I don’t remember watching full episodes of The Equalizer during its ’80s heyday, but I do have a dim memory of the ads that played between the shows I actually watched. As I recall, the generally featured lots of gunplay, the occasional explosion and the show’s gray-haired star, Edward Woodward, glowering into the camera. While I can’t accurately say if those “Next time on…” teasers accurately reflected the content of the show, they do more or less sum up what happens in the movie version, which offers two full hours of gunplay, explosions and Denzel Washington (taking over from Woodward) glowering into the camera. In that respect, The Equalizer could be considered an entirely faithful adaptation of its source material…or at least, the advertisements for its source material.
Thu 25 Sep 2014
Wed 24 Sep 2014
The Iranian-born, London-based screenwriter Hossein Amini (his credits include Snow White and the Huntsman and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive) adds “director” to his resume with The Two Faces of January, a ’50s-era psychological thriller based on one of the lesser-known thrillers penned by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley among others). The movie, which is currently available on VOD and opens in theaters on Friday, stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as a married couple who get in hot water while vacationing in Greece and Oscar Isaac as the low-level street criminal who lends them a hand…mainly so that he can cozy up to Dunst. I spoke with Amini before sitting down to talk with Mortensen for a Q&A that’s posted over on Yahoo Movies and you can read some excerpts from our conversation below.
Fri 19 Sep 2014
Thu 14 Aug 2014
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for another magical mystery food tour.
Wed 30 Jul 2014
Quick takes on two smaller movies, now in theaters.
Fri 13 Jun 2014
Grooving on the unique musical stylings of the Swedish punk rock flick, We Are the Best!
Fri 23 May 2014
Bryan Singer gives the X-Men franchise, and his own career, a much-needed adamantinum shot in the arm.
Fri 6 Jul 2012
Oliver Stone’s Savages is one of the summer’s most purely enjoyable entertainments. I definitely had more fun with this rollicking crime story than the leaden reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. Check out my reviews from the last few weeks by clicking the links below.
Fri 22 Jun 2012
Pixar’s Brave is yet another sumptuously animated feature from America’s premiere animation house. But is it one of the studio’s best works? Read my review over at TWoP along with the rest of the week’s content.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Review
To Rome With Love Review
Woody Allen Press Conference
I Want My DVD
Pixar’s Best and Worst Heroines
Fri 15 Jun 2012
The ’80s come alive again in Rock of Ages, a big-screen version of the Broadway jukebox musical. I wish it were as fun as it sounds. I review that film and offer a few other pieces of content at TWoP this week.