Planet of the Apes [2001]

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Tim Burton WRITTEN BY: William Broyles, Jr. & Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal; Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 2001 PEW PEW: This remake of the original film is a modern-style action adventure film with plenty of violence and action. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes…

The Fifth Element

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Luc Besson WRITTEN BY: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay); Luc Besson (story) RELEASE: 1997 PEW PEW: The Fifth Element definitely offers up a fine helping of action. CAT FOOD: The film has some interesting things to say about the forces of love and greed, among other things….

Jupiter Ascending

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: The Wachowskis WRITTEN BY: The Wachowskis RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: The film somehow finds time to fill the spaces between bullshit with piles of mindless action. CAT FOOD: It attempts to comment on quite a few issues, but any validity is washed away in the ruddy brown wave of…

Heavy Metal 2000

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure / Fantasy DIRECTED BY: Michael Coldewey & Michel Lemire WRITTEN BY: Robert P. Cabeen & Carl Macek (screenplay); Based on a story by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley, & Eric Talbot RELEASE: 2000 PEW PEW: This film is primarily an action film. With little else to boast about, I guess I’ll give…

Heavy Metal

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Comedy DIRECTED BY: Gerald Potterton WRITTEN BY: Daniel Goldberg & Len Blum (screenplay); Based on art and stories by Richard Corben, Angus McKie, Dan O’Bannon, Thomas Warkentin, & Bernie Wrightson RELEASE: 1981 PEW PEW: There is a great deal of animated action once you get into the thing,…

Flight of the Navigator

SUB-GENRES: Adventure DIRECTED BY: Randal Kleiser WRITTEN BY: Michael Burton & Matt MacManus (screenplay); Mark H. Baker (story) RELEASE: 1986 PEW PEW: Flight of the Navigator is a very fun movie, but there aren’t many action elements. CAT FOOD: In an interesting way, the film points out the marked difference between the seventies and the…

Guardians of the Galaxy

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure / Comedy DIRECTED BY: James Gunn WRITTEN BY: James Gunn & Nicole Perlman RELEASE: 2014 PEW PEW: Guardians has all the action and excitement of Star Wars, and then some! CAT FOOD: The film has a great deal to say about friendship and mutual support as the team comes together. When…

Spaceballs

SUB-GENRES: Comedy / Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Mel Brooks WRITTEN BY: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, & Ronny Graham RELEASE: 1987 PEW PEW: Spaceballs does a fine job of replicating the exciting action of the original Star Wars films. It’s surprisingly engaging for a comedy. CAT FOOD: The film parodies some political and religious concepts…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: J.J. Abrams WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, & Michael Arndt RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: The Force Awakens is complete with a near perfect ratio of swashbuckling action to compelling narrative. The series positively glows with, and is perhaps the greatest example of pure ‘pew pew!’ CAT FOOD: This…

Tron

SUB-GENRES: Adventure DIRECTED BY: Steven Lisberger WRITTEN BY: Steven Lisberger (screenplay); Steven Lisberger & Bonnie MacBird (story) RELEASE: 1982 PEW PEW: Battles are fought through games, and there are a few chase scenes, but Tron is fairly adventure-based instead of action-oriented. CAT FOOD: There are some light religious allegories regarding programs and users, but it’s…

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Dave Filoni WRITTEN BY: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, & Scott Murphy (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 2008 PEW PEW: Fantastic animated action, focused on military action and lightsaber duels, with more or less realistic physics. CAT FOOD: While the series that this film piloted is rich with social commentary…

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: George Lucas WRITTEN BY: George Lucas RELEASE: 2005 PEW PEW: The action in this film is gripping with plenty of emotional stakes. The series positively glows with, and is perhaps the greatest example of pure ‘pew pew!’ CAT FOOD: Lucas’ final vision of the corruption of the human heart…