Top 10: Movie Chase Scenes of All-Time

The chase scene is an art form within cinema.  If you do it right, you can boggle your viewers’ minds with amazing F/X, choreography, and even character development, but if you do it wrong, you just end up with a lot of noise and filler.  I think the greatest car chase I’ve ever seen is The Bourne Supremacy‘s Moscow masterpiece.  Not only does it manage to top the amazing chase seen from The Bourne Identity, it manages to build Bourne’s character while he’s playing high-speed Russian bumper cars (I wrote separate piece on the scene you can read here).  My favorite foot chase of all-time is similar in that aside from being gorgeously shot and exemplary action scene, Casino Royale‘s African Rundown serves as your first introduction to who Daniel Craig’s 007 was going to be (also wrote an article on that one here).

CineFix’s lists are my favorite because of the wide insight over the entire history of film and the different kinds of awards given to earn a place on their “Top” lists.  Here they present a primer on cinema’s most kinetic action pieces.  It’s a great homage to the chase and the directors who have done it best.
Jason Bourne, Matt Damon, The Bourne Supremacy

Sigourney Weaver’s 10 Best Movies

sigourney-weaver-jake-chessum-varietySigourney Weaver has the best resume of any actress in the science fiction genre (including impressive turns in the Aliens franchise, Galaxy Quest, The Cabin in the Woods, Avatar) in addition to being one of the best dramatic and comedic actresses in Hollywood for three decades.  She is THE template for a female action star for her work in Alien and Aliens, and she’s done some very covert work as a voice actor in two of Pixar’s gems (WALL-E and Finding Dory…ok, not so covert in Finding Dory).  Her body of work is even more impressive than I realized when I began putting her list together and was forced to leave off things like Gorillas in the Mist or The Year of Living Dangerously that would easily make most actresses’ lists.
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Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”

 

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Here’s my advice to you: if you’re going to go see Alien: Covenant in the theater and you have not watched Prometheus since it came out, you will be vastly better informed if you give yourself a refresher course.  Now, if you hated Prometheus, that’s going to be a problem, because Alien: Covenant picks up 14 years after those events and the end of Prometheus spawns by far the most interesting parts of Covenant.  The quick and dirty of my opinion on Covenant, because I am going to have to get into spoiler territory a bit, is that I think two episodes into Ridley Scott’s demystification of the origins of the xenomorphs have convinced me the entire endeavor is a mistake.  Sometimes things become a lot less interesting the more you know about them (Wolverine’s origin should still be a mystery, for example).  Prometheus was gorgeous, dreamed big, was massively flawed, but was admirable in its ambition.  Covenant provides answers….eventually, but is criminally boring in getting to them with 75% of Prometheus‘ budget (no one will be calling this film “gorgeous”).  It’s not Aliens 3 or Resurrection….but, honestly, it’s not even Prometheus. Continue reading Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”

Trailer Time: The Mummy Trailer #3 (2017) “It Takes a Monster to Defeat a Monster”

 The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s success has, of course, started the Hollywood copycat mill churning and shared universes are being planned at every studio.  The best idea, in concept, is resurrecting the classic Universal Monsters (The Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, Van Helsing, The Invisible Man, etc.) into a shared “Monsterverse”.  Universal has put serious star power into the opening film, The Mummy, casting Tom Cruise and adding Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.  The first two trailers emphasized the action/adventure aspect of the film and pleasantly surprised me by how good they looked, but to truly recapture the spirit of the original, classic monsters, they’re going to need to bring the screams.  The final trailer for the film focuses on the horror/monster aspect of the film and, it appears, Universal hasn’t forgotten that the original appeal of these creatures was they not only captured the imagination of audiences but scared them silly as well.  Hopefully the finished product will be as good.  Full plot summary from Coming Soon below; The Mummy will open June 9, 2017.

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In Theaters This Week (5/19/2017): Alien Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Everything Everything

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This week boils down to whether Alien: Covenant can shake off the Prometheus effect enough to take down Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/19/2017): Alien Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Everything Everything

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