"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."
May 13, 2015
What do I love so much about it? Pretty much everything. The one thing that stood out was the too-short-skirt shot from behind before they added pantyhose to the outfit but the costume is not revealing overall and they kept her wholesome. Plus, but, most importantly, she's a SUPERHERO and she's a girl! Love the amount of pink, and Calista Flockhart doing a Devil Wears Prada/mean boss thing, the romantic interest(s), and the career jokes. Should be fun!
Life of Action: The must-have
Action Movie book!
May 3, 2015
LIFE OF ACTION is a new paperback book by Mike
Fury (a Martial Arts & Film Journalist, at right) that features
interviews with many actors, filmmakers, and stunt people from
the world of Martial Arts and Action Movies, like:
and many more. The book has just been released and you can buy it
mikefury.net/lifeofaction or on
Any Action Movie Freak you know will have to own this book!
Scott Adkins shared the book on his
Facebook page and posted: “Brilliant new book on
action film making out now.” A quote by Scott from the book
gives us an idea of the exciting content: "I'll always stay
immersed in Action as long as I can. For me, great fight scenes
are the most dynamic form of cinema."
Amen to that! There are some sample pages
below. Great reading . . . Dolph attended Clemson #whoknew.
here to Like
the book on Facebook.)
Click on the photos below to read larger versions:
Avengers: Age of Ultron
. . .
Too Too Many Characters
May 3, 2015
I didn't watch the trailer, so the opening
was great (and unspoiled for me). It was just so comic-book-y in
its visuals that I was delighted. The movie
is great fun, but, . . . Whoa. Family Hour? (sigh)
Do we really want Superheroes who are just like us in their down
time, who live on a farm, and who go home to 'the wife and kid(s)'
and the latest DIY project? (snooze) No! Was this
the only way to make us care more about them as 'people'? And where
are they going with that Black Widow and Hulk match up? A tragic Romance
There was plenty of Action and it was good,
and there was only a couple of times the fight scenes were hard
to follow(you know 'how they do' with too much shaky cam). The
Camaraderie and Dominance was fun, but each of the
to get too little screen time (especially the black actors).
And what's with Black Widow calling herself a
"monster" just because she can't have kids? After seeing the
movie, they (the actors in real life) were way off base calling
the Black Widow character a slut. That
was so unfounded. It just makes me realize we women haven't come very
far at all. We still get no respect even when we are playing
superheroes. I heard somewhere that Black Widow had "taken over"
this movie, and stupid me, my mind went to stuntwork (which was
incredible in the last movie), but this
time, all they cared about was having her be in love (rolling
my eyes) . . . BORING. Is that what they think we want to see, or is
that what they think of us, or both? Which would be worse?
A flying city, lots of Ultrons (like Agent
Smiths) . . . it all seemed like I'd seen it all before.
Remember the first movie and how cool the flying battleship was when you first saw it?
Plus how special the whole laboratory/Hulk-Iron Man/scientists bromance
seemed? They flushed Pepper Potts, yay! This was NOT an
Iron Man movie—but that was more of a minus than a plus. The Mjolnir jokes
were the best thing about the movie. Iron Man was more
than subdued. Hardly any "merry quips" as my Dad used to call
them. Just some little jokes about cursing.
There were so many characters it was like a
carousel of swirling people: heroes, villains, by the time we
got to Ulysses Klaue I didn't care anymore about who the hell he
was. Seemed like too much detail and very little movement
I'm kinda tired of Superhero movies in
general, although I'm a huge Superman fan (over Batman) and an
even bigger Aquaman fan. 1) Aquaman, 2) Superman, 3) Thor, 4)
Wonder Woman. As Action Movies go, I prefer real characters, not
fantasy creatures with strange powers like pointing your fingers
to use a red light and mind control. The kind of mind control I
like is true physical superiority. I thought I would hate the
brother/sister act, but they (the actors) were both good and
then [too bad] SPOILER they kill one of them off. The
whole time I was thinking they were going to kill Iron Man,
because he's human, and because RDJ doesn't (supposedly) want to
do any more Iron Man movies(?).
Unless you're really into the story line of
the whole stones thing from the comics, I can't see much reason
to go see another Avengers movie. I'm ready for the Justice
Just read that "Tom
Hardy Wants to Play Frank Castle in the Next Punisher Movie".
How soon can we see that!?
Indiana Jones spotted in Miami
. . .
April 28, 2015
What does Indiana Jones drive? A Jeep,
of course! A nice khaki green. [Sorry it's blurry (phone
shot taken hastily in the mist of the car wash). ] The
Punisher lives here too. Drives a flat black pick-up.
I'm Ready for
Avengers: Age of Ultron
April 28, 2015
I haven't watched the trailers. I saw a bit
of the first teaser so I know what Ultron looks like and that
tons of people are running from something in the city. I
am so excited that nothing has been spoiled for me. I have heard
the rumors that someone is going to get killed and that it's
Captain America but I was thinking Iron Man . . .
Thor is still my favorite (after Aquaman LOL
#notfunny). Watched this to get psyched:
HULK TRIES TO LIFT MJOLNIR
Get Ready for
April 25, 2015
Amazon.com's blowing it out with a
"Get Ready for Star Wars Day"
Loving this Darth Vader ring. That's
cool! And this Star Wars logo ring . . .
