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Everything you love about ACTION MOVIES!
The
Good and Bad Action Movies, plus your favorite Action Figures.
The Essentials that make a great Action Movie.
The gotta-have-it
Trash Talking of the Action Movie BAD ASS.

Looking for something specific? It's on the
Hit List, and . . .
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE!


Aliens starring Bill Paxton as Private Hudson in Game Over moment after landing craft crashes
"Game over, man. Game over!"


HOW TO TELL . . .
Are you a FREAK
or just a
FAN?

Action Movie Fans can watch
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!"

Action Movie FREAKS 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 movies
a handful of times.
Action Movie FREAKS can recite
the entire opening scene
word-for-word from at least 2 movies they're obsessed with!

"The 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 . . . "


.44 magnum 

just admit it now,
you're an Action Movie
FREAK!
(That quote should be required memorization if you're going
to call yourself an

Action Movie FREAK
!)

Action Movie Fans can stomach
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
"Ninja Assassin"?
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 
 Ninja Assassin blood splatter 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,
you're an Action Movie Fan.
If you're all fired up . . . 
"HELL YEAH!"
"Welcome to the Jungle!"

You're an
Action Movie FREAK!

*from CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
"God has his tricks, but gettin' outta places no one else can, that's one of mine."

 

Dwayne Johnson as Hercules

Aliens one of the greatest ever Action Movies

michael jai white action movie actor and director

Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores from Starship Troopers bad ass action movie chick

The Terminator one of the greatest ever Action Movies

Doomsday warrior girl bad ass action movie chick

Chris Hemsworth as Thor comic book action movie

Action Movie Bad Ass Chick Jennette Goldstein as Vasquez in Aliens

Terminator Salvation Action Movie Sequel

bad ass action movie chick Kate Nauta in Transporter 2

Rambo one of the greatest ever Action Movies

Andrea James Lui bad ass action movie chick in close space fight in Bail Enforcers

Robocop Action Movie Classic

Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil Apocalypse bad ass action movie chick

Dolph Lundgren Universal Soldier Action Movie Classic

Olga Kurylenko as Etain from Centurion bad ass action movie chick

Die Hard one of the greatest ever Action Movies

Bad Ass Action Movie character Sarah Connor

Mission:Impossible III starring Tom Cruise

Michelle Yeoh action movie actress from Tomorrow Never Dies

arnold in predator

chocolate kick to the head

Steven Seagal holding a machette in Above the Law

Gina Carano in Haywire

Scott Adkins as Boyka

Ronda Rousey in The Expendables 3

 

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 Walker
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 Paul Walker). 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 FULL of great cars.

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!

Ronda Rousey in Furious Seven

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 find 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 Park (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.

Vin Diesel fighting Jason Statham in Furious Seven

I don't know how they make Paul Walker hold his own against Tony Jaa.  It looked like such a beating, but guess who wins?

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 . . .


First-ever FEMALE Action Heroes Film Festival: WOMEN IN ACTION film festival
Feb 23 2015

Big News today! Just found out via a Google Alert that 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 Facebook and twitter @Artemis_FF.

“If we want to see women taking up a stronger place
in society on every level, we must create those images
in our filmed entertainment as this is the fastest path
to change that paradigm.”


-
Melanie Wise,(via PRWeb) festival co-founder.

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".

Congratulations to @ActionChick 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!

Katrina Hill's Action Chick twitter cover photo in bed


Spartacus

Spartacus doesn't '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 delivers
on Action Movie Essentials and Bond-iness

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?
 

GAZELLE

Most 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 gadgets 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 The National 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).

Q

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.

Q

 What do you see?

007

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" starring 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, but is noblesse 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

Teary-eyed Channing Tatum 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 The Matrix, 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?!

Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending


 

 

Unlucky Stars trailer is up!
Feb 4 2015

Back in 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.

Follow them on twitter @Unlucky_Stars
and Like them on Facebook Unlucky 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!"

Their synopsis:
"When 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  


Chris KyleAmerican Sniper:
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 Bad Ass.  I'm going to have to add him to the Bad Ass 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 of my 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.

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle American Sniper


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 the stuntwork by Heidi Moneymaker for Scarlett Johansson and the fight 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 Action Movie Essentials :)

2015

January

  • 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)

  • American Sniper
    action biography drama (war)
    January 16
    (Starring Bradley Cooper . . . see above.)

