Tag Archive for action

Guns, guts and gadgetry

Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

Brad Bird loves James Bond. This was evident in the Sean Connery-era 007 touches he infused into his Pixar hit The Incredibles. It is even more evident in the director’s recent Mission: Impossible episode (gone is the numerical increment, instead…

Great Apes

Caesar from 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

I’ve spent more than my fair share of time railing against CGI, motion capture, and their combined and discrete misuse. In light of 20th Century Fox’s reboot of their classic Planet of the Apes series, I could not be more…

Same Old Grind

Danny Trejo as 'Machete'

You can call Robert Rodriguez many things but subtle isn’t one of them. With his new film, Machete, he stirs up a hornets’ nest of controversy with its timely political themes, satirical stereotypes and misogynist mayhem. But all in good…

Everything old…

Never let it be said that Sylvester Stallone doesn’t know his audience. After railing against the ascent of what he calls “velcro muscles” that he claims have defined action movie stars in the last two decades, Stallone resurrects the big-muscle…