The Gift (2000) – Sam Raimi

The Gift is definitely an underrated entry in Sam Raimi’s filmography. It lacks the frenetic energy in a number of his films but is completely engrossing in the way it unfolds. With a ceaselessly moving camera, Raimi tells a captivating ghost story that was written in part by Billy Bob Thornton, which was based in…

The Matrix Resurrections (2021) – 4K Review

Warner Brothers has sent me back to The Matrix with a copy of their 4K version of The Matrix Resurrections, which is available today in wonderful physical media form of blu-ray and 4K disc. Like everything after the first film, released back in 1999, this installment is as divisive as Reloaded and Revolutions, but for…

Hardball (2001) – Blu-Ray Review

Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy something light with actors you love and can rely on, say like Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane. Well Paramount Canada has you covered with the blu-release of the 2001 film, Hardball. Based loosely on a true story (and the book about it by Daniel Coyle) the…

Constantine (2005) – Francis Lawrence

Keanu Reeves takes on the role of DC’s Vertigo Comics character of John Constantine aka Hellblazer in the next title to be featured in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies as I traverse its visions of hell. Constantine was originally written as a UK character but was changed to American to make it more bankable…

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) – Peter Hewitt

Two years after their Excellent Adventure, Bill S. Preston, esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) went on a Bogus Journey, the next title up in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, because of a little character by the name of Death (William Sadler). Though the climax of the film rewrites some of…

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – Stephen Herek

Coming up pretty soon in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book is the most triumphant sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, coming under the Faces of Death subheading in the chapter on the Devil’s Work, so I thought this would be a most opportune time to revisit the original Excellent Adventure starring Alex Winter…

A Scanner Darkly (2006) – Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly is the last recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book in the Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror genre. Based on the story by Philip K. Dick, the story is fascinating from a couple of perspectives – it’s a digitally rotoscoped animated film, and it features some top…

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) – Chad Stahelski

When Keanu Reeves stepped onto the screen in the 2014 film, John Wick, cinema lovers and critics met the film with joy and accolades, as it boldly, bloodily and brilliantly updated the revenge films of the 1970s for the 21st century The screen was filled with top drawer stars, and the simplest of revenge stories…

The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – Taylor Hackford

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of La Belle et La Bete is this 1997 legal thriller with supernatural overtones that lets Keanu Reeves take on a scene-chewing Al Pacino. Charlize Theron co-stars as Reeves’ wife Mary Ann, while Keanu plays Kevin Lomax, a not…

The Matrix: Revolutions (2003) – Andy and Lana Wachowski

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me the last chapter in the Matrix Trilogy today, and I was eager to see if this one stood up as well as its previous sequel. Of the two of them, I have to say, I like Reloaded better than Revolutions. The Wachowskis write and direct again, and put Keanu…