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The GOOD
Action Movies

Oorah!

16 Blocks
2 Fast 2 Furious
2 Guns
3 Days to Kill
300
48 Hours
Above The Law
Act of Valor

Alex Cross
Alien

Aliens
Alien Resurrection
Bad Boys
Bad Boys II
Battleship
Beverly Hills Cop
Black Dog
Black Hawk Down
Blade Runner (not "Action")
Born To Fight
Braveheart
Broken Arrow
Bullet to the Head
Casino Royale

Centurion
Charity Hurts
City of Industry
Clear and Present Danger
Cobra
COLOMBiANA
Commando
Conan The Barbarian
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Death Race 2000
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard: With A Vengeance
Dirty Harry
District B13
Domino
Dragon Eyes
El Gringo
Enter The Dragon
Excalibur (not "Action")
Face/Off
Fantastic Four
Fast & Furious
Fast Five
Fast 6
Faster

Final Destination 2
First Blood
G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra
Gladiator
Hard to Kill
Haywire
Heat
(1986)
Heat (1995)
Hero
Hobo With A Shotgun
Homefront
Hot Fuzz
Hulk
Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the
Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom
I, Robot
Ironclad
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
Jackie Chan's First Strike
Jason and The Argonauts
Jurassic Park
Kill Bill: Vol 1
Killtro
King Kong (1976)
King Kong
(2005)
Kiss of the Dragon
Kung Fu Hustle
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Let the Bullets Fly
Live Free or Die Hard
Lone Survivor
LOTR: The Fellowship of The Ring
LOTR: The Two Towers
LOTR: The Return of The King
Mad Max
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mandrill
Man On Fire
Marked For Death
Men In Black
Men in Black II
Men In Black 3
Merantau
Midnight Run
Minority Report
Mirageman
Mission: Impossible
Mission: Impossible II
Mission: Impossible III
Mission: Impossible -
Ghost Protocol
Money Train
Need for Speed
Ninja Assassin
Non-Stop
On Deadly Ground
Ong-bak
Ong bak 2
Ong Bak 3
Out for Justice
Parker
Patriot Games
Pitch Black
Point Blank
Point of No Return
Predator
Predators

Quantum of Solace
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo III
Rambo
Ride Along
Robocop
Romancing The Stone
Romeo Must Die
Rumble in The Bronx
Runaway
Rush Hour
Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 3
Sabotage
Skyfall
Sinners and Saints
Sharky's Machine
Smokey and The Bandit
Snitch
Solomon Kane

Speed
Starship Troopers
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek: The Voyage Home
Star Wars: Episode IV
- A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V
 - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI
- Return of The Jedi
Star Wars: Episode I
- The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II
- Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III
- Revenge of the Sith
Stick
Superman
Superman Returns
Takers
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator Salvation
The A-Team

The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Chronicles of Riddick
The Dark Knight Rises
The Expendables
The Expendables 2
The Fast and The Furious
The Fast and The Furious:
Tokyo Drift
The Fugitive
The Gauntlet
The Good, The Bad, The Weird
The Heat
The Hurt Locker
The Last Stand
The Legend of Drunken Master
The Long Kiss Goodnight
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Matrix

The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Mummy
The Mummy Returns
The Mummy: Tomb of the
Dragon Emperor
The Professional
The Punisher
The Rock
The Rundown
The Terminator
The Transporter
The Warrior's Way
They Live
Thor
Thor: The Dark World
To Live and Die in L.A.
Total Recall (1990)
Transformers
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transporter 2
Transporter 3
Tron
True Lies
Under Siege
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing
 Un
disputed III: Redemption
Universal Soldier
Universal Soldier: The Return
Universal Soldier: Regeneration
Walking Tall
Wanted
World War Z
Wu Xia
X-Men
X-Men 2
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

What elements make a GOOD Action Movie?

»At least one BIG, beefy, good looking HERO . . .
 


 

(male or female). They can be a one-man force of destruction, or lead a group of other big, beefy types. No girly men or wimpy chicks!  (You know you're big when you make Arnold look average. Here's Joe Manganiello and Arnold in Sabotage coming out on March 28th.)

. . . Who's on the Right Side Whatever side they're on is the right side. Even when they're 'bad' they're not really bad, or there are worse people the Hero's fighting. Action Movies that deliver the most satisfying experience do so when there are lessons to be taught.

