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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE!
PLANE: Starting out 2023 with a BANG!
No, I don't care about Avatar 2. THIS is the kind of movie I have been waiting to see. Anything Gerard [Jerrid] Butler I'm down for, but I am also a fan of Mike Colter who was INCREDIBLE in Black and Blue. If you didn't watch it, see it just for his performance. I really should have added him to the Action Figures (for his physique alone but . . .) after he was Luke Cage, but I've fixed that now.
According to Wikipedia, the movie was filmed in Puerto Rico so the scenery should be beautiful and I am sure the storm-torn U.S. territory could use the revenue. Collider has all there is to know about the movie, but all I need to know (besides GB) is it's rated "R". Always a good sign for violence. The article mentions (French) Director Jean-François Richet, who directed Blood Father (Mel Gibson) and won an award for his 1995 debut film. The story comes from an "upcoming" novel The Plane, and was an original pitch by the (co) Writer Charles Cumming.
Philip Sledge from Cinemablend.com begins with "Plane Has Fallen." LOL Someone had to say it. In Deadline's Hero Nation podcast appearance by Mike Colter he says (@21:22) the movie "is at its core an action film, but what's really going to make the film work is the relationship between Gerard's character and my character and how that develops and what happens during the film." That's a good sign. As action-packed as it is, we still want character development and you need to make us care. So maybe, it's a Buddy movie.
Watch Now: Excellent Action
This movie is a hilarious 'shorthand' of speed dating and is, entertainingly, long on action. I really enjoyed watching it, more so the second time to further appreciate the direction, the sound, the acting (compliments to the cast), how it plays out, and how the ending is a commentary on the whole speed-dating process (kudos to the writing), bringing it neatly around full circle. The gun play is good, there's close-quarters fighting, and a knife fight. The title includes "Part 1" so we can look forward to more to come!
Writer/Director Jean-Paul Ly (from his IMDb bio) aka "JP" or "JPL" is an award-winning action actor based in London, from Chinese and Cambodian descent. He's also a critically acclaimed action designer, notably on Jailbreak (Best Action Feature winner at 2017 Fantasia Film Fest) and on British action comedy feature Nightshooters (nominated at 2018 Raindance for Best UK Feature). He directed his first 23 min. film, The Division - PoC in 2018. Check out his Action Reel and his Acting Reel. In this movie, he does quadruple duty as a co-Action Director (and he is also an Executive Producer).
Speed Dating has excellent production value, as you can tell by the extensive credits from YouTube, below. The star, Eloise Lovell Anderson can 'handle herself' and exudes a natural intensity. From her IMDb bio: "Eloise is a keen and strong martial artist. She trains Muay Kickboxing, Escrima (Philippine Martial Art) and handles a number of weapons and she does her own stunts." We are drawn in to the character's life and left wanting to see more. Across the board, the cast is very entertaining, doing a great deal with snippets of on-camera time.
Eloise Lovell Anderson, Michael Kodi Farrow, Rob Locke, Mia Foo, Daniel Larkai, Phoebe Rodrigues, Laurent Plancel, Michael Lagin, Ben Mars, Alex Childs, Hunter Christensen, Joe Warner, Axel Nu, Leonardo Bertolini, Rena, Asher Green, Ailis Smith, Sim Cardita, Natasha Pring
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Section 8 out today
in Limited Release and on
What a cast! Scott Adkins, Ryan Kwanten, Dolph Lundgren, Dermot Mulroney, and Mickey Rourke. Writer Chad Law's (and Josh Ridgway's) latest Action movie Section 8 is directed by Christian Sesma and opens today as a limited release in AMC theaters in Chicago, New York, Glendale, and Rogers MN, and Royal Oak MI. It's also available on AMC+.
The trailer kicks ass! AMC+ has a 7-day free trail, so whadda you waiting for? Mr. Lundgren, Mr. Law, and Mr. Adkins are Executive Producers, so lend your support and they can keep making more Action Movies. Here's the trailer, and please keep reading below . . .
