Friday, June 5, 2015

MC2 Post 2023 Why Getting TAKEN to the Movies Is Still Fun with Neeson

Wikipedia the site says this about Taken (2008):

The Taken film series is a series of French action films beginning with Taken in 2008. All three films feature Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills.

Every Actor (male or female) wants a continuing cash cow movie series.  Except for a few, Trilogies with chic centered hunters like Twilight series, the hunger games, Tomb Raider and  Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil allowed to play in this mostly male dominated Action Movies.  

And most of those don't or can't stop at just three movies.  Cha-Ching!


Liam Neeson has found such a property, and it's so distinctly his, that it doesn't even have to be called 'Taken' anything anymore.  

Some, get shoe-horned into a 'Taken-styled' motif like "A Walk Among the Tombstones" (title from Lawrence Block's book),  and it turned out badly.


His latest film, faired better, called "Run All Night" with Ed Harris and Joel Kinnaman (of  AMC's The Killing), and Vincent D'Onofrio (of  Law & Order: Criminal Intent) was the right amount of  non-lead acting on an already familiar set piece.

Other Action Hero Movies with more than 3 films each...Have done quite well too!

The Short List:  James Bond, Rocky, Rambo, Die Hard, Bourne Identity, Dirty Harry,  Mission Impossible, The Man with No Name (Clint), and now Liam Neeson's Taken...



Again, Wikipedia says:

Action film is a film genre in which one or more heroes are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include physical feats, extended fight scenes, violence, and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful character struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which generally concludes in victory for the hero


The 50 Best Action Movies

Wingman says:  Most are on My List Too!


Update:  At last week Google's Android I/O Event they announced Jump, a 360 degreeevironment with 16 cameras (which GoPro will have a setup for Real Soon Now.)

 The 12 most important announcements from Google I/O 2015

A new Android, smarter apps, and virtual reality

A few of My Picks from the 12.    Wingman.

A   New Google Photos app with free online storage


Google already has a photo tool for your Android phone, but Google Photos is a revamped app that will back up an unlimited number of photos and videos for free (photos up to 16MP, video up to 1080p), organize them as a timeline, and group them together by locations, things like "beaches" or "boats," and people — using what purports to be some pretty advanced auto-tagging. And there are new interface tools for sharing your photos or making collages and movies out of them. Yes, it’s competing with some similar iOS tools, but it could stack up pretty well; it’s available starting today for Android, iOS, and web.

A VR Camera rig for everyone

In an effort to make it easier for people to film VR-compatible video, Google partnered with GoPro to build a circular 16-camera rig. The geometry of the rig, called Jump, will be made available this summer for anyone to build their own. Once you’ve recorded something with these cameras, Google’s assembler will figure out depth data from the different images and stitch them together into a stereoscopic VR video. Google said the assembler takes "thousands of computers" and would be available this summer to a "select few" people.

Lots of videos at    theverge   to catchup.....    Wingman.




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