The Top 5 Action Scenes of 2013


All things considered, 2013 was a pretty great year for cinema. But it was a particularly good year for action film fans. With a few exceptions, most action that I saw in movies was pretty competently shot and edited. I was dazzled by the martial arts of Man of Tai Chi, gripped by the boat raiding of Captain Phillips, and temporarily entertained by the barrel-riding of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But even beyond those moments, there were a few action scenes that really stuck out to me. I think of them as the scenes that gave me a “holy shit!” moment, prompting me to exclaim (internally or verbally) disbelief at what I’d just witnessed.

After the jump, you’ll find my personal top 5 Action Scenes of 2013. You will disagree with them! I know the other guys at /Film already have. Thus, I heartily encourage you to share your own choices in the comments, and celebrate the year of action films with me.

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Earlier this week, J.J. Abrams finally admitted what so many Star Trek Into Darkness viewers had been thinking: that refusing to reveal the villain’s true identity in the run-up to the release was a big mistake. But of course, Abrams wasn’t the only person affected by the decision to keep Khan’s name under wraps.

The writers, producers, and actors all had to participate in the lie — which we imagine must’ve been uniquely challenging for Benedict Cumberbatch, who actually played John Harrison a.k.a. Khan. In a new interview, the actor weighs in with his own thoughts on the Khan ruse, as well as his reaction to Abrams’ recent statement. (Hint: it involves the word “dickhead.”) Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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Now that several months have passed, and there’s some perspective on how the whole ruse went down, Abrams has had a slight change of heart. He admits it “probably would have been smarter just to say upfront” that Khan was in the movie. Read, and watch, his thoughts below. Read More »

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Katniss aims her bow squarely at the “real enemy” in the latest The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster. Also after the jump:

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Despite a robust Rotten Tomatoes score of 87%, Star Trek Into Darkness found quite a few detractors when it hit screens. Worse, many of them were longtime Star Trek fans who hated it enough to rank it the worst Star Trek movie of all time in a poll at a recent convention.

That negative reaction got Trek lover Joseph Dickerson thinking, and he penned a long essay calling the franchise “broken” and offering ideas on how to fix it. Where things got really interesting, though, was when Star Trek Into Darkness writer Roberto Orci personally got involved in the comments suggestion. Eventually, he served up a suggestion of his own for his critics: “Fuck off!” Hit the jump to read what happened.

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Now video has come online, likely from the Blu-ray out September 10, that documents the prank. It includes the reactions of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban and even Benedict Cumberbatch. Read More »

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That is, unless you’re a Star Trek Into Darkness fan. According to various reports, the upcoming Blu-ray release comes with a paltry 40 minutes of dull featurettes. What really has fans grumbling, though, is that Paramount actually recorded plenty of other features — they’re just split up among retailers as exclusives.

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