Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Looking for a little action, ladies?

I’m in kind of a tough girl phase right now. Well, it’s not really a phase. I mean, we can’t help who we like, right? I’m really feeling the lady bad asses. Perhaps it was “Salt,” which I enjoyed immensely. Angelina once famously said she wanted to be Bond, not a Bond girl and boy did she ever deliver. Asses kicked, not stirred. The ERA of action has been long overdue. Sure, we’ve had the Founding Mothers of Bad Assery: Sigourney, Linda, Action Angie. But there’s always room for more. So let’s take a look at some recent contenders.

Now, I have no idea what is happening in this trailer for “Sucker Punch.” Young women in crazy school girl outfits going all Mortal Kombat on an assortment of baddies (Samurai soldiers, Nazis, dragons!). I think it has something to do with a girl being taken to an insane asylum to be lobotomized. But plot schmot, who wants some eye candy?


[Hat tip, Ellen!]

Now, what this next clip lacks in special effects, it more than makes up with literary pedigree. If this gets made into a movie I demand Kiera Knightley and Kate Winslet star, with Emma Thompson in a supervisory role. Referee, perhaps? And, FIGHT!


And, finally, this clip involves no fisticuffs, automatic weapons or heavy artillery. But just listen to Ellen Page’s answer to the question: Who would you like to perform Inception on? Now that’s a bad ass.


You don’t have to use your fists to be tough, ladies. Your brain will do just fine.

18 comments:

bysea said...

My, she reminds me so much of Jeanane Garofalo in that clip. It's been a long time since I've seen a young movie star so clearly intelligent and eloquent.
I hate to say it, but I underestimated Ellen Page. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Karoline said...

wow. Love ellen page!
and I wanna see Jane Austen's Fight club. Awesome!

CAB said...

OMG that Jane Austin's Fight Club is hysterical!

Anonymous said...

Bridget Lin in Peking Opera Blues (1986) will blow you away. Find it. I was reborn the second she appeared on screen. Great movie overall. She did lots of others. Oh, god. Asia is Red sometimes plays at gay film festivals. Sometimes paired with Maggie Cheung. Oh, god.

dc said...

My recent favourite action girl:
HIT GIRL ((and she's really a girl, all 11 years of her)from the movie Kick Ass.

Anonymous said...

Someone (probably a publicist) dropped pictures of all the 'Sucker Punch' ladies in an AE comment thread a few days ago:

http://www.afterellen.com/blog/d-word/the-weekly-geek-getting-gay-at-comic-con

- scorpio54

Anonymous said...

whatever, none of my business anyway.
I mean politic. There is nothing you can get, always
lose, so it's better not to involve.

cocoro said...

I wish I have the fire dragon, so if someone bothers
me, tell the dragon, 'go and burn it'

so, my dragon gentlely fly up, and
fires without any mercy.

Anonymous said...

The Jane Austen video is inspired. Give whoever made that video a gold medal!

perfectflaw75 said...

That's my girl!
Ellen, you're forgiven for moving from Halifax, NS to L.A.

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betseyb said...

Did I go too far? Was that too much? LOL

Anonymous said...

I agree. The Fight Club video is indeed hilarious.

Can't wait to see Salt tomorrow.

Zi said...

omg. it's emily browning. and jena malone. can't stop watching that trailer. must be alive until march 2011. enjoying the tough girl phase.

Anonymous said...

i agree with the emily browning love. i've adored her since "lemony snicket". i even watched that terrible "the uninvited" for her.

Anonymous said...

How about Michelle Yeoh? Bond girl who kicked ass?

Jude said...

It seems that Jane Austen's Fight Club won the grand prize at a Mormon film festival…

Anonymous said...

Michelle Yeoh comes out of that same Hong Kong action genre as Brigette Lin. Couldn't be further from Jane Austen.