Whole Lotta Love for Jeremy Marinas
April 7, 2015
Check out Stuntman Jeremy Marinas' mad skillz
(and follow him on twitter
@jermskillz) . . .
JEREMY MARINAS STUNT REEL
Furious Seven says goodbye to Paul
April 7, 2015
SPOILERS . . . It's so poignant, I couldn't help but wonder
how much of the story was always there and if they added
anything (other than that final goodbye with the
computer-generated smiling face of
It really was a family, and Brian was the heart.
Those who truly love the franchise also loved 2 Fast 2 Furious, a movie a lot of people
complained about. That's when they hooked me, although I loved
the first movie too. 2 Fast 2 Furious was just too much fun
(that's a good thing)—Brian and Roman were great together. For
me the best movie was Fast Five. It was everything you hoped it
would be (a Heist fairy tale). I hadn't seen such an intense
opening since T3. This movie is almost non-stop action
sequences. Some of them are nail biters. This seemed like an
ending to the whole series but I would watch 8 just to see 'the
family' again, and the cars. This movie (as usual) is
Ronda Rousey was wasted in this movie. What
was with the weird eyeliner? If they want to make you up like
that, you should just say no. She's so strong, she looked like she could snap
Michelle Rodriguez like a twig!
The plot was really simple but the one thing
that really stood out was why they had to steal the "God's Eye"
(which would need a supercomputer to run and yet is portable) to
Jason Statham's character, when he just keeps finding
them and showing up? Stick together and wait.
Kurt Russell was good and his role was probably more
screen time that he would have gotten in an Expendables movie.
Jason Statham vs.
The Rock was great to watch but the final fight scene of
Jason Statham vs.
Vin Diesel looked like a mismatch. I thought the copied
Romeo Must Die a little (this image below). It was kind
of crazy how they cut away from this fight scene and then came
back to it. Even though Vin is bigger, I thought Jason seemed
like such the better fighter that it showed. (The movie borrowed
from a lot of other action movies: The Lost World: Jurassic
(bus scene), The Expendables 3 (The Rock is out),
Mission: Impossible 2 (backwards hanging hand hold), Live
Free or Die Hard (took out a drone with an ambulance), maybe
more . . . (haven't written about it yet). They did their
own take on it all though and it was still enjoyable.
I don't know how they make Paul Walker hold
his own against
Tony Jaa. It looked like such a beating, but guess
I am sure Furious Seven (the credits spell
out 7 but everywhere they use the number) will break box office
records. I will buy the movie just to see the extras. It
delivered on all the things we love the series for. You gotta
see it. And try not to cry. Just try . . .
FEMALE Action Heroes
WOMEN IN ACTION film festival
Feb 23 2015
Big News today! Just found out via a Google
Artemis Motion Pictures will be holding the inaugural
Artemis WOMEN IN ACTION Film Festival in Los Angeles from Friday thru Sunday
(April 24- April 26, 2015). They have an
IndieGoGo Project for funding. Contribute if you can,
please. Also, they are on
and twitter @Artemis_FF.
“If we want to see women taking up a
in society on every level, we must create those
in our filmed entertainment as this is the fastest path
to change that paradigm.”
Melanie Wise,(via PRWeb)
Amen! How women are presented on film now
that movies with female "superheroes" like Wonder Woman are
finally being made is quintessentially important for the future
of all women. Not to be Cosplay Bimbos but real women of
strength. Not fantasy dick accessories but properly attired
heroes. Not a pair of tits in a tight costume bouncing around
for the amusement of men. Not a skinny girl that it's impossible
to suspend disbelief for when she wields a sword. Not a
bloodied victim to feed misogynistic fantasies, or relegated to
a sidekick, or a damsel in distress. I only hope their red
carpet will have properly attired women as well [my thoughts on
that are in issue 2 of
PAYBACK action movie magazine celebrating the emergence
of women in action movies <--shameless plug], and that their
choices or awards will not be concerned with what is "hot".
Katrina Hill (author of the book Action Movie
Freak") who was chosen as a judge. If only I
could get her and all women to stop putting their desirability
to the forefront . . . Yes, you're pretty. You're so much
more than pretty, be more than.
. . . and if only I could attend the
festival. Well, I will certainly be there at heart. #grrrlpower!
'cock' it up.
Feb 19 2015
In the Spartacus series on Starz, words spew forth,
like buckets of blood, and none more forcefully uttered than
"cock"—Could be a drinking game (no doubt is). They use that
word so often and with such force that it becomes funny when you
hear it, but it wasn't until John Hannah as "Batiatus"
bemoaned for the second time how the universe "rammed cock in
ass" that it hit me how often I'd heard it. With all the
beefcake, boobs, 'Action', and penis there is in this series, it's a
compliment to Hannah's acting that the character of Batiatus
commands the most attention.
I wondered if the series would really be
about gladiators or if they would be just a backdrop, but it's
ALL about gladiators.
I've always groused about gratuitous female
nudity, degradation, and debasing, saying that it might be a
different matter if it wasn't always one-sided, but it never
was. And then, there was Spartacus. A nearly equal
offender (certainly more so by Season 3), the series is ripe
with male and female nudity and festers with soft porn,
delivered roughly. So much so, it's ridiculous at times, but
viewers not easily offended could discount it, and enjoy the
plot and the Action. The first season's fighting was top rate,
and oh, the Drama. Passion, and even true love, drive multiple
story lines, and it was a testament to the writing that all the
various characters were equally engaging and the stories held
our interest. (I've read some complain that it's poorly written.
