The Ice Road trailer

Liam Neeson movie characters have faced some pretty extreme challenges over the past decade or so: a missing daughter, surviving a plane crash, releasing the Kraken, fighting aliens on a battleship, and stopping bad guys on various forms of transportation, including a plane, a train, and a snow plow. Now he’s facing off against the only foe that he may be able to beat temporarily, but that is sure to get the best of him in the end: time.

In The Ice Road, Neeson plays a big rig driver who has experience driving on the dangerous icy roads of Canada. When a mine collapses and the trapped workers running out of time, Neeson and co-star Laurence Fishburne have to put a team of specialists together to traverse that treacherous terrain and save the day. So yeah, it’s essentially Neeson doing a riff on Armageddon – and this project hails from one of the writers of that movie, so it feels like more than just a coincidence. Read More »

the ice road

There are a few givens in this industry, two of them being: Netflix has a bottomless well of money to burn through, and Liam Neeson is not yet done making action movies. Both are true in this latest acquisition news story, which is that Netflix has set a record for domestic-only deals for the Liam Neeson action-thriller The Ice Road.

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Naked Gun remake

Liam Neeson might soon be stepping down from his perch atop Action Dad Mountain, but what might the next phase of his career look like? Could we be entering the era of Liam Neeson: Comedy Star?

In a recent interview, Neeson revealed that Seth MacFarlane, the man behind Family Guy and the Ted films, has approached him to star in remake of the 1988 comedy The Naked Gun. But is the star of Taken and The Commuter the right fit for a movie like that? Read More »

Liam Neeson retiring from action movies

Liam Neeson has had a strange career. For the longest time, he was thought of as a serious dramatic performer – the type of actor who starred in titles like Schindler’s List. Then came Taken, the 2008 flick that inexplicably turned Neeson into an action hero. Ever since TakenNeeson has stuck with his action star status – a move that sometimes backfired, like when the bleak drama The Grey was incorrectly marketed as a movie about Neeson fist-fighting some wolves instead of the harrowing meditation on death that it actually was. Now, it looks like Neeson is ready to retire from action films Then again…he’s said that before.

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It’s not a good time for much, but weirdly enough, it is a very good time to be a Liam Neeson fan. While DC-heads just had to watch its latest offering on their televisions and Marvel-stans don’t really know when they’re likely to see Black Widow, Liam Neeson has starred in not one, but two theatrical offerings during the pandemic: first the generic and boring Honest Thief and now the much better but still pretty generic The Marksman. Congrats to you, if your favorite films involve grizzled Irish tough guys with huge hearts of gold.

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The Marksman Trailer

There’s been a long stream of movies featuring Liam Neeson in aging action star mode that began with Taken back in 2008, and the actor is still going strong. The latest in this ongoing career arc is The Marksman, which finds the actor playing an ex-Marine sharpshooter just trying to get by on an isolated stretch of borderland. But when a young immigrant child on the run ends up in his care, he takes it upon himself to fend off the drug cartel assassins who are on his trail. Read More »

retribution liam neeson

Liam Neeson‘s late-stage career as an action star is set to continue in Retribution, the latest film from Predators director Nimród Antal.

We just ranked all of the Old Man Liam Neeson action movies last week, and it sounds like we’ll need to update that list after this one enters the fray. Get the details about the new movie below.

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You know an “Old Man Liam Neeson Action Film” when you see one. It’s a specific subgenre of films that erupted 12 years ago with the massive success of Taken. They don’t have much of a template to give them away, but that doesn’t mean they’re hard to spot. Obviously, they all star Liam Neeson. Typically, he spends a lot of time on the phone. But not always! He’s usually a former badass of some kind. But not always! Someone important to him is either dead or in danger. But not always! He has uncool values meant to appeal to very old people. But not always!

I will say this: an Old Man Liam Neeson Action Film is not just a film where Liam Neeson is old and kicks ass. If it were, The Grey would be number one on the list and we could all go home. The Grey is not on this list because it is simply not an Old Man Liam Neeson Action Film. It’s too good for that. A proper Old Man Liam Neeson Action Film tends to be a bit trashier, a bit sillier, and significantly less responsible.

This is a reckoning of a specific type of Liam Neeson film, of which a new one – Honest Thief – recently hit theaters. Where does it rank? You’ll have to scroll to find out (spoiler: you won’t have to scroll far).

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The Mandalorian Season 2

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: Squadrons CG short “Hunted” Ushers in New Era of Star Wars Storytelling
  • The Star Wars Archives 1977–1983 Gets Re-Release
  • Liam Neeson Praises The Phantom Menace
  • Babu Frik Is Now a Talking Plush Toy
  • Podcast & YouTube Round-Up

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liam neeson on the phantom menace

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace has gone from totally reviled to somewhat beloved over the years, and Liam Neeson, who played Qui-Gon Jinn in the film, wants you all to know he’s made peace with the project. In a new interview, Neeson said he enjoys the movie and has nothing but good things to say about Jar Jar Binks and the actor who played him, Ahmed Best.

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