Wednesday, February 8, 2012


In the first of a two-part feature, it's time to take a high octane drive down memory lane with McG's Charlie's Angels films. Hold on to your wigs!

At the turn of the millennium, a music video director helmed the big screen update of Charlie's Angels - and lo, it was awesome. It was before the fatigue had really set in on film versions of classic TV, and casting Cameron Diaz / Lucy Liu / Drew Barrymore certainly didn't hurt, either. In Part I, let's revisit some highlights that made this action comedy so damn fun!

Charlie's newest Angels Natalie (Diaz), Alex (Liu) and Dylan (Barrymore) take a case to locate kidnapped software engineer Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell). All signs point to the nefarious Roger Corwin (Tim Curry), who could use his satellites with Knox's software to turn anyone's cell phone into a homing device. Or as they put it, "the end of privacy". 

So straighten your weave, find something skintight, and let's do this!

I'll never forget the first time I watched this scene. My choreographed dreams haven't been the same since.

Pretty, nerdy Natalie! Did Zooey Deschanel watch this movie on a loop before she got famous?

There's so much hair-flipping! And it's still not enough!

Prodigy already had their moment in the sun with this song, but the Angels made it relevant again. While beating the shit out of Crispin Glover.

Look, guys. Sometimes science is just EASY. We don't have all day to sit around and wait for fake fingerprints from a lab.

Melissa McCarthy before she was famous! Still just as funny. Natalie and Dylan in drag, however? Just plain creepy.

If you weren't enamored of Lucy Liu's Alex at this point, you're a monster.

I'd like to see Angelina Jolie try this kind of hacking!

MORE DANCING! And welcome back, Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Alex will destroy you. With a muhfuggin' RUSTY CHAIN.

All with her hands tied, even!

Bad guys vanquished - time to drink!


Check back this weekend for a thorough(ly fun) examination of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. A lot of people seem to dislike this sequel, but I'm here to tell you that it's even better than the original. So there!

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