John Wick (2014)

John WickJohn Wick, or Keanu Reeves Kills Everyone or Tonight We’re Going to Movie Like It’s 1999, is the story of what happens when you kill an ex-assassin’s dog.  Turns out, it’s just about exactly as wise as you might think it is.

John Wick has everything that’s been missing from the action movies I’ve been watching for about 15 years now.  Lots of action, head shots, blood and brains splattering faces and walls, violence, revenge, deaths, dog killing, Daniel “Not JCVD” Bernhardt, Marilyn Manson on the soundtrack…  for better or worse, John Wick is a return to the mid-late 90s, and I for one welcome it.

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Side By Side (2012)

Side By SideSide By Side is a documentary that looks at the film industry’s gradual shift from film cameras to digital cameras.  That simple summary makes it sound like it must be the most boring thing in the world.  For many, I’m sure it would be.  However, nearly all  the industry’s top directors sit down with Keanu Reeves (Woah) and have a chat about their personal history with both old fashioned movie making, and their impressions of all the ways digital methods and computers have revolutionized the industry over the past 30 or so years.

My standard Documentary Disclaimer applies once again.  Very, very few documentaries are interesting if you aren’t at least moderately interested in the subject matter going in.  If you don’t enjoy dogs, don’t watch a documentary that delves into the learning patterns and behaviours of man’s best friend.  If the behind-the-scenes processes of movies is less interesting to you than watching paint dry on growing grass… please, don’t think that a glowing endorsement from me means that this is the movie for you.

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