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WIDOWS (2018): The Things I Liked…

Widows (2018), Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, 20th Century Fox
Widows (2018), Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, 20th Century Fox

Directed by Steve McQueen (Shame 2011); starring Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Robert Duvall, Widows is without a doubt very well acted and devoid of any dull moments. There are one or two unexpected turns I enjoyed and everyone performs very well in McQueen’s crime / thriller, a story about four women in need of a way to survive after their husbands’ criminal activities leave them in massive debt.

I’ll start by say that I generally appreciate the quality in movies where everything isn’t overly explained. I like moments where the audience is trusted to connect the dots and make sense of things. Widows is a movie that has a handful of such moments which are well executed. Yet, I’d also say that the ending aside, McQueen’s film feels oddly incomplete somehow.

The feeling of incompleteness comes first from not knowing enough of the back story of some of the characters. We get to know a fair amount  about a few key players but I was certainly left wanting when it came to Cynthia Erivo’s very intriguing Belle, for example.

Widows (2018), Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, 20th Century Fox
Widows (2018), Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, 20th Century Fox

There are also questions I had pertaining to one or two of the dead bodies and how they were disposed of. You may be reading this and be thinking: The brown notebook, silly! And you wouldn’t be wrong by saying that. Nevertheless, I still wanted to be fully convinced by how the story played out especially when it came to the widows’ turn to criminality. Unfortunately, even though I came close to being convinced, I just wasn’t – not completely.

It may may well be that I’ve seen far too many television crime dramas / thrillers that show just the right amount in order for me to buy a story wholeheartedly. Either way I’m now of the mind that Widows may have been better suited to a miniseries format. That way it wouldn’t feel quite so heavily edited and somehow incomplete. There’d certainly be more time for me to get to know a greater number of the characters in a more satisfying way.

Every one performs well but my favourite performance in Widows is delivered by Farrell. I really enjoyed watching his super entitled politician’s son character and listening to what sounded like a very convincing accent. Elizabeth Debicki also delivered some fun turns I wanted more of. 

Overall, Widows may not be my favourite McQueen movie but it definitely isn’t bad either. Perhaps you’ll find that it couldn’t possibly be more complete.

Happy Film Loving 

COLD PURSUIT (2019): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman…

Cold Pursuit (2019), Liam Neeson
Cold Pursuit (2019), Liam Neeson

Based on 2014’s Norwegian movie In Order of Disappearance, new action / thriller Cold Pursuit stars Liam Neeson as a snowplow driver seeking revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son.

Directed by Hans Petter Moland; additional key cast includes Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman…

There’s the obvious Taken (2018) vibes which make up part of the appeal of this movie. The story does intrigue me but I just want to see Liam Neeson kiss ass in his special Neeson style.

William Forsythe, Laura Dern, Julia Jones, Elysia Rotaru, Domenick Lombardozzi and Raoul Max Trujillo also star.

Cold Pursuit Release Dates: February 8th, 2019 (US); February 22nd, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGG (2018): New Trailer For Coen Brothers Movie Starring James Franco, Liam Neeson…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), James Franco.png

The Coen Brothers’s latest movie The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs features six different storylines about the American frontier that all centre on a man named Buster Scruggs.

James Franco, Liam Neeson, David Krumholtz, Brendan Gleeson and Zoe Kazan are among the stars…

I can’t say that this trailer has me especially excited since very little happens in it. Nevertheless, it was great seeing Liam Neeson pop up. Overall though, it’s really my love for Ethan and Joel Coen’s previous movies, namely True Grit (2010) and No Country For Old Men (2007) that are the real reasons I’m open to watching this.

Matthew Willig, Tim Blake Nelson, Saul Rubinek and Tom Waits also star.

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

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SPIELBERG (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About Steven Spielberg, Featuring Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett…

Spielberg (2017), Steven Spielberg.png

Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, Christian Bale and Tom Hanks – to name just a few; Spielberg is a new Susan Lacy directed documentary about the highly respected director Steven Spielberg’s career…

I’ll watch to learn more about Spielberg. I also just want to listen to a bunch of my favourite filmmakers talk about movies.

Spielberg Release Dates: October 7th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE COMMUNTER (2018): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Dean-Charles Chapman…

The Comuter (2018), Liam Neeson
The Comuter (2018), Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Patrick Wilson, and Dean-Charles Chapman are the the stars of The Commuter; a Jaume Collet-Serra directed mystery/ thriller about a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home….

Filmically speaking, I’ll pretty much follow Liam Neeson anywhere – because of Taken (2018). It also helps that this trailer looks especially good, as do the very beautiful shoes on Vera Farmiga’s feet.

The Commuter Release Dates: January 12, 2018 (US); January 19th, 2018 (UK)…

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THE SILENT MAN (2017): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Kate Walsh, Michael C. Hall…

The Silent Man (2017), Liam Neeson
The Silent Man (2017), Liam Neeson

From writer / director Peter Landesman, The Silent Man (New Title – Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House) stars Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Kate Walsh and Michael C. Hall. It’s the true story of Mark Felt, a man who under the name “Deep Throat” helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1974…

Before this trailer, I knew nothing about The Silent Man and the people / incidents it’s based on. After Neeson’s engaging monologue, I sure hope that the film’s dialogue will be great. Neeson’s words actually took me back to how much I loved the dinner table scene in the first teaser trailer for Black Mass (2015). The memories!

Ike Barinholtz, Marton Csokas, Maika Monroe, Tony Goldwyn and Josh Lucas also star.

The Silent Man Release Dates: September 29th, 2017 (US)…

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SILENCE (2016): New Trailer From Director Martin Scorsese, Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson…

Silence (2016), Adam Driver
Silence (2016), Adam Driver

Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese’s latest movie doesn’t look like it has a single gangster in sight. Starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit priests in the 17th century, the film follows the pair to Japan where they go on a dangerous journey to find their mentor (Liam Neeson) and spread the word about Christianity…

I’m looking forward to finding out what magic Scorsese can create in what looks like a very different genre of film than what we’re used to expecting from the acclaimed director.

Silence Release Dates: December 23rd, 2016 (US) January, 1st 2017 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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A MONSTER CALLS (2016): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones & Sigourney Weaver

A Monster Calls (2016),Lewis MacDougall
A Monster Calls (2016),Lewis MacDougall

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to see and hear Liam Neeson playing a tree, today’s trailer is for you. A Monster Calls is about a young boy who seeks the help of a tree to deal with what is arguably the most difficult experience of his life, his single mother’s terminal illness…

I can’t quite fully imagine how the tree is going to be able to help, but I’m open to finding out. Additionally, it should be no secret that I LOVE Liam Neeson’s voice.

A Monster Calls Release Dates: October 14th, 2016 (US); October 21st, 2016 (UK) November 3rd, 2016 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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