hovitos are near, the poison is still fresh—3 days, they're
following us . . . "
"They are an army, unlike any other, crusading across the stars
toward . . . "
And if you can easily finish
this entire quote:
"I know what you're thinking,
did he fire 6 shots,
or only 5 . . . "
just admit it now,
(That quote should be required memorization if you're
to call yourself an
Action Movie FREAK!)
most movie violence.
Action Movie FREAKS
will clap when the action reaches its gross-out best! Remember
the incredible opening of Ninja Assassin . . .
What's that? You didn't see
Then you're an
Action Movie Fan.
Let's start again.
Remember the incredible opening of
Ninja Assassin, which ended when the blood splatter
becomes the title
you knew it was coming, but you clapped anyway! (Yes, true
Action Movie FREAKS
clap when the violence is really good like horror movie fans
laugh when it gets really gross) If, right about now,
you're shaking your head or laughing,
Action Movie Fan.
If you're all fired up . . .
"Welcome to the Jungle!"
CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
"God has his tricks, but gettin' outta places no one else
can, that's one of mine."
Top 10 Action Movie
Dec 12 2014
sent me a video of his
(LIONSGATE) Action Movie Scenes. His
delivery was great and his excitement contagious. It got me to
pick which scenes I think are best, so here are both: his choices and
mine (his video is
at the bottom, or click the link above).
The scenes I chose were the most enjoyable based on those most talked about with fellow Action Movie Freaks—all indelible scenes that
raised the bar. (These are in chronological order):
the Lost Ark
(12 June 1981)
The opening credits are all part of the
build up to the scene where Indiana Jones runs
from the giant boulder in
the Lost Ark.
We follow Dr. Jones from behind for a while never seeing his
face, until he hears the sound of a gun being cocked behind
him. As he turns to use his whip to disarm the assailant,
his face goes from shadow to light, and that moment is what
great direction is all about. Enter the
Bad Ass in an epic
Big Dog Entrance (an
Movie Essential). Then, from the moment he enters the place
"Where Forrestahl cashed in" until the end
where Reggie tells him
"Show a little backbone will ya?!" it's the best
opening sequence of an
movie ever, and is easily one of everyone's TOP FIVE
most enjoyable Action Movie Scenes. (Here is
just a portion of it . . .)
INDIANA JONES RUNNING FROM GIANT
(12 June 1987) When Dutch's men fire into the jungle
at the retreating creature
Predator and mow down an acre, but think they hit
nothing, what a #holycrap moment! We'd never seen so many
Big Manly Men with such big 'guns'
use such big guns, and still they're afraid. A side view of Arnold's bicep was a cinematic event all its own. From then on, all we
wanted was BIG! If there's one scene in movie history that
contributed to America's love of guns—look no further than
PREDATOR JUNGLE SCENE WE HIT NOTHING
Out For Justice
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
(12 April 1991) The
Trash-Talking bar fight in
Steven Seagal tries to find out if "Anybody seen
Richie?" and takes everyone down is Action Movie
bravado at its best. As trash talking
Movie Essential), you can't top Seagal, he's the master.
TERMINATOR 2 JUDGMENT DAY
(15 December 1995) The
GUN BATTLE in the streets from
1995's Heat ("Where's the van?")
was so memorable, it made it into comedian
Cook's act. When the shit hits the
fan, just throw thousand of bullets into the mix. Action Movie Freaks
all secretly want to pull off an armored car
and get away with it.
(Remember when Val Kilmer was the coolest thing on the
GUN BATTLE IN THE STREET IN HEAT
(31 March 1999)
The success of
John Wick harkens back to
Keanu Reeves' performance in
Matrix and the invention of "bullet time".
When Neo dodged bullets, it was an indelible moment in Action Movie
History that was kicked up a notch when Trinity ended it with
"Dodge this!" It played with the elements of time and
space—something that made this movie fascinating, and that
worked well in the ending of
The Chronicles of Riddick.
However, the real killer scene in this movie begins
when Neo and Trinity gear up to rescue Morpheus. From the
rows and rows of WEAPONS they take so much stuff, there's no
need to reload. Then they shoot their way through the lobby.
(Love the reaction when he opens his coat at the
scanner.) Everything about this scene is the epitome
of cool: The music, their outfits, the acrobatics, even and
sound of the spent casings on the marble (something to own
Surround Sound for!). The two of them shoot the shit out of
SPL: Kill Zone
(18 November 2005) What a
SPL: Kill Zone when Donnie Yen takes on Wu Jing
(aka Jacky Wu)! In a movie full of great fight
scenes (it takes 3 people to bring Sammo down), it's so
fast, there's just nothing like it.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
(29 June 2011) The last :45 minutes of
Transformers: Dark of the Moon delivered the most incredible eye-popping 3D.
Here is just a piece of it, and what a piece it is. The
wingsuit scene (yes, people really did that) had me
awestruck (1:08-1:19). And the action just keeps
going and going and going . . .
TRANSFORMERS DARK OF THE MOON
The Raid: Redemption
(13 April 2012) There has never been
anything like the final fight in
Raid: Redemption. Part of it was that the
final fight in the first movie was also incredible. We root for the main character and feel for his
situation. When he finally gets to this point, we
don't know how much more he can really do/take on, but these fuckers are
fighting! And just when you think it's over, think again. I
really don't know how it can ever be topped. Wouldn't that
be something. Here is a little piece of it . . .
THE RAID: REDEMPTION
Iron Man 3
- (3 May 2013) This nail biting scene
Iron Man 3 was as incredible
for its conception as for its execution. All the stuntplayers in this won awards.
Yeah, we love Iron Man!
Here is John Flixster's Top Ten Action Movie Scenes for
FLIXSTER's TOP TEN
JOHN WICK sets it on fire . . .
"Yeah, I'm thinking Action Movies are back!"
Nov 11 2014
I couldn't stop going to see John Wick over and over long
enough to finish writing about it. I've paid to see it five times and I am going to fit in
one or two more! It more than
satisfied most of my
Action Movie Essentials,
Keanu Reeves and 87eleven blew the roof off 'cool'.
I even love the soundtrack! Once we get past the sad part (I
mean ass-kicking excuse), the rest is a rush. Read more . . .
Million Dollar Man: '70s gold is
repaid in the Billions!
Nov 6 2014
The 70s were awesome. Proof? The Six Million
Dollar Man. He was Superstar material. (Speaking of Superstars,
when are they going to bring back that show? It was great
watching the biggest stars/athletes compete over at Crandon
Park. They would surprise you because they had different skill
sets and the varied events kind of leveled the playing field.)
Deadline.com has confirmed that
Peter Berg will direct
Mark Wahlberg in the re-make movie. I'm thrilled.
They just gotta have this sound . . . you know which one
I mean. Here's the running theme with that sound effect of when
he used his bionic powers.
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN RUNNING THEME
Mark Wahlberg is perfect for the role, and there's
nobody who could treat the material better and make more of it
than Peter Berg. Peter Berg KNOWS Action Movies. He
hits ALL the right notes. After this, The Bionic Woman
can't be far behind! Then the two of them will pair up. PLEASE
let it be
Ronda Rousey . . .
It was an honor (and fun) to be asked to be a
contributor to this survey. Time Out New York compiled a great
list based on many recommendations (over 50 experts): "We
went straight to the experts and polled people who have created
some of the greatest action films ever made. People like John
McTiernan (Die Hard [and Predator]), Luc Besson (La
Femme Nikita, Lucy) and Danny Trejo (Machete). We spoke
to actors, directors, stunt performers, film critics and other
The contributor lists are varied to say the
least. Lots of lists have a random movie or two I've never heard
of (my Action Movie taste is very mainstream). Lots of lists are
Martial Arts movies (I like the mix, but I think of them
as their own thing). And, there seems to be lots of kowtowing to
'film' choices (movies you think you have to like because
they're 'important'—but you'd never watch them again).
Unsurprisingly, many, many movies that have action in them
but they are not Action Movies. Every time someone
complains about Action Movies or mentions "action movie cliches",
they clearly don't get it. They deign to make an Action
list but their choices don't include the movies that made the
genre as popular as it is.
The biggest shocker to me is that
John McTiernan, who directed Die Hard
and Predator, make a list that includes only one Action Movie!
Why didn't someone tell him: "Hey Guy, make a new list."
