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      Columbiana - Bourne with Boobs!

      Columbiana, from B-movie director Olivier Megaton, he who was responsible for the rather brash action movies Transporter 3 and Taken 2, a big clue to what you will get here. It's written and produced by Luc Besson and rather familiar to his previous work, effectively a mash up of Nikita and Leon. But don't let that you put you off even though it should. 10-year-old Cataleya (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses her mobster father and family gunned down in their Bogota home, rival drug lord Don Luis Sandoval (Beto Benites) sending his henchman to do the deed after a 'disagreement'. Her parents knew this day would come and have given her instructions to flee just as the door is kicked in, Cateleya escaping to the US Embassy and giving the CIA desk agent a small floppy disc of the breakdown of Sandoval's' illegal operation, her passport to America, which is granted. In Brooklyn she stays with her Uncle Emilio (Cliff Curtis) and Cataleya's grandmother (Ofelia Medina), Emilio a contract killer for the family business. But little Cataleya wants revenge and asks to be trained up to be like her uncle.We flash forward some 15-years to the present day and Cateleya Restrepo (Zoe Saldana) is the trained killer she always dreamed off and has 22 scalps to her name, Uncle Emilio assigning her the jobs, everything from pedophiles to tax fraudsters, corrupt cops to hit-men. But on the sly she has been taking out Don Luis cartel people that took out her family and slowly working her way up the tree to the big man himself, his operation now relocated to America by the C.I.A. for unknown reasons.Cataleya lives off the grid and her boyfriend Danny (Michael Vartan) none the wiser to her employment. But when Danny takes a loving photo of her on his cell phone while she is asleep she is suddenly on that grid and the FBI closing in, Special Agent James Ross (Lennie James) assigned to the case. And if the FBI knows her identity then so does the Columbian cartel, the body count quickly rising, using every skill she has to just stay head of the curve.When an action film gets a 27% approval rating from the critics and 67% from the audience you know they are being stuffy and the audience is correct. Not every film has to pass inspection. Sometimes its just fun to watch silly action movies with a sexy girl and some explosions, an apt description of Columbiana. The babe in question is Zoe Saldana, the blue chick in Avatar, wearing similar skin type kit here and I'm all for that. She is a sexy woman.It's a bit long and bloated at 108 minutes but enough kerosene and gun fire to keep it all racing it along. The director goes over the top with his shot cutting with a dizzying 20-30 frames a minute in the fight sequences, trying to be Paul Greengrass at times. Normally you do that to cover up the fact your action star is old and fat and can't do the kicks and jumps anymore (Steven Segal) and so you can blur in the stunt double. Matt Damon did all of the fight scenes in Bourne, why they were so real. It almost works here and why we have seen the girls take on Bourne style films with Salt (Angeline Jolie), Haywire and Hannah.The script isn't great but it does feel like the DVD is an overdubbed English version and this may have been originally shot in in a foreign language and so lost in translation.There is a lot of visual cliche to go with sexy Soldana squeezing through air ducts in latex catsuits or dispatching a crook with his own pet sharks the type of thing you will suffer.It doesn't shy away from being populists.But it's an above average B-Movie action flick with a decent budget and so you know what you are going to get. Some of these can be dreadful, like Taken 2. But, alas, every Hollywood producer will tell you - bad films make money because most people don't want to think at the movies and why you get pure escapism like Columbiana. Sadly for the studio its $40 million only yielded $60 million back and so the critics will be happy there is unlikely to be a sequel any day soon even though it set one up at the close.

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      Somtimes you just want to see things blow up, you don't need believable plot or characters, even a decent story, just big fat explosions and possibly doves flying in slow motion (God bless you Mr Woo). Welcome to the wonderful world of the action film. The following are my personal favourite action flicks, in no particular order. 1) Die Hard - The first and the best. What's worse than being trapped in a skyscraper by a bunch of terrorists? Being trapped with your shoes off, that's what! Bruce willis is fatastic as John McLane, a lone cop trapped in the Nakatomi building and trying, with little help from the outside, to overcome the terrorists. Has two or three great explosions, my favourite being the "bomb down the lift shaft". As with most good action films our hero also has a few good one liners - "Who's driving that car? Stevie Wonder?" "I promise I will never even think about going up in a tall building again" Great stuff. 2)Con Air - From the opening titles with Nic Cage learning Oragami in prison you just know this is going to be a quality action film. It has a great cast - Nic Cage, John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Malkovich and even Chief O'Brien from Star Trek. The plot is absurd - let's stick all our most vicious convicts on board one plane to take them to a new maximum security prison, Oh and let's stick this parolee on as well. the parolee being Cameron Poe (Cage) who just happens to be an ex US Ranger. You just know it isn't going to be a smooth trip and sure enough the prisoners seize control of the plane. Some great action, explosions and a breathtaking landing on the Las Vegas strip make Con air a fantastic romp. and of course it comes with the Jerry "kaboom" Bruckheimer seal of approval. 3) Face/Off - John Woo is the slow motion action king. It's official. If you took all the slow motion out of Woo's films
      they'd last about half an hour!! Face/Off is no exceptionand comes with his trademark dove shot. John Travolta is Sean archer, Nic Cage is Castor Troy. Archer has been hunting down Troy ever since he killed his son, putting visible strain on himself and his family. He finally cathes him and puts him in a coma, great he can finally get on with his life. But wait Troy has planted a deadly biological bomb and the only person who knows where it is is Castors brother Pollock Troy. What will they do? Simple Give Sean Archer Castor Troys face and send him to jail to prise the information from Pollock. But wait Castor has come out of his coma and taken on Sean Archer's identity!! fantastic romp. 4) The Matrix - More Sci-fi than your average action film, but this is no bad thing. This film oozes cool with long leather coates, wrap around sunglasses and sharp suits, not to mention the at the time, and now much copied, ground breaking special effects. This is the type of role Keanu should stick to, no acting just playing the "hero" with lots of fighting. Has one of the best actin sequences filmed when Neo and Trinity go to rescue Morpheus. "We need guns. Lots of guns" and the way they just discarded them when the ran ot of bullets he was right! 5)Mission Impossible II - Not a great film, but as an action film it's fantastic. Again Mr Woo at the helm and yes there are Doves! Tom Cruise returns to play Ethan Hunt in the second Mission Impossible instalment. Anthony Hopkins plays his boss "This is Mission Impossible Mr Hunt. Difficult should be a walk in the park" With John Woo we were sure to have some breathtaking action sequences and he doesn't dissapoint on this level - In particular the climatic confrontation between Dougrey Scott and Cruise is great - starting on the motorbikes and finishing with a fist fight on the beach. Sure the film is flawed and has a pretty fli
      msy plot, but for action it gets a 10 out of 10! 6)Broken Arrow - Another of Mr Woo's efforts with John Travolta , this time as the baddie "Deak" to Christian Slater's good guy "Riley". The two play Us Air Force pilots and buddies/rivals. When Travolta hijacks a stealth plane the two are flying and jettisons the nuclear payload, Slater is determined to track him down and stop him. Again being John Woo we have some wonderful OTT action sequences and some fine one liners - "Would you please stop firing at the thermo-nuclear device!" Travolta overacts wonderfully and seems to really enjoy playing the bad guy, while Christian Slater manages the action hero role well enough, throw in a couple of explosions and what more could you want. 7)Blade - Wesley Snipes plays Blade the Daywalker who is on a mition to avenge the death of his mother by wiping out all Vampires. He is not to be messed with and those who do (Vampires anyway) usually end up as a pile of ashes. Stephen Dorf is Deacon Frost a Vampire with a plan. He needs Blades blood to call forth La Magra, the blood god, and allow Vampires to rule the earth. The action is constant with some truly breathtaking fight sequnces, not much in the way of explosions but hey you can't have everything.... 8)Leathal Weapon - The first in a very succesful franchise and in my opinion still the best. Mel Gibson is Riggs, a cop on the edge. Danny Glover is Murtauh and he's too old for this sh*t. The classic odd couple pairing and it works extremely well (obviously or there wouldn't have been 3 sequels). Throw in a couple of great bad guys (Gary Busey in particular as Mr Joshua ("Where did you get him? Psychos R Us?")) and you have the perfect recipe for a great action film. If anyone out there hasn't seen this then go and watch it, right now! go on.... 9) Total Recall - Couldn'
      t have a list of my favoutite action films without at least on Arnie film in there. Very tempted to go for Commando but Total Recall just pips it. Arnie plays Douglas Quaid, a man who has recurring dreams about a trip to Mars, though he has never been. A trip to Rekall Inc seems like a good solution - they sell implanted memories so maybe they can help. But something goes horribly wrong and another personality emerges. He suddenly finds friends and strangers are trying to kill him, even his wife! Is he dreaming have Rekall Inc melted his mind? He soon finds out he is not the person he thought he was, and embarks on a journey to Mars, for real this time, to find out the truth. A bit more comples than your usual Arnie blast-em up and all the better for it I think, though it does have some good action sequences including an exploding head! 10) Air Force One - I love this film. It is totally cheesy an brilliant fun. Harrison ford is President Jim Marshall. Gary Oldman plays baddie Egor Korshunov who manages to hijack the presidents plane, Air Force One, with the president (who just happens to be ex soldier, how convenient!) and his family on board. Egor wants a Russian general relased from prison but he's going to have a hard time as Jim has just made a stirring speech on America's zero tolerance to terrorism. Jim manages to convince Egor and his crew that he escaped in the escape pod, while he is actually hiding on the plane. He then sets about trying to regain control of Air Force One. Harrison is great as the president and at one point utters one of the best one liners in recent cinema history - "Get off my plane!" Highly enjoyable and totally "God bless America". If you haven't had the pleasure I highly recommend this little gem. So there we go my fave action films (well today anyway!) the almost list: Charlies Angels Commando Alien f
      ranchise Blade II lots more.....

