Archive for the Action Category

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

Hollywood is no stranger to pumping out endless iterations of iconic heroes. Robin Hood (2010), The Lone Ranger (2013), The Legend of Tarzan. All of these films feel like they follow the exact same formula: being a bold and gritty retelling of the classic tale in an […]

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

I’m gonna admit it. I only think Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty good. It’s a very fun film with a colorful cast of characters, a but a lot of people try to talk about it like it’s something much more. Many like to cite it as the […]

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FREE FIRE

Films that only take place in a single location are instantly intriguing to me, because it’s a way for the filmmakers to show the full extent of their creativity. Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, is a perfect example of the format. The entire film is Ryan Reynolds trapped in a […]

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HEADSHOT

It somewhat annoys me when people only watch movies because “of the stars that are in it”, because there are loads of movies with “stars” that are terrible. A good screenplay, director, and many other collaborators are what makes, or breaks, a film. That’s not to discredit actors who can elevate […]

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THE RAID: REDEMPTION/THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

Action films, especially of the martial arts variety, are primarily about one thing: display. The entire point is to watch people perform insane stunts and choreography, while also realistically portraying brutal fights to the death. As filmmaking technology, especially editing, has improved, action filmmaking has only improved […]

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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

The Fast and the Furious franchise is a fascinating one. Going strong for sixteen years, through dozens of different locales, and now on its eighth film, it’s amazing the series has lasted as long as it has. What’s even more amazing is how high quality it has […]

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POWER RANGERS

I don’t really have any nostalgia for the Power Rangers. It’s strange, since it’s a show I often watched as a young child and owned a lot of toys of, but I never kept much interest in it beyond that. I really only liked watching the big […]

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND

There’s something about watching people and cities getting decimated by giant monsters that strikes a primal chord with me. King Kong, Godzilla, and all of his wonderful friends. I love ’em all. While the performances, filmmaking techniques, and especially the effects haven’t aged well over time, there’s a […]

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LOGAN

Comic book films are just fine. I’m not a huge fan of them, but I don’t have a problem with them, either. There’s a lot of really good ones, as well as plenty of terrible ones. My main issue is that they’re mostly all the same. They often […]

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

It’s not a little known fact that sequels are rarely better, or even nearly as good, as the original. Original films are so fresh, exciting, and take you to new worlds you’ve never seen before. Sequels usually just tread old ground, sometimes even shamelessly remaking the first […]

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