Here's his WTF list (in alphabetical order):
A Clockwork Orange
Dr. Strangelove or:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The Grapes of Wrath
The Horse Soldiers
The Hour of the
Wolf (1968) Drama/Horror
The Grapes of Wrath?! . . . The Grapes of Wrath. Is the man
Time Out New York
Die Hard (1988)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Hard Boiled (1992)
Mad Mad 2: The Road Warrior
Enter The Dragon (1973)
Police Story (1985)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
The Way of the
Judgment Day (1991)
Mad Max 2: The
Road Warrior (1981)
Out for Justice
The closest to my list
(less 'film' influence, more purely Action Movie) is
Die Hard (1988)
Judgment Day (1991)
The Raid (2011)
Enter the Dragon
Rambo: First Blood
Part II (1985)
Ip Man (2008)
The Rock (1996)
(They published mine in alphabetical order, so here
is my list in order)
Action Movie Freak
Rambo III (1985)
Judgment Day (1991)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Die Hard (1988)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
The Rock (1996)
movie . . . oh yeah!
too, but it's not
So excited that they are making
Black Panther. Congratulations to
Chadwick Boseman! He might not be an
Action Figure but he's a talented actor. I really cannot
believe it's not
Michael Jai White, though.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the character will debut in 2016's
Captain America: Civil War. Superheroes in the Civil
War—there's something I never thought I'd say. The Black
Panther movie is scheduled for November 3, 2017. GOTTA be happy
about this. It's ALL good! Hope he trash talks the hell out of
it. (Here is concept art by
might be cool as well. I hope it's the fully clothed version of
her. (So many versions of that character.) The date is set
for July 6, 2018.
Box Office Mojo posted this list of the upcoming Marvel
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
| May 1, 2015
| July 17, 2015
- Captain America: Civil War
| May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange
| November 4, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2
| May 5, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok
| July 28, 2017
- Black Panther |
November 3, 2017 (starring Chadwick Boseman)
- Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 |
May 4, 2018
- Captain Marvel |
July 6, 2018
- Inhumans |
November 2, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 |
May 3, 2019
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON TRAILER
And there is a rumor . . .
SandwichJohnFilms.com reported that Robin
might be Jena Malone in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn
of Justice. It's great to have another female superhero, but
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the best thing about The Dark Knight
Rises and it was so perfectly set up for him to be Robin, so I hope
they don't do that. I'd love to see a female Robin, hell, I'd love to
see a female every superhero, but don't switch horses midstream!
I hate it when they do that. YES, we want to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt as
Robin. Of course, Jena Malone could be something else, you know,
sideline-ish—girlfriend, victim (all we ever get to be)—but hopefully,
not for long! She is so NOT what comes to mind when I think
superhero. Here she is from
And the hits just keep on coming . . .
Twitch Film reported that
Zaror will be playing Zambo Dende: The Slave Avenger. A
Colombian comic book by Nicholas Rodriguez,
Latino Daily News from August 7, 2013 said "The film 'The Games
Maker' will tell the story of Zambo Dende" and would be released in
April 2014 . . . It also said they were teaming with deep-pockets
Disney, so what happened? This
Film Combat Syndicate article doesn't say, but it does mentioned
a projected 2014 release, and that "it looks like it will begin
production sometime next year" and is scheduled for a 2016 release.
They also mention "Mad Dog"
Ruhian is co-starring.
So sad to hear that Elizabeth Peña has passed away at
the age of 55. She was wonderful in RUSH HOUR.
There's few movie
situations I enjoy more than a girl in an all-guy situation holding her
own and getting the better of them.
Variety Magazine: "Elizabeth Peńa, the “Jacob’s Ladder”
and “La Bamba” actress who died Oct. 14 at the age of 55, died due to
complications from alcohol abuse, according to a new report from TMZ.
Per the report, her death certificate reads that her passing was the
cause of cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse. Gastrointestinal
bleeding hours before her death caused her heart to stop.
The actress reportedly suffered from the disease for months, but it
became more severe leading up to her death.
Peńa was also known for roles in “Rush Hour,” “Blue Steel” and
“Batteries Not Included,” along with a recurring guest role on “Modern
Family.” She also recently wrapped work on the first season of El Rey
issue 3 of
PAYBACK action movie magazine featuring super
stuntwomen Heidi Moneymaker and
Zoë Bell! Please take a look :)
The final 24 hours is upon us! The project ends
Wednesday at 3:00 PM.
You have just about a week left, so please watch this video and
When someone offers you a chance to
participate in a really cool project, it's an easy Yes! So,
here's your chance to join me in supporting "No
Touching", an action movie short film starring stuntwomen/actresses
Zoë Bell and
SYNOPSIS: Michelle and Jackie begrudgingly
agree to go to a haunted house attraction in downtown L.A. where they are required to sign a waiver that
performers to touch them but prevents them from touching back. Once
inside, the performers cross the line and these ass-kicking women remind
them how ladies should be treated!
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Will Corona Pilgrim &
No Touching is supported by
the members of the
87eleven Action Design team
(in my opinion Action Movie GODS), led by
Chad Stahelski and David Leitch
(whose feature film
comes out on October 24th).
Chops! Doesn't get any better than that!
If you can, please DONATE NOW to the Kickstarter campaign. It
ends on October 15th, so don't wait to show your support. Shoot date is
November 5th. They need to raise a total of $30,000
for production costs, including permits, location
fees, cast and crew payments, equipment rentals, and film completion
The production will be looking to add additional cast members in the coming
“Zoë and I have both been kicking ass for a living for a long time,”
Heidi Moneymaker said.
Bell added “We’ve known each other for ages and have kept
talking about working together and we figured it’s about time we
combined our ass-kicking skills and make something badass.”
Will Corona Pilgrim
are excited about the project: “We’ve been writing kickass female characters for as long as we can
remember, and who’s more kickass than Zoë and Heidi? No one.”
This project marks a TURNING POINT for women in Action Movies in two
First, I have added these two Stuntwomen to the
BAD ASS list
on this website. (Click these links to see their profiles:
Zoë Bell). These two women are the very first
stuntpeople (as opposed to Actors) I have featured. This is
something I have wanted to do since I saw the outtakes in old Burt
Reynolds movies: make the stunt people the stars! THIS is what Action Movie Freaks really want:
To know who did which stunt. All Action Movies should show the
stuntperson at the end and give their names as we watch them do the
stunt (raw footage) and/or outtakes, after every movie. We don't go to Action Movies for the
Acting. We go for the Action. So, while I started with actresses on the
REGULAR JANES list, and everywhere else/all the other categories,
from now on I will focus on finding
out more about who does the Stuntwork and add them instead of, or
in addition to, the actor/actress who represented their work (wherever
that applies). OR, even better, maybe now more Stuntpeople, especially
women, will begin to be the stars of the movie. [I need to put in
all the amazing people either honored or that I learned about at the 3
years of ActionFest I attended, like Buddy Joe Hooker, and
Henry Kingi, Sr.] I am excited that this might be the start
of a trend.
Second, and this is EVEN COOLER (saved the best for last), we are
now getting WOMEN to be the lead in Action Movies, and in this case two
Stuntwomen/Actresses. Granted, this is a short
film, but it's a start. It's something I have been wishing for since before I
can remember. I have always identified with the male hero and not the
two-dimensional female characters who need rescuing. The first movie
that I felt the women took over in was
American Dreamer (a silly
romance, but still, she took charge!). And then came Lt. Ellen Ripley.
Anytime anyone is a naysayer about Women and Action Movies, there is Ripley.
So now we have Heidi and Zoë breaking that actress/stunwoman
barrier and making an Action Movie for women—for everyone, really, but a
movie that marks, hopefully, the start of many more! We just need
the other key creative players involved to also be women: writers,
director, 2nd unit director, etc.
UPDATE: They have hired
Nancy Schreiber, ASC
as the Director of Photography. (She did Your Friends & Neighbors "Is it me?" which
was funny as hell) . . .
I saw these two movies as a double feature tonight and there were similarities, but they were like opposites: Good and Evil.
Both were avenging characters, but the movies are so different.
First, the Evil: A Walk Among the
Tombstones. Maybe America has gotten so used to seeing
women beaten and tortured on TV shows and in movies, especially horror,
that it's now NORMAL to see a woman being raped during the credits, but
not for me! This movie was horrible. Liam
Neeson should be taken to task for doing this movie.
Bottom Line: Do not see this movie if you're a woman. Don't give
them any money for this. Read my full take under
Bad Action Movies
Second, the Good: The Equalizer.
Denzel Washington plays a kind of secret agent/widow in mourning. The opening quote for the
movie is from Mark Twain: "The two most important days in your life are
the day you are born and the day you find out why." We get to find
out why Denzel's character Robert was born. "One day somebody does
something unspeakable to someone you hardly knew and you do something
[about it] because you can. Because that's who you are."
I was afraid this movie would exploit little Miss
Chloë Grace Moretz, but they didn't! Nor the other prostitute role.
