Chad Stahelski tagged posts

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Director: Cathy Yan

Writer: Christina Hodson

Cast: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco, Ewan McGregor

Producers: Sue Kroll, Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless

Music: Daniel Pemberton

Cinematography: Matthew Libatique

Editor: Jay Cassidy, Evan Schiff

Cert: 15

Running time: 109mins

Year: 2020



What’s the story: After splitting up with the Joker, Harley Quinn (Robbie) has Gotham’s criminal underworld gunning for her, including mob boss Roman Sionis aka Black Mask (McGregor)...

Read More

John Wick: Chapter 2

Director: Chad Stahelski

Writer: Derek Kolstad

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Riccardo Scarmarcio, Common, Claudia Gerini, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick, Peter Stormare, Laurence Fishburne, Franco Nero

Cert: 15

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: Former retired hitman John Wick (Reeves) is forced to honour an old debt to a powerful Camorra mobster, setting off a violent chain of events and a contract placed on Wick’s life.

What’s the verdict: Ironic that the filmmakers have christened this sequel “Chapter 2”. If the John Wick saga were a book, it wouldn’t fill the morning commute.

Picking up shortly after where 2014’s John Wick (presumably to be retconned “Chapter 1”) left off, our monosyllabic button man is tying up loose ends with a cameo’ing Peter Stormare...

Read More

John Wick

John-Wick---Keanu-Reeves,-posterDirector: Chad Stahelski

Writer: Derek Kolstad

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Adrianne Palicki, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo

Cert: 15

Running time: 101mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Keanu Reeves’ latest is not so much style over substance, more style is the substance. A boilerplate story of a retired hitman pulled back into “the life” to exact revenge when a gangster’s son does him wrong, John Wick offers no surprises plot wise. But, stuntman turned director Chad Stahelski can do action and there is grisly fun in watching Reeve’s reticent hitman unleash Gun-Fu mayhem on his enemies. Watch it with brain fully disengaged and eyes wide open.

John-Wick---Keanu-Reeves,-gunfightJohn-Wick---Alfie-Allen,-Michael-Nyqvist

The full verdict: While Sean Penn embarrasses himself with midlife crisis action movie The Gun...

Read More