Looper

SUB-GENRES: Action / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Rian Johnson WRITTEN BY: Rian Johnson RELEASE: 2012 PEW PEW: Looper has a nearly perfect action-to-suspense ratio. It’s a really, really cool flick. CAT FOOD: The film’s message is ultimately quite beautiful, using grey morality to great effect to examine what makes heroes heroes and villains villains. I know….

Osmosis Jones

SUB-GENRES: Comedy / Action / Fantasy DIRECTED BY: Peter & Bobby Farrelly (live action); Piet Kroon & Tom Sito (animation) WRITTEN BY: Marc Hyman RELEASE: 2001 PEW PEW: At its core, Osmosis Jones is a buddy cop parody, so there is a decent amount of action. CAT FOOD: Wash your damn hands before eating anything…

Love

SUB-GENRES: Drama DIRECTED BY: William Eubank WRITTEN BY: William Eubank RELEASE: 2011 PEW PEW: You will witness more action waiting in line at the DMV. CAT FOOD: Love is absolutely rife with social commentary, both on the surface and deep inside its baffling presentation. Every so often, I’m presented with a film that entirely polarises…

Aliens

SUB-GENRES: Action / Horror DIRECTED BY: James Cameron WRITTEN BY: James Cameron (screenplay); James Cameron, David Giler, & Walter Hill (story) RELEASE: 1986 PEW PEW: Unlike its predecessor, Aliens brings action to the forefront, delivering a pulse-pounding and unrelentingly exciting experience. CAT FOOD: The film also holds up in terms of social commentary. It addresses…

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,…

Repo Man

SUB-GENRES: Comedy / Drama DIRECTED BY: Alex Cox WRITTEN BY: Alex Cox RELEASE: 1984 PEW PEW: A few shots fired later on. Some car chases. Nothing terribly intense. CAT FOOD: The film captures the cynical nature of youth in the eighties, and the punk rock underbelly is well exposed. It’s dangerous territory when one views…

The Road

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Thriller / Survival DIRECTED BY: John Hillcoat WRITTEN BY: Joe Penhall (screenplay); Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy RELEASE: 2010 PEW PEW: The stage is set for anything and everything to happen in this flick, but it’s not an action movie. CAT FOOD: Unlike most post-apocalyptic films, The Road actually does…

Contact

SUB-GENRES: Drama DIRECTED BY: Robert Zemeckis WRITTEN BY: James V. Hart & Michael Goldenberg (screenplay); Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan (story); Based on a novel by Carl Sagan RELEASE: 1997 PEW PEW: Nope. CAT FOOD: This film is more stunning an example of pure cat food than any other I can think of in this…

The Invasion

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Oliver Hirschbiegel WRITTEN BY: David Kajganich (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 2007 PEW PEW: This is certainly the most consistently action-driven of the Body Snatchers adaptations. CAT FOOD: The Invasion marks a return to deeper social commentary. It drums up some fairly decent questions about…

Invasion of the Pod People

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Drama / Sexploitation / Mockbuster DIRECTED BY: Justin Jones WRITTEN BY: Leigh Scott (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 2007 PEW PEW: Nope. CAT FOOD: People are frisky. Aliens are friskier. Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers and its concept left an indelible mark on me and, as such,…

Body Snatchers

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Abel Ferrara WRITTEN BY: Stuart Gordon & Dennis Paoli and Nicholas St. John (screenplay); Raymond Cistheri & Larry Cohen (story); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 1993 PEW PEW: Toward the end there is a great deal more action than normally occurs in a Body Snatchers film,…