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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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maxresdefault_21The only questions I have is who isn’t a fan of Oscar Award winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and who isn’t a fan of Italian horror legend Dario Argento (Suspiria)? Those are definitely the questions I asked when I decided to watch Phenomena for today’s film. Jennifer Corvino (Connelly) is the daughter of a famous Hollywood director who is going to be staying at a school in Switzerland. What the kids at the school do not realize is that even though she is a sleepwalker, she has an amazing ability where she can communicate with insects. That amazing ability will come in handy when a series of murders are occurring near the school as she is asked to use the ability to track down the killer. The film also stars Donald Pleasence (Halloween) as Professor John McGregor, Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red) as Frau Brückner, Fiore Argento (Demons) as Vera Brandt, Federica Mastroianni (State buoni se potete) as Sophie, Fiorenza Tessari (I’ll Do It Tonight) as Gisela Sulzer, Dalila Di Lazzaro (Flesh For Frankenstein) as Headmistress, Patrick Bauchau (A View To A Kill) as Inspector Rudolf Geiger, Davide Marotta (The Passion Of The Christ) as Brückner Son, and the film was directed by Dario Argento.

jennifer-connelly-phenomena-white-summer-vintage-inspirationThis is an interesting movie from beginning to the end because it has that Argento film feel to it, but with some rookie mistakes. My biggest problem with the film wasn’t necessarily the soundtrack because I love hearing Iron Maiden, but it’s when the tracks were inserted into the film. I say that because there were times they would insert a song that would suggest something is about to happen and nothing suspenseful is happening. So, that was essentially the only problem I had with the film which essentially the least of our worries. I loved having Donald Pleasence in the film even though he had kind of a minor role, but the man is so incredible that it was a treat to have him. I loved how he had a monkey for an assistant (sort of) and believe me as you watch the film, you love the little guy. Jennifer Connelly was only 15 years old when the film was released and you could definitely tell that she had a future in the business. Like any typical Argento or Giallo films where it contains elements of a mystery film because she is trying to use the insects to solve the murders. One scene that I loved that was visually what you want as a horror fan is when Jennifer falls into this pool of dead bodies and maggots. It makes you cringe, but you an’t help but love it as a horror fan. There’s even a flesh ripping scene that you’ll have to check out as well. Another thing that bothered me was some of the action in the film cause it made no sense at times. Who walks into a strange house if you do not know if anyone’s home or if the house belongs to a psycho? There’s a scene where Jennifer throws this woman who has acted like a psycho the whole time on to the floor and she grabs the phone and starts dialing it. There is such a delay when the woman finally grabs it away from her, you’re like well it took you long enough. Other than that, it’s a pretty good film that is worth checking out especially if you are an Argento fan. I am going to give it an B+ for a final grade.

I saw someone on my Facebook page do this and it intrigued me enough to think about what were my favorite films since he year I was born. Basically, you go year by year since the year you were born all the way up to the present day and you pick a film. I had a hard time choosing films where there are four of my favorite films all released in the same year, but like a true trooper I only chose one film for each year and left no two or three way ties. I also want you to note that when you look at the list, I didn’t choose what I thought were the top films of each year, but films that I loved from each year. These are films that made an impact on me that I will never forget where I was the first time I watched them. Now obviously, there are some years (like the year you were born and probably the first three years of your life) that you obviously did’t watch the films when they came out, but you do remember seeing them later on and they changed you. Here is my list:

1982- Fast Times At Ridgemont High

1983- Return Of The Jedi

1984- A Nightmare On Elm Street

1985- The Goonies

1986- Stand By Me

1987- Spaceballs

1988- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

1989- Batman

1990- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1991- Terminator 2: Judgement Day

1992- Malcolm X

1993- Schindler’s List

1994- The Crow

1995- Empire Records

1996- Fear

1997- Private Parts

1998- American History X

1999- American Pie

2000- Gladiator

2001- Blow

2002- Catch Me If You Can

2003- Once Upon A Time In Mexico

2004- The Passion Of The Christ

2005- Star Wars Episode III

2006- The Departed

2007- Knocked Up

2008- The Dark Knight

2009- The Hangover

2010- The Social Network

2011- Moneyball

2012- The Avengers

2013- Prisoners

2014- Guardians Of The Galaxy- this is my current favorite film of this year

Honorable Mention

The Breakfast Club was one of my choices for 1985, but The Goonies had a bigger impact on me at the time. Dazed And Confused is still one of my all time favorite films from 1993, but nothing beats the impact Schindler’s List had on me at the time that I had watched that film. For 1983, it was between Jedi and The Outsiders which is another of my all time favorite films, but Return Of The Jedi is my favorite of the Star Wars series. For 1992, it was between Malcolm X and My Cousin Vinny (which is still hilarious), but Denzel blew me away as Malcolm X and I researched the man for a school project because of the film. So, that was my list and now I challenge everyone that has a blog and covers movies to do the same as me. If I was born before 1974, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween would be on this list as well. Let’s see the lists bloggers!!!