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21 Oct 14:30

'John Wick' Review: 10 Reasons You Need to Go See the Movie Yesterday

by Drew Taylor

Wait a second...SERIOUSLY???

john wick reviewLast month, we attended Fantastic Fest, a film festival held in Austin, Texas, that is, to use a scientific term, totally bonkers. It's a place where new and incredibly weird genre movies play and are instantly eaten up (or harshly rejected) by geeky audiences. It's the kind of film festival that celebrates movies that contain (among other things) fountains of blood, animal cruelty, and full-frontal nudity. And it's where "John Wick" premiered.

And even though "John Wick" is a fairly mainstream affair by Fantastic Fest standards (it's American, features a movie star, and doesn't have a single weird Japanese ghost), it was one of the movies that everybody was talking about. (They had to squeeze in additional screenings to accommodate feverishly nerdy demand.) So, get ready America, "John Wick" is coming for you.

Keanu Reeves plays the titular character, a former assassin whose wife has recently succumbed to cancer and who now focuses all of his attention on the puppy she left behind for him. When a bunch of deranged goons breaks into his house and do something dastardly to the dog, John Wick returns to his life of murdering lots and lots of people.

But does the movie deliver the goods or is it lacking in ammo? Read our "John Wick" review to find out!

1. 'John Wick' Is Seriously Awesome
First of all, you should know that "John Wick" is awesome, in a big way. The Fantastic Fest screening wasn't just a case of "ooh, we're at a film festival and having so much fun," because that does happen. (There's a kind of halo effect. I'm looking into the exact physiological basis of all of this. Booze probably has something to do with it.) The movie screened for us at around 8 a.m. (seriously) and surrounded by a small smattering of fellow critics and three bean-and-cheese tacos picked up from a nearby Taco Cabana, it was still more fun than six Super Bowls. Quite frankly, seeing this thing with a packed audience over opening weekend is probably going to be the highlight of your month.

2. Keanu Rocks
At this point, it's safe to call Keanu Reeves an action movie legend. Between "Point Break," "The Matrix" movies and his wonderful, woefully underrated directorial debut "The Man of Tai Chi," he's got the chops. And in "John Wick" he's never been better. His age (he's 50!) has given him some heft and nuance and he moves in an awesomely balletic way. He dances around the bullets and kills people with aplomb. He's also super charming and dangerous and intense. Quite frankly, if a federal law was passed down that Keanu Reeves had to appear in every single movie ever made, we'd back that law with all that we've got.

3. It Takes Place in a Crazy Stylized Realm
One of the more surprising aspects of "John Wick" is the fact that it's super weird and takes place in a fancifully mythological realm where criminal activity is paid for in gold coins that look like doubloons from a sunken pirate ship, people come and clean up bodies if you dial the right phone number, and criminals stay in an underworld hotel exclusively for those living outside the law. There's more "world building" and stylization than most of the superhero movies that you see these days, and unlike those movies, you actually want to see the further adventures of the characters in "John Wick."

4. There's a Marilyn Manson Song on the Soundtrack
When was the last time you thought about Marilyn Manson? Oh, really, that long? Well you know who has thought about Marilyn Manson? John Wick. So maybe you should too.

5. The Action Is Spectacular
The directors of "John Wick" are David Leitch and Chat Stahelski, two guys with an extensive background in stunt work and who are making their feature debut with this film. Quite frankly, their earlier career experience shows itself in every frame of "John Wick." Not that it's that the action sequences are exclusively spectacular; most of the movie is totally on-point (even the scenes where two human beings are talking to one another). But the movie really comes alive during the action sequences, which are vibrant and unique and shot in the way that action movies used to be filmed, with wide-angle lenses and fluid camerawork. It's the exact opposite of most of the action movies you see these days, with shaky camerawork and quick cutting. Like everything else about "John Wick," the action sequences pop and sizzle.

6. It's Insanely Violent
Also, unlike most action movies made these days, "John Wick" is rated R. So that means that there is lots and lots of blood. That's pretty cool. And it's not as ugly or unpleasant as the violence in similarly R-rated action movies that have recently come out "The Equalizer" and "Fury." There's something cathartic and fun about the violence in "John Wick." And that's pretty great.

7. Don't Worry, the Puppy Moment Is Relatively Brief
If you're worried about the fact that I mentioned something devious happening to a puppy in the introduction to this review... Don't... It's relatively brief and over in the first part of the movie. It also mostly takes place off-camera. So it is over before it begins. And the John Wick-is-a-killing-machine business gets underway. Yay!