It's a kind of guide on how to live your life (violence aside). Denzel
Washington's character "Robert McCall" is a true friend. He's popular
where he works and helps people realize their true potential, taking
time to give words of encouragement or lending a helping hand. Or iron fist as
the case may be. He states: "You gotta be who you are in this world,
no matter what." And he advises: "Don't doubt yourself, son. Doubt
kills." And "Change your world." One person really can make a
difference. It's a Christian principle to speak out over people's lives
and to offer encouragement. The fact that Robert's some kind of mad-skills
Avenging Angel is really entertaining to watch. As they put it:
A guy who thinks he's a knight in shining armor even though "knights
don't exist anymore". After he kills a bad guy, he says "I'm sorry." And he
This movie satisfies many of my
Action Movie Essentials. Although Denzel is not as muscular as
this type of fanatical and disciplined character would be (at one point
it's clear his chest muscles are soft and he has a bit of a gut, plus
they never show him shirtless—sorry Mr. D. but there are men killing
themselves to look
Action-Figure-ready and it's that kind of role,
plus we want big, buff actors!). On the plus side, he's
tall, being bald's a little scary, he pulls off the action scenes with speed,
agility, and Skills, and with the strut, he owns being a Bad Ass.
There are lessons to be taught and learned—He's definitely on the Right
Side. There are LOTS of improvised weapons,
Kills galore, and massive explosions! He even treats his
own wounds, like Rambo. There's a
some Camaraderie, and lots of
Dominance. They save the
Dog Entrance for the end, and as Action Movies should, it pumps you up and it has a
'happy' ending: They brought it back to the girl and made it all mean
Overall, it's enjoyable. The massive beating to the
face in the
trailer is a little hard to watch, but the gnarly kills at the
end would do Final Destination proud.
Jupiter Ascending trailer 3 is incredible!
I'm excited about this movie the way that everyone else seems to be excited about
Interstellar (meh!). Love Sean Bean (back when, I had hoped he
would have been the next
James Bond, the first blonde Bond—no slight to Daniel Craig intended).
I also love movies that take you to a completely different world (like
The Chronicles of Riddick). We have to wait only 4 more months
for this (release date 6 February 2015). Hope the Wachowskis aren't
stingy with the cheesy one-liners and that
Channing Tatum's characters is a wise ass.
JUPITER ASCENDING trailer #3
John Wick sorts some stuff out
Can't get enough Keanu Reeves or John Leguizamo.
Put 'em together in an Action Movie and it's got to be good.
JOHN WICK TRAILER
Talk about your underappreciated Action Movie
Michael Jai White reigns supreme in this payback movie. Should be fun
watching him wipe the floor with the Brazilian Yakuza. And it also stars
the always awesome Neal McDonough who might have taken over for
You know, good looking but
always a co-star/bad guy/character actor, and in tons of Action Movies
(like he's addicted to Action Movies—who isn't). Director: Ernie
Barbarash Writer: Y.T. Parazi
in Miami at
Liam Neesons is my shi . . .
Key & Peele must be over the moon at this trailer:
Walk Among the Tombstones (Action, Crime Mystery) September 19th.
Writer/Director: Scott Frank. Based on the
book by Lawrence Block.
A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES
Black Adam The Rock 'Goes
Sept 5, 2014
We thought for sure
The Rock was going to announce he was Shazam but,
. . . electrifying! Below the picture,
AMC speculates about his role as
#TheAntiHero as he tweeted about. I think he seems psyched
for the role and he always has fun with it (to our benefit). They're
wrong about no muscly men though. Hello, SUPERHERO. Film people just
don't get #ActionMovies! It's all about the physical.
Movies puts out a lot of videos on YouTube. They're always
entertaining and always on
top of the latest movie news. Although the headline of this one is a
little misleading . . .
"Avengers 2 End Credit Scene Revealed?", once
you watch it, you'll see what they did.
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: WOMEN
In the video, Clevver Movies states "As for Ms.
Marvel, sources are saying that Marvel is having cold feet about
introducing her in an end-credit scene as a fully developed character.
Recent reports have suggested that Marvel is no longer interested in
origin stories, but they aren’t sure introducing such a major character
in this way is the right move either."
I had to wonder, what is the hesitation in
introducing female superheroes (as far as women are concerned, they are
long overdue), and why are they no longer interested in origin stories1?
It may be that audiences are a little bored with male superhero
origin stories already (in my opinion they are Batman-ing,
Wolverine-ing, and Spider-Man-ing us to death), but we haven't
scratched the surface with female superheroes. So, what are they afraid
of? Didn't Lucy dominating Hercules in the box office
I think I know. They might not know how to
portray female superheroes. In all seriousness, when you
look at the majority of the source material, you should shudder.
Are they afraid of backlash? They should be, although they did much
better than expected with the character of Black Widow (and it
has been well received), giving us a more realistic, respectful, and
largely less sexual treatment:
This versus This:
We need to keep moving farther away from the
ridiculously sexualized poses and revealing male-fantasy inspired
costumes that are prevalent in comic books, like these examples:
Too often, men are the ones making the decisions
on female superhero movies. Women really should be
writing and directing these movies. According to this article
female superheroes could address Hollywood's gender pay gap"
only 2% of directors are women. It seems so obvious to me to have
women at the helm of a female superhero movie, but if not, at least
consult a woman for Pete's sake—but it's got to be a 'liberated' woman
(a Feminist) and NOT a 'Man Pleaser' (a woman who dresses to please men).
Since this is new territory, we should do it right, and not ignore the
potential for harm, nor squander the potential for gain.
We are at an important crossroads here that impacts
the future of all women. Who we hold up as an example of a superhero to
young girls should be someone admirable, and the importance of it cannot
In this screencap (below, left) from the video above,
it shows the line up of superhero costumes—They're all male superheroes
except Black Widow, but her costume fits right in (Hulk being a special
case LOL). Showing what that might that look like if there was a clothing
rack with all female-comic-book-character costumes is the perfect
illustration of the problem (and the solution):
Too often female superhero costumes
are like underwear or worse, body painting (a soul-sucking
trend I abhor as a woman). Sadly, wearing underwear as
clothing is commonplace now in nightclubs and at music festivals. This
leads to disrespect, rape, and violence against women. It is
irresponsible and dangerous to dress this way, and it's unforgivable to
teach the objectification of women to impressionable young minds (male and
female) in the form of role models dubbed "superheroes".
It's time to ignore the state of undress of the
female costumes in the source material (comic books), and put male and
female superheroes on an equal footing. It's time for men to grow up and
think of the peril it places women in just for the sake of male
pleasure. It's time to think, if she was my daughter, what would I do?
And if you are a woman and dress this way, think about the harm you are
causing. Stop worrying about what people will think if you don't
conform, and stop fitting yourself into a male-pleasure-centric mold. Be your own hero and
free yourself from the degrading social constraints of our popular culture.
So, who are Ms. Marvel and Captain
Marvel (aka Monica Rambeau)? and more importantly, who
could they be? At least in the more modern versions of the comics,
they could be physically strong or appropriately attired, but not both
it seems—they really need to be both!
To do the right thing, we need to end some of the
MALE FANTASY FEATURES, like:
large breasts. Female super heroes do not need to have large breasts that feed the insecurities of less busty women or
set some kind of achievable-only-by-surgical-distortion standard in
as-yet undeveloped girls, like this image at left. No
nipple-revealing-body-paint-like liquid skin looks either. The
Mystique movie 'costume' in X-Men is WAY wrong. Personally, I
downright disgraceful. And just because a woman is attractive or "proud"
of her body does not mean it's harmless putting it on display this way.
It's not like the men are doing it too (two wrongs wouldn't make a right
anyway). This is a case where the movie is worse than the comic.
short shorts or thong-ish outfits, and crotch shots. These
Michael Bay as much as I love him is not
helping either with the scantily clad, too-young damsel in distress, and
the worshipful, below-crotch-level, slow-mo shots. Will
he ever make an equally strong female character? Considering he did a Playboy
video centerfold, it's doubtful. Still, everyone can change, and if he
wants to go in a different direction, I challenge him to take on
positive roles for physically strong women, instead of these
nonthreatening age-inappropriate 'dolls'.
Please let's cover up our female superheroes as much as the men
are, and be
battle appropriate. Since they felt free enough to stray from the source
material by taking the comic-book costume off Mystique, they
should feel free to
put more clothes on other female characters. Our female superheroes
need to be role models of
something other than the male fantasy of beauty and sexuality. We
need to make them properly attired superheroes that young girls can look
up to. From these early comic-book superhero bodies (below) that were
mainly voluptuous in skimpy costumes, comic books got more muscular—if only that were the case in movies.
of superheroes by waify, model-thin
actresses . . . What are
we afraid of here? Now that we have movie stars like fighters
Rousey, maybe we can finally see more of truly strong women in movie roles as
superheroes and not just skinny actresses like Gal Gadot faking
it. The movie studios need to realize men are not the only audience for
ourselves be portrayed as 'sex objects' in real life. Who
will be that female version of the sensation that
Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Pumping Iron? Some
girl/woman will step up and be that breakthrough person. Someone
with strong arms like Ronda Rousey's, who is the real deal.
