With a name less like a one-two punch and more like a little poem of introduction, Keanu Reeves has always been distinctive. The true test of a Movie Star is the ability to be known by only one name—Bruce, George, Leo, Johnny—and there is no name more evocative than “Keanu”. Like it’s wearer it is at once cool and mysterious, singular and offbeat. Keanu—the name and Movie Star—has such presence in pop culture that he can carry an entire movie as a concept. Keanu Reeves is one of the most enduring actors of the contemporary era, and a celebrity who has reached near-mythic proportions, universally beloved and more admired than ever, thanks to some post-John Wick revisionism. And where so many of his fellow Movie Stars have stumbled and lost stature, Reeves remains, the coolest, most unknowable, most untouchable—the last great Movie Star. Continue reading “Keanu Reeves: The Last Great Movie Star”
Slightly late this months. Oops.
Robert DeNiro’s passion project that was supposed to be an Oscar contender but is coming out in February instead. That should tell you everything you need to know.
After a series opener in which Sherlock traded its mystery status for soap, the second episode of series four, “The Lying Detective”, doubles down on the new soap operatic direction of the show and delivers even more antics and heavy-handed emotional beats. It’s not the worst decision to explore other facets of a character, such as Sherlock’s drug addiction, which actually matters in this episode, but for Sherlock, the show, the tonal shift has been so sudden and so hard it’s jarring. And it doesn’t quite sit right on a show about a man whose emotions are famously repressed and take a back seat to his analytical skills. That leads the show to feel excessive and even sloppy, as everything careens around an essentially unstable axis.
There are limited releases from December expanding throughout January, including the stellar Paterson, so keep an eye out at your local cineplex for that one as it adds cities each weekend. Other than that, we’re in the albatross killing fields of early winter as studios dump their worst ideas.
A Monster Calls
Underworld: Blood Wars
“I’m finished with this…”
Us too, Kate Beckinsale. Us too.
Badly balanced batch. Could have put a few of these earlier in the month.
“The Kennedys were space aliens” is the subtext of this movie. A strong performance from Natalie Portman positions the former First Lady as an intergalactic traveler just realizing she is stuck on Earth forever.
Let’s pretend like I didn’t forget to do this last month!
British director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) tackles young Americans selling magazines door-to-door and their hard-partying vagabond ways. The film has been divisive, with some calling it a Spring Breakers wannabe and others praising it as a Millennial On the Waterfront. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Also this is the movie where Shia LaBeouf grew that gross rat tail.
What I want to know is what bet did Kevin Spacey lose, and to whom?