Are they crazy?! Game of Thrones has some of the worst dialogue
I've ever heard. Spartacus is F. Scott Fitzgerald by comparison.
And then we lost Spartacus himself when actor Andy Whitfield
died. So Season 3 began with a back story, and when we caught up
we had another actor in the lead. There was a resemblance but
he's not nearly as built, so they covered him up a bit. It took
a while to accept him in the role but the Drama is so compelling
that even a radical feminist like me can roll her eyes at the
ridiculous and ignore the blatantly misogynistic rape,
disfigurement, and murder scenes (believe it or not) to be
engrossed, enthralled even, in the story line. Guess I'm
just a bloodthirsty warrior at heart. Aren't all Action Movie
Freaks? In Season 3 they give women more of a fighting
chance. Took me a while to get to watch this but the life/death
stakes are such a hook, that I'm hooked! Wouldn't want
every series to be like this but it is entertaining. The
characters make it great, and I love that there are so many of
them, and yet it doesn't dilute the main plot as it so often
does in movies because of the time constraint.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
on Action Movie
Feb 14 2015
The story was surprisingly engaging, and there
was quite the spectacular A Clockwork Orange homage at
the end. It's rare that situational violence is set so well to
music for visual and comedic effect. If you'd never seen A
Clockwork Orange (1971) it seems genius, yet even if not original, it holds its own
and it's a mother of a payoff. The new Bond-type character "Eggsy" was a refreshing
change from the upper-class wankers that the Kingsmen seemed to
be. When Eggsy puts on the suit and glasses at the end, it's kind
of funny and endearing how it doesn't 'fit' who he is. He takes
it all on though, fills the shoes, and more (saving the world),
and that seems to be the movie message. Don't underrate people
based on where they come from. He's not only good enough to be a
Kingman, he's the better man (as his father was). I mistakenly
thought it would be a bit more about where he came from in terms
of juvenile-delinquent-type activities, like he was a bad boy
and they were setting him to right, taking the skills he used to
use for crime and making him use them for good . . . but, they surprised me. That's
not really what his situation is about, which was a good thing.
(There's a funny scene where Colin Firth rattles off the title
of similar movies, including "La Femme Nikita" (Point of No
Return), and the one Eggsy relates to is "My Fair Lady".)
Samuel Jackson's character makes a biting
commentary on modern life with his villainous antics and
ridiculous world-dominating plot à la classic
Bond Movies. From Oscar Pistorius, to McDonald's, to
Apple, to Westboro Baptist Church, modern life is askew and
skewered. Samuel Jackson's performance was both convincing and
highly entertaining, but the stand-out performance was easily
dancer Sofia Boutella as the evil sidekick
"Gazelle"—Frightening female villains being another
Bond Movie classic. Yes, Sofia has feet in real life. A
testament to movie magic that her special effects blades were
flawless. In fact, she's so good in the role, you were
just squirming for them to finish her in some awful way after
all the damage she inflicts. I won't spoil that for you. After
all, how much can we root for them to kill some with a
'disadvantage' even if they are evil?
of the movie's appeal is owing to Taron Egerton's performance as
Eggsy, not to seeing Colin Firth in 'Action' as the
movie was promoted. They more than deliver on that account
though, as Mr. Darcy racks up an impressive
Killcount and lots of
Gnarly Kills. Also, if you missed the Bond
after Skyfall announced "We don't really go in for that anymore",
you'll be extra pleased at all the tricks up their sleeve here.
It really was laugh-out-loud enjoyable violence for violence's
sake. How often can you say that? Action Movie Freaks know what
I'm talking about.
How this movie holds up as a 'Bond' movie is
arguable. Speaking of Skyfall, the double meaning in the
conversation where 007 meets the new
quartermaster "Q" at
Gallery when they are gazing at Turner's masterpiece
"The Fighting Temeraire" comes to mind (everything of
Turner's is magnificent but they must be seen in person—photos
don't do them justice).
It always makes me feel a bit
melancholy. A grand old warship being ignominiously
hauled away for scrap. The inevitability of time,
don't you think?
Whereas Skyfall revised the outdated
version of James Bond
into someone who could believably do the physical side of field
work even if he was not that young, this movie takes a very young man
(26 in real life), who is probably 20-21 in the movie, and
completes the transformation. The "inevitability of time"
transformed James Bond into someone athletic (an
Action Figure not just an actor), something Skyfall
addressed. And Kingsman: The Secret Service completes
that transformation, however, they use the old version of Bond
rather tongue-in-cheek, and there really is (in my opinion) no
place or desire for a James Bond Academy series where just one
person at a time gets picked.
What do you see?
A bloody big ship.
The bloody big ship in Skyfall was "M" but it
could also be the MI6 or the James Bond movie
franchise, and this movie proves there's room for more than
one Bond (in the past there was as well with satires, which this
movie treads the line on). I'd like to see a co-ed Bond Academy
movie that focuses on the training (like the focus of G.I.