From the opening credits—they sounded and looked like they were inspired by the computer terminal buzzing and beeping in Alien—I really enjoyed it. The violence is so satisfying. The dialogue is great, with lots of funny moments. Ryan Kwanten is very convincing in this; something about him that I can't put my finger on reminds me of Tommy Lee Jones. He's very every man, but at the same time, believable, as the Super Soldier the gang bangers wished they never messed with. He's equal parts sorrow and anger, but a lean, mean, killing machine.
The film is heavy on nudity like a throwback to 80s action, so there's an obligatory strip club scene, plus lots of boobs and buttcheeks if that floats your boat. What floats mine is that a fight with Scott Adkins almost certainly involves air time. He can throw a punch, but he can also launch a knee, or raise his foot to your throat. As much hand-to-hand fighting as went on in this film, and much of it intense, it pales to a throwdown with Mr. Adkins. Just look how airborne is. Reminds me of the "aerobatic insanity" comment about Ethan Hunt in MI:2 (@1:06:50).
Sequel + Spin-Off Announced for The Gray Man
LinkedIn News appeared in my feed that "Netflix's $200 million 'The Gray Man,' its most expensive movie to date, has quickly ascended the streamer's global Top 10 list as subscribers watched more than 88 million hours in its debut weekend. While that's far behind opening numbers for 2021's 'Red Notice' (149 million hours) and 'Don't Look Up' (111 million hours), it's still good enough that a sequel and spinoff already are in the works for the Ryan Gosling action [movie]. The news is a welcome counterpoint to the nearly 1 million subscribers Netflix lost in its second quarter." Tech Crunch quoted the Russo Brothers saying "always intended for 'The Gray Man' to be part of an expanded universe."
The Gray Man: Jack Gill Delivers Relentless Action
What's all the negative fuss about The Gray Man?! I just don't get why people are hating on it. Sometimes I think some people wait for what 'important' critics think and just hop on. If you can't see for your self that this has everything you're looking for in an Action Movie, get a grip.
It's . . . edge-of-your-seat highest-bullet-count-ever more-explosions most-property-destroyed insane-chases big-guns-you've-never-seen-before bet-Tom-Cruise-AND-Michael-Bay-loved-it . . . F-ING AWESOME! I would call it a major achievement in stuntwork and visual effects. I thought it was non-stop excitement. In one word, the action is "relentless" Everyone in it is great. I loved the writing. Seriously, it was super exciting and so satisfying. Don't listen to naysayers, it just might blow your mind. Read how it satisfies ALL my Action Movie Essentials.
The WOMAN King trailer . . . goosebumps . . .!
Coming to theaters September 16, 2022! SYNOPSIS: "The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of "General Nanisca" (Oscar-winner Viola Davis) as she inspires the King to take on the enemies determined to violate their honor and destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for . . .."
The movie is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer and director of the widely acclaimed feature "Love & Basketball" that premiered at Sundance in 2000. Gina is a UCLA Film School graduate. She also was a member of UCLA's track and field team, qualifying for the Pac-10 Championships in the triple jump. From her IMDb bio—She is the first Black woman to direct a superhero film, "The Old Guard," based on the celebrated graphic novel by Greg Rucka for Skydance and Netflix. It premiered on July 10, 2020 to record ratings, and was the 6th most popular Netflix film of all-time.
Gina also directed the pilot for the ABC limited event series "Women of the Movement," about Mamie and Emmett Till. , releasing theatrically September of 2022. She is proud to fund a scholarship for African American students in UCLA's film program. (SOURCE: IMDb) | Follow @womankingmovie on instagram.
The movie stars:
PREY Movie Poster: Genius Graphic Design!
This is an incredible poster. A seemingly simple design, and yet . . . overall, the clashing color palette (red, blue-purple, lime-green/chartreuse) is so vibrant it reminds us of the first movie's thermal images. The halo of the blue-purple light source behind him could be the moon (danger is more intense in the dark) or it might be light from a spaceship—like there is danger ahead and behind him. The wispy tendrils of his hair in the light suggests the wind or motion suddenly halted.
