Tag Archives: Keanu Reeves

Dangerous Liaisons: Fun and Games in Ancien Régime France

LUST. SEDUCTION. REVENGE. THE GAME AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT PLAYED BEFORE.  In 1782, four volumes of the epistolary novel ”Les Liaisons Dangereuses” were published in France. Written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the novel depicts scandalous sexual intrigues among aristocrats and has been seen as a politically dangerous morality tale of the behavior of … Continue reading Dangerous Liaisons: Fun and Games in Ancien Régime France

John Wick: Chapter 2

NEVER STAB THE DEVIL IN THE BACK.  Italian crime lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) comes to John Wick (Keanu Reeves) to collect a favor, but he refuses… until he’s persuaded to honor his commitments and do a job in Rome. A sequel that offers fans of the first movie exactly what they want – Reeves … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 2

The Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017

Point Break

100 % PURE ADRENALINE. Rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover to infiltrate a group of surfers who might have ties to a series of bank robberies executed by a gang who call themselves ”the Ex-Presidents”. A film that didn’t get much attention when it premiered, but has become a cult item over the … Continue reading Point Break

John Wick

DON’T SET HIM OFF! After losing his wife, former ace assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is attacked by the clueless son of a Russian mobster (Michael Nyqvist), which sets him off on a murderous spree. An action-thriller that became a hit for Reeves as a hugely skilled and ruthless killer and, amusingly, builds a whole … Continue reading John Wick

The Devil’s Advocate

THE NEWEST ATTORNEY AT THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL LAW FIRM HAS NEVER LOST A CASE. BUT HE’S ABOUT TO LOSE HIS SOUL. Florida attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is recruited by John Milton (Al Pacino), a senior partner at a powerful New York law firm, but Lomax and his wife (Charlize Theron) soon discover that their … Continue reading The Devil’s Advocate

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Pumping with Blood and Life

LOVE NEVER DIES.  In a week when I have watched and written reviews of two movies about vampires, Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Let the Right One In (2008), it might be fitting to wrap it up with a fresh examination of a film I loved at the time of its release. Francis Ford Coppola’s … Continue reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Pumping with Blood and Life

Street Kings

THEIR CITY. THEIR RULES. NO PRISONERS.  Alcoholic LA detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is part of a group of cops that tend to bend the rules; as Tom witnesses the murder of a colleague, an Internal Affairs captain (Hugh Laurie) starts watching him. Director David Ayer has experience from the rough streets of South Central, … Continue reading Street Kings

A Scanner Darkly

WHAT DOES A SCANNER SEE? In the near future, an undercover cop posing as Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) shares a house with two slackers (Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson), but falls victim to a mind-altering drug, Substance D. Versatile director Richard Linklater’s take on the Philip K. Dick dystopia is oddly enough made with rotoscoped … Continue reading A Scanner Darkly

The Day the Earth Stood Still

An alien sphere lands in Central Park and a human-looking figure (Keanu Reeves) emerges; he tells a scientist (Jennifer Connelly) that the Earth must be rescued from humanity. The classic 1951 sci-fi movie gets its modern disaster flick remake; except for the theme of ecological annihilation, not much has been updated and there is little … Continue reading The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Matrix: Rage Against the Machines

THE FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE BEGINS. When Larry and Andy Wachowski were working as screenwriters on a film called Assassins (1995), they showed producer Joel Silver another script. He loved it, but not so much when the brothers insisted on directing it. Silver told them to cut their teeth on something, and that was to be the … Continue reading The Matrix: Rage Against the Machines