Top Ten Action Flicks for the Testosterone Deficient

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I love it when movies surprise you. Last weekend I sat down to watch The Rundown with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Sean William Scott, Christopher Walken, and Rosario Dawson and LOVED it. Who knew? I was going to endure it, but ended up really enjoying it. Sure, it had a lot of violence, like all action flicks do, but other stuff was thrown into the mix that made it really interesting. For example, there’s this one scene where Dwayne Johnson is fighting a bunch of dudes that are swinging around on vines and kicking him in the face. Not only was the physical slapstick element funny, but the way the scene was executed made it seem sort of post-modern. This self-awareness wafts through the whole movie, which makes it a rather extraordinary action flick. I guess the fact that a woman like me really enjoyed it makes it extraordinary, too.

Let’s face it: most men hate chick flicks, and most women hate action flicks. In fact, I would venture to say that a lot of people hate both because they are predictable, and therefore boring. But we watch them anyway. Why? Because they have one of these overwhelming elements: ass-kicking or ass-kissing. That’s why, when I sit down to watch a film that I know will be formulaic, I am SO HAPPY when they change things up a bit. So, with that in mind, here is a list of ten action flicks that even girly girls could like because it has more than just punching, kicking, and car chases.

1– Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon- So lovely, so beautiful, so sad…

2- The Great Escape- The movie has the same level of awesomeness as it’s musical theme.

3- Ben Hur- How can you go wrong? It has lepers, deadly chariots, and an angry, greasy, half-naked Charlton Heston.

4- Enter the Dragon- It must be super awesome, because I have endured Chuck Norris’ hairy chest for it more times than I can count.

5- True Lies- “Would a spy pee himself?” Need I say more?

6Kill Bill- Let it be a lesson to all you douche-bag men out there. Some women won’t let you get away with being a dick.

7- Predator- Milli Vanilli scared the hell out of me after watching that.

8Alien- I guess Aliens is better, but I haven’t had enough time or desire to watch both and find out.

9- Raiders of the Lost Ark- I will fight anyone who doesn’t love this movie.

10- Star Wars: Episode III- I REALLY hate that Padme let herself die of a broken heart over a sick bastard that killed younglings, but I REALLY like to see Yoda fight.

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