"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."
. . . everything you love about
The Essentials that make a great
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and . . .
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE!
Hardcore Henry raises the bar on filmmaking
April 9, 2016
You'll say "Oh my
God, I can't believe they did that!" at least twice . . . and
wonder "How did they do that?" even more. Here's
a great article (from The NY Times) about the craziness of
filming "Hardcore Henry".
The movie's a tour de force, literally, and a little hard to keep up with, everything moves so
fast at times. It was definitely amazingly creative. I
found myself wishing they had invested us in the character's
dilemma, and we had no idea about the villain and/or savior
until the end. I wish we could have rooted for Henry's revenge. The almost
continuous action was incredible but I found the plot confusing.
At the end it seemed like Henry was Jimmy because when he passed
out his reflection looked like Sharlto Copley, so Henry = just
another version of Jimmy? It's not even mentioned in this
voluminous plot description from
Wikipedia. Just try
to follow this if you didn't watch it:
being bullied as a child [ I really wasn't getting
that with the flashback ] before waking up in a tank
of water inside a laboratory on an airship missing his left
arm and left leg. A scientist, Estelle (Haley Bennett),
replaces his missing limbs with cybernetic ones and reminds
Henry that she is his wife and that he has amnesia after
waking up from a horrible accident. Just as Henry begins to
get his bearings, a group of mercenaries led by the
telekinetic Akan (Danila Kozlovsky) arrive and kill the
other scientists. Henry and Estelle flee the ship in an
escape pod, but they are ambushed on the ground by Akan's
mercenaries and Estelle is abducted.
Henry is rescued from the mercenaries by Jimmy (Sharlto
Copley), who informs him that his robotic parts are running
out of power and that he will die if he cannot recharge.
[ Yes, you will think of Crank. ] Jimmy is almost immediately killed by the mercenaries, but
Henry meets another version of Jimmy [ The many
versions was the coolest thing about the movie to me ]—disguised
as a drunken, odorous hobo—on a bus. Bum Jimmy informs him
that one of Akan's associates named Slick Dimitry has a
charging pump implanted in his heart, which Henry can use to
recharge. Bum Jimmy is killed by a flamethrower [ that
was wild ] before Henry flees and sneaks into Dimitry's
apartment. Henry chases Dimitry throughout the city before
incapacitating him; Dimitry is killed by a sniper. Henry
removes the pump and receives a call from Jimmy, who directs
Henry to his current location—a brothel.
Henry heads to
the brothel and meets two more versions of Jimmy—a debauched
lothario addicted to cocaine, and an awkward, painfully shy,
and over-apologetic geek in a vest. The two versions of Jimmy
replace the pump, but the brothel is attacked by Akan's
forces. Henry manages to fight through the mercenaries, but
encounters Akan, who taunts Henry by saying his wife is
being hauled away in an armored convoy, and hurls him out of
[ So much
boob-age! Some of the nicest boobs since Elena Eleniak in
Siege. If I was a boy I would probably have loved it, as a girl
I really didn't give a damn, and it didn't bother me.) I found
this version of Jimmy hilarious! ]
Outside, Henry encounters Jimmy once more—this time, a
marijuana-using hippie with a chopper, who gives him a ride
in his motorcycle sidecar and brings him to Akan's convoy.
Henry finds Estelle in the truck leading the convoy; before
he can rescue her, Akan arrives and prepares to strike
Estelle with a baseball bat. Henry steps in, "volunteering"
to take her place, and is struck unconscious.
[ The clip is
here of the convoy chase. ]
Jimmy revives Henry in the woods, before being killed by a
tank shell. [ So unexpected. It was like they kept
asking "What's the last thing you'd expect to see? Let's put
that in." ] Henry kills the crew manning the tank, as well
as most of the men in an attacking helicopter, before
falling off the helicopter and landing in a tree. [
This is an OMG moment! ] He follows
another of Jimmy's signals to an abandoned hotel, where he
finds the original Jimmy upstairs. Jimmy reveals that Akan
created Henry's cyborg abilities, and that he worked on the
first stages of Akan's cyborg-soldier project, which turned
out to be a failed batch of lobotomized super-soldiers
unable to do anything but mindlessly swing at the air.
