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Movie Review: John Wick Chapter 2 “A Ballet of Blood”

Keanu Reeves, John Wick Chapter 2

I think the best compliment you can give a sequel is not only is it a better film than the one it follows, but it makes that original film better in retrospect.  I was not an enormous fan of John Wick when it came out (you can read my underwhelmed review here, which I would now probably bump up several points).  I think it was a combination of it being one of those cult movies that gets overhyped  by the time it gets to you and you can no longer be pleasantly surprised along with some thematic material in John’s origin that whacks certain personal buttons with me (btw, we’ll try to stay spoiler free on Chapter 2, but if you read on, I’m assuming you saw the first film).  John Wick Chapter 2 takes everything that worked in the first film, amps it to 11, and ends up being a much better movie that earns both its own existence and the inevitable Chapter 3 to come. Continue reading Movie Review: John Wick Chapter 2 “A Ballet of Blood”

Trailer Time: John Wick Chapter Two Trailer #2 (2017) *Man Loves His Dog; S’all.”

I was not a huge fan of the first John Wick (or THE WORLD’S ANGRIEST PET OWNER).  People hyped it to me as an amazing action movie, and I just thought it was kind of boilerplate, and with any Keanu Reeves movie, you need to have a whole lot of stuff happening so he doesn’t have time to try to, God forbid, act.  It’s kind of like jangling your keys in front of a Golden Retriever so he gets all excited and forgets to drool.  That’s how you win with a Keanu movie.  I did give it a second try, and was less harsh on it.  I can see it as a guilty pleasure action movie. It did extremely well at the box office and revived Reeves dormant career, so there’s obviously now John Wick Chapter 2 (cause it’s so literary).  For more details reed Coming Soon’s take below and check out the trailer and poster for the February 2017 release. Continue reading Trailer Time: John Wick Chapter Two Trailer #2 (2017) *Man Loves His Dog; S’all.”

Trailer Time: John Wick Chapter Two Trailer #1 (2017) *Stay Away From His Dog!!!*

I was not a huge fan of the first John Wick (or THE WORLD’S ANGRIEST PET OWNER).  People hyped it to me as an amazing action movie, and I just thought it was kind of boilerplate, and with any Keanu Reeves movie, you need to have a whole lot of stuff happening so he doesn’t have time to try to, God forbid, act.  It’s kind of like jangling your keys in front of a Golden Retriever so he gets all excited and forgets to drool.  That’s how you win with a Keanu movie.  I did give it a second try, and was less harsh on it.  I can see it as a guilty pleasure action movie. It did extremely well at the box office and revived Reeves dormant career, so there’s obviously now John Wick Chapter 2 (cause it’s so literary).  For more details reed Coming Soon’s take below and check out the trailer and poster for the February 2017 release. Continue reading Trailer Time: John Wick Chapter Two Trailer #1 (2017) *Stay Away From His Dog!!!*

Movie Review: John Wick (2014)

I swear to you.  All of this mayhem happens because of this:
I swear to you. All of this mayhem happens because of this:
Keanu Reeves, John Wick
Yes, the dog. I’m talking about the dog.

One faces a dilemma in reviewing movies like John Wick ( and there are so many movies like John Wick that you could spend the rest of your remaining earthly days scrolling through Netflix’s Action/Adventure suggestion queue and never watch half).  There’s the argument that every film deserves to be examined for artistic merit and even rancid pieces of boar offal like John Wick which critics are, for some inexplicable reason, lauding; thus warning the general public away – a sort of bio-hazard sticker for the Blu ray case.  On the other hand, there’s the argument that the more attention we pay to films this bad may encourage “film makers” to make more.  Sort of like why they don’t show fans who run on to the field at professional sporting events on the televised broadcast. Continue reading Movie Review: John Wick (2014)