action-movies

‘Yippee-Ki-Yay, Motherfucker’: How ‘Die Hard’ Made John McClane a Modern-Day Cowboy

“Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker” doesn’t appear anywhere inNothing Lasts Forever, the 1979 Roderick Thorp novel that inspired Die Hard, the classic 1988 action film that made Bruce…

The Pleasure of Deeply Mediocre B-Movies Like ‘21 Bridges’

21 Bridges is an utterly disposable B-movie that very few people would care about except for the fact that it stars Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman…

The Never-Ending Quest to Make ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Feminist

William Froug was a prodigious television writer-producer of the 1960s and 1970s, working on everything from The Twilight Zone to Gilligan’s Island to Bewitched. He…

An Excruciating History of Macho Action Stars in Adorable Kids’ Movies

When Barton Fink first meets Jack Lipnick in his office at Capital Pictures, he finds himself on the receiving end of an avalanche of bombastic…