Chad Stahelski interview

The summer movie season will remain abuzz after the triumphant arrival of John Wick: Chapter Three – Parabellum. If ever a movie could be a mic drop, it’s the latest chapter of everybody’s new favorite killing machine and dog enthusiast, John Wick. The sequel has it all, starting with another performance from Keanu Reeves that leaves a big fat mark on pop culture.

Director Chad Stahelski attributes the success of the franchise to Reeves, whom he’s been working with ever since The Matrix. When Stahelski says the actor is giving every frame his all in this movie, nobody could ever question that. Reeves brings a believability to the poetic and ridiculous action, a sincerity to the drama, and a powerful presence and sense of ownership to the role. In another actor’s hands, John Wick, as we’ve come to know and love him, wouldn’t be John Wick.

During our wide-ranging interview with Stahelski following the franchise’s biggest opening at the box-office yet, he told us why audiences connect with Reeves as Wick, how he always goes for beauty in his movies, how he shoots action, and more.

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john wick action

In an era where action has become a secondary device used to prop up character and stories, it would be easy to dismiss the John Wick movies as mindless action movie fun. But if you look beyond the gore and the high body counts, each John Wick film, including the latest release John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, deliver immaculately choreographed, indescribably intense sequences that deserve spots in the action movie hall of fame.

But the feverish, frenetic Keanu Reeves-led films directed by Chad Stahelski have done more than elevate headshots into high art. The John Wick films have managed to distill the essence of great action films from around the world — in loving homage to Hong Kong cop movies, to Korean thrillers, to Indonesian martial arts movies — and accomplish what most Hollywood movies still struggle to do: make the action part of the storytelling.

Spoilers for the John Wick movies follow.

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John Wick 3 Prop Replicas and Bourbon Whiskey

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more high class collection of assassins than in the world of the John Wick franchise. They get the job done, follow all the rules, and they look damn good while doing it. Now you can bring some of the world of John Wick home in the form of a couple prop replicas inspired by the latest sequel, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, as well as a special brand of whiskey that will dull some of the pain from being marked excommunicado. Check out the John Wick prop replicas and bourbon whiskey below. Read More »

john wick 3 ending

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum closes out the worst week in Keanu Reeves‘ titular hitman’s life, but opens a new chapter in the ever-expanding John Wick universe. With the end of the third John Wick movie, we see our characters dramatically shifting alliances and sides, with an exhausted John Wick once again at the center. But what could it all mean for a potential John Wick 4?

We dive into what the John Wick 3 ending could mean for the future of the franchise, and whether John Wick will ever get that long-deserved nap.

Spoilers for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum below.

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John Wick Fortnite

John Wick has invaded the world of Fortnite.

A new trailer has arrived for a LTM (limited time mode) in the game which features the character from the Keanu Reeves-starring action movies, and after some early rumors suggested he was on the way, players better watch their backs, because Baba Yaga is officially here.
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saw reboot chris rock

The Saw movies always ended with a big twist, but here’s a real-life twist I don’t think anyone saw coming. Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock – is set to star in and produce a new Saw reboot, with franchise filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman returning to direct. Rock came up with the idea for the film himself, and despite his presence, this isn’t going to be a comedy. Instead, the actor has cooked up something “really intense and twisted.”

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John Wick Chapter 3 training

Looking forward to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum? That’s a rhetorical question, because the answer is obviously yes. And you absolutely should be: in his review for /Film, Chris Evangelista called the film “a bone-cracking, horse-kicking, dog-biting, book-smashing, ax-throwing action masterpiece.”

But it takes lots of hard work to pull off those incredible action sequences, and now a new John Wick Chapter 3 training video is here to showcase how stars Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry pushed themselves to their limits in order to achieve a sense of reality on screen. (Spoiler alert: their hard work paid off.)
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Escape Plan The Extractors trailer

Somehow, when we weren’t looking, Escape Plan became a franchise. The original film teamed up action movie legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the very first time. It was fine! That was followed by a Schwarzenegger-less sequel,Escape Plan 2: Hades. Now, here comes Escape Plan: The Extractors. Stallone is back once again without Schwarzenegger, but Dave Bautista is there, so that’s something. Watch the Escape Plan: The Extractors trailer below.

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john wick 3 cats

The titular assassin of the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a force of nature. Through the past two movies, he’s plowed through all manner of low-level thugs, assassins, and bosses of assassins. But there’s one thing that can stop John Wick in his tracks: cats. It’s well known that Keanu Reeves’ John Wick is a dog lover — the loss of his adorable puppy is what set him off on this three-film spanning blood-soaked path. But in John Wick 3 cats are what get the best of him, in an action sequence that was nearly derailed by stray cats, director Chad Stahelski revealed.

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john wick hobby

John Wick loves two things: his wife and his dog. And it turns out, book-binding. The titular assassin of the action franchise starring Keanu Reeves has an unexpected hobby that unfortunately got cut from the first two films. But it comes back in an unexpected way in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

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