[ It's pretty funny ] Akan
"rewarded" him by snapping his spine—he is now a
quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair. He reveals the other Jimmys are dormant clones of himself his mind can inhabit,
which he created to regain mobility and indulge in vices; he
demonstrates this by performing a song and dance number with
all of his clones. All the copies of Jimmy attack Henry
after Jimmy realizes that Henry has unknowingly been
broadcasting his video feed to Akan. Henry disables all his
clones—the original Jimmy begs to be killed, fearing
everything is lost, but is convinced to bring the fight to Akan. Henry and Jimmy—now a stereotypical WW2 officer—fight their way out of the complex
[which, by the way was easily recognizable as where
they filmed the final fight in The Expendables 3 ], killing the mercenaries'
leader by dropping the laboratory on him via plastic
THE EXPENDABLES 3 TRAILER
Jimmy and Henry drive to Akan's headquarters, a massive
skyscraper. They fight their way into an elevator, but Jimmy
is mortally wounded. Before dying, Jimmy thanks Henry for
being the closest thing he ever had to a friend. Henry
fights his way to Akan's office, where he is greeted by a
video of Akan revealing that an army of cyborg
Super Soldiers are being fed Henry's memories and will all
remember waking up like he did in the laboratory—with a
wife, being attacked, and manipulated into doing anything to
"get" her back - such as committing terrorist attacks for Akan, who plots to take over the world with this new army.
The first soldier to wake up attacks Henry, but Henry kills
him and replaces his battery with the soldier's. The rest of
the army awaken and chase Henry up to the roof of the
On the roof, Henry battles and kills the entire army [ very
Reloaded ]. He
then attacks Akan, who knocks Henry out again with his
telekinetic abilities. When he wakes up, Akan reveals that
Estelle was his wife all along, and she had been lying to
Henry the entire time—she and Akan had been planning to
lure Henry to Akan's headquarters so he could be replicated
and mass produced. Henry blacks out after a barrage of
attacks, but is energized by a memory of his father (Tim
Roth), who encouraged him to fight back against a gang of
childhood bullies. Henry fights Akan and decapitates him
with his cybernetic eyestalk. He jumps up onto a helicopter
in which Estelle is trying to escape. An enraged Estelle
asks Henry how "could he do this"—Henry simply responds by
writing "EZ" in his own blood. [ Slammer! ]
She fires at Henry, but the
bullet ricochets off his hand and wounds her; she stumbles
out of the helicopter and is left hanging by her fingertips.
Estelle pleads with Henry to save her, but Henry slams the
door on her fingers, sending her falling to her death.
[ Consider that a divorce! ]
As the credits roll, a message from Jimmy is heard, asking
Henry to do "one last thing" . . .
In the end, I found it
gimmicky but only because the plot was thin and they Action was
so outta hand. I would love to watch it a couple more times in
the theater. It's a big-screen movie to be sure!
April 7, 2016
Last night I watched
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and this morning, half awake,
I posted Star Wars: Rogue Nation (embarrassing! LOL).
Fixed now, and WOW the trailer looks so cool! Thanks to
JoBlo Movie Trailers for posting it so early.
STAR WARS ROGUE ONE TRAILER
Star Wars: Rogue
One teaser for trailer to premier on
Good Morning America TODAY!
April 7, 2016
I know, right? So
excited we can hardly stand it! I am wearing a "Star Wars
Trilogy special edition" button I begged off an usher out of
sheer joy after seeing this teaser. Can't wait for the trailer,
and yes, I'm going to watch. #icanthelpit. We all want to be
back in that world so badly. Going to keep checking YouTube when
I can and will be so thrilled to post the trailer tonight.
STAR WARS ROGUE ONE TEASER
Captain America Movie Marathon
Thursday, May 5th,
April 1, 2016
Ask for the day off
because you'll need to be at the theatre starting at 7:00 AM.
ALL of these are great movies:
and you'll get to be
one of the first to see the new . . .
Click here for tickets
Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice
March 26, 2016
It could have been so
much shorter! I'm a big DC fan, a Superman
over Batman fan, a woman who has been waiting since Linda
Carter on TV to see Wonder Woman on the big screen,
and a huge childhood fan of Aquaman (comics and the
animated TV show), and I was bored. Plus (without mentioning any
spoilers) it was a downer. Action Movies should not be a downer,
they should pump you up!
