... and four other things you need to know about this week, including Young Fathers' latest offspring, the final fall of Don Draper, and a brilliant book about, er, bricksMore
Like, who amongst us isn’t, like, kinda stoked to see Keanu Reeves back in business? He’s always been one of Hollywood's most likeable stars, whether that’s because of his guileless demeanour or his reportedly generous spirit (we still want to belive!) we don’t know, but either way, we’ve always found ourselves rooting for him, come what may.
This week he’s got a new high-octane thriller coming out, John Wick, in which he plays an ex-assassin who gets lured out of retirement by some Russian gangsters who take an interest in his Mustang and then, when he won’t sell it, take their revenge on his puppy. All of which is some vaguely plausible backstory that gets us to where we want to be – in a sequence of tightly choreographed fight scenes where Reeves kicks Russian butt and discharges a ludicrous number of firearms, while looking exceedingly fly in a series of black suits.
Admittedly it’s not great cinema, not even close, but darn it if we didn’t enjoy seeing the return of Kea-Neo, whatever the vehicle.
John Wick is out on Friday
As building materials go, the humble brick is much maligned. Everyone can go all giddy about poured concrete or blackened timber, but if you look at the buildings around you in this country, especially the ones that survive best against the vicissitudes of weather and environment, chances are that they’ll be built of brick.
Esteemed graphic designer William Hall’s new book, called, appropriately enough, BRICK, (he's written another excellent one on concrete) aims to burnish its reputation with a collection of sumptuous images and insightful text to prove just what an important and beautiful material it can be. It features everything from the intricate chimneys topping Hampton Court to the enormous arches of the Bangladesh National Assembly, and the work of high-profile exponents including Alvar Aalto and Frank Gehry, all of which makes a compelling case for the clay cuboids – and for bonus enjoyment, comes with a highly strokable textured cover.
BRICK by William Hall is out today (Phaidon)