Tagged with action movies

Review: Big Game, 2015, dir. Jalmari Helander

Review: Big Game, 2015, dir. Jalmari Helander


“Big Game’s stelliform cast isn’t the only proof Finnish director Jalmari Helander has gone Hollywood. The scene that best evinces his Tinseltown transition plays out in the film’s first few minutes, in which one of the supporting players from Helander’s international breakout movie, the wonderful Yuletide-horror gem Rare Exports, gets mercilessly exploded in a wanton … Continue reading

Review: Taken 3, 2015, dir. Olivier Megaton

Review: Taken 3, 2015, dir. Olivier Megaton


“Like 2008’s Taken and 2012’s Taken 2 before it, Taken 3’s meat-and-potatoes approach to filming action is about as basic as action filmmaking can be: no fancy pants martial arts tussles, no daring stunts, no gimmicks. There’s only growling, punching, and shooting, served upon a bed of collateral damage and suffused with car chases. Thus, … Continue reading

Review: The Mechanic, 2011, dir. Simon West

Review: The Mechanic, 2011, dir. Simon West


Anyone who’s remotely acquainted with cinematic hitmen knows, or should know, that as a rule they’re often at best isolated and at worst emotionally destitute and cripplingly alone as they soldier along a path through life that’s solitary by nature. Unsurprising, maybe; hitmen, after all, deal in the art of killing for money, though rarely … Continue reading

Movies That Matter: The Boondock Saints

Movies That Matter: The Boondock Saints


There shouldn’t be any lead-in toward my feelings on this movie, so I’ll just say it: I absolutely loathe The Boondock Saints. Like, really, really hate it. It is not by any stretch of the means the worst or most incompetent movie that I’ve seen, but without a doubt one of the vilest and most … Continue reading