District 13 (2004) – Pierre Morel

  The 101 Action Movies brings this awesome confection of martial arts and parkour. Luc Besson serves as writer and producer on this wickedly cool, fast-moving film, set in the distant year 2010! Stealing a page from John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, areas in Paris have begun to be cordoned off, with huge walls being…

The Transporter (2002) – Corey Yuen

  Luc Besson co-wrote and produced this fun entry on the 101 Action Movies list which stars the very cool Jason Statham as Frank Martin, an ex-military type who hires himself as a driver to transport different materials for the right price. A deal is a deal, he never wants names, and he never looks in the…

Taxi (1998) – Gerard Pires

  The 101 Action Movies list brings this highly enjoyable French film to my attention. Please don’t confuse this hugely entertaining film with the rather pathetic 2004 North American remake. This one is fun, fast, and has some great sequences. You can see the seeds for Luc Besson’s later creation of The Transporter series in…

GoldenEye (1995) – Martin Campbell

  Welcome back to the 101 Action Movies list 007. After a number of years that had Pierce Brosnan’s name bandied about for taking over the role of James Bond, he finally takes on the coveted role and makes it his own. It also features one of my favorite pre-credit sequences in the Bond saga,…

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…

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…

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…

Snow Is Not So Cool.

Snake Plissken could kick Snow’s ass, and sure as hell look cooler doing it. Lockout is a wannabe, there are hints of cool and bad-assery, but it just comes across as too smug in it’s perceived hipness. Now, there were a couple things right at the beginning that I really liked, including the opening interrogation…