#Girlboss 8 Woman-led Films To Motivate You to Kick Ass

When I'm feeling down and need motivation, watching action films starring women who kick was always boosts my mood. There's just something empowering and motivating seeing other women in control and, honestly, beating the shit out of people. It's illegal for me take a samurai sword and chop someone's head off or unload a full clip into someone who broke my heart. So why not cheer on women who can? Films with intelligent, strong, badass women saving the day, exacting revenge or executing a damn near flawless heist, inspire me to get off my ass, take control and make something happen.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2


Kill Bill was an instant cult classic. That seems to happen to a lot of Quentin Tarantino's films. Tarantino said he wrote this film specifically for Uma Thurman after working together on Pulp Fiction. Kill Bill is a duo of hack 'em, slash 'em revenge films that gets women in action all the way right. Not to mention, the perfect soundtrack to accompany each fight scene.

The Long Kiss Goodnight


The Long Kiss Goodnight is in my top 10 favorite movies of all time. ALL TIME. Geena Davis plays a woman who has had amnesia several years. She's a wife, mother, school teacher and pillar of her community. She's also a former covert operative. Remember the rapper Charlie Baltimore? She took her rap alias from the insanely badass Charlene "Charlie" Baltimore of this film. 

Point of No return


Point of No Return is an American remake of La Femme Nikita (honorable mention). Maggie (Bridget Fonda) was a junkie accused of murdering a cop and forced to train to become an assassin. Sadly, too many people haven't seen this film, so I won't give away spoilers. I'll just say, watch it. Bridget Fonda comes from the legendary Fonda acting family (her father is Henry Fonda and her aunt is Jane Fonda). I'm sure the pressure was on, but she looked as if she didn't even break a sweat! After seeing this film, I was hoping to see her in more action roles because she was good!  

Underworld series


Vampires, werewolves and a badass vampire heroine killing them all. Do you need more convincing? 

The Resident Evil Series


Zombie killing. Based on the popular game series, Resident Evil is nonstop action. Milla Jovovich does her own stunts. Oh, and killing zombies. Did I mention zombies?




Zoe Saldana is probably the queen of action films. Her background in ballet allows her fight scenes to look so fluid, real. Have you ever watched a fight scene as just thought "This looks horrible"? Never have I said that about a Zoe Saldana fight. And with Columbiana, she's the best. Saldana always opts to do her own stunts. My only problem with Columbiana is that there could have been more character development. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


The writing is extremely cheesy, but fun. That's what makes Buffy delightful. Sometimes you don't know what you can do until you have to do something, right? Granted, the television show that came from it wasn't as cheesy, but the campiness is what made Buffy "Buffy". Hooray for feel-good vampire killing!

Jackie Brown


When you've had enough, then you've had e-damn-nuff! Written specifically for the legendary Pam Grier, Jackie Brown is about an older woman whose tired of being caught up in other people's mess and she's ready to get out. This isn't the typical action film, but it's motivating nonetheless. Jackie is older and tired of the bull. One last score is all she needs. 

Tank Girl


She's eccentric, hilarious, loyal and dangerous. The film Tank Girl was based on the British comic debuting in the first issue of Deadline Magazine in 1988. It gives us a futuristic look at what can happen when corporations control the most basic of needs--water.

Which films do you turn to for a pick-me-up? We want to hear from you.

#ThrowbackThursday - Resident Evil: Code Veronica


Since 1996, Resident Evil has been the most popular horror series in gaming. Released February 3, 2000, Code: Veronica took place three months after the events of RE2. It was the first of the series to premiere on the next generation consoles of the time: Playstation 2 and Sega Dreamcast. Code: Veronica was developed to be Resident Evil 3 and is still considered Resident Evil 3 by Shinji Mikami and developers.

When gaming writers talk about some of the best games in the horror genre, for some reason, Code Veronica is often forgotten-- and that's a shame. Too many people don't even know it exists! PC Magazine listed all of the Resident Evil games from worst to best and completely left out Code: VeronicaCode: Veronica was one of the best games to come out in 2000 and is among one of the best RE titles. Sony released emulated versions of the PlayStation 2 version Code: Veronica on PlayStation 3 and then another emulated version for the PS4.

Resident Evil-Code: Veronica starts off with Claire Redfield searching for her brother at an Umbrella facility in Paris. She ends up getting captured and is taken to a secret facility off the coast of Antarctica. While there, someone bombs the Umbrella facility, pretty much destroying everything and releasing the T-Virus, causing an outbreak. Claire escapes her prison and runs into another prisoner, the playful and flirty Steve Burnside.

The Resident Evil series was a departure from other horror games a the time, which focused on aliens, zombies or some other form of undead. RE presents complex, evil human beings worse than zombies. Code: Veronica took it a step further with its gothic horror themes. In addition to the supervillain badass, Albert Wesker, Code: Veronica introduced players to the twins, Alfred and Alexia Ashford--though Alfred believes himself to be his twin and dresses as her, talks like her, while she lay cryogenically frozen.

The storytelling in Code: Veronica was superb. NRMGamingHD created a movie, Resident Evil - Code: Veronica using all the cutscenes and it plays like an early 2000s cartoon drama.

What makes Code: Veronica stand out is its hard-as-hell puzzles. It also takes awhile to play (hooray for long games that keep gamers engaged). And, it has the best game ending of all of the RE titles. Hopefully, Sony will release a PC version just as it has done with the other titles in the RE series. It's such a good game that a remastered version would be able to contend with other modern titles.