The Best Action Movies of 2019What is the state of the action movie in 2019? You could say they ve never been stronger: They generate all the hype and they break all the records – we just call them superhero movies these days. But for this guide to the best action movies of 2019, we stick with a more pure strain of action filmmaking, whose lineage you can trace back to the 80s and early 90s heyday. It s a world of tough guys (Shaft) and tougher women (Anna), of martial artists (Shadow), vigilantes (Miss Bala), and assassins (John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum). In deciding what qualifies as an action movie, we not only left those newfangled superhero movies to mingle with their own crowd, but the same went for genre hybrids like Alita: Battle Angel, which will go into the best sci-fi movies of 2019 list, launching next week. Otherwise, the action movie needed only to cross a 20-review threshold to be included in this guide, which ranks the best alongside the worst.And now with more high-adrenaline pleasures like Gemini Man, Angel Has Fallen, Rambo: Last Blood hitting theaters, take a look back with a blast from the recent past with the best (and worst!) action movies of 2019 so far!Updated 11/25: 21 BridgesBest Movies of 2019 | Best Horror Movies of 2019Best Comedies of 2019 | Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2019Best Action Movies of 2019
Speaking of heart attacks and artists, how s TV development treating you? I mean you seem extraordinarily busy. Gaiman: I am, although, you know, a week from now on the 31st of May, Good Omens comes out and happens, and I get to retire as a showrunner. I guess I might have to come out of retirement if we get nominated for awards — just turn up at award dinners and things. But basically as far as I m concerned I made this thing that I promised Terry Pratchett I would make and now I m done. I don t have to be a showrunner anymore. I love talking all the things that I ve learned in the four years I ve been making Good Omens and getting to apply them to other things and getting to help other people make things.So you know, it s nice to be a producer of Gormenghast, for example, and I m very actually looking forward to seeing and helping Toby Whithouse along and looking forward to Toby going out to the world with his Gormenghast. I m looking forward to being more involved in adaptations of my own stuff coming up in the future, but I don t really want to write them again, I don t want to showrun again. I would really like to become a writer, and possibly even a novelist again.I hear you have some talent for that.Gaiman: As I’ve said, I will become a retired showrunner, and in my retirement, I may take up writing.(Photo by Amazon Prime)Good Omens looks like it was a blast to film. What was that experience like?Gaiman: It was a blast to film. Good Omens was fascinating because it was an incredibly long shoot. We were making Good Omens, I think we shot altogether for about 120 days, and it s a lot like making a 6-hour-long movie. And when we finished, it was then followed by 11 months of post-production, so that was long, long days, hard work, making something huge, but also — more by luck than anything else, because it just came down to me and director Douglas MacKinnon so much of the time — we wound up making something that feels very, very handmade and feels pretty personal. We got to make personal choices, and there wasn t anybody leaning over our shoulders saying, No you need this. You can t do that. Is that one of the joys of working with a streaming company?Gaiman: I think Amazon trusted us, which was great, and the BBC who were technically our producers, nobody had ever done anything like this before, and they didn t really know what it was, and they just left us alone to get on with it.Well, you can t argue with the result – it s a joy to watch your work come to life with such talented actors.Neil Gaiman: Thank you. I m so proud of it. I made the show for Terry Pratchett, he asked me to make it before he died, and then he died. I wanted to make a show that Terry would have loved, and make a show that Terry would have laughed at, but also that contained all of the ideas and the textures of Good Omens, and I think we did it.May I ask, what is going on with The Sandman? That s one I ve been really looking forward to.Gaiman: Sandman has been interesting, because for the last 30 years … people have failed to make all sorts of versions of Sandman because the time was not right. In the 90s people were going, “We don t know how to make a million R-rated film that would have any CGI in it that doesn t work for us,” and all of this kind of stuff. What s great about now is we ve reached an era in which the fact that there are well over 80 Sandman stories becomes a feature, it becomes an advantage, rather than a problem with how you cram all that into 120 minutes.So, we now have the CGI, we now have the technology, and we now have an adult audience, and we have millions upon millions of people who love Sandman and would love to see it. So I would be very, very surprised if we do not actually get some cool Sandman thing happening in the next two or three years. But then again, there have been many things over the years with Sandman where I ve gone, Ah, OK. Well, they re going to make this. And this is going to be great then. And it has never happened. So anything is possible.Good Omens debuts on Friday, May 31 on Amazon Prime.