John Wick: Chapter 2

‘John Wick’ to expand to TV with prequel series ‘The Continental’

Wherever John Wick goes, things explode. That includes the box office. In fact, John Wick: Chapter 2 did so much damage in theaters that Lionsgate is now looking to expand the IP beyond the flaming hot film franchise starring Keanu Reeves.

Recently, IndieWire learned that co-creator Chad Stahelski, along with screenwriting cohort David Kolstad, will be bringing John Wick to television, or at least the world of John Wick. Under the name The Continental, the series will explore the fascinating, mythological world of assassins and the various franchises of the titular hotel found all around the globe.

It’s also being reported that the series will serve as a prequel to the original John Wick film. Stahelski has also stated that there are plans for Wick himself to make an appearance on the show but clarified that the show will not center around him.

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A writer for the show has not been announced nor are there currently any scheduled production or premiere dates.

What do you all think of a John Wick TV series centered around the Continental? Are you like us and completely stoked about this news? Or could you care less? Let us know in the comments below!

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John Wick: Chapter 2– Steelbook Unboxing

John Wick: Chapter 2 is as much fun as the original and one of our favorite movies of the year so far! Thankfully, as is the case with the first film, Best Buy has delivered a sleek, new Steelbook! Check it out in our short unboxing video!

What do you all think of this steelbook and/or the John Wick franchise so far? Hit us up in the comments below with your thoughts!

The Movies of 2017 (So Far): The Good, the Garbage, & the Great

If the first quarter (Jan.- Mar.) is anything to go by, 2017 could be a great year for movies and, in turn, moviegoers. Not only have we been getting exciting blockbusters earlier (thanks to expanding Hollywood real estate), but a bunch of them have fared well critically. Of course, we’ve had to endure some stinkers too. Here’s our analysis of the year in movies thus far:

*Although we've seen a lot of movies so far this year, we haven't seen all of them.

THE GOOD

Power Rangers

rangersI’ve always thought that Power Rangers was awful and this reboot’s marketing campaign never won me over. That said, I had a lot of fun watching Power Rangers. It embraced the campy roots of its dopey source material and even though there’s not as much morphin’ time as I’d liked, strong character writing and amiable performances keep the good times rollin’ until it’s time for the rangers to go, go kick some alien ass.

Grade: B

Kong: Skull Island

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This isn’t your grandfather’s King Kong. This rendition of the giant primate is particularly primed to go paw-to-claw with 2013’s revived Godzilla. It’s obvious by his daunting new scale and recreational clobbering of other giant monsters on Skull Island. Throw in a hilarious John C. Reilly and a kickass 70s rock soundtrack to complete your itinerary for a fun, escapist trip to the theater.

Grade: B

Split

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Is M. Night back? Maybe. I’m more concerned with James McAvoy’s haunting performance as a tortured soul suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (more commonly: Multiple Personality Disorder) who abducts innocent girls to feed a sinister impulse. Split‘s a deft, slow burning thriller that kept me guessing all the way through to its unexpected post-title stinger.

Grade: B+

Beauty & the Beast

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After last year’s reimaging of The Jungle Book, I was all-in on this new take on Beauty and the Beast. Still, I was not prepared for how emotionally invested into these characters I got, particularly Belle and the Beast. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens shine in their more intimate moments together. The tremendous supporting cast and magical music only quickened the pace of my fluttering heart.

Grade: A-

John Wick: Chapter 2

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Not since Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have I been so impressed with a sequel. The second revving of this action-packed Keanu Reeve’s vehicle purrs just as loudly as the first. The filmmakers deliver more of the super violent, hyper-stylized “gun-fu” that helped cement the first film as a sleeper favorite. They also delve deeper into the endlessly fascinating underground world of assassins. I can’t wait for ‘Chapter Three!’

Grade: A

THE GARBAGE

Rings

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Nobody was clamoring for another movie in The Ring franchise; however, in the age of reboots it sort of makes sense that the internet would be Samara’s next step. Unfortunately, after multiple pushbacks, Rings reeks of a cash grab. Lazy writing, uninspired performances, and a wholesome lack of thrills make for a two hour snoozefest.

Grade: D

A Cure for Wellness

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Gore Verbinski had flashes of greatness in the past. I loved Pirates of the Caribbean and adore his animated venture Rango. But since The Lone Ranger, Verbinski has been all style, no substance. His latest film  falls in that camp. It slugs around an empty castle for nearly two-and-a-half hours before settling on an ending that just isn’t worth it.

Grade: D

The Boss Baby

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This animated family flick is a diaper full of you know what. Its main premise, a baby who dresses and acts like a boss, is amusing for the total sum of its trailers. That’s it. Once I realized there was nothing more behind that idea, I started sinking in my seat. I’m not sure who this is for. It’s riddled with plot holes and office-themed jokes that don’t work (eg: a three minute rant about how great memos are). It’s also a lot scarier than you’d expect from a kids movie (no, really).

Grade: D

THE GREAT

Get Out

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Classic horror films stick with us not just because they are scary, but because they feed off the fears of a collective subconscious. At the same time, they give us memorable characters. With Get Out, Director Jordan Peele (one half of Comedy Central’s skit duo Key & Peele) prays off mutual, race-related fears held by Caucasian and African Americans. He also gives us an assortment of precarious people to root for and against. It’s fun, scary, and heavily themed.

Grade: A+

Logan

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From now until I die, I will make the case for Logan as one of, if not, the greatest comic book movie of all time. It’s that good. Yes, it benefits from almost two decades of X-Men movies, but it also works as a strong standalone story. Either way you look at it, you’ll be emotionally wrecked. Giddily violent and powerfully written with career highlighting performances from everyone involved.

Grade: A+

Overall, it’s been a strong first quarter and with three more to go, I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2017 has to offer us!

What did you guys think of our list? What are your favorite films of the year so far? What about least favorite? Leave them in the comments below and let us know!