I couldn't find a John Wick thread, which seems impossible so delete this if I somehow missed it.
If not, here's something to tide us over until Bill & Ted 3 comes out.
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Posted 23 March 2019 - 12:48 AM
I regretfully confess that the first two are still on my To Do list, but people are crazy about this dude. What do we love about these movies exactly? Like, I know I have to watch them but I'm not quite sure why.
Right. John Wick. He's not exactly the Boogieman.
He's more... the guy you send to kill the Boogieman.
John Wick the first is basically the comeback film for an action series that was never actually made, starting us off well into the life of John Wick, legendary ex assassin, and treating the details of his past in the same way a sequel would, giving the audience just enough while treating the finer points as something it doesn't have to explain. On its own, that's a cool gimmick, but the film sells it with a well balanced sense of humor and excellent execution (pun intended).
The first film also has the benefit of a simple setup. They killed John Wick's dog. Now he's going to kill all of them. The action is good, the acting is solid, and it's built around a solid core.
Also, if you've seen the making of footage, you know that Keanu Reeves could easily kill you in real life if he wasn't so nice, which adds to things.
Posted 19 May 2019 - 06:16 PM
Finally got around to seeing the first film. It was pretty spectacular. I did spend a lot of it wondering if it was all just a really long SNL sketch, but, like... in a good way.
It's delightfully ridiculous and over the top. I think the movie should have been called "Theon Greyjoy Is The Only Man On Earth Who Hasn't Heard Of John Wick", because so much of it is just Iosef doing dumb things and everyone around him going "Shit, don't you know that's JOHN WICK'S HAT?!" it just has a really perfect dash of absurdity that does, I think, elevate it beyond Just A Good Action Movie.
And that's before you even get to the mythology and the world building. Fancy hotels with weird coins and jeez Perkins, you're going to regret that. I assume that angle escalates in the sequel because I've heard a lot of talk about it. But there's enough in the original that it does start to feel like a genre film rather than straight shooty-shooty. I almost got a Men in Black vibe? This secret pack of assassins and their pals - vans who clean up the mess and so on. It's crying out for video games and an RPG.
Posted 20 May 2019 - 07:55 AM
I did a new video thing:
Posted 23 May 2019 - 08:50 AM
My favorite movie of the year so far! quality cinematography, awesome action, nice performances and all that.
Afterall i'm glad audiences are supporting new franchises like this as we need new franchises despite Mission Impossible is still going strong as ever despite Ghost was a disappointing sequel and John Wick franchise, Dredd, Raid 1 and 2 and Mission Impossible 5 and 6 are my fave action films of the decade. I mean it's better to let dead horse franchises like Die Hard and Terminator just rest in peace as McClane and T-8000 earned their retirement and have new franchises.
This franchise reminds me of the glorious golden age of action films being the 80s and 90s like Die Hard Trilogy, Lethal Weapon films, Robocop, Terminator 1 and 2, Death Wish films, Hard Boiled, The Killer, Cobra, Rambo movies, Commando, The Rock and so much more that i grew up with. Keanu Reeves is the new Charles Bronson.
Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:51 PM
TOY DRAMA THEATER!
1 minute of (minimal) lights, (steady) camera and... ACTION FIGURES! (mostly Transformers) - Episode 031: Combiners and chest envy
Posted 16 September 2019 - 04:02 PM
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