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John Wick 2014
What a lot of today’s action movies seem to misunderstand about the first John Wick is its dissimilarities from standard fare and how it functions way more like Point Blank, Le Cercle Rouge, Le Samouraï, Yojimbo, the original Oldboy and the epic Westerns of Sergio Leone. Thankfully, through the fourth movie’s efforts be a true “Greatest Hits” collection of the franchise’s best character beats and set pieces (albeit, taken up several notches), this aesthetic has been yet again recaptured by…
The Batman 2022
If I had to describe Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader, imagine he riffs on Kurt Cobain as Jack Nicholson’s J.J. Gittes by way of Frank Miller’s Bruce Wayne. The moodiness of his take, as he and director Matt Reeves have almost irascibly described at length during numerous recent interviews, is more than justified upon watching this film; yet the movie has such a heart, genuine sexual chemistry and the detective aspects that have been missing from several previous…
John Wick: Chapter 4 2023
“I knew a guy who knew a guy who shot a guy.”
If you love 1-3, you’re going to love this. No need to elaborate.