Obviously, he's being targeted by the Predator's shoulder cannon, aka the plasmacaster, by the three red dots on his forehead. Two of the dots have triangles of red light 'pointing' to them. The third brings your attention to what might be human blood (red) and a spot of the green alien blood. The red concentric circles of the target framing his face also bring your focus to his red eyes where the silhouette of a Predator replaces the pupils (genius), and the red target rings obscure his true eye color. Also, we can see the pinpoint of red from the Predator's weapon in place of where the pupil highlight would normally be (more genius).
Next, the diagonal black streak across his forehead seems like he has been torn open to reveal the night sky and stars, echoed in the war paint across the bridge of his nose (talk about genius!). The red target circles also bring our focus down to his lips. The fact that the yellow-green of the Predator's blood has splattered on his neck and chin, and is reflected in his hair and under his nose frame the mouth. More 'stars' pour from his lips and down his chin, as warpaint, to the green line that leads you to the movie title. The fact that they wrote the word "Prey" in blood seems to suggest not necessarily that the Predator marked him as Prey, but by using green blood hints of a turnaround or reckoning from the universe. He picked the wrong rec room . . .
The liquidity of his eyes conveys so much emotion, it screams "DANGER" like a deer in the headlights, as well as his lips being slightly open (can't you hear his gasp?). The whole thing seems like it captures an instant. It can be fear, sadness, acceptance, and yet, it could also be defiance, strength (of one man and of the universe), bravery (what seems to be the rachis or shaft of a feather marks him as a "Brave"). This poster alone tells a story. Kudos to the artist, Chris Barnes (@BRUTALPosters)! He has taken this cool idea/original version WAY beyond . . . They should adopt the new one.
Release date on Hulu, August 5, 2022.
Day Shift: JJ Perry
Stakes a New Kind of Vampire Movie
There's nothing more exciting than practical stunts. This new
Netflix Action Movie Directed by JJ Perry (his
directorial debut and the 2nd Unit Director directorial debut of
Justin Yu, at center above) stars Jamie Foxx,
Scott Adkins, Snopp Dogg,
and Steve Howey—you know him, the douchey-yet-hilarious
"Marcus" from Something Borrowed, a movie worth watching
even just for John Krasinski who steals the show . . .
Well Marcus, got a serious upgrade . . . (that's Steve Howey to the right of Scott Adkins, Dave Franco, and Jamie Foxx).
You know anything JJ Perry does will be legit action-packed. The movie's trailer was shared by Larnell Stovall on Facebook, that's an amazing endorsement and so is having Chad Stahelski praise your work. JJ was honored at the last ActionFest (in 2012) as Fight Coordinator of the Year and he was on hand to accept. Chuck Norris said "nobody deserves it more." Can't beat that!
This Action Movie will be coming to Netflix on August 12, 2022, and . . . is "Rated R for strong violence and gore, and language"! #bringtheaction The IMDb Plot reads: A hard-working, blue-collar dad just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted 8-year-old daughter. His mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires."
About JJ Perry | Filmography
Born in 1967 in Stamford, Texas (west of Dallas/Fort Worth, 2010 population 3,124), JJ Perry (Jordan Andrew Perry aka "Loco") started his martial arts training at age 7 in 1975. From his Wikipedia Bio: JJ is a 5th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 2nd-degree in Hapkido, and has experience with all kinds of weapons. He got his black belt for Tae Kwon Do at the age of 12 and competed until he was 24. He was a two-time National Junior Olympian and a Texas state champion.
From the first LIFE OF ACTION volume by Mike Fury, JJ says: "Martial Arts has always been my life and I wouldn't be anything like I am today without it. [M]e and my friends were always huge film fans so we'd play fight all the time and put together little fight scenes. In competition you train to hit as hard as you can and in practicing what is essentially choreography, you train to not hit someone, so it kind of fell right into place. "
From kungfumovieguide.com: "His titles made him eligible for a programme in the US Army, and in 1985, he signed up as part of the 82nd Airborne Corps. Stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. JJ continued to compete in taekwondo while in the Army, becoming a two-time All-Army Champion and later becoming part of the US 1990 Olympic Taekwondo team. He travelled to Korea and trained before eventually leaving the army in 1989 and moving to California."