Jane or The Right Stuff, as examples). Also, where
this movie gives some due to women, they 'kill off' one
of the two female prospects (out of 9), the women are the
shortest, and the one remaining girl is fearful. And while all
the 'kids' are physically fit, none are
Super Soldier material. That brings to mind "Soldier"
Kurt Russell, and I would really love to see a remake of
that! Really, isn't James Bond supposed to be the cream of the
crop? Having upper-class kids play at Bond is fun and a fantasy,
oblige enough to carry one into a secret life of danger?
After the "weak chins" joke, it's hard to imagine they would
want to do this. Having had everything handed to them,
what's their motivation?
Casino Royale set it up, nicely: "By the cut of
your suit, you went to Oxford or wherever, and naturally think
human beings dress like that. But you wear it with such disdain,
my guess is you didn't come from money, and your school friends
never let you forget it. Which means you were at that school by
the grace of someone else's charity, hence the chip on your
shoulder. And since your first thought ran to orphan, that's
what I'd say you are . . . Oh, you are. I like this poker thing.
And that makes perfect sense, since MI6 looks for maladjusted
young men that give little though to sacrificing others in order
to protect Queen and country. You know, former SAS types with
easy smiles and expensive watches."
[No, I didn't mention Mark Hamill, or the yoga pants/gun/whiskey
poster (<-hate that).]
Jupiter Ascending soars!
Feb 6 2015
captivates as an unwilling suitor in this . . . chick flick with
action—I'm calling it a chick flick because that's how good the
romance is, which puts it solidly in the
All For Love subgenre. Also captivating are all special
effects. The movie knocks it out of the park on the Sci-Fi. The detail in the other worlds is beyond
stunning and there can be no complaints about the creativity
(lots of wow moments). Yet, for all there is to
see in Jupiter Ascending, the most enjoyable part was the simple
message that we should appreciate whatever we have, because, no matter how lowly
your position, it could all be taken away from you at any
moment. In a sense, it was just like
in reverse. Jupiter is 'the one'. Earth, where she is an
ordinary girl, is real life, and being Queen is the Matrix.
Jupiter just wants to get out of being Queen and get re-inserted
back into her real life. And, like The Matrix she finds her true
love. The best line in the movie has to be when she says "I
love dogs. I've always loved dogs." And, at that moment, we
couldn't agree more. Channing Tatum is so likeable, so
everyman-yet-unattainable. He's that boy-next-door, all-American
hunk, good guy we all had a crush on. Take that to the bank,
because whatever else you think is going on, that's what's
selling here. And rocket boots. Didn't you have to go just to
see the rocket boots?!
trailer is up!
Feb 4 2015
2012 a group of talented
young action stars began their journey to make an old-school
Action Movie. Love this part about having a blog—being sent
information on what is new!
The trailer more than delivers on the promise
of epic beatdowns. Some of the hits are truly cringe-worthy.
Can't wait to see the film. Action Movie Freaks should
definitely check it out and support them so we can see more from
them in the future.
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Stars The Movie
Love the sound effects and the energy and
enthusiasm. They are having more fun than you! "This is going
to be an Action Classic!"
Peru's Biggest Action Film Star and Jordan's newest rising
talent find themselves pursued by a notorious Bookie, a couple
of private investigators are forced to choose between their job
and their conscience. With martial arts and comedy inspired by
the golden era of 80s Hong Kong Action Cinema, Unlucky Stars is
an exciting action packed ride that pays homage to the greats
who paved the way."
UNLUCKY STARS TRAILER
Portrait of Bravery
Jan 18 2015
When the movie was over, you could hear a pin
drop. Nobody moved during the credits. As we poured out of the
theater, you could hear many people sobbing. Movies like this
ground us and make us appreciate all we have. In paying
tribute to a real-life Hero (Chris Kyle pictured at left
and below right), it reminds me why I love Action
Movies so much, and what true Action Movies (not just movies
with Action in them) strive for.
Bradley Cooper does a great job as "Chris
Kyle". I was thinking he might not fit the part but he
does Chris' life justice and in the end, it seemed like a
special honor that we used one of our best actors to honor one of our
greatest Heroes. I wanted someone who was already beefy
but Bradley was more than an
Action Figure, he was the total
Ass. I'm going to have to add him to the
Action Figure list just for this role alone. I'm writing
about the movie now, but I have to finish a website (real life
interferes but makes this blog possible, so please check back if
you want to read how much I enjoyed the movie).
You really should go see it. It has so many
Action Movie Essentials. The
boys and their toys (not to make light of war but the
equipment, machinery, helicopters, guns, vehicles, etc. are
impressive), the military speak "2 clicks out", and the
Camaraderie and Dominance, give us much needed Comic
Relief in this portrait of Bravery, and tragic ending to a life
that honored and saved so many others. It feels and looks so
real! A cinematic masterpiece that will undoubtedly not get the
full recognition it deserves in the awards, so give it your
recognition and respect by paying to see it.
Action Movies to Look Forward to . . .
Dec 28 2014
What stayed with me most from 2014 was
Lone Survivor, Murph
the Protector, and
The Raid 2 Berandal, plus
Heidi Moneymaker for Scarlett Johansson and
between Cap (Chris
Evans and/or his stunt doubles Chris Brewster/Daniel Hargrave/Sam
Hargrave?) and George St-Pierre in Captain America:
The Winter Soldier.