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        Action is not my preferred genre, but every so often I go looking for a good action film. The operative word here is ‘good’. There are loads of action films that have absolutely no sense of this word, which is such a waste. I can overlook slim plots, iffy dialogue, poor characterization, and any sense of realistic possibility, but you have to give me Something in return. Flashy effects, eyecandy (Mel Gibson is a prime example, but choices will vary with gender or tastes), a couple of good one-liners, or humor are all acceptable substitutes in an action film. All the better if you do try to make a good film that happens to go in the Action genre, but basically I am only looking for light entertainment with either some serious butt-kicking, cool explosions or wrecks. I usually go looking for an action flick when I am in a particularly violent mood, in case you were wondering. ~wicked grin~ That being said, I’ll get on with my list. So, in no particular order… THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT At last, a Female action role! I have to love this one, it’s in the bylaws or something. Besides, Geena Davis does an excellent job! She kicks major butt and has some great lines. Bad guys die in a variety of interesting ways, things blow up, and the humor is good. The plot? A smalltown woman lives happily with her young daughter and her amnesia until the past comes back to haunt her. Turns out she used to kill for the government and there are plenty of people who want her dead. Now if only she could remember why. Ah well, at least she remembers how to load her ammo, snap necks, and accurately throw those knives! If you have already seen this one and enjoyed Geena Davis in an action role, try Cutthroat Island. The only other films with a female in an action role that I can think of are those of the Alien series with Sigourney Weaver. THE MATRIX For action with a sci-fi flavor, I turn to The Mat
        rix. Lots of ammo, liberal amounts of butt-kicking at high speeds, cool effects, and a wicked soundtrack make for a great action flick. I love when the bomb goes off in the elevator and the doors come flying towards the screen. Keeanu makes some pretty respectable eyecandy too. The plot? Reality is being controlled by the Matrix and only the One, our foreordained hero, can set us free. Dark City wasn’t really an action film, but it did have a similar story, in case you are interested, but for more sci-fi action I would turn to Stargate, Time Cop, or Independence Day. BLADE The movie Popeye must have been ahead of its time, because it seems like turning comic books into films is Hollywood’s latest trend. Blade is one of my favorites out of all their efforts. It all revolves around vampires, so there’s a lot of blood, cool vamp killing techniques, and the fight scene between Blade and Frost is awesome. I love fight scenes that, for what ever reason, happen at high speeds or challenge gravity. Oh, the plot? Good halfbreed vampire versus powerhungry vampire bent on world domination. For more cool comic book action films you can always turn to Darkman, Batman, or X-men. SHANGHAI NOON Any Jackie Chan film is good if you are looking action. Lots of humor, something will either blow up or get destroyed in an interesting manner, and you are guaranteed some of the coolest stunts you are ever likely to see. My favorite from this film is when Jackie takes out the bad guys using only a rope and a horseshoe! It’s worth it just to see this scene, in my opinion. Jackie Chan is an amazing entertainer. Here, he teams up with the adorable Owen Wilson to kick some butt in Ol’ West. The plot? Save the princess and foil the bad guy. Hey, it’s an action film! Why are you even looking for a plot? Other Jackie Chan films include: Supercop, Rumble in the Bronx, and Rush Hour. CON-A
        IR This has got to be one of the most ridiculous plots ever. Filling a new maximum security prison, huh? Well, why not fill the plane with all the criminal masterminds you want to ship out, and throw in a few other convicts for good measure. Don’t worry, if anything Does go wrong, that ex-Green Beret who really shouldn’t have been convicted of murder in the first place will save the day. Yeah, that would happen! Doesn’t matter though, it still makes a great action flick. Lots of things blow up, a rippling Nick Cage, good humor, John Cusak (always easy on my eyes!), good one-liners, and I just love watching that plane skid down the road in Las Vegas! “Where are they going to land?!” somebody asks. “How do you feel about the blackjack tables?” John Cusak calmly replies. He he he! If you are looking for something even more unbelievable than this, I could only recommend the excellent (if campy) Army of Darkness. GOLDENEYE How can you talk about action and Not include a James Bond film? Pierce Brosnan has become my favorite Bond. He does not disappoint. More things blow up, lots of narrow escapes, great humor (“Don’t touch that! That’s my lunch!), some cool gadgets, interesting bad guys, and of course, Pierce Brosnan, combine for another great Bond film. The plot here is the same as it is for every Bond film. Some bizarre, twisted individual is up to no good and as soon as 007 can slip away from his latest conquest, we know he’ll stop them somehow. Judi Dench was brilliant as M. Alan Cummings was interesting as one of the minor bad guys, not an obvious choice to go up against the James Bond, after all, and I loved the cameo by Robbie Coltrane. Did anyone else spot Minnie Driver? For more action with Pierce try Livewire, Fourth Protocol, or Dante’s Peak. TOP GUN Talk about eyecandy! This film will go straight to
        your hips… you wish! Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise, and lots of Air force hotties for us ladies to drool (discreetly) over in this one. All explosions here are pretty distant, but there are lots of cool moves at high speeds in those jets. High speed dogfights are an acceptable substitute for explosions. On the surface, the story is about a brash young man who wants to fly the best jets at the highest speeds. Beneath all that, he finds love and inner peace. If you are looking for more military action, Three Kings has not only decent eyecandy, but a good attempt at a real plot! THE SAINT I can’t seem to mention Val Kilmer without thinking of this movie. Now, to me, Thief movies are really a category of their own and I do have a lot of favorites. I adore good thief movies. The Saint works as an action film though. You have cool gadgets, daring thefts, close calls, and yes, things blow up. This is all about that daring thief, that bold con-man with the heart of gold, Simon Templar. I have loved the Saint since watching television reruns late at night with Roger Moore! Here, Simon has to find a way to save his girl and his hard stolen fortune while coming up with a way to keep the powerful bad guys their backs for good. Well paced, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is actually a great showcase for the talented Val Kilmer. For more thiefly adventures try The Real McCoy, Getaway, 3,000 miles to Graceland, any of the Indiana Jones set, or Gone in 60 Seconds. ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES Ah, now my love of the legendary Robin Hood goes back even further than Simon Templar. I have loved this green clad hero since I was about four, and I used to con my friends into playing Robin Hood with me for years. I was always Robin, of course. Maid Marion just wasn’t enough of a swashbuckler for me. They did try to give her a little oomph in this one, but the only Maid Marion I have seen who really di
        d any justice to the role was one I saw just once and I can’t remember the actors in that one. This is a fun, action packed version though, and Alan Rickman as the Sheriff was outstanding. Good costuming, well cast, a couple of good fight scenes, two stunt shots with the bow, and yes indeed, things blow up. For more semi-historical mayhem try The Three Musketeers, Rob Roy, Braveheart, The Mask of Zorro, or The Scarlet Pimpernel. AIR FORCE ONE I think this is actually a pretty interesting premise for an action film. What would happen if the Air Force One were taken by terrorists? Well, I can’t imagine our current president doing much more than soiling his shorts, but Harrison Ford kicks some major butt. Cool gadgets worked into the President’s plane, good dialogue ~gasp~, a few twists, and some depth is added by Harrison Ford when he is forced to choose between capitulating to the terrorists, or watching his wife and daughter die. This is a great representation of the President America always seems to be looking for; Intelligent, decisive, compassionate, yet still able to kick butt and make military decisions. For more political action try Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, or Enemy of the State. So there you have it, ten of my favorite ways to vent vicariously when feeling violent. Hope you found something you liked even if you didn’t find something new. Now, just to prove myself wrong, here are two great action films were Nothing blows up! CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON A KNIGHT’S TALE Honorable Mentions: Fifth Element, Total Recall, the Lethal Weapon series, the Die Hard set, Predator, Red Dawn (good storyline), or the Terminator set.

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          There’s no such thing as an action film, only a James Bond film, as James Bond = action. So, in compiling my Top 10 Action movies of all time, what I am actually doing is compiling my Top 10 James Bond films of all time, and no easy task that is. So here goes, in the customary reverse order. 10. Live and Let Die (1973) – Roger Moore’s first outing as Bond is a confident affair, with an intriguing voodoo connection and a stunning Bond girl in the form of Jane Seymour as Solitaire. The stunts in this film are impressive, especially the boat chase sequence near the end of the film, and you either love or hate Sheriff J W Pepper – I love him! 9. Thunderball (1965) – Sean Connery nearing the end of his stint as Bond, in what many people consider to be a very fine film indeed, though for me the thought of defeating SPECTRE in yet another of their world domination plans is wearing a little thin now, and the large amount of underwater scenes prove a little heavy-going for me. Neither Adolpho Celi as the villain, nor Claudine Auger as the Bond girl, live up to expectations. 8. Goldeneye (1995) – Just as we thought the Bond franchise was dead, Remington Steele himself steps in to the role in the form of Pierce Brosnan, proving that he can match the rugged action man of Connery, the suave debonairness of Moore and the looks of Lazenby to be the definitive Bond. The plot is convoluted, and doesn’t quite hang together, with Sean Bean as the defective 006 Alec Trevalyan, but the stunt sequences are spot on, especially the amazing tank sequence. What an entrance! 7. For Your Eyes Only (1981) – Just as Moore was starting to look tired and old in Moonraker, comes a superb film, with a truly gritty plot involving a race against time to ensure the recovery of the British ATAC device, sunk in a submarine. Moore plays this almost straight, showing us he can actually ply an action part, and Carole Bouquet
          is without doubt the sexiest, dark, brooding Bond girl there has ever been. 6. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – Probably Moore’s finest hour as Bond, in large part due to the stunt-filled action-packed plot, concerning the stealing of British and Russian subs, leading to a combined effort from both countries to find out what has happened to them. Barbara Bach plays the role of Russian Bond girl with some suavity, and the villain is played with absolute relish by Curt Jurgens. However, the best parts have to go to Jaws, the steel-toothed giant, and that wonderful white Lotus Espirit. 5. Dr No (1962) – the film that started it all, and introduced Connery as a very young looking Bond. Not an inspiring story in itself, but elevated due to a number of wonderful movie memories: the dragon, the blind men, the entrance of Doctor No, his lair, and of course, Ursula Andress’ entrance from the ocean. 4. Goldfinger (1964) – Surely the most well known of Bond films, it has a wonderful villain in Gert Frobe as Goldfinger, and a Bond girl who exudes sexuality like no other Bond girl since (Honor Blackman as the aptly named Pussy Galore). Everyone remembers Odd Job’s steel rimmed bowler hat, but at the end of the day, the plot was weak, and doesn’t quite live up to the manacle of best Bond film. 3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – crap title, and a new Bond replacement for Connery – surely a failure? Not at all, Lazenby is very impressive in his only appearance as Bond (compare to Connery’s and Moore’s first efforts), and this film marks a new more human side to Bond, who is married to Diana Rigg at the end of the film, only to have her shot dead in his arms … Bond showing emotion? Absolutely, and it’s a great cinematic moment. Combine this with an intriguing plot involving the hypnosis of women to use them as human weapons of mass destruction, and Telly Savalas
          as a wonderfully quirky Blofeld, and you have a sure fire winner! 2. The Living Daylights (1987) – marking Timothy Dalton’s first (of only two) appearances as Bond, Dalton desperately wanted to portray Bond as a far more darker, ruthless character than Moore’s increasingly slapstick secret agent, this film not only bore an ultra-modern Cold War plot of a Russian plan to assassinate British spies, but also some superb stunt sequences that Dalton performed almost completely by himself. The opening ‘training mission’ sequence is incredible, and whilst Dalton’s second movie was a disaster, we can at least feel safe that Britain is being defended by this serious, dedicated, single-mined agent. 1. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – Not many people would choose this as the number 1 Bond film, but for me, Brosnan settles much more into the role of Bond, to combine all the best elements of the previous incumbents, with an ultra-modern plot of a communications baron wanting to elevate his position, and we have a Bond film returning to the great world domination plots of old, but with a no-SPECTRE-here freshness. Jonathan Pryce is delicious as the villain, and if we forget Teri Hatcher, and instead focus on Michelle Yeoh as the Bond girl, we have an equally delicious sex appeal, and some wonderful stunt sequences (the remote control BMW, the motor-bike sequence). It has all the ingredients that make Bond the definitive action film. So what are you waiting for? Go get the videos out and watch them all. With a vodka-martini. Shaken. Not stirred.

