Movie Review: PEPPERMINT

PEPPERMINT movie poster | ©2018 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, Jeff Hephner, Cailey Fleming, Eddie Shin, Cliff “Method Man” Smith Writer: Chad St. John Director: Pierre Morel Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: September 7, 2018  PEPPERMINT knows what kind of movie it wants to be, it just has trouble achieving it. The first hint of this problem can be seen in the title. If PEPPERMINT isn’t the single worst title for a would-be gritty action revenge drama, it’s got to be high in the running. PEPPERMINT has a premise that has powered many films before […]Read On »

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TAKEN: Actor Clive Standen – interview

Clive Standen as Bryan Mills in TAKEN | © 2017 Ken Woroner/NBC

In NBC’s new TV series TAKEN, Clive Standen stars as Bryan Mills. Bryan Mills is, of course, that character with the skill set made famous by Liam Neeson in the TAKEN films. Executive producers Luc Besson and Alexander Cary introduce us to Bryan as a much younger and more vulnerable man, who rises to the occasion when he’s targeted by a drug cartel. This, coupled with Bryan’s response to a personal tragedy, bring him to the attention of a government agency run by Christina Hart (Jennifer Beals), who recruits him as an operative. These provide Bryan with the experiences that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRISONERS

PRISONERS movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Director: Denis Villeneuve Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: September 20, 2013 PRISONERS is a two-and-a-half-hour thriller that raises some difficult questions, making them intense and uncomfortable enough for us to ponder even after the film is over. It also boasts strong performances by leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as a potent supporting cast headed up by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, director Denis Villeneuve and writer Aaron Guzikowski wind up downplaying a number of central issues […]Read On »

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TAKEN 2 Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

TAKEN 2 | (c) 2013 Fox Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: TAKEN 2 – I am a huge fan of the original TAKEN. Liam Neeson is great in the role as an ex-CIA agent turned hired protection muscle that must do everything in his power to rescue his daughter from the white slave trade. It was brutal and […]Read On »

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Interview: TAKEN 2 composer Nathaniel Menchaly gets into the action of scoring

Nathaniel Menchaly ©2012 Nathaniel Menchaly

When it comes to international action scoring, there’s one composer with a very particular set of skills, skills that he’s acquired as a kick-ass house musician in Luc Besson’s factory of fury. For a producer who pumps out a seemingly unending stream of pictures wherein company men, crooks and assassins of all stripes and colors outrace, outwit and outshoot their way from seemingly impossible predicaments, Nathaniel Méchaly is the guy with the backbeat to get the job done. But when the percussive scoring style that infuses nearly all movies of this type are getting more than winded (especially in America), […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TAKEN 2

TAKEN 2 movie poster | ©2012 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Sherbedgia Writers: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen Director: Olivier Megaton Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 5, 2012 It’s hard to figure out how to rate TAKEN 2. The sequel to 2008’s TAKEN, TAKEN 2 brings back ex-Black Ops agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), still worrying about his teenaged daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her mom/Bryan’s ex Lenore (Famke Janssen). TAKEN 2 on the one hand is even sillier than its predecessor, but it also seems to be exactly the movie its makers set out to put forth. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: V star Joel Gretsch doesn’t let those lizards get under his collar

Joel Gretsch in V - Season 2 - "Unholy Alliance" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

In Season Two of V, it’s become pretty clear that the alien Visitors, lead by Morena Baccarin’s stern Anna, do not have the best interests of humanity at heart. What the Vs do have is an enormous amount of high-tech weaponry. Standing against them are a small group of mixed humans and Vs known as the Fifth Column. Joel Gretsch plays Father Jack Landry, a key member of the Fifth Column whose faith is powerfully tested by both the existence and actions of the Visitors. Gretsch is something of a genre veteran – he was in the extraterrestrial miniseries TAKEN […]Read On »

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