Tuesday, March 14, 2023

It's Always John-Wick Time Somewhere ...


So allow me to pre-empt this post by reminding you all that there are only two things I'm snobby about - film and architecture.

That is because I think if you have that kind of money, do it right - don't just be throwing any old thing up in my face, assaulting my senses lol.

So Mark calls me from work this morning, just to read me the five-star reviews he saw for John Wick IV. 

In fact, as I speak, he's texting me the links.

Okay, I get it lol.  I really didn't need the reviews, though, I would go see would go see it with him anyway, just because he wants to see it lol. 

But I will also say -  he's lucky I like Keanu Reeves.

Because otherwise, it's just another fight 'em up, shoot 'em up, blow 'em up type of thing to me.  

And let's be honest, Keanu is not the best actor in the world, he's largely dependent on the stellar actors around him, special effects, and his athleticism/action star abilities, but you still can't help but like Keanu in anything he does, he's just so likeable. 

However, not every day - and I tell you what -  the first three John Wicks are on somewhere on TV everyday, no lie.  They're like the new Shawshank Redemption.

Anyway, so I was like ...

 "Five stars?  Oh, come on lol.  That's like "Top Gun: Maverick" getting nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture lol. 

"It was a good watch, yes -  but were all the elements combined - acting, dialogue,  story arc, direction, cinematography, special effects, editing, and sound  - truly a work of art?  No, they most certainly were not lol."  

"Okay, so did it tell a new story or an old story in a thought-provoking way that we hadn't heard before?  DEFINITELY not. 

"Okay, so did the film then somehow break new ground as an evolution or revolution in film-making in some way? No, it did not."

"Oscar nominations are supposed to be about recognition for quality art -  not based upon popular opinion or box-office sales.  We don't do that with art work, judge it based on how much somebody paid for it or popularity." 

"Like those stupid "Dogs Playing Poker" and "Velvet Elvis" paintings are wildly popular and people pay a lot of money for them, but they're not quality art lol.


"Don't get me wrong, I think everyone that won should've won, they deserved it, for actual quality work -  but the fact that Maverick was even nominated is proof that we're overrating certain films just because we're so excited to see the big-budget films getting made again and seeing them at the theater.

IMO, Top Gun: Maverick is an example of that - it was one of the first in-theater movies released again. and not pared down when filming due to COVID. 

And John Wick, 5 stars?  Probably not.  It's probably a good watch, but not 5 stars, come on lol.

But like I said, at this point, people are so excited to get out and watch big-budget films again that I think that Stephen Spielberg could literally sh*t in a bowl  and people'd be like, "BRILLIANT!"  and "It's a masterpiece!" LOL

I don't know why, but we laughed for like five minutes over that? lol

***That is NOT a criticism of Spielberg's latest, The Fabelmans, by the way, I haven't seen it yet, but it's supposedly a great film - nor is it a criticism of other nominated films this year, which truly were masterpieces.  I'm just making a point that I think a few of these films coming out are getting overrated because everyone is just excited to be able to go see them again? ***

Maybe I'll see it and end up eating my words - but I doubt it.

Regardless, yes, honey - I WILL will go see John Wick IV with you :) xo

(This, of course, means you'll be seeing "Women Talking" with me, though, right? ;)

Just kidding -  that's tantamount to torture for you, probably, so I'll see it with some gal pals :)

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