‘Memory’ Review: A Liam Neeson Shooter You’ll Soon Forget

The Reel Deal

I’m convinced Liam Neeson is simply putting out the same movie every six months and waiting to see how long it takes people to catch on.

“Memory” is the latest “Liam Neeson with a gun” film, this time following an aging hitman with early onset dementia who must save an illegal immigrant child from a trafficking ring. Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci, Harold Torres, Taj Atwal, Ray Stevenson, and Ray Fearon also star while Martin Campbell directs.

This is the 16th film in which Liam Neeson plays a [retired/retiring] [profession involving guns] in which he must battle [disease/personal demon] to rescue a [child/damsel] from a [topical situation]. His last outing was “Blacklight” this past February, and that was among the worst of the bunch. “Memory” is an improvement over that, but still fails to scratch the glory days of “Taken” and “Run All Night.”

Liam Neeson tries in these movies, so…

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Review: “18 1/2”

Katie at the Movies

To this day, no one is certain what exactly was said during the 18 ½ minute gap in a tape of President Richard Nixon reportedly discussing the Watergate break-in with his then Chief of Staff, Bob Haldeman, or who erased it in the first place. Nixon’s secretary claimed to have pushed a wrong button and accidentally recorded over the conversation, but the truth of that statement has always been a source of debate. It’s that question that forms the basis of director Dan Mirvish’s “18 ½,” a twisty comic thriller that invites the viewer to consider a version events where the missing portion of that tape was located.

The story, set amidst the scandal in 1974, centers around Connie (Willa Fitzgerald), a government stenographer who stumbles upon the missing piece of the tape. She decides to bring it to a reporter, Paul (John Magaro), in the hope that…

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Jason X – Movie Review

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Jason… in space…

Hello horror fans! It’s Friday the 13th once again and I’m here to review the outright weirdest of all Friday the 13th movies, Jason X. There will be spoilers in this review but at this point either you have seen this thing or you’re never going to. Still, you’ve been warned.

Jason Voorhees has been through a lot. He’s gone from a little boy who died in tragic circumstances, to the murderous maniac separating campers from their limbs in Crystal Lake, to the big apple New York City, and then all the way to hell. He’s been coming back from the grave for more in nine films and Jason X as the title implies is the tenth film.

The movie starts with a couple of people trying to cryogenically freeze Jason’s body. There’s a scientist there who wants to learn from the regenerative properties of Jason’s…

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Near Dark – Movie Review

“A small-town farmer’s son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.”

Scream’s first solo movie review. 😀

This vampire movie has been on my radar for a little while now and after work one day this past week, I decided it was time to indulge my curiosity.

Boy meets beautiful girl one night. He pushes himself on her non-stop. He seriously needs someone to explain consent to him however, due to his insistence, girl gives in and makes out with him. Then bites him, and you know what? Good for her. She probably should have just drained him dry and saved herself a hell of a lot of hassle, but this is one of those horrid, love at first sight plots.

She brings him back to her vampire family and they insist he has to earn his place. He needs to kill…

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Catch the Fair One Review

Danny O's Movie Reviews

There has always been a grand tradition of athletes making a transition to starring in films, which had it start in the late 60s and 1970s. Former football players such as Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson and Fred Williamson got their start in the movies by starring in blaxploitation films of the time. In 1988, professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper became one of the first professional wrestlers to have a lead role in a film by starring in Hell Comes to Frogtown and They Live. Today, there have been a variety of athletes who have transitioned to film, from the likes of professional wrestlers like Dwayne Johnson, Dave Bautista, and John Cena to MMA fighters like Rhonda Rousey and Gina Carano. And now is the film debut of another athlete, this time professional boxer Kali Reis, in a completely different type of movie from the usual athlete affair. Directed by…

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This Day in History

May 16, 1929:

The first Academy Awards show is held.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Awards

On May 16, 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.

The brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, head of the powerful MGM film studio, the Academy was organized in May 1927 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the film industry. Its first president and the host of the May 1929 ceremony was the actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Unlike today, the winners of the first Oscars—as the coveted gold-plated statuettes later became known—were announced before the awards ceremony itself.

