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My Favorite Holiday Films (Updated)

Posted in list with tags , , , , , , , on 11/12/2014 by Kevin Entrekin

A few years back I wrote an article listing my five favorite Christmas films, and in review it was a combination of bad writing and lame choises. I included Home Alone and It’s A Wonderful Life in that list. And if I’m honest, as enjoyable as those films are, I will survive each year without viewing either of them. Because I don’t really enjoy most films with a heavy focus on the holidays, more the ones that just happen to take place during the season. So here is my updated, true, five six or seven favorite X-Mas films. And maybe they’ll be aides in your survival of the holidays as well.

  •  Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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If I could choose only one film to consider essential personal viewing during the holidays, I’d choose Shane Black’s genre-blending Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. What more could you want? Murder. Mystery. An inept Robert Downey Jr. Val Kilmer as a gay private eye. And femmes Michelle Monaghan and Shannyn Sossamon round out an even more expansively talented cast in a modern, comical noir. Black’s name has more provenance since last year with his sophomore directing effort, a little indie flick called Iron Man 3. And he wrote another film on this list, but more on that later. But this film, clever and underratedly brilliant, is still one of my favorite films.

  • Die Hard (1988)

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I have only ever seen two Die Hard films. The original McClane classic and then the terrible A Good Day to Die Hard. And I’m fine with that. The original has a plethora of fun and mayhem to satisfy each repeat viewing. You get a primed and smart-ass Bruce Willis facing off against wicked Alan Rickman set in Nakatomi Towers. There is an unmistakable 80’s aesthetic without straying too far into a cliche or becoming formulaic. Think of it like this: A crappy Christmas party you were invited to, but exciting and fun. Well, that’s the plot. You get the comparison though, right?

  • Trading Places (1983)

jlc4Time to buffer that action with some comedy, and what better way to do that than with this classic John Landis 80’s Pauper-adaptation. It has many great actors at the height of their careers. Eddie Murphy is hilarious yet sincere as a poor black man given a job as a stock trader. Dan Aykroyd is equally entertaining as snooty stock trader turned poor white man. And Jamie Lee Curtis, whom (no secret) I very much adore, is charming as a smart prostitute with a heart of gold. Trading Places has that special Landis charm and whit that combined with this cast makes for an heart-warming comedic romp.

  • Lethal Weapon (1987)

lethal-weapon-2I love the Lethal Weapon films. They’re a guilty pleasure that I don’t really feel guilty about. It’s odd to me, that modern action films shy away from such a brilliant formula as these films. Yeah, you get to switch off and just watch, but not like now where people have to wipe away dribble from their lips at the end of a Michael Bay film. Did LW get a little ridiculous? Better believe it. I mean, a guy gets killed by a flying surfboard in the sequel. But there was some intelligence to these films, something to keep you lucid and connected. Before Gibson went nutty and Glover was actually too old for anything, they were one of the best buddy cop duos around. Well, they still are. And that Shane Black guy mentioned earlier? Yeah, he wrote it.

  •  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

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A December nary passes the Entrekin household before watching Clark Griswald’s decent into middle-class holiday hell. To this day, this comedic observation of those quirky people we call family is still relevant. Considering that this film comes from the Lampoon’s, a studio that pumps out about fifteen films a year and the last one that was of any relevance was… Christmas Vacation, that’s quite impressive.  Most everyone has a Eddie in the family, albeit a good bit more racist. Most everyone has heavily medicated grandparents that just stare at the tele and have the age-old conversation of how “the good ole days are gone”. And most everyone has strung out parents just trying to hold everything barely together.

  • Batman Returns (1992)

batmanbatman1I mean… Keaton as Bats. Pfieffer as (the quintessential) Catwoman. DeVito as Penguin. Gloomy neo-gothic Gotham. Can’t go wrong. I’d even go ahead and throw in the original Batman film as a warm up to Returns as well. It also has a winter drabness and why not have a mini-marathon of the Tim Burton masterpieces? It’s also a nice reminder of simpler times, pre-Marvel and Zach Snyder CGI projectile spewing.

Yeah, the holidays can be hell sometimes. The haze of Christmas lights and seasonal scents and corporate greed sends some into a sedated existence. And then there are the Christmas social media defenders. You know, the ones who get really worked up and hateful when underprivileged people point out inequality in America. The type you mostly wonder why you added them to your Facebook in the first place.  The ones who like to share a “IT’S MERRY CHRISTMAS, NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS” photo everyday. Screw those grinches. Anyways, this time of year can get pretty heavy for a lot of people. So spike that egg nog just a bit more, kick back with these films, and drift away from Grandpa Ulysses’ snoring.

