4 items from 2015
This fall, Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester both find themselves starring in profoundly stupid new shows for NBC. On the one hand, this seems appropriate. The duo spent the past four years playing brothers in arms on Cinemax's "Strike Back," a slick, fun, but at times fairly silly action series that wraps up in a few weeks. "Strike Back" was many things, but smart was rarely among them. (This final season kicked off with a terrorist act that wouldn't have happened if Stapleton and Winchester's boss had literally just said the phrase "He has a bomb in his bag" on one of about seven or eight different occasions.) Still, "Strike Back" was so good in other areas — particularly the rapport between the two leads, and the staging of the various fight and chase scenes they found themselves in constantly — that it was easy to forgive the goofier moments, or the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »
- Shane Ramirez
So for that reason, but also others, I kinda loved this hour of Castle, and felt it was easily the best episode since 3Xk’s return.
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For one, the episode did right by Rick, putting him in command of this investigation into an air marshal’s mid-flight murder. He was smart and a bit more serious than usual, »
In the quarter century since "Die Hard" was first unleashed on moviegoers worldwide, there have been countless iterations of the same formula, to the point that, for a while at least, it became a whole action movie subgenre. Projects would be pitched (and subsequently produced) with sentences describing the movie as... "Die Hard" on a plane ("Executive Decision," "Passenger 57"), "Die Hard" in a tunnel ("Daylight"), "Die Hard" on a bus ("Speed"), and "Die Hard" in the White House ("White House Down"). The fact that no one's attempted a "Die Hard" with a female heroine seems like some kind of cosmic impossibility, but it's never happened. Until now. With "Everly," the basic "Die Hard" formula is rehashed with a female lead in mind, and the results are surprisingly spectacular. The shtick still works 26 years later. When "Everly" opens, »
- Drew Taylor
4 items from 2015
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