How it has to work is that she has to be the
exception. All that she has accomplished in real life by breaking the
mold, means that she has to step up to be a role model and not allow
herself to be portrayed like this photo spread in, of all places,
ESPN2. Everything Ronda has achieved is
undone here. She'll be disregarded by men like every other woman. Women
have to stop doing this. (please read my footnote before you dismiss me)
poses. After Marvel seemed to get it right
with Black Widow's more sedate costume, they made a misstep in
exploitative posing for only the female character that was mocked—rightly so:
this article covering the panel "Reimagining
the Female Superhero: Gail Simone, Amy Reeder, Marguerite
Bennett, & More Discuss Comics" at
Edition NYC, Emanuela Lupacchino wonders if we were
ever given the message that "superhero comics were not for girls."
Yes, we were, but the funny thing is, we liked them anyway and
imagined we were the male superheroes and related to them, not just to
the women there for set dressing and masturbatory fodder.
costumes. They had free reign to recreate Wonder Woman's
costume considering how many varieties there were in the original . . .
or at least to get the colors right. Instead we got
this burgundy/brown leather thing ?!
Women have waited so long for Wonder Woman to be in a
movie. How could the costume not be red, white, and blue?! To hell with
the whole "Christopher Nolan darker thing"! This is Wonder Woman
for most of us—Lynda Carter from the TV show. I was really hoping
for a stronger version of her and more skin to be covered. And nothing
like an impractical, strapless bathing suit.
What's wrong with comic books,
and with the male creation and movie portrayal of female superheroes can
be summed up by these connected-image Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel
covers. They look
like boy toys. They might as well be inflatable dolls. There's nothing
heroic about being a sexed-up dick accessory. These men are just flying off with their playthings. As the 4-year-old son of a friends says "Super
When I heard they were going to make a female Thor, I
was happy, but I didn't really think she'd have Thor-like,
Mjolnir-weildable arms, but
she should. Don't think it would be popular? Think again. Remember
how bad ass Alien's Vasquez was? Oh yeah!
Marvel has cold feet (or
Sony doesn't. Maybe
DC will jump in and take off with Batgirl. In any
case, we won't see a
Black Widow movie before 2016-17. And so we wait, despite the
proven box-office success of female-driven Action Movies! But why?!
The Rock In
Joe: Retaliation (and it takes on poignant meaning in light of
recent events), "[Girls aren't saving themselves]", and in the words of
Aliens' Private Vasquez "Let's rock!"
1 The debate over whether comic book character movies need an origin
movie is dumb. Of course, they need an origin movie. Otherwise, it's
like starting in the middle, and, of course, we want to see them!
This really irritates me. She achieves that status that she did in
fighting but then it's taken away by trivializing it. And of all places,
ESPN in their "Bodies We Want" section. Sure they have
other people, men, 'handicapped', naked as well, and yes, it's clearly a
celebration of athleticism and the human form, and, if all was
right with the world, it would be fine but it's not. And on the web, it
is not viewed in context. How can we ever be taken seriously if we're
always ready to take our clothes off? Why isn't being beautiful
and fit enough?
I couldn't wait to see The Expendables 3, so I went to
the first showing on Thursday night. It delivered and then some
on the Action! I enjoyed every minute of it, loved the lines, and
will watch it again and again. It was spread a
little thin on the screen time for all those roles because there were so
many stars (at first I thought too many),
which is kind of a waste because they don't really get to shine. But,
it's like complaining there's too much food on the buffet while your
mouth is full and you're filling 2 plates. Speaking of shining,
Wesley Snipes had a
big intro (the scene reminded me of
Sucker Punch), but then he took a backseat
(literally and figuratively) after that. He was great! I loved seeing
him in Action, where he should be, in this Ultimate Boys Club.
I was a little puzzled at the
way they decided to add the younger team members. (I didn't
watch the trailer.) <<SPOILERS everywhere . . . >> I guess I thought they would
just recruit more people and add them to the mix, not decide to get rid of the
existing team! WTH?! [[But when I saw it the second time, it gave
me the warm fuzzy feeling at the end when they are all back together.
And even though I predicted the original crew would be on the runway, it
was really great to see them show up, ready to go. Ronda's line
about family was perfect.]]
At first I also thought plot wise, they really could have left out
Randy Couture, Antonio Banderas (great comic relief though), Victor Ortiz,
Dolph Lundgren, and
Crews, except for the final scene where there are ridonkulously
outnumbered anyway so what's 5 more against hundreds? [[But, again, that
was my first reaction. The second time I watched I really liked seeing
ALL of them even for just a few minutes. The fact that they're all 'in
the club" is part of the great feel of The Expendables. I also
thought even though they were outnumbered they did a great job of
killing TONS of the bad guys. Can't wait for someone to do a killcount.]]
Every time I see an ensemble cast of Bad Asses like this, I
go back to the introductions in The Rundown. It's a device
that's like a shorthand to give you their strengths but I loved it and it
would have worked really well here. They're super Action Figures.
They should be hyped.
Rousey's scene was the closest, but I hated that she was in a
dress and heels (sigh). Still the "heels" line was funny.
When it came to her becoming an Expendable, I wanted her to be in long
sleeves and a crew neck like the guys, instead of something with
cut-outs and a low-cut zipper..
The one liners kept me
chuckling. Antonio Banderas was amusing (how was he not named
"Chit Chat"? but he doesn't belong in this Action Bad Asses
and Fighters group). Mel Gibson was oily and
intense, but I needed more back story to hate Mel Gibson (other than
real life . . . ZINGER!), so it would be more satisfying at the end when
they take him out.
building/ruin scene at the end (reminded me a little of Saving Private Ryan and The Raid)
and my first impression was it a little unrealistic
because there was very little cover and the numbers were too crazily overwhelming.
I remember thinking The Expendables crew might be good, but there's no
way they would have enough ammo. I also found
it improbable that they would just walk together in a tight little group
like that, so exposed. It was like there was no military training at
all. Don't send a scout, don't take cover . . . ? [[On the second
viewing, it seemed they kind of knew that Mel had something in mind. It
was too easy so they just went with it.]]
Kellan Lutz shone here
with his (his stunt double's) motorcycle hijinks (I liked that there was a
creative payoff for him being a motorcycle rider), but you know even as a moving target, with
that many soldiers, he would have been shot. [[On second thought,
they would have been thinking he was one of theirs. The scene where he
rides up the tail of the downed helicopter was incredible.]] (The credits don't
list who did the motorcycle riding—they should! When will that ever
change?). Kellan has unquestionable star power and he and Barney have
a conversation about him taking over The Expendables . . . It will be
cool to see if they go that way (young crew in charge) for The Expendables 4.
I hope they start it with a bad guy we can get behing hating so the
ending is more satisfying. Also, some things for the young
Expendables to overcome so we get to know them better and root for them.
At first I thought
Ford were a little bit of a waste as well. Still, it was cool to see
Harrison Ford there (and I loved the "he's no longer in the picture"
Willis). It gave you that 'crossover' rush. Like they were
playing cards and a King trumps a Jack.
[[As I re-read the next bit, I was just wrong:]] I
thought the story seemed like it was written around some of the stars
rather than for them.
For it to work, we have to be invested in the mission (finding/killing
Mel Gibson). I didn't feel like I was rooting
for Barney Ross to 'win' against the bad guy. They needed some personal
history up front. It's nitpicking but the paper file seemed old
In the end, I feel like these are comic-book type
characters and we don't get their individuality
Mainly because there are too many of them, and partly because The
Expendables' back story has never been defined. They also need/needed
hyped by someone. What makes them (the crew) so good? What
brought them together to create this band of brothers?
Visually, I love the whole look of The Expendables and that
really shone here. The
black they wear, the cool vehicles and planes, the weapons, and the
Even their off-duty casual clothing and the setting of where they hang
out. We still really enjoy seeing
old-school Action heroes hanging out together. It sells itself. Can't
believe we almost lost
in that on-set accident. Where was everyone that nobody
dove in to help him?!
Whatever criticism/suggestions given here, let the
last words be what I said at the beginning: "I enjoyed every minute of
I was thrilled to watch the video down below. Please
keep reading to find out what The Expendabelles has to do with
Aliens . .
First, the great news is that
The Expendables will
not stop with 3.
Second, and I've said this before but
it's worth repeating, I hate the wife/divorce idea for The Expendabelles.
The only way, THE ONLY WAY female Expendables work is if they are no
different than the men.
