In my humble opinion: House of Lies is a brave new show that challenges the stereotype of what the dynamic should be on a cable television program. Of course, if you’ve seen the show, the first thing that probably pops in your head is Don Cheadle’s sonaughter (son / daughter). I have to say when I saw the first episode, it took me a couple of minutes to figure out whether Don Cheadle’s character had a son or a daughter. To be clear, he has a son, that is more than in touch with his feminine side, he skirts the boundaries. That aside, the way the show has utilized the “pause” filming is refreshing as well. All character’s on-screen, except for Don Cheadle’s, will freeze in time, his character will then break the 4th wall and stare directly into the camera and explain to the audience a phrase it might be unfamiliar with or his strategy for how he will offer consultation to a certain business. Of course when he says “consult” he basically means swindle the business out of large amounts of money by making it think it needs him and his team of business management consultants. I’ve only seen the first few episodes, and am overall impressed with where things are going. Don Cheadle’s character is haunted by the suicide of his mother which offers another layer to the character that I’m excited to learn more about as the show goes on. It seems as if his character is able to smooth talk everyone around him and always get what he wants, but the one person that he can’t trick into liking him is… himself. Looking forward to finding out where it goes from here.
In my humble opinion: I’m hoping that whoever is handling the remake will find some way to have Joel Kinnaman’s face be more evident than Peter Weller’s was in the original, but going by the footage I’ve seen (see below) it doesn’t look like it will turn out that way. I say I want to see Joel Kinnaman’s face, not because I’m into men…no no no, but because I think Joel Kinnaman is a great actor and would hate to see his career stifled in any way because he was stuck behind a metal mask the entire movie. I was kind of hoping that the studio would go with a Terminator-esque motif, where Robocop was human looking but actually a robot on the inside….that way he could interact with civilians easier, wouldn’t scare the shit out of kids, etc. But that’s just my opinion.
In My Humble Opinion: Liam Neeson is a badass! Maybe I’m not exactly a die-hard fan of all his work, but given everything I’ve seen him in, he’s a pretty solid actor. Of course, me being so into Star Wars and him playing Qui-Gon doesn’t hurt either. In addition to Star Wars though some of his others; Rob Roy, Darkman, Batman Begins, Schlinder’s List, Kinsey, are pretty impressive as well. However, it wasn’t until I saw Taken that I realized what a bad ass he could be. Yeah he had a little action in Rob Roy and Batman Begins…even a little bit in Gangs of New York, but in Taken he puts Jason Bourne and James Bond to shame. Maybe that’s the reason I’m hyped up to see the sequel Taken 2. I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical. I mean what is going to happen, HIS DAUGHTER IS TAKEN……AGAIN? But after watching the international trailer and getting a peak into what the plot will be, I think the people behind putting this movie together actually came up with a pretty good plotline. Hopefully it will stand up as an equal counterpart to the first one and if it does who knows….maybe Liam Neeson’s character Bryan Mills will end up with his own franchise like Bourne or Bond?