Even though La La Land has been sweeping up during awards season (with plenty more victories to come at the Academy Awards this coming weekend), there has been some backlash surrounding the modern romance with classical musical style. One of the lingering criticisms about the film has been the fact that despite turning in fantastic performances, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone don’t sing and dance like true musical professionals. Frankly, I think that’s intentional, but that doesn’t mean director Damien Chazelle took the musical elements of his film lightly by any means.
A new La La Land rehearsal video has surfaced that was shot on Damien Chazelle’s iPhone. The video in question shows the extensive rehearsal process that was employed in order to plan the opening Los Angeles freewayway song and dance number. The cast and crew took over a scaled down parking lot in order to plan all the blocking with cars and performers, and you can see how it compares with the final scene below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 aren’t just good action movies – they’re perfect action movies. And they’re more than that – they’re great movies, filled with character and humor and detail that rewards careful consideration and thought. They also feature Keanu Reeves shooting so many people in the face, but that’s just the appetizer. Come for the violence (and there’s plenty of that), but linger for two of the most magical and beautifully realized genre movies of all time.
So let’s take a deep dive into these movies and dissect them. Let’s figure out what makes these movies so good and how they utilize Reeves so well, and explore their debt to everything from silent comedies to ancient mythology. Because the John Wick movies aren’t just a ton of fun – they’re art.
Spoilers for both movies lie ahead.
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Like many of you, John Wick kicked my ass when it was released in 2014. I went into John Wick: Chapter 2 expecting to be amazed with the fight scenes (which I was), but I has not anticipated that I would walk out of the theater talking about the worldbuilding of this new film. John Wick 3 is already in development, and I’m very excited to see more chapters in this world.
Lets take a look at what may await us in John Wick: Chapter 3, pieced together from interview comments from director Chad Stahelski, screenwriter Derek Kolstad, actor Keanu Reeves, and more.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
I’m certain J.J. Perry can kill me. Not just because he’s an intense, athletic man who worked as the stunt coordinator on John Wick: Chapter 2, a movie that is all about Keanu Reeves killing every single bad guy unfortunate enough to stand in the way of his fists and bullets. I know this because during the course of our interview, he tells me exactly how he’d kill me, using the objects in the room, if necessary.
I’m also certain that director Chad Stahelksi could kill me, but he’s a bit too polite, a bit too mild-mannered, to give me the gory details. After all, he was a stunt performer and stunt coordinator before he helmed both John Wick movies. He even worked as Keanu Reeves’ stunt double on The Matrix, laying the groundwork for their current collaboration.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is everything you want in a John Wick sequel: it’s crazier, funnier, bloodier, and more packed with bizarre, wonderful little details. And because we planned for this interview with Stahelski and Perry to go up after the film’s release, we were able to delve into all kinds of spoilers.
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This weekend, John Wick stormed back into theaters, and with an estimated $30 million and some change raked in for its opening weekend, John Wick: Chapter 2 has more than double the opening weekend of its predecessor. That just goes to show you how the audiences has grown since the first film, something that usually doesn’t happen with sequels like this.
Along with a higher box office, Keanu Reeves also took out even more bad guys this time. The original movie gave John Wick a kill count of 84, as confirmed by co-director David Leitch, but the John Wick 2 kill count increased that by about 50%, proving why you don’t stab the devil in the back. Read More »
This week brings one of the most anticipated sequels of the year in the form of John Wick: Chapter 2. The sequel follows the surprise hit of 2014 that blew people away with a barrage of bullets and carefully crafted kick-ass action, courtesy of Keanu Reeves as the title character. That means there’s no better time for Honest Trailers to target the original John Wick, even though there’s much more to compliment than make fun of in the end.
Watch the John Wick Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
When the Academy Awards are presented on February 26 on ABC, we’ll see how many awards La La Land can take home out of the record-setting 14 nominations the film received earlier this week. If you haven’t seen the movie yet (it’s my favorite of 2016), it’s playing in theaters everywhere and you need to see it immediately.
After you see La La Land (go ahead, we’ll wait), you might want to check out a video put together by editor Sara Preciado, who took the time to create a side-by-side video with scenes from the 2016 musical compared to the classical musicals that director Damien Chazelle was trying to emulate.
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We’re about two weeks away from having Keanu Reeves unleashed on the big screen again as everyone’s new favorite assassin, John Wick. After the first film made quite a splash in the action genre back in the fall of 2014, a sequel became a forgone conclusion for Summit Entertainment, and this one looks like it’s going to deliver even more great ass-kicking.
But before John Wick heads out into the city to deliver some serious headshots to all his various enemies, he needs a new suit. After all, John Wick has to look like a gentlemen when he’s busting caps in everyone’s asses, and in a new John Wick Chapter 2 clip, we see him visiting his special tailor for a suit, complete with some tactical touch-ups that will make him look handsome and deadly.
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The Oscar nominations this past week gave a lot of love to La La Land to the tune of 14 nominations, tying the record for the most nominations received by a single film. It remains to be seen whether or not the modern musical can sweep every category it’s nominated for like it did at the Golden Globes, but its chances of taking home more than a few trophies are very good.
If there’s any doubt in your mind that La La Land is a stunning achievement in cinema, you may want to check out a batch of behind the scenes videos revealed by the film’s steadicam operator. They show off how impressive some of the camera movements are on set, and you might even be surprised to learn that one particular sequence didn’t feature any digital trickery to pull off.
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Every weekend that there’s a new episode of Saturday Night Live, we have a recap and review of every sketch from the show from yours truly. However, since I’m currently in Park City, Utah with our own Peter Sciretta and Angie Han covering the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, it just wasn’t possible to make it happen this weekend. But there was still one sketch that we couldn’t resist pointing out.
La La Land has plenty of buzz right now, especially after winning a record-setting number of Golden Globes earlier this month. However, the movie that started off by being endlessly praised is already getting some backlash from those who don’t like it as much as its most passionate supporters and fans. One of those people who didn’t fall for La La Land as hard as people like me was this past weekend’s SNL host Aziz Ansari, and gets a pretty intense police interrogation because of it.
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