8. Michael Nyqvist Is a Much Better Villain This Time Around
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is one of my favorite movies ever. But if there's a weak link in the movie it's Michael Nyqvist, who played the movie's ideologue bad guy hellbent on nuclear annihilation as an instigator for world peace. What a snooze! But in "John Wick" he plays an evil Russian gangster and he's totally colorful and over-the-top. It's great. Why he couldn't bring that kind of heat to "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is something that I'll probably ponder until the day I die.

9. Willem Dafoe Is Fun
Willem Dafoe is having a ball in "John Wick." That's pretty much it. He doesn't bother trying to be intense or brooding. It's like we're watching Dafoe take a vacation. On screen. Imagine that.

10. You'll Want to Watch a Sequel the Second It's Over
Unlike most of these big Hollywood confections, "John Wick," a film cobbled together independently and released by Lionsgate, feels more like a legitimate franchise-starter. And more than that -- it's a franchise that you'll actually want to watch. If someone had entered that ungodly early screening, tapped me on the shoulder, and said, "Sir, 'John Wick 2' will screen immediately after 'John Wick' is over," I would be over the moon. But I'd probably need more tacos.

"John Wick" hits theaters everywhere Friday, October 24.

02 Oct 16:19

How underwater cable is laid

by Jonco

How It's Laid

Undersea cable



18 Oct 03:07

Frozach Submitted

18 Oct 01:15

Frozach Submitted


I'm laughing a lot at these

18 Oct 14:00

awwww-cute: My dogs tried to trade me a hibiscus flower and a...


My dogs tried to trade me a hibiscus flower and a tennis ball, for the snack I was eating

17 Oct 16:47


by Reza

The glasses killed me


02 Oct 21:24

Paper Clip Machine

by Jonco

How It's Made!

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13 Oct 15:43

How to make an entrance at a pool party

by Jonco


Warning: Foul language


The post How to make an entrance at a pool party appeared first on Bits and Pieces.

16 Oct 13:59

A la carte racing: CBS offers CBS All Access subscription service


An interesting take on the downsides of a la carte TV

Yesterday, HBO said our a la carte TV future was coming. Today, CBS said that it's already here. A day after HBO announced the vaguest of plans for a standalone streaming service, CBS not only announced specific plans for its own, but launched the thing. You can already sign up for CBS Al...
14 Oct 13:59

Dogs team up in unimaginably cute fashion to retrieve ball

by Rob Beschizza

Either that, or the small merle one is unsuccessfully attempting to eat the large black one. Photo credit unknown!

14 Oct 20:23

goose no like drone


And there goes your Amazon order

goose no like drone

14 Oct 14:01

My Favorite Things

by Grant

Happy autumn! It's the perfect season to carry a sketchbook.

As always, posters are available at my shop.
14 Oct 17:01

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars

by Christopher Jobson

I imagine they'd be murdered in a few minutes in the US

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Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars public transportation cycling bicycles bamboo activism

A few Latvian activists from a branch of the bicycle advocacy group Let’s Bike it recently created a visual reminder of the space taken by cars on a typical road. To accomplish this, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The activists then cycled around the streets of Riga for several hours to highlight the absurdity of using a large car to move a single person. The stunt was organized as part of European Mobility Week, an ongoing campaign that explores sustainable urban mobility around Europe. (via Designboom, My Modern Met)

06 Oct 02:36

cubebreaker: Japan’s Nabana no Sato Botanical Garden used over...


Japan’s Nabana no Sato Botanical Garden used over 7,000,000 LED lights to create this amazing tribute to nature featuring displays of rainbows, auroras, and Mt. Fuji.

10 Oct 13:00

An Honest Guide to Cosplay




10 Oct 04:00

The Sake of Argument


I chuckled

'It's not actually ... it's a DEVICE for EXPLORING a PLAUSIBLE REALITY that's not the one we're in, to gain a broader understanding about it.' 'oh, like a boat!' '...' 'Just for the sake of argument, we should get a boat! You can invite the Devil, too, if you want.'
04 Oct 14:48

Ferrorfluid - The Magnetic Liquid



06 Oct 22:38

gifak-net: [video]

06 Oct 19:00

Everything in Jason Alexander's Life Comes Full Circle



07 Oct 12:30

Please Accept this Flying Husky

Please Accept this Flying Husky

Hope it helps a little.

