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movie-john-wick-chapter-2-latino-audio-bigOne of my favorite action movies over the last couple of years was the out of nowhere John Wick which starred Keanu Reeves (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) as the title character. It has been quite some time since the last Ass Whoopin Wednesday post and I figured the best film to transition back into it is none other than the sequel John Wick: Chapter 2. We all know that int he last film, John Wick’s dog which was a present from his dead wife was killed and that his car was stolen. He took care of the problem in the last film, but he still needs to get his car back and he does. The only problem for John is that he thinks things are finally over until an Italian mob boss (Riccardo Scamarcio) suckers him back into the game by blowing up his house. Now the only problem is that he believes that if he does this job for him that all will be over until the mob turns the tables and double crosses him by putting a seven million dollar bounty on his head. The film also stars Ian McShane (Death Race) as Winston, Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black) as Ares, Common (Smokin’ Aces) as Cassian, Lance Reddick (John Wick) as Charon, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as The Bowery King, Claudia Gerini (The Passion Of The Christ) as Gianna D’Antonio, and the film was directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

John Wick 2john-wick-chapter-2-10These series of films are becoming my favorite franchise and they definitely turn the ante up for this one. The first film he only had 78 kills and in this film he almost doubled it with 127 kills total. I am not sure if that is the most we’ve recorded here on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, but it’s definitely a lot. There is still no origin story because we don’t find out much about his past other than the usual oh the boogeyman is here. There is no love interest because his wife is still dead, but he has a new dog though that has no name. The big boss was definitely defeated, but there is more trouble coming for poor John Wick. I honestly thought that when Laurence Fishburne showed up that we were going to get a Neo/Morpheus encounter, it just seemed like it was going to go there. The action sequences in the film are awesome and pretty intense plus there is some really cool kills that John has. One of the things I love about the film are the various characters that we see like the mute assassin/bodyguard, Common’s character, and the homeless beggars. It makes you believe that just about anyone could be an assassin like the random sumo wrestling looking guy. It keeps you hooked in and ready to see who shows up next. There is nothing Oscar worthy about this film, but it’s fun and that is all some of us want in our action films. I am going to give this one 4.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

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movie 43 cheeseball cinemaFor a very long time, I had wanted to see the film Movie 43 which is an ode to anthology comedy films like The Kentucky Fried Movie which had previously reviewed for Cheeseball Cinema and so I figured why not today. Dennis Quaid (Dreamscape) plays Charles Wessler, a man who is looking to pitch his movie ideas to a studio head named Griffin (Greg Kinnear). He starts to tell him some of his stories, but Griffin feels their too offensive and wants to kick him out. So, Charles holds him at gunpoint and he continues to pitch ideas like the iBabe which is basically a naked hot girl who also happens to be an ipod, Robin (Justin Long) tries speed dating, but Batman (Jason Sudeikis) is always there to bust his balls, a man (Chris Pratt) gets a proposition from his girlfriend (Anna Faris) which involves crapping on her, a girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) unfortunately gets her first period while on a date in front of a bunch of moron guys, a game of truth or dare that goes terribly the wrong way, and a girl(Kate Winslet) who finds out her blind date (Hugh Jackman) has balls on his chin. The film also stars Emma Stone (Birdman), Common (Run All Night), Seth MacFarlane (Ted), Richard Gere (Pretty Woman), Halle Berry (Losing Isiah), Naomi Watts (The Ring), Liev Schreiber (Defiance), J.B. Smooth (The Sitter), Kieran Culkin (Home Alone 2), Kate Bosworth (Still Alice),  Jack McBrayer (Wreck It Ralph), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Katrina Bowden (Tucker & Dale Vs Evil), Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa), Sean William Scott (American Pie), Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen), and the film features segments directed by people like Elizabeth Banks, James Duffy, Brett Ratner, James Gunn, Peter Farrelly, and many more. 

Cathy CliftenThis film is actually pretty brilliant even though a lot of its segments are absolutely absurd like homeschooled which is just creepy at times. One of my favorite segments and by far the bets one on there is definitely the truth or dare game. Once they start daring each other and they go to war on it, they have some of the funniest segments and bits in it and we have Peter Farrelly to thank for that one. There is plenty of T&A in this film thanks to both iBabe segments that are included in the film and my second favorite segment would be the super hero speed dating which you can pretty much figure out who did that out of the ones I named above. The film has a lot of star power in it which may have been the attractive side of the film that sold everyone, but they actually work and a lot off them truly are funny. I definitely recommend this film for anyone who is fan of such films like this and too bad there weren’t too many of these around. Well, If you’re a horror fan then you’ll definitely enjoy the ABC’s Of Death franchise because they do that with 26 directors. Nevertheless, it’s kind of a waste that it’s here, but we’ve gone this far, now it’s time to grade it. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film a 1.2 for a final grade. Check it out on Netflix right now!

