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8-MOVIE ACTION COLLECTION
Here are eight — eight! — C-level action movies you’ve probably never ever heard about. If you like them, believe me, there are more.
ARMY OF FRANKENSTEINS (2013)
Sold, on the title alone. No apparent connection to 2013’s impressive creature feature FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY. But this is about time-traveling Frankenstein monsters fighting in the Civil War, so there’s no connection to anything that has ever happened.
Sold, on the strength of the poster alone.
THE BLOOD LANDS (2014)
A Scottish thriller I know very little about but would take a look at expressly due to my faith in Magnet Releasing — they’re a strong label!
I like most of Dito Montiel’s movies, and here he’s got Robin Williams on one of his final performances. From all the Google Images it looks like this is DRIVE starring Robin Williams, and I’d be okay with that, but it probably isn’t.
THE CURSE OF DOWNERS GROVE (2014)
Anybody looking for a horror movie co-written by the author of the novel AMERICAN PSYCHO? Here’s one. Have a good time!
THE D TRAIN (2015)
I’d happily watch a movie starring these two. James Marsden was so bad in those X-MEN movies that I almost wrote him off, but then he got into comedy, which he’s terrific at. And I really just feel bad for people who don’t love Jack Black.
DARK WAS THE NIGHT (2014)
Our reviewer didn’t love this movie, but said there’s enough there for horror fans like you and me to check out anyway, so I plan to.
From the director of FRIDAY THE 13TH and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE? Not exactly. From the guy who remade those movies, first of all. And it’s not precisely advisable to use either of those credits, nor PARANORMAL ACTIVITY nor INSIDIOUS, to try to sell me on a horror movie.
THE FACE OF AN ANGEL (2014)
The latest Michael Winterbottom film. Experimental and esoteric and always a director worth following, since you never know which of his experiments are going to be particularly special.
This is an amazing entry into the weekly had-no-idea-this-existed-before-now sweepstakes that is doing this column. Who knew Mickey Rourke starred in a movie about St. Francis of Assisi? The director and co-writer was Liliana Cavani, of Italy, most famous probably for THE NIGHT PORTER. Helena Bonham Carter co-starred, Vangelis (BLADE RUNNER) did the music, and Roger freakin’ Deakins took the pictures. Even Mario Adorf (MILANO CALIBRO 9) appears! This is shaping up quickly to be something I need badly to see.
GEMMA BOVERY (2014)
Think I’m literally at the point where Gemma Arterton is enough cause to see a movie, no matter what it’s about. She’s one of those unusual performers who perfectly suits the screen, who projects intelligence and thought while simultaneously managing to be as physically gorgeous of any actor of any gender. If that sounds like an exaggeration, check her out in Stephen Frears’ TAMARA DREWE. Staggers the mind. This newer film was co-written and directed by Anne Fontaine, but both come from source material by graphic novelist Posy Simmonds.
GOOD KILL (2014)
Ethan Hawke is one of those guys who gets a lot of credit for how good he is, but it still feels somehow like not enough. I never get particularly excited to see his name on top of a movie title, but then I see the performances, even in bad films, and wonder what I was smoking. Here he’s playing a drone pilot who develops a moral quandary, certainly a very modern ethical issue. Writer-director Andrew Niccol is a man of ideas — sometimes the movies bear them out, sometimes they don’t, but generally speaking it’s always worth a look to see what he’s up to.
*** PICK OF THE WEEK !!! ***
THE HARVEST (2014)
John McNaughton, the devious mind who inflicted upon us HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, returns to feature films with this horror tale, featuring two of the absolute finest actors working anywhere in the world right now. I haven’t seen this yet but I am chomping at the bit for it, and that’s why it’s a pick of the week.
LOST AFTER DARK (2015)
What’s that guy’s story? Let’s find out.
*** PICK OF THE YEAR !!! ***
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)
I mean, come on. Must-have. Must-see-first-in-a-theater-on-the-biggest-screen-possible, but must-also-have. There was no reason to expect this movie was going to be as good as it is, and even those of us who hoped for it to be maybe didn’t fully expect such a viscerally thrilling action film, one that set the bar firmly for all its nearest competitors — let alone to be the finest studio release to date in 2015, regardless of genre. I really mean it. I can really back it up with cold hard film-major know-how too, but that’s not as fun as watching FURY ROAD again. It’s as good every time.
Working with his regular director, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Chilean action star Marko Zaror plays a hitman with a conscience who becomes a vigilante who hunts down the creeps he used to work for. Zaror is still slept-on by most of us in the States, but he’s got the goods and you should check out his movies if you haven’t already.
SCORPION: SEASON ONE
The Big Bang Theory is — somehow — the most popular comedy on TV, so it was probably inevitable that this show would happen, which is basically The Big Bang Theory meets Mission: Impossible. It’s far more tolerable than The Big Bang Theory, however, most likely due to Robert Patrick making it that way, as Robert Patrick is prone to do. And, hell, I’ll say it because it’s true, Katharine McPhee has it all over that blonde chick.
STAR WARS: REBELS — COMPLETE SEASON ONE
I don’t know or really care what this is, but maybe we can get a few extra well-deserved clicks on this column by mentioning STAR WARS.
Always worth seeing what Bill Paxton is up to. Also, Brendan Fraser looks hilarious.
WOLF WARRIOR (2015)
Wu Jing, often credited as Jacky Wu, is a Chinese filmmaker I’ve been meaning to catch up on. He writes, directs, and stars, like Orson Welles with high kicks. Here he plays an officer fending off mercenaries dispatched to kill him by a drug kingpin. Scott Adkins plays one of those assassins. Nan Wu, who like Adkins also a veteran of being under-utilized by EXPENDABLES 2, co-stars. Looks like Wu Jing is pushing for crossover success. I’m looking to come aboard!
— JON ABRAMS (@JONNYABOMB).
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