From the first bullet fired, the John Wick films have proudly worn their influences on their sleeves — from the elegant bloodshed of John Woo’s The Killer to the work of Jean-Pierre Melville and John Boorman — in their exploration of a bizarre criminal underworld colored with various codes and overt Catholicism. Director Chad Stahelski is a student of stunts and action movie history, and seems to use his films as love letters to the camerawork and performers who make the unreal real. With the release of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the films’ connection with international action cinema has only gotten more integral. More so than the other John Wick movies, Parabellum is packed with attempts to one-up action films from around the world. Alongside the gun-fu that we’ve come to expect from the series, there are direct visual homages to numerous landmarks of action cinema history. [Ed. note: The following contains mild spoilers for John Wick: Chapter 3 - … [Read more...] about The many hidden action references of John Wick: Chapter 3
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The 1995 classic Toy Story not only kicked off Pixar's run of box office hits, but ushered in a new era of CGI animation. 24 years later, the fourth movie in the series releases on June 21, and the new trailer is here.This latest Toy Story 4 trailer features all the movie's new toys, including talking spork Forky, Canadian motorcycle star Duke Caboom, and fluffy dolls Ducky and Bunny, alongside the old favorites. Forky is the favorite toy of Woody and co's new owner Bonnie, and when he goes missing, the rest of the gang must set about trying to get him back. Check it out above.Toy Story 4 sees all the main cast of the previous movies return, including Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz), Annie Potts (Bo Peep), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Blake Clark (Slinky Dog), Wallace Shawn (Rex), and John Ratzenberger (Hamm). Forky is played by Arrested Development's Tony Hale, Duke Kaboom by Keanu Reeves, and Ducky and Bunny by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.Toy Story 4 isn't the only doll-related … [Read more...] about Woody And Buzz Are On A Mission In New Toy Story 4 Trailer
There is something profoundly funny about the idea that John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is so much better at his job (that is, killing people) than everyone around him that he has the time to reload his gun multiple times during any given fight. It’s not that he’s not capable of doing it quickly — he’s John freakin’ Wick, he could do this in his sleep — but that it puts distinct pauses in the action that would be inconceivable in any other movie. Each time, a few seconds pass as he jams new bullets into his pistol and his opponents simply stagger around him. He doesn’t have to rush! He’s just that good! John Wick is a legendary assassin, also known as the Baba Yaga. Though he managed to get out of the game for the sake of his wife, he’s gotten back in after her death thanks to a few thugs who didn’t know who they were messing with. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, directed by Chad Stahelski, begins with Wick’s … [Read more...] about In the third John Wick movie, everybody loves Keanu Reeves
“I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone this before but when I first got the script, I just totally did not get it – at all!” Laughs Alex Winter remembering the first time he crossed paths with Bill S Preston, esq. Together with Keanu Reeves’ Ted “Theodore” Logan, the slacker duo brought peace to the universe and successfully survived high school in 1989’s totally non-heinous teen comedy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. “The language was so beautiful and hilarious and ornate and I just didn’t get it. It wasn’t until I started auditioning for it and I met the writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and director Steve Herek that I realised how infectiously fun it was to say that dialogue and I immediately wanted the part. I got really excited about it.”Matheson and Solomon, on the other hand, never had any shortage of excitement for Bill and Ted. As comedy writers and best buds, their airhead teen … [Read more...] about “It really was quite a beautiful experience”
Ready Player One is out in cinemas, and promises to immerse viewers in the wild, pop-culture filled world of the Oasis, first dreamed up by author Ernest Cline and now brought to life by Steven Spielberg himself. When Cline was first writing his seminal novel, the virtual reality technology which allows protagonist Wade Watts to enter the Oasis sounded more like fiction than fact but, today, VR headsets can be found in the homes of millions of people, and the hardware's only becoming more ambitious with every passing day. Virtual reality is now very much a part of our reality, even if the likes of PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive can't claim to be nearly as powerful as the amazing gadgetry seen in Ready Player One. Either way, it's the ideal time to look back at the films that have portrayed the technology on the big screen before now, and determine just how accurate they've managed to be in their predictions so far.Lawnmower Man (1992)The movie: Brett Leonard’s … [Read more...] about 11 visions of VR that movies got wrong. Very wrong.