. . . With Skills Whatever the movie's about, it usually comes down to mano a mano, but the more things our hHero's proficient at, the better. We want to be impressed that they knows how to use any weapon with accuracy, and how to operate any vehicle. Examples: Ripley operating the powerloader in Aliens, and the total BAD ASS Johnny Strong in Sinners & Saints who shows how important it is to be able to shoot with accuracy.


VIDEO OF CASINO ROYALE CONSTRUCTION SITE




. . . Who Makes a BIG DOG Entrance One of my favorite aspects of the Hero is the BIG DOG Entrance. It can seem naturally dramatic like Indiana Jones' face moving from shade to sunlight in the intro of Raiders, or staged to great effect like Morpheus' introduction with lightning and thunder in The Matrix. It can also be understated yet breathtaking like the very female shot of the edge of Ripley's sleeping face becoming the planet's surface in Aliens. You know it when you see it, and there's no doubt who's in charge. Best of the best: Dutch smoking a cigar in a red shirt, getting off the helicopter last in Predator.

»Explosions and Vehicle Chases
With vehicle chases, a mayhem factor is a plus. The more public property destroyed, the more pedestrians nearly run over, landmarks knocked down, buildings driven through, and the more vehicles totaled along the way, the more we like it. "[We] feel the need for speed." High-Speed Chases are almost their own Action Movie Subgenre, but fast cars aren't the only things we want to see in a chase. Example: One of the best 007 chases is Pierce Brosnan smashing a tank through St. Petersburg in GoldenEye.

Another is the Terminator 3 chase scene.


VIDEO OF TERMINATOR 3 CHASE


Explosions are required. Blow shit up! I would say that's why we love Rambo movies so much—50% Stallone, 50% explosions.


INSANELY AWESOME VIDEO COMPILATION OF RAMBO MOVIE EXPLOSIONS


 

»Boy Toys
• Gadgets 
We don't mind if our Hero has a little help when it has a cool factor. Who didn't love the sessions Bond had with "Q"?!  From a homing pill to Little Nellie to the fully-loaded Aston Martin DB5, nothing is what it seems:
pens, watch, shoes, sunglasses. It's the closest thing to magic, the most fun use of technology, and even more ways to kill!  (List of Bond Movie Gadgets  Example: Exploding chewing gum from Mission: Impossible. And how cool was the hallway illusion in Ghost Protocol!?

• Weapons
Another thing we love about Action Movies is the use of the latest weapons. The stuff that doesn't belong on the streets: No-limit firepower to decimate the bad guys like  The Expendables AA12.  And we'll take quantity over quality so our Hero never runs out of weapons like the fully loaded walking arsenals Neo and Trinity are in The Matrix (Who needs to reload?), or the hilariously over-prepared Tackleberry or Rosewood (Police Academy and Beverly Hills Cop).

• Vehicles
Anything with the Wow-I-wish-I-had-that! factor. Examples: The GTO from XXX or any James Bond car. Blurring the line between reality and fantasy, tricked-out machines help our Hero do more. Start with a car, but we want to see yachts, planes, tanks, spaceships, submarines, helicopters, semis, motorcycles, or you name it. If it moves, mount weapons on it, and let's go!

»A High Killcount
Bad men dying in lots of different ways. Oh yeah, we count. The  more different ways people die in the film, the better we like it. In Rambo, he kills 81! (Here's AllOuttaBubbleGum.com's @Kain424's Rambo killcount from their YouTube channel with the same name.)

»The Gnarly Kill  
Beyond painful, it makes every an Action Movie Freak squirm just a little. We like lots of ordinary kills, but there's got to be at least one that makes the audience exclaim in appreciation. Example: Rambo III's exploding 'piρata'.

»Trash Talking
Gotta have it! Even with all of the above, the Hero's got to rub it in somebody's face. Confidence is good but Cockiness is better. He's good, he knows it, and you're gonna hear about it. Example: Any Steven Seagal movie.  Even more fun is when they talk trash to build up the Hero's Bad-Ass Reputation. The more other characters talk about and fear the Hero, the more fun it is when he finally throws down. Example: R. Lee Ermey's speech before Seagal marches in and blows the place to hell in On Deadly Ground. If the movie's great but nobody's face got rubbed in it, we leave the theater feeling slightly unsatisfied.