At the time of the first Oscar ceremony, sound had just been introduced into film. The Warner Bros. movie The Jazz Singer—one of the first “talkies”—was not allowed to compete for Best Picture because the Academy decided it was unfair to let movies with sound compete with silent films. The first official Best Picture winner was Wings, directed by William Wellman. The most expensive movie of its time, with a budget of $2 million, the movie told the story of two World War I pilots who fall for the same woman. Another film, F.W. Murnau’s epic Sunrise, was considered a dual winner for the best film of the year. German actor Emil Jannings won the Best Actor honor for his roles in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh, while 22-year-old Janet Gaynor was the only female winner. After receiving three out of the five Best Actress nods, she won for all three roles, in Seventh HeavenStreet Angel and Sunrise.

A special honorary award was presented to Charlie Chaplin. Originally a nominee for Best Actor, Best Writer and Best Comedy Director for The Circus, Chaplin was removed from these categories so he could receive the special award, a change that some attributed to his unpopularity in Hollywood. It was the last Oscar the Hollywood maverick would receive until another honorary award in 1971.

The Academy officially began using the nickname Oscar for its awards in 1939; a popular but unconfirmed story about the source of the name holds that Academy executive director Margaret Herrick remarked that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar. Since 1942, the results of the secret ballot voting have been announced during the live-broadcast Academy Awards ceremony using the sealed-envelope system. The suspense—not to mention the red-carpet arrival of nominees and other stars wearing their most beautiful or outrageous evening wear—continues to draw international attention to the film industry’s biggest night of the year.

Taken from: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness(2022)

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Whatever your thoughts are about Marvel you have to give them credit for their worldbuilding and character development. Wanda and Dr. Strange are both very unique and gray characters which makes them fun. The actors also do a great job portraying their characters.

Marvel has never been this dark before. I’m honestly surprised it hasn’t got a higher age limit. But it’s great with darker content. Marvel has for a long time felt too childish but this feels more real and got a stronger effect.

The multiverse is a very confusing subject and it can ruin movies, but it can also make them more fun. This movie did a good job not making it too confusing while also utilizing it and creating fun fanservice.

Like the previous Doctor Strange movie, the visual effects are spectacular and breathtaking. There are some scenes which are not quite as believable but it doesn’t…

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‘The Batman’ is a Dark Investigative Thriller and it is Awesome

Movie Reviews Today

Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon and Robert Pattinson as The Batman in The Batman

The World’s Greatest Detective. The Dark Knight. The Batman. One of the premier superheroes with no superpowers, Batman was a staple of my childhood. I watched the animated series, played the “Arkham” games, and donned the cape and cowl for Halloween. There is no singular character I have a more vested interest in, and throughout my lifetime I have been blessed with a rich abundance of material. When discussing live-action movies (however, do not sleep on some of the incredible animated films that are just as good if not better), I particularly enjoy Tim Burton’s 1989 movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, the Christopher Nolan trilogy that needs no introduction, and even the critically loathedBatman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. With so many iterations of the same character, it begs…

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Flash Movie Review: Passing

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I HAD A FAVORITE BOOKSTORE THAT I enjoyed hanging out in. There was something so inviting and comfortable about the place, with oversized upholstered chairs throughout and small nooks among its aisles. One day I saw on their message board they were hosting a book club meeting. The book listed sounded interesting to me, so I searched for it in the store. Luckily there was one copy I found and after reading the writeup of it, I decided to join the book club. There was plenty of time before we were to meet, and the fantasy book was a great read. The day arrived and I headed to the bookstore with my copy of the book nestled in my messenger bag. Once directed by a store employee on where we were meeting, I walked into an alcove in the back of the store; a circle of folding chairs surrounded a…

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The Last Weeb

Plenty of Popcorn

Step aside children, your elder cometh through. I’m speeding towards the age where I’ll be lecturing youths on how things used to be. Remember pre-2016? What an era. And box office weekends? What a time. But were these days really as good as I remember or was that just the haze of inexperience? As usual, Netflix comes charging in with the answer and has uploaded a fresh crop of 21st century gems – like The Last Samurai. Take note, young people! This is the kind of movie – painstakingly sculpted with first class cinematography, music, story, and design – that would show up at the Oscars and not win a damn thing. Why? Because 2003 had even better movies on the menu and that was the year The Return of the King founded a religion. Still, The Last Samurai deserves its legacy and I will happily explain why…

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