Arrow Summer Movie AU Challenge– Action Movies (Week 5)
Charlie’s Angels AU
Once upon a time, there were three very different little girls who grew up to be three very different women.
Felicity is the tech guru– her bubbly personality and off-the-charts IQ get her out of tough spots she finds herself in due to her lack of street smarts. Don’t be fooled by the blonde hair and bright lipstick, if she gets her hands on anything with a computer chip, she can turn it into a weapon.
Lyla is the high brow ex-soldier. Born into a family of doctors and expected to follow suit, she became the black sheep of the family when she entered the military and fell for her commanding officer. Never one to settle for anything less than the best, she constantly makes time for practicing something new.
Sara is a bit of a wild child. She grew up playing second fiddle to her brilliant lawyer of an older sister and spent most of her teenage years rebelling against ‘the system’. A little bit reckless and always the one to leap before looking, her short temper takes second place only to her intense martial arts training. But more often than not, it is her romantic entanglements that get her in the most trouble.
Each woman is a master of disguise, espionage, martial arts and something uniquely all their own. These women all have three things in common: they’re brilliant, they’re beautiful, and they work for me. My name is Charlie, and these are my Angels.
Favourite 5 movies that are totally silly and you have trouble explaining to people (or yourself) why you own them. (for ghostrelic’s 5 movie challenge)
Wuthering Heights (1992) Okay I kinda….have a good reason for this one. This movie, however lackluster it is, ushered me into The World of Men. Ralph Fiennes as an abusive jackwad was my sexual awakening, and if that doesn’t explain everything about me, I don’t know what will.
Happily Ever After (1993) This movie is legitimately terrible, and I look forward to the day Doug Walker reviews it. On the other hand, I used to watch it all the time as a wee girl, and it has a lot of nostalgia fuel for me.
Grandma’s Boy (2006) IT MAKES ME LAUGH, OKAY?
Sucker Punch (2011) Self-explanatory. So pretty too look at/listen to. So, so stupid in concept.
Coco Before Chanel (2009) I legitimately have no idea why I own this movie myself, nor can I explain it to you. It is a Chinese bootleg that mysteriously appeared in my collection a couple years back. I have no memory of buying it, nor have I ever watched it. It’s just sat on my shelf, staring at me awkwardly. I’d sell it, but it’s a bootleg. So there it sits.
Krabat (2008) based on the book by Otfried Preußler. Lovely, dark fairy tale starring David Kross, Tom Wlaschiha, Christian Redl and Daniel Brühl.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Childhood magic.
Bleak House (2005) based on the book by Charles Dickens. Great adaptation with Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) based on the book (orig. Män som hatar kvinnor) by Stieg Larsson. I’m gonna defend the original to the death.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) based on the book by Thomas Harris. It’s perfect and I love it. And I’ll never forget secretly reading the book at night and then putting it back on my parents’ bookshelf in the morning. I’m so sneaky.
5 Movies I love that Nobody’s Heard of (for ghostrelic’s 5 movie challenge)
Yobi the 5-Tailed Fox (2007) - This is legit the most adorable, sweetest animated movie that I’ve seen in a while. I just…go watch it. Just go watch it.
The Road Home (1999) - When I was about 12, I got really sick with the flu and my mom got me some movies from the video store. This was one, and I immediately fell in love. It’s a love story that takes place in the Chinese countryside, and you learn so, so much about Chinese culture from watching it. It’s beautifully told.
The Prisoner (1955) - This is an Orwellian story about an imprisoned cardinal suspected of anti-government activity (played by baby Alec Guinness) being manipulated by the Chief of Police (baby Jack Hawkins) until he has a mental breakdown. There’s a side plot about a resistance girl in love with a fascist soldier, but the real action is behind bars, in the war of wills between the cardinal and the policeman. It’s incredible to watch and utterly jarring.
Joan of Arc (1999) - Technically this is a miniseries, but you can suck my dick. Leelee Sobieski is incredible as Joan, and there’s also Peter O'Toole! As a history nerd, I’m incredibly wary of movies that take place in my time-frame, but this movie does it right. Much of the script is lifted exactly from the trial records, and it’s another movie I saw at 13. It’s also what planted the seed of my eventual conversion to Catholicism, at which time I officially took St. Joan as my patron (which she had been long before I converted). If it gives you any incentive to see it, my old medieval prof from my BA refused to watch hardly any historical fiction movies (because most of them are so horribly inaccurate) but after I showed her this, she added this to her list of approved historical fiction films, which had previously only contained 1 movie.
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) - This movie is beautiful to look at, and it’s an incredible trippy visual homage to 70’s scifi, but dear lord do not watch it while you’re high. I know it’s tempting. I know it seems like a great idea. It’s not. It will give you a horrible, horrible trip, and fuck with you in ways you don’t like. Please consume while sober.
Favourite 5 movies that I forced other people to watch
Saw IV (2007) I really wanted to watch this when it came out and convinced others by making it a double feature with Paranormal Activity. I don’t even remeber why I felt I needed to see this so badly.
Slither (2006) I think all I said was ‘Elizabeth Banks’. That tends to be enough.
Hatchet (2006) I had so much fun with this that I had to share. And I’ll use the opportunity to say that I have seldom been so disappointed by a sequel as I was by Hatchet II. Shame on you and your cow, Adam Green.
Fido (2006) I forced this on a friend on New Years Eve some years ago. Good decision. I still remind him of that debt occasionally.