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            After sci-fi films my favourite genre must be action, and although I could probably list 10 sci-fi action films, but I'll try to keep it to action, through and through (but I can't help if some are set in the future!). So, in no particular order, here goes....... Commando -------- It's Arnie. It's violent. It's action at its best. Obviously as far as films go this isn't going to win any awards or change any lives, but as pure action films go it's one of the best (in my humble opinion). The plot is pretty bog standard involving the usual bad guy with hostage thing, but the final scene which has Arnie single handily taking on an island full of bad guys is pure brilliance. Unbelievable yes, but brilliant never-the-less. There's lots of guns, lots of shooting, lots of explosions; Just what I like in a movie! The Matrix ---------- While perhaps not being out and out action, the action scenes that there are in this film mean it gets its place here. I really am running out of things to say about the Matrix, as this is the third top ten listy thing of mine that it's been in, but this time I'll concentrate on the action side of things. The actions scenes in the Matrix are special, the tricks and techniques used were created for the film, and it's slow motion spinning camera tricks make it rather brilliant to watch! There are some pretty awesome fight scenes between Neo and the agents, as well as the time that they storm the building all guns blazing! For anyone who isn't sure, the plot goes along the lines of the lines of.......the world as we know it is false, a computer simulation known as the Matrix run by robots in the 23rd century to keep our brains active while they harvest us for energy! A group of humans, freed from the matrix fight to free the human race. A top film with some top action scenes! <
            br> Fight Club ---------- I love this film so much that I'd do my best to include it in any top ten list I do, but this time it fits pretty well. Again, it's not all out action, but it's pretty hectic throughout anyway. The plot is rather complex, and you wouldn't want me to spoil it for you if you haven't seen it yet, but I'll try to give a brief outline! Two guys, played by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton become disillusioned with modern life, and set up underground Fight Clubs. The fight clubs soon led to a life of crime, but more importantly a deeper plot involving the two main characters. A dark and deep film, which also contains some great action scenes! Die Hard Series --------------- John McLean (Bruce Willis) saves the day, three times! In the first film he single handily kills a tower block full of terrorists to save his wife. In the second film he single handily took on a gang of terrorists at an airport to rescue his wife, and in the third film he takes on a mad German in a rush around New York, this time to save people from dying (he's split up with his wife!). It truly is no brains action, but it's no brains action at its best. You've got plenty of guns, violence, blood, the odd explosion and even a cool car chase in the last film. The three films are all good, if you haven't seen them then you really should! Escape from NY/Escape From LA ----------------------------- Kurt Russel plays Snake Pliskin, an old school criminal in a futuristic and moral America. All criminals are banished from the country, to the penal colonies of New York and LA. The second film is a unashamed remake of the first, but they're both so good it doesn't matter. In both films Pliskin is set a challenge; Facing spending the rest of his life in the penal colony Pliskin is thrown a lifeline, he can attem
            pt a rescue (of the Presidents daughter) from the Island and in reward he is freed. So off he goes, with guns, gadgets and people to kill. Add in the usual one liners, a dark and dangerous setting and a few futuristic touches and you have two of my favourite movies to date! Aliens Series ------------- There have been 4 films in the Alien series, and while the latter films were perhaps not received as well, no one can deny the success of the first two films. Sigourney Weaver stars as Ripley in all the films, and she just seems fated never to get rid of the aliens! And lets just say the aliens aren't very friendly. They reproduce by laying eggs in your stomach which then hatch through your skin. Either that or they just kill you with their long tentacles. It's non stop action from start to finish, a bit creepy and scary to boot; Overall a great series films! Terminator 1/2 -------------- Arnie in his classic role as the Terminator. I couldn't decide which film was better, so I decided I'd put them together. In the future humanity creates AI, which then decides to take over from humanity. To this end it sends an android back in time to assassinate the mother of the leader of the human resistance in the future (confused yet?). That's the first film anyway, in which Arnie plays the Terminator (T800) trying to kill Sarah Connor. He is unsuccessful, so in the second film a new, better model, the T1000 is sent back to kill John Connor (he's the future leader) and this time Arnie is sent back by the humans to stop the T1000 (apparently the humans captured some androids). Of course, the plot is just an excuse for fights, guns, explosions and special effects galore! True Lies --------- Arnie makes in yet again, but this time in a standalone one off film. It may not have the good name of the other films, but it gets in here because I like it.
            The plot is again a little clichéd - terrorists have nuclear weapons, Arnie must stop them! This time however, there's a bit more to it. Arnie plays a secret government agent, and not even his own wife knows about his job. She thinks her husband is a boring business man, while really he's out being a spy! Some good fight scenes, but my favourite bit has to be when Arnie flies the harrier jump jet, followed by the totally unrealistic fight on the wing of the plane! Predator 1/2 ------------ Arnie again, well the first film at least! The second film may ditch Arnie, but it's still an action feast from start to finish. Basic plot is that there is a nasty invisible alien who doesn't seem too friendly! And they fight, and people get killed, and they're both good action films! Face Off -------- I wasn't sure as to what should grab the last spot here, there's the whole James Bond series, Indiana Jones, as well as MI:2 and countless Jean Claude Van Damme films, but out of them all I plumped for Face Off. Starring Nicholas Cage and John Travolta, this is a unique and original action movie. It gets rather complex as the to guys swap faces (long and complicated story!). It's directed by John Woo, so expect the same style of action as MI:2. Well worth watching! So there we go, it works out as a few more than 10 if I count in all the films here, and Arnie pops up a few more times than I'd thought he would, but overall, they're great films (well I think so anyway!).

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              This is the final part of my trilogy of top 10 movie opinions (or rather, me chickening out, and stating that I have 30 favourite movies). Last weeks ops, on Horror, and Sci-Fi, were far easier to select, as the category structure is so well defined. This is my 'Action' movie top 10, and before I start, I feel I need to clarify my definition of a good action movie (this is only a personal definition - it just means the films that fit the bill for me) Obviously, the movie has to be action packed, the more the better. There has to be some form of plot, but we are not talking Oscar winning screenplays, just a coherent story that holds it all together, and provides a bit of grip to the tale. No pointless sex scenes. In recent times, movies have tended to abandon the meaningless, and often rather embarrassing sex scenes that interrupt the action, and force a complete change to the tempo of the film. I agree that often there is a need for the audience to be aware that the leading couple have formed a bond, and will be prepared to die for one another, but this can be achieved by much more subtle means, rather than lazy direction. I have many times seen films at the cinema which have been ruined by friends whispering to me 'That would never have happened...', 'He's just fired 20 shots without reloading...', or 'That car would be undriveable after a landing like that...' Part of my cinema experience is down to suspension of belief, and if you want true life, watch the news. If you have to see an actor reload to be able to believe it, rather than assuming it was done in the split second whilst he was off camera, then you can only expect a reduced level of enjoyment. Finally, no Van Damme. How many times can an actor rely on three staples of performance - 1) the lame excuse for his accent; 2) A gratuitous butt in the moon light scene & 3) Yes, well done JC, you can do the splits, we were
              all impressed when you did it in Blood Sport, now stop it. He had two semi- decent efforts with Timecop, and Hard Target, but the man just makes me cringe. Anyway, this was supposed to be a top 10 list, so here goes... My top 10 action movies, in no particular order. Hard Boiled. This was the last movie made in Hong Kong by the acclaimed action director John Woo. In recent years, his few attempts to excel in Hollywood have had mixed results. Hard Target was a very old story, about rich people hunting the homeless for sport, and although competently made, was spoilt by the inclusion of Van Damme. Broken Arrow was an excellent film, but was capped by Face/Off (see later). Ignoring the rather embarrassing 'Blackjack' (with Dolph Lundgren), his latest effort - MI2 cemented his success as the worlds best. This movie eclipses all the above. The blistering pace, and grittiness of the whole movie, interspersed with some of the most complex gunplay ever to grace the screen make this one of the most exciting movies ever filmed. None of the stuntwork seems complicated, yet involves the actors so closely, you wonder how they survived the film. It is very easy to ignore either the dubbing or the subtitles, and just become engrossed. Chow-Yun Fat, who stars, won the award in America as the 'coolest man in the world' for 3 years running on the back of this film. I could have included The Killer, A Better Tomorrow I & II, or Just Heroes, all of which are HK films with the same director/lead actor, but that would have been obsessive. Total Film reviewed this with the tag-line 'More exciting than a dozen Die Hards' which sums it up perfectly. Die Hard. After mentioning that the above film was 12 times better than this - I am about to contradict myself immediately. This was a true genre defining movie. One man against the world etc. etc. For years, every action film
              made was dubbed 'Die Hard on a... ' whether it was a ship, train, scooter or whatever. Every film maker seemed to want to produce a similar version, with a similar amount of thrills. The trouble is, the only imitation that people could do successfully was hire a British actor to play the bad guy. Alan Rickman made such a marvellous role out of the terrorist leader (coupled with the scene stealer from Robin Hood) that his Hollywood future was guaranteed - along with just about every other unemployed - sorry, resting - RSC actor. When I first saw this at the cinema, it was a major surprise. Bruce Willis had previously only ever appeared as the annoying half in Moonlighting, and in the poor romantic comedy Blind Date (before you ask, it was with Kim Basinger and not arr Cilla). 10 minutes into the movie, when all merry hell broke loose, it was quite a shock to see Willis in the thick of it all... Terminator 2. Should I have put this into the Sci-Fi section? I suppose so, but then I would have struggled on that op, and I thought this was better classed as a superb action movie, as many of the scientific premises in the movie are pretty thinly explained, and if you followed the time travel theories used in films such as Back to the Future then the whole plot becomes a nonsense. But this is an enormous film. Where John Woo succeeds in making brilliant close up scenes of brutal gunplay, James Cameron explodes the entire set. Every scene is massive, and carried off with a real ambition. Schwarzenegger reprises his role from the original, only insisting on being the good guy, and Linda Hamilton, who was at that time married to Cameron, provided a scary vision as the completely changed Sarah Connor - this time muscle-bound and barely sane. Also of note was Edward Furlong playing the young John Connor, who appeared in almost every scene in the film, yet managed to not come across as a typical s***ty American ki
              d. I believe that his rather disturbing portrayal in American History X was as a result of the faith Hollywood placed in him as a child. Although a typical Arnie film - he said he had to use the 'I'll be Back' line purely as a homage to the original - there is a higher level to it, and he does have to work a little harder than the first, in which he only had 17 lines. If you watch the director's cut - which makes far more sense - there is a scene where the android is allowed to learn. The scene is actually quite funny, and explains the shots of hidden compassion which are briefly displayed later in the film. The Last Boy Scout. Another Bruce Willis film - this time he is teamed up with Damon Wayans in an unlikely combination. Rejecting the De Niro school of method acting, Willis, who was required to put on weight and appear as a slob for most of the movie, simply went out on the p*ss - non stop - for a month. The film is filled with great scenes, some brilliant dialogue, and some of the best macho one-liners ever uttered. This is one of Tony Scotts lesser known films. He has always consistently delivered, and although his earlier work, such as Top Gun or Beverly Hills Cop II were certainly more style than substance, his later efforts were far more enduring. True Romance was a classic, yet a bizarre collection of styles, and Crimson Tide will almost certainly be in a top 10 thrillers that I will probably never write. (* A-ha!) For all the voyeurs out there who have recently been titillated by Ms Halle Berry disrobing in Swordfish, this features her as Wayans 'exotic dancer' girlfriend. Enough said. Desperado. This is a total and utter John Woo rip off, but it is executed with a great deal of style. Antonio Banderas blasts his way through the slums of Mexico in this Robert Rodriguez directed sequel to El Mariachi. Every scene is a choreograp
              hed 'ballet of bullets' (believe me - that isn't my quote!) with every actor leaping around with guns in each hand - regularly in an effective slo-mo. There are some brilliant set piece moments, especially the finale, with Banderas and his 2 mariachi chums, all armed with guitar cases stuffed with ammo, blowing 7 shades of s**t out of the entire town. A minor let down was the inclusion of a totally pointless sex scene with Salma Hayek, who was only included in the film as gloss, and her role underdeveloped and wasted. There were other great roles in the movie. Steve Buscemi was again outstanding and his role as the confessional priest hilarious - 'No f*****g s**t you've sinned'. Quentin Tarantino (Rodriguez's mate) turns up to tell a joke, which Cheech Marin brilliantly takes completely the wrong way. There is no story worth talking about, but the action never lets up. Sit back, switch off and enjoy. True Lies. Another Schwarzenegger / Cameron collaboration, this time with a remake of a French movie (thankfully involving neither 3 men nor a baby). It was released at the same time as Pierce Brosnan was being launched as the new James Bond, and unfortunately for the British spy bettered it on every count. The action scenes again followed Cameron’s trademark - i.e. on a massive scale, the stunts looked amazing, and everything on screen was both spectacular and original. I have a friend who is proud to have ridden in the same elevator that Arnie rode is horse, and where have you ever seen the final shoot out in a movie carried out on the back of a Harrier jump jet. Again, the movie was filled with familiar faces. Jamie Lee Curtis was doing great till she performs the most un-erotic strip you can imagine, and Art Malik showed us that it wasn't just Charles Dance that made his name in Jewel in the Crown. Tom Arnold appeared as himself, and Tia Carrer
              a (Waynes World) as the scheming villainess. Charlton Heston has a great 10 second cameo, and I didn't realise till I watched this again at the weekend (homework!!) that the young girl who played Arnies daughter was recently appearing in Buffy, as Faith the rogue slayer. Lethal Weapon. Made whilst Mel Gibson still looked young enough to carry off the action hero hole, this is in fact a very formulaic buddy/buddy movie. The whole film was supposed to revolve around the growing partnership between Gibson, the maverick cop on the verge of suicide, and Danny Glover, the family man on the verge of retirement. The film actually looks dated by today's standards, and recent airings on terrestrial TV (which are still being butchered by the censors, even though most of the content could now be considered tame), show some of the more embarrassing fashions of the 80's. Some of the styles were very Miami Vice, and Mel Gibsons haircut was the model for all the footballers of the day - even though he still insisted in sporting it for all the sequels. Thank God they spared us Joe Pesci till the second instalment. But considering I have slagged it off in the previous paragraphs, it is still a cracking film. The budget is obvious, and some of the scenes are staged brilliantly. Gibson carries it off as a man on the edge, and you can see the genuine affection the two leads have for each other. The storyline, although heavily built on at the beginning soon gets lost, and leaves you relying on the action to carry you along. The humour is plentiful, if at times painful, but again it carries through effectively and prevents you from taking the romp too seriously. Again, this is another mindless action flick, a rollercoaster ride meant for enjoyment rather than analysis. Highlander. This is another film that hasn't aged too well. The special effects look a little ropey by today's standards, although at t
              he time they were magnificent. The cinematography was considered ground-breaking at the time, with seamless links between scenes adding to the atmosphere. The film contains some of the most bizarre casting ever - Christopher Lambert (French) as Conor McLeod, the titular Highlander, Sean Connery (Scottish) as Ramirez, the Egyptian Spaniard Clancy Brown (American) the Kurgan, who was I think of Eastern European extraction (please feel free to correct me if I am mistaken) The sword play is brilliantly executed, and some of the scenes where the surroundings explode after a beheading are very effective indeed. The soundtrack cannot be ignored; penned and performed entirely by Queen, it is grandiose, operatic, and camp simultaneously, but entirely suited to the movie. Most songs are titled from famous lines in the movie - 'It's a Kind of Magic' and 'Who Wants to Live Forever?' - are the most well known. The film makes extensive use of flashback, and at times is flicking backwards and forwards through hundreds of years at a time. Some scenes are for story development, and others for humour, but all are played with a panache and enthusiasm which involves you in what is in fact an utterly ridiculous story. Ridiculous story yes, yet another film that succeeds in the fact that it is simple old-fashioned entertainment. Face/Off. Oh dear, I'm back on John Woo. Most action directors have tried to copy him at some point, and with Face/Off, the plagiarism comes full circle. Woo actually manages to rip himself off, stealing ideas from his earlier Hong Kong efforts, and re-hashing them with a full Hollywood budget. The film is an actors dream. The two main leads - John Travolta, and Nicholas Cage - ham it up to the limits of their abilities, as they are given the opportunity, through a bizarre face swap operation, to play both the good guy, and the bad guy in the same fi
              lm. Despite their very obvious physical differences, they manage to make the effect of role reversal believable, and the 2 acting styles contrast well. Travolta as the good guy is all moodiness, and is as camp as hell when evil (but as always, Travolta smokes like a big girl's blouse), whereas Cage is angst ridden as good, and an absolute lunatic as evil. The action sets off at a blistering pace, and never lets up. There is a huge scale opening set piece at the airport, and where most directors would save blowing the plane up till near the end, Woo waits less than 5 minutes. The middle contains a strangely filmed police shoot-out, which is more of a massacre, shown through the eyes of a young child listening to 'Over the Rainbow'. This is chillingly effective, and shows the extremity of the violence even more. The finale, which is basically a 10 minute duel between the two leads, is impressively staged, and leaves you wondering how the stuntmen accomplished some of the craziness. At the time, critics were blown away by this, and many called this the greatest action film ever made. I wouldn't quite go so far, but it is most certainly up there. Blade. I didn't know where to put this at all. It's a vampire movie, yet it certainly isn't a horror. It is as much a science fiction as any that I put in my Sci-Fi op, yet in the end, I have plumped for Action, because that is what this film is. Wesley Snipes is such a versatile actor. He is equally at home kicking the crap out of someone as he is performing high drama. His early films with Spike Lee proved his talent, and many, including myself, were surprised at his prowess in the otherwise awful Passenger 57. Snipes plays Blade, a half-vampire, with the ability to witness daylight, yet with a crippling bloodlust, on a mission to destroy the vampires who created him. Stephen Dorff plays Deacon Frost the leader of the unde
              ad gang desperate to wipe him out, and I was surprised to see Traci Lords playing his sidekick, who I remembered from my youth from er.... specialist movies. There is very little in the way of explosive action or car chases etc. All the action revolves around swordplay, as good as in the best swashbucklers, gunplay to rival John Woo, and immaculately staged martial arts. The special effects which are liberally used at the point of death are impressive. The movie is incredibly stylishly filmed, with a thumping modern soundtrack, so will probably seem really dated in just a few years, but if you take it on face value, as a nonsense, very violent, action film, then you cant go far wrong. That was my 10, and it would have been easy to stretch it to 20. Notable exceptions were: The Long Kiss Goodnight - Geena Davis and Samuel Jackson in another nonsense Woo clone. Cliffhanger - Stallone does 'Diehard on a Mountain' Where Eagles Dare - Richard Burton an Clint Eastwood in classic Boys Own stuff Rambo. First Blood II - Ridiculous but enjoyable I have watched all the above films probably as many as 10 times each, and I still find myself enjoying them immensely. None would ever win an Oscar, but they were made to entertain rather than stimulate. Thanks for reading. (* re:above A-ha!) I rejected many films because half way through I had the brainwave of doing a top 10 thrillers op...

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                I was tempted to call this 'The Top-Ten No Brainers', but looking through my list I realised that this would be something of crime to describe some of these as no-brainers. Many action movies are just that, hi-octane, brain on hold affairs and are extremely enjoyable at the same time. Screw the plot, sack the scriptwriter, move in the big name stars and watch them forget how to act for a while! Who needs anything else when we have spent $100 million on sets and stunts...and who still can deny that some of the most enjoyable movies ever produced seem to follow exactly this pattern? Well true, but doesn't it also take a fantastic script etc. to make a truly great action movie? Hell NO! Of course not, but it helps, and on the rare occassion that someone decides to cross a script over with the stunts and effects that the rest comprise of, thats when you end up with a classic action movie. Of course, the effects, stunts etc. still remain the major selling point and as a result, this list will comprise of mainly 'new' movies filmed at least within the last 20 years, maybe even last 15...and they are more than likely to be all Hollywood blockbusters as well...can't be helped...who else spends the big bucks on the action genre? Thought not...so here goes! In no particular order... 1) Aliens James Cameron's follow up to Ridley Scott's immensely atmospheric sci-fi shocker Alien is a real roller-coaster ride through a hostile alien infested futuristic terrain. After barely surviving her initial encounter with the alien species some 50 years earlier, Ripley's(Sigourney Weaver) escape pod is picked up by a passing salvage ship. Awakened from suspended animation she finds that the alien planet has been marked for human colonisation and that recently Earth has lost contact with the colony. As the only living person who has had contact with the species before she is drafted in
                with an intergalactic bad-ass marine corp to return to the planet and kick some alien butt... Aliens is an absolutely superb movie, and one which I have now seen countless times and will no doubt watch countless time more before I shuffle off this mortal coil. James Cameron directs a movie which quite literally grips you by the throat right from the outset and refuses to let go right up until the end. It retains the suspense of the original and packs in some of the most hi-octane and horrific action sequences ever seen in a movie. When I saw this the first time with friends, the tension before the first encounter with the aliens took on an almost a physical presence in the room before the explosion of violence and panic which follows sent out a shockwave which shattered it - only for it to build up again. You can really feel the panic as the marines are picked off one by one and surely the Alien must rate as the toughest movie monster ever. Very few sci-fi films come close to rivalling this for its position at number one spot in my opinion, certainly not even any of its rather less impressive sequels. Some real heartstopping suspense and an excellent performance again by Sigourney Weaver make this an unmissable movie. 2) Face/Off A perfect example of the big budget action movie genre comes from one of the finest exponents of it - John Woo. More accalimed perhaps for his Honk Kong action movies than for his more recent forays into Hollywood, he delivers one of my favourite movies here. This has it all. Fantastic, unbelieveable plot that demands you check your brain at the door with your coat, indestructable heros and villains alike and awesome over-the-top stunts. Ok, so its not likely to win any Oscars but for sheer entertainment it can not be beaten. The plot is as convoluted as it is simple: John Travolta plays dedicated FBI agent and family man Sean Archer, who has been on the tail of his nemesis, th
                e maniacal terrorist Caster Troy(Nicholas Cage) for years. Finally, he catches up with him and a furious gunfight results in Troy ending up in a coma from which he is expected never to awake. However, Troy has already planted his biological weapon and unless its found millions will die - although only he and his imprisoned brother knows of its whereabout and neither will talk - one for obvious reasons of course. In a bizarre plan though, it is suggested that using the latest medical techniques, it would be possible to surgically remove Troy's face and switch it for someone elses(Archer's) in the hope of fooling his brother into revealing the whereabouts of the weapon. Problems arise however, when Caster Troy awakens suddenly from his comatose state, finds he has no face to speak of and steals Travolta's for his own...Couple this with the fact that no one else knew that Travolta had gone undercover other than a few now dead men(at the hands of Caster Troy) and we see that Archer has a problem - stuck in prison, pretending to be another man, whilst the real villain takes over his life, masquerading as an FBI officer, moving in with his wife and child and generally raising hell. Archer must escape and track down Troy, with the law against him(they think he's Troy remember), get his face back and save the day... Take a look at the cast list, the director and the budget and tell me that this movie could evef have been anything other than superb. John Woo can do no wrong as a director as far as I am concerned. Neither can Nicholas Cage as an actor, and given the right roles, John Travolta's charisma can carry him through any role. All three combine to create a movie which goes beyond superb in this genre. Cage is an awesome talent in my opinion and once more shows here exactly what he is capable of. All twitchy weird actions and thinly veiled maniacal intent, whilst menacingly laid back and calm on the exterior he excels himself as the terror
                ist Caster Troy and then switches tact completely as the FBI agent. Trovolta too gives one of his best performances playing both roles superbly. And to think that he almost walked off the set unless they removed a line where he looks into a mirror and complains about how damn ugly he is...until Woo managed to convinced him that it was a funny line because he ISN'T! Ahhh...such vanity. The action in this movie is quite simply non-stop...and when there is a lull you can literally feel the air about the stars crackle with the kind of kinetic energy that only John Woo can generate in his movies. John Woo is a veteran of the Hong Kong scene and he uses all of his tricks here to deliver some of the best action scenes seen. Hi octane chases across land and water, two-handed gun battles(Woo's trademark), slow motion gunfights...debris flying everywhere, big...no...BIG action scenes - for example, Woo was going to have the opening scene as a gunfight in an aircraft hangar...then decided he might like to crash a plane through it as well! You certainly get your money's worth here. Overall, a superb movie, packed with action, wry humour and some great characterisation coupled with fantastic performances. Enormous fun! 3) Die hard I have to say that I was never a huge fan of Bruce Willis in the early days, but recently I have realised just what a charsimatic performer he actually is. Cruelly lumped in with Arnie and Stallone at one stage as being among Hollywood's more meatheaded artists, Willis has recently proved to be a far bigger talent than that. In this, one of his earliest movies, he shows flashes of the charisma which have elevated him to the status he is now at in Hollywood. And what a superb movie as well! Die Hard is one of the most enduring classics of modern action cinema and undoubtably one of the high points of the 80s. On the surface, not a movie to provoke much thought or reaction perhaps, but whe
