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    John Wick



    Interactive trailer: https://watch.zentrick.com/gcofID/
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    New review on KungFuMagazine.com

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    Actually saw it last night.
    Not bad.
    I liked the fight scenes, the flow using Jui Jitsu were crisp.
    I doubt it will win any awards, but it was definitely entertaining.
    I also liked William Dafoe.
    Peace,

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    John Wick Trailer GIF Set -

    First time doing this, usually make GIFs off of Blu-ray or DVD, but John Wick comes out Feb 3. Made some GIFs from the trailers found on YouTube.

    Keanu Reeves as John Wick uses a shooting style called "Central Axis Relock".

    Enjoy!








    Some more GIFs here if you want to check out more:

    http://www.stickgrappler.net/2014/12...r-gif-set.html

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    John Wick 2

    We'll split this off into a separate thread when it becomes more firm.

    ‘John Wick’ Directors Are Already Working on a Sequel (Exclusive)
    By Jason Guerrasio Feb 04, 2015



    We’re happy to report that if you were completely blown away by the action and thrills in John Wick, the directors tell us they’re in the works on another one.

    During our chat with Chad Stahelski and David Leitch for “Director’s Notebook,” the stuntmen turned directors revealed that they definitely want to give the fans what they want and are currently working on a sequel to their hit debut, which not only proved that Keanu Reeves is still a viable action star but introduced us to some spectacular new action sequences like “gun fu” and “car fu.”

    “We’re in development right now,” Stahelski told us.

    They didn’t go into any specifics on story or if Reeves would return, though Stahelski did hint, “If we could work with Keanu Reeves for 10 movies you’d have a really cool career.” The two admitted that pressure of a sequel isn’t coming up with more action, but keeping the character relatable.

    “We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original,” Stahelski said. “It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no one likes and doesn’t have charisma you’re not going to watch it. Look at any great action star, whether it’s Harrison Ford or Liam Neeson or Robert Downey Jr., pick a name, you love the guy first. Good action, bad action, you just love them in action. So we want to make sure we have a story and a character that everybody loves and then we’ll dress it with action that we promise will be awesome.”

    “You gotta go on a journey with the guy and have to like the guy,” Leitch added.

    Stahelski and Leitch are hot commodities in the action world at the moment as news broke last week that they are in early talks to helm Cowboy Ninja Viking, starring Chris Pratt.

    John Wick is now available on Blu-ray. Look for our full interview with the directors later today.
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    Watching that now with de brudda - its pretty good
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    woah...

    ...there are articles in Playboy.



    There Is No Best Stunts Oscar And These Two Stuntmen (And ‘John Wick’ Directors) Call Foul
    By Marc Bernardin February 3, 2015


    David Leitch and Chad Stahelski

    According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars “shall be given annually to honor outstanding achievements in theatrically released feature-length motion pictures.” Achievements in acting, directing, producing, costume design, documentaries, special effects, production design, etc. — 17 categories in all. But none of them are for stunts.

    Stuntmen have been a staple of Hollywood for as long as there have been movies, but the Academy has never recognized their contributions to cinema. There are separate Oscars for Sound Design and Sound Editing, but nothing for people who risk lives and limb to get the perfect shot.

    As we’re mere weeks away from the Oscars, we asked Chad Stahelski and David Leitch — veteran stuntmen, stunt coordinators and now directors, whose John Wick hits video and online services today — what they thought of the Academy’s continued lack of respect.

    Do you guys think stunt professionals deserve to be recognized by the Academy?
    DAVID LEITCH: We’re gonna probably give you a split answer on that. Even though we have a company together, 87Eleven, we’ve known each other for 20 years, I think it’s not a cut and dry question. It’s like, how do you evaluate it? What movies would be recognized? Internationally or domestically? I truly believe that stunts should be recognized if all the other departments are recognized. It is sort of unnerving when you watch visual effects and special effects get nominated for films that there was a significant stunt element that made those effects look great. I think the award should go probably to the coordinator. But a lot of times the coordinator isn’t behind it, he’s just aggregating the talent. So maybe it should be the choreographer. It’s a hard question, but there’s a way to figure that out. I think it’s really sad that we’re not recognized.