run all night posterFor this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday flick, I wanted to get Liam Neeson who seems to be making some great action films whether it be the Taken franchise, Non Stop, or even A Walk Among The Tombstones. But the man is back with a brand new film that will blow your mind called Run All Night and it stars Neeson as  washed up hitman named Jimmy Conlon who battles lots of demons inside him like the people he’s killed to not being there for his son Michael (Joel Kinnaman). One unlucky night, Jimmy has to be there for his boy as his former boss and friend Sean Maguire (Ed Harris) is trying to have them killed. You may be asking yourself why and its because Jimmy killed Sean’s son Danny (Boyd Holbrook) before he could kill Michael. Now they’ll have to survive the night and each other before it’s too late. The film also stars Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Pat Mullen, Genesis Rodriguez (Tusk) as Gabriela Conlon, Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) as Detective Harding, Rapper Common as Price, Beau Knapp (No One Lives) as Kenan, Daniel Stewart Sherman (The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3) as Brendan, Holt McCallany (Fight Club) as Frank, and the film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Non Stop). Now before we get into the review of the film, why don’t we check out some stats from the film:

Run All Night Stats

run all nightWarning: This paragraph may contain spoilers. I just want to say that even though the kills/knockouts number seems to be low, there is plenty of action in this film that is provided to you. Liam Neeson once again is at his absolute best and I am kind of liking where he is taking his career since Taken. The story and how it unfolds before your eyes is amazing as it starts with Neeson narrating about how it’s not your life that flashes before your eyes, but all of your regrets and then it gets to the starting point of the film. So in the film, Liam Neeson has about 15 confirmed kills while Common who plays an excellent hit man in this film has some as well. We don’t know Liam’s characters full story, but we find out what kind of a character he is through what others say about him. He has no love interest in the film because he’s essentially a drunk whose wife passed away years before and as I said his sun is on the run as far as the family member hurt category. The big boss which is Ed Harris is eventually defeated, but it’s a bromantic way to go that you’ll have to check out. I really enjoyed the film and I think you will too. I am going to give the film four fists out of five for a final grade. Check it out in your local theater right now.

87th Oscars.jpgLast night was the 87TH Annual Academy Awards and all eyes were on what American Sniper was going to do last night as well as who would win the most awards. As usual, there is always a little bit of controversy and last night had it in my opinion as well as some that were no surprise. The biggest winners of the night were Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel which both movies entered the night tied with the most nominations at nine and they left tied with the most wins at four. Birdman didn’t win the award that I wanted it to win which was Best Actor as I believed that Michael Keaton should have win it as he put the performance of a lifetime in Birdman. I told everyone last night in my predictions that J.K. Simmons was going to win best supporting actor for Whiplash and that Julianne Moore was going to win Best Actress for Still Alice. I was able to see Whiplash and I will say that J.K. Simmons definitely deserved the award after the intense performance he put on that rattled the cages. I can’t say the same for Julianne Moore because I still have not seen Still Alice available anywhere to view, but I had a feeling it was going to go down the way it did anyways. I was very happy for Patricia Arquette who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for a film that was unlike any other before it in Boyhood. I’m not completely disappointed that Boyhood didn’t take home the best picture award for the fact that Birdman did, but Richard Linklater definitely deserved the best Director award.

aThe one thing that truly disappointed me was the reaction that American Sniper received that night and according to many sources Jason Bateman did not clap for the film during the ceremony. Did I believe that American Sniper deserve the best picture nod? Well, if I was to rank it with the others, it would be in third place which doesn’t mean that I don’t think the film was incredible because it was. I just don’t understand why there is so much hostility from various members of the cinema world towards the film. What we are going to fight for a film like The Interview which wasn’t the most amazing film (and has me thinking it was all planned), but we are going to talk trash about American Sniper. which is a film that is not only a war movie, but it gives you an in depth look at PTSD. PTSD is a problem that so many of our brave men and women of the military face today. These actors need to look and think outside the box and really research what your not respecting. Bradley Cooper put in some amazing performances in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and for the third year in a row in American Sniper.

john and scarletOn a different note, one of the best parts of the show was seeing Tegan And Sara doing The Lego Movie track Everything Is Awesome with The Lonely Island, Will Arnett, and Questlove during the Oscars and Lady Gaga’s mind blowing performance was also a highlight. Besides the awkward moment between John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson during the night, I have to get into how I did with my predictions. So at last years Academy Awards, I finished that night going 5-7 overall and this year I did a little bit better than that. There was definitely more than 13 awards handed out, but these were the 13 I deemed important enough to vote on. So, I finished the night 7-6 which means I was on the right side of the win percentage. That is all for my Oscar rants, but I have an idea for filmmakers and the the actual academy. Let’s not pick movies that no one has seen and let’s set a deadline for when they have to get their films released in limited release because then we could actually make real educated guesses.

Best Picture- Birdman

Best Director- Alejandro González Iñárritu- Birdman

Best Actor- Eddie Redmayne- The Theory Of Everything

Best Actress- Julianne Moore- Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor- J.K. Simmons- Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress- Patricia Arquette- Boyhood

Best Foreign Film- Ida (Poland)

Best Original Screenplay- Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay- The Imitation Game

Best Animated Feature- Big Hero 6

Best Original Song- Glory (Selma) by Common and John Legend

Best Cinematography- Birdman

Best Visual Effects- Interstellar