In 2014, Keanu Reeves’ career got a much-needed adrenaline boost with the premiere of John Wick. The tale of a secret underworld of assassins, and one in particular, who unleashes hell on everyone after the death of his dog (and the theft of his car). Given the surprise success of the first John Wick film, it’s a no-brainer that they greenlit a sequel. This past weekend, John Wick: Chapter 2 hit theaters and once again, Director Chad Stahelski and Reeves caught lightning in a bottle again. The sequel gave us a perfection of well-choreographed mayhem. We here at Nerdbastards loved the sequel. It’s no surprise that there will be another John Wick movie in the pipeline.
John Wick: Chapter 2 opened with a very respectable third place finish of $30 million this past weekend at the very competitive box office. That likely all but assures a third chapter for the unretired retired assassin, but are there any other Keanu Reeves franchises out there waiting to get a third chapter greenlit? It started about 30 years ago, when two California dudes piled into a time travelling phone box (a different time travelling phone box) in an effort to save their history grade and the future of mankind, but three decades later, according to Reeves, things may be completely different, but kinda the same. (more…)
The first John Wick movie was a bit of a surprise. Outside of The Matrix Trilogy (and various kung-fu movies he filmed since then), Keanu Reeves has not had a huge action hit. Sure, the actor picks and chooses his parts wisely, but this is what we have been missing from him. The first John Wick had an almost embarrassingly simple plot: retired assassin’s girlfriend dies, she gets him a dog, a moron kills his dog and steals his car, he gets revenge on EVERYONE. That’s pretty much the plot for every B-Action movie.
However, John Wick is magical in its execution. Besides The Raid and its sequels, there hasn’t been a mainstream film that was just perfection when it comes to execution of highly stylized violence. The film was directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, both stunt coordinators by craft, and it really showed. It’s a no-brainer that a sequel would be greenlit. Enter: John Wick: Chapter 2.
NOTE: This review does contain some descriptive spoilers.
John Wick just can’t stay out of the game, whether it’s some one pulling him back in by shooting his dog, or pestering him to do an impossible job, they just drag him back in, Hoo-Haaa! It’s a great role for Keanu Reeves and a surprise franchise for Summit Entertainment. Wick is back and doing what he does best, killing just about everyone that crosses his path. Check out the action packed new trailer below. (more…)
Right off the bat, we loved the sound of Chris Pratt a.k.a. Star-Lord (never gets old) starring in the film adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking. It’s just one of those genius casting choices that totally makes sense going by the source material. Moreover, Pratt’s transformation from funny-man/scene-stealer in Parks & Recreation, to all-round action guy in one of the biggest hits of last year, Guardians of the Galaxy, has been amazing to watch. Pratt’s able to seamlessly mix acting chops, one-liners, and the physique of a man of action, all of which he will test again in this summer’s Jurassic World. As for the movie version of CNV, it’s on the verge of locking down the masters of ‘Gun-kada’ themselves: David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to direct the film. They made the slickest action movie of last year, the Keanu Reeves-starring John Wick, but can they now mold Pratt into the ultimate warrior for Cowboy Ninja Viking? (more…)
This is the best week of the year.
Seriously. If you’ve never been to Fantastic Fest before, start saving now to book your flight to Austin, Texas in 2015. Even if you have no idea what Fantastic Fest is as you’re reading this article, just start monitoring your bank account and scanning Southwest Airlines’ website for cheap flights. Because no other film fest in the world is like this one — a non-stop cortège of badass genre movies, video games, boxing matches, trivia challenges, drunken debauchery and the biggest food fight Texas has ever seen. Where at most other fests you have to parse through a sea of party-hopping star fuckers to find the real film fans, at Fantastic Fest you’re rubbing elbows with the most hardcore sect of cinephiles from the world over every single day. Simply put: if you love movies, this is Nirvana.
In 2014, Fantastic Fest is celebrating its tenth year of existence. To ring in such a grand occasion, the programmers and Alamo Drafthouse Founder/CEO Tim League are sparing no expense. Want to see League verbally spar with Ti West about whether or not found footage is a legitimate sub-genre (before they both don gloves and wail on each other in the ring)? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered. Wondering if the new Kevin Smith horror picture is worth its weight in snoogins? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered. How about a detailed Q&A with longtime film critic Leonard Maltin, moderated by former Drafthouse programmer extraordinaire Zack Carlson and suave Vulcan Video head Bryan Connolly? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered.