»Camaraderie and Dominance
Appreciation and respect from other guys while being the Big Dog, the Alpha Male, the Captain of the Team. Let's be real, guys have a dog mentality and love being in a pack. They need that bonding. If there's a group of big guys, and we're not sure which one is the real star or the Hero of the movie, that's a problem. The movie won't be nearly as good. Example: Even with a cast as great as the one in The Expendables, you know who's the star.
With women, there can be only one Baddest Bitch.

»A Whiner 
Part of the camaraderie and dominance is the contrast of the Hero with The Whiner.  Heroism highlighted by cowardice. Example:  There is no better, or more-loved portrayal of a whiner than Bill Paxton as Private Hudson in Aliens.

and most important of all. . . .

»The RUSH!!
A really GOOD Action Movie must make you leave the theater feeling PUMPED UP!  That's what we go for.

 

With all that in mind, here are a few of The BEST Action Movies . . .
 

The GOOD Action Movies

James BOND Movies
For decades, our once-yearly Action injection. The British bad ass with every resource the U.K. had to offer. The ordinary man as super hero. With training, you too could don an impeccably tailored suit, jump into a pimped-out foreign sports car, and leave a trail of dead bodies and broken hearts in your pursuit of evil bent on world domination.  The highest possible stakes always hooked us. Save the world, James!

Licensed to kill. There's a concept. The ultimate weapon, the various incarnations of the character reflected the times. The latest, Daniel Craig, used free running in the intro to Casino Royale. Finally, a Bond who seemed physically lethal. LOVED loved loved that the guy was the 'bikini babe' for once. The girl on the horse seemed tame compared to James emerging from the ocean like Ursula Andress did in Dr. No.

There are so many great Bond movies—each of them enjoyable for different reasons.
• Skyfall
• Casino Royale
• Quantum of Solace
• Live and Let Die
• GoldenEye
• Goldfinger . . . it's hard to stop listing them. As popular a franchise as Action may ever have. The formula for these movies encompasses all the aspects of the GOOD Action movie, and we waited each year with great anticipation for the new car, the latest gadgets, and Bond's cheesy one liner. An Action Movie Subgenre all its own!

Skyfall was fantastic! And "Bond 24" and "Bond 25" are listed on IMDB.

The RAMBO Series
I'd BE Rambo if I could be. Okay I'm too afraid to be Rambo, but if I was Rambo, I wouldn't be afraid of anything. He's not just a soldier, he's an army. 3 words: wall of mud. He's so capable and skilled that weapons seem like toys or accessories. It's more than a little sad that he's a Vietnam vet having a hard time in a reality that doesn't involve killing . . . 

"When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing."
 

We Action Movie Freaks are a blood thirsty lot. We want someone to push him just to watch all hell break loose. STALLONE!  (Seriously—That's a sentence.)

All the movies are great but Rambo III holds a special place in my heart.
• First Blood
• Rambo: First Blood Part II
• Rambo III
• Rambo, and woo-hoo! . . .
• Rambo V  Nope, he changed his mind. Maybe he'll change it back again . . . ?

Never underestimate the appeal of blowing shit up!

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I was being considered to do the ACTION MOVIE FREAK book, but the deal fell through. They went with Katrina Hill, the Action Flick Chick, who, I am sure, did a stellar job.  I submitted this cover on the left, and I was flattered to see that she ended up with something very similar.  Speaks to the power of RAMBO!  Be sure to order a copy, they make great gifts!

Horror Movie Freak is good too!



Star Wars cast

The STAR WARS Series
I doooo love the Action/Sci-fi combo. It's so Saturday-afternoon-matinee good! The first, first line I ever learned:  "Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness!"

• Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  Nobody's cooler than Darth Vader. Maybe some day something will come along, won't that be exciting!

• Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  The Death Star and Imperial Walkers have to be on everyone's list of favorites. They were/are just breathtaking. 

• Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  Ewoks—not so much. 

• Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace  Everyone hated Jar Jar Binks.

• Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones  Loved Watto! and Yoda the mother-fucking bad ass with a light saber! At the midnight showing (the night before release) that I went to, the moment he whipped out his light saber and started fighting got the biggest crowd reaction of anything in the movie.

• Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith  The movie that brought the story full circle. It was great to see what came before but I think the performance of Hayden Christensen hurt the movie. I didn't care for Natalie Portman in her role either.  They're amazingly beautiful but both came off as not experienced enough for their roles and  had no chemistry.  Hate on me for that if you must.