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06 Oct 11:27

Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera

by Christopher Jobson

This video is incredible

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Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera macro chemistry

Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera macro chemistry

Beautiful Chemistry is a new collaboration between Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China that seeks to make chemistry more accessible and interesting to the general public. Their first project was the creation of several short films that utilize a 4K UltraHD camera to capture a variety of striking chemical reactions without the usual clutter of test tubes, beakers or lab equipment. I definitely would have paid a bit more attention in chemistry class if we’d had the opportunity to watch some of these. Filmed and edited by Yan Liang.

06 Oct 09:00

Solver problems with server reboots

by sharhalakis

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07 Oct 19:43

The Postal Service 'Everything Will Change' Documentary

by Jason Tate


A trailer for an upcoming documentary about The Postal Service's reunion tour can be found in the replies. The documentary is called Everything Will Change.
05 Oct 03:55

bearhatalice: thedoubleclicks: robothugscomic: New...


That Angelina Jolie one with the bullet bending




New comic!

Yeah, I might have watched a movie and gotten kind of mad.

This is seriously a trope I’d love to never see again though.

the lego movie

the matrix

pacific rim

now that I’ve learned I can’t unsee it

The more I think about it, I am not so sure I want a Black Widow movie any more.

06 Oct 14:41

5 Ways To Improve The Already Amazing Schuylkill River Boardwalk

by Conrad

Quite excited to check this out

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Checked out the new Schuylkill River Banks Boardwalk this weekend and was completely amazed! Loved the design, loved the views, and loved the slight feeling of escape it gave. Huge pat on the back to the City and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation for supporting such a fantastic project.

Now with that said, I think there’s always room for improvement, so below I’m suggesting five ways to build on the existing boardwalk over the next few months/years to make it even better…

1. Work with an artist to create a permanent light installation along part of the boardwalk, perhaps even bring back/evolve J. Meejin Yoon & Mural Arts’ ‘Light Drift’ from 2010.


2. The new boardwalk offers such great views of the South Street Bridge, so to build on that: Create a waterfall across the entire span of the South Street Bridge that would use sensors to allow boats to pass under, a bit like this waterfall swing set, like a much wider version of what artist Olafur Eliasson did with the Brooklyn Bridge in 2008.

3. Install a large sculpture(s) on the sliver of land between the railroad and the river to view from the boardwalk… Perhaps KAWS?

4. In one or more of the seating areas, install a few of those floating hammocks that were so popular at this summer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park.

5. Last but not least: Music and live theater! On busy weekends, work with the Philadelphia Orchestra (The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, the Kimmel Center, high school theater groups, and the list goes on…) to perform small sets on one or more boats/barges floating just next to the boardwalk.

What are your ideas to build on Philly’s new boardwalk?

Filed under: Around Town
03 Oct 10:46

The First 'American Sniper' Trailer With Bradley Cooper Is Ridiculously Intense (VIDEO)

by Drew Taylor


One of the bigger Academy Award-season X-factors is "American Sniper," the Clint Eastwood-directed, Bradley Cooper vehicle that charts the true story of the most deadly sniper in American history. And while it's hard to know where it will end up in the Oscar derby, a new teaser trailer that is almost uncomfortably intense suggests that this is going to be one hell of a ride.

The trailer basically takes place in the framework of a single sequence, with Cooper as Chris Kyle, a U.S. Navy Seal in Iraq, staring out across a rubble-strewn courtyard. At first things seem okay, until he spots a woman and a child. And the woman seems to be... holding something. The trailer doesn't answer whether or not he pulled the trigger, but that's almost beside the point; it cuts in fragments of Kyle's personal life (Sienna Miller, completely out of her glamorous element, plays his wife) and audio of his own beating heart, to create something inescapably suspenseful. As far as artfully done trailers go, this one is hard to top.

"American Sniper," which was originally envisioned as a Steven Spielberg project before Eastwood took over, will see limited release on December 25th of this year before expanding nationwide on January 16th. You know, for those of you who want some light holiday viewing.

03 Oct 12:57

Great Job, Internet!: Enter the explosive world of Michael Bay GIFs

by Katie Rife

Reddit communities can be extremely specific, but the r/michaelbaygifs subreddit is universal. Who wouldn’t be blown away by a group dedicated to planting cluster bombs of explosive Michael Bay-related GIFs and then detonating them all over the Internet? (Sorry, couldn’t help it.) Just to be clear, these gifs don’t come from actual Michael Bay movies—they just take inspiration from the Transformers director’s well-documented obsession with making things go boom (and occasionally from his pal J.J. Abrams). But watching cats (or a gorilla on a bike, or the subreddit itself) blow up into flaming CGI shrapnel has the same entertainment value as an average Michael Bay movie—with approximately the same amount of plot.

Directed by Michael Bay