Welcome to Fantastic Fest X. To get you started, here are the eleven films we here at Nerd Bastards are most excited for. Not gonna lie, it’s going to be a rough and tumble seven days, but just remember what the fox once said:
“Chaos Reigns” (more…)
I’ve got to admit that the first time I heard about Keanu Reeves and director Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, I was not excited. I imagined a horrific merging of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure with Matrix like slow-mo action scenes all with a wooden Reeves stomping around issuing Samurai platitudes like cheap stale fortune cookies. Then I got a look at the trailer. (more…)
The potential for a third Bill & Ted flick has been in and out of the spotlight in recent years, sometimes moving forward and at other times falling off the grid. Though everyone involved seems to want to get it done, it’s still having troubles. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are both on board, the script is done and a director is attached. But lately, months and months of nothing. So what’s going on there, Mr. Reeves? In a recent interview, he had a few things to say about it:
“It’s a long story. There’s lots of subterfuge and conspiracy theories. There’s a whole thing… I might have to do one of those independent press, conspiracy, other-name kind of [statements] explaining why it hasn’t happened yet, because it’s pretty dark out there.
“…there is [a script]. There’s all sorts of stuff and it just can’t — it’s just — there’s darkness out there that’s keeping it from happening.
It’s not winning right now. It’s that part of the story where it’s looking grim. It’s the dark period of the idea!”
Wait… what the fk did he just say? Once again Keanu Reeves proves his mastery of words. So the movie has been delayed by some sort of unnamable force and that’s all anyone can say about it. Until we know more, just write this one off as a “probably never going to happen”.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
Just a few months back–in March, to be specific–we reported an assurance from Alex Winter (AKA: Bill S. Preston, esq.) that the long awaited third installment of the Bill & Ted series is indeed still in the works.
Now, apparently, there’s more: Keanu Reeves discussed the possible plot way back last August in an interview with GQ:
We have a nice story. We’ll see if anyone else wants to make it. One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven’t done it. So everybody is kind of like: ‘Where is the song?’ The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future ‘us; refuses to tell us, and another future ‘us’ blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song, so they’re living this terrible life. In one version we’re in jail; in another we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.
Okay… I’d see that movie.
Since then it’s been revealed that Dean Parisot, director of Galaxy Quest, has been tapped to direct–then there was Winter’s remarks in March–but not a peep after that.
Not until Reeves’ appearance today at the TCA (Television Critics’ Association) press tour where the actor was promoting his new documentary Side By Side, scheduled to premiere on PBS this month. Here’s what Ted “Theodore” Logan had to say about the project:
There have been a couple of drafts [of a Bill & Ted 3 script] and right now we’re waiting on the writers to come up with another draft. But we’re all very excited.
Furthermore, Reeves said the team considered it important to find some way to honor the memory of legendary comedian and Bill & Ted co-star George Carlin, who passed away in 2008. Carlin, as you no doubt remember, played the duo’s time-traveling mentor Rufus in both films.
Carlin’s absence will indeed detract from the new film, and we certainly hope an appropriate way is found to give him his due (more on this soon–we hope!).
There’s a new trailer out for Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves and I’ve got to be up front with you, I went into this trailer with every intention of mocking the hell out of this movie, Reeves, and anything else I could find. I was already merrily writing savagely witty banter in my head.
The first issue I was sure I was going to mock, about Keanu not being Asian got blown out of the water with the half-breed status of his character. Slowly, as the trailer progressed, everything I thought was going to be fertile ground for tom-foolery sprouted fantastic special effects and wonderful costuming.
I’m still concerned about Reeves patented stiff manner of delivering lines, but now I am willing to give this movie a chance. Even with all the reported delays and re-shoots. It looks like a lot of fun.
47 Ronin hits theater screens December 25th starring Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim), Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost,The Wolverine), and Rick Genest known as “Zombie Boy.”