Liam Neeson impersonates MacGyver in Taken 2

If you thought Taken (2008) was improbable, get ready for Liam Neeson’s best MacGyver impersonation and the most impossible action movie ever.  This time around, it is Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen who… Continue reading

Memorial Day Memories: Kelly’s Heroes

I think I’ve seen Kelly’s Heroes (1970) about a half-dozen times now, and since broadened my definition of what it represents.  It feels like a 60s movie despite being set during World War II,… Continue reading

Mad Max: The Rise of Feminism?

Mad Max has no deep, spiritual core, and is happy with being an action movie, but it does have a feminist allegory, which instigated the Men’s Rights mob, so it must be good.  Visually, this… Continue reading

Orson Welles’ Memoir is Discovered at U of M

Researchers at the University of Michigan were lucky enough to unearth Orson Welles’ unpublished memoir, which is said to be over 1,000 pages in length.  The head researcher Phillip Hallman was interviewed by… Continue reading

Is Luc Besson a gun for hire?

I forgot Luc Besson directed Taken (2008), and after seeing it again for the second time, I have to wonder if he’ll ever take a movie deeper, beyond the mindless wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am action, and… Continue reading

The Fifth Element is a comedy based on symbolism

There are a lot of comedy and sci-fi movies out there, but I can’t think of one that tried to combine those two elements in order to make fun of symbolism.  There is… Continue reading

Easy Rider (1969) is really about the end of the hippies

When describing Marlon Brando’s The Wild One, I didn’t think much of Easy Rider (1969) by comparison.  However, this movie is a little more than just a simple rebellious, anti-establishment movie, because it’s… Continue reading

The Wild One (1953) – Defining Rebels in Movies

This movie solidifies the legacy of Marlon Brando as the first and best movie-screen rebel.  The Wild One really surprised me, because I have seen several Marlon Brando movies, and I didn’t expect… Continue reading

Top Ten Versions of Dracula (afros and bad make-up included)

Yes, there are ten different versions of Dracula in movies—or at least ten different takes on the same character, most of which I like.  Some of them have a lot of appeal, and… Continue reading

Revolutionizing the concept of Dracula (using an afro)

Frank Langella took the role of Dracula in 1979, making him into a character of gothic romance, thereby contrasting everything that came before.  Dracula (1979) earned 3 1/2 stars out of 4 from Roger… Continue reading

Before It Follows took over, there was The Ring (2002)

The Ring (2002) was a well-received movie when it first came out, and it was a cult hit because I don’t think anyone was expecting it to be good.  It has some of the… Continue reading

Return of the Greatest Sherlock #6 = Jack the Ripper and the Metaphors Behind The Six Napoleons

The Six Napoleons is a famous story published in The Strand in 1904, a few years after the murders by Jack the Ripper, which got me thinking about how he influenced this story.… Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Orson Welles!

Indiewire.com is celebrating Orson Welles’ 100th birthday by claiming that Citizen Kane is the best written movie ever in the history of movies and the history of history.  WHAT?  Okay, don’t get me… Continue reading

Return of the Greatest Sherlock #5 – The Second Stain Hides Sherlock’s Retirement

In the 1904 publication of The Second Stain, Watson reports that Sherlock Holmes is retired and tending bees, but he narrates an old case, which has been hidden away for many years, due to sensitive… Continue reading

My Age of Ultron Review – Is this by Michael Bay?

Avengers: Age of Ultron is definitely a summer movie spectacular, with action, drama, special effects, and more action.  It has all the great Avengers characters doing what they do best and has some… Continue reading

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