May 26, 2008
….the best action movie stars around you know we have a problem. I see this as a bad problem and a problem that is going to nip everybody in the arse.
Like most everybody I would say I’m a general fan of movies. On a given week I at least watch part of one movie and upwards to five titles. This calendar year I’ve attended the movie theater only three times, and two of those times were for movies I was genuinely excited for (one was a date night to see Run Fat Boy Run that was alright).
For the first half of 2008 the two movies I’ve had any interest in seeing in a movie theater where “Rambo” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull“. Both of those movies star men in their 60′s.
And both kicked utter ass.
Conversation between my friends always comes back to the subject of the death of action movies. With all these damn comic book and 80′s throw back movies (I GUESS they are action movies and the revisited Batman movies are the only ones I get excited about) and with the conclusion of The Matrix not many action movies of note have been released. Another conversation piece is who “The Next Big Action” star is going to be? As much as I personally do have a place for “The Rock” and Vin Diesel was badass in Pitch Black they are nothing in comparison to Arnold, Stallone, Willis, and Ford.
What we are seeing more of now are makeshift action stars. These include some who do it well (Bale, Reeves) and some who I just can’t buy as being action heroes (Downey Jr, Le Boof, Christensen I could goon for awhile here). What I mean is looking at Jean Claude Van Damme at times he just is a badass, and that is all that needs to be said. Watch this video; 152 seconds of Hard Target classic action. Watching his movies you would never know his father owned a flower shop and he was trained in ballet.
I don’t want accessible action stars. I don’t want accessible action movies. I don’t want pg-13 tame ass crap all the time.
The movie industry needs to pick it up. This week I urge all to at least rent Rambo on DVD if you are a fan of classic action movies Rambo fits the bill and takes that bill and turret guns it to pieces. If you are looking for a fun two hour romp into the past check out Indiana Jones. SUPPORT OUR AGING ACTION STARS THEY MAYBE ALL WE HAVE LEFT!