What? YES! Trust me on this. ALL THE CENTURIES of being less than, of being
weaker, of being judged just on looks, of being kept 'in our place', of
being beat up and abused, of being raped, and tortured, and sold into
sexual slavery, all the crimes against women cry out for EQUAL
TREATMENT. This idea of 'women' as separate as other than people is so WAY overdue for a death.
We want to be treated as equals. WE ARE EQUAL. Women should wear the
same clothes for battle and have the same agenda. We are not
'playing at solider'. Women who dress provactively for combat are a joke
and should be laughed at. You can't have that male fantasy thing where
she's hot because she's half naked. It's DEGRADING! And it's
dangerous. And it's time for a change! [[Attention Mr.
Stallone: Think of this it way, you are making the world a better,
safer place for your daughters.]]
STALLONE TALKS EXPENDABELLES
In this Q & A,
Sylvester Stallone broaches the subject
of "uncharted waters" in casting "some women that are actually really
known to be tough", and how the movie could "hold its own".
The movie will hold its own only as well as the women can. Now
you get my point. Also, young girls will never believe they can fight
back until they see someone doing it!
The women who are not too old for change, the ones
who are not too afraid to be themselves and not care about their looks,
the ones with enough going for them that they don't have to fall back
into the comfort zone of being cared for, the ones who don't hide
behind religion and dogma, these women make up the vast
majority. We want to see ourselves as heroes. WE LIKE ACTION MOVIES
because we identify with the hero not the damsel in distress! We want to see truly, physically
strong women kicking ass. You want excitement? We want
them form an all-female mercenary group to get the Nigerian schoolgirls
back. It's right up Stallone's alley to re-write history. Just
write it like they are men and then cast big strong women. WHY NOT
a group of women who fight the battles for all women? (I've said this
many many times: We teach our sons to defend themselves but not our
daughters, and our daughters are more at risk.)
I only wish we had a real-life an all-female
mercenary Army who could FIGHT
BACK and police the globe!
Sexual Slavery is a $32 Billion Dollar Business. What's
wrong with this picture? Women who objectify themselves or allow others
to objectify them harm all women. Think about the harm you are
causing before the next time you wear something low cut, or see-thru, or
a thong! To add a gun to that scenario is just ludicrous to me.
Yes, I'm a radical feminist and what that means is that DAMMIT! I'm a
There could be so many lessons inherent in changing
the stereotypes we've suffered under all these years, or using them to
the advantage of the soldiers—the Expendabelles (<-hate that name too).
What the PUNCHline (there's a title) will be is that they are
strong and skilled and take no shit and no prisoners, like the stupid
Grindhouse movies but with some fucking respect and a whole lot of
anger!! #paybacksabitch (another title).
Anyway, at least they are broaching the subject!!! So
glad it's finally being talked about. Really glad Mr. Stallone
Sigourney Weaver too. Now, if I could only have
the time I needed to finish the screenplay that makes Lt. Ellen Ripley
realize that the last part of
Aliens and everything after
just nightmares. She's alive, Newt's alive, Vasquez and Gorman,
Hudson, and her husband—yes they got married—Hicks, and even Carter
Burke (but he's in jail). Then, we can get back to the Aliens we all
wanted to see for the third installment: The Colonial Marines!!!!
[[If Sigourney Weaver were to read this, I would just say two words of
something we have in common: Goat Cay :D]]
With the announcement of a
female version of Thor, and possible
future super heroine movies, it seems that Hollywood is
accepting that we really do want to see female super heroes.
However, after decades of male-fantasy versions of female superheroes,
it's really important that women take over these images and make them
truly physically strong, properly attired heroines that will positively
influence young girls. Including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman,
I really don't want to see waify model types that feed the insecurities
of young women. It's just too important—with the epidemic of global
violence against women—to not be responsible. These heroines should be
strong (Gina Carano or
Ronda Rousey strong), believable and skilled,
not just prancing around faking it and looking good for
taught us that lesson.
Speaking of tides turning, if we could just get
The Academy to create
Oscars for Best Stunt, Best Stuntman (male or female), Best
Stunt/Fight Choreographer, and Best 2nd Unit Director, next
year's Oscars could announce these new awards and they could get
Arnold to co-host and make the announcement. Instead of musical
numbers, they could have stunts live. Instead of young girls assisting,
they could use stuntmen. The fans who speak through Box Office numbers
demand a change—Respect for Action Movies is long overdue!!!
Here's the Comic Con trailer . . .
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Get to see Dwayne The Rock Johnson do his thing in his
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So great to see
Ronda Rousey with
her @Expendables3 friends after her win! I really hope the Action Movie
spirit rubbed off on her while she was around her Action Movie Hero
friends. The world REALLY needs STRONG female heroes as role models (no
more tarts!) . . .
is not an Action
. . . or is it?
July 6, 2014
I went to see Snowpiercer because
it was labeled Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller, for the cast, for what I
heard about the
Joon-ho Bong, to see
Chris Evans, and because it's a rare mix: Action Movie and critical acclaim.
I confess I was, at first, expecting more Action . . .
<<SPOILERS>> . . . when the axe fight scene came up, it should
have been so instantly on the moment the doors opened, but they
delayed it and that killed the momentum, and therefore the excitement—in
retrospect, no doubt this was intentional. At the time, I felt it should
have been instant melee, but maybe that would have taken away from the
intended emotion of the scene. It's all just so terribly tragic that I
think it might have been 'wrong' to have any kind of 'typical' Action
scene (who's to say) where you get caught up in the fight. Instead it's
just an unending edge-of-the-seat train ride through hell. You will be
bothered. It will stay with you. It's a remarkably creative film, full of shocking moments that make us consider what our humanity
means, but, afterwards I thought: "It's not an Action Movie and it
should not have been labeled as one", but there was plenty of
Action, so what it is, I guess, is an Action (ahem!) . . . Film.
Evans is really good in it as the pained hero (his eyes
are just deep pools of sorrow), but it's so un-Action Hero, it's hard to watch. There's no
strutting, show-off, born-leader aspect. In fact he doesn't want to be a
Leader. It's only when we find out why that we understand his
reluctance. Of course, he was/is the right man for the job, just not the
job they intended, and in the end, he is a Hero of the highest order,
giving his life to right all the wrongs, coming full circle to make the
sacrifice he couldn't make before. He doesn't stand out so much as
the larger-than-life Action Figure, but the representation of the will
to fight in everyone.
I would recommend this Action
Film highly. The script is quotable, as all great scripts are, and
the Writer/Director, Joon-ho Bong, is truly gifted. To have been made to feel so much
in such a short time for so many characters who were little more than
caricatures is no small feat! I'm a sucker for dystopian society movies,
and this was a showcase of the bizarre. The acting was of the highest
caliber. I lost count how many times the audience gasped, and ooh-ed and
aah-ed. It won't leave you feeling pumped up, like an Action Movie
should, but you will feel more alive and grateful.
It was amazing and haunting. So what's
to complain about? It's too good? If the shoe fits, wear it!!
Miami Beach Cinemateque
@MBCinema is showing 3
other Joon-ho Bong movies the next three Thursdays at 9:00 PM:
As a child of the '70s, I
would be psyched for both! Such all-American-type roles. He will
be great in it. It was reported on
Collider.com by a really important reporter, who is apparently
too busy to conduct this interview, cause he's "gotta go"—Is
it hard to find someone who WANTS to take the time to interview Mark Wahlberg? I'm free.
"We can rebuild him. We have the techonology."
It should be great fun to see the advances since the first version.
I loved Lindsay Wagner, but would love to see a real powerhouse,
Ronda Rousey, be The Bionic Woman.
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN INTRO
will be AQUAMAN!!
June 14, 2014
I was thrilled to learn that
Aquaman will definitely be in Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice (6 May 2016).
confirms that it will be
Jason Momoa. While he is not blonde, that hardly matters—Clearly, he's at home in the water.
Most importantly: MUSCLES . . .
. . . something lacking in many
Action Movies (especially comic book movies). Thank goodness for
The Rock still giving us old-school
Action FIgures in movies, whereas too many Action Movies,
like The Amazing Spider-Man and even the new TV Show The Flash, star really
This article from
ScreenRant gives many things to look forward to with an Aquaman
movie, and since he's always been my favorite since childhood, I am
The article mentions James Cameron
@JimCameron and his
work with Avatar. If you grew up around the sea you immediately
recognized the 'plants' in the forest as undersea creatures. He made no
secret of it, but it only made me want to see an underwater movie even
I'm a sucker for underwater movies (love Submarine
Movies). They don't always show much like Deep Blue Sea (1999)
and The Abyss (1989), but when they do, it's beautiful, like in
Into The Blue (2005).
