Time Bandits (1981) – Terry Gilliam

Back in 1981 or 1982, on a free Super Channel or First Choice weekend I received my first introduction to the cinematic stylings of Terry Gilliam with Time Bandits. An odd, decidedly British science fiction adventure film, it is also one of the recommendations (following T2) as I return to the Action genre of the…

The Untouchables (1987) – Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma directs from a David Mamet script which helped win Sean Connery an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The Untouchables starring Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro is the next stop in What Else to Watch following my screening of Battleship Potemkin in The Movie Book from DK Canada. This was my first…

Dr. No (1962) – Terence Young

It’s back to the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book to check in with the Action genre, and consequently, I get to spend some tine with secret agent 007. Bond, James Bond. Sean Connery brings Ian Flemings’s spy to the big screen in Dr. No, the first recommendation for the previously reviewed Goldfinger….

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) – Stephen Norrington

The Sci-Fi Chronicles plunges us into the world of Alan Moore’s graphic novels with this film adaptation of his work directed by Stephen Norrington, which suffers from a bit of a haphazard script that hinted at great potential, and just failed horribly to have it pay off. It’s a great idea (mostly), using characters no…

Traielr Tracks: The Hunt For Red October (1990) – John McTiernan

To pair up with my look at Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit today, I thought it would be nice to go back and have a look at the original trailer for the first film in the series, the still amazingly brilliant techno-thriller, The Hunt For Red October. Starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Scott Glenn,…

Trailer Tracks: Time Bandits (1981) – Terry Gilliam

Time Bandits was my first introduction to Terry Gilliam films, and by extension, Monty Python as well. I caught this one night during a SuperChannel free weekend event, back in the early 80s, and while I liked it, I definitely didn’t ‘get’ all of it. Now, it’s come a bit of a treasure for me,…

Everything Or Nothing (2012) – Stevan Riley

Bond… James Bond. I’ve been a fan since I saw the trailer for For Your Eyes Only on SuperChannel, and tried to buy a James Bond book for the road trip to New Brunswick, though my father did not approve. Once we relocated to Bermuda and finally had to break and buy a VHS machine,…

The Rock (1996) – Michael Bay

Michael Bay finds his way back onto the 101 Action Movies to see before you die, and brings an impressive cast with him, in this, my favorite of his films. With his usual pacing and editing, Bay makes a full-out action movies with a surprisingly sympathetic villain. Ed Harris plays General Hummel, who has lost…

The Hunt For Red October (1990) – John McTiernan

Tom Clancy’s techno-thriller, which I remember reading back in grade 9, when my friend Michael introduced me to it and after that, every Christmas until I 1989, I would receive Clancy’s new novel in hardcover for Christmas, was put to film by John McTiernan. Coming off of the incredible run of success that Predator and Die…

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – Guy Hamilton

Sean Connery returns as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007, his last official appearance as James Bond. Never Say Never Again is a remake of Thunderball which was released by Warner Brothers, so it doesn’t count as canon. Sorry. This entry on the 101 Action Movies list follows James as he works to foil S.P.E.C.T.R.E.’s latest…