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.
Sigourney 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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Kurt Russell has been in show business since was 12 and did a guest spot on Dennis the Menace. Russell is still going strong at 66, having just starred in The Fate of the Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will-whatever else happens in 2017-end the year as two of the biggest blockbusters. From his early work in TV, to nearly a decade of work as the poster child for Disney’s live action film division in the 1960’s to 1970’s, to Captain Ron, Escape from New York, and Big Trouble in Little China in the 1980’s and the action movie 1990’s, best marked by Tombstone. There are some people who understand Tombstone is fundamentally awesome, and some people who are clearly wrong. Russell has several Westerns among his best films, and does his best work in the shoes of the everyman in an extraordinary situation. Deepwater Horizon, Backdraft, and-what I believe is the best acting of his career-as hockey coach Herb Brooks in Miracle all show Russell not as a glamorous movie star, but as the audience’s point of view into an incredible situation. It’s an exceedingly underrated talent in an actor. He’s tremendously likable and (admittedly he skates on this at times) there are movie stars you sometimes just want to spend two hours with, and Russell’s 50 plus years in Hollywood stand as a testament to his efficacy in connecting with filmgoers.
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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. Alright, people, Marvel’s personal opening weekend is here to save you from the April movie doldrums. Bring on the Guardians! Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/4/2017): Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2