Ep. 124 – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Hail Satan?, and positive discussion of Robert Pattinson as the new Batman

May 20, 2019 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” and “Hail Satan?”

They also discuss the rumored casting of Robert Pattinson as the new Batman, and what he would bring to the role.

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Ep. 94 – The LEGO Batman Movie, John Wick: Chapter 2, Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis, The Edge of Seventeen, and Beavis & Butt-head: The Complete Collection

February 13, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Jerrod and Cody review “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “John Wick: Chapter 2.” They also dive in to new home entertainment releases “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis,” “The Edge of Seventeen,” and “Beavis & Butt-head: The Complete Collection.”

[00:00-29:30] Intro/SXSW tease

[29:30-44:48] Review: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

[44:48-56:37] Review: “John Wick: Chapter 2”

[56:37-1:19:19] No Ticket Required: “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis,” “The Edge of Seventeen,” and “Beavis & Butt-head: The Complete Collection”

[1:19:19-1:22:50] Wrap up/tease
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Ep. 22 – Ouija, John Wick, 23 Blast, DC seeks a female director for Wonder Woman, Avengers 2 trailer hits, Christian Bale is Steve Jobs, and what board games we’d like to see as movies

October 27, 2014 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Ouija,” “John Wick,” and “23 Blast.” They also discuss DC wanting a female director for their “Wonder Woman” movie, the leak of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer, Christian Bale being cast as Steve Jobs in the upcoming Danny Boyle/Aaron Sorkin biopic, and board games we’d like to see adapted into movies.

[0:00-5:07] Intro and Halloween costumes
[05:07-17:00] DC’s Wonder Woman seeks female director
[17:00-24:41] Avengers 2: Age of Ultron trailer leaked
[24:41-34:29] Christian Bale cast as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle film
[34:29-48:13] Ouija
[48:13-1:01:43] John Wick
[1:01:43-1:13:07] 23 Blast
[1:13:07-1:27:20] What board games would we like to see as movies?
[1:27:52-1:34:49] Teases for next week and close

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John Wick

October 24, 2014 by  
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Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen
Directed by: Chad Stahelski (debut)
Written by: Derek Kolstad (“The Package”)

In the early stages of “John Wick,” screenwriter Derek Kolstad decides to create motivation for Wick’s revenge in a way that might be upsetting to many filmgoers. It is a bold sequence that is equal parts brutal and an effective piece of table setting. It’s unfortunate that rest of the film can’t quite live up to its establishment.

After the loss of his wife, being assaulted and robbed of his car, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) decides to return to the assassin life that he once led to exact revenge. As he faces the dozens of men out to get him, he must navigate who he can trust and find a way to take down the people who hurt him the most.

In what many are calling a return to form, Reeves embraces the action star role with aplomb. It isn’t an acting performance to write home about by any stretch, but in this recent renaissance of 50-plus year old action heroes, Reeves is good fit. An issue that “John Wick” has that it shares with many other films is a complete lack of development for any character other than the protagonist. Sure, there are a few solid moments from character actors like Ian McShane, but characters like fellow assassin Ms. Perkins (Adrianne Palicki) serve such little purpose and the films villain, Viggo Tarasov is not only typical, but made even more plain by a particularly hammy performance from Michael Nyqvist.

One thing “John Wick” does well is initial world building, where everyone knows everyone and there are codes of ethics and appropriate ways of behaving. While the development is done nicely, it is the further execution that often comes off as hokey. The one element of the film that “John Wick” seems to be proud of is its usage of stylized action sequences, be it in the form of hand-to-hand combat or the far more frequent gunfight, some of which are quite cool and slick. The problem lies in the fact that by the time the middle of the film rolls around, the motivation has run dry, the narrative has gone generic, and a once promising first act is squandered, leaving only empty action that we have seen a million times.

In its defense, “John Wick” is a film that unquestionably knows exactly what it is. It uses humor and graphic violence to embrace its B-movie sensibilities and wears it as a badge of honor. While this might make for a few fun moments, it doesn’t make for a good film. After a well-executed set-up, anything unique or higher-level gets lost in a blaze of bullets.