Tag Archives: Ian McShane

Deadwood: The Movie

WELCOME THE FUCK BACK. In 1889, as South Dakota is celebrating its entrance into the Union, a few familiar faces are coming back to Deadwood where a significantly weakened Al Swearangen (Ian McShane) is still holding court. It took many years to get this TV movie, a bittersweet and very engaging conclusion to the 2004-2006 … Continue reading Deadwood: The Movie

John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR. When a contract worth $14 million is made on his life, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has to fight his way out of New York and come up with a plan to save himself from the organization that once employed him. It’s been said that the original intention was … Continue reading John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 2

NEVER STAB THE DEVIL IN THE BACK.  Italian crime lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) comes to John Wick (Keanu Reeves) to collect a favor, but he refuses… until he’s persuaded to honor his commitments and do a job in Rome. A sequel that offers fans of the first movie exactly what they want – Reeves … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick

DON’T SET HIM OFF! After losing his wife, former ace assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is attacked by the clueless son of a Russian mobster (Michael Nyqvist), which sets him off on a murderous spree. An action-thriller that became a hit for Reeves as a hugely skilled and ruthless killer; amusingly, it builds a whole … Continue reading John Wick

Coraline: Meeting the Others

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Sometimes I hate the band wagon during the awards season. You know what I mean – one documentary or animated film gets all the attention because the category is pretty small. In 2010, everybody simply decided that the wonderful Pixar film Up was the best of the bunch in … Continue reading Coraline: Meeting the Others

The Brothers Grimsby

ONE SECRET AGENT. ONE COMPLETE IDIOT. In the middle of an assassination attempt, two British brothers are suddenly reunited for the first time since they were kids – one of them a suave, deadly secret agent, the other a moronic, soccer-loving working-class father of nine. Another Sacha Baron Cohen comedy in the same vein as … Continue reading The Brothers Grimsby

War and Remembrance: The Last of the Elephants

The epic follow-up to the miniseries The Winds of War (1983) was made on a daunting scale, and unsurprisingly ended up killing the 1980s trend of huge, costly miniseries because of disappointing ratings. Watching War and Remembrance now is an almost curious experience; made on a budget exceeding $100 million, you can virtually see where … Continue reading War and Remembrance: The Last of the Elephants

Deadwood: How the West Was Won

David Milch, already a seasoned showrunner in the mid-aughts with experience from NYPD Blue, came to HBO with plans for a new TV series about the rise of a civilization. He was originally thinking of Rome, but that ship had already sailed with an upcoming show co-created by Bruno Heller and John Milius. Instead, Milch … Continue reading Deadwood: How the West Was Won

Hercules

BEFORE HE WAS A LEGEND, HE WAS A MAN. After completing his twelve labors, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) becomes the leader of a merry band of mercenaries and is hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) to defeat a warlord. A surprisingly entertaining action-adventure from Brett Ratner, released the same year as The Legend of … Continue reading Hercules

Snow White and the Huntsman

When Princess Snow White (Kristen Stewart) escapes from the prison cell where her now dead father’s wicked wife (Charlize Theron) put her, the new queen sends a troubled huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) out to catch her. The old fairy tale gets a makeover (released the same year as another version, Mirror Mirror) that should send audiences … Continue reading Snow White and the Huntsman

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

On a quest to find the fountain of youth, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) contends with an old enemy (Geoffrey Rush), an old lover (Penélope Cruz)… and the fearsome Blackbeard (Ian McShane). The fourth film in this franchise introduces a few new characters, one of which is a romantic interest for our lovably boozy Jack, but … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Battle of Britain

In 1940 the Germans are preparing under Goering’s leadership to invade Britain, but the RAF valiantly fight them in the air. One of Britain’s proudest moments is not given the proper treatment in this forgettable epic. It’s all about the planes and the air battles; an amazing number of old aircraft were used and those … Continue reading Battle of Britain