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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Badass Ladies Lists

Dan Here:
Time for another round of Best Of Lists.
Previously we have listed the Best Of Movie LawyersRon HowardConcert Movies,

Today, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is in theaters everywhere.
This will be the second of four films that will bring Suzanne Collins' three novels to the screen.
The novel 'Catching Fire' is the most action packed and by far my favorite in the series. 
The Director of CATCHING FIRE, Francis Lawrence, has delivered with big action before:
CONSTANTINE and I AM LEGEND combined to make over $800 million worldwide.
I truly have this great feeling that CATCHING FIRE is going to be a bigger and better film than 2012's THE HUNGER GAMES. 

Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss Everdeen was great in the first film.
The Girl On Fire could become one of the toughest and coolest cinematic heroines ever.
It got us thinking got us thinking about the other most badass ladies in film history.
Chris and I mutually agreed on a Top 3 and then picked the rest of our favorites.

All of the links will jump you to cool videos, so click away!

The All-Time Top 3


T2 was the first R-Rated movie I ever saw. I was seven years old and it blew my mind.
As a matter of fact, it still does. Anyway, Sarah Connor is tough as nails. Knowing the world is going to end soon, can be rough on a person, but she kept her mind and body in shape to help us avoid nuclear winter. Her escape from the mental hospital is so awesome

#2. The Bride (KILL BILL VOL. 1 and 2)

Beatrix Kiddo and her "roaring-rampage of revenge" earn her a spot among the all-time greats. They beat her, shot her in the head and buried her alive, but nothing stops her from taking her Hanzo sword and destroying everyone in her path.

#1. Ripley (The ALIEN Series )

The only survivor out of her entire crew, multiple times. She outlived Xenomorphs, space marines, crazy prisoners and poor Newt. She even killed herself for the good of the human race, only to be brought back (via cloning!) to destroy more aliens. She is one of the best heroes in the history of film, man or woman, and absolutely brings the pain in all four films.

Those are the best of the best, check out the best of the rest, after the jump.


Dan's List 

#5. The Phoenix (X-Men: The Last Stand)

Jean Grey had been living with demons all her life. She may be the most powerful mutant in the X-Men and sometimes that power is too great for her to control. When she saved everyone in X2, she basically hit the reset button on her life and The Phoenix is (re)born. The Phoenix is nobody's friend and atomizes Professor X. Everybody is scared of her, and rightfully so.

#4. Billie Jean (The Legend Of Billie Jean)

The Legend Of Billie Jean has to be one of the best 1980s Cult Classics.
It's as absurd and hilarious as it is angst-ridden.
Billie Jean was only 17 when she became a fugitive, but she inspired the youth of America.
Add in Pat Benetar's awesome, "Invincible" and you've got an epic tale of justice being served.
Fair is fair!

#3. -TIE- Foxy/Jackie Brown (Foxy Brown and Jackie Brown)

You wouldn't want to tangle with either of these fierce Pam Grier characters.
Talk trash to Foxy Brown? Not unless you want a bar stool across the face.
Try to outsmart Jackie Brown? You're probably going to end up dead.
Go ahead and throw Coffy and a whole lot of others onto that list as well.
We salute you, Pam Grier, for your permanent record of badassery.

#2. Alabama (True Romance)

This call girl turned into a great wife and mother before our eyes.
She likes to play dumb, but always uses it to her advantage.
Her 12 minute battle with a mob hitman was so hardcore that it had edited down, multiple times, for it to be released in some other countries. Alabama is a survivor and is another of Quentin Tarantino's many, crazy tough, female characters.

#1. Mrs. Voorhees (Friday The 13th)

You don't mess with somebody's children.
She's a terrifying, mad woman who gets in nine kills before you know it.
Mrs. Voorhees is the scariest part the entire FRIDAY THE 13th series, by far.
"Kill her, Mommy."  is something that will give kids nightmares, forever.

Honorable Mention
Zoe, Kim and Abernathy (Death Proof)- Not even Stuntman Mike could take down this trio.
Gogo Yubari (KILL BILL VOL. 1)- Dies in the only fight we see her in, but definitely a killer.
Buffy (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER)- Head cheerleader/a quick study, who catches knives.

Chris's List

#5 - Hit-Girl (Kick Ass, Kick Ass 2)

Kick-Ass, a divisive film and series, no doubt. The first one was fun and a breath of fresh air, while the second, well, kinda sucked. One thing is for sure, Hit-Girl (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) is the best part of both films.

#4 - Black Widow/Natasha Romanov (Iron Man 2, The Avengers)

Two things are all you need to know why she is on this list:
One, she is played by Scarlett Johansson, and two, this scene:

#3 - Trinity (The Matrix Trilogy)

Trinity rocks it in all three Matrix films, including the opening scene of the series and the famous freeway chase from Reloaded. Again, a video can explain her placement on the list better than I:

#2 - Yu Shu Lien and Jen Yu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

The proof is in the video:

And let us not forget the probably the greatest fight scene of all-time - the Rooftop escape, which they both were a part of as well. You know the one I am talking about, no video should be necessary.

#1 - Hanna (Hanna)

I love this movie. One of the most underrated of the past few years. Great film and great, awesomely badass lead performance from Saoirse Ronan, as a 16-year old deadly assassin being tracked down by a rogue CIA agent played by Cate Blanchett.

Honorable Mention

Miho (Sin City) - Two samurai swords are better than one. Quiet, but deadly.

Sydney Prescott (The SCREAM Series) - Sure, she does not have a lot of skills, weapons, or power but she has survived four films and seven killers - including a murderous boyfriend, brother, and niece - with a nary a scratch on her. Impressive to say the least.

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  1. A few more I'd consider:
    Lisbeth Salander - her rape revenge scene alone should've gotten her on one of your lists
    Xenia Onatopp - more badass than Jean Grey was, gets off on killing people
    Princess Leia - threatens thermal detonator suicide and murders stormtroopers like its no big deal
    Valeria - her main quote is do you wanna live forever, plus she's badass enough for Conan
    Matsuko - since we're talking Hunger Games I figured Battle Royale should get a nod

    1. Great Additions! Salander, Onatopp and Mastsuko were legitimately 3 of the next 5 on my list. Maybe we will expand it to a Top 50!