Posts Tagged ‘Keanu Reeves’

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In the 1990’s the future was really lame: “Johnny Mnemonic”

August 29, 2013

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Okay, now this film is instructive indeed. It shows us a glimpse of a very specific moment in time—1995, in fact—when the world arrived at the intersection of science and culture. It was the moment that the Internet became a looming thing, a soon-to-be fixture on our lives. We could see this tsunami curling above us, and could only marvel at how it would change our lives. With 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic, we have a window into the predictions and anxieties of the way our future would be transformed into something new. And man, were they retarded.
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Klaatu, Barada, Nikto! “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

December 24, 2008

the_day_the_earth_stood_stillThe original (and still classic) The Day the Earth Stood Still was intended to be a corrective to all those sci-fi movies that had held scientific progress up as the world’s new theology. While trafficking in a heavy Christian allegory, the movie wisely chooses not to be a reflexive exaltation of stupidity, but instead an Icarus-like reminder that science is an equal-opportunity tool, and that bigger dogs in the Universe may have mastered much more of it than we. The remake sends Keanu Reeves to force Ludditism down our throats in the name of the environment. Aw crap. And while we’re at it, between this and The Happening, the environment is really starting to piss me off. If it doesn’t get a better PR flack, I may go out and buy a Hummer just so I can ram it into the polar bear tank at the zoo.

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Shooting blanks: “Street Kings”

November 30, 2008

200px-street_kingsmp08What kind of movie is Street Kings? It’s the kind of movie that thinks that a couch would offer reasonable protection against submachine-gun fire. It’s the kind of movie which spends its first act making a bunch of characters seem like they’re the bad guys only to reveal in the last act that, yep, they’re bad guys. It’s the sort of movie that casts Naomie Harris, yet gives her virtually nothing to do, while handing over valuable screen time to those acting titans Keanu Reeves and Chris Evans. It’s a movie for everyone who thought O.J. Simpson was framed, as the planting of DNA evidence plays a major role in the plot mechanics (“Juice, hold still while we get a blood sample…okay, good. Now wait over there by that white Bronco.”) It’s also a movie that doesn’t have any good reason for existing aside from showcasing Reeves’s increasingly-jowly face.

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