                n you hear some of the criticisms levelled against it you'll wonder if some people have too much time on their hands. Overtly racist? Playing on xenophobic fears? Blaming feminism for undermining family values? Well maybe, but quite frankly who cares! Watched as a piece of entertainment packed with high octane thrills and spills, I defy anyone to not enjoy it! New York cop, John McClane(Bruce Willis) arrives in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas period with his ex-wife(Bonnie Bedelia) and their two children. He meets her at a Christmas party where she works, on the 30th floor of a high rise office complex, but whilst he is in her executive bathroom, a group of international terrorists seize the building, holding everyone hostage whilst they attempt to break into the safe and steal $670m in negotiable bonds. Isolated from the others, Willis tries single-handedly to overcome the terrorists... Again, check your brain at the door, forget how cookie the plot is and ignore all the macho posturing and sit back and enjoy. Willis is superb in the role of John MacClane, a tough, sarcastic cop who goes through hell and high water to overcome all odds. Alan Rickman is also fantastic as the evil head of the terrorist group, in the role which launched his Hollywood career, although Bonnie Bedelia's talents are wasted, as her role is extremely limited. An action movie which runs for over 2 hours is something of a novelty in itself, but this movie never runs out of ideas. The high rise setting gives plenty of scope for some breathtaking action sequences and some clever ideas are employed to full effect here. The script is the usual fare, all dodgy accents from the terrorists and wise cracks from Willis, but you've probably learnt to either love or ignore this in Hollywood movies by now and overall its all good fun. Forget the criticisms and over analysis of this movie. Analyse the performances of Rickman and Willis if you have to analyse an
                ything and tell me they are not superb! A great movie. 4) The Terminator The second James Cameron directed sci-fi classic to make this top ten is as deserved of its place as the last. The Terminator is arguably on of the best and most influential sci-fi movies ever made, far better than its over-blown sequel and still Arnie's finest movie to date. In the 2027, machines have taken over the Earth. Man made them intelligent weapons of war, capable of learning, capable of self-sufficiency, of reproduction - and no longer in need of their human 'masters'. There was a war, man against machine, but the machines won leaving only small clumps of human survivors who are battling to save the race from extinction. However, lead by one man, Skynet(the machines' base) is infiltrated and destroyed swinging the balance back in favour of humanity again but not before the machines make one last throw of the dice. In a last gasp effort, they send back a humanoid robot - a cyborg know as a Terminator back in time to hunt down and kill the mother of the rebel leader John Connor and therefore thwart the human campaign before it has even begun by terminating his existence before he is born. But not to be defeated the humans send back their own representative to fight the Terminator and keep his unborn leader safe. The action in this movie is as relentless as the Cyborg assassin sent back to claim its human prize. It never stops, not until its goal has been reached and neither does the movie. It is simply superb. Schwarzenneger's imposing physique and already flat, robotic acting style suit the role of the Terminator perfectly. You get a real sense of menace as he proceeds on his merciless task of hunting down Sarah Connor(Linda Hamilton) and the sheer size of the task which confronts Michael Biehn in trying to protect her against this seemingly unstoppable killing machine using only the substandard projectile weaponry found in
                the twentieth century. The tension builds and the action is non-stop as the pair try to escape from its relentless pursuit leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The scene in the police station is perhaps the most memorable as the Terminator just walks in and lays waste to all around underlining the awesome power of this enemy. This coupled with some excellent acting from both Hamilton and Biehn and some great special effects which still look good now make this real edge-of-the-seat stuff. Recommended to all fans of sci-fi and action movies(or anyone else for that matter). 5) Lethal Weapon Director Richard Donner once more delivers the goods with one of the action movie genre's best loved and most memorable movies. Rapidly grossing over $60million in the US box office folling its release it built on the success of Donner's previous works such as Superman and the cruelly much less successful but likeable Ladyhawke and stands as his best work to date...in my humble opinion at least. Leathal Weapon is a non-stop rollercoaster of an action movie from start to finish, and easily one of my favourite action movies. It pairs Mel Gibson and Danny Glover for the first time, before their numerous reunions in the several sequels which followed - each good but never matching the original in terms of sheer pace, style and directorial flair. Glover plays Roger Murtaugh, a cop who is about to turn 50, approaching retirement with relish and looking forward to making his last couple of days as incident free as possible. Enter new partner Martin Riggs however, a maverick cop whose wife has recently been killed in an accident and who is obviously living on the brink of a breakdown. He doesn't care for his safety or anyone else's as long as the bad guys go down. Murtaugh's idea of an easy ride until retirement get tossed out the window when the pair find themselves investigating a drug baron called 'The Gen
                eral'(Mitchel Ryan) and his multi-billion dollar drug smuggling operation. Trapped with a partner on self-destruct and the perfect case for him to achieve that final goal and trying damn hard not to get taken with him, Murtaugh get pulled along through various thrils and spills by the incouragable but loveable psycho who is Martin Riggs in a real humdinger of a movie... This movie starts off fast and just continues to accelerate right up until its close. This dizzying pace is acheived through some fantastic editing and expertly fools the viewer into failing to notice a complete lack of plot here. Nevertheless, who needs plot when you have action and performances like this?!?! Glover and Gibson wisecrack their way through the story, both geling perfectly together here so that you can feel the partnership chemistry between the two. Perfectly cast as the loveable maniac Riggs, Gibson is all wild eyes and wisecracks throughout, turning in one of his trademark impossible to dislike performances once more. Glover is equally perfect as a 'by-the-book' cop who can't believe his 'luck' in being assigned a nutter for a partner so close to his retirement. The interplay between the two is generally funny, sometimes hilarious as thde two completely different characters play off each other's personalities to great effect. OK, its not an original idea, but never before has the final result been pulled off quite so well. It is the performances of these two and the sheer electrifying pace of this movie which makes it the classic that it is. Its plot isn't anything special - if it even could be said to have one - and it is certainly not going to win any prizes for originality, but curiously none of this seems to mattter. Donner gets the blend here just right and delivers a movie which is just perfect in my opinion. A true classic and well worth a rental if you have never seen it before. And if you have - then watch it again and agai
                n, because its the kind of movie which lends itself to such treatment. Just superb! 6) Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return as the crime fighting duo who always get their man - but tend to leave a trail of destruction in their wake. This time they are also accompanied by the superb Joe Pesci as well and Roger Black's rather clunky storylines are polished up here by screenwriter Jeffrey Boam to make thsi sequel arguable better than the original movie. Rather than playing on past glories, Lethal Weapon 2 could easily stand alone as an original movie in its own right and that is very much in its favour. Lethal Weapon 2 is perhaps not quite as pacey as the original movie and does suffer from some ratherlarge holes in its plot - but who cares about that? This is an action movie after all, perfect for a little bit of Friday evening no-braining in front of the television and should be judged on those merits rather than anything else! It opens as it means to go on, with Riggs and Murtaugh in hot pursuit of a red BMW through the streets of L.A. The chase is fast and furious and results in the kind of mayhem and destruction which we have come to realise follows the pair until eventually a spectacular crash halts the pursuit. Having lost the driver they do however uncover a rather large stash of South African Krugerands in the boot of the car, but keen to keep the destructive duo away from more mayhem their chief assigns them to a different case. They are to protect a government witness (Pesci) from harm before he delivers evidence in a money laundering case. However, when the pair find that he was laundering money for South African drug dealers they put two and two together and start their own investigation...with the predictable high-octane mayhem ensuing... Boam scripting means that the interplay between Riggs and Murtaugh which was one of the original's main selling points even sharper and more witty. Bot
                h play their parts to perfection again, with the same chemistry evident between the two. Into the melange comes Joe Pesci as well, who is again superb here. The guy only has to open his squeaky foul mouth and I laugh...he is no different here and offers a new comic dimension which is of course exploited brilliantly. The action sequences are well staged again, fast and furious although not as high-paced as the original - but more than satisfying. This is a great Friday evening movie..sit back, put your brain in neutral and ENJOY! 7) Mad Max Mad Max is a futuristic roller-coaster ride of a movie which is as notable for its fast paced, relentless action sequences as it is for being the movie which launched a certain Mel Gibson onto the world stage. Mel Gibson plays Max, one of the few good cops left on the roads in a post-apocalyptic society gone bad. Normal, moral society has crumbled to dust and gangs of crazies speed up and down the highways - law and order is effectively dead. Max is tired of seeing death and destruction all around him as things get increasingly worse and wants to retire from the job and spend the rest of his life with his wife and son. He has watched too many of his partners and friends die on the roads fightinhg a losing battle to willingly join them and despite his boss trying to persuade him otherwise is defiant that he will not change his mind. He is given a cooling off period, a chance to spend some time with his family before making the ultimate decisio...a decision which is made for him when a gang of motorway psychos slaughter his family before his very eyes in reprisal for the death of one of their own members at Gibson's hands in upholding the law. With nothing left to live for Gibson turns avenger, taking to the roads in his V8 to track down those responsible... Although the essence of the plot is little more than a futuristic version of a revenge Western, director George Miller, i
                njects it with such fury and kinetic energy that it literally leaps out of the screen and grabs you by the throat. Despite the laughable budget, which even saw Miller doing most of the editing on his bedroom floor, Mad Max is a supremely good piece of film making which even went on to outsell Star Wars in its home country of Australia. Fantastic characterisations, stunning crash and burn car chases and a superb performance by the newly discovered Mel Gibson, turn a low budget movie into an international success story. The costumes are great, the camera work superb and it literally exudes energy. This is one of the most adrenaline fuelled movies you are ever likely to come across, which is incidentally driven to ever greater heights in its superb sequel 'The Road Warrior'. This is one of those movies which you really must see, whether a fan of the action genre or not. It transcends generations, and despite its age, doesn't look in the slightest bit dated - and probably never will. A truly awesome piece of film-making and one which comes highly recommended. 8) Blade The more I see this movie, the more it grows on me. I have to be perfectly honest and say that the first time I saw it, I completely hated it but a few viewings later I was completely hooked - see my earlier review on here for my original opinion on the matter...something which sorely needs updating. Blade features Wesley Snipes as a modern day Van Helsing style vampire hunter. Gone though are the wooden stakes and cloves of garlic, but instead, in their place comes a muscle-bound super-cool looking martial arts expert half-human half-vampire hybrid, who dispatches his sworn vampire enemies with a combination of silver bullets, flashing samurai blades, high kicks and a variety of high tech weaponary specially adapted for vampire slaying. The movie starts as it means to go on, with our hero bursting in on a vampire feeding frenzy at a nightclub. Blades flash and
                whirr, silver bullets fly and death and mayhem abound to a pumping techo soundtrack - it all very impressive. But its not all just mayhem and violence(it isnt?) - there is a plot here. OK, so I use the term plot loosely, but it goes a liddle sumthin' like dis... Blade is a half-human/half-vampire hybrid - one of a kind thanks to his mother being bitten by a vampire whilst pregnat. He therefore has all of their strengths and none of their weaknesses, but the vampire blood coursing through his veins is dominant and without help would soon lead him to become just as them. Fortunately, as a child, Blade hooked up with Whistler(Kris Kristofferson), a old guy whose wife was slain by vampires and who now desire nothing more but revenge against them, his sworn enemies. Whistler has a serum which can fight the vampirism and keeps Blade on the side of right...but he is becoming increasingly immune to it. At the same time the age old order of vampires is being threatened by Deacon Frost (Dorff), a human convert who wants to wrestle power from pure vampire Dragonetti(Udo Keir). He has a radical idea to destroy humanity so that vampires can rule the world...(gawd). Of course the first plot hole appears with that last revelation. Why would vampires wish to destroy humankind? Its like McDonalds calling for the eradication of cows or fish calling for the end of water...just doesn't make sense. In fact, plot holes abound in this comic book adaptation, but its so fast paced that you'll end up not caring. Its like Highlander on acid, scoring an 11 on a scale of 1-10 for energy rating. Wesley Snipes is a great actor in my opinion and is again rather good here - as is Stephen Dorff although paling in the face of Snipes more imposing character. Overall, if you are looking for non-stop mind-blowing action then you can't do much better than this. Frenetic from start to finish Blade will satisfy even the most hardened adrenaline junkie...