For 2015 and beyond, there is so much to look forward to—these
are in order by release date, and then alphabetical by
year where there is no release date other than the year—including my favorites in orange
. . . And these are just a fraction of the movies (check out the
full list of Action Movies By Year from IMDb).
Some I'd heard of, some I picked just
because the title or plot was intriguing. Most link to their IMDb page. And I skipped War movies and Westerns.
They are their own thing. It bothers me when people count them
as Action Movies. They are not. They are movies with action in
them. Disagree? Check out my
The Night Crew
action thriller January 13
("Centers on a group of hard up bounty hunters who must
survive the night in a desert motel against a horde of
savage border runners." Danny Trejo movie :D)
action biography drama (war) January 16
(Starring Bradley Cooper . . . see above.)
action sci-fi thriller January 30
("A documentary crew follows an elite unit of soldiers in
the wake of an alien invasion." All-male cast! Filmed
in South Africa.)
action crime drama January 30
("When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a
gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one
last play . . . and it's all or nothing." This is a
remake—hopefully a faithful one—of one of my favorite
Burt Reynolds movie Heat (1986). It stars
Jason Statham (more perfect). The Director is
Simon West (Con Air, The General's Daughter, Lara
Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, The Expendables 2, Stolen),
and the writer is author and two-time Academy Award winner
William Goldman (and the writer of many greats:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men,
Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, Maverick, Misery, and
3 of his screenplays are on the Writers Guild of America,
Best Screenplays list.)
action adventure fantasy
(Ah, another great movie by
Writer/Directors Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski.
Channing Tatum and
Sean Bean, and David
Leitch of 87eleven is the Stunt Coordinator.)
Seventh Son action adventure fantasy
("Young Thomas is apprenticed to
the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first
great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin
escapes her confinement while the Spook is away." It looks
cool even if the story is a little hokey.
Djimon Hounsou is in it, and Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges
(whose accent is hilarious)
Kingsman: The Secret Service
action adventure comedy February 13
("A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his
wing." I've been wanting a Secret Service school/academy
movie, but when I watch it the kids are too young. I guess I
was expecting more 20-somethings. They look like prep school
kids. Effects and Gadgets should make it worthwhile.
Colin Firth sure looks like he's having a good time. The
stunt double making him look good is
Rick English (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises,
Batman Begins. Director Matthew Vaughan told Firth
"“One of the reasons I’m casting you is because you’re
probably the last person anyone could imagine kicking people
and kicking off the villains.” Read
this EW article about how much Firth enjoyed his
first Action Movie.)
Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi)
action adventure drama February 19
("Lost Roman soldiers navigate their way through China."
Starring Adrien Brody, John Cusack, and
action drama history February 20
("Russia, 1917, WWI. This is the story of the 1st Russian
Women's Battalion of Death, formed as part of an
ill-conceived propaganda ploy by the Russian Provisional
Government in late May of 1917." Intriguing. $10M
budget. Seems like it will be shown only in Russia. Somebody
get it for me, please?)
directorial debut and he's starring with
(Neill Blomkamp! Starring
Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley . . . I had
you at Neill Blomkamp, right? Plus it seems very Robocop to
Run All Night
action crime drama
(Liam Neeson as "an aging hitman who is forced to
take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son
and his family." Sound familiar? Also stars Joel Kinnaman.
He's a hell of an actor. I'll see it for him even though it
seems like another Taken . . .)
action crime drama
Sean Penn ("A former Special Forces soldier and military
contractor suffering from PTSD tries to reconnect with his
long time love, but first must go on the run from London to
Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name." The
Pierre Morel (Taken, The Transporter, Transporter
2)—that's awesome, and the movie stars Idris Elba, Sean
Winstone, and Javier Bardem. I
confess I laughed at the
trailer and the idea of Sean Penn in this movie and
at Javier Bardem as a
Ass but the
international trailer was much better than the
first. The action makes it look worthwhile although the
subject matter seems a bit depressing. )
action March 20
(Taylor Lautner stars as "A New York
City bike messenger wanted by the mafia who escapes into the
world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger.")
romance sci-fi thriller
("In 2020, super-computer Kronos concludes that human
beings are the biggest threat to the planet. 60 years later,
Andrew finds himself lost in a world run by machines when he
meets Calia, a girl on the way to a place called Aurora." No
trailer says otherwise.)
Six Gun Savior
adventure drama April 1
(Eric Roberts and Martin Kove. Now you have to
see it, right? "Supernatural Western" Looks "B"-ish
but that makes it more appealing to me.)
thriller April 3
[HOLY CAST! They've added
Jason Statham. This is his character's revenge for
the killing of his brother played by Luke Evans in
Fast & Furious 6. Plus,
Kurt Russell, and Djimon Hounsou,
Johnny Strong (rumored), and Lucas Black is
back. The movie will be bittersweet over the real-life
tragedy of the death of Paul Walker. Paul Walker's brothers
Cody Walker and Caleb Walker helped complete his role. On
a lighter note,
Noel Gugliemi is in it. You know him, the guy who
a monkey come out of his butt LOL]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
fantasy May 1
(Another much-anticipated Joss Whedon project, written
with Stan Lee. The villain looks incredible! It's one of
the top three Boys Clubs cooler than
The Expendables (along with The Fast and Furious
action comedy May
("A police officer and a prisoner are on the run in Texas."
