May
08
2018
1

John Wick: Chapter 3 has started filming.

Please, God, don’t let it suck.

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s ‘Excommunicado’ – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.

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Sep
22
2017
4

John Wick’s “DragonCon Part 2: Antitheism and Forbeck’s Law.”

Did you wince at the ‘antitheism?’ Come, I will conceal nothing from you: so did I.  But it’s all right; John Wick was merely discussing how to handle a problem RPG player who likes to go around, in-game, trash-talking another player’s deity.  The solution to that kind of jackwagonry is quite elegant: go ahead and read it.  As for Forbeck’s Law:

 

“Whenever the panelists outnumber the audience, 
the panel moves to the bar.”

 

This is… brilliant. More of a rule of thumb than a law, but still brilliant. I must remember it for future conventions.

 

Sep
14
2017
--

Shocker: they’re making John Wick 3.

May 17, 2019.  Spoiler warning: it’s not actually a shocker. John Wick 2 performed better than John Wick, and the critics were all pleasantly surprised to see how much It Did Not Suck.

And then there’s this: “We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig.” If John Wick 3 actually goes for a self-contained trilogy that actually resolves Wick’s character arc in an internally self-consistent (and likely permanent) way then we’ll have gotten something rather nice out of the deal.  I don’t want to make it sound like I hate popcorn movies; I love ’em. But it’s always nice to get a story.

Besides, this way we might get a cool video game out of it. You know my arguments on this topic already, I’m sure.

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Jul
26
2017
11

Potential John Wick universe spinoff movie announced: Ballerina (female lead).

I’ll allow it.

Lionsgate has won a bidding war to pick up a female-centric spec action script titled Ballerina that will serve as a platform for a possible John Wick spinoff.

Basil Iwanyk, whose Thunder Road banner is behind the hit Wick action franchise starring Keanu Reeves, will produce Ballerina.

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Mar
19
2017
2

‘Nerf John Wick.’

Too many camera cuts, but… you have to expect that, honestly. We can’t all be Keanu Reeves.

Feb
07
2017
2

‘Honest Trailers: John Wick.’

I like this one, because it raises an important point: Keanu Reeves starts series well, but he doesn’t have the best record when it comes to the sequel. Also: John Wick really didn’t cheat on the action sequences, did it? I totally missed it until after they compared it to Taken.

Oct
12
2016
1

Now available: John Wick’s ‘Curse of the Yellow Sign’ RPG adventures.

The Curse of the Yellow Sign book seems to be an interesting mix of King In Yellow-style adventures: they’re in the past, present, and future, and may be interconnected (while still being examples of different sorts of horror stories).  Also, it’ll be interesting to see if John Wick is working in what is now more or less the ‘classic’ Hastur Mythos – which is apparently going to be our generation’s default contribution to Lovecraftian cosmic horror – or whether he’s taking a more idiosyncratic path. Knowing Wick, I could really see it going either way, honestly.

Oct
09
2016
1

I admit to not being entirely thrilled with this ‘John Wick 2’ trailer.

I’m not alarmed, strictly speaking, because trailers are often not as good as their movies, but:

It feels a little bit off. Hard to put my finger on it: perhaps it is a bit too self-aware?  Hopefully I will feel differently when I see a full trailer.

May
15
2016
12

A belated look at John Wick’s ‘The Worst Adventure of All Time.’

I finally got around to reading this piece from The Real John Wick about the Worst Adventure of all Time. Tomb of Horrors, of course. I’ve never played it, myself – but, honestly: even the description of it seems like it’s 90 degrees off from how I usually GM stuff*.  …And I nearly said ‘polar opposite,’ but then it’d be pretty much equally as cold and icy and stuff, right?

Anyhow: interesting article. Check it out. And try not to grumble that there’s nothing about the call for writers thing. NOT THAT I’M ON TENDERHOOKS ON THIS OR ANYTHING

Moe Lane

*That doesn’t mean that other GMs are doing it wrong, mind you. Well, they are, because they’re not doing it my way and my way is self-evidently perfect. But that’s just me being a standard megalomaniac, as usual. It doesn’t actually mean anything, is what I’m saying.

Mar
10
2016
10

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