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TMTB Predicts the 86th Academy Awards

Posted in list, Oscars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24/02/2014 by Kevin Entrekin

tmtb86BEST PICTURE

  1. American Hustle
  2. Captain Phillips
  3. Dallas Buyers Club
  4. Gravity
  5. Her
  6. Nebraska
  7. Philomena
  8. 12 Years A Slave
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street

Who Will Win: 12 Years A Slave, Gravity

Who Should Win: 12 Years A Slave, Gravity

Who Could Win: The Wolf of Wall Street

Who Got Snubbed: Prisoners, Blue is the Warmest Color, Only God Forgives

Really, this race is down to either 12 Years A Slave or Gravity, with respect to the other nominees. And either film would be worthy of the statue. Gravity is the most technologically advanced film to date. Not only that, it’s probably the years most entertaining as well. By the same token, 12 Years A Slave is a brilliant work displaying humanity vs. humanity. In the end, it can go either way and I wouldn’t really mind. Others, who have more opinionated thoughts and anger issues will think otherwise. Both are great works, in their own rights.

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

  1. American Hustle, David O. Russell
  2. Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón
  3. Nebraska, Alexander Payne
  4. 12 Years A Slave, Steve McQueen
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón

Who Should Win: Steve McQueen

Who Could Win: Martin Scorsese

Who Got Snubbed: Harmony Korine, Nicolas Winding-Refn

This is another toss up. It could be Cuarón . It could be McQueen. Distantly it could possibly be Scorsese. Everyone in this category has earned their nomination, and quite a few deserve a nod as well.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  1. Christian Bale, American Hustle
  2. Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Chiwetel Ejofor, 12 Years A Slave
  5. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey

Who Should Win: Matthew McConaughey

Who Could Win: Leonardo DiCaprio

Who Got Snubbed: Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix

I’m a full supporter of the McConaissance. For an actor who for years was a rom-com punchline to become a dark force in dramas is an incredibly bold career shift that has paid off. His haunting performance as Ron Woodroof is one of the most emotional you could see in 2013. But what about Leo? His performance as scummy NY stock broker Jordan Belfort is the best of his career. And considering he has been snubbed many times by the academy over the years, is this statue his finally?

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  1. Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  2. Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  3. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
  4. Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
  5. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Who Will Win: Jared Leto

Who Should Win: Jared Leto

Who Could Win: Michael Fassbender

Who Got Snubbed: Hugh Jackman

This is an easy choice for the most part. Jared Leto was simply devastating as Rayon, a transgender woman who acts as the buffer for Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. If there is one person in this category who can really give Mr. Leto a run for the statue is Michael Fassbender’s hellish slave owner in 12 Years A Slave.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  1. Amy Adams, American Hustle
  2. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  3. Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  4. Judi Dench, Philomena
  5. Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett

Who Should Win: ?

Who Could Win: Sandra Bullock

Who Got Snubbed: Scarlett Johansson, Adèle Exarchopoulos

Every year, when the nominations come out, I always end up looking at the leading/supporting actress category and I think… why the hell have I not seen any of these performances? Seriously, the only performance I’ve seen is Sandy B’s gut-wrencher in Gravity. I can only expect brilliance from the other wonderful women… although I consider Meryl Streep one of the most over-rated actresses. Anyways- it looks like Cate Blanchett is this years front-runner.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  1. Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  2. Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  3. Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
  4. Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  5. June Squibb, Nebraska

Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o

Who Could Win: Lupita Nyong’o

Who Got Snubbed: Léa Seydoux

I still have hope that Lupita Nyong’o can take home this trophy. But the Jennifer Lawrence love train is pretty strong. Not saying she doesn’t deserve it, because as I stated earlier I haven’t seen American Hustle, but I question whether I could be any better than Ms. Nyong’o.

Who do you think will or should win? Who got snubbed?

Five Best Films of 2013

Posted in list, Oscars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/02/2014 by Kevin Entrekin

*As of January 25, 2014. In no order. To be expanded upon.

  • gravgif GravityDirected by Alfonso Cuarón. Rated PG-13/UK: 12A. 91 minutes.

While the scientific community was twitching over the trivial, the cinema-going public was in awe of Alfonso Cuarón’s latest work. A simple enough story, humanity verses itself and nature, where Sandy Bullock represents humanity and satellite debris in space represents nature. But this minimalist film hold you firmly in its grasp for 90 minutes and only after allows you to take a moment to catch your breath. Director Cuarón, already established as a greatly visionary director with films like Children of Men, has produced a film that is years ahead of its time.