The Disney news . . . no comment. Will wait and see. There are stories about movies on young Han Solo and  Boba Fett. You know everyone will go see them.

Raiders of the Lost Ark golden idol scene

Mola Ram toy from Indiana Jones and The Temple of DoomThe INDIANA JONES Quadrilogy

The
Bible of Adventure, Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4. 


• Raiders of the Lost Ark 
• Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom 
• Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade  and 
• Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


The ALIEN Phenomenon
Aaaah, the Action-Adventure / Sci-Fi / Horror Combo Meal!  Intergalactic Size! Tasty. As good as Alien was, Aliens proved a sequel can be better.

However, Alien³ disappointed us all (weren't you secretly hoping some how the crew in Aliens would come back to life—that is was all just a nightmare?).

Alien Resurrection grew on me. Hated it at first but love it now, and it deserves special attention.  How cool is it that Sigourney Weaver actually made that basketball shot?!

• Alien
• Aliens
• Alien³
• Alien: Resurrection
• Alien vs. Predator
• Prometheus

I think the popularity of the series can be attributed in large part to our incredible fear of the creature. It spawned a ridiculous amount of spin-offs as if we would never tire of it.  Finally Ridley Scott said no more, and went in a different creature direction with Prometheus.  After seeing it, I am still undecided about it being an "Alien" movie without the Alien. I'll have to see it again. I suspect our biggest fear, deep down, is something human-like . . . The good news is Prometheus sure opened the door for lots more to come. Whether it will be any good remains to be seen. I was not happy with Prometheus, but then it wasn't Action.

The DIE HARD Series
What a great series! The first is the best (but the 4th is a close second) and features probably the most-popular action movie quote.

"Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs . . . "  LOL okay, not that one, I know.  This one:

"Yippee-ki-yay Mother Fucker!"

John McClane's cowboy cop antics personify the American Hero spirit. He's determined, resourceful, and recklessly fearless. At times you wonder whether he just believes in himself that completely, or whether he's just going for it, living in the moment and making it up as he goes along. The main reason we like this character so much is that he's the average man, and that makes us all feel like we could be heroes if we were in his shoes (or bare feet).  Hes' everyone's favorite SUPER COP (one of my Action Movie subgenress).

• Die Hard
• Die Hard 2
(aka "Die Harder")
• Die Hard: With A Vengeance
• Live Free or Die Hard
  
but not . . .
• A Good Day to Die Hard


The Matrix movie Morpheus and Neo fight scene


The MATRIX Trilogy
The first one was a masterpiece and should stand alone. A perfect movie.

The second and third, while welcome and really good, never surpassed the first.
• The Matrixred pill and blue pill from The Matrix movie
• The Matrix Reloaded
• The Matrix Revolutions

Arnold as the Terminator

The TERMINATOR Quadrilogy
It doesn't get much more Bad Ass than this:  After the semi chasing the motorcycle crashes in the aqueduct, the T-2 emerges through the flames. As one audience member in my showing screamed out in amazement and appreciation. . . "Unscathed!"

These movies have it all. An Horror/Sci-fi/Action trinity, they opened a can of our worst fears:  Killer robots, a nuclear apocalypse, the end of civilization, dominance by machines, and various unkillable terminators masquerading as human. The guns and machines alone are cool, but add Arnold and it's action movie history. And surprise, surprise, the sequels just kept getting better and better. :20 minutes in to T3 and I felt like I already had double the ticket's price worth of entertainment. Terminator Salvation didn't quite measure up, but it had tremendous shoes to fill.  I still bought it and watched it several times.

• The Terminator
• Terminator 2
• Terminator 3
• Terminator Salvation

Nicolas Cage's star on the Hollywood Walk of FameThe ROCK
"Welcome to The Rock!" Starring Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris, Michael Biehn, David Morse, William Forsyth, John ("Dr. Cox") McGinley, Danny Nucci, and more. This movie is WAY underrated. It has it all!
. . . and, Nicholas Cage's delivery is as entertaining as it gets. Like so many action movies that followed, it's filmed in San Francisco (even better on Alcatraz Island).

• The Rock Bruckheimer's best blockbuster! Although some might argue for Bad Boys 2.  Bad Boys 3 looks like a go!

