REVIEW: Dragged Across Concrete (2019)

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The following is a review of Dragged Across Concrete — Directed by S. Craig Zahler.

S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete is a crime thriller that follows two suspended police detectives — Brett Ridgeman (played by Mel Gibson) and Anthony Lurasetti (played by Vince Vaughn) — who are both desperate for money. Ridgeman wants to relocate his family away from a neighborhood that is unsafe for his daughter, whereas Lurasetti wants to make sure he can give his girlfriend the life she deserves. When they decide to rob criminals, they eventually run into dangerous criminals, as well as Henry Johns (played by Tory Kittles) who is equally desperate for money. They may have bitten off more than they can chew. Continue reading “REVIEW: Dragged Across Concrete (2019)”

REVIEW: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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Theatrical Release Poster – Summit Entertainment

The following is a film review of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge.

The rather controversial Mel Gibson, a gifted actor and a sublime director, has directed another film for us to enjoy. Hacksaw Ridge is his first film as a director since 2006’s Apocalypto. Let’s just get this out of the way, though. Mel Gibson – as a person – isn’t as beloved as he once was, but I have absolutely no interest in discussing his actions outside of filmmaking in this review.

Instead, I want to focus on this excellent film that Gibson – who will always be Martin Riggs, to me – has directed. And while I enjoy his previous work as a director, I have to say that this film – Hacksaw Ridge – might actually be my favorite film directed by the man who once played Max Rockatansky and William Wallace. Continue reading “REVIEW: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)”

REVIEW: True Detective – “Omega Station”

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The following is a spoiler review of the final episode of True Detective Season Two

This is the end. We’ve reached the final episode of the second season of True Detective. Though it has not been as good as the first season, I still had high hopes for the finale. Did we end on a high note, or did this season bite off more than it could chew? Continue reading “REVIEW: True Detective – “Omega Station””

REVIEW: True Detective – “Black Maps and Motel Rooms”

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The following is a review of the penultimate episode of the second season of True Detective, beware of spoilers.

We’ve finally reached the penultimate episode of the season. An episode which is, in my opinion, the most important episode since the season-opener. The penultimate episode had to make us care, it had to keep us entertained, and it had to convince us to worry about the characters for the very last episode. Though this season has been hit-and-miss, somehow this episode managed to tie up enough loose ends – as well as bring a gut-punching cliffhanger – to make you truly care about the end of the season. Continue reading “REVIEW: True Detective – “Black Maps and Motel Rooms””

REVIEW: True Detective – “Church In Ruins”

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The following is a review of “Church In Ruins” from the second season of True Detective, beware of spoilers.

“Church In Ruins” had quite a job to do for the season to still be appealing. Most critics have felt that this season has had a tough time in comparisons with its predecessor. It hasn’t been as interesting or exciting, nor as strong in performance, writing or direction. This episode had to have strong performances, and it also had to move towards an end for the season. Thankfully, “Church In Ruins” is the best episode of season 2 yet. Continue reading “REVIEW: True Detective – “Church In Ruins””

REVIEW: True Detective – “Other Lives”

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The following is a review of “Other Lives” from the second season of True Detective, beware of spoilers.

Just like last season of True Detective, this season has a point in which the show reboots itself. A point where the case is reopened, and all answers from the first half of the season are called into question by our main characters. This was the episode that rebooted the second season of True Detective – and it did so in an interesting fashion. Continue reading “REVIEW: True Detective – “Other Lives””

REVIEW: True Detective – “Down Will Come”

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The following is a review of “Down Will Come” from the second season of True Detective, beware of spoilers.

We’ve reached Jeremy Podeswa’s episode of True Detective, and thus we’re finally halfway through the season. In it we finally get closer to having an idea of what’s happening in the Caspere case, and we get the greatest action sequence of the season. Continue reading “REVIEW: True Detective – “Down Will Come””

REVIEW: True Detective – “Maybe Tomorrow”

True Detective ReviewThe following is a review of “Maybe Tomorrow” from the second season of True Detective, beware of spoilers.

The third episode of the second season of True Detective revealed what happened to Velcoro after last week’s cliffhanger. Meanwhile, we learn a lot more about Paul Woodrugh – and Frank Semyon is shakened to the core after more of his people drop to the floor. Continue reading “REVIEW: True Detective – “Maybe Tomorrow””

REVIEW: True Detective – “Night Finds You”

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The following is a review of “Night Finds You” from the second season of True Detective, beware of spoilers.

The second episode of the second arc of True Detective began the ‘partnership’ that we had been waiting for, but also gave us some of the magical speeches that the show perfected in the first season. We had the first real cliffhanger of the season, and suddenly the Caspere-case is much more interesting. But the Fukunaga-less second season is definitely still finding its feet. Continue reading “REVIEW: True Detective – “Night Finds You””

REVIEW: True Detective – “The Western Book of the Dead”

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The following is a spoiler-free review of True Detective: Season 2 – Episode 1.

It’s that time of year – True Detective is back on HBO. I never wrote a full review of the first season, or any of the episodes, but I really loved it. When I was handing out ‘awards’ and praise in my annual IJR Awards back in December, Matthew McConaughey was my TV Actor of 2014 – and the first season made it my TV Show of 2014. Now the anthology crime drama is back.   Continue reading “REVIEW: True Detective – “The Western Book of the Dead””