There is no doubt that over the years of recent cinema that the dark corner of American slavery and segregation has been explored frequently. But what sets Shame director Steve McQueen’s apart from those other films is the blunt and nakedness of the subject. 12 Years is a brutal, authentic, and unflinching account of Solomon Northup, A free man turned slave who fought back to regain his humanity. Many have focused on the brutal aspects of this film, but the real power of McQueen is his ability to showcase ugliness without the need of “shock value”.

  • wows2 Wolf of Wall Street– Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rated R/UK:18. 180 minutes.

A lot of people have complained that this film glorifies excess and immorality. Personally, I don’t. I think Scorsese was trying to point out the absurdity of Jordan Belfort’s debauchery. But regardless of what you think, there is no denying that the latest from the legendary director is three coke-fueled hours of hilarious/satirical fun. The story of a fast and loose Wall Street swindler is Scorsese’s best film since his gangster opus Goodfellas, which shares one or two similarities with Wolf. Could this be the year that DiCaprio takes home a Best Actor Oscar? I think so.

Not a film for the faint of heart, Winding-Refn’s gritty and blood-stained Only God Forgives split the cinephiles this year. Many liked it. Many found it too abstract. Either way you lean, the scope and beauty of Winding-Refn’s scope is dirty and beautiful. More Valhalla Rising than Drive in structure, this tale of deplorable characters on both sides of a murder doesn’t shy with making you comfortable.

  • prisgif1 Prisoners– Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Rated R/UK: 15. 153 minutes.

While not the best, Prisoners is in fact my favorite film this year. Not the best, but the most fun. Well, as much fun as child abduction can be. But over the last few years there has been something missing from the thriller genre- thrills. This film does, and so much more. The story is always churning and changing the perspective of who did what. It is also a showcase for the talents of Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, both sadly snubbed of Academy Award recognition. As was this film.

Up next, are The Five Worst Films of 2013…

GIVEAWAY: Want A Free Copy of ‘The Conjuring’ on Blu-Ray?

Posted in list with tags , , on 21/10/2013 by Kevin Entrekin

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So, this has been a pretty decent year for horror films, in regards to recent years at least. One that surprised me was The Conjuring. A typical haunted house film, the type that studios have run into the ground to make a quick buck, but The Conjuring is different than those. This has heart and enough old-school swagger to be very entertaining and bring the scares as well. And to celebrate the release of it on home media, I’m giving away a copy of the film on Blu-Ray to one of you.

The skinny on how to win:

Pretty simple lads and lasses. You want a copy of the film? Leave a comment below with your all time favorite horror flick, but you have to explain why it is your favorite with a few sentences. Sharing, retweeting, and reblogging helps your chances. Obscure film choices also wins points, but the honesty and strength in which you defend your choice, regardless of what it is, will be what wins the prize. I will close out the giveaway Monday, November 4th. One person wins, and the rest of you shanks will have to pony up and purchase the film, which comes out on October 22nd. Good luck!

Five things to know before watching The Conjuring:

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Rules:

Each household is only eligible to win 1 The Conjuring Blu-ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

My 2013 Oscar Picks.

Posted in list, Oscars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 17/02/2013 by Kevin Entrekin

oscar_wideBEST PICTURE

  1. Amour
  2. Argo
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Les Misérables
  6. Life of Pi
  7. Lincoln
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Zero Dark Thirty

Who Will Win: Argo

Who Should Win: Argo

Who Could Win: Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook

Who Got Snubbed: The Dark Knight Rises, The Master, Looper

This years race has gotten interesting. If you would have asked me when the nominee were named this year, I wouldn’t have given Argo much of a chance, especially since Mr. Affleck was snubbed for the Directing category. I really thought Lincoln was going to take this category, which would have been a shame because I personally thought it wasn’t all that entertaining. Same thing with Life of Pi. But can Silver Linings Playbook, which seems to have captured the heart of critics and movie-goers alike (including me), pull off an upset? We’ll see, eh?