  • Alien Outpost
    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.)

  • Wild Card
    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, West  101 Best Screenplays list.)

February

  • Jupiter Ascending
    action adventure fantasy February 6
    (Ah, another great movie by Writer/Directors Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. It stars Channing Tatum and Sean Bean, and David Leitch of 87eleven is the Stunt Coordinator.)

  • Seventh Son action adventure fantasy February 6
    ("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 (China)
    ("Lost Roman soldiers navigate their way through China." Starring Adrien Brody, John Cusack, and Jackie Chan.

  • Batalon (Battalion)
    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?)

March

  • Wolf Warrior
    action war
    March 1
    (Jacky Wu's directorial debut and he's starring with Scott Adkins!)

  • Chappie
    action thriller
    March 6
    (Neill Blomkamp! Starring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley . . . I had you at Neill Blomkamp, right? Plus it seems very Robocop to me.)

  • Run All Night
    action crime drama
    March 13
    (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 . . .)

  • The Gunman
    action crime drama March 20
    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 Director is Pierre Morel (Taken, The Transporter, Transporter 2)—that's awesome, and the movie stars Idris Elba, Sean Penn, Ray six-gun-savior-movie-posterWinstone, and Javier Bardem. I confess I laughed at the first trailer and the idea of Sean Penn in this movie and at Javier Bardem as a Bad 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. )  

  • Tracers
    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.")

  • Aurora
    romance sci-fi thriller 
    March 22
    ("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 Action but the trailer says otherwise.)

April

  • Six Gun Savior  
    action 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.)

  • Furious 7 
    action crime 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, Tony Jaa, 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 always has a monkey come out of his butt LOL]

cast of Furious 7

May

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
    action adventure 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 cast).

  • Hot Pursuit
    action comedy
    May 8
    ("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 funny.)

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
    action adventure thriller
    May 15
    "My world is fire and gasoline."
    (Self-proclaimed—it ain't bragging if it's true—"Visionary" and "Mastermind" Writer/Director 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 Brendan McCarthy. 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!)

  • THE KICKBOXER: City of Blood 
    action
    May 15
    (Sounds hard core—but never heard of any of the stars . . .)

  • Tomorrowland
    mystery sci-fi
    May 22
    (Brad Bird is directing and writing with Damon Lindelof.  It's not Action but it looks so cool, I included it. The trailer is intriguing!)

  • San Andreas
    action drama thriller May 29
    (Starring The Rock! That's all I need to know.)

June

  • Cowboys vs Dinosaurs 
    action sci-fi
    June 12
    ("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]

  • Jurassic World  
    action 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
    action crime thriller
    June 19
    ("A reboot of the story of transporter Frank Martin." Directed by (A WOMAN!) Camille Delamarre. The movie stars Ed Skrein who is a really interesting person. He looks/fits the part. Should be interesting!)

Ed Skrein as The Transporter in The Transporter Legacy

July

  • Terminator Genisys  
    action adventure sci-fi
    July 1
    (The greatest news is that Byung-hun Lee is the T-1000! Okay, okay, 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 Day'.")

  • The Prototype
    action sci-fi 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  

  • Ant-Man
    action sci-fi 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?)

  • Mission Impossible 5  
    action sci-fi
    December 25 moved up to: July 31
    (Christopher McQuarrie—He 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!)

  • Point Break
    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 Édgar Ramírez.)

August

  • Attack on Titan posterAttack on Titan  
    action 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  
    action fantasy sci-fi 
    August 7
    (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 
    action drama sport
    August 9 ("Catch life. Don't let it pass you by.")

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  
    action 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 nuclear weapons."

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend  
    action 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, and starring Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeah, and Jason Scott Lee.)

September

  • Zero Tolerance 
    action
    September 1 (UK)
    ("Two former para-military operatives, Johnny and his police detective friend Peter, search Bangkok to find the killers of Johnny's beautiful daughter Angel - Leaving carnage and retribution throughout city." Starring Scott Adkins and Dustin Nguyen)
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials  
    action thriller September 18 (Apparently the scuttlebutt was that people were upset that The Maze Runner just sets up this movie. You can't please some people. What else was it supposed to do? I enjoyed the changes between the book and the movie. I'm going to wait to read the next book until after I see The Scorch Trials so I have no expectations :D.)