What if the police officer and the prisoner were Reese
Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara? I don't know that
for sure but it's a comedy. It's probably a
Buddy Movie where how they don't get along will be
Mad Max: Fury Road
thriller May 15
"My world is fire and gasoline."
(Self-proclaimed—it ain't bragging if it's true—"Visionary"
George Miller revisits his epic triology
after a 20-year break and
takes us for a 4th wild ride. The trailer is the most
exciting thing I've seen in years! The inspiration came from
artwork and a script by artist/designer Scriptwriter
The trailer is the most exciting thing I've seen in years.
From the flaming skull logo to the music in the trailer to
the oh-so-vibrant colors: vivid blues and intense reds and
yellows. So f-ing excited for this one!)
City of Blood
action May 15
(Sounds hard core—but
never heard of any of the stars . . .)
(Brad Bird is directing and writing with Damon Lindelof. It's not Action but it looks so cool, I
trailer is intriguing!)
action drama thriller
The Rock! That's all I need to know.)
("After an accidental explosion at
a local mine, dinosaurs emerge from the rubble to terrorize
a small western town. Now, a group gunslingers must defend
their home if anyone is going to survive in a battle of
cowboys versus dinosaurs.") [laughing]
adventure sci-fi June 12
(This movie needs no introduction. We'll
all be there to see if they use any of the new giant
dinosaurs discovered since the last one and how they are
going to kick it up a notch this time. For me,
Christ Pratt is very Jeff-Goldblum and should bring the
same sense of fun. I'm so excited about this movie, I am not
even watching the trailer. Don't want to spoil anything for
myself. It seems from the cast list like there's
another "moveable feast".)
The Transporter Legacy
crime thriller June 19
("A reboot of the story of transporter Frank Martin."
Directed by (A WOMAN!) Camille Delamarre. The movie stars
who is a really interesting person. He looks/fits the part.
Should be interesting!)
adventure sci-fi July 1
greatest news is that Byung-hun Lee is the T-1000!
Arnold is in it too. Young and old versions. Should
be cool to see how they pull that off. We've been waiting
for "the war" movie all these years, and I see glimpses of
it in the trailer, but here's the synopsis: "After
finding himself in a new time-line, Kyle Reese teams up with
John Connor's mother Sarah and an aging terminator to try
and stop the one thing that the future fears, 'Judgement
thriller July 2
("A government agent stumbles upon an alien conspiracy to
conquer Earth. Using a blue liquid created by the aliens to
make soldiers stronger, he becomes The Prototype—the only
hope for mankind." )
THE PROTOTYPE TRAILER
July 17 ("Armed with a super-suit with the
astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in
strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and
help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist
that will save the world." Starring Paul Rudd
and Evangeline Lilly. Huh. Why don't they use strong
men instead of actors?)
moved up to: July 31
wrote Edge of Tomorrow, Jack Reacher, Valkyrie, and
The Usual Suspects (his first script, which won an
Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly
for the Screen—impressive! He also directed Jack Reacher
and The Way of the Gun, so MI5 will be only his 3rd
film! Guess when you're that good, you get the cherry
assignments. Tom Cruise must love him! The
Stunt Coordinator is
Wade Eastwood. His career is incredibly
impressive so this movie's action should be—as all the
Mission Impossible movies have been—off the chart and ahead
of their time!)
action July 31 ("A
young undercover FBI agent infiltrates a gang of thieves who
share a common interest in extreme sports." A remake of the
1991 film. It stars Delroy Lindo, Luke Bracey, and
adventure drama fantasy August (Japan)
("Mankind is under the terror of titans, a beast in which
feast on human flesh. Eren Yeager, a young boy determined to
make change when he himself could transform into one. He is
humanity's last hope." Don't know if this poster's legit.)
The Fantastic Four
fantasy sci-fi August
(New cast. Described as a re-imagining. I'm game.
"Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous
universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways.
Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to
harness their daunting new abilities and work together to
save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.")
Hail Mary: The
Drew Pearson Roger Staubach Story
drama sport August 9 ("Catch life. Don't let
it pass you by.")
The Man from
adventure comedy August 14 ("In the early
1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya
Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious
criminal organization, which is working to proliferate
Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon: The Green Legend
adventure drama August 28 ("A
story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one
last opportunity at redemption." Directed by Yuen Woo-ping,
Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeah, and Jason Scott Lee.)
adventure thriller November
[Sam Mendes, who is an amazing
Director (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead)
is back. Since Skyfall was so visually stunning and
so very Bond, I am thrilled! It was really cool seeing how
much he gets it. The latest photos from Spectre were on
location in the snow. Such a throwback and, again very cool.
Some of the best stunts in the Bond movies were in snow.]
Tropical Hell "A former black ops
soldier is kidnapped by a corrupt intelligence agency looking to
create the ultimate killing machine." Starring Ving
Rhames and Luke Goss. Should be "great crap".)
Episode VII - The Force Awakens
adventure fantasy December 18
(Writer/Director J. J. Abrams with Lawrence Kasdan.
The original cast is back:
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark
Hamill. They are joined by Oscar Isaac (he blazed his
Sucker Punch, eclipsing everything but the stuntwork),
Lupita Nyong'o, The Raid's Iko Uwais and
Yayan Ruhian (holy shit!), and many other cool choices!
