Movie Review: TOLKIEN

TOLKIEN movie poster | ©2019 Fox Searchlight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, Craig Roberts, Patrick Gibson, Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney, Adam Bregman, Albie Marber, Ty Tennant, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Laura Donnelly Writers: David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford Director: Dome Karukoski Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: May 10, 2019 On a number of occasions in TOLKIEN, characters get excited about words. Not words put together into stories or poems (although there’s enthusiasm for that as well), but how sounds fit together, and where they came from, and how they might be put together into new languages. These are conversations that a lot of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FREE BIRDS

FREE BIRDS movie poster | ©2013 Relativity Media

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Jimmy Hayward Writers: Scott Mosier and Jimmy Hayward, story by David I. Stern & John J. Strauss Director: Jimmy Hayward Distributor: Relativity Media Release Date: November 1, 2013 On the surface, FREE BIRDS is one more animated feature about talking animals putting aside their differences to save themselves and each other – yes, at this point, it constitutes an entire genre. However, it’s hard to tell if the makers of FREE BIRDS are intentionally putting out messages here, or if the whole thing is […]Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Blood Moon” and “Blood Moon Rising” – Season Finale

Dominique McElligott is Lily Bell in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 finale - "Blood Moon Rising" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Part 1- Mark Richard & Jamie O’Brien, Part 2- John Shiban   Director: Part 1- Terry McDonough,, Part 2-John Shiban         Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: October 7, 2012 There are game changers and then there are season finales that level the playing field. HELL ON WHEELS in its two-hour finale of “Blood Moon” and “Blood Moon Rising” is establishing that no one on this series is safe except perhaps Bohannan (Anson Mount), since the series is from his perspective for the most part. Besides him, anyone […]Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “The White Spirit”

Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "The White Spirit" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Jami O’Brien & Bruce Marshall Romans    Director: David Von Ancken        Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2012 Last week I ranted about the shiftiness of the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) and his many plans and machinations for the people of HELL ON WHEELS. This time in “The White Spirit” he goes even further over the line, and I shudder to think what ramifications there are for all of his actions in this episode. Of course this episode does make a few things clear […]Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Purged Away with Blood”

Christopher Heyerdahl and Tom Noonan in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Purged Away With Blood" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Tony Gayton & Thomas Brady  Director: Joe Gayton       Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 16, 2012 HELL ON WHEELS is a tough show to watch sometimes. Not because of bad writing or anything negative, but because the subject matter is so visceral and harsh that it takes a bit to sit and watch it through to the terminus point. A perfect example of that for me is last episode when they were digging the bullet out of Durant (Colm Meaney). I’m weird. I can handle […]Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “The Railroad Job”

Common and Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "The Railroad Job" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Mark Richard  Director: Michael Nankin      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2012 Wow is “The Railroad Job” one of the biggest shoot ‘em up, bang ‘em up episodes of HELL ON WHEELS yet? All of Bohannan’s (Anson Mount) sins from the first episodes of this season definitely have come home to roost, and now it’s a question of who gets out alive when a town robbery gets botched. This is one of those ‘crisis’ episodes of a series, where writers get to define who […]Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Scabs”

Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Scabs" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Chris Mundi Director: Catherine Hardwicke     Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2012 HELL ON WHEELS has some surprising character study in the latest episode, “Scabs”. There’s a lot going on that with certain characters that I was honestly amazed by, simply because of who the characters have been up to this point in the first and now second seasons of the show. So the big stink of this episode is that the Sioux are threatening the continued building of the railroad as it is […]Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Slaughterhouse”

Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Slaughterhouse" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Jami O’Brien & Bruce Marshall Romans   Director: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 26, 2012 So I’ve compared HELL ON WHEELS to DEADWOOD in the past, as have many people. The two series are very tonally similar and they both take place in rugged, rustic western settings. So, it was only a matter of time until someone gets fed to pigs on this show. It seems like a natural thing. In DEADWOOD, Woo’s pigs were a constant place for body disposal, so it’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Durant, Nebraska”

Eva (Robin McLeavy) stares on in HELL ON WHEELS Durant, Nebraska | (c) 2012 Michelle Faye/AMC

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  John Shiban  Director: Adam Davidson    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 19, 2012 Well at the end of the last episode of HELL ON WHEELS we left Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) in a bit of a bad spot, which is pretty much where the new episode “Durant, Nebraska” picks up…but I want to actually talk about another moment of this episode first. There is a really well shot, completely speechless moment between Bohannan and the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) after Bohannan has surveyed his new living […]Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 Premiere – “Viva La Mexico”

HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 Key Art | ©2012 AMC

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Tony Gayton & Joe Gayton  Director: David Von Ancken    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 12, 2012 Time for another of my favorite shows to return this week! With “Viva La Mexico,” HELL ON WHEELS makes its end of summer return. This gritty and entertaining Western series is a great filler for the void left in anybody’s life by Deadwood. The langue isn’t as rough as Deadwood, but the production value, writing, and characters are engaging. I’m not a huge fan of westerns in particular, […]Read On »

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