John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) from IMDb
Directed by Chad Stahelski. With Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose. After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

John Wick: Chapter 2 movie poster

I enjoyed John Wick: Chapter 2, when I watched it on Saturday night. I don’t think I enjoyed it quite as much as the first John Wick. I found it felt quite a bit “grander” and was more graphicly violent than the first film, but I guess that comes with getting a bigger budget after a surprise hit. My fear that it would strip back too many layers and mysteries from when I watched the first John Wick, in trying to “world build” into a franchise weren’t entirely founded – there wasn’t any clunky or overt exposition I noticed, just some points handled (mostly) naturally in context of the dialogue. Stuff like the “rules” of The Continental, and the consequences of breaking them. How all these pieces fit into the wider picture of assassins, crime lords, and secret societies were left pleasingly ambiguous (for now).

As with the first film, the cinematography was gorgeous. The light and sound design, combined with the framing and editing were absolutely on point. At no time was I unable to follow what was going on in an action scene – something which can’t said for too many “blockbuster” films these days. The plot felt like a reasonably logical continuation of the first film, and the main character was fleshed out in nice, subtle, ways.

Sadly, I need to wait until mid-September before I can watch John Wick: Chapter 3. I didn’t have high expectations when I started the series; I expected it to be somewhat overhyped and empty. But now I’m keen to find out how the story wraps up (or not, as the case may be).

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@jackyalcine Agree, video tough. If openly licensed can use @internetarchive. Also been thinking about peertube.

I’ve been thinking about video lately too. For very short clips (<2 minutes) I think I would self-host, despite WordPress making it awkward as heck in my experience. Anything longer than that and it’s more of a conundrum.

Could small, “collective” PeerTube instances in the vein of be viable? Needs buy-in from interested parties — or a benefactor — but it’s a way to spread the hosting costs around while offering an alternative to a community. /cc Jacky.

My newest neighbours (or, rather, their “DIY Dads”) have not been endearing themselves to the street by firing up the power saws at 8:15am for the last few weekends 😑