It's sure to produce some superstars. John Williams
will be doing the music again. Nothing could be better.)
Black Labyrinth action
makes it an Action Movie, Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover
makes it weird.)
Beyond Skyline action
("A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless
pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship."
Sounds like someone wished Ripley was a man. Stars Frank
Iko Uwais, and
Undisputed IV action
(We have been waiting and hoping for
this! Boyka! Boyka! Boyka!)
crime thriller ("Six people are thrown together during an elaborate bank
heist where any move can alter the outcome. Is it
coincidence, or are they merely pawns in a much bigger
game." Starring Vinnie Jones, Johnny Messner, James Remar, Michael "Eddie
and the Cruisers" Paré, as well as Danny Glover,
Sean Astin . Three of these stars appear also in . . . )
Close Range action
crime ("A rogue soldier turned
outlaw is thrust into a relentless fight with a corrupt
sheriff, his obedient deputies, and a dangerous drug cartel
in order to protect his sister and her young daughter."
directed by Isaac Florentine)
Cyborg X action
horror Half Man. Half Machine. No Mercy. ("After X-Corp, a radical
weapons manufacturer, is taken over by a Cyber Virus, a
group of survivors must fight to save humanity from the army
of Machines the Virus now controls." Another Danny Trejo
movie #hardestworkingmaninshowbusiness More "great crap"!)
horror sci-fi (Zombie movie starring
Johnny Strong! Watch the
trailer. Directed by
Sinners and Saints Writer/Director
thriller ("A retired
agent's life is turned upside down when he discovers he's the
patsy for an impending CIA planned presidential assassination."
Retired being the key word. Was thinking anybody but
please, and preferably someone whose physique is impressive even
if they are older. Someone tough, like a
Fighter or Wrestler—Yay! They picked Vinnie Jones.
Also stars Johnny Messner and Michael Paré.)
Division 1900 action
("2039. Jails have been turned into online portals where the
public gets to choose what prisoners eat." Wait, what?!
I smell sick AWESOMENESS . . .)
Echo Effect action
Michael Jai White and
("Armed robber and career criminal Jack Cregan seeks to
discover the truth behind his father's murder" . . . wait
for it . . . starring James Woods!)
thriller (A movie
that's sure to be bad, but we'll watch it anyway. Stars Vinnie Jones,
Dominic Purcell, and
Tricia Helfer who says she "would change the push
for women to look like Playmate Barbie dolls, that is just
ridiculous" and yet her profile photo has cleavage in a tank
top. Let's see if she walks the walk in this movie or if
she's just eye candy.)
Juarez 2045 action
adventure sci-fi ("It's the year
2045. War on drugs in Mexico has escalated as a ruthless drug
Cartel use robots to enforce their operations." Starring Danny
Trejo! Sounds like "El Terminador".)
Max Steel ("The adventures of teenager
Max McGrath and alien companion Steel, who must harness and
combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the
turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.")
Plains ("Facing a bleak future, a young man runs
away to Mexico where he is recruited by the mysterious
captain." Scott Eastwood!)
("A cop-turned-noodle shop owner finds a new lease on life
in New York's Chinatown when a Chinese drug lord—responsible
for the death of the former's partner during a botched
mission 15 years ago— walks into his life." Stars
SPL 2: Rise of
Wong Po (With so much fighting talent, it can't
fail. Hoping for another classic. Stars Sammo Kam-Bo Hung,
Andy On. Action Coordinator is
Stan Lee's Annihilator (Hmmm . .
. "A Chinese expatriate and practicer of Qijong and martial
arts receives additional training in a secret U.S. program.
Now armed with remarkable powers, he looks to take down a
villain bent on destroying everything he knows and loves.")
("A fight-to-survive thriller about a
couple and their teenage children who live reasonably well
on a desolate island, until they are haunted by a serial
killer." Reminds me of the game
The Rogue ("Recruited from an
elite military unit, CIA officer Mike Cutler carries out a
dangerous mission to track and trace Al Qaeda leaders, only
to find himself at the center of a deadly political
standoff." Starring Scott Patterson, Luke Goss, and
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
(NO. "A kidnapped young woman is
forced on a road trip full of murder and mayhem that takes
place entirely in her captor's getaway van." Another Danny Trejo movie. Why do they keep making these
movies?! We're—I'm speaking for all women—sick to death of
movies where the only way for a woman to be a hero is to be
a degraded victim first, or the only way for her to be
powerful is half naked! Enough already!
1421: The Year China Discovered the World
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
sci-fi August 8 (Any underwater movie, I want to see it. Been too long
since The Abyss.)
A Ticket to Die
- Badass Muthers (Love the title . . .)
- Batman Infinite (?)
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Sorry
fanboys, I'm going with Superman!)
- Beverly Hills Cop 4 (The casting will be everything for this
movie . . .)
- Blood Money
- Broad Daylight ("When an ex-US Army Ranger is brutally
killed at the hands of a shadowy private military contractor his
old military unit re-teams stateside to expose the contractor's
corruption and avenge his death.")
- Captain America: Civil War
(What an excellent series.
This should be the best yet!)