The DIRTY HARRY Series
Often (so often) imitated, but never equaled. The wise-ass, big-gun, no-bullshit movie hero we all wish we could be, but don't have Clint's attitude to pull off.  I never get tired of watching him chew on that hot dog while walking and shooting.  Can't a guy even grab a quick lunch?  "Nobody, I mean nobody, puts ketchup on a hot dog."  (And, forgive me, Mr. Schwarzenegger, but it was a hot dog, not a hamburger.) 

• Dirty Harry
• Magnum Force
• Sudden Impact
• The Enforcer
• Welcome to the Jungle (Yes, that's Jim Carrey doing Clint Eastwood  . . . )


The STAR TREK Movies
About as inconsistently good or bad as the Batman movies. Loved the 2nd movie, and the 4th, but none of the others until 2009's tribute to the original TV Series that delivered everything you loved the original show for.

Wrath of Khan owes much of its appeal to  Moby Dick and to Ricardo Montalaban (sadly, every time I hear his name I hear "soft Corinthian leather"). 

 

My picks: 
• Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
• Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
• Star Trek

Lucky The Hobbit fans got to see the first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness, coming out on May 17, 2013.

X-Men movie charactersThe X-MEN Series
The Mutant idea is so cool . . . someday we may mutate into superheroes. It's so easy to identify with being on the outside of society—when you're a teenager, you sometimes feel like a mutant. The whole series owes a great deal of its appeal to the comic books, of course, but Hugh Jackman's intensity and the special effects are the bulk of it for me.

• X-Men:  X2
• X-Men: The Last Stand
• X-Men Origins: Wolverine
• X-Men First Class
• The Wolverine
 

The Wolverine is in theatres now, don't miss it!

The CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK Series
That's right: "Richard B. Riddick, convicted felon, murderer." The bad guy as good guy.

"You made 3 mistakes . . ."
One of the most quotable series ever.

And an airborne, spinning, double-bladed decapitation!  What a fight scene!! If you're not overly impressed, then give Vin Diesel the credit for making it look possible.  I'd love to know the fight choreographer who came up with that!  That whole prisoners, guards, and "them" fight scene is as good as it gets.

• Pitch Black
• The Chronicles of Riddick

• Animated: The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

• Riddick did not go to the Underverse, so what was the point?!

 

cast from Predator

PREDATOR and PREDATORS
They're really big men with really big guns, and they're scared—what chance do you have?

"RUN!! GO! Get to the chopper!"
"Get to da chappaaaa!"
"Bill-lee get me a way outta dis hohl"

Pred-da-ta has got to be one of the best-ever Arnold-accent movies! So quotable, so cool. It doesn't get any better than this! The MUSIC!!! The creature—Stan Winston's genius (RIP) "If it bleeds, we can kill it." Apparently only Arnold can.

"We move. Five-meter spread. No sound."

• Predator
• Predators
took us Back to the Jungle! 

There were rumors about a Predators sequel from Robert Rodriguez but nothing lately.

Iron Man Movies
The culmination of so many years of wanting to see our comic book heroes onscreen. In The Avengers, when they all formed a circle in the street to work together as a team it was like the joy of reading comics just jumped off the pages and came to life!  The Avengers movie really delivered in every way. The Hulk was the star of the show, but the movie came off as 'Iron Man 3' because Robert Downey, Jr. really held his own among all the super heroes. 

• Iron Man
• Iron Man 2
• Iron Man 3

 

The Avengers Movies
The culmination of so many years of wanting to see our comic book heroes onscreen. In The Avengers, when they all formed a circle in the street to work together as a team it was like the joy of reading comics just jumped off the pages and came to life!  The Avengers movie really delivered in every way. The Hulk was the star of the show, but the movie came off as 'Iron Man 3' because Robert Downey, Jr. really held his own among all the super heroes. 

• Thor
• Captain America: The First Avenger
• The Avengers
• Thor: The Dark World
• The Avengers 2
(2015)

 

300 movies
A beautifully stylized look at ancient warfare and a moving portrayal of a mythical battle, 300 is a  love affair with the male form and athleticism: graceful strength and a pageant of Death. This movie celebrates the stuff the legend was made of: A last-stand fight of raw power, and dying with honor  despite being impossibly outnumbered (plus holy shitness on the killing and violence level!). 