Water always kicks up the danger level, like in
Alien: Ressurection (1997). It's the fear of being out of your
element (except that it is my element, having grown up in The Bahamas
and always being in or around the sea). I think I'm much more excited
now for this movie. I'm a Superman fan (over Batman), and
it definitely helps with the too-skinny Wonder Woman disappointment.
action movie magazine issue 2
June 6, 2014
Here is the 2nd issue. Hope
it's an enjoyable read.
David Gandy is so James
Bond! Or Dirk Pitt . . . Women will attend any movie in
DAVID GANDY AS JAMES BOND
The party of the century went
down, and where were we!? I am sure all the 'cool' people in Cannes
simultaneously looked down their nose and wished they could
be a part of the ultimate boys' club. 'Film' . . . pah! Give
me an ACTION MOVIE!
Ronda Rousey was there . .
. like a bawse! Check out all the pictures in the
Expendables 3 Facebook photo album, posted on May 19th.
And then today, the news that
The Expendables 3
will be PG. I'm fine with it. After listening to Sylvester
Stallone's Action Movie Bible on
The Making of the Expendabless,
I trust him to know Action Movies better than anyone else on the
planet, and it he thinks this is the way to grow the Action Movie
audience and make future Action Movie Freaks, I'm all for it. We
have to do something!
On May 10th,
World Stunt Awards, and posted the nominees and winners.
Read all about it on their site:
They explained: "Feature films can be nominated multiple times
in the same category because the stunt being nominated is
different." (They put the winners in bold *** and I've
repeated their list here with clips. I only wish I had all the
names of the stuntmen/women involved.)
Taurus goes to
. . . "
& Furious 6***
(Two fights take place simultaneously in a subway station.
One fight features 2 guys taking on a bad guy and the other fight
features 2 women. Fights feature hand to hand combat, a crash
through a glass pane, and a fall down the subway stairs. )
2. Kick-Ass 2
3. Kick-Ass 2
5. The Wolverine
BEST FIGHT: FAST & FURIOUS 6
Best High Work
1. Dead Man Down
2. A Good Day to Die Hard
3. The Hangover Part 3
4. The Host
5. ***Iron Man 3***
(Passengers sucked out of an airplane are saved by Iron Man.
Skydivers were ratcheted out of a plane on a green screen stage. They
then made parachute jumps from 14,000’ by using parachutes rigged as
part of their costumes. They used their aerial skills to act out of
control until Iron Man caught them.)
BEST HIGH WORK: IRON MAN 3
Best Stunt Rigging
1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
2. The Hangover Part 3
3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
4. ***Iron Man 3***
(After being flung from a plane mid-flight, 13 passengers are
dropped safely in the water by Iron Man. The passengers and Iron Man
travel from a height of approximately 100’ and a distance of 600’. They
were dropped on a specific mark into the water at approximately 40 mph.)
5. The Lone Ranger
6. Oz the Great and Powerful
BEST RIGGING: IRON MAN 3
Best Work with a Vehicle
1. Fast & Furious 6
2. Fast & Furious 6
3. Fast & Furious 6
4. Gangster Squad
5. ***A Good Day to Die Hard***
(A MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected) vehicle chases a van,
followed by a Unimog vehicle, through crowded city streets.
Highlights of the chase include head on driving, multiple crashes,
and 90, 180, and 360 degree spins. The Unimog does a multi roll
cannon roll and the MRAP jumps an overpass guardrail to land among
live traffic. Chase ends with a Mercedes G Wagon doing a k-rail
slide turnover and the MRAP doing a cannon roll, flying off a bridge
and t-boning a big rig.)
BEST WORK WITH A VEHICLE: A GOOD DAY
TO DIE HARDD
1. Dead Man Down
2. ***Iron Man 3***
(Passengers sucked out of an airplane are saved by Iron Man.
Skydivers were ratcheted out of a plane on a green screen stage. They
then made parachute jumps from 14,000’ by using parachutes rigged as
part of their costumes. They used their aerial skills to act out of
control until Iron Man caught them.)
3. The Lone Ranger
4. The Place Beyond the Pines
5. This is the End
BEST SPECIALTY STUNT IRON MAN 3
Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman
1. The Conjuring
2. Fast & Furious 6
3. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
4. The Host
5. ***Identity Thief*** •
Luci Steel Romberg
(A woman is hit by a car in the middle of the street. The car was
traveling about 20 mph and stunt woman Luci Steel Romberg
landed on concrete. ))
6. Iron Man 3
BEST OVERALL STUNT BY A STUNT WOMAN
1. Grown Ups 2
2. Identity Thief
3. The Lone Ranger
4. ***Lone Survivor***
(Four soldiers fall down a cliff. Broken up into multiple falls,
each fall averaged about 10’ to 15’ in height and length. The only
location using pads was the initial drop in the 2nd fall. They dropped
50’ down a 70 degree rock face to a platform covered with boxes covered
with pads. No wires or CGI were used to enhance the sequence.)
5. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
HARDEST HIT: LONE SURVIVOR
Best Stunt Coordination and/or 2nd Unit
Director1. ***Fast & Furious 6*** |
Spiro Razatos, second unit director/stunt coordinator; Troy
Robinson, stunt coordinator; Andy Gill, stunt coordinator 2nd
unit, Greg Powell, supervising stunt coordinator, and
Sarah Franzl, assistant stunt coordinator
2. Gangster Squad
3. A Good Day to Die Hard
4. Iron Man 3
5. Kick-Ass 2
BEST STUNT COORDINATION: FAST &
Best Action in a Foreign Film
BEST ACTION IN A FOREIGN FILM:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Buddy Joe Hooker
ActionFest filmed by
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: BUDDY JOE
It was difficult to fairly
judge Brick Mansions since I liked District B13 so
much, and because we are all so fond of
Paul Walker. He really wasn't the type to play this
character. The areas it could not compete in were originality, of
course, (since it seemed at times frame for frame a copy) we
couldn't un-know what was coming. There was no camaraderie between
Paul Walker and David Belle like there was between
David Belle and
Cyril Raffaelli, in fact, their 'relationship' seemed rushed. The
timeline was not as urgent either; I don't think they did a good job
of conveying the urgency, but then, maybe, again, it's because we
can't un-know the plot. The villains were not as freaky, crazy, or
nearly as threatening. District B13 was just way cooler there. Maybe
Detroit was too familiar to us. The strangeness really helped in the
first movie. There was none of that twilight zone/danger feel to the
Brick Mansions neighborhood like there was to Banlieue 13. The
trash talking didn't compare at all, either. The first movie is more
originally, essentially, an Action Movie. It's intense like
Brick Mansions was tame and lumbering.
I was greatly relieved that
they didn't do that stupid underwear scene. No girl would do that.
It just seemed wrong and out of place (so strange). The actress who
played the girlfriend had none of the edge of the sister in the
first movie, either. At one point, the villain's henchwoman (also
not threatening or strange at all compared to the first movie) is
sitting in a law chair in hot pants and heels, while the girlfriend,
in a schoolgirl outfit, is chained to the rocket like a dog. Their
fights were also nothing special.
Paul Walker's next-to-last movie:
April 23, 2014
How bittersweet it will be to
see Paul Walker blaze across the screen doing Parkour with
David Belle in
Brick Mansions. At last! We get to see District B13 in
English! For me, it doesn't take anything away from District B13
that they remade it in this way. If anything, it just will give the
original movie a wider audience. District B13 was like Action Movie
crack, the music, the wisecracks, the violence. Aaaah so
The trailer looks
exciting—can't believe they give so much away as usual . . .
as Homer say "Whaddayagonnado?"—but I can't wait to see it tomorrow
night! Then I'll run home and watch District B13 again, of course.
(I don't think you should watch it beforehand. Give Brick Mansions a
chance to be all it can be. Comparisons are inevitable, but there's
hopefully enough love to go around for both movies.)
BRICK MANSIONS TRAILERR
DISTRICT B13 TRAILER
The Wild Wild East:
The Raid 2
April 11, 2014
Been hearing for months that
The Raid 2 was the be-all, end-all Action Movie. You have
to wonder if any movie could live up to that much hype. Um,
YEAH! It's INCREDIBLE. In every way the Action is sick. So
many fight scenes. They do the close quarters fight, myriad weapons,
a scene like
Transporter hallway axe fight, and the many-against-one so
well that it brought me back to the old TV Show The Wild Wild
West and Jim West (the king of kicking multiple ass).
I don't want to ruin anything, and it's gonna take me a little time
to write about it. So just go see it. There is NO WAY you will be
disappointed. You will, like me, want to see it again ASAP. You're
thinking there won't be (can't be) a better fight than the
knock-down, drag-out match in the first movie. You'd be wrong.
