REVIEW: The Highwaymen (2019)

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The following is a review of The Highwaymen — Directed by John Lee Hancock.

Set in 1934, The Highwaymen, from director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side; Saving Mr. Banks), tells the story of two former Texas Rangers, Frank Hamer (played by Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (played by Woody Harrelson) who were hired by Texas governor ‘Ma’ Ferguson (played by Kathy Bates) to stop the notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow by any means necessary. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Highwaymen (2019)”

REVIEW: Criminal (2016)

Theatrical Release Poster - Summit Entertainment
Theatrical Release Poster – Summit Entertainment

The following is a quick review of Criminal – Directed by Ariel Vromen.

In Vromen’s Criminal, a valuable CIA agent (played by Ryan Reynolds) is killed, but the CIA, led by Quaker Wells (played by Gary Oldman), are in desperate need of his memories. So they contact Dr. Franks (played by Tommy Lee Jones) who might be able to transfer the agents memories into the body of a convict (played by Kevin Costner) so that they can finish the CIA mission. Continue reading “REVIEW: Criminal (2016)”

The Academy Got It Wrong? – Motion Picture Thoughts #9

Academy Analysis 2016

This edition of Academy Analysis covers every Best Picture Winner since the 63rd ceremony (March 1991), ending with the 88th ceremony (February 2016).

So, one of the things I want to do in Motion Picture Thoughts is to really highlight the Academy Awards. I watch it every year. I obsess over nominees. I’m just incredibly intrigued by the Oscars. So, a couple of months ago, I decided to write about the best picture winners at the Oscars. In the future, I may focus on another award. Continue reading “The Academy Got It Wrong? – Motion Picture Thoughts #9”

REVIEW: Better Call Saul – “Switch”

Better Call Saul - Reviewed

The following is a review and ‘recap’ of the first episode of the second season of Better Call Saul, available on AMC in the U.S. and on Netflix in Europe. Expect story spoilers. 

Welcome back, Jimmy. You’ve been missed. It’s been more than ten months since the final episode of the first season of Better Call Saul aired on AMC. Better Call Saul was my favorite show of 2015, and I even loved its first season more than I loved the first season of the show that preceded it, Breaking Bad. Last year, I reviewed every single episode of Better Call Saul‘s first season, and gave a full season review – this year I plan to repeat that action completely. In the first episode of the second season, “Switch”, we learn what transpired right after Jimmy (played by Bob Odenkirk) started humming Deep Purple‘s “Smoke on the Water” in his yellow Suzuki Esteem.  Continue reading “REVIEW: Better Call Saul – “Switch””

REVIEW: Better Call Saul – Season One

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Expect Spoilers

When this spin-off from Breaking Bad was confirmed to be in development way back in 2013 I had my trepidations – I didn’t think it could work, I didn’t want anyone to mess with the legacy of something near-perfect. And the universe that Vince Gilligan had created with Breaking Bad was near perfect. But I was wrong about one thing: Better Call Saul‘s first season has only strengthened the universe – strengthened my attachment to the characters. Continue reading “REVIEW: Better Call Saul – Season One”

REVIEW: Better Call Saul – “Marco”

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The following is a review of the tenth episode of AMC’s Better Call Saul, which premiered in Europe on Netflix this morning. Expect spoilers from the episode.

As the first season of Better Call Saul draws to a close, we see Jimmy McGill return to Cicero, Illinois, meeting old friends, and perhaps being put in a corner yet again. Who knows, we might even see someone book a ticket to Belize.

Before getting to the episode discussion and review I’d just like to note how happy I was to finally see Mel Rodriguez again – who was in the episode “Hero”, and in Community a couple of seasons ago. Continue reading “REVIEW: Better Call Saul – “Marco””