Day: July 6, 2017

“John Wick 2” lives up to weight of predecessor, silences Reeves doubters

I was introduced to “John Wick” by my loving husband — a gift, I think, more for him than for me. There is something to be said for the sheer amount of action-packed footage found in the original movie. I always have been captivated by the concept of honor among thieves. While this franchise isn’t about thieves, it pretty obviously shows a fair amount of the mores held in the underground. Keanu Reeves breathes life into Wick, although it was a casting choice I initially questioned. I will admit that as I grow older, I have become more fond of the many action movies staring Reeves. “Constantine” — the movie, of course — remains one of my favorite films and “The Matrix” trilogy rank fairly high on my list of favorite Reeves movies. However, I still generally prefer other leading men in my action movies, such as Hugh Jackman and Jason Statham. The choreography in “John Wick,” and now “John Wick 2,” catapults these movies onto the same list I have set aside for movies such as “The Transporter.” The 53-year-old Reeves delivers, performing many of the stunts himself. Without spoiling anything, I will say this: If it has been a while since you saw the first movie, watch it again before viewing the sequel. There were minor plot points that I could not recall, which made the movie a...

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Darker side of Jackie Chan on full display in new “The Foreigner” trailer

I grew up watching action films, having been instilled with an appreciation of various martial arts and martial arts movies by my father from a very young age. As much as Disney was a part of my youth, so too were the works of Bruce and Brandon Lee, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, and Jackie Chan, among others, as I grew older. Chan always was one of my favorites, probably because a lot of his film had his signature blend of humor mixed into their high-octane story lines. In recent years, Chan has kept quite busy — a quick look at IMDB shows seven of his films released in the last three years, plus 11 upcoming projects — and has turned in several more somber films. These films did not smash the box office, though, as the somewhat underappreciated “1911 Revolution” and “Shaolin” attest. So imagine my surprise when a trailer for Chan’s new blockbuster, “The Foreigner,” popped up recently in my YouTube feed. “The Foreigner” is a big-budget film from Martin Campbell, director of “Casino Royale,” that shows a much more serious Chan pitted against Pierce Brosnan. Chan plays a father grieving the death of his daughter in a London bombing. He searches for those responsible and appears determined to find them, no matter what the cost. Obviously, one can’t glean a whole movie’s worth of plot content from a...

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Recent Cowley College grad in need of assistance with cancer treatments

A local woman is in need of assistance as she seeks cancer treatment soon at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Ashley Law, a recent Cowley College graduate, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that develops in the body’s lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the system that disposes of the waste products created naturally within the body. This type of lymphoma develops within the white blood cells that fight off infection. The 22-year-old is no stranger to this form of cancer — she was diagnosed once before, in December 2015. “She completed six months of (chemotherapy) and graduated from Cowley,” states a GoFundMe campaign page set up to help Law with her extensive expenses. “She received her associate of arts degree for social work at Cowley County Community College and is now working towards her bachelor’s degree for social work at (Wichita State University),” said Law’s mother, Amy Terronez. “A year after chemo, it was determined that a persistent mass in (Law’s) chest had to be removed and biopsied. The lengthy, complicated surgery was accomplished at KU Med Center. The results were not what we had prayed for. It is a recurrence of the Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” the GoFundMe page states. All of Law’s medical care is being taken care of at KU Med, which will add travel expenses to her financial needs. “She...

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