• 300
• 300: Rise of an Empire
(7 Mar 2014)charge of the 300

 

Starship Troopers tatoos

Dizzy aka Isabel Flores from RoughnecksSTARSHIP TROOPERS
The oh-so-pretty Casper Van Dien, and my favorite female character "'Dizzy' Flores". A great movie followed by Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles an addicting CGI TV series with a killer intro. (Sadly, Starship Troopers 2 should have just been a play, not an Action/Adventure/Horror movie, and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder was released straight to DVD.)

• Starship Troopers

Transporter the movie stunt

The TRANSPORTER Triology 
Luc Besson is so awesome. He not only wrote this series, he also wrote:
(1990) La Femme Nikita (also the Director)
(1993) Point of No Return (kick-ass remake of La Femme Nikita)
(1994) Leon: The Professional (also the Director)
(1997) The Fifth Element (also the Director)
(1998) Taxi
(2000) Taxi 2 [and the "scenario" for Taxi 3 (2003) and Taxi 4 (2007)]
(2002) The Transporter (writing credit shared with Robert Mark Kamen)
(2004) District B13
(2008) Taken
(2011) Colombiana (directed by Transporter 3's Director Olivier Megaton)
And that's just the stuff I've seen.  He really got the French to the top of the Action game, and hit it out of the park with this everyman's Bond, James Bond. "Rule Number 2: No Names." Yeah, he's too cool for that shit.  (All real stunt, too, in the first one! Impressive!!)  Directors Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen have lots of fun with this. Love Besson's mix of Comedy with Action. Out of everyone I know, he seems to 'get' the Action fan best.  He knows what we want and delivers, never leaving out the cheese. Gotta have the cheese! Rub their face in it.  He also wrote Lockout (2012), which looked like it would be exactly the kind of movie Action Movie Freaks were hungry for, but it disappointed. I think if it had an Actor with more muscles and more attitude, and there was a bit more to getting the girl out, it might have satisfied. 

The Transporter series never disappoint and I've watched them over and over and still do. 

• The Transporter
• Transporter 2
• Transporter 3

A TV Show was made but it hasn't been released here yet.

Ninja Assassin Rain does a flip

NINJA ASSASSIN
A virtuoso performance by Jong Ji-hoon aka "Rain" as "Raizo".  One of the most intense opening scenes ever, the blood-splatter title set the tone on this freight train to injury. Raizo takes a beating and then some. Seems as much about what he can take as what he can dish out, but you have to dish more to win, and does he! A full sampling of fighting skills and weapons are on display. I just kept thinking "One wrong move and something or someone's getting sliced for real. The ending/fight scene features fire as a character in breathtaking shot after breathtaking shot. Rain, Yuen Woo Ping, and 87eleven set the bar really high with this one.

• Ninja Assassin

Excalibur cherry blossoms scene of knights riding to O FortunaEXCALIBUR
Like beauty seen only in dreams! The scenery, the armor, the actors/characters, the colors of the sky, the sense of mystery and the mystical. Of course, a truly great story to begin with, but what a vision of it. The knights on horses thundering through the alee of cherry blossoms to "O Fortuna" was pure magic . . . as in the charm of making "Anαl nathrach, orth’ bhαis’s bethad, do chιl dιnmha" uh-huh. Well, that clears it up. Sounds like ah nal nahd drrrach ooothbas bethood dockiel tienveh to me. This movie is the stuff childhood fantasies are made of.  It enchants every time I watch it. Nicol Williamson as Merlin steals the show. Love narrated movies. They have a more personal, I'm-telling-you-a-story feeling. And: gory battle scenes! (nothing was as good for me until Braveheart).

• Excalibur

Robocop movie poster ROBOCOP Series
Nice legs! It seemed like people thought of Robocop as a 'cute little movie' but it has become a cult classic. People LOVE it. As recently as Cop Out, Tracy Morgan used a line from it as part of his hilarious homage ("hommidge") scenes.

Part of it must be our fascination with robots and machines, and maybe the popularity of the robot dance (kidding) because the way he moves is a big part of the appeal. The rest must be his total UNSTOPPABILITY! He's the kind of cop cops need to be. Shoot at him, it won't do you any good. There's a sense of humor to the whole thing, especially when the bigger machine gets taken out. The biggest part of why we loved him was (of course) the machine's humanity—It's still the cop who died under there, and he remembers who killed him. Peter Weller has a great face for this and an awesome voice. His voice adds as much to it as Harrison Ford's narration does to Blade Runner. The movie didn't take itself too seriously and that's why it worked. They were having fun, we were having fun. It was one of those campy cool '80s movies like Runaway starring Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons. For sheer action, it's still fun to watch on a Saturday afternoon.

