Every film season, many disposable action thrillers make their way into theaters that any time a genre director displays basic filmmaking smarts, the result ends up seeming like a retro novelty. At the same time however that type of film seems dated in a way since the quality of TV productions has gone up. Such is the case with writer-director Scott Frank’s bleak potboiler A Walk Among The Tombstones, which stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, the unlicensed, recovering alcoholic gumshoe from author Lawrence Block’s book series.
It’s been a few weeks but now the fact has time to really settle: Robin Williams is dead. Joan Rivers is dead. These two were icons of comedy and general pop culture for decades. They were the kind of figures that were a part of the pop culture for pretty much every living generation. They were active long before many of us were born and most of us kind of expected they’d be around in some way shape or form for later generations.