Movie Review: John Wick Chapter Two


Producer: David Leitch, Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee
Director: Chad Stahelski
Writer: Derek Kolstad
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane

Yes it’s once again time for that hyper-violent uber chorographed fight scene where the mundane become deadly weapons.  John Wick is back and this time no one is safe.  Wait a minute wasn’t that the last movie?

Yes John Wick is back and even though he wants to quit someone has his marker and he can’t get out of it.  And to prove the point Wick’s house is burned down.  But don’t worry the dog is unharmed.

A quick trip to Rome, (John you’re not here for the Pope are you?), and then he is dressed to kill, literally, and goes to find the target.  But it is never the case that once the job is done it’s over as the one that ordered the hit turns on John to “clean up loose ends”.  

I can honestly say that I have never seen so many head shots in my entire life of watching movies.  

Now if hyper-violent uber chorographed movies are your schtick and you can park your intelligence on some back shelf then by all means rent this movie.   Just don’t bring any children.

John Wick Chapter 2 gets three stars.  

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Catechism


What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

    First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God.Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.

    Deuteronomy 6:13–14

    It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.

    Another Southern Baptist Heretic


    First, it was Beth Moore with her ridiculous “God-given” vision of the professing Church, including Roman Catholics, being joined together by God in unholy unity. Now Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback megachurch pastor, Rick Warren claims she had a vision from God after the suicide of her mentally ill son in 2013. In a Facebook…

    via Rick Warren’s Wife, Kay, Joins Band of Vision-Seeing Prophetesses in the SBC — Pulpit & Pen

    No Reformed Baptist church should remain in the SBC as long as they allow such witchcraft to be openly practiced and encouraged among their members in good standing.  While I hear little bits and pieces of encouraging news about a resurgence of “Reformed” theology and worship in the SBC, it seems drowned out by the stuff Broadman is peddling and the trash that SBC ministers are espousing.

    Catechism 


    What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?

      You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

      Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7

      You shall have no other gods before me.

      Movie Reviews: My Love/Hate Affair with Christian Films. 


      I am of two minds when it comes to Christian films.  On one hand I really long for something that speaks to the Christian worldview, something intelligent and interesting.  Something that doesn’t dumb down the Gospel but actually presents it clearly.

      Yet at the same time, I have seen such stuff as well this:

      Now I will admit when I first saw this as a callow youth just barely a Christian. I was fascinated.  It appealed to my ignorance about the Bible, theology, and eschatology.  And that’s one of my biggest gripes with many “Christian Movies” is the pablum they promote as Christian teaching.  Let’s take the latest Left Behind movie.  

      Now no serious dispensationalist Christian is going to say that this movie even begins to explain their views on eschatology.  At the very least it is a gross caricature of what they espouse.  And yet I still have friends, who are good Christians,  and would think nothing about having this movie play in their church because they think it’s going to bring in non-christians.  Which it won’t.

      But it doesn’t have to be this way.  Consider this movie one made by Hollywood but in my opinion more Christian than those that are supposedly blatantly so.  

      Sergeant York is an entertaining and enjoyable film about the real Alvin York a hero of World War I.  Alvin York was a fighting and drinking rascal that was changed by the preaching of the Gospel.  And you see that in the movie.  The Gospel changed York, he became a Bible reading and believing man.  And because of York’s convictions regarding war and violence he didn’t want to fight in the war but rather wanted to be a conscientious objector.  But it was through the commander that he came to realize that some time to save lives you must take some lives. 

      Sergeant York contains the elements that make a good film.  Its based on truth, it’s well acted, and it treats the Gospel seriously.  If we could actually get those qualities into Christian movies then we could have great Christian movies.  

      Catechism 


      What does the law of God require?

        Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

        Matthew 22:37–40

        And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

        Movie Review: My Top Ten Western Movies


        This is my personal list of Westerns that I could spend a weekend power watching.  And I am just going to warn you now you’re going to see a pattern.  And here we go.

        10.  Silverado
        This 1985 movie was a throwback to the Westerns of my youth.  With a stellar cast and great direction I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time I saw it and every other times I have watched it whether on cable or slipping the DVD in the player.

        9.  Stagecoach
        This classic 1939 movie with John Ford directoring and a young John Wayne staring as the Ringo Kid is the classic example of the genre.  You see in this movie characters that will become icons in other western movies.

        8.  Open Range
        I like this movie because the chemistry between Duvall and Costner is great and it has a certain something that speaks to me regarding loyalty, friendship, and standing up for what is right.

        7. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 
        . John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Lee Marvin.  Jimmy Stewart plays a lawyer from back east who travels west to setup a law practice.  What he finds is that the west is barely civilized and law and order is more of who has the gun then what is written down in books.  Lee Marvin plays Liberty Valance the town bully and hired gun and the man who Jimmy Stewart has to stand up against.  John Wayne plays the rancher who teaches Stewart how things actually work in the west.  

        6.  The Magnificent Seven (1960)

        This adaption of the Seven Samurai is in my opinion the best version, way superior to the 2016 version of the film.

        5. Shane

        I get a lot of grief from my relatives and children for liking this movie.  But it has classic scenes in it that are a pleasure to watch especially Jack Palance’s role as Jack Wilson.  And the story of a gunfighter who is trying to change and hang up his guns only to find out that there are some roads you just can’t come back from and there is a price to pay. Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider was an unofficial remake of Shane.

        4.  Bite the Bullet

        I’ve reviewed this movie before but let me again state this is a classic of men and a woman battling elements, each other, in a horse killing race that shows what loyalty, and friendship means. 

        3. The Searchers

        Another John Ford/John Wayne film where John Wayne plays a man who is so obessed with hatred that he goes to extrordinary lengths to see it through.  This is an intense film that deserves to be on any top ten list of Westerns. 

        2.  Tombstone

        There have been a few movies made about the shoot out at the OK corral and the events leading up to it.  In my opinion this is the best.  With stand out performance by Val Kilmer as the tuberculosis infected Doc Holiday and Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp.

        1. El Dorado

        This is without a doubt my favorite western movie.  I have watched it over twenty times and can quote multiple scenes from the movie much to the chagrin of my wife and children.  There is an audible moan when I turn it on.  But the interplay between James Can, Robert Mitchum, and John Wayne is well worth the watch alone.  

        And there you have it my top ten Westerns.