Besides weapons and martial arts, JJ is also skilled at riding bikes, rodeo, and he does weight lifting. He was the co-founder of Taekwondo West martial arts schools with locations in Inglewood and Venice, California. JJ speaks English, Hebrew, Korean, and Spanish.
On fight choreography, JJ shares (again,
from LIFE OF ACTION, which I highly recommend and which now has
Love this shot of Scott Adkins and Jamie Foxx. In case you missed it, check out Scott's "The Art of Action" episode 8 with JJ Perry (video below). What an incredible career! Truly, he was a part of way too many cool movies to list. He tells lots of stories, including some from The Rundown. Also, Scott praises the "violence and viciousness" of JJ's (and Larnell Stovall's) fight choreography.
Black Adam Trailer Opens a Can of Whop Ass
This has been a long time coming. It was first announced way back in September 2014, but The Rock was interested since November 2007, according to Wikipedia). The Rock has done SO MUCH since then, and yet, it still seems like a natural progression. He was meant for a role like this, and we've all been waiting for him to done a Superhero costume.
Prey New Predator
Movie Comes to Disney+ 8/5
Super interested in the fact that the central character is a woman. I'd watch if I had Disney+ but I'm not paying for it. The only way this works is if they make us care about the central character so we root for her. In response to the question "Why do want to hunt?" She replies "Because you all think that I can't." She also says that she is "ready". So bring it on, lets see what skills she has. Really loved the "Boy Scout shit" from the original movie, so maybe—considering the timeline is in the past—that will feature prominently and it should be interesting to see how she fares against a 'superior' hunter. "It knows how to hunt. I know how to survive." "Whatever did this, I can kill it."
Plot: "The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth." Naru is played by Amber Midthunder. She's described as Native American (Lakota and Assiniboine), European, Spanish, and Asian, but she play a Comanche.
Love the idea that it's set in a time where everyone needed survival and hunting skills. The tomahawk on a rope is bad ass. Also, they show a row of young Indian men. Comanches had a rite of passage for 15-16 year old boys—Wikipedia excerpt:
Looks like there are some trappers in the movie as well. Hoping for LOTS of Gnarly Kills! It's the holy trinity of Action, Horror, and Sci-Fi. #bringtheaction
Tom Cruise Master Class Cannes 2022
Tom Cruise is incredible in myriad ways. This fascinating and informative conversation showcases his passion for film. Love that Maverick is doing so well in the Box Office. Can't wait to see it tomorrow! He really should have received an Oscar for Magnolia! There's nobody like him. What a career, what a life! I could transcribe the whole thing but here are the quotes I love most.
That is the biggest draw for me in movies. The worlds that are created. Take Oblivion, for example, or Live Die Repeat. He does this even with Mission: Impossible because of the team and the places they go. It feels like he's bringing us along.
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning
- Part One Teaser
Appears at CinemaCon
ambuLAnce Equal Parts
Chase and Crazy
From the kamikazi drone footage to the color-assault thermals to
the intensely gritty flavor of L.A. to Lorne Balfe's
hard-hitting score, this IS an ACTION MOVIE.
Essentially about one
man's desperation to find the funds for his wife's surgery, we
meet his crazy 2nd generation bank-robber brother and find out
he's no longer rich but still crazy. A Heist-gone-wrong chase ensues . . .
