Biehn Counters: Michael Biehn's Top 5 Movies
Michael Biehn's been acting since the 1970s -- IMDb lists more than 80 appearances, which is damn impressive -- but in recent years he's branched into writing and directing. His latest creative effort, the grindhouse-style thriller The Victim, is screening Wednesday at the Landmark River Oaks on West Gray, with Biehn himself in attendance for a Q&A afterward. (You can get more info here and buy tickets here.) Before you go, get yourself familiar with the man's best movies.
Okay, so Tombstone isn't great. But it is fun, in a drunk-afternoon-in-the-dorm kind of way. Put it this way: If it comes on cable, give it a whirl.
Worth watching because: Biehn plays Johnny Ringo, a nutbar villain who makes life unpleasant for the Wyatt Earp gang. He's a good bad guy.
4. The Rock
The Rock is an amazing piece of bombastic 1990s moviemaking, and it's more influential (albeit in some bad ways) than you might think. Hell, even the Criterion Collection thinks it's worth watching. Biehn plays a special operative who leads the team that infiltrates Alcatraz to stop the terrorists, though (15-year-old spoiler, I guess) he doesn't make it to the end.
Worth watching because: It's always fun to watch a 65-year-old Sean Connery run around like an action hero.
3. The Abyss
James Cameron loves him some Michael Biehn. Cameron cast him in three movies in the 1980s (which round out this list), the last of which was 1989's The Abyss, a combination thriller and environmental call to arms.
Worth watching because: There's something really adorable about circa-1990-green-movement stories, even ones as cheesy as this.
2. The Terminator
Biehn jumped a level of fame playing Kyle Reese, the soldier sent back in time by John Connor to protect Sarah Connor and impregnate her with...John Connor, because James Cameron doesn't give a damn for your grandfather paradoxes, son. The effects look a little rickety even by non-CGI standards -- you'll definitely see the wires holding the ships in the opening battle -- but it's still a solid chase movie.
Worth watching because: Dude, it's The Terminator.
Hands down, one of the best sci-fi/action thrillers ever made, not to mention one of the best sequels of all time. Biehn plays Corporal Dwayne Hicks, the rough-edged soldier who helps Sigourney Weaver's Ripley fight off the swarming aliens that the Colonial Marines were stupid enough to investigate in the first place. Damn you, Weyland-Yutani!
Worth watching because: It's 25 years old and still scary and fun as hell. It's endlessly quotable, and it's still a pop culture force to be reckoned with.