Jul
26
2017
10

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
Jan
09
2016
--

Quote of the Day, I Wanna See A Series About John Wick’s Assassin Hotel, Too edition.

So the people over at this site called Inverse were geeking out about John Wick 2 – which I will happily geek out over myself, because John Wick was awesome and I’m gonna go see the sequel as soon as it comes out – and one of them had this to say about what he wanted to see in the next film:

Sam Eifling: More of the Continental Hotel. In fact, every time I read about filming happening somewhere in Brooklyn, I get pissed, because that means they’re going to set scenes outside the Continental. Here you have an assassin hotel where the only house rule is No Assassinating People and still it’s a carnival of attempted (and successful) hits. That sleazy-hot bar in the basement — Ian McShane’s evil ass is still down there somewhere, handing out tips on how to find/kill gangsters and tipping gold coins on every third negroni. We know Lance Reddick hasn’t been doing dick-else but deadlifting and drinking protein shakes since The Wire wound down, so putting him back behind the front desk as the stately manager-fixer-shusher is a must. That weary taxidermist of a doctor they have on staff — what’s his back story? He’s like the Dr. Nick of hardcore underworld triage surgery. The only acceptable excuse for not planting the John Wick sequel deeper in that universe is if Lionsgate is intending to license that section of the property off for a standalone 13-episode Netflix series in 2018.

I would totally watch that Netflix series.  Thirteen episodes sounds about right; enough to tell a story, no need to pad it out further, boom, you’re done.  If you end up thinking up another story, you can do another thirteen episodes.  If not, no harm, no foul.  I approve of this serial entertainment model; I well and truly do.

Jun
10
2015
5

Movie of the Week: “John Wick.”

Really, this one is more of a reminder that it’s time for me to pick up John Wick.  If you haven’t seen it yet, well: the Atlantic review title was “John Wick: An Idiot Killed His Puppy and Now Everyone Must Die” – and that was extremely accurate.  It’s a fun flick, but if you don’t want to see Keanu Reeves play an assassin out to avenge his dog ON EVERYONE* then you won’t want to see this.

And so, adieu to WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series.

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Oct
27
2014
10

Went to go see John Wick.

Short version: if, like myself, you are the sort of person who can see a review from the Atlantic with the title “John Wick: An Idiot Killed His Puppy and Now Everyone Must Die” and say to yourself This sounds intriguing: I should maybe go see it then you will enjoy this movie.  It’s not the best movie in the world, or the best action movie, or even the best Keanu Reeves movie* – but it’s a solidly entertaining flick.  If you want to watch a movie where a retired hitman kills everybody bad who was even remotely associated with murdering his dog.

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Oct
25
2014
10

I’m starting to think that I need to go see John Wick.

The Atlantic liked it.

Sonny Bunch liked it.

I figure if Howard Tayler thinks it’s OK maybe I’ll see it in the theater.  There’s always the matinee.

Sep
12
2014
4

John Wic… hAHAHA … John Wick Trail… HAHAHAHA…. John Wick trailer.

This is unintentionally funny because there’s a guy in the roleplaying game designer community named John Wick, and he’s known for campaigns where you’re grateful if you just get out alive.

Mind you, the apparent motivation for the protagonist’s resumption of his former life is pretty much the sort of thing that you would find in many a roleplaying game campaign.

Moe Lane

PS: You know, I might actually go see this.  It’s just barely absurd enough to be worth a further look.

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