December 31, 2016

2016: The Year in Action

Everyone’s been saying what a terrible year 2016 has been; I’ll admit there have been plenty of crap moments (like every other year) but personally this year has actually been pretty good for me.

Back in April I got to spend the evening with Tony Jaa in my hometown of Toronto where we went for Thai food and discussed his upcoming movies including XXX: Return of Xander Cage. Then in May I got to meet Donnie Yen at the Royal Cinema in Toronto where he did a Q & A after a screening of his movie Wu-Xia. I got an autograph and a photo with him which I thought would never happen; it was one of the few times I was quite star struck.

That was amazing but then as part of TIFF in September I got to meet Iko Uwais from The Raid movies, Headshot and The Force Awakens. Watching Headshot on the big screen and then getting to talk with the cast and crew afterwards was very special and something I won’t forget any time soon.

I also started up The Movie Elite so I could focus on other genres like Horror, Sci-fi, Fantasy and Dramas. I haven’t done that much with it yet but I plan on growing it over 2017 and beyond.

But what of the movies? Well, Headshot is easily my favourite of the year but I also really enjoyed Ip Man 3, Rogue One, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Blood Father, Green Room, The Accountant, The Nice Guys, Deadpool, Daylight’s End, Doctor Strange, London Has Fallen, Batman V Superman: The Ultimate Cut, Civil War and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. I’m not going to do a Best of 2016 list as that was pretty much it above.

In terms of weak movies Warcraft, Jason Bourne, Independence Day: Resurgence, Legend of Tarzan, The Huntsman and Jack Reacher: Never Back Down were the biggest disappointments and I have to admit that upon second viewing Suicide Squad was a bit of a mess too but I didn’t hate it by any means.

2017 looks far more interesting with John Wick: Chapter 2, Stoic, Boyka: Undisputed, XXX: Return of Xander Cage and many more actioners headed our way real soon.

As always I want to thank everyone who has contributed to both The Action Elite and The Movie Elite websites but also to you dear readers for supporting the site and here’s hoping you have a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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