DIRECTING

  1. Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  2. Benh Zeitlin, Beast of the Southern Wild
  3. David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  4. Michael Haneke, Amour
  5. Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Who Will Win: Steven Spielberg

Who Should Win: Ben Affleck (Argo)

Who Could Win: David O. Russell

Who Got Snubbed: Ben Affleck (Argo), Rian Johnson (Looper), Christoper Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)

There is a chance Argo may not take home the Best Picture trophy, But Ben Affleck hands down will take home the dire- oh, wait, he wasn’t nominated. Which is a bit crazy to me. There’s no reason for him not to be. His directing is superb in Argo. But that’s not going to happen. So I guess Spielberg is taking home the statue, even though David O. Russell is more deserving.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  1. Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  3. Denzel Washington, Flight
  4. Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  5. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Who Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis

Who Should Win: Bradley Cooper

Who Could Win: Denzel Washington

Who Got Snubbed: Daniel Craig (Skyfall)

If I haven’t made it apparent yet, I found Lincoln to be a mediocre film. But I will concede that Daniel Day-Lewis is very good in the role of the 16th President. Better than Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook? Nonot really. But Lewis has been the favorite in all the other awards shows this year. And if the Academy is anything, it likes to play it safe in its selections.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  2. Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  3. Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  5. Quvenzhane Wallis, Beast of the Southern Wild

Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Who Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Who Could Win: Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts

Who Got Snubbed: ?

For whatever reason, every year this category is the biggest mystery for me because I never seem to have a chance to see the films these amazing ladies have starred in sadly. The only two I have seen are Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook. Of the two I would pick Lawrence, who is pure electricity this year.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  1. Alan Arkin, Argo
  2. Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  4. Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Who Will Win: Robert De Niro

Who Should Win: Robert De Niro

Who Could Win: Any of them

Who Got Snubbed: Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)

This is going to be the most interesting category of the night to me. There is no predictability here. Anyone can take home the statue, and worthy of it too. But I think De Niro will be the one walking away with it. In one of his best performances in years, how could he not? The only thing that would have made it more interesting is if Leo DiCaprio has received a nod.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  1. Amy Adams, The Master
  2. Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  3. Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  4. Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Sally Fields, Lincoln

Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway

Who Should Win: Anne Hathaway

Who Could Win: Anne Hathaway

Who Got Snubbed: Kerry Washington (Django Unchained)

How did Sally Fields get a nomination? I mean that was probably the worst aspect of Lincoln for me. As I said, The Academy likes to play it safe. Any who, Anne Hathaway will win this category and rightly so. Her heartbreaking and fearless rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” is enough to cement her brief but brilliant performance in Les Miserables as a win.

Well, that’s it- the six big categories. There are a few others that have my interest as well like the short film category but I save that for the Twittercast. If you want to hear my thoughts and comments on the 85th Oscars you can follow my Twitter, @KevinAE. Then again you could just enjoy this celebration of film without my probable annoying Tweets.

Spotlight: Life of Pi

Posted in list with tags , , , , , on 19/11/2012 by Kevin Entrekin

Unless you’ve been living living under a rock, or in North Korea, then I’m guess you’ve heard about celebrated director Ang Lee’s latest project, the much buzzed about Life of Pi.The director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain is back this time with the story of Pi (Suraj Sharma) who survives the sinking of a freighter in a life raft with a tiger. An unbelievable bond is formed between the two, who suffers trials together to make it back home.

 

Life of Pi looks to be a visual thrill ride and an early Oscar contender. It comes out this wednesday, November 21st.

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks to the team at Different Drummer for the exclusive content.

 

My Favorite Ladies of Science Fiction

Posted in list, Nerdism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/12/2011 by Kevin Entrekin

Science Fiction films have always fascinated me since I was young. Back then, it was the out of the world visuals that held me glued to the screen. The music, the characters, everything drew me in. As I’ve grown older my love for this genre of films has only grown stronger. Like many things as you get older, the story and complexities of the films begin to reveal themselves to you. You realize that they are more than just a fantasy film and that they actually have relevance to many issues today. And it’s not only in film. You see the labor of love put into television, literature, and video games as well.

Another interesting thing about Sci-Fi films is how strong the actresses are in them. More so than most genres of film. And as you get older, sexy is defined by strength and intelligence. Okay, the outfits occasionally don’t hurt either. And I figured it was time that I paid tribute to my favorite ladies of Science Fiction. So without further ado…

1. Carrie Fisher (Known for: Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

Carrie Fisher was my first crush as a young Padawan and still today holds a very special place in my heart. She is my “permacrush” I have been informed. Not sure I’m crazy over this word but it could grow on me. Anyways, there is just so much to love about her as Princess Leia. From her very first encounter with Darth Vader, she exudes confidence and strength. She will grab a E-11 blaster and take care of business while Han and Luke are arguing. She can even kill you while wearing a skimpy gold bikini. See what I mean about a lot to love? The simple fact of the matter is that in the Sci-fi universe, she is a queen instead of a princess.