    CHAD STAHELSKI: Back in the day when the wardrobe supervisor did all the wardrobe, the stunt guy did all the stunts. Now it’s so cross-pollinated. Who comes up with the action design? There’s a pre-vis guy, there’s a storyboard guy, there’s a director, a producer, there’s a writer…you never know. People come in with a blank page and they go, “insert car chase here,” and then Dave and I will sit down and either write it, storyboard it, design it, or execute it. So is it our idea? Their idea? It’s a little messy how all the colors blend together at this point. I mean, yeah, stunts should be recognized. We’re in every trailer. We’re probably in at least in the top two or three largest parts of action movies. To ignore it is kind of silly.

    LEITCH: There is sort of also this sort of bravado stunt men have had since the beginning. We’re the guys behind the guys and we don’t need the glory. And it’s not about the glory, it’s just about respecting an industry. People have given their lives to this industry to make movies compelling. Film is a collaborative artform, I don’t know why you wouldn’t recognize the stunt performers. I think it’s dumb. I’m not sure why [stunts aren’t recognized]. I really don’t. I think there’s an urban legend that back in the day one of the cowboy stuntmen had an altercation with a member of the Academy… But I really don’t know that whole story. It seems archaic and I don’t know why. You watch your contemporaries on Oscar night and you are like, “I know that special effects supervisor.” By the way, we provided him with about half of the physical content for the thing. The stunts they did were not easy. There might be huge wire descenders or putting people in…you know, real stunts that are enhanced by special effects. But it’s the visual effects that gets the award? Shouldn’t there be an award for people that put their lives on the line? To make movies good?

    Speaking to that, can you guys imagine a time when, given the steady march of technological refinement, stunt men won’t be necessary? Can you imagine a time when it’s all just digital models and effects?
    LEITCH: I can. I hope not, but I can.
    STAHELSKI: They’re called cartoons.
    LEITCH: They’ve been saying for years that they’re gonna be able to digitally model people. I think there’ll always be a market budget-wise for organic stunts and organic action. People will always be able to tell the difference. But I don’t know. Until they can prove that you can do a digital guy well, I don’t know. I always smell a rat.
    STAHELSKI: Anybody can watch a mostly CG movie and anybody can watch On Golden Pond and tell you what the difference is. It’s like, [CG is] an art form that tries to draw on the humanity of it or tries to push you away from the humanity of it or make you feel something. It’s just another tool. Is it gonna be prevalent, just another tool in the box, another style or genre? Sure.

    Is there the kind of holy grail of stunts?
    STAHELSKI: We get asked that a lot. “What’s your most dangerous stunt, what’s the toughest stunt?” For us it’s not about the individual gag, it’s about the tone and what we create with it. You can do one move, like Carrie Anne Moss doing the bullet time shot or Keanu doing the bullet time shot in the first Matrix. You can do one little gag like Harrison Ford shooting the swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. You can create a sequence like Jackie Chan in Police Story at the mall. If you can create something like that, that people remember, and they’re like “Holy ****, I wanna be a stunt guy” — that’s the overall challenge for us. How do you create those memorable moments that make movies what they are? That’s the goal.
    Gene Ching
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    It had some def moments and moves. Not bad and I was thinking probably better than the nick cage movie would be...
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    Moving on

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    I consider this the best American action film to come out in years. IMO, this is THE role for Keanu Reeves. I realize that Keanu gets a lot of criticism for his acting, but how many people can successfully headline a good movie?

    But character-wise, the guy who really stood out for me in this movie was the Russian crime boss.

    Of course it won't win any Academy Awards. How many action movies do? And besides, plenty of Academy Award-winning movies I've seen are some boring ****, well-made or not. For me, the mark of a good movie is how well I'm entertained by it, not by how much status or pretense is attached to it.

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    Dayum. I need to upgrade my iPhone.

    John Wick director shoots epic snowball fight entirely on iPhone
    BY BUSTER HEIN • 1:20 PM, DECEMBER 2, 2019


    Our snowball fights were never this amazing.
    Photo: Apple

    David Leitch, the visionary director behind John Wick and Deadpool 2, teamed up with Apple for the latest “Shot on iPhone” ad that takes snowball fights to an all-new level.
    The 90-second ad, titled Snowbrawl, follows a young girl who teams up with her friends in a sprawling snowball fight against her older brother and his cronies. Packed with tons of action stunts and gorgeous slow-mo shots you wouldn’t expect to be shot on a phone, the new ad will have you hyped to shoot your own winter videos.
    Prepare to be blown away:

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