A ‘John Wick’ Masterclass with director Chad Stahelski

Chad Stahelski Interview: The John Wick: Chapter Two director talks us through the film.

John Wick: Chapter Two launches in cinemas today. The film continues the story started in John Wick and follows our eponymous hitman now that he is out of retirement. It really is a fantastic sequel, equal to, if not better than, the first.

We were lucky enough to speak to the director of the film Chad Stahelski and he gave us an incredible amount of insight into all stages of the production. Here he talks through everything you could possibly want to know about the production. Be warned, there are spoilers below:

On Getting the Right Guy…

Don’t tell Keanu cause he’ll shit, but Keanu’s very talented. This doesn’t really work – the gun-fu, the long takes – it only works when you got the guy. Every action movie has the scene
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Interview: Talking ‘Gun-Fu’ and ‘Car-Fu’ with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski

Thomas Harris chats with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski about all things ‘gun-fu’ and ‘car-fu’…

I left John Wick: Chapter 2 with a bloody nose and a limp that refuses to be shaken off. It’s a ballet of bullets, a grand opera of all things “fu.” Alongside a few others, I had the pleasure of talking with director and veteran stunt man Chad Stahelski about Keanu, Chan and forcing friends to fall downstairs.

See Also: Read our review of John Wick: Chapter 2

Was That The Most Difficult Scene (an opening sequence involving a “gang bang of cars” as Wick attempts to steal back his own) To Coordinate?

Actually no, it was pretty easy. When you come from that background-one of my best friends Darren Prescott, our stunt coordinator for that-we started doing stunt work way back in 1992 and he did a lot of the Bourne films.
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Review: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ is a Clever, Satisfying Expansion

John Wick‘s box-office score made inevitable another go-round with the seemingly undefeatable assassin whose soft spot for muscle cars and puppy dogs led to a whole lot of trouble, in turn making inevitable the fear (at least for yours truly) of diminishing returns. Is there any way one of this century’s leaner, finer American action movies wouldn’t be given the bigger-is-better treatment? Probably not. What about the kick-ass picture really needed an adding-to? Whatever its flaws, John Wick hit where it counts — a place where improvement is possible, certainly, if not so necessary when running the risk that a good time be diminished with weak imitation. Now that a sequel is upon us, you may ask: is it a step towards something better?

The answer is a bit of yes and no both, and that, I’m happy to report, is just fine. Closer to an expansion
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of John Wick: Chapter 2 In St. Louis

In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

After unleashing mayhem on the criminals who killed his dog, retired super assassin John Wick retrieves his beloved 1969 Mustang from the Russian mobsters who stole it, only to be pursued in a spectacular high-speed car chase through crowded New York City streets. Returning home, John’s plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) shows up on his doorstep with a gold “marker” compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston (Ian McShane), kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to
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Round-Up: Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World Theatrical Release, Joe Lynch at Dark Delicacies Everly Signing, Let Us Prey Home Media Details

North American moviegoers can step into the mind of the late H.R. Giger with Belinda Sallin's intimate documentary, Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World, which is hitting big screens in the U.S. and Canada this May. Also featured in our latest round-up is information on tonight's Everly signing with director Joe Lynch and cast and crew members at Burbank's Dark Delicacies horror shop, as well as the home media release details for Dark Sky Films' Let Us Prey.

Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World: Press Release -- "Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940-2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.

Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger's oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin's definitive documentary Dark Star: H.
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Everly Blu-Ray Review

On paper, it seemed like a done deal. Salma Hayek as a voluptuous prostitute fighting for a life against the cronies of her jilted ex-lover, a nefarious pimp who carries a samurai sword and cackles like a Bond villain? Sign me up. But for a fun-sounding exploitation flick – think Kill Bill meets Die Hard with a more bodacious lead – Everly is an astonishingly punishing watch, dragging Hayek through all kinds of uncomfortable tortures without offering much of anything else to pick up the narrative slack, be it humor, thrills or any semblance of depth.

As such, what’s left over is difficult to regard as anything other than a failure on the part of writer/director Joe Lynch and co-writer Yale Hannon, neither of whom are able to provide the adrenaline kick that a low-budget, pedal-to-the-metal action flick like Everly so intrinsically required. Without it, Hayek’s resilient sex slave
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Round-Up: A Nightmare on Elm Street Office-Set Faux Script, Everly Blu-ray / DVD, New Star Wars Books Announced

Do you have nightmares about Bill Lumbergh telling you to put new cover sheets on your Tps reports? For some, the corporate cubicle setting is as horrifying as the creepy boiler rooms that Freddy Krueger haunts in the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Script excerpts and storyboards for an imagined tenth film in the Elm Street franchise show Freddy tormenting a coma patient by placing him in a mind-numbing office environment where meaningless meetings, tear-inducing small talk, and countless hours of hellish tasks reign supreme, with no escape in sight. Also included in our latest round-up are Blu-ray / DVD release details and cover art for the Salma Hayek-starring Everly and information on the 20 recently announced Star Wars books that will take place in the time period between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
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Review: Salma Hayek's got to get primal to survive the action movie 'Everly'

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Review: Salma Hayek's got to get primal to survive the action movie 'Everly'
Austin - "Everly" puts me in an uncomfortable position. Sure, nowhere near as uncomfortable as the circumstances faced by Everly (Salma Hayek) over the course of the film, a one-room action movie, but as a film critic, I find myself really wrestling with my reaction. On the one hand, I like the energy of the film, and I think Hayek is about as appealing a lead as she's been in a while as the film opens in media hell, with her as a sex slave who finds herself at a turning point, freedom in her sights, but with a whole wall of mayhem between her and escape. The film makes a lot out of its single location, and I'm a fan of films where you watch one space get more and more destroyed over the course of an evening. Director Joe Lynch directs the film like a hungry man chasing a ham sandwich,
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