2. Sigourney Weaver (Known for:  The Alien series, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Paul)

Warning: Spoiler alert for those who have not seen Alien.

In space no one can hear you scream. Nothing makes the tagline for the movie Alien more true than the scene at the end when Ripley thinks that the Alien that has been terrorizing her and her crew is dead. But when she is at her most vulnerable, the Alien crawls out of it’s hiding place. Keeping a calm head, Ripley slips on a spacesuit and then kicks the alien out of her ship into the great unknown. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in the Alien films is enough to cement her place as a Sci-Fi goddess, but she doesn’t stop there. She starred as Dana Barrett in the Ghostbusters films as well. And even as she has gotten older, she continues to rock the screen today.

3. Lara Croft (Known for: Tomb Raider series of video games and films)

In video games, there are important game changers (no pun intended). Halo changed how we interact and play together. Call of Duty took the formula of war games and flipped in on it’s head. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial showed how to nearly bring down an entire franchise. And Lara Croft changed how women are perceived in the gamer community. She’s strong, smart, and always ready with a quick quip. She can plug a slug in the back of a T-Rex’s head with ease. Oh, and her explorer outfits did not hurt either. The truth is she came into a genre that at the time was exclusive to men and made her presence known. Not only known, but put most of the fellas to shame (and still does). I’ve always loved Ms. Croft, no matter if she consist of 300 polygons or portrayed by Angelina Jolie.

4. Milla Jovovich (Known for: The Fifth Element, The Resident Evil series of films, Ultraviolet)

Leeloo from The Fifth Element is probably one of my favorite Sci-fi film characters ever. Her innocence and ignorance to the everyday activity in 23rd century Los Angeles is why she is my favorite character actress Milla Jovovich has done. All of here characters are strong but all of them are self-aware of this (Best example is Alice from the Resident Evil films). Except for Leeloo. For most of the film you think she is delicate until she in the latter half of the film challenges a horde of Mangalores to a fight. Which I image Jovovich would also do in real life.

5. Carrie-Anne Moss (Known for: The Matrix Trilogy, Red Planet)

Carrie-Anne Moss is one of the most underutilized actresses working today. She’s so talented it annoys me sometimes that she is usually only remembered for her role of Trinity in The Matrix. Although to be remember for such a great role isn’t a bad thing. Her strength is something that exudes of the screen, and many times she is stronger than Keanu Reeve’s Neo. And few women could legitimately pull off a full leather outfit in a gunfight and she’s one of them. Equal parts muscle and sexy? Good combo.

6. Michelle Rodriguez (Known for: The Resident Evil series of films, Avatar, Battle: Los Angeles, and Lost)

If there was one lady on this that I would for sure not want to piss off, it would be Michelle Rodriguez. Just look at that photo to the right; I didn’t post it because of what she is wearing (or more appropriately what she isn’t wearing), I posted it because of that stomach. The fact is that Ms. Rodriguez is a hardcore woman and her presence in Sci-Fi films are just as hardcore. She’s not always a leading lady, but simply her presence as a supporter is enough to make your side tougher. Whether fighting zombies in Resident Evil or fighting time travel in Lost, you want M-Rod on your side.

7. Sean Young (Known for: Blade Runner, Dune)

Probably the least known member on this list of Sci-Fi royalty is the amazing Ms. Sean Young. But she is also the lead actress in one of the greatest Sci-Fi films of all time, Blade Runner. In a movie that stars Daryl Hannah and Harrison Ford, you have to be able to hold your own. Sean Young does this and more. She makes herself strong yet vulnerable as a conflicted experimental replicant. Plus, she’s one of the few women who has actually been able to pull off over-the-top 80’s fashion.

8. Anna Torv (Known for: Fringe)

If there is one show that has had the most surprising success, it would be Fringe. Much of this can be attributed to the core cast which includes John Noble, Joshua Jackson, and Ms. Anna Torv. Her portrayal of Olivia Dunham is one of strength and determination. She always stays focused on the task at hand. She is beautiful yet never really acts that way. She rarely shows emotion or lets her guard down but when she does it’s an amazing moment. If you have not watched this series before, start now.

There were many strong ladies left out of this group. I’m sure I’ll get a few emails or comments here and there saying “Where’s Scully?” and No Katee Sackhoff or Raquel Welch?” Well I have not seen much of X-Files or Battlestar Galactica, although I will admit that what I have seen of these shows I was impressed. And even though One Million Years B.C., I have just never had the opportunity to see it. This is my list and I want to hear yours. So leave it below if you have time.