They’ve been called movie eye candy by many. Besides a good comedy, they’re likely the most fun you’ll have watching a movie, and there’s no better time for them than now. Hollywood blockbusters and superhero movies fill the theater seats, and we can’t help but keep coming back for more. They’re action movies, and they’re available right now in OverDrive Marketplace through our streaming video format, with more added every day. Here are just some of my favorites:
Django Unchained (2012) Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed By Quentin Tarantino. Academy Award® Winner: Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
What it’s about: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django, promising to free him upon the capture of the Brittles—dead or alive.
Why your patrons will love it: This movie has everything that makes action movies fun: gun battles, explosions, an awesome hero, a crazy villain, etc. Tarantino movies have always been the epitome of “cool,” but they’ve never really been considered “fun.” While there are parts of Django that will make some people uncomfortable, this is easily his most accessible movie. It’s also his most successful movie, making over $162 million at the box office.
Kill the Irishman (2011) Starring Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, and Val Kilmer. Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh.
What it’s about: During the summer of 1976, 36 bombs detonated in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman chronicles Greene’s heroic rise from a scrappy union official in a tough Cleveland neighborhood to a local mob enforcer who took on some of the biggest crime syndicates.
Why your patrons will love it: It’s one of the few movies that stays pretty true to the source material, which is a terrific novel by Rick Porrello, which in turn is based on the real events depicted in the movie. Ray Stevenson is almost uncanny as Danny Greene, and while the action may be more crime drama, it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Even though the move wasn’t that successful at the box office, it’s found a lot of popularity in the home video market. The movie also has special ties to Cleveland, OverDrive’s home city.
Traitor (2008) Starring Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, and Jeff Daniels. Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff.
What it’s about: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle). A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down. Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex-soldier burrows deeper and deeper into a world of shadows and intrigue.
Why your patrons will love it: The movie is reminiscent of old-school spy thrillers, albeit with more action scenes. The movie keeps you guessing throughout with wonderfully timed twists that help achieve that, “did he/didn’t he” game in the viewer’s head. It also boasts a twist ending that many won’t see coming.
These great titles (and many more!) are available with the streaming video format. If you don’t have streaming video yet, contact your Collection Development or Account Specialists to get started today.
Jim Monastra is an Account Specialist at OverDrive.