Tag Archives: BBC

Now Playing: Mad Mel returns from the ‘Edge of Darkness’

29 Jan

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January 29th, 2009–

The best thing that can be said for Martin Campbell’s new thriller of Edge of Darkness is that it’s a gritty and welcome return for the fallen Mel Gibson who stars as Detective John Craven. That’s not a back-handed compliment either. Even before events in his private life shattered his rep, Gibson hadn’t exactly been lighting up the cinema with his onscreen presence. His ability was never in question but his choice of films often felt like paychecks to help finance his own personal directorial visions. He’s a gifted and canny director, but I haven’t really bought one of his performances since 1999’s Payback.

Now, in a variation on that role—add in a heaping helping of Liam Neeson’s grim, determined father from Taken—Gibson comes back to the acting fold with a character that walks the line between justice and vengeance so erratically one feels compelled to check the credits and make sure his name isn’t Max Rockatansky. Continue reading

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TV Showcase: ‘Merlin’ entertains, but has yet to enchant

22 Jun

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June 22, 2009-

Debuting last Sunday night in the 8 p.m. summer time slot, BBC’s fanciful new import Merlin hearkens to a different era; the world of the family friendly drama program. Created as a revamp of the Arthurian legend, this new Merlin is more indebted to Harry Potter than Le Morte d’Arthur or even the above-average 1998 miniseries that saw Sam Neil don the wizard’s cloak. Continue reading