I am an
Action Movie Freak
I'm Helen Gynell. I'm a
Graphic Designer. I live in Miami, and I #StandUpForStunts
I am an imperfect
Christian, Bahamian (not American) by birth and citizenship, and
a Radical Feminist (my agenda is to see more
physically strong, properly attired women in Action Movies). My
dream is to write the roles I want to see. I am currently a
Scriptwriting student at "The U" (returning in Fall 2017 to complete a degree that
was interrupted 20 years ago).
MEET THE TEAM
There is no "team" for this website (I sometimes get that
assumption), it's just me. One 57-year-old action movie super fan.
This website is a work in progress, a labor of love, my hobby.
There are many things 'wrong' with it. Mainly all the HMTL I know was
deprecated by HTML5, and I am working (my knowledge of code is like
crayons) to fix things like the videos not loading. Things get
OMISSIONS AND ERRORS
There are probably many things that should be
here but aren't (so many more Quotes to add). If your favorite star
or movie is not here, please
email me: email@example.com. Chances are it's a
just a goof on my
part. I always want to hear from anyone who likes/loves Action
Movies. I am adding new stuff all the time. The
Action Movie Subgenres project is
ongoing . . .
(Backstory on Subgenres: I did 4 days of work on making sample pages and Action
Movie subgenre lists for the Action Movie Freak book deal, but they
ended up hiring
Flick Chick Katrina Hill for the job, so there is no
affiliation between this website and
the book by the same name. But, I got the idea for the cool
subgenres section out of it, and a lot of inspiration about how to
expand the site. Being a Graphic Designer, I mocked up my cover
based on the
Horror Movie Freak version provided. Their final one is on
the right. Glad they went with Stallone!
Speaking of Action Movie Lists,
AllOuttaBubbleGum.com used to do an annual Top 100 Action
AOBG Action 100) inviting lots of Fellow Freaks to
participate, this is came in handy for TimeOut.com's "100
Best Action Movies of All Time" which I was honored to
participate in (some heady company:
List of Contributors).
SUPPORTING THOSE WHO DO
My greatest pleasure in working on the site is when people send me
stuff they want me to watch. I am as supportive as I
can be (I am not wealthy). I have posted many
things and promoted amateur/independent films and short films on
social media, etc. I am flattered to be asked to watch, and thrilled
to do so. I'm excited to be attending Year 3 of the
Artemis Women in
Action Film Festival in L.A. April 20-23, 2017. You can
show your support for them at any time.
I like to run (outside)
and I love barbeque (Carolina mostly #itsallaboutthesides). I'm a
I love wrestling, the Simpsons, and donuts.
I work Monday-Friday full time
doing Graphic Design + Web for (CCS
manages The U's supercomputer). I spend my free
time working on the site, watching Action Movies, reading about
Action Movies or talking about Action Movies on Facebook with some
super nice and incredibly talented ActionFest/TIFF folks, and the
real-deal Fellow Freaks:
The Action Elite
Action Movie Fanatix
Yes, I spend too much time on Social Media
(sadly, I am single):
| twitter @actionmoviefrea
@haplessromantic | instagram
reddit, but frankly, I don't geddit. It seem just like list
of links and too much scrolling through junk. As a Graphic Designer,
the look of it is to minimal for me. Like scrolling the index of a
catalog zzzz! )
I have fun with Photoshop . . .
PAYBACK action movie magazine "Celebrating the emergence of WOMEN in ACTION MOVIES"
I started an Action Movie mini magazine that I never have time to
work on . . . but am getting back to.
FOR THE FUTURE
I'd like to see Stuntmen, Stunt Coordinators, Fight
Coordinators, and Second Unit Directors get the Oscar recognition they
deserve! I wish that ALL Action Movies had outtakes, and, that
they showed who did the stunts (with real footage) at the end of the
movies showing the Stuntman(woman) and their names.
I wish I had a Search feature. I
wish I had more time for the
Calendar. I wish I didn't have to work and could work
on the site full time. I want to learn how to a Search (or if it's
even possible given the primitive state of my code and lack of
tagging). I was working on migrating the site to WordPress (so
far only 2 years moved over), but some WordPress sites I created
were been hacked, and this was a recent headline:
Thousands of Hacked Home Routers are Attacking WordPress sites.
So, that has cooled the idea somewhat and I am just focusing on the
original site. (I do not make money off the site. I've only
ever received $60 for writing one story and instantly regretted it
NO PAID ADS
The mini 'ads' you see in the footer are free, and are just things I
like, like the
Artemis Film Festival, and relatives.
MOVIES I WANT TO SEE
- Gears of War, already!
- Female Superheros not scantily clad
- Female Expendables/Predator, also not scantily
clad, also really NOT typically female, and with very big
- "Outland" with genders reversed
- Blade Runner prequels
- Female Buddy Cop movie where they are not
dumb or funny
- Full Metal Bitch from Rita's side
- James Bond Academy movie (not like
- Female Bond as main character, men as