The BEST fight in
Captain America was the first between
Chris Evans (and one of his 3 stunt doubles Chris
Brewster, Daniel Hargrave,
and/or Sam Hargrave) vs. Georges St. Pierree.
Went to see Captain America
kicking ass (and he did) but he looked so wan the whole movie that
it was sad—Bromance and Romance gone astray. What I came away with
was the impressive acrobatic choreography and sheer athleticism of
whoever was doubling Scarlett Johansson. So I looked her up. I saw
in the credits it was Amy Johnston
@amyejohnson, so I tweeted it, but turns out she had two
stunts doubles. Heidi Moneymaker is listed further down
(guess I didn't scroll enough). Thanks to
@FCSyndicate for telling me so I could give more credit
where credit is due. Check out their amazeballs stunt reels:
AMY JOHNSTON STUNT REEL
HEIDI MONEYMAKER STUNT REEL
Mainlining the EXPENDABLES 3
April 3, 2014
Can't stop watching . . .
The first ACTION MOVIE magazine
April 3, 2014
Looking at the e-magazines on
issuu.com (they have an
app for android now), I thought how great it would be to read an
Action Movie magazine, et violá! Introducing "PAYBACK
action movie magazine". I am not making a penny off it, but I
hope to publish it every month. This inaugural issue honors
GINA CARANO. Go see In the Blood to support women in
Action Movies (no pirating!)
Sabotage: A Full-Blooded Action Movie
Mar 31, 2014
Sabotage is a full-blooded
Action Movie and hits all the
Action Movie Essentials. Opening on a female torture
victim, we then jump right into the Action with a DEA bust on a
Mexican drug cartel stash house.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's character "John 'Breacher'
Wharton" is the head of a DEA Special Operations Team (SOT). They
are riding up to a house in a
Lenco BearCat SWAT vehicle (love specialized
vehicles!). It then moves into
camaraderie and dominance, and
trash talking . . .
THE PROTECTOR 2
Action | May 2, 2014
Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi | February 6, 2015
Jupiter Ascending Trailer
Action/Adventure | July 25, 2014
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Action/Adventure/Comedy | August 8, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer
THE MAZE RUNNER
Action/Mystery/SciFi | Sept. 19, 2014
Need for Speed: An All-American
Mar 16, 2014
What's more American than
their love of cars? How about a drive-in? Meet small-town mechanic
and local street-racing legend "Tobey Marshall" (Aaron Paul)
who lost his girl to 'the bad guy': his high-school football and
racing rival turned professional driver. So, this movie ain't just
about racing, it's about
Revengee. Each major plot point kicks up the revenge motive
more and more, but with a twist.
The movie featured a lot of
elements we loved in movies like
The Fast and
The Furious series, and
Getaway (2013). The movie was directed by
of Valor), and the old-school stunts are the work of
Gilbert. Need I say more?
more . . .
If it says "Luc Besson", I'm there. The best part for me was
how perfect Kevin Costner was. It's an Oscar-worthy
performance, but because it's Action, and it's understated, it will
go unnoticed. Another great surprise was that it's not just an
Action Movie, it's a great movie, period. The opening gun
fight is good. Love when the timing of the re-loads count, and a big
explosion is always a plus. His character is experienced, observant,
and smart. Kevin Costner is convincing and competent in how he
runs and how he handles a gun. Not only does he seem like an
experienced agent, he's damn good. He's a big-name actor but unlike
most actors, he's believable in the Action.
Movies where "Dead men have nothing to lose" always bring the
tension. The movie had a lot of surprises. One of the things
that made a big difference is that he's a man, not a boy. His
daughter in the movie asks her mother "Is Dad a Bad Ass?"
He is a TOTAL Bad Ass. The script is great! It's
a funny balance between parenting and CIA work. All of a sudden the
range of themes and the complexity of the movie hit me, in a wave of
emotion: the beauty of Life, the preciousness of Time, Love,
Death, New Life, Lost Love, Continuity, Reliance, Perseverance,
Drama, Family Love, Decency, Crime and Punishment, the Law, and
being Outside the Law, Kindness, Mentoring, Compassion. Charity,
Honesty, and Starting Over. It made me a bigger fan of
McG, but I was already a huge Luc Besson fan, so it's
kind of off the charts now.
If you haven't seen it, don't let
it leave the theater. It's great fun, and really so worth the
If it wasn't for the epic sea battles, it would have been unbearably
boring exposition. And where was the nobility, and the beef? For a
men-in-leather-bikinis movie, there was a serious lack of muscle. I
would watch parts of it again, but as roles for women in
Action Movies go, it's near the bottom.
Read more . . .
The most popular and profitable genre and still we are shunned!
When will they right this INJUSTICE! There should be an Oscar for
Best Stuntman, Best Stunt Choreographer, and Best 2nd Unit
Director. But, in the meantime, we know who the real cool
kids are . . .
about a rumor that a new
Matrix trilogy is being prepped by the Wachowskis. (He notes the
exclusive came from Kellvin Chavez
Latino-Review.com.) There is
lots of speculation in both articles but I like Fischer's question
"Could [the origin of the Matrix story] be expanded to create . . .
the Wachowskis' own version of the late stages of the Terminator
Regardless of whether the previous animated films have any effect on
the live-action movies (Chavez says he was told not, but Fischer
uses them as an intriguing jumping-off point), the idea of machines
versus Man is what we have been waiting to see. I would rather have
a more evil, metal-y robot look than the A.I.s but I think back to
Star Trek's version of The Matrix . . .
All Action Movie Freaks hunger for the movie depicting the war
between man and machines that the Terminator movies talk about,
which, for some reason, nobody who makes movies has realized is
missing and what we REALLY want to see. (A little while back
fellow action movie freak on the
ActionMovieFreak.com Facebook Fan Page, Christian
Glenn Webb, commented about how long they've been making us wait
for a Terminator movie about the war, and I thought HELL
YEAH, it's not just me.) So, in my mind I see this scene where they
gun us down or round us up and turn us into batteries and then start
to make this fake world they can watch and feed off of like that
matrix-y 2-part episode of Star Trek we've all also been waiting for
them to make a movie of, The Menagerie.
STAR TREK THE MENAGERIE REVEAL
Bring on the Dubstep! Loving this new The Amazing Spider-Man 2
trailer, and wondering if they will have any dubstep in the movie.
So many times the music in the trailer is not there and you miss it
because it seemed so perfect.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 TRAILER
Brock Lesnar has to look up at The Undertaker. Oh, the drama.
Greatest theme music ever. Wrestlemania XXX, match #22.
Tickets on sale now.
Subscribe to WWE Network.
"Larger than live superheroes and things of that nature . . . "
LESNAR VS. UNDERTAKER
the TOP 6 Rumored WRESTLEMANIA
30 Matches? According to
F4WOnline.com, the following are
Top 6 WrestleMania 30 matches
currently being planned by
Batista vs. Randy Orton for
the WWE World Heavyweight Title
Brock Lesnar vs. The
Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena
CM Punk vs Triple H
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
Ryback vs The Ultimate
Dead or Alive? . . . Dead.
Feb 20, 2014
The movie, like the man, was too much machine. They made him
sympathetic but not likeable and definitely not a bad ass. They
didn't set up the bad guy enough. Sure we hated him and wanted him
to die but it wasn't satifying enough when he did. He got off easy.
The biggest thing that was missing beside MOST of the man himself (WTF
with the minimal body parts?!), was the over-the-top scrumbag
criminals and out of control society we used to justify the
violence. Plus, way too much Samuel L. Jacksonn and news show
(and we couldn't change the channel). In the end, it was like the
best and the worst of America all at once. We didn't want to
see him fighting robots away from the streets. We wanted real world
shit. In this case, the sum of the parts was WAY less the whole. So
many great parts with so little effect. Much of it was good
except how it was all put together. They missed the mark. Let
Screen Junkies explain it to you:
ROBOCOP HONEST TRAILER
will be Ed Skrein
Feb 11, 2014
Not only is he 6' 1" and has an English accent, but Game of Thrones
heartthrob >Ed Skrein
(pronounced Skrine) is also a rapper! aka
and has rapped with
(link to a song of theirs I like). How cool is that? Love his
attitude in this video below, and think it makes him a spot-on
choice to be
Frank Martin. Somebody get him a suit that fits!
ED SKREIN RAPS FOR RUN DEM CREW
Andrew Suleiman, part of
ZeroGravity Stunt team
based in L.A., wrote to say he has an indie project he's shooting in
YOU CAN'T HEAR ME. YOU CAN'T SEE ME. It features
Brazilian jujitsu, and other grappling arts in
Here are the teaser trailers:
(also below) or
Vimeo version. Please
check out their videos and Like them and leave a positive comment.
Action Movie Freaks must stick together!