November

  • Spectre   
    action adventure thriller
    November 6
    [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.]  

  • Blood Reef   
    action sci-fi
    November 11
    (subtitled 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".)

December

  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens  
    action 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 way through 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.)

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  • Andròn-The Black Labyrinth  action (Leo Howard makes it an Action Movie, Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover makes it weird.)

  • Beyond Skyline action sci-fi ("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 Grillo, Iko Uwais, and Yayan Ruhian

  • Boyka: Undisputed IV  action (We have been waiting and hoping for this! Boyka! Boyka! Boyka!)

  • Checkmate  action 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." Starring Scott Adkins, 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"!)

  • Daylight's End  action horror sci-fi (Zombie movie starring Johnny Strong! Watch the trailer. Directed by Sinners and Saints Writer/Director William Kaufman.)

  • Decommissioned  action 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 Bruce Willis 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 sci-fi thriller ("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 sci-fi thriller (Starring arring Michael Jai White and Steve Austin.)

  • Gunned Downn ("Armed robber and career criminal Jack Cregan seeks to discover the truth behind his father's murder" . . . wait for it . . . starring James Woods!)

  • Isolation  action 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.")

  • Mercury Plains ("Facing a bleak future, a young man runs away to Mexico where he is recruited by the mysterious captain." Scott Eastwood!)

  • Noodle Man ("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 Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh.)

  • SPL 2: Rise of Wong Po (With so much fighting talent, it can't fail. Hoping for another classic. Stars Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Jacky Wu, Tony Jaa, Andy On. Action Coordinator is Dion Lam.)

  • 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.")

  • Terror Island ("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 Dead Island.)

  • 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 Costas Mandylor.)

  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise

  • VANish (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!

 

2016

  • 1421: The Year China Discovered the World action adventure
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea  action adventure 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 Buddy Movie 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  Pablo Escobar—A must see!)
  • Emerald
  • Extinction
  • Extreme Combat (yes, please!)
  • Eye of War
  • Girl Samurai
  • Going Rogue
  • Gun Play
  • Guns, Hookers & a Pound of Coke (pass, 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!)
  • Jump
  • Koyakatsi ("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
  • Lowlifes ("Troubled teens in a 2nd chance 'bootcamp' program encounter a group of terrorists trying to take out a rural nuclear power plant.")
  • Mechanic: Resurrection (I'll 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
  • Own3d
  • Overdrive (is this based on the Stephen King story?)
  • Panzer Dragoon  (another game-based movie)
  • Police Cops (and the winner for worst title goes to . . . )
  • Power Rangers
  • Red 3 (I'm game: Red 2 got the old-school action so right!)
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Oh, I doubt that, but . . . WHY?!)
  • 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)
  • Spectral ("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
  • Suicide Squad (Much-anticipated DC event! Here is the cast from SuperHeroHype.com:)

  • Tarzan  (Alexander Skarsgard is Tarzan?  Nooooo)
  • 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 only hope?)
  • The Last Warlord
  • The Mummy
  • The Six 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
  • Uncharted (always interested in any "El Dorado" story)
  • Uncommon Honour
  • Unearthed
  • 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 Cops? What?!)
  • 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-Force
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Xombie


 

2017

  • Avatar 2  action 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

  • High Rise

  • 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 hilarious!)

  • Thor: Ragnarok

  • Untitled Female Superhero Spider-Man Movie

  • Untitled Terminator 2

  • Untitled Wolverine Sequel (always down for that!)

  • WONDER WOMAN (at last!)

     

2018

  • AQUAMAN

  • Avatar 3 action fantasy drama December

  • Avengers: Infinity War - Part II

  • Captain Marvel (the female version)

  • Godzilla 2

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 3

  • The Flash

  • Untitled Terminator 3
     

2019

  • Avatar 4 action adventure fantasy December

  • Avengers: Infinity War - Part II

  • Justice League Part Two

  • Shazam

  • Star Wars: Episode IX

 

2020

  • Cyborg (not a remake . . .)

  • Green Lantern
     

 


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