Tag Archives: Steve McQueen (II)

Widows

LEFT WITH NOTHING. CAPABLE OF ANYTHING.  In Chicago, a seasoned criminal (Liam Neeson) and his team are killed by an explosion, eventually forcing their widows to complete a heist the men were planning. This forceful remake of the 1983-1985 British series marks Steve McQueen’s more than capable entry into action-thriller territory. Tension remains high while … Continue reading Widows

12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

THE EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF SOLOMON NORTHUP. The historian Sue Eakin was born in Louisiana five decades after the end of the Civil War and she specialized in the plantation culture of her home state. In the 1960s, she came across a book that had been largely forgotten. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Land of the Unfree

Hunger

AN ODYSSEY, IN WHICH THE SMALLEST GESTURES BECOME EPIC AND WHEN THE BODY IS THE LAST RESOURCE FOR PROTEST.  Director Steve McQueen’s feature film debut is an unusually uncomfortable and tangible journey inside the Maze prison and the 1981 hunger strike that killed IRA activist Bobby Sands. There have been many similarly themed screen portrayals (such as In … Continue reading Hunger