They Live (1988) – John Carpenter

Sometimes you just want to watch something fun… Well that feeling hit me recently, so I decided it was time to revisit this John Carpenter classic. Though the more I watched it, the more I realized it actually has more resonance with society now than it did when it first came out. Wishing that this…

Iron Man (2008) – Jon Favreau

Robert Downey Jr. is perhaps the best superhero casting since Christopher Reeve in Superman: The Movie. Yes there have been good actors as famous comic characters since then, but none have seemed to so personify the role they take on as Reeve and Downey Jr. Revisiting Iron Man for the 101 Action Movies (which is…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Lost Planet of the Gods

This week’s look at Galactica, in the Bellisario & Cannell files, sees the two-parter which aired part one on September 24, 1978, and part two on October 1, 1978. Written By Glen A. Larson and Bellisario the series continues its space opera sense of storytelling, alongside some outdated thoughts on women. The episode opens at…

The Dark Knight (2008) – Christoper Nolan

The 101 Action Movies brings the second installment in Nolan’s version of the famous DC character, Batman, for me to rewatch. This one is epic, sprawling, with a vast cast, and a number of villains from the Caped Crusader’s Rogues Gallery, this time around we¬†have appearances from Dr. Crane aka The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), the…

Hot Fuzz (2007) – Edgar Wright

The 101 Action Movies gave me a chance to settle in and enjoy (yet again) this hilarious action comedy from the same team who brought us the amazing Shaun of the Dead. This time around Simon Pegg is playing Nicholas Angel, a London cop, who according to his supervisors, played by Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan…

Tim’s Thirteen of 2013

So ends 2013, just like that! What a year! We have continued to grow and do so much here at The Mind Reels, and we’re hoping for an even bigger year next year! So I decided to throw together a list of the movies I most enjoyed this year, the ones that got to me,…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Peter Jackson

The last installment of Peter Jackson’s gorgeous adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel, The Lord of the Rings, is very welcome indeed on the 101 Action Movies list. Lord of the Rings has always been my favorite book, since I first settled in at the age of 12 and read it. I still remember sprawling…

Spider-Man (2002) – Sam Raimi

The 101 Action Movies list brings yet another comic book hero to its fold with this fun adaptation of the Marvel comic by director Sam Raimi, perhaps best known until that point for his Evil Dead films (watch for Bruce Campbell’s cameo!). The Marvel Universe is brought to wonderful life in this film, Tobey Maguire…

X-Men (2000) – Bryan Singer

The 101 Action Movies returns to the comic book genre with this great flick by Bryan Singer. Featuring an all-star cast the legendary and iconic X-Men characters made an incredibly successful jump to the big screen. I remember when I first saw this one, my friend Dennis was very eager to see it, he’d been…

True Lies (1994) – James Cameron

  The 101 Action Movies list gave me a chance to revisit a James Cameron movie that I seem to constantly forget about, but love to watch every time it is on… True Lies. Cameron directs this actioner which has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, and amps up the action sequences that come…

The Fifth Element (1997) – Luc Besson

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings a colorful, flamboyant and undeniably fun addition to the list with this fun ride, that features Bruce Willis as an unemployed cab driver who is trying to save the world. Set in the distant year of 2263, the thing I love most about this film is that its future…

The Fugitive (1993) – Andrew Davis

  Andrew Davis has back to back entries in the 101 Action Movies list, first Under Siege, and now the big screen version of the classic television show, The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford, as Doctor Richard Kimble, and Tommy Lee Jones as U.S. Marshall Sam Gerard. This film, is inextricably tied to a point in…