Screen Junkies » action movies http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:34:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Screen Junkies Show: What’s the Best ’80s Action Movie Of All Time? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-whats-the-best-80s-action-movie-of-all-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-whats-the-best-80s-action-movie-of-all-time/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:46:38 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263892 The '80s were packed with awesome action movies — but which one was the best?! We picked the top 16 contenders, threw them in a bracket, and assembled a panel to duke it out and decide which one was the Best '80s Action Movie!!

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The ’80s were packed with awesome action movies — but which one was the best?! We picked the top 16 contenders, threw them in a bracket, and assembled a panel to duke it out and decide which one was the Best ’80s Action Movie!! Today’s special guests: Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis from Schmoes Know, and Jay Bauman from Red Letter Media.

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Top 10 Summer Movies 2014 http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/top-10-summer-movies-2014/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/top-10-summer-movies-2014/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:12:36 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261229 The hottest time of the year is once again upon us - summer movie season! We gathered a panel of movie experts to predict which movies would burn up the box office in 2014.

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The hottest time of the year is once again upon us – summer movie season! We gathered a panel of movie experts to predict which movies would burn up the box office in 2014.

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The 7 Greatest Action Movie Enforcers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-action-movie-enforcers-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-action-movie-enforcers-2/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:30:55 +0000 Lee Keeler http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256150 In honor of Elysium...

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Every great action story needs a villain, and every great action villain needs an enforcer. Going all the way back to the days of Beelzebub getting his hands dirty for the big man downstairs, right-hand men have been key to setting tremendous conflict into motion. Be it in District 9 or your classic Bond flick, these goons wreak varying degrees of havoc with motivations that range from personal vendettas to on-the-clock hooliganism.

In Neill Blomkamp’s forthcoming action-thriller Elysium, Matt Damon’s character Max will square off against one of the most cunning baddies to ever sleaze up the screen. So to commemorate the release of Columbia TriStar’s sci-fi/action smash-up Elysium, opening in theaters on August 9th, we’re stoked to present you with the seven greatest action movie enforcers.

Kruger, Elysium

What would happen if you had to deputize Patrick Bateman from American Psycho to get the job done? That is essentially the quandary posed and answered in Elysium when Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt must let Kruger out of his cage. As the most sadistic post-apocalyptic baddie this side of The Road Warrior, Sharlto Copley goes against type in this role, delivering a sinewy psycho whose sense of duty is outweighed by an oddly playful bloodlust. Despite the high-tech noodlery of the year 2154, Kruger proves that sometimes a nice, rusty machete is all a fella needs to take the edge off of a bad day at work.

Jaws, Various James Bond Movies

You gotta be doing some serious henchman-ing to be considered the most ridiculous Bond villain. It just wasn’t enough to just have the durability to survive falling out of a plane, driving off of a cliff and fighting off a shark based on brute strength alone; this guy needed to have a grill that would make Lil’ Wayne blush on top of it! Pointlessly chewing his way out of situations and into our hearts, even Jaws could not survive Moonraker, which to this day serves as the apex of Bond franchise goofdickery next to that one with the voodoo and the chubby sheriff. It’s amazing, given the array of Bond villains spoofed in the Austin Powers franchise, that Jaws never quite made the cut.

Luca Brasi, The Godfather

That whole horse-head-in-a-bed thing? Luca’s handiwork. He may have been a towering, stuttering creep, but as Vito Corleone’s undercover muscle, Brasi was a terrific iceman because he didn’t require a crew to make a hit. Sadly, that whole lone wolf thing was precisely what lead to his downfall when three goons from the Sollozzo family saw to it that Luca slept with the fishes. Fun fact: On the low-key hired-killer tip, if you apply the lyrics of the Suzanne Vega song to this character, it kind of lines up: he doesn’t want you asking about some kind of trouble, some kind of fight. Just don’t ask him what it was.

Odd Job, Goldfinger

Caddy. Cheaffeur. Assassin. Odd Job wore many hats, but the most useful of them all would have to be the one with the razor-brim on it. When he wasn’t busy decapitating statues in Goldfinger’s front yard, the dapper merc could be found enjoying his favorite hobbies: tenaciously following 007 around, accepting pain from 007 with menacing smirks and tending to his derby cap with shocking aplomb. They just don’t make goons like this anymore; the guy helped his boss kill a woman by painting her to death. Sigh.