                just don't go analysing it too deeply or you'll fall in some of the holes and never find your way back out. 9) Raiders Of The Lost Ark Despite the obvious temptation to include every Indy movie in the list I opted for the first because it remains the best of them all in my very humble opinion. Originally it was the idea of George Lucas, but soon become a glorious brainchild of three of Hollywood's finest - Lucas, Spielberg and screenwriter Kasdan who put the brakes on some of the excesses of the other two. Lucas met Spielberg in Hawaii where he had ran to fearing a critical backlash over his Star Wars movie (how wrong can you be) and the two discussed it, later bringing it to glorious fruition. Much copied since its release (see Tomb Raider and The Mummy for more recent examples) it still remains the best of them all. It also remains one of those movies which have pretty much been talked and analysed to death over the years because of its popularity - so much so that there is little else to say which you probably do not already know. However, for those who have somehow managed to overlook it on its original release, or are too young to remember it first time round then here goes... The movie opens with our hero Indiana Jones searching for the lost treasures of the ancients for display in modern day museums. Dodging cave-ins, poison arrow traps and a huge rolling boulder to name but a few he barely escapes with his life as the movie leaves you in no doubt as to what you are about to be treated to for the next 2 hours. Indy is a swashbuckling archaelogist/our hero complete with cowboy hat and bullwhip(kinky!), with something of a reputation for being one of the best. When the American government begins to suspect that the Nazi's are searching for the Ark of the Covenant in Egypt he is the first person they approach to track it down before they do and of course he agrees to do so...picking up Karen Allen along
                the way. The race is on and its fast and furious and accompanied to supreme good effect by Ford's wisecracking style of humour. Karen Allen is far more than just the stereotypical damsel in distress/love interest figure which is so often the lot of female characters in this style of movie, but keeps pace with Indy all the way, which is refreshing. In fact, the whole cast is good, complete with stereotypical bad guys, who play their parts to perfection and all come to a fittingly sticky end. In fact I find it hard to fault this movie on any level other than the fact that it had to end at some stage. The stunts here are superb, and Ford insisted on doing most of them himself, although this almost ended in tragedy when he ended up being virtually run over by a bi-plane halfway through shooting! Fortunately he wasn't seriously hurt and went on to star in two further Indy movies, which were also pretty good, although not as good as this one - but still highly recommended. In all, I would recommend this movie to just about anyone with a pulse. If you have seen it before then go find a copy and see it again, it hasn't lost any of its original charm believe me, if not - then shame on you! Go rent a copy now and write 1000 time "I must not miss out on damn fine movies again!" - trust me, you will not be disappointed. 10) The Crow The Crow is a movie which perhaps owes much of its success to the unfortunate demise of its lead actor during shooting. Apparently the movie was running into enormous financial difficulty as it approached the final days of shooting, the wolves were snapping at the producer's heals, so when it came to filming one of the final big shoot-out scenes, it is little wonder that rather than purchasing yet another pile of blank bullets at around $20-$30 dollars a box, they asked a tech. to make some of their own from cheaper real live ammunition. Well, they did, and it all went wrong, when a liv
                e casing got mixed with the rest and Lee ended up taking a real bullet in front of the cameras. Some hasty patch up work ensued with a body double standing in for Lee in many silent scenes - none of which are noticeable noticeable and The Crow was released to huge public interest and massive cult success. Whether it would have beejn quite so popular with the unfortunate demise of Lee is another matter, but even so I think it is one fine movie... In some respects, The Crow ends in tragedy in much the same way as it began. The comic book series was born out of the pain felt by its creator James O'Barr over the loss of his girlfriend of three years to a drunk driver. He created a vengeful vigilante style figure from beyond the grave because "some things just cannot be forgiven" even in death, who would seek revenge upon the wrong-doers of the city. Brandon Lee plays the hero of the tale Eric Draven. Draven watches in horrr at the beginning of the story as his girlfriend is raped and murdered before his eyes by a gang of street scum and then he to is thrown to his death through an upstairs window. However, love goes beyond the grave and he returns as a vengeful spirit stalking the night handing out his own kind of justice in a world where justice seems long forgotten. This is not the usual comic book adaptation with their characteristically overdone plots and overacted parts - this is much cleverer than that. The Crow is a dark tale of everlasting love and revenge from beyond the grave. Featuring darkly gothic imagery and a pumping soundtrack, this movie is a fitting tribute to Brando Lee and a movie which is certain to become a cult classic in time. Perpetually rainsoaked streets and seemingly eternal darkness rival even Bladerunner and Tim Burton's Batman for sheer awesome visual effect and its worth watching for this alone. Lee was one of the new breed of sensitive, likeable action movie leads, who you could truly care about, rat
                her than the meat-headed muscle of an Arnold Schwarzennegar or worse still Steven Seagal. His loss will be sorely missed as obviously this was a young man with a bright future in movie making, despite his less than impressivre back catalogue of films. This is the movie which would have launched him on to bigger and better things, of that I have no doubt, but alas it was never to be...we will just have to wait for the wheel to turn and throw up another bright starlet to fill in the gap he leaves...and Seagal et al. can breathe a deep sigh of relief for the moment... The violence may be a turn off for some viewers but if you are sitting down to watch an action movie then what do you expect? There are some rather gruesome moments I have to admit, and the punishment delivered does border on torture if you let your mind run away with you on occasion, but Draven never revels in this, but rather sees it as his destiny to be fulfilled. I love the scripting here too, perfectly fitting the comic book style which is shamelessly slammed in your face on occassion, with no attempt to do some Hollywood window dressing. When you hear quotes from Edgar Allen Poe and Paradise Lost, it never feels over-played but rather a homage to its comic book roots. "Mother is the name of God on the lips and hearts of all children." may seem over-egged anywhere other than here, but sits perfetly with the rainsoaked, leather clad gothic figure who stands before you. Morbid and angsty, it is no wonder that it picked up a young fan base pretty quickly, but also highly sexually charged thanks to Lee being stripped to the waste and rain drenched for the most part, and in parts deeply moving despite itself, The Crow remains one of the best movies ever made in my opinion. I love virtually everything about it, despite feeling that somehow it is pulling the wool over my eyes. I am a huge fan of movies which portray visual imagery like this, and anything which rival's Burton&
                #39;s ability to do so gets an impressive rating from me pretty much automatically it seems - but this movie has so much more that just visuals...I love it. ~<>~ ~<>~ ~<>~ ~<>~ ~<>~ ~<>~ ~<>~ ~<>~ ~<>~ The Nearly List Romancing The Stone Speed Point Break The Crow Gladiator The Killer Terminator 2 Leon

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                  This list comprises top action films that I believe have universal appeal. They are not deep and meanigful, or have a profound message, just sheer entertainment. So let's kick off, in no particular order..... 1. STAR WARS Perhaps the defining cinematic entertainment move of our time. Forget script or interesting characters, this is a visual and audio treat that leaves you pulsating from the movie theatre. You've all seen it and its obvious why. 2. TRUE LIES One of Arnie's real family favourites. Terrific set pieces, humour, adrenaline, and humdinger climax, all the essential ingredients of an action movie. 3. THE TERMINATOR 2 The only reason the first film doesn't get in here is that it is more violent and more dark and thus loses its general appeal. The sequel however aims for crowd pleasing. Groundbreaking special effects, Arnie replrising the role he was born for, and chilling bad guy, as well as the high octane action make this a winner. 4. THE ROCK Controversial but I think this is a cracking thriller. From start to finish this film grips you with scene after scene of nail biting action and drama. Nice to see a non-formulaic bad guy, and good guys which are fallible. There's no bulletproof heroes in this one and the action is all the better for it. From ferrari chases in San Franscisco to fighter jets blazing towards Alcatraz, this actioner has it all, and a great support cast. 5. DEEP BLUE SEA. Mindless, totally stupid storyline, but unashamedly in your face rollercoaster. There are no pretentions in this film about three clever sharks chasing humans on a floating laboratory. Sit back, enjoy the ride, forget the story and marvel at the set pieces and imaginitive deaths. PLenty of black humour is also thrown in and there are no big name stars to revolve the movie around either. Not for hardened realists but definitely for those who can suspend disbelief. Terrific fun and watchable over and over a
                  gain. 6. LETHAL WEAPON. One of the best cop buddy movies and full of nailbiting action. Danny Glover's sensible family man cop is an excellent foil to Mel Gibson's psychotic cop as they battle to bring down a drug ring. The action is superb in this quite violent thriller but the core quality is the interplay between Glover and Gibson as they conflict then find common ground with each other. 7. STARSHIP TROOPERS Another one to leave your brain at home for but well worth the viewing time. Great special effects and real comedy moments make this a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The action is well put together and there is an amusing underlying dig at American nationalism running throughout that makes this a cut above your usual shoot and destroy. 8. ALIENS Not as horrific or gloomy as the first, this is a real point and shoot actioner. Lots of aliens, lots of suspense and tension and a strong female role for a change! The usual Alien messages are touched upon but not dwelled upon, so sit back and hide behind the seat for the first hour, and suffer the adrenaline rush for the second. Annoying kid doesn't manage to spoil things. 9. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK How could an action list be complete without this film. Epic story, great lead character that Harrison Ford made his own, strong supporting cast and terrific script. Shows the makers of The Mummy how it should be done. Full of classic cinema moments particularly in the first ten minutes and spawned imitations that never challenged the original. This is what family entertainment should be. 10. FIRST BLOOD Yes, you'd better believe it, a Rambo film. If you haven't seen this you are missing out. Forget the sequels, this is an intelligent thriller with a good performance from Stallone. Directed to perfection coupled with an intelligent script that examines the manner in which Vietnam war veterans were treated upon their return, intermingled with tension, sus
                  pense and spine tingling action. Excellent support from Brian Dennehey and lots to think about as well as tons of action to enjoy. See it if you haven't already. There are some other absolutely terrific films that involve action but not entirely action films. Films like Heat, Leon, and The Terminator were left out because of this. They belong on a top films of all time list simply because they are great films that happen to have action in them. There you go then, I await the criticisms galore, I apologise for the lack of detail but there are ten films and I haven't got time to in depth review them all. Comments are very welcome as well as suggestions for alternatives. Cheers.

