Taken 2 – Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) is a dad “with a particular set of skills” who, in the prequel film (2008), rescued his daughter from an Albanian human-trafficking syndicate, using the unconventional tactic of applying his experience as expert CIA operative in a merciless rampage across Europe.
In this year’s sequel, Bryan is still trying to get close to his daughter Kim (played by Maggie Grace), while working off-and-on as a high-profile personal security consultant. When he finds out that his ex-wife Lenore (played by the stunning Famke Janssen) is having a rough time at home with an estranged husband, Bryan invites Kim and Lenore to visit him in Istanbul after his next assignment for a few days vacation.
Meanwhile, in Albania, trafficking kingpin Murad Krasniqi (played by Rade Serbedzija) plots revenge against Bryan, and travels with his goons into Istanbul just in time to catch the family reuniting for their vacation. During one outing, Bryan and Lenore seem to be reigniting an old flame just as Murad’s goons barge in with orders to take Bryan alive. Needless to say, a series of kidnapping attempts against Bryan, Lenore, and even Kim ensues, while Bryan spends much of the movie performing his signature vicious rampage.
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Not that this is breaking news, but the Discovery Channel/TLC network has been making money off of a father-and-son struggle for years now, and the American public has eaten …
When you first have a kid, you want to believe that you won’t have your television on 24/7, because every study and website out there lambasts you for even thinking of turning on the boob-tube while your kid is anywhere near it. So, for awhile, you tried to be that household – the one that consumes less television. When you just had to have the television on, you pointed your baby away from it, toward more educational stuff – like the wall.
But let’s be honest – you’re human and you’ve got stuff to do. Once your kid learns to walk, you need some sort of wizard’s spell to keep your kid in one place for more than 2 minutes. Toys and books work for awhile, but eventually, everyone goes back to their old friend, the television. All those flashing colors and animal sounds are like magic spells for a kid. And within reason, you can let your kid watch the television without melting his brain.
Now that my son is learning about the real world, and not just taking Yo Gabba Gabba at face value, I’ve been able to filter some “normal” adult television back into our evening schedules. The four shows I’ve had the most success with, after the jump.
UPDATE: You can now find “The Stay-At-Home Dad” on its own site. Original article below.
We first found Atom.com’s Stay At Home Dad back in October and have enjoyed …
If you haven’t had the chance to check out Louis C.K.’s new DVD Hilarious, you’re missing out on something special. While he has uproariously funny material on all topics, he really shines when talking about his daughters.
We linked to a video of Louis a couple of days ago in a clip talking about how people feed their kids chemicals, and then beat them when the child reacts to it. And through a sarcastic and vulgar delivery, Louis C.K. gets to that little grain of truth; in this case, that as a culture, we pump our kids full of chemicals like caffeine, and then blame the child when he or she reacts to it. In another anecdote, C.K. talks about entertaining his daughters’ questions and how when you argue with a child, you’re always the loser.