- Chemical Cowboys
- Cloudveil (now there's an intriguing title! why isn't
it cloud veil?)
- Cranium Intel ("The President wants a
military/scientist dead after he discovers the Gateway Arch in
St. Louis is actually a portal to the real Planet >X<." Sounds
like a so-bad-it's-good movie.)
- David & Wally: Buddy Cops (I'm a sucker for a
but isn't this
21 Jump Street? "Two stupid cops from Boston, seeking
action, go undercover as high school students to take down a
drug operation that could destroy their lifelong friendship."
Gotta get a better title!)
- Deadpool (Wondering if this is a remake?)
- Death Race 4 (Always worth it for the cars)
- Die Fightin' the Domination (is this a women's lib movie? #funnynotfunny)
- Dragon and Phoenix
- El Patron
(John Leguizamo plays
Escobar—A must see!)
- Extreme Combat (yes, please!)
- Eye of War
- Girl Samurai
- Going Rogue
- Gun Play
Guns, Hookers & a Pound of Coke
unless the hookers are men)
- Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2
- Head Smash
- Hour of Vengeance
- IDF Girls
- Jason and the Argonauts: The Kingdom of
Hades (BIG SHOES to fill!)
("A young scientist and a military doctor team-up to
investigate a series of unidentifiable, non-biological
attacks. What they discover is a threat far greater than
they could have ever imagined.")
- L.A. Atlantis
- Legend of Black Lotus
- Lone Wolf
("Troubled teens in a 2nd chance 'bootcamp' program
encounter a group of terrorists trying to take out a rural
nuclear power plant.")
- Mechanic: Resurrection
see anything with
Jason Statham in it!)
- Mind-Bender 3
- Mission 9
- Moana (starring everyone's favorite demi-god
Dwayne Johnson "A young woman uses her navigational
talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the
adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.")
- Night of the Hell Hunters
- No Fear
- Overdrive (is this based on the Stephen King story?)
- Panzer Dragoon (another
- Police Cops (and the winner for worst title goes to . . . )
- Power Rangers
- Red 3
Red 2 got the old-school action so right!)
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
(Oh, I doubt that, but . .
- Ride Along 2
- Rise of Spider (Now where have I heard this before . . . "A
teenager is bitten by a spider and turns into a hero and facing
new and old enemies.")
- Semi-Super Heroes (Gonna be bad. Just depends who's in it.)
Six Hot Chicks in a Warehouse OH HELL NO.
Action Horror. Why are they still making this crap?!
- Skin Traffik (It's got Eric Roberts,
Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen . . . )
Space Racer (hope it's
not for kids—want
it to be for adults :D)
("A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team
that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings that have
taken over New York City.")
- Star Trek 13
- Steel Man
- Steele Aces
(Much-anticipated DC event! Here is the cast from
- Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard is Tarzan?
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
- The Brutes
- The Courier
- The Huntsman (sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman
but what could it possible be about?!)
- The Junior Squad
("A group of superhero teenagers are hired by the president
to take down and bring down an army of villains and bring them
to justice." Because putting children in harm's way is our
- The Last Warlord
- The Mummy
Billion Dollar Man (starring
Mark Wahlberg This is from
FilmFad.com "The story is loosely based on Martin
Caidin’s 1972 bestseller, Cyborg. The book inspired the
film’s television-based predecessor, ABC’s Lee Majors
led The Six Million Dollar Man as well as spin-of
series The Bionic Woman. The homage to classic tech
centric sci-fi favorites . . . will likely draw in fans of
the old series as well as target the younger generation of
special effects craving sci-fi movie goers." )
- Thunder Lord
- Top Fuel
- Transformers 5 (not by Michael Bay. WHEN will they ever
do BEAST WARS?!)
Tremors 5: Bloodline
(always interested in
any "El Dorado" story)
- Uncommon Honour
- Untitled Jeremy Renner/Bourne Sequel
- Untitled Matt Damon/Bourne Sequel
- Untitled Planet of the Apes Sequel
- Untitled Star Wars Project
- Untitled Teenage Cop Project (Teenage
- Vengeance II
- Virtua Cop
- Warcraft (Have to see this at an off time so I don't
have to hear the complaints on how it doesn't match the game)
- X-Men: Apocalypse
adventure fantasy December 25
Black Panther action
drama sci-fi November 3 ("The royal leader of an
African nation's father is killed leaving him with the the
kingdom and a costume called the black panther." Starring
Chadwick Boseman. Before this movie comes out he'll be
Black Panther in
Captain America: Civil War)
Writer: Mark Bailey (screenplay)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Kong: Skull Island
(All this movie needs to be
totally bad ass is MUSCLE. It could be
Predator with an ape!)
Necrosis: Colony 10
Pacific Rim 2
Star Wars: Episode VIII
The Fantastic Four 2
(Loved the first one but the
Silver Surfer didn't measure up)
The Justice League Part One
The Legion of Super-Heroes
The Lego Batman Movie (If this is a little
satirical like he was in The Lego Movie, it should be
Untitled Female Superhero Spider-Man Movie
Untitled Terminator 2
Untitled Wolverine Sequel
(always down for that!)
WONDER WOMAN (at last!)
fantasy drama December
Avengers: Infinity War - Part II
Captain Marvel (the female version)
The Amazing Spider-Man 3
Untitled Terminator 3