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                        I am a movie freak as you might have known by my reviews. So this is a compilation of my 5 best English action movies of all times. Action movies are so many but only a few manage to succeed and manage to capture the imagination of the audience. The 5 best action movies of mine are ( not in any order) :- 1) Terminator- The Judgement Day - An Arnie flick. What do you expect? Harley Davidsons, Huge guns, Lot of Muscle, Crashes and fires. An absolutely fantastic movie. Arnie is great as the Anroid and so is Linda Hamilton. Linda Hamilton’s action scenes in the movie were great. Arnold as the emotion less anroid was perfect and The graphics and the special effects still look good even after 10 years. An all time classic movie. It was directed by James Cameroon of the Titanic movie. Can u belive that he made such a crappy movie like Titanic after this great movie. Cool Lines From the Movie - “ AstalaVista Baby and I’ll be Back . 2)The Matrix - A ground breaking movie in terms of special effects. Neo( Keanu Reeves) is a computer hacker and he knows that the world in which we live is not true. The truth is different. Morpheus gets him out of this ‘Matrix’ and gets him into reality and try to destroy this computer generated world called the Matrix. The bullet dodging scene is fantastic and there is a great perfomance by all the cast. The coolest line in this movie is . It was directed by the Wachowski brothers. Cool Lines from the Movie - “ No one can be told what the Matrix is it. You have to see it for yourself. ” 3) The Die Hard Series - The whole triology of the die hard was really cool and it is hard to pick one from them. The action star in this series was Bruce willis and this really launched him into the big leauge. John Mc Laine is his name in the movie and is a LAPD cop who always finds himselves in the wrong place for him and the right place for us.What folllows is a lot of action and a
                        lot of gun shooting. The action scens in this movie are tremendous to say the least and Willis had done a great job. Cool Lines from the Movie - “ Yippi-kay-ya-kay-ya and “ Different Building, Same Elevators 4) Desperado - This is a movie starring Antonio Banderas. Antonio is a guitar player who keeps guns and bombs in his guitar case instead of a guitar and is in search of a drug lord and wants to destroy him. The drug lord is his brother. Helping him in his effort is the gorgeous Salma Hayek. The gun shooting scenes in this movie are fantastic and the scene where his two friends join him in the carnage is great. The ending of the movie is real cool. If you have seen the movie tell me what you think of the ending of the movie. 5) Atomic Train - You probably must not have heard of this movie. This is a rather a long movie. I think it is around 3 hours or so and all the 3 hours are engrossing. Here in this movie there is a train and there is an Atomic bomb on a train and it is about to go off. The train is going towards the city. They succeed in stopping the train. But Wait ! The Bomb goes off. And there is this huge nuclear holocaust. The rest oif the movie deals with how the people survive the nuclear blast and how they suffer.It is a must see. So These are my top 5 kick-as* movies.

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                          OK action films aren't meant to have an especially elaborate plot at their centre, and usually only ask for a mild understanding of why things are blowing up and getting shot. But occasionally you get an action film that is more than just guns and the shooting of, sometimes there's a little bit of an interesting plot under all the fluff. Now I know this says top ten, but I want to narrow it down to five - partly because there aren't a vast number of such films I really like enough to write about, and party because I don't want to be here all night! None of these five films I've listed are especially clever in a storytelling sense, but they manage to juxtapose excellent action with a sensible, thought out and even involving plot. These films mean something more than pure 'action'. The Killer ---------- Chow Yun Fat? Pah! Sounds like a dodgy takeaway 'special'. Hong Kong? Wheres that then? John Woo? Subtitles?! An eighties film?! <------- Just some of the reasons not to watch The Killer spouted by some of my less sensible friends. Overcome these small obstacles and you're in for a treat -- the best thing to come out of Hong Kong bar Britain! (That was intended as a joke, by the way ;) ) The Killer is a fantastic action movie set in and around the crime world of 1980s Hong Kong. The bullets fly, the actors leap, the blood spurts. A hundred and one ways to kill a guy with a submachinegun, shotgun, or dual pistols. Crash mats and wires aplenty, The Killer sees a lot of bullet-ridden action sequences, as a professional killer (Chow Yun Fat) battles with both the cops and the criminals. But The Killer is more than that - there is a passionate story of love, loyalty and betrayal behind the gunplay. An excellent, if scratchy, musical score adds emotion to what is, at times, a truly involving plot. The Killer is an excellent action movie, but there
                          is a solid story behind it. The Terminator 1 and 2 ---------------------- Science fiction action adventure at its best, The Terminator films remain one of my top three series'. Both created by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, they chart the story of a battle accross time. From a war that hasn't happened yet, two 'terminators' (cyborg killing machines) travel back to modern day (well, modern day in 1984 and later 1991) LA to kill the future leader of the humans in this future war. But you knew that already..... Both films contain a healthy dose of action, number two in particular, with its inflated budget and more spohisticated effects. As the Terminator does what he does, expect plenty of bodies to fall and bullets to fly. The action is not the standard though - we get future war battles, not to mention the fact that the participants in a fight are usually non-human indestructible killers. Special effects sparkle, crackle and swish, as stunt cars/bikes leap and miniguns blare, all accompanied by a powerful score. But, of course, its not just the action! The Terminator films have a solid story, spanning friendship, fear and fate. Morals of inevitability, the purpose of life and the value of life are scattered about. The Terminator films don't only provide us with a few hours of action and entertainment, they give us something to think about. Robocop ------- When Paul Verhoeven (director) first read the script he dismissed it as silly, unmarketable comic book nonsense. tragically, thats what a lot of people think of Robocop today - before they watch it, of course. Half man, half machine, all cop - Robocop is a brutally murdered law enforcement officer brought back to life by an all-encompassing power-hungry corporation, designed to clean up the streets with a bias in favour of its makers. Vast amounts of bullets are fired, and plent
                          y of blood and gore spilt. Indeed the film had to be cut to remove scenes of graphic violence (now to be seen only on the out of print Criterion DVD), while for television much of the film was censored with hilarious results. Robocop is not a nice movie, and you would be unwise to see it as aimed at kids. Naturally, Robocop is not just an action blood-fest. The morality of the corporation and big business (note the date of the film: 1987) is studied in detail - the real criminals, this film would argue, are not on the streets but in the suits. And these are the ones who control law enforcement. Robocop, being the hero, attempts to kick back at his evil creators, while struggling with the realisation of his origins. Natural Born Killers -------------------- Not the most family-friendly film, Natural Born Killers is a Tarantino screenplay brought, screaming and bleeding, to the screen by a manic Oliver Stone. Many innocent (and not so innocent) people are slain in a horrific rampage through America. Two young killers, Mickey and Mallory, hurtle though the film - high on adrenaline, sex and murder - and create a wonderful mess. The action is frequently intense, and the violence even more so. But wait! This being a list of almost-intelligent films, NBK does indeed have a meaning. It does, in my opinion, achieve four aims. First, it glorifies violence - murder and love are intermingled, and the deaths often seem almost enjoyable. Second, it condemns violence - we see just how horiffic manic murder can be. Third, it shows the media as courageous, loyal, and brave - battling through the mayhem to bring a good watch to the viewers at home. Fourthly, it condems the media for being too bloodthirsty, too excitable, on the wrong side of the law, etc etc. NBK is fascinating because its messages are so contradictory, yet all are true. NBK is a love story, a tradegy, a victory ... and an action thriller. Star
                          ship Troopers ----------------- Paul Verhoeven gets a second entry in my Top Five Ever-So-Slighty-Intelligent Action Films! Starring the population of a handful of American high schools (and Michael Ironside as the only decent actor), Starship Troopers sees lots of young soldiers run, shout and shoot their way to lots of bloody deaths at the hands (claws) of lots of skeletal bug thingies. Bucketloads of blood, huge special effects, a very solid musical score and plenty of soldier costumes - Starship Troopers is an action film on a large scale. Explosions, gunfights, spaceships, aliens, blood - this is 100% a thoughtless action film. Or is it? Nope! Its also got some good hidden messages and stories. First of all, we are watching a Second World War film. From hasty landings to seiged outposts to guerilla fights to long range bombardment, Starship Troopers is World War Two on a larger scale. It is also a great anti-Fascism movie, depicting the freedom-less, militant and bloodthirsty world of a few hundred years on as an evil Fascist empire. The scientists bear a resemblence to your Gestapo and SS chaps, while the soldiers are stormtroopers. Many observers would go as far as to say that Starship Troopers is a dig at the USA. Looking from this angle, we can indeed see corporation evil, short-termist irrationalism, freedom-less collectivism and overpatriotism. I wouldn't want to give this film more credit than it deserves, but it is - in addition to a great action movie and a wonderful home cinema showpiece - a film that contains plenty of messages underneath the surface. Interpret it as you wish. And that concludes my list of Top Five Ever-So-Slightly-Intelligent Action Films. Each one I rate very highly - there are more films that fit in this category, but these are, in my opinion, a few of the best. Each can be enjoyed immensely as a pure action film, yet each one offers a little bit more for those who a
                          re willing to take a peek. -------------------- Edited to fix some formatting!

