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I am an Action Movie Freak

ME
I'm Helen Gynell. I'm a Graphic Designer. I live in Miami, and I #StandUpForStunts (sign the petition).  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  Things get outdated, etc.
 

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: ripley@actionmoviefreak.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 Action 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!

 Horror Movie Freak book cover   Action Movie Freak book cover

 

Speaking of Action Movie Lists, AllOuttaBubbleGum.com used to do an annual Top 100 Action Movies (The 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 still show your support for them at any time. 
 

HOBBIES
I like to run (outside) and I love barbeque (Carolina mostly #itsallaboutthesides). I'm a Dixophile, creative, 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: AllOuttaBubbleGum.com @AllOuttaBG, The Action Elite @ActionElite, Action Academy @ActionFix, Action Movie Fanatix @ActionFanatix),and Artemis Film Festival @Artemis_FF.

Yes, I spend too much time on Social Media (sadly, I am single): Facebook | twitter @actionmoviefrea @HelenGynell | tumblr | Pinterest @haplessromantic | instagram @actionmoviefreakdotcom. (I'm on 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 . . .

Oscar selfie Action Movie version

Expendables plus one

Photoshopped The Rock the day he tweeted me twice


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.

    Payback action movie magazine issue 1 April 2014      Payback action movie magazine issue 2 June 2014      Payback action movie magazine issue 3 October 2014


 

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 lol.

 

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.



SITES I USE

 

            

 

 

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 muscles
  • "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 Kingsman)
  • Female Bond as main character, men as "meaningless pursuits"