Even the big fight (much-anticipated main event) between Batman
and Superman disappointed because Batman turned out to be a
momma's boy, and Superman turned out to be a big baby. After you
see it, you'll know what I mean. Just substitute the words
"my Mommy" for "Martha" when they have their little
confrontation and it's ridiculous. Overall, just way too
much dialogue/exposition, and too little Action. I'm not a
huge fan of
Superhero Movies anyway, I prefer real-life
Action Figures. That said, when the Captain America
Movie Marathon—above—it sure helped me to see how much better I
like those movies. "Save the drama for your mama" sure fits
here! That's sad.
Even though I'm a
woman, we female Action Movie freaks often relate to the male heroes (not to the
weak supporting female characters/victims as
Hollywood seems to think we do), but even with two strong
characters like Batman and Superman, I couldn't help but notice
there was just too much crying, too much emotion. So, at the
start, when Lois
Lane says "I'm not a lady, I'm a journalist" I
thought Hooray! but then she wore really high heels (while
trying to run here and there), and they had her naked in the tub
(WHY!?). Even worse, the "Superheroes" whined and blubbered. There's
no crying in Action Movies, and there shouldn't be any high
Crushingly, the audience's big first-time sighting of Wonder Woman is in
a black-and-white photograph. If not for the fact that we'd already seen her
costume in real life (they should not have given it away), this
would have been our first sighting of her. A bit anti-climactic (WTF)! Then there were the first three outfits
Diana Price wore: all plunging necklines that made wearing a traditional bra impossible. Even her business
suit is split to the waist (more WTF). And I couldn't hate the
Wonder Woman costume more if it was a burlap sack. The new
costume looks hard and bumpy like some odd tortoise shell strapped on
front. This is nothing practical to fight in (never has been,
but it could have been improved on). For all her
'mighty' fighting, when she gets knocked down, we get an
extended crotch shot. OH COME ON! Plus it's like dark
brown or burgundy, there is no color. These are Wonder
Woman colors (below). I had hoped—a long time ago since we'd seen the
new costume way in advance—that they would keep the color and
cover her up some in the interest of practicality, and to make
her less of a male fantasy and more of a warrior. Yet, in spite
of all that, it was still cool to see her in the photograph. The
costume wasn't as un-Wonder-Woman-ish because the photo was not
in color, but it didn't thrill when Wonder Woman finally appeares in person. If
you're not going to do the colors, at least keep the gold. Who
makes these decisions? Can't be a woman. This is not Xena . . .
And while it's great that Wonder
up to fight with the 'big boys', she's a woman but she's not
a Bad Ass.
Gal Gadot is not big enough for the role. We've had the
supermodel thin version already. We are ready for, overdue for,
wishing for, the truly physically strong female. Her skinny legs
are so disappointing. Even Amy Adams' Lois Lane looks stronger.
I just couldn't get past Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. It
should have been Scott Adkins, and least he would have brought
some of that Batman mystique to the role, not to mention real
fighting skills. In the one dream sequence the fighting was so
slow and awkward I was thinking, PLEASE let this be a slo-motion
nightmare thing and not just awful Action. Speaking of
awkward, that robotic-looking, clunky,
Frankenstein's shoes, suit of armor Batman wore at the end was really
goofy looking. By the time the villain says "We have to
destroy him" and you realize where the movie is going/what
it's about, it's practically over. There were too many plot holes:
What was the point/payoff of the special bullets? Where did the
bigger piece of kryptonite go? What kind of secure,
high-performance-computing facility would you be able to walk
into, no lock, no guard, and find a wire with a plug that you
can just attach something small to and download an entire room
full of supercomputers worth in just 7 minutes?
At first I thought the monster was trapped on the island, so
when Batman says he's going to lure it to the kryptonite spear,
I was thinking "How stupid, bring the spear to the monster," but
then we find out the monster can get off the island. Why
have Holly Hunter's character make a point that she can wrestle
a pig (another WTF moment)? So much of Batman's whining at the beginning. Waaaah, I have everything in life but I want to be number one so
I have to kill 'the alien' (you know, the one fighting crime
while I mope). Bruce Wayne/Batman's arrogance is so
dull. He's completely unsympathetic. It's Ben-Affleck-as-Batman,
and they are both so poor-spoiled-rich-guy douche-y.
DARK KNIGHTS AND DARK DAYS
We DC fans waited so
long for this Justice League preview movie, and yet, if the next
movie is going to
get the Dark Knight treatment, it will be very disappointing.
