July 31, 2017

What 2 Watch After Atomic Blonde?


John Wick

Keanu Reeves in "John Wick"; Courtesy of Lionsgate
While stylishly different that Atomic Blonde, the David Leitch co-directed actioner John Wick has some of the best fights scenes with a protagonist that never quits . . . or dies. Wick follows the eponymous assassin (Keanu Reeves) as he is forced out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog by Russian mobsters. It seems that Blonde and Theron owe a lot to Reeves who reportedly helped Theron practice for her fight scenes. John Wick is available on Amazon Video.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
Director David Leitch is no slump to female heroes, stating that his influences come from video games such as Tomb Raider and Assassin's Creed. He notes, "My favorite video game heroine is probably Lara Croft, just because she is badass and got cool clothes and shoots guns."

The closest audiences may have been to the game is the 2001, Angelina Jolie vehicle. Jolie was recently featured on our "5 Best" list for being kickass in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but Lara Croft: Tomb Raider definitely helped launch her into kickass female heroines.  Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is available on Amazon Video.

Monster

Charlize Theron in "Monster"; Courtesy of Media 8 Entertainment
It's important to note an actress's filmography when looking at "What to Watch." If there are any films to watch starring Theron, one of them would be her portrayal as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 drama Monster. Theron transformed into the serial killer by gaining 30 pounds, wearing prosthetic teeth, and throwing out her ballet talent for a rugged performance that won her an Academy Award (among others). Monster is available on Amazon Video.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road; Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Another memorable moment in Theron's career was Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Theron did shave her head and acted phenomenally, but it was with the help of director George Miller that thrusted her into the scene-stealing performance audiences remember today. Mad Max: Fury Road is available on Amazon Video.

007: Goldeneye

Pierce Brosnan in "Goldeneye"; Courtesy of MGM Studios
Theron may have gone onto state that Atomic Blonde's Lorraine Broughton is quite like her MI6 counterpart James Bond. If you've seen the film you know that a lot of it is just press to pump Blonde up for audiences. Broughton has nothing on Bond. Not like she didn't try, but in the action realm Bond is much better. In the sleeping-in-bed-with-fellow-agents realm Broughton has him beat. They're both extreme alcoholics, which shouldn't be that big of achievement. Bond should be dead by now from alcohol poisoning. It is always a pleasure to watch a Bond film and one of the best Cold War set Bond films: 007: Goldeneye. Pierce Brosnan has been by far the most charismatic agent since Sean Connery. Mix together a true femme fatale in Famke Janssen and a tank chase through St. Petersburg and you have one of the best 007 films in the franchise. 007: Goldeneye is available on Amazon Video.

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