Posts Tagged ‘Laurence Fishburne’

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.

MI3For most of us, Wednesdays only mean that its hump day, but it also means that it’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. To continue on the same theme that we have been doing for the last couple of weeks, we are week three in to our countdown to Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation which hits theaters July 31ST. For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, we are looking at the J.J. Abrams (Star Wars Episode VII) directed Mission: Impossible III which once again starred and was produced by Tom Cruise. In this one, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) has been out of the game for a very long time and he is looking to get married to his girlfriend Julia (Michelle Monaghan). The only problem is that she doesn’t know that Ethan used to be a spy and he is trying to keep it a secret, but after a mission that failed, Ethan has to come face to face with the sadistic and evil arms dealer named Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who threatens to put Ethan’s secret at risk. The film also stars Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) as John Musgrave, Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) as Luther, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point) as Declan Gormley, Keri Russell (The Americans) as Lindsey Farris, Maggie Q (Balls Of Fury) as Zhen Lei, Simon Pegg (Shaun Of The Dead) as Benji Dunn, Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) as Brownway, Laurence Fishburne (Boyz n The Hood), and many more. Let’s check out some stats before we get into the review of the film.

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MI3 1I really enjoyed the direction that J.J. Abrams went with this film because it brought it back to reality other than the kung fu version of number two and you can just tell from seeing past Abrams films that this had his signature all over it. In the film, Ethan Hunt has a total of 23 kills which is fewer than the second film, but still a hell of a lot more than the first film. He still has no origin story, but in this one he has a love interest who is his girlfriend and eventually his wife as the film goes along and she is the one that is hurt (she gets kidnapped). The big boss is definitely defeated and I just wanted to say that Philip Seymour Hoffman was masterful in this film as it’s villain. Tom Cruise is masterful of course as Ethan Hunt and by this point I am surprised that it’s taking them this long to come out with sequels to each film (MI in 1996, MI2 in 2000, and this one in 2006), but it makes sense considering it is the tenth anniversary to the first film. The film of course does a great job of throwing curveballs at you when you least expect it or if you suspect someone of being a mole, they’ll quickly change that. I love that some of the locations for the film were in Rome and Shanghai, it makes it fun to have the ability to form stories around different parts of the world for each film. I swear you’ll love some of the stunts for this film and the cinematography so check it out.You’ll also notice that ayoung Aaron Paul has a couple of scenes in the film too. I am giving the film 4.2 fists out of five for a final grade.

man of steel titleFor this week’s Super Sunday, we are heading back into the DC Universe for one of the comics that basically made them who they are today. For a lot of us comic book fans that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, Christopher Reeve was the man known as Superman in all of our eyes. In 2006, Warner Brothers and DC Comics decided to bring back Superman to the big screen considering things were hot for Marvel at the time with Spider-Man and X-men. The only problem is their 2006 film Superman Returns was a huge flop and disappointment in the eyes of many fans. It would take seven years and for Christopher Nolan to dominate with his edgy and dark take on the Batman series with The Dark Knight Trilogy for DC and Warner to finally realize what they had to do with the Superman series and now we have 2013’s Man Of Steel. Henry Cavill (Immortals) stars as Clark Kent, Kal-El, or Superman as the film explores his origins of how he made it to Earth. Although in this film, we learn that General Zod (Michael Shannon) and the fact that Krypton was about to end was the reason for him travelling to Earth. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) had to sacrifice their lives so that Kal could live on a new planet. That doesn’t stop Zod and his outlawed and banished team from trying to find Kal so that they can recover something that is key to their planet. The film stars Diane Lane (Chaplin) as Marta Kent, Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) as Jonathan Kent, Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Perry White, Antje Traue (5 Days Of War) as Faora-Ul, Richard Cetrone (Watchmen) as Tor-An, and the film was directed by Zack Snyder (300).

superman Visually, I think this film is out of this world and that expression, “This film is visually stunning” is 100% accurate about Man Of Steel. Where Superman Returns failed, this film made up for it in every category. There is a reason why this film won the superhero movie of the year award last year in the 3RD Annual Monster Entertainment Awards with 50% of the vote and it was because it was that badass. I can’t pinpoint one performance that wasn’t better than any other performance because the cast was superb and Michael Shannon played an excellent villain. The special effects were great and the cinematography was on point. The only thing is that I wasn’t used to the idea of the film having Superman meet Lois Lane before he starts to work at The Daily Planet. This was definitely one of my favorite films from 2013 and unfortunately we have to wait until 2016 to get the second film in the series Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. which stars Ben Affleck as the new Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I am going to give this film an A for a final grade. If you want to get involved in the voting process for the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards which features everything from Superhero film of the year, Horror, Action, comedy, and music categories as well, then click here.

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