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,…

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…

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…

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: George Lucas WRITTEN BY: George Lucas & Jonathan Hales (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 2002 PEW PEW: This film learned from the mistakes of its predecessor and presents far more action. Attack of the Clones is very satisfying from an action perspective. The series positively glows with, and is…

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: George Lucas WRITTEN BY: George Lucas RELEASE: 1999 PEW PEW: While the feel of the original trilogy is gone, and the politics detracts from the immediacy of the action, The Phantom Menace has its fair share of excitement. The series positively glows with, and is perhaps the greatest example…

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Richard Marquand WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Kasdan & George Lucas (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 1983 PEW PEW: This movie is a wonderful blend of the two movies that preceded it. It is altogether more fun than the first and second, and the depth adds new stakes to the action….

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

SUB-GENRES: Fantasy / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Jim & Ken Wheat WRITTEN BY: Jim & Ken Wheat (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 1985 PEW PEW: The Battle for Endor is a very fun fantasy adventure with plenty of action to entertain children and adults alike. CAT FOOD: This film is intended for children, but one can’t…

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Irvin Kershner WRITTEN BY: Leigh Brackett & Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay); George Lucas (story) RELEASE: 1980 PEW PEW: Empire pairs the tense cat and mouse chases and swashbuckling action of Star Wars with a compelling drama that does a little more to underscore the severity of the situations. The series…