In this hilarious promotional video Jake Gyllenhaal reveals that he looked to Michael Bay's energy to create the intensity his character "Danny" needed. With what's at stake, we root for Yayah Abdul-Mateen II's character "Will" as Michael Bay shoots what seems to be a full-length Chase movie. (Michael Bay says it's a Heist movie @7:03 but there's too little on the planning of the heist and, for me, the heist is just the set-up not the meat.) The pace and the tension are heightened by a jarring Terminator-esque and musical score. An hour and a half in, I was exhausted (in a good way) and not just because of the action; a lot of that was owing to the music. It was gratifying that when I looked up the musical score to find Lorne Balf, he was the one who did the score to Terminator: Genisys! In this interview (@7:11), Balf says that's the tricky thing about a movie's theme music "either hits you, or it doesn't." In this movie, it definitely 'hits'. How great that even the score hits hard. Parts of it sounded like a racing sonogram heart beat. It was definitely not the typical bold orchestral feel of the action-blockbuster-series movies (until a little bit at the end). That music, and in so many other ways, it reminded me of The Rock (1996), the 2-dimensional characters for comic relief, but especially the style of the script. They even quote the movie.
There's a lot packed into this Action Movie and no shortage of Boy Toys (as one would expect with Michael Bay). The technology brought in splashes of color with thermal vision, like an periodic assault to the eyeballs. It made a nice contrast with all the black and white from the police cars, and there were SO MANY police cars! I heard "200" at one point. This might be the first movie where I thought there should be a police-car crash count. There were black and whites, blacks, and white-on-whites—all Dodge Challengers or Chargers. Never seen white-on-white police cars before. Apparently it's called "ghost graphics" (this car is a Columbia, SC police car). That looked bad ass. Check out the particulars of all the vehicles at Internet Movie Cars Database IMCDb.
Between the two police "R.V.s" (to quote Die Hard, but you knew that), the color assault thermals, the "Triggerfish" tech, and all the guns, we were already over the top when we get to the tricked-out lowriders (especially the armed 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe). If you love cars, you'll love this movie. The cop cars fall like dominoes! Grand Theft Auto came to mind.
This was the first time I heard of "Triggerfish" (Great name because IRL trigger fish bite hard!). From Wikipedia + Arstechnica: Triggerfish is the tracking of a cellphone by a mobile FBI van (wireless intercept and tracking team) that seeks to locate a cellphone lacking GPS tracking by scanning for its emissions. They are able to intercept a cell phone call by a man-in-the-middle attack if the option is enabled and the user makes or receives a call. Triggerfish can be deployed without the user knowing about it, and without involving the cellphone provider. That may be significant because the legal rulings requiring law enforcement to meet a high "probable cause" standard before acquiring cell location records have, thus far, pertained to requests for information from providers, pursuant to statutes such as the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and the Stored Communications Act—so this circumvents that.
Other notable Police moments included the S.I.S. chatter (SIS stands for the Special Investigation Section, the real-life tactical surveillance unit of the LAPD) about having a strategy that was part "chess match and cage fight." But don't take yourselves too seriously. LOL
The characters were 2-dimensional in the
best way—we're not here for Drama—and yet, it was super
dramatic and full of emotion. Gritty L.A. streets and alleys and endless
freeways helped to wind up the action. At times it felt,
intentionally, like a maze. The traffic, the gridlock, the sense
that everyone is always on the move there lent to the humor in
the line "Guys, are we on a tour of L.A., or can we get to a
hospital?" It was most definitely a tour of L.A. A little
Live and Die in L.A. with the wrong-way freeway scene, and
it had to have the obligatory L.A. aqueduct chase (like Terminator 2). It really felt
like Bay was making an homage to T2 when the 2 helicopters gave
chase while Danny shot at them while hanging out the window. I
can't say it matched the intensity but the graffiti with the
eyeballs . . . WOW! It also felt a little like
Speed. What they all have in common was intensity, and
they never let up. COLOR ME IMPRESSED Michael Bay's use of color in this movie as bright as the
6 Underground, and it made me see what his palette is . . . FIREPOWER Internet Movie Firearms Database has the
low down on all the weapons in this movie but the one that stood
out the most was Danny's. It's a Troy M7A1 PDW.