It helps that it was directed by Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall and Starship Troopers). "Dead or alive, you're coming with me!"

Joel Kinnaman is going to play RoboCop in a remake due out on St. Valentine's Day 2014.  In the meantime, they are making a Robocop statue in Detroit (I contributed). 

• Robocop 1987)
• RoboCop
(12 Feb 2014)

When a glimpse of the new armor came out, there were a lot of fans who did not like it.  Not robot-y enough I suspect. Too Batman-ish? But then . . . they showed that they are going to have the original armor too. THAT is so important. The movie looks like they really know ACTION and I can't wait.  LOVE the robotic walk. Hope they blow shit up!! They have a great cast with Gary Olman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, which should make it a notch above.

Fast and Furious cars take off

The FAST & The FURIOUS Series
The Car Chase/Race series with the best cars, and a Skankapalooza.

"Muscle beats Import, every time."  

These movies are just so much fun.  The cast is great, and now that The Rock has joined the ensemble, it's not going away. 

Watching Fast Five at midnight on Thursday with a Miami crowd was one of the most fun movie-going experiences I've ever had.  The crowd was so into the whole movie, but cheered the most for Tego Calederon and Don Omar.  Nowhere else in North America is the crowd so appreciative of the reggaeton element. This article does a good job of explaining it.

• The Fast and The Furious
• 2 Fast 2 Furious
• The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift
• Fast & Furious
• Fast Five

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Transformers movie Scorponok comes out of the sandTRANSFORMERS Series
Transformers kicked ass!  When Scorponok comes out of the sand . . . and when Barricade gets a running start and transforms into the police car in mid-air it's worth the whole movie! The Autobots vs. Decepticons thing is great, and in the movie you know everyone was just waiting to see the Deceptions. The bad guys are definitely the cooler machines. After watching the original Transformers cartoon series, I became the BIGGEST fan of the sequel "Beast Wars"! Optimus Prime, Megatron (the best evil sarcastic bad-ass ever), Waspenator, Rat Trap, Scorponok, Dinobot . . . Maximals versus Predacons. Doubt it would make as good a movie series though.  (Everyone hated the second Transformers. How bad was it? This bad.)  Like a defibrillator to the chest  Transformers: Dark of the Moon recharged 3D, and how!  Eye-popping 3D scene after eye-popping 3D scene.  All Michael Bay needs now is a script as good as The Rock was.

• Transformers
• Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
•
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Blade Runner movie L.A. street scene

BLADE RUNNER
I know, I know, it's not "Action" but it's so good, so influential . . . A movie so impressive, poetic, and visually stunning, there could not be a follow-up. The absolute coolest look and sets for its time and for a long time after. Entering the theater to enter another world was never more satisfying than seeing this movie on the big screen. We were totally transported to an alien society and futuristic culture of clones and cops. The big argument about this movie is whether Harrison Ford's character knows he's a replicant or not. I think it's clear when Gaff leaves Deckard the origami unicorn, he's telling him he is, and this is why Deckard runs away with Rachel.  What this life might be like for them and how much time they have, are questions we kind of don't want answered (no sequel) because it parallels our own fear of death. We are all replicants because we don't know when our time will end, or when our memories will be washed away "like tears in the rain".

A complete story (not an installment); a work of art that does, and should (no remakes!), stand alone.

• Blade Runner

This article about the Blade Runner sequel Ridley Scott is planning that says the lead will be female (yay!).

Jason and the Argonauts skeletons

JASON and the ARGONAUTS
For its time (1963), this movie had so many cool special effects that it still holds up today.  For me it was all about the skeletons. This movie (plus Bruce Lee and "kung fu" movies, "The Bridge On The River Kwai", and "Force 10 From Navarrone", and where do I stop. . . ) probably started my love of Action Movies.  The action is freakily good (and awesomely timed) considering a lot of it is stop motion.  If you've never seen it, I have no doubt you'll love it. It's the kind of Saturday afternoon movie that kept you inside when it wasn't raining. Yesterday's Clash of the Titans.

• Jason and The Argonauts

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