Golden Sombrero: The Haunting (*) is lukewarm chills

This is a bad movie. Really it's more sad than anything.

Cold Pursuit (****) shows benefit of foreign influence

"The shame of how much one enjoys Liam Neeson's revenge-based dark comedy is the fact that so many people were distracted by his promotional tour, they may just miss his best film in decades. In all fairness though, most of the people who protested Neeson's ill-timed decision to tell the truth about his growth as a person are the kinds of folks who would have been offended by the film's humor anyway."

Silence (*****) victory in defeat

Silence - 2016 Director Martin Scorsese Screenplay by Jay Cocks and Scorsese based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō Starring  Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Shinya Tsukamoto Silence is a powerful story that will evoke strong feelings for those who absorb its message. What that message is can depend on what you bring to the film. Most … Continue reading Silence (*****) victory in defeat

A Walk Among The Tombstones (***1/2): Deliberate, with a few surprises

A Walk Among The Tombstones - 2014 Writer and Director Scott Frank Starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roché, Brian "Astro" Bradley, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson Based upon the book by Lawrence Block There is something very lived in about Liam Neeson's Matthew Scudder, the protagonist from A Walk Among The Tombstones. Given the this story takes place … Continue reading A Walk Among The Tombstones (***1/2): Deliberate, with a few surprises

Non-Stop has Characters, Heroes

Non-Stop - 2014 Director Jaume Collet-Serra Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Jason Butler Harner, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong'o, Linus Roache, Corey Stroll Screenplay John W. Richardson, Chris Roach, Ryan Engle Non-Stop is the kind of movie that is full of surprises.  It has the burden of a premise that we've seen many times before, most notably in Passenger 57, Executive Decision, … Continue reading Non-Stop has Characters, Heroes

The Lego Movie: Applied to our lives like so much Kragl

The Lego Movie - 2014   Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Starring (voices) Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman Screenplay Lord and Miller Where the heck did this film come from?  They've been releasing Lego movies for years straight to DVD, and for some reason, someone got the extremely bright idea to apply … Continue reading The Lego Movie: Applied to our lives like so much Kragl

Taken 2: Electric Boogaloo

Taken 2 - 2012 Director Oliver Megaton Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Rade Šerbedžija, Leland Orser, John Gries, D.B. Sweeney, Luke Grimes Screenplay Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen I became smitten with Famke Janssen almost 16 years ago, when I first saw her as Xena Onetopp in Goldeneye.  The wish to inflict damage was her major selling … Continue reading Taken 2: Electric Boogaloo

Battleship: Featuring ships that battle and loud music

Battleship - 2012 Director Peter Berg Starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Tadanobu Asano, Peter MacNicol, Adam Godley, Hamish Linklater, Gregory D. Gadson Screenplay John and Erich Hoeber Early on in Battleship, there is a moment when a very large vessel is raised out of the water. The ship, recently landed on Earth is jutting out of the water hundreds of feet … Continue reading Battleship: Featuring ships that battle and loud music

Wrath of the Titans plays like Resurrecting the Greek Champ

Wrath of the Titans - 2012 Directed by Jonathan Liebesman Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Houston, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell Screenplay Dan Mazeau, David Leslie Johnson So, taking for granted that one is fully aware of what they are to expect while watching Wrath of the Titans, they definitely get that here.  Perseus … Continue reading Wrath of the Titans plays like Resurrecting the Greek Champ

The Grey really didn’t need the wolves

The Grey - 2012 Directed by Joe Carnahan Starring Liam Neeson, Durmot Mulroney, Joe Anderson, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Bale, Anne Openshaw, Jacob Blair, Ben Bray Screenplay by Carnahan and Ian McKenzie Jeffers based on the short story Ghost Walker by Jeffers The Grey has characters that get richer as the story goes on, even as they fight … Continue reading The Grey really didn’t need the wolves