Godzilla (1998) – Rolamd Emmerich

  It had to happen sooner or later, there was bound to be some crossover from the Sci-Fi Chronicles book and the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book… and it just had to be this one. Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla film, which for the Sci-Fi book continues my exploration of the Godzilla character,…

Ronin (1998) – John Frankenheimer

  This entry on the 101 Action Movies list has quite a pedigree, it’s directed by John Frankenheimer, has a screenplay by David Mamet (as Richard Weisz), and stars Robert DeNiro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth and Michael Lonsdale. Shot entirely on location in France, the film is gritty, realistic, and…

Mission: Impossible (1996) – Brian De Palma

  “You’re mission Mr. Phelps, should you choose to accept it, is to continue working your way through the 101 Action Movies list, by watching Brian De Palma’s big screen remake of the Bruce Geller created, beloved, television series…. this message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.” Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, he and his team, under…

Leon – The Professional (1994) – Luc Besson

  Luc Besson returns to the 101 Action Movies list, bringing the exemplary Jean Reno with him in a role that was inspired by his turn in Besson’s Nikita. Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is an 11 year-old girl living with her family in a New York apartment building, she smokes, swears, and flirts with her blossoming sexuality, and…

La Femme Nikita (1990) – Luc Besson

Luc Besson has made some excellent films in his time, and this entry on the 101 Action Movies list could be argued as his best. Anne Parillaud stars as Nikita, we first meet her as a drugged out, worn down, punk, who gets busted after killing a cop in a pharmacy robbery that goes wrong. Believing she is being…

Le Dernier Combat (1983) – Luc Besson

  I tend to like Luc Besson’s films, Leon, The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita… and of course he’s written and created tons of other things I’ve enjoyed as well, so I was very happy to take a look at this entry into the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. The world seems to be a desolate…

Good Morning, Mr. Hunt

  Good morning, Mr. Hunt… You’re mission should you choose to accept it… I settled down to watch my copies of the Mission: Impossible films this weekend, and I will say this, this is a film series that undeniably gets better as they go along. Though if I was chosen to rank them, I think…