Podcast: Vengeance & The Gray Man

Vengeance & The Gray Man

Greetings programs! This week on the podcast we’re talking about BJ Novak’s feature directorial debut Vengeance, and the Russo Brothers helmed $200 action blockbuster The Gray Man, starring Chris Evans and Canada’s Ryan Gosling.

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Review: ‘Beckett’ is a paranoid thriller that works despite itself


An interesting thing that happens –or perhaps more accurately doesn’t happen– in Beckett is that when it comes time to be an action star, the title character simply isn’t one. Neither superhuman nor particularly competent, Beckett, played by John David Washington in a role that asks him to carry an entire movie, is just a guy on the run and doesn’t have any dark past, specialized training, or even a penchant for 80s action movies. That, in and of itself, is a little refreshing.

The film itself, though –a stylistic throwback to the paranoid thrillers of the 1970s– only works despite itself. Gorgeously shot, decently acted, but overlong and simple to a fault, this is one on which your mileage will definitely vary.

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