Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012 by Jordan Hoffman
The Mission(1986); Roland Joffe, director.
This gorgeous film about the power of faith (and people who try to distort it) was a worldwide sensation upon its release. In it, Liam Neeson takes a break from the tough guy roles to play Jeremy Irons’ pious junior missionary, which means doing a lot of walking around in the mud looking saintly and solemn.
Movie soundtrack nuts usually place Ennio Morricone’s score way up on the list of essentials. I won’t disagree, but the film itself is also a deeply nuanced work, and one of those rare things that actually shows (certain) men of the cloth as true heroes.
Next of Kin (1989); John Irvin, director.
See, the problem with Next of Kin was that it wasn’t quite stupid enough to become a cult classic like Road House.
Country boy Patrick Swayze goes up against the big city mob, and spits out pithy sayings while doing it! Liam Neeson plays an Appalachian tough guy looking for vengeance. Ben Stiller, Michael J. Pollard, Bill Paxton and Adam Baldwin round out the cast. Yeah, you kinda have to watch this one immediately.
Husbands and Wives (1992); Woody Allen, director.
As Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were breaking up, Woody Allen decided to make a movie with Mia Farrow about breaking up. Musta been a lot of fun days on set.
This frenzied, hand-held, documentary style, middle aged cri de coeur picture was tremendously overshadowed by tabloid headlines at its release, but with 20 years (!) of distance we can now recognize it as one of Woody’s better ones.
Liam Neeson plays Mia’s handsome rebound boyfriend left out in the rain with his heart on his sleeve – he should know well enough to stay away from these screwy New York City dames!