There should be color. I'm not asking for Dick Tracy but
the source material is comic books! There really should
be more color. Otherwise all the costumes look the
same. In the dark, fighting, you really didn't notice ANY
color in Wonder Woman's outfit. Compare the movie screenshot to the Photoshopped
Wonder Woman costume below it (which I found online, by the way,
so at least one other person wanted more color).
The film has nice message about loving
your mommy, and blah blah blah. A few of us die-hard DC fans sat and
waited until after all the credits, hoping for a teaser for the next
film, and got nothing. As we ambled out amid disappointed
mumbling, someone piped up "This isn't Marvel."
That sums it up. Dark days ahead.
Kick Ass Women: Support the
Artemis Film Festival
March 24, 2016
You have a few hours
left to show
what a Kick
Ass Woman you
They ask that
you take a
selfie with a
sign that says
helps, so please
give if you can.
like Stunt Women
You can donate
Follow them on
Deadpool ♥ Happy St. Valentine's
February 11, 2016
stars Ryan Reynolds.
He owns the role
it's hard to
else could. From
love sick puppy,
smart ass, the
action is as
fast as the one
movie is wildly
with so many
scenes that I
found my self
shaking my head
The very funny
part of a really
the best thing
I've seen in a
really set the
tone for the
don't get what
makes an Action
Movie, an action
about even one
that we enjoy
the HELL out of
them, and can't
I laughed all
the way through.
Criminal: Old School Actors/Old School Action
February 11, 2016
stars Kevin Coster, Tommy Lee
Gary Oldham, plus
and Gal Gadot—all
actors who have
done some really
great roles in
have been better
with this cast,
it's a no fail
as 2nd Unit
list of movies
to his credit!
He's 2nd Unit
The Dark Knight
Season of the
and more . . . )
and I think it's
going to pack a
Frankly, I'm a
little tired of
bring on real
tough guys (at
The script is
(aka Douglas S.
he passed away
at just 56 in
wrote the screen
no more), and
skills of a
man who "was "in
out of prison
more than half
his life, [a man
who]'s got no
[and] has a
total lack of
anything. [A man
awaken such a
violent man to
such a natural
after 3 Days to
the heart of
what makes an
Action Movie, an
Action Movie is
a hero who's on
If you didn't
see 3 Days to
Kill, I suggest
Look for it in
April 15, 2016
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi When Grown Men Cry*
Michael Bay and Benghazi: What a
story, what a movie!
a good thing,
after all, he is
actor's performance is
Even with as
little as we
know of the
attached in a
very short time.
story" is so
there were many
love of America,
you can't help
but feel the
those in command
who sat and
watched and did
of the few time
I've not hated
the true story.)
Here are three of the six
heroes, and an interview
that drives the
Warriors Project—a worthy cause to support.
After such tremendous
bravery, what do these heroes get? From their site: Shadow Warriors Project
(SWP) is a
foundation dedicated to the support of private military
security contractors, conducting paramilitary security
operations in some of the world's most dangerous areas. It is
the only charity of its kind. Although the private security
contractor has served in the military he is considered a
civilian and does not receive the same support offered to
injured active military or veterans. SWP serves the
private contractor by offering financial support through
heartfelt donations. By easing the load of these injured
warriors it allows them to focus on healing, as an individual as
well as the family unit.
SWP supports those families who are dealing with the
financial hardships now facing them by lifting the burden of
the load so that these families can focus on healing mind,
body, and spirit.
The individuals receiving
support from the SWP are special operatives
that were hired either through the CIA or via private security
companies. These people are in need of assistance because there
is no post-engagement support for them on their return to the
U.S. like there is for military veterans. These operatives may
have been killed or wounded, and SWP's goal is to serve as a
support system to them and/or their family. The individual
financial assistance will be for medical bills, PTSD treatment,
and other family therapies. We also want to provide education
to the public about who these warriors are, and support events
that bring the Shadow Warriors and their family members
together for events and fundraisers.
Get Ready for Star Wars
Jeremy Marinasas shows mad skillz on
Furious Seven says good bye
Motion Pictures holding
WOMEN IN ACTION Film
Festival April 24-26,
Spartacus doesn't 'cock' it up
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Action Movie Essentials
trailer is up!
Portrait of Bravery