The Equalizer II Passes

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) returns to deliver his special brand of vigilante justice when thugs kill his friend and former colleague.

 

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On Monday, July 16, 2018, Movie Scene Queen is hosting a special advance screening of The Equalizer 2 (Columbia).  For tickets, please comment below with your favorite moment from The Equalizer (2014).

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Movie Scene Queen

Fences Passes

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Now working as a garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former baseball star (Denzel Washington) creates tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) dream of playing college football in Fences.

Movie Scene Queen is screening FENCES this Monday, December 19 at 7:30pm in the Waterfront.  Please comment below with your favorite August Wilson play or work.  In 2008, I was taking News II at Duquesne and I created an entire package on August Wilson’s childhood home.  I was outraged that although his house was declared a historic landmark, the marker was laying in the middle of the street.  I worked with City Council and PHLF to get the sign put back in its proper place.  I can keep going on and on, but August Wilson plays are timeless and really grips the reality of Black Pittsburgh (even now).

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Movie Scene Queen

John Wick

Liam Neeson in Taken (2008), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Faster (2010), Nicholas Cage in Stolen (2012), Denzel Washington in The Equalizer (2014), and now, Keanu Reeves stars as a retired killing machine in the action-packed film, John Wick. Like many other revenge-based films, John Wick sets a high-level violent agenda to murder dozens of people.

In the movie, many former colleagues feared the news of his return after some Russian gangsters ransacked the Wick residence. John Wick also stars Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Ian McShane, Willem Dafoe and my favorite former drag queen, John Leguizamo (To Wong Foo).

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But, John Wick Director Chad Stahelaki must have known that this storyline was very similar to that of The Equalizer. Both men uses retaliation as the fuel to start an all-out war on foreign enemies. Both men have leave their comfortable retirement to finish their vendettas. And both men, despite their age, use their physical states to kick butt.

Not to mention, both movies have corny endings. No Spoilers! No Shade!

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The plots are almost identical. So similar that I have coined John Wick as the White Equalizer. While The Equalizer is multidimensional (and features the cutest minor, John Wick has ten times more action, killing, and overall brutality.

In addition to the murderous décor, John Wick holds about five big hilarious moments. While there’s nothing funny about dozens of casualties, the infrequent laughter is refreshing and appreciated. I have a queer sense of humor so don’t be alarmed if you don’t laugh as much.

If I had to choose a winner, it would be The Equalizer. But, the White Equalizer comes in at a very close second place.

3 Stars: With the release date and movie plot, John Wick was frightfully too close to The Equalizer. I could pull the race card and say Denzel Washington cannot have one single moment of “glory” but I see this as an opportunity to recognize that everybody cannot be Denzel!

2 Guns

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In this action-packed comedy, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in “2 Guns.” Both leading secret operative lives, undercover DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and Naval Petty Officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) are on a quest to recover $43 million they initially stole from a Texas bank.

After getting involved with many different government departments and a big drug cartel, they both have to fight their way to freedom. Once real identities are revealed, Trench and Stigman realizes that it’s much easier to get their hands on the money if they just work together.

There are a lot of twists and turns as the pair bursts onto the scene with inappropriate jokes, slick guns tricks, and street knowledge to claim their innocence and livelihood. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg always play the same role. Similar to his roles in “Inside Man,” “The Bone Collector,” “Man on Fire” and “Out of Time,” Washington is the wise cop who saves the day with his charm, quick wit and tactical strategies, whereas, Wahlberg is the bad boy comparable to his previous roles in “Pain & Gain,” “Contraband” and “Four Brothers.” When you put the two of them together, it’s hard not to fall in love. Two beautiful men!

Robin Thicke’s gorgeous wife, Paula Patton, played DEA Trench’s broken hearted girlfriend, Deb. Also a DEA agent, Deb is mixed up in with some bad Navy men on a desperate attempt to get rich quick. Patton’s character looked dingy and strung out. I’m not quite sure if that’s the new sexy but she didn’t look like her ravishing self. If men don’t enjoy the nude scene with Paula Patton, then they’ll definitely enjoy the non-stop warfare and mayhem. And I can’t forget about the ladies, because Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg side by side as the attractive Ebony and Ivory is enough for any woman to be excited.

The movie questions the crookedness of government officials and law enforcement while also insinuating that in every government branch lays corrupt personnel with hidden agendas. Are the CIA and other US service organizations as unscrupulous as recent movie portrayals or is this all just make believe? I am not a paranoid left wing philosopher but you have to wonder if some US government officials are sleeping with the enemy.

3.5 Stars: In theatres Aug. 2, “2 Guns” makes this summer that much more enjoyable. Surely you can’t wait until it hits the Red Box, grab a friend and check it out!

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