it's just the barrel of the gun, maybe it was the intensity of
the character (owing to Jake Gyllenhaal's acting skills) and/or
the intensity of the plot, but this is a scary-looking gun. "Michael Bay DRIVES toward to the energy of the scene." Gyllenhaal
said. He really took that to heart. THE SENSEI In the tradition of
Sylvester Stallone and
Action Movies, this movie has Michael Bay taking on causes, like When Will is in custody but wounded, the callousness of
the police shows in that they don't immediately get him the
life-saving medical treatment he needs. Bay included a classic Seagal Action Movie moment similar to the pimp-through-the-windshield opening credits of
Out For Justice: DRONE DIRECTING and VR
COLOR ME IMPRESSED
Michael Bay's use of color in this movie as bright as the colors of 6 Underground, and it made me see what his palette is . . .
Internet Movie Firearms Database has the low down on all the weapons in this movie but the one that stood out the most was Danny's. It's a Troy M7A1 PDW. Maybe it's just the barrel of the gun, maybe it was the intensity of the character (owing to Jake Gyllenhaal's acting skills) and/or the intensity of the plot, but this is a scary-looking gun. "Michael Bay DRIVES toward to the energy of the scene." Gyllenhaal said. He really took that to heart.
In the tradition of Sylvester Stallone and Steven Seagal Action Movies, this movie has Michael Bay taking on causes, like
When Will is in custody but wounded, the callousness of the police shows in that they don't immediately get him the life-saving medical treatment he needs.
Bay included a classic Seagal Action Movie moment similar to the pimp-through-the-windshield opening credits of Out For Justice:
DRONE DIRECTING and VRHere's a look at the future of Action Movies. What's not possible anymore? Creatively, this is mind blowing. ALL the "crazy" comic book angles can come to life.
Some say the sign of a great movie is they end where they started . . . "Don't let go." In that way, the movie is more about a day in the life of Eiza González's character Cam Thompson. Her character drives a lot of scenes. Would be interesting to calculate if she has the second most screen time (I think Danny has the most for sure, but I could be wrong).
I think the thing I love most about Michael Bay is how much he loves Action Movies. If you're a Michael Bay super fan too, you'll enjoy this . . .
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The artwork is excellent . . . Here are some sample of the creative [HOT!] designs . . .
You can just tell that he has a great sense of design. The images are not crazy over-sized like everything seems to be these days. It's a passion project for him, so that's amazing too. Hope you like the shirts as much as I do!
Spiritwalker Korean Action
Movie Releases 4/12/22
The lead actor is the heartbreaker in the beautiful Korean Drama "Chocolate" (still on Netflix), Yoon Kye Sang. The plot summary reads "After waking up from a car crash unable to remember anything about this life, a man beings regaining consciousness in a new body every 12 hours. Now, he must piece together his identity, all while evading attacks from pursuing agents and dangerous criminals alike. But with no memory—and no allies—his time is running out." It seems a little Inception, a little Crank, and a little Long Kiss Goodnight, maybe even a little John Wick with the dark suit and gun skills. If it's anything like The Villainess, it's sure to pack a punch. I can't wait! I already pre-ordered the DVD!
From Wikipedia: "Yoon Kye-sang is a South Korean actor and singer. He began his career in 1999 as part of the K-pop boy band god, then left the group in 2004 and pursued an acting career. He made his acting debut in the film Flying Boys (watch here Part 1, Part 2), for which he won Best New Actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards."
Chad Law "Section Eight" Another Killer Action
2022 is off to a great start with this news! Writer Chad Law (#chadknowsaction) posted this poster for his latest movie (in post production/there are 4 more after this) "Section Eight." Tagline: "They Make a Killer Team." Starring . . . Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren, Dermot Mulroney (big fan), Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten, and Robert LaSardo (Robert has over 49 movie roles in the works for 2022!). Stay tuned to IMDb for a release date.
Storyline: "After avenging the murder of his family, a former soldier is sprung from prison and recruited by a shadowy government agency." Chad is writing with Josh Ridgway, and the Director is Christian Sesma. Judging by the poster, they are going to blow shit up!
