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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honest thief trailer

He’s known as the In and Out Bandit, and you won’t sully his good name. Liam Neeson may have declared himself done with action back in 2017, but you can’t retire those particular set of skills. And now the upcoming thriller Honest Thief has got Neeson back where we want him: behind a phone, making threats in his wonderfully gravelly voice. Neeson stars as a reformed bank robber in a movie from Ozark co-creator Mark Williams, who gets unjustly framed for murder and must clear his name. Watch the Honest Thief trailer below.

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Virtual Cannes Market

The Virtual Cannes Market is currently in full swing, which means we’re learning about a whole slew of new movies. These films are hoping to find backing so they can eventually find their way to audiences. Dream big, Cannes Market movies. Dream big. Three new titles announced include films featuring Bruce Willis, Liam Neeson, and Chris Pine.

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Since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is wrapping up the Skywalker saga, it’s pretty much the last time for some key characters to make a significant appearance in the long-running sci-fi saga. And since it’s the end of an era in a galaxy far, far away, there are plenty of people who wanted to get in on the last chapter of the story that began all the way back in 1977.

That’s why there are plenty of cameos to behold in The Rise of Skywalker, some in the form of new characters, others being characters from previous installments of Star Wars. We’ve got a list of all the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cameos that we know of so far, but beware of major spoilers as we name them. Read More »