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The 10 Best Revenge Movies of The 21st Century

By David Zou

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For fans of the revenge thriller, the 21st century has thus far been an exciting, variable, and enjoyably unpredictable era. Borne of the more extreme genre elements that punctuate crime films, action-oriented spectacles, and classical noir, neo-noir, Western, and more often than not the knife-edged extremes of seedier underworlds, these films promise fist-pumping satisfaction after plummeting our heroes and antiheroes often through hell and back.

The films on this list show a wide-ranging assortment of violent, provocative, auteur-driven vehicles, influential movies, astonishing international fare, a few blockbusters, and distinctive arthouse gems, too. Enjoy!

10. Kill Bill (Vol 1, 2003, Vol 2, 2004)

Sure, Quentin Tarantino’s super violent genre pastiche lifts its plot completely from François Truffaut’s 1968 classic The Bride Wore Black, but this two-part revenge epic following Uma Thurman’s the Bride (aka Beatrix Kiddo, aka Black Mamba) is an exercise in over-the-top excess, ultra-violence, and fist-pumping fun.

Fun? Well, the gleeful nihilism with which the Bride, a former assassin, seeks bloody revenge on those who wronged her at the altar, is a wildly inventive and relentless affair. While some of the ensuing mayhem is off-putting to the extreme (a comatose Bride is regularly pimped out by an awful orderlie), the fight choreography, endless pop culture references, action set pieces, and revenge fantasy role play is hard to resist.

Admittedly adolescent and affectionate to all the schlock it celebrates, Kill Bill warrants wide appeal to all but the squeamish. For everyone else, this is Tarantino at his most reinvigorating, teeth-gnashing, and samurai sword swingin’. As Budd (Michael Madsen, with all the charm of a rattlesnake) remarks, “That woman deserves her revenge and we deserve to die.” And die they sure as shit do.

9. True Grit (2010)

True Grit (2010)

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Best Simon Pegg Movies You Need To Watch

By Allan Khumalo

Everybody loves Simon Pegg. It’s not only the geeks who have a soft spot for the British actor, but anyone who’s ever seen any of his films. He’s humble, smart and a fine actor who’s provided some of the best laughs in over a decade. You’ll be hard pressed to find another well respected and likable actor (other than Tom Hanks, perhaps).

Heck, the guy seems to be living the dream. He’s worked with his idols Steven Spielberg and George A. Romero. He’s starred in some of his favorite franchises, like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’. He’s chums with the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Peter Jackson, among others. He’s skydived from Tom Cruise’s private jet. And of course, he’s Edgar Wright’s BFF. Not too shabby. Maybe we’re taking it too far, but one can’t help but envy Mr. Pegg, just a little bit.

More seen as a comedic actor, Pegg also has a natural ability to convey drama that makes his brand of comedy even more hilarious. His written and starred in some of the most fun movies in over a decade. He’s a pretty versatile actor who can slip into many different types of roles. He’s also a geek of note who loves to pay respect to anything that’s influenced or paved the way for him.

10. Paul (2011)

Paul (2011)

Pegg and Nick Frost play Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings, two British science-fiction geeks. After visiting Comic-Con they take a road trip through the American Southwest to visit the sites of reported extraterrestrial activity. Ironically, they bump into a real alien voiced by Seth Rogen who’s on the run from the government.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema