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There was already no way they could make a Shining sequel that lives up to "The Shining" but then they add on Mike Flanagan as the director and they ruined it from the start. There is really no hope for this film.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is directed by Chad Stahelski and is the almost direct sequel to John Wick. This film is what I thought the first John Wick was going to be. the first John Wick has everything in this but not to the level that John Wick: Chapter 2 was able to bring. I think this is better than the first. In this they set up more rules for the John Wick styled world with things called a "gold Marker". John Wick is forced by a blood oath to help this guy even though he just wants to retire. When he says no, bad stuff happens. That's all I'm gonna say about the plot because I want you to see it with little to no idea just as I did. This film never has a dull moment. It goes from exciting, to exhilarating. As the film goes on everything starts to get better, and better, and better. The action becomes bigger, the bodies start to pile up, the lighting becomes even more gorgeous, and the cinematography is encapsulating. It really does improve upon the first. We also get to see more of the underground world that we got just a taste of in the first. Also, this film is just as funny as the original. you don't go into this excepting good humor but you get it none the less. Then the end set's up an interesting and exciting plot for the next film. I left this movie just wanting a glimpse of the third. So yeah, John Wick: Chapter 2 is incredibly beautiful, awesome, suspenseful, and somehow better than the first. My only real issue is that it shows quite a bit of assassin and makes it feel like it's less underground and more mainstream society. But that's fairly simple to overlook. In total I found this to be an amazing action film that should go down as one of the great action films.
John Wick is directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski and follows John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves), seeking revenge on some people who "Stole his car, and killed his fucking dog.". I got the pleasure of watching this on 4K the other week and went in excepting a classic, revenge story with fun kills. What I got though was an emotional, beautiful, awesome, and intriguing film about loss and tragedy, with an awesome underground society of assassins plot points in it. Now, let's start parading this film. First of all, the lighting and cinematography. This films lighting is amazing, so much color and pop to it, really helps make this film feel unique. Also, the cinematography, especially the New York stuff is amazing. One of my film pet peeves is not using your location to your advantage but this film made New York feel like a character, not a setting, and a lot of that has to do with the way they shot it, using a lot of aerial shots so we can see just how unique it is, jumping from the cities to the rural areas. Also, the film sets up this separate world of assassins living underground with there own rules and such. It's very intriguing, they don't talk about it a lot or explain it so your left filling in the questions in your head. Also, when the marketing said it was Keanu Reeves best since "Matrix", they weren't lying. His performance in this film is perfect, no one else could play this part but him, his tone, his look, his dedication all adds up to a worthy contender in the action stars list. All in all, I'd say this is the best revenge story of all time and one of the best modern action movies.
"The Mask" was directed by Chuck Russell and stars Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss. This is one of my favorite comedies of all time. I understand people negatives with the film. The CGI doesn't hold up, the last act isn't as strong as the other two, the performances are all over the place, and generally, it's just a simple 90's comedy. But for me, all those problems add to the comedy. I love how cartoony and fake the CGI looks because it matches the feel and looks of the movie. Jim Carrey's performance in this is the stuff of legends and everyone else compliments him pretty well. The last act is a little more forgettable than the other two but, to its credit, it was what the film was leading up to. Also, the third act has "Cuban Pete", now that's cinema history. I might have to name my son Pete just so he becomes "Cuban Pete". Also, I've seen complaints about how it's a simple 90's comedy but I see nothing wrong with that. Also, the makeup in this movie is mind-blowing. (Ironically), no store-bought mask will give the same effect as the makeup. All in all this film isn't a technical marvel, but it brings just enough joy to me every viewing that I have to give it 4 stars.
"Batman The Killing Joke" is directed by Sam Liu and is based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore. "Batman The Killing Joke" is my favorite comic and graphic novel, I've read it many times, I take it with me on most vacations, and I've based a lot of villain writing on the joker from this story. So when I learned there was a movie I immediately bought it. I never watched a review, didn't look at the RT score, I went in blind. Which is why it pains me to say it's not good. First the positives. They nailed the feel of the joker and how he acted in the past. Mark Hamill gives a wonderful performance as usual (although when he breaks down to his wife it doesn't feel as over the top as I had wished). The scenery and colors look great especially the rollercoaster scene. Finally, the confrontation between Batman and the joker at the end is handled almost perfectly. Now on to the negatives. The biggest problem is the entire first act. It doesn't feel finished, the 3-D animation looks atrocious, and it just feels like the only purpose is to elongate the runtime. Also, they say that the first time Batman and Joker met was two years ago and yet Batgirl says she remembers her dad telling her stories about him when she was a child. She wasn't a child two years ago trust me. She was at most an older teenager. Also, there's a joker musical number. You can't take the most devious, heartless, and most sociopathic villain and give him a musical number expecting us to accept it. You can't even say, "Oh it's just a popcorn Batman flick" because of how dark and strange the story is. This is not something just playing in the back of a party. If you did the guests would be, disturbed, to say the least. All in all, a very disappointing movie that has no right being as bad as it is.