(Wo)men in Black Leather Suits

September 17, 2012

Your favourite Canadian action director is talkin’ shit again. Before making three more Smurf films, he’s speaking out on how he feels about films. In an interview with The Guardian, he spat out a bit on modern female action heroes.

James Cameron Superhero film

Strong words, but fairly apt. Let’s take a look at some films released in the past few years. Even without the plot, they all shop at the same leather shop.

Women action films

Granted, they all generally fit the style appropriate for their stories and films, but it is all a bit samey and are a fairly unrecognized cliche. Not sure if it makes them men, but I’ve seen as far as memorable characters go, I can’t even remember the character’s names. Is Mr.Cameron guilty of his own statements though? Ripley (Aliens) and Sarah Connor (Terminator 2) have all the fierceness of any macho post-Rambo characters, but they do avoid being strictly damsels in distress or eye candy with notable personality traits. One that stands out for me, is their own maternal instincts such as Sarah Conner desiring to save humanity and her son from Judgement Day or Ripley protecting Newt. Obviously, Titanic doesn’t follow into my argument as easily, but Cameron’s pretty bang on about the leather-clothed ladies. Forgive me if I don’t want to see Resident Aeon Evil Underworld Flux again in the near future!


The Expendables 2 Casting Chart

August 5, 2011
Travolta Album 1976 torrent
John Travolta S/T album (1976)

Whether this turns out to be real or not, Total Film seems to think Bulgarian studio heads know about Hollywood film casting plans. So when one mentions that former round-house-kicker and current internet joke Chuck Norris and Old Dogs star John Travolta have been name dropped to be in The Expendables sequel. This next statement could make you wonder why I even maintain this blog, but I was not terribly excited by the news of the first film as it gave me Wild Hogs vibes. That a film like that will make a lot of money by it’s casting for a certain audience, but the result could be of a questionable quality.

I don’t know what was the last theatrical Chuck Norris film, but in comparison to Travolta, he’s a genuine action star despite being…wait, 71? Christ Chuck! Take it easy! But as for Travolta, outside the two John Woo films, I don’t really think of him as an action star. I decided to do a little math and brush up on who really belongs in a film that proclaims to have the ultimate action cast.

Here’s what I found:


No one could break 90%, but I was correct in my assumptions that John Travolta is no action star. A rough 10% of your filmography consists of action films.

Then again, The Expendables films are not how many action films you’ve been in, but about how much machismo you can pull off. And all these guys can pull it off. Even Grandpa Chuck!

So will Travolta hop aboard Stallone’s ensemble? Possibly. But a link on the sidebar of Total Film makes me think it could easily go the other way.

Travolta Not in Expendables 2
He’s talking about Hairspray 2, but this won’t help Total Film‘s case!