Follow @Elmberry31Chad on twitter | @lawofchad on instagram What's it like to be a really cool action movie screenwriter? Find out more in this Action Flix.com interview with Chad by action super fan and blogger, John M. Jerva.
If you are craving great Action Movies
after a lean 2021, check out some of these other
Chad Law movies . . .
new year: Same as the old year?
Are there any true Action Movies to look forward to in 2022? There are! And lots of Comic Book Movies . . .
FIRST, the Action Movies:
►January 7 The 355 (PG-13 ACTION, THRILLER) I was tempted to hate on this but after seeing Ana de Armas in Bond 25, I think being beautiful and dressed in a feminine way does necessarily invalidate an action performance. As long as these women don't trip in heels, get their hair in their eyes, or lose a boob or something equally stupid and cliche, maybe they can pull it off as convincingly as Ana. That might sound hateful, especially coming from a woman, but I really REALLY want to see women in Action Movies more properly attired. Maybe it's just me . . . So we have Jessica Chastain (American), Lupida Nyong'o (British), Diane Kruger (German), Penélope Cruz (Colombian), and Bingbing Fan (Chinese) as the top agents from around the world. I like the back story of the "355"/no name. Won't it be interesting to see how these very competent agents play as 'incompetent' women. Careful. At least the screenplay had some female input.
►January 7 American Siege (R ACTION, THRILLER) Action Movie Freaks will see anything Bruce Willis is in. Despite complaining about Action Movies, he's still making them. "An ex-NYPD officer-turned-sheriff of a small rural Georgia town has to contend with a gang of thieves who have taken a wealthy doctor hostage." Looks like a version of Ransom "Give me back my son!" I'm down even though all the action will likely take place in the last 15 minutes.
►February 18 Uncharted (ACTION, ADVENTURE) Game movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland. So some fans are fussing about the casting. The movie is "a prequel to the games, starring Holland as a younger Drake, showing us details of how he came to meet and befriend Sully." I think it looks amazing and the action looks just like it does in the game. I love the casting and think they will make it great fun. Surprised to hear Led Zeppelin but love their music! AND . . . by the way "EXCLUSIVELY IN MOVIE THEATRES" so get your ass out and see it on the big screen where it should be seen.
►February 22 A Day to Die (ACTION, CRIME) Directed by Wes Miller and starring Bruce Willis, Frank Grillo, Leon Robinson, and Kevin Dillon (he's great!). "A disgraced parole officer is indebted to a local gang leader and forced to pull off a series of dangerous drug heists within 12 hours in order to: pay the $2M he owes, rescue his kidnapped pregnant wife, and settle a score with the city's corrupt police chief, who is working with the gang leader and double-crossed him years ago." Frank Grillo = Action :) Looks "gritty" and good. Hope the action is not sacrificed for the sake of the drama. Here are some behind the scenes shots:
►March 25 The Lost City (ACTION, ADVENTURE, COMEDY, ROMANCE) This is so Romancing the Stone! It looks kind of stupid but stupid can be really funny. If I laugh 'til I can't breathe once, that's all I am looking for. I love Sandra Bullock and I love Channing Tatum. The rest is gravy.
►March 25 Everything Everywhere All at Once (R ADVENTURE, COMEDY, SCI FI) What's this doing here with the Action Movies you ask. Michelle Yeoh. Watch the trailer and tell me you don't agree. She's killing it!
►April 8 AmbuLAnce (R ACTION, CRIME, DRAMA) Directed by MICHAEL BAY! #shutupandeatyourawesome
►April 8 Bullet Train (ACTION, THRILLER) Directed by David Leitch, and starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Michael Shannon, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Bad Bunny (!). Based on a bestselling novel of the same name by Japanese author Kõtarô Isaka, it is described as a dark, satirical thriller that follows the perilous train ride of five highly motivated assassins. This will hinge on great performances. I hope it's a great showcase for the talents of David Leitch and Brad Pitt. Be interesting to see how Sandra Bullock fits into this.
►April 22 The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (ACTION, COMEDY) Nicolas Cage!
