john wick

John Wick 2 reviewThis is a movie review with some moderate story spoilers, but they are necessary for me to make some points.

Keanu Reeves returns to a role that matches his classic film personality in John Wick: Chapter 2. And like the first one, this film is nothing but a fun, gun-porn kind of vengeance film, with Wick dispensing his classic style of justice, at the end of a gun barrel.

The plot described is “After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.”

Chad Stahelski returns to the director’s chair for the sequel, and his own second directorial effort. (Yep, he cut his directorial teeth on the first Wick film). Aside from Reeves, other cast members include Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne and a slew of other familiar faces.

John Wick on Amazon.

In this film, which takes place within a week of events in the last film, John is trying to get out of the life of being an assassin. He has the dog he took from the Vet’s in the last film, and yes, it’s the same (kind of) dog, so someone was taking notes!

But John’s retirement is short-lived because a marker he was given some years ago is called in by a guy named Santino. And despite his not wanting to go back to that life, and after threats of taking a hit out on him, John accepts the contract.

But as he takes out the target, the man who called in the marker, then still tried to have John taken out. But of course, trying to take out John Wick is akin to snuffing out the sun. And sooner or later, John corners him to exact revenge, but Santino is hiding out in the holy ground of assassins and instead of heeding advice to not touch him, well, John was too pissed.

And sets the tables against him for the third film.

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New DVD and Blu-ray releases this week

This week’s new home entertainment releases have Jason Scott Lee portraying Bruce Lee, Keanu Reeves, Luke Evans and a few more. Check it out…

As always, images are links, the 5-star ratings are from Amazon users and the 10-pt scores are from IMDb user ratings.

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story – 1993
Blu-ray
Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Lauren Holly, et al.

I remember this film and I remember liking it. It did a decent job portraying Bruce Lee’s struggles in creating his art and improving on the skills and talent he was taught. It also showed how hard driven he was in attaining the lofty goals he had for the world of movie martial arts.

The unique memory I have of this film was when I went to see the premiere, I was chaperoning a few classes of young karate students who were lucky enough to win seats to see the premiere. I also met karate stars from Hollywood, one of them being Jean-Claude Van Damme. I also remember being shocked how short this cowboy boot wearing star was!

If you’re a Bruce Lee fan, this is a worthy Blu-ray to own.

A: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I: 7 out of 10
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John Wick
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, et al.

I missed this film in theaters but wished I had seen it… and judging from the user review scores, it seems to have hit a good spot with fans.

4.2 out of 5 stars
7.2/10

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Dracula Untold
Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, et al.

I don’t remember this movie doing well at theaters, but the user scores seem to contest that perception.

4.4 out of 5 stars
6.3/10

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases, GONE GIRL, BOARDWALK EMPIRE…

January 12, 2015

This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases coming out Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 have Ben Affleck, Steve Buscemi, Liam Neeson, and a duck or two in the casts. (Images are links to the products on Amazon) – Gone Girl Cast includes Tyler Perry, Ben Affleck IMDb users gave this film an 8.3 out of 10! – […]

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New In Theaters This Week: JOHN WICK…

October 21, 2014

This week the headlining star in new movies coming out this Friday, October 24th, is Keanu Reeves in an action flick of vengeance. The other movie out is based on an old “game” we’ve probably all played at one time or another. New in theaters this week: Ouija Rated PG-13, it runs 89 min and […]

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