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                            Ten sexy erotic, but good films you can get in Blockbusters… Guys (or girls) ever wondered around Blockbusters looking at the back of“those”18 certificates looking for pictures of girls snogging and thinking if its going to be fun for a night in. Read on if you hate plastic ones that stick up and that silly music when they get it on. Pluck up the nerve, approach the counter, and hand it over, at least the titles are not too obvious, well maybe a little in some cases. 1) WILDTHINGS…The incredibly sexy pneumatic breasted Denise Richards and Neve Campbell are the sexy stars of this twisting and groaning murder mystery thriller. Theres a naughty scene with the two in a swimming pool watched by Kevin Bacons big zoom lens and an even sexier threesome with Matt (I never quite made it as a star) Dillon, and bottle of expensive champers. This is the one that will get your pulse racing and your err pump (heart) pumping. Denise Richards is just too sexy for a girl with falsies man. A better than average movie that is as good as the naughtiness. 2) BOUND…This is a great stylish thriller with the delectable Jennifer Tilley and masculine cutie Gina Gershon are brilliant in this smolderingly good sexy thriller. Not only is it a hot one with the two girls getting it on, it’s a rather good film to. The story is intelligent and the two have an erotic chemistry that is yet to be bettered in my expert opinion. Lesbian films are usually about two tattooed butch gals or the seduction scenario. This is quite genuine and extremely sexy chaps. 3) ANIMAL INSTINCTS TWO…. Ok I will be honest. This isn’t a very good film but has lots of naughty sex in it with the magnificently chested Sharon Whirry.And what’s more, they are real and holding their own proudly. By far the best breasts in soft porn in your high street video stores now. And theres voyeurism and girl on girl seduction thrown in
                            . What more could a man ask for. 4) PLEASURE ISLAND…..Eros video has been allowed to creep into mainstream rental soft porn as the censors lose their inhibitions dating back to the 16th century in the UK. Its definitely the furthest I have seen up till now taboo sexual act go in my job as a video shop manager back in the 90s.. The act of oral sex has been throwned on by the creakies at the FTCB in Soho, and film companies like that are beginning to break down the final fire walls. The girls and boys are beautiful and cosmetic, but the sexual content is quite graphic and although lacking eroticism. Its only purpose is the six hit sexual relief and does the job for those that way inclined. 5) ANIMAL INSTINCTS….I will give this a mention purely for the body that is Shannon Tweed,a prolific actress of this genre that litters every corner of your local VCR store. But after you have seen her magnificent curves after a while, its not to sexy, although in this first installment of voyeurism and bi sexuality and more she almost gets to get it on with the incredibly sexy Sharon Whirry (see no 3). Something sexy about cameras in someone’s room watching every move type senario in this one. Again zero plot but lots of naughty erotic things that make you twitch early on. 6) Emmanuelle…. Perhaps the first real color mainstream erotic movie to ever make money in the early 70s.Sylvia Kystal European charms were a revelation at the time. Not only did it attract randy old men to the cinema, but couples who were turned on by this new sort of erotically fashionable expectable cinema. It’s an exotic sensual story off a young girl’s sexual awakening in a Paris full of pervs. Theres a memorable lesbian seduction scene by an older woman in the squash courts that most would pay good money to see in Soho. Sadly like most films in the seventies connected to nakedness, theres men with beards and sm
                            all plonkers running around in the background, highly realistic of the time, but not cool. Highly erotic movie though that’s got a real touch of silk to it. 6) EROTIC CASTAWAY…Is the best and most explicit of the series that’s been popping up like the viewer’s thingys all over Blockbusters shops. It’s almost sex shop standard and concentrates on yummy lesbian love guys. It’s very loosely based on the Survivor show that aired in the US where the contestants vote each other off the island to bag the big prize. And theres not many plastic ones and plenty of nice chests to keep the connoisseur happy and straight to the point. Explicit scenes and minimal story are the themes here as the girls lose their clothes and inhibitions with each other’s sexy bods. Nice! 7) DESERET HEARTS 111.This is a very erotic lesbian film about the seduction of a straight girl by a woman of ill repute in a small town. It’s handled very sensitively and is genuinely erotic to all sexes, highly believable and wonderfully sexy. Most of these films are a bit butch fem and not very sexy when the seduction takes place. But this is pretty good and well worth a look, girls and guys. 8) LAKE CONSEQUENCE…Again like the above it’s a sensitive erotic film with some plot as well as sexy bits. The threesome and seduction will blow your mind, and other things to if you’re alone with your Kleenex. The imagery is pretty strong to, especially the first encounter between the two girls during the sunbathing scene and you get a distinct pleasurable feeling that this will be rather fun. The two girls are really sexy and not plastic with a lot of genuine erotiscim and appeal. The guys are the weaker characters as the girls have some serious bi-sexual fun. Yummy. 9) DESERT HEARTS…….Is a genuinely erotic heart felt love story between a straight mid thirties girl and a small town lesbian
                            .Its not a music mood seen jobby with plasticos and embarrassed credits whizzing of the screen at the end film. The actual seduction of the married housewife is the horniest scene a guy will ever see in my book. And trust me, in my job I see a lot of those. Based in the early eighties it has a nice feel and two sexy natural actresses. Not one for the lover of erotic sexy cinema to miss let me tell you. 10) JAMON JAMON….…Stunning Spanish girls running around naked n this quite excellent film about sex and food.A young stunning Penelope Cruz appears naked and legal. It’s a very erotic look on two families from different social backgrounds intertwining in passion and cuisine. Senioritis in the nod can not be beaten in my book, and it’s a bloody good film to.

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                              So it says Top 10 Action movies. So sue me. War films are full of action and underrepresented in Top 10 lists of films so here I'll gonna devote my Top 10 Action Movies exclusively to this particular Sub Genre. And even doing that doesn't make things easy because there are so many great war films: doing No.s 1 to 4 was OK because they're all already in my Top 10 movies of all time but picker the rest was a real stinker. Still just for you and for 100 dooyou miles, here we go: 10. The Dirty Dozen "You can go one of three ways: You can foul up in training in which case you'll all be sent back to jail for immediate execution of sentence. You can foul up in battle in which case I'll personally shoot you in the head. Or you can do exactly what I say in which case you might just get by" As ever with my Top 10 films lists No.10 is a film which is actually not that well acted or technically good but manages to keep me entertained. And this one certainly did. 12 condemned prisoners due to be locked up for a long time or executed are offered a reprieve if they go on a suicide mission. Lee Marvin as Major Reisman has to train them to kill the enemy and not him. Good action sequences and generally enjoyable to watch if undeserving of the number of sequels it generated. 9. Kelly's Heroes "Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?" More of a Crime Story with a War Backdrop it tells the fictional tale of a platoon of US soldiers who try to rob a bank containing $16m in gold 22 miles behind enemy lines. Savalas and Eastwood both perform reasonably well though Donald Sutherland as before-his-time-hippy Oddball is easily the best performance. The title theme 'Burning Bridges' is excellent. 8. Full Metal Jacket "The dead know
                              only one thing: it's better to be alive" Very gritty. Split into two halves - the first in the training centre where the usual psychopathic drill instructor so favoured by Hollywood puts a new intake through their paces. The second is in Vietnam where we see a not very nice view of what the war was like. Assuming the aim of this film is in an anti-war direction then it does a good job. 7. Saving Private Ryan "He better be worth it. He better go home and cure a disease, or invent a longer-lasting light bulb" Many might put this higher in their lists and it certainly does a good job of putting across the harsh realities of War. But maybe it just does a little too much of a good job in this and forgets to entertain the audience enough as well. Tom Hanks is very good as Captain Miller leading his soldiers to rescue the last surviving son of a large family. Incredible opening sequence. 6. Bridge on the River Kwai "If you work hard you will be treated well. But if you do not work hard YOU WILL BE PUNISHED!" A classic and another film based, though more loosely than some others, on real life events. Alec Guinness stars and performs very well as the Senior British Officer initially resistant to working for the Japanese who ends up helping them to build a bridge. But then William Holden who escapes from the camp early in the film returns to blow up the bridge. Very well directed, produced and acted 5. The Great Escape "If you escape again and be caught, you vill be shot" Another true one. All the allied escape artists have been dumped in one POW camp. Unsurprisingly they want to escape. Richard Attenbourough leads an all-start cast in a very good movie. The action sequences are very good especially the Steve McQueen motorcycle chase and there is some excellent wit in there as well. Oh and a very good title tune. Da-Da Da-Dah Da Da-Da...
                              4. A Bridge Too Far "I like to think of this operation as rather like one of the old American western films. The Airborne boys lacking essential supplies and equipment are the besieged homesteaders. The Germans, well naturally they're the bad guys. And we, we my friends are the cavalry, riding to the rescue!" Based on the true story of the Allied attempt to capture three key bridges towards the end of World War 2 and unlike some recent War Films actually historically accurate. Stars a host of big names including Edward Fox, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Michael Caine. It's got the gritty realism of war as well as some genuinely funny moments and excellent acting by all. 3. Crimson Tide "Mr Hunter, I've made a decision, I am Captain of the Boat, Now shut the F*** Up!" A real cracker. A mad Russian politician has seized a nuclear missile base and is threatening World War 3. On a US nuclear submarine Executive Officer Denzil Washington and Captain Gene Hackman can't agree what to do about it: launch their missiles to protect the US or wait to re-establish radio contact and find out if the fighting has actually ceased. Full of action with both lead actors vying for control of the sub whilst trying to avoid getting sunk by the soviets. Slightly predictable ending but good performances from most of the lead actors and a strong plot. 2. Dr Strangelove or How I Learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" "Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones. You sure you got today's codes?" In my view the funniest film of all time, which is quite surprising for a film about nuclear war. Peter Sellers plays three different roles including the title character the US President and a prim and proper RAF officer. George C Scott and Slim Pickens co-star as an Amer
                              ican General and a Nuclear Bomber Pilot respectively. Immensely funny and that's all I really need to say about it. Watch it. 1. Zulu "Oh well, I suppose there are such things as gifted amateurs" Another truth based war film this time from the Zulu Wars. The story is of Rorke's Drift where 136 men mostly of the South Wales Borderers held off 4000 Zulus winning 11 Victoria Crosses in the process. Great Acting especially from Michael Caine and Stanley Baker who co-star. Excellent action sequences and the 'singing scene' is very well done. For a fuller review see 'If 1500 men couldn't hold a defensive action this morning, what chance have we with 100". Looking back at my list I've realised just how many great films I've had to miss off. So I will give a brief list of the films that nearly made it: The Battle of Britain, All Quiet on the Western Front, Laurence of Arabia, Where Eagles Dare. All great films and the fact that they didn't make it in just confirms for my how many fantastic War Films there are out there

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                                OK, there have been a lot of fight movies down the years, and as effects have gotten better we can appreciate a good fight more, as opposed to a CPU generated one or a mass explosion set. So here in no order what so ever are my 5 favourite fight scenes. 1. The Matrix Yes I know there were lots of technical aids for these scenes but the actual fighting was superb. Well choreographed and looking good. My favourite scene is in the training Dojo when Morpheous and Neo get it on. Some of the moves are unbelievable and the fight lasts a good long while. They took 5 months training for this film and these scenes, it certainly paid off. The best kung fu action scenes since Bruce Lee. 2. Gladiator A real attempt this one, as it was always going to be hard to make this kind of film. My best fight moments from this one are the scene in Zuchabaar when maximus kills 5 enemies single handedly, finishing with a brutal decapitation, and the final battle, not so much for the fight itself as for the sheer passion of Russell Crowes performance. The film also has several other stunning fight scenes, especially the first battle in Germania, where some real blood flies ! 3. Enter The Dragon I could have named 5 Bruce Lee flicks here and there'd be little argument. The best martial artist of many years kicks and punches loadsa baddies here. Simply too many good fight scenes to mention, it may look dated now but they are still superb martial artists. 4. Fight Club For sheer brutality, the scenes in Fight Club were viscious to say the least, but none of the rousing fight scenes can match the immortal scene where, as Brad Pitt put it "I want you to hit me..as hard as you can" and Ed Norton responds with a slap. 5. Rocky We all know that if any real boxer was hit as many times as Stallone in the Rocky films, he'd need sponging from the ring. But this was Hollywood and there
                                fore they could make it as brutal as they liked. Stallones battles in the Rocky films were always passionate and deadly, and none ,ore so than his tumultuous battles with Mr T and Dolph Lundgren.

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