►April 22 The Bad Guys (PG ACTION, ANIMATION, COMEDY) There is tons of Action in this movie. Looks like great fun.
►April 22 The Northman (ACTION, ADVENTURE, DRAMA) Everyone's talking about Alexander Skarsgard's already perfect physique. Anya Taylor-Joy is in this (The Queen's Gambit). She's so anime looking to me. And, she was born in MIAMI! (as exotic as this sounds, this is #soMIAMI "Anya was born in Miami, the youngest of six children. Her father is Scottish who was born in South America, and her mother is Spanish-English who was born in Zambia in Africa, to an English diplomat father and a Spanish mother from Barcelona."
►April 29 Memory (ACTION, THRILLER) Starring Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce, Ray Stevenson, Louis Mandylor, and Monica Bellucci. "An assassin-for-hire finds that he's become a target after he refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal organization. A remake of the 2003 Belgian film 'The Memory of a Killer'."
►May 27 Top Gun: Maverick (PG-13 ACTION, DRAMA) . . . TOM CRUISE The Movie Star, the Man! A sequel was inevitable. Everything Mr. Cruise does is quality so I know it will deliver.
►June 6 The Wrong Place (THRILLER) Bruce Willis movie. "A meth amphetamines cook hunts down the former Police chief of a small town in order to silence him before he can deliver eyewitness testimony against his family, but ultimately finds himself up against more than he had bargained for."
►June 10 Jurassic World Dominion (PG-13 ACTION, ADVENTURE, SCI FI) I guess we never tire of dinosaur movies. I even watched Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous on Netflix. "Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing and are joined by Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum, who reprise their roles as Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dr. Alan Grant, and Dr. Ian Malcolm." Aaaah, at last a return to sarcasm. Trash talking is one of my Action Movie Essentials!
►June 17 Buzz Lightyear (PG-13 ACTION, ADVENTURE, SCI FI) Surprisingly, the back story we didn't know we really wanted.
►September 30 Mission: Impossible 7 (ACTION, ADVENTURE, THRILLER) . . . more TOM CRUISE Mission: Impossible movies overtook Bond for me a few movies ago. Tom just gets it. He understands the assignment and always exceeds expectations. M:I 3 was even ahead of its time. The stunt work is always without equal. Gotta love it!!!
Comic Book Movies
►January 28 Morbius (PG-13 ACTION, ADVENTURE, DRAMA) Jared Leto. Enough said.
►March 4 The Batman (ACTION, CRIME, DRAMA, MYSTERY) What is there to say about YET ANOTHER Batman movie? Robert Pattinson's teeth look funny. He can't be worse than Christian Bale (not a fan). Here's an interesting Trivia notes from IMDb: "To prepare himself for the role, Robert Pattinson wanted to absorb as much of the characters legacy as possible and read loads of different Batman comics from different eras in the months before filming started." Commendable! And . . . "t was confirmed early on that Robert Pattinson signed a three picture deal, meaning this is to be the first film of a new Batman trilogy."
►May 6 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY) Directed by Sam Raimi
►July 8 Thor: Love and Thunder (ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY) From IMDb Trivia: "Chris Hemsworth, on his 8th time playing the character of Thor, achieved his biggest physique ever for this film—getting up to 231 pounds for the role. His longtime trainer, Luke Zocchi said, 'He is in phenomenal nick. He's the biggest he has ever been. He's the heaviest he's ever been.' This extent of musculature required Hemsworth to eat at least 8 times a day during the entire duration of filming just to maintain all the muscle mass he had acquired. " Oh yeah, he's jacked!
►July 29 Black Adam (ACTION, FANTASY, SCI FI) Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson! "Plot unknown. A spin-off from 'Shazam!' centering on the film's anti-hero." In this first look video, Pierce Brosnan says "Nothing compares to this."
►October 7 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One (ACTION, ADVENTURE, ANIMATION)
►November 4 The Flash (ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY)
►December 16 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY) Aquaman gets to be Jason Momoa again. And the suit is dark now :( SMH sigh . . .
87Eleven Action Design
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