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The Action Movie Hero Hall of Fame

By the time this final episode of ‘With a Pencil’ is over, you will have a definitive list of inductees into the Action Movie Hero Hall of Fame. Or maybe you won’t.

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‘With a Pencil’: ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’

What was the hardest part of the movie to watch? Who has the best cameo? Who gives the best performance?

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Not Just Puppies: How ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’ Turned Animals Into Action Stars

‘Parabellum’ builds entire set pieces around dogs and horses—a strategy that required a lot of training (and a good amount of protective gear)

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A Few Good Minutes: Reviewing Boban Marjanovic in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’

Just like in the NBA, Boban used his size to his advantage in a library fight with Wick. But also like in the NBA, Boban’s effectiveness dwindled as time went on.

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The ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’ Exit Survey

Talking tactical dogs, praising Keanu Reeves’s durability, and trying to pin down the Baba Yaga’s kill count

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We Learned About the James Charles BeauTube Scandal So You Don’t Have To

Unrelated: It’s going to be the summer of Keanu

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Making ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’ With Chad Stahelski, and Watching It With Shea Serrano

Chad Stahelski, the mind behind John Wick, joins the show to discuss some of the unique difficulties of shooting one of the most action-packed franchises in Hollywood

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Everyone Wants to Be Like (John) Wick

Reflecting on the franchise’s rise to mainstream prominence, ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’ is a raucous look at the assassin’s popularity in his underground world

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A Complete Guide to the ‘John Wick’ Universe

Before ‘Parabellum,’ reacquaint yourself with the Baba Yaga, his dogs, his bounties, and his many, many assassin foes

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Mark Dacascos Is Perfect in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’

As Wick’s foil, the veteran star of straight-to-video action flicks has finally found his perfect role, making him the threequel’s biggest surprise

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Whoa After Whoa: The Best of Keanu Reeves

A guide to the greatest actor of his generation who we don’t take seriously enough

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The Currency System in ‘John Wick’ Is a Mess

The Continental’s use of gold coins raises more questions than answers—though it’s a bit of nonsense that may actually be a sneaky good depiction of real life

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ With Bill Simmons, Sean Fennessey, and Chris Ryan

Revisiting the 2017 action hit before ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’ hits theaters

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With a Pencil: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

Is Common a good actor? Why does John kill Gianna D’Antonio instead of just letting her kill herself? And does Laurence Fishburne or John Leguizamo have the best cameo?

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‘With a Pencil’: Who’s the Better Tough-Guy Movie Dog Owner?

Shea Serrano is joined by authors Lilliam Rivera and José Olivarez to decide who’s the best tough-guy movie dog owner

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With a Pencil: ‘John Wick’

Shea sits down with Sean Fennessey and Judnick Mayard, two people who love the franchise as much as he does, to talk about ‘John Wick, Chapter 1’

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘John Wick,’ and ‘Harry Potter,’ With Jason Mantzoukas

Mal and Jason are joined by the actor and comedian to discuss a plethora of pop culture properties

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‘The Matrix’ Changed Everything, but the Little Details Made It Even Greater

Beyond blue pill or red pill and bullet time, here are the smaller elements of the 1999 sci-fi action movie that helped make it an enduring classic

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Is It a ‘John Wick’ Movie? A Guide.

Films like ‘Atomic Blonde’ and Netflix’s ‘Polar’ are often offhandedly described as fitting into the mold of the Keanu Reeves franchise—but the characterization isn’t always apt

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‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’ Trailer Breakdown | Office Premieres

Plus, Shea asks Bill how much money he would pay to see the movie right now

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A Second-by-Second Breakdown of the First Trailer for ‘John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum’

A totally calm analysis of—oh, who are we kidding: Samurai sword fights on motorcycles! Boban Marjanovic getting killed by a book! Halle Berry has tactical dogs!

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The One Rule for John Wick–ifying an Action Movie

‘Hotel Artemis’ is just the latest film to model itself in Wick’s image, but unfortunately, it focuses on the wrong elements

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Put the ‘John Wick’ Franchise on Every Screen

The third installment in the series is set to include Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, and Jason Mantzoukas as a character named "Tick Tock Man"

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The Best Action Movies of 2017

From Jackie Chan to Charlize Theron, the action genre got a shot in the arm from old friends and new titans from all over the world. These are the year’s best and bloodiest.

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American Carnage

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ delivers another full-throttle round of brutal, beautiful violence. In this world, there is no such thing as peace.