Wednesday, December 21, 2011

IT’S CHRISTMAS—TIME FOR SOME GOOD ACTION MOVIES!

Do not make me watch IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE ever again. Ditto MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, any version. It’s not that I don’t like those old movies—okay, I don’t. There are plenty of Christmas comedies that the family can enjoy together and a couple like LOVE ACTUALLY (one of my faves!) that fall into the PG-13 category. But when the gifts are all open and dinner’s finished, give me a good ole holiday action flick to keep the spirit going. Here are a few even the guys will stick around and watch:

DIE HARD – Who doesn’t love Bruce Willis as New York cop, John McClane? And Alan Rickman makes such a brilliantly evil villain--his voice alone is worth the price of a rental. This one is THE classic.




DIE HARD 2 – A year later, Bruce has to battle terrorists at Dulles Airport on Christmas Eve. Can you say Bah, Humbug?
 


LETHAL WEAPON – Let’s ignore that Mel gets more like Briggs all the time and just enjoy him as the young, good-looking, crazy cop shooting up a Christmas tree lot.




KISS KISS BANG BANG – Robert Downey, Jr. as a thief-accidentally-turned-movie-detective is coached by Val Kilmer as private eye Gay Perry. This one may be an acquired taste. Just saying.




LONG KISS GOODNIGHT – Geena Davis plays a housewife with amnesia who starts to remember she’s an assassin. Who knew? Isn’t that a holiday surprise?




BATMAN RETURNS – Not my favorite Batman—that would be Christian Bale—but this one is amusing in a camp sort of way.




THE LAST BOY SCOUT – Bruce Willis again, (yeah, he's one of my favorites!!), this time with  Damon Wayans and some of the best one-liners of all time.




 Do you have any favorites to add? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

4 comments:

myndishafer said...

LOVE Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. All these are great action selections, though! Merry, merry!

Lark Howard said...

Merry, merry to you, too, Myndi. BTW, I enjoyed the grapefruit post on your blog.

Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

Love the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard movies but haven't seen the others. You know what that means: action-movie marathon!

Planes, Train, and Automobiles, is one of my favorite holiday-ish comedies. I miss John Candy.

Lark Howard said...

Love Planes, Train, and Automobiles, Pat, along with Christmas Vacation for classic comedies. Yeah, John Candy was a one-of-a-kind!