UCHE UCSM PROOF OF CONCEPT TEASER
Below is their stunt rehearsal video. Looks like fun!
("Somewhere over the rainbow", there's an Action Movie that they
dream about . . . Hope it comes true.)
At least one of them is on
Andy Ganda as
Verdy bhawanta as @Galo_De_Ouro,
and Andrew Suleiman
are on twitter.
UCHM UCSM STUNT REHEARSAL VIDEO
brings Seal Team Ten back to life . . .
Jan 29, 2014
Had to see this movie twice. It was really moving yet
enjoyable, and it sure makes you appreciate the sacrifice they made
for us. Peter Berg is an AWESOME Action Movie
Mark Wahlberg must still be pinching himself over how
great his career was in 2013, and it's still going strong.
how much I loved it . .
LONE SURVIVOR TRAILER
(biting nails) Yeah Yeah! It looks so cool . . . and will she
operate a power loader? I know, I know it's
Aliens but they just gotta!
SEGA ALIEN: ISOLATION TRAILER
A little while back a fan on
Facebook Christian Glenn Webb commented about how long
they've been making us wait for a Terminator movie about the war.
Crisys 3 trailer really makes me wish they're hurry up and
make that movie! Still waiting to visit the Underverse with
Riddick. What are you waiting for?
Tell me on
Facebook (sorry I don't have comments—doesn't mean I don't
want to hear from you).
CRISYS 3 TRAILER
Happy New Year!
Action Movies for 2014:
Jan 1, 2014
Each year I start a new page, so if you're
looking for more content, please click on
or on the links on the right.
First, No Release Dates on these Action Movies (not complete/still
working on this . . .)
• Bad Boys III Action/Crime/Thriller
is moving forward according to
Clevver Movies. Love Action Movies set in Miami! Both
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will be back.
• I'm wondering will we EVER get a
Gears of War movie . . . ? And it's just gotta be Dave
Bautista as Marcus Fenix.
Action Movies by Release Date
looked forward to this movie and it more than delivered! I
was looking forward to the camaraderie and the
Super Soldier-iness, but also because
Mark Wahlberg has been incredible lately (always) in
everything he does!
The Legend of Hercules Action/Adventure
Directed by Renny Harlin
(also had a writing credit) and starring Scott Adkins and
Kellan Lutz. Kellan Lutz is
handsome to be sure and popular after the Twilight movies, but for
Action Movie Freaks, he's not big enough to be Hercules. He looks
like the lite/Frat Boy version. I will see it for Scott
Adkins and because it's Renny Harlin :).
Jai Ho Action/Drama
I have to include
any Salman Khan movie—they are so enjoyable!
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
directed by Kenneth Branagh. With Colm Feore
(Riddick’s Lord Marshall), Kevin Costner, and
Nonso Anozie should make up for Keira Knightley. I like
Keira Knightley, it’s just that she’s not really an ‘Action
Figure’ type. She’s a beautiful woman without question and a
great actress, but I really want to see more
physically strong women in Action Movies.
Love Ice Cube and
Kevin Hart. Hope the script lives up to the talent!
Nicholas Hoult “Set
in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets
out to protect his family and survive.”
So much will depend on the script . . . by Writer/Director
“Two teams of treasure hunters go on a illegal dig in
Corregidor Island, Philippines to find missing gold buried
by the Imperial Japanese during WWII.” Love an expedition
The Monuments Men
you like War Movies, this is for you! I suspect
it will be heavy on the heartstrings and light on the
Action. Not a big fan of War Movies unless they are about
The Lego Movie
How can you not see this?!
last movie. Release date is for Romania (US not
Kind of hard to tell from the cast list if this is a team of
female SEALs, but there is no such thing (yet). The cast
lists two men as “Creature”. Sounds like a bad movie
with great Action. I could be right: just spotted Eric
on cast list—B-Movie Gold! Another hint: previous title:
long-awaited remake! RoboCop hasown niche:
Action/Crime/Sci-Fi and it’s so
all about the weapons: he is one! (click on the
link to see the weapons on IMFDB Internet Movie Firearms
3 Days to Kill
Right up Kevin Costner’s alley: “A dying Secret
Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged
daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his
life in exchange for one last assignment.” Directed by
McG, Writers Luc Besson, Adi Hasak
I will see it for
the special effects. They look breathtaking!
Trejo and 50 Cent. I expect it will be like
Faster or Snitch.
300: Rise of an Empire
Surprise, surprise, Casino
Royale's Vesper is the lead in this as Artemisia,
a female naval commander in the Persian Empire, under
Xerxes I. The naval scenes in the trailer make this a
non-to-be-missed movie for me! It is sure to bring lots of
300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE TRAILERR
I read the books, and it’s
not an Action Movie.
The Raid 2
aka The Raid
2: Berandal “Mad Dog” is back—Should be bloody awesome!
Fast & Furious 7
. . .
bittersweet since we lost Paul Walker, but with the
addition of Jason Statham, Michael Jai White,
Djimon Hounsou, Kurt Russell, Ronda Rousey, and Bow
Wow, it will be an incredible experience. Also, it’s rumored
Johnny Strong is back (he was in the first movie
The Fast and the Furious). We need MORE JOHNNY STRONG in
Arnold looks large and in charge in
and speaking of large: Joe Manganiello is
a bad ass in corn rows!
“A terminally ill scientist
downloads his body into a computer. This grants him power
beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.”
starring Johnny Depp!? NO. If I heard the special
effects are good and I could see it for free, maybe
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Can’t wait to see Jamie Foxx
stretch his acting muscles! Love Andrew Garfield in
this role and Emma Stone is perfect!
Somebody knows just what
we want in a Godzilla movie. It looks so right!
X-Men Days of Future Past
. . . not so much. I'm
really X-Men and Wolverine'd out.
Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise is
saving the world as a soldier fighting aliens (click
for video). Two words:
Bill Paxton. Say it with me. Here's hoping they're
in some "real pretty shit".
22 Jump Street
The first movie,
21 Jump Street, was great. If this one is half as
good, it will be worthwhile. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill
make a great team. Love how they played on all the
high-school stereotypes. Jonah we expect to be funny, but
Channing knocked it out of the park.
I'm sure everyone wants
to see what
Mark Wahlberg will bring too
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 7 Netherlands
A remake I'm really excited about is
Heat—not the "Where's the
van?"-1995-Heat —this was from 1986: a
Burt Reynolds gem. It's not even listed as Action,
although the first one was
Action/Crime/Drama, this one is
Crime/Drama/Thriller. I have high
Jason Statham will also be perfect. The opening of
that movie makes the story, so I hope they keep the twist.
The rest of the casting is good as well. The movie
gets to the heart of what courage is, and what it takes to
be a hero, a man, and a friend. It's the ultimate
Buddy movie for me because it takes the average guy
and puts him up against a larger-than-life character and
situation. Both men are flawed, and that's what makes it
interesting. Plus, I want to see Jason Statham dressed up as
a pimp! LOL The movie changed Directors. I was excited
it would be Brian De Palma, but it's now listed as Simon
Heat is a really great Action Movie with smart
and vicious fight scenes, so I highly recommend it if you've
never seen it. If you're not a huge Burt fan, this movie
will convert you. Guaranteed! (The playlist on YouTube of
the movie in pieces is missing an important chunk of the
The Expendables 3
This mega cast is so over the top, it can't fail.
Just waiting to see how they interact. Sure hope there are lots of
wisecracks and insults. I hope Ronda Rousey
begins an Action Movie career.
As in Leagues Under the
Sea . . . ?
I rarely feel (if I ever have) that a
Western is a real Action Movie. IMDB's
Westernss List bears me out. This one stars Rose
McGowan and Danny Trejo, and that should tell you
all you need to know as to whether or not it's your kind of
movie. It also has Keith David (They Live).
Westerns are Westerns. War Movies are War Movies. You know
an Action Movie when you see one.
"A CIA Analyst (Hayden Christensen)
gets caught up in an alternate government organization's
secret operation while trying to investigate his father's
Johnny Two Guns
“A failed musician
becomes an enforcer for a violent Nashville gangster but
soon finds a reason to pick up his guitar once more.”
Starring ?? Johnny Strong?
$20M budget Olga
Kurylenko movie with no plot summary. Yeah, I’d see
They are re-making
All Quiet on the
ZZZzzzz! It’s a
straight War Movie. Pass.
In The Blood
"When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean
vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men
she thinks are responsible." Payback's a bitch!";
Batman vs. Superman
It has been reported that Jason Momoa might
be a villain.
The Rock has been
hinting as well. They've cast Wonder Woman,
and I heard The Flash will make an appearance, so it
is really too much to hope for everyone in this picture. I
am seeing AQUAMAN every time I look at
Stephen Amell as Arrow on the CW.