Monthly Archives: Dec 2020

Year in Review – 2020

It’s hard to believe that it’s been twelve months since I created The DC Review Blog and decided to review the movies and television shows that I happened to watch. Originally, I wanted to try and recapture my love for writing along with my love for cinema in general – both of which have been achieved in the first fifty-two weeks of opening the website. In this article, I’ll discuss the aspirations I had for the blog when starting off, goals for the future, the popularity and global reach it has gathered, along with much more.

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The Midnight Sky (2020) – Review

Augustine Lofthouse (George Clooney) is a lonely scientist, tormented by elements of his past, living at the Barbeau Observatory in the Artic Circle. He must do his best to prevent a group of astronauts, headed by Sully (Felicity Jones) from returning home to Earth, after a mysterious global calamity alters the course of civilisation as we know it. A visually impressive movie that had been released to Netflix this past Christmas weekend.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Taking Lives (2004) – Review

Starting in the 1980’s, a young man is seen meeting and consequently killing a teenager before taking the identity of his victim – the FBI are sworn in by the French Canadian police in an attempt to catch this eventual serial killer, who continues to cause havoc in the region. Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) must do her best to track down and stop the killer while also faced with emotional challenges too. This murder mystery film has recently appeared on Netflix and is certainly worth the watch.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Wind River (2017) – Review

After Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a skilled hunter, finds the dead body of a local native American girl out in the middle of the cold, harsh terrain of the Wyoming wildlife, the town enlists the help of an FBI agent to try and uncover the truth behind what seems to be a mysterious cold blooded murder. Haunted by his past, Cory prioritises solving this mystery in hopes of fighting his own struggles from the past. A fascinating thriller set against the beautiful backdrop that is Fremont County, Wyoming.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Love the Coopers (2015) – Review

In anticipation of a family reunion around the time of Christmas, four generations of the same Cooper clan come together for their usual annual festivities. Upon each making their way to the gathering however, an unfortunate series of events, along with unexpected visitors, turn the night on its head, forcing many of them to revaluate their own life as well as their family bonds. Not the most cheerful and upbeat Christmas film this season, but one that provides a fairly festive and authentic festive feel.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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McLintock (1963) – Review

G.W McLintock (John Wayne) is a wealthy rancher and well respected member of his community, that uses his power and influence in the territory he lives to keep the peace between many different parties, including farmers, ranchers, corrupt government officials and Indians. He must continue to do this while anxiously waiting for the return of his daughter, Rebecca (Stefanie Powers), while also trying to keep tensions calm with his wife, Katherine (Maureen O’Hara). Not the most action packed and suspenseful western of this era but certainly worth a watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Rio Bravo (1959) – Review

After witnessing a murder and consequently arresting Joe Burdette (Claude Akins) for his actions, Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) must enlist the assistance of three men to combat any incoming threat they may face when trying to prevent him from being freed. The Sheriff must do this while also juggling a blossoming romance with a passing gambler that goes by the name of Feathers (Angie Dickinson). A really impressive and well-made western movie that should be regarded as a must watch for any fan of the genre.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Searchers (1956) – Review

After three long years, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home a veteran of the American Civil War, only to embark on a multiple year quest of revenge and retribution in hopes of finding his abducted nine-year old niece. Who’s responsible? Chief Scar (Henry Brandon) and his fellow Comanche, who have been seeking their own revenge for the murder of their people. A superb throwback to 1956 with this classic western movie with one or two comedic moments thrown in there too.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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