It's a weekend morning. While answering emails, reading a few articles and doing some light cleaning in the apartment, I had Turner Classic Movies on in the background. Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster took their macho to the wild west for GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL. But the guy with the biggest gun seems to be actor John Ireland. Even when he's not wearing a holster. I think Madeline Kahn said it best in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: "Woof!" What a gifted actor that John Ireland. And what a good western.
Now on to another gun-totin' movie character. A couple of years ago, a young lady friend urged me to see Keanu Reeves as JOHN WICK. I really had no desire to sit through a movie with possibly a mostly monosyllabic performance from the star of POINT BREAK and SPEED. She kept urging me to see it. So, I gave in and I saw it. I was totally and pleasantly surprised. It was such a hip, fresh and original action movie with Keanu in fine form as a tender-hearted yet tough-as-nails guy named John Wick. John's marriage was a sweet New York love story. His wife gives him a puppy. He's a hitman shooting it out with Russian thugs. And that's all I'm going to tell you about the plot.