Karl, Die Hard

Karl, like most Germans, ist a herr who knows precisely what he wants. For example, in the great takeover of Nakatomi Plaza, after his brother Tony (?) has been brutally pwned by John McClane, Karl informs his compatriots “AAAAAARGH! I want blood!” While Karl, like most Germans, would likely have been extremely efficient at his job, he became that much more deft with a Steyr AUG rifle with the added incentive of avenging said mangled brother. But Karl, unlike most Germans, had a mullet so strong that it could resist getting lynched by industrial chains, only to have it blown clean off by Carl Winslow. Never work with family.

Colonel Kobus Venter, District 9

The bulldog of Multi-National United, Kobus tromps through the ghettos of District 9, gleefully keeping the weak and disadvantaged underfoot while on the clock. His villainy reaches near-comical heights, akin to the treacherous cheese of an 80’s WWF antagonist, making him a perfect foil to the ebullient Wikus Van De Merwe. Despite keeping his cool in the line of duty, Koobus’ urge to bully Wikus is exactly what makes him lose his head.

Kobayashi, The Usual Suspects

Unlike many of the brutal hatchet men on this list, Kobayashi is adept at the hands-off approach in carrying out the misdoings of his benefactor, the notorious Keyser Söze. An evil precursor to the sharp-tongued Dr. King Schultz of Django Unchained, Kobayashi delivers unflinching speeches that intimidate hardasses into backing down and scratching their heads. Just try to pin down that accent: is he Pakistani? Japanese? Irish? As the man himself said, “one cannot be betrayed if one has no people.”

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5 Greatest Movie Cameos by UFC Fighters http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/5-greatest-movie-cameos-by-ufc-fighters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/5-greatest-movie-cameos-by-ufc-fighters/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:48:06 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250939 The good, the bad, and the ugly. Mainly the ugly.

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In addition to being the world’s premiere mixed martial arts fighting league, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is also known for producing some of the stage and screen’s finest thespians. Here are just five examples of the emotional resonance and unforgettable characterizations that come from years in the UFC octagon. And if you’d like to see more UFC-inspired screen acting that makes the Stanislavski Method look like an afternoon tea party, check out Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, opening on October 12th.

Andrei Arlovski, Universal Soldier: Regeneration

In the surprisingly-good sequel/reboot to the Universal Soldier franchise, action legends Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren are reunited in a stripped-down science fiction thriller that doesn’t have any of the goofy comic relief of previous installments. And you might guess that Andrei Arlovksi, the UFC fighter who has to share the screen with those two titans, would be crowded out. But you’d be wrong – Arlovski’s turn as the NGU definitely holds its own against Van Damme and Lundgren.

Randy Couture, The Expendables

Of all the UFC fighters to pass through motion picture history, Randy Couture is probably the one who’s made the biggest mark. He’s one of The Expendables, after all – and he got to come back in the sequel earlier this year. And although Couture doesn’t exactly light the screen on fire as demolitions expert Toll Road when compared to his (much more experienced) partners like Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and company, he’s still better than Liam Hemsworth.

Quinton Jackson, The A-Team

There are few 1980s TV actors as iconic as Mr. T who played B. A. Baracus on The A-Team. So it’s telling that the producers of the big-screen remake cast UFC superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the part. And Jackson gets the chance to play a different Baracus from the one on the TV show. For much of the film, B.A. is an avowed pacifist! But don’t worry, he starts beating people up in due time.

Keith Jardine, Crank: High Voltage

Jason Statham stars in the batshit-insane sequel to his cult hit Crank, and he’s not wanting for company. Some of the celebrity guest stars to make cameos in High Voltage are porn star Ron Jeremy, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, and UFC fighter Keith Jardine. Jardine may not be the most entertaining part of the movie, but his unexpectedly innocuous walk-in as a passerby should be pretty amusing to UFC fans.

Tito Ortiz (and others), Cradle 2 the Grave

If cameo appearances from UFC fighters are your bag, then Cradle 2 the Grave probably occupies a place of pride in your DVD collection. In an extended sequence involving underground cage fighting, several UFC fighters play the cage girls – just kidding. They play the cage fighters. Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and future Expendables star Randy Couture all make appearances, as well as kickboxer Héctor Echavarría. Hooray, fighting!

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In Honor Of The Underwear Bomber: 8 Inept Movie Terrorists http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-underwear-bomber-8-inept-movie-terrorists/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-underwear-bomber-8-inept-movie-terrorists/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:32:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245583 Always overcomplicating things.

