Tag Archives: Disaster

Character trumps mindless action in The Grey

The Grey star Liam Neeson and director Joe Carnahan have both been living it up in Hollywood productions for the last several years.  Neeson continues to pop up as some grizzled badass who will kill your childhood puppy, and Carnahan has been making zany slick action flicks like Smokin’ Aces and A-Team after making a big splash in 2002 with his gritty cop drama Narc (Ray Liotta, Jason Patric).  With The Grey, Carnahan and Neeson both return with less pomp and more dramatic flavor. Continue reading

Knowing maturely conveys the tragic nature of disaster

Alex Proyas has probably directed some of your favorite films, yet you don’t know his name.  His filmography is confounding: The cult-hit The Crow (1994),  Dark City (1998, the visual forerunner to The Matrix), and the Will Smith blockbuster I, Robot (2004). Proyas also directed Knowing (2009), the Nicolas Cage prophecy/disaster film at which you likely laughed.  “Great, another Nicolas Cage feature on the heels of such beloved films as Bangkok Dangerous and that National Treasure sequel.”  Yet Cage and Proyas deliver a grounded sci-fi disaster movie unlike anything we’ve seen, and though it isn’t perfect, it’s a refreshing sci-fi narrative. Continue reading

“Unstoppable” an ok episode of Shining Time Station

Denzel Washington and Tony Scott.  You hear those names and you immediately think of Man on Fire: Washington gets to kill bad guys in rectal ways, with Tony Scott providing stylistic verve that underscores his “Ass Kicker” credentials.  Maybe if Washington could brandish a gun at some point in Unstoppable, the film might do more than chug along. Continue reading