Anne Openshaw

Anne Openshaw

Anne Openshaw Quick Links

Film RSS

The Grey Review


OK
The story (by cowriter Jeffers) this film is based on was clearly inspired by Jack London's famously bleak short story To Build a Fire, pitting a man against the elements in the harsh, snowy Arctic wilderness. It's a very well-made film, but not very easy to engage with.

Ottway (Neeson) works as a wolf-sniper for a petrol company in the far reaches of Alaska, but is struggling with thoughts of suicide because he misses his wife (Openshaw) so much. Then on a flight to Anchorage, the plane is hit by a severe storm and goes down in the middle of nowhere. There are a handful of survivors, and Ottway soon becomes the leader when they are menaced by howling, growling wolves. Knowing they'd be safer in the treeline, he leads five other men from one peril to another.

Continue reading: The Grey Review

Narc Review


Good
In what may be one of the best casting decisions of 2002, director Joe Carnahan and the makers of Narc chose Ray Liotta and Jason Patric -- two actors that can project off-kilter rage and searing intensity like few others -- for their dark, teeth-gritting cop drama. If they had selected some other "man of the moment" actors for this depressing character study, Narc may come off as just another brutal, bloody undercover story. Instead, the two leads, nearly perfect in their roles, bring a heart and reality that buoy the film, and at times, elevate it to a superior crime movie.

Patric, who's played the tortured undercover cop before in Rush (1991), is Nick Tellis, a brooding detective that Carnahan introduces by way of a throat-grabbing sequence: An all-out foot chase through the projects, photographed with a violently jarring, hand-held approach, and ending with a pregnant woman losing enormous amounts of blood after being shot in the leg. The scene, made harshly cold with an icy blue design, is effectively sickening, especially because the bullet that hits the innocent woman comes from Nick's gun.

Continue reading: Narc Review

Anne Openshaw

Anne Openshaw Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Suggested

In The Valley Below Captivate Crowd At Packed Free-Entry Brooklyn Show

In The Valley Below Captivate Crowd At Packed Free-Entry Brooklyn Show

LA duo In The Valley Below performed a stunning summer show at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn...

Gengahr - Fill My Gums With Blood Video

Gengahr - Fill My Gums With Blood Video

Take a listen to Gengahr's fantastic single 'Fill My Gums With Blood', the track is taken from their fantastic debut album 'A Dream Outside'.

Armando Iannucci Defends The BBC From Government Attacks

Armando Iannucci Defends The BBC From Government Attacks

The man behind comedies such as 'Veep' and 'The Thick Of It' waded in on the debate over the future of Britain's national broadcaster in a lecture at...

Advertisement
Miley Cyrus Voted Worst Celebrity Role Model By British Parents

Miley Cyrus Voted Worst Celebrity Role Model By British Parents

Vouchercloud.com conducted a survey of 2,287 British parents with young children and were asked about the best and worst celebrity role models.

Taylor Swift And Lisa Kudrow Perform 'Smelly Cat' During Los Angeles Show

Taylor Swift And Lisa Kudrow Perform 'Smelly Cat' During Los Angeles Show

The duet even managed to eclipse guest spots by Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake during the fifth of her five nights at the Staples Center.

Ed Sheeran Says He Was Only

Ed Sheeran Says He Was Only "Joking" About THAT Lion Tattoo

For years to come, we would all remember where we were when we saw Ed Sheeran’s...

Pierce Brosnan Reckons The Time Is Right For A Black Or Gay James Bond

Pierce Brosnan Reckons The Time Is Right For A Black Or Gay James Bond

There’s been much talk about Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond, potentially...

Advertisement