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The Underwear Bomber who tried to blow up a jetliner with his underwear bombs has received a life sentence which he is now appealing after previously pleading guilty when representing himself in court. So, yeah. Not really an impressive lawyer or terrorist. In honor of this momentous day in the history of undergarment terror, here’s our list of cinema’s most inept terrorists.

Hans Gruber – Die Hard

Hans Gruber’s real fault was with his planning. His team of hostage-takers were certainly imposing and able to think on their feet, but in the end they just weren’t ready to deal with John McLane. The fact that a team of heavily-armed Euro-thugs weren’t able to take out one barefoot, mostly unarmed man is just ridiculous. Yes, Gruber definitely put in the hours in terms of anticipating and leading the police outside, but he really was poorly equipped for the eventuality that a police officer might make it inside the the building. Seems kinda odd that he’d go to all that trouble and not spring for bulletproof armor.

Howard Payne – Speed

Howard Payne’s plan was completely stupid. Yes. Plant a bomb on a bus. Good job. People will notice. But then to turn it into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the cop that you hate is silly. Just go to the cop’s house and blow him up. I get that you want to publicly embarass him, so maybe you could blow him up on the toilet like the bad guys in Lethal Weapon 2 tried to do. Now those guys were talented at their gigs.

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Is Tony Scott Making Vince Vaughn An Action Star? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-tony-scott-making-vince-vaughn-an-action-star/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-tony-scott-making-vince-vaughn-an-action-star/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:00:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245466 He's all blows up.

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Tony Scott must be wearing beer goggles. There are confusing reports that the director is setting up his next action film, Lucky Strike, to star doughy comedic actor Vince Vaughn. Yes. That Vince Vaughn.

There’s no word on which character Vaughn will play, but Lucky Strike follows a DEA agent who teams with a drug runner to take down a cartel. If it were a fudge cartel, I’d believe the casting, but maybe his character doesn’t need to do a lot of running around. He could be a really good sniper or something like that, and could flee explosions on a Jazzy scooter. I think I speak for the entire population of Earth when I say we much prefer to see that movie. Still whose to say this will be made in the near future. It’s all contingent on Scott’s crazy busy schedule and whether or not there’s a role available for Jon Favreau. (Deadline)

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The 7 Rules Of Making A Steven Seagal Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-rules-of-making-a-steven-seagal-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-rules-of-making-a-steven-seagal-movie/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:51:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238493 If it isn't broken in four places, why fix it?

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ReelzChannel has just acquired its first original scripted seriesTrue Justice starring Steven Seagal as lawman Elijah Kane. Given the title and marquee name, you know exactly what to expect from the series, or at least you SHOULD be able to tell exactly what you can expect. Steven Seagal films have become so interchangeable that they have fallen into the realm of self-parody. Which isn’t cool. Leave the poking fun to us. It’s how we earn our beer money.

Seagal’s projects have become a homogeneous paste where names and locations have been swapped out by using the “find and replace” function in Final Draft. We’ve previously offered Mr. Seagal a few ideas he should use if he wants to shake things up a bit, but it seems that isn’t a concern at this stage of his career. If it isn’t broken in four places, why fix it?

Since he wants to stay on the same path, who are we to argue. Here’s what you need to do to successfully make a Steven Seagal movie.

Make Seagal A Badass

It goes without saying that Steven Seagal’s character must be the biggest badass in the entire film. No, not just the film but the entire universe in which the film is set. A great way to establish his strength is by giving him a strong name. First names like “John” or “Ethan” or “Logan” are your best bet. As far as surnames are concerned, go with something along the lines of “Steele” or “Gabriel” or “Logan.” Any mash-up of the two will work, even Logan Logan.

When his character meets a new person (or is mentioned to a new person) they must stop the momentum of the plot to comment, “Oh. You’re Logan Logan. Yes, I’ve heard of you. You’re that guy who is an expert in all areas of knowledge. Aren’t you also that guy that criminals fear and all women want to be with?” I’m paraphrasing but not by much.

He should always answer these questions with steely resolve or by saying, “Yes. I guess you could say that they know me around here.”

Character Introduction

The only way to introduce Steven Seagal on screen is by showing the man in action, doing what he does best. Which, of course, is getting results… his way. It doesn’t matter if he’s on a stakeout or working deep undercover. If he sees some form of wrongdoing, he must go off-mission to bust heads. For instance, if he’s assigned to protect the president and there’s a purse snatching nearby, he will flee the motorcade to stop the assault.

The result of this rogue behavior will get him in hot water with his boss and put him on the radar of the bad guys, which of course leads to…

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