Writing and Reviews – Denise Pasutti
Action Jackson! There’s no real reason for that, it’s just catchy (never seen the movie, never will). Anyway, here is the Action List. Please note, I will be doing a separate post for movies that I consider to be Action Sci-Fi, so there may be things missing and you might be saying: “WTF woman…where’s The Terminator.” And so forth. Patience, people, patience.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) & The Last Crusade (1989): The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Raiders of the Lost Ark is that theme music and just how cool archaeologists are. I’m serious about that. Indiana Jones traipsing around the world, fighting baddies and still being the noble good guy who gets the girl. The 3rd movie in the series was great with Sean Connery as Indy’s Dad. As far as I’m concerned, these are the only two movies in the series. The others, don’t count.
Casino Royale (2006): Bond. James Bond. The legendary spy has been around for many, many years and has undergone many makeovers by way of actors. Daniel Craig as the smooth talking, ass kicking agent from MI6 is by far my favourite incarnation. Sean Connery is a close second. I used to watch the Bond movies when I was younger with my Dad when they would repeatedly be showing on one of the movie channels. I remember For Your Eyes Only and A View To A Kill the most. I think Craig’s version of Bond is the most action packed and he gets beatings as good as he gives. Plus, he wears that suit really well.
Red (2010): I’m a sucker for Karl Urban and I really liked his dead pan, nearly emotionless performance in this movie (of course he shows a soft side later in the flick). This is a fun movie with an amazing cast about retired spies and what happens when they are forced back into action. Not particulary poignant but still entertaining. Also stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker.
Plunkett & Macleane (1999): Who and who? I don’t know many people who have seen this gem but I highly recommend it. Set in 18th Century England, Plunkett is an alchemist and theif and Macleane is a gambling, whoring, gentleman. The two team up to rob the rich and keep the money for themselves. This is a great flick and stars Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Liv Tyler.
Honourable Mention: Die Hard (1988) yippee ki yay motherf***er ; Taken (2008) I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want; The Grey (2011) Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I’ll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day. Review: https://dawningcreates.com/2012/06/18/the-grey-review/