john wick chapter 2 poster

Here’s my John Wick story. I attended an early morning Fantastic Fest press screening of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch convinced that I was about to watch a B-movie that was one hair away from going straight to DVD. When the credits rolled, I was fairly sure that I had just watched one of the best action movies in years and the rare movie to fully understand how to fully utilize the very specific weapon that is Keanu Reeves. Embargoed, I spent the rest of the day waiting for the film to premiere before an audience of real people, concerned that I was too tired to know what I was watching and that I was wrong about John Wick. Two years later, I’ve watched it at least a dozen times. It’s near-perfect cinematic comfort food. 

And oh yeah, a new poster for John Wick: Chapter 2 has arrived, and I’m not even going to try to contain my excitement for what is easily one of my most anticipated movies of 2017.

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The Whole Truth trailer

Keanu Reeves has been killing it lately in a variety of offbeat projects, from John Wick to The Neon Demon. He even acquitted himself quite nicely in The Bad Batch, which is more than we can say for either of that film’s actual leads. Now this fall he’ll return to more straightforwardly dramatic fare with The Whole Truth, the new legal thriller from Frozen River director Courtney Hunt.

Written by Nicholas Kazan, The Whole Truth centers on a shocking murder trial. A teenage boy (Gabriel Basso) has been charged with murdering his father (Jim Belushi), and his mother (Renée Zellweger) hires defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Reeves) to defend her. The case seems straightforward at first. The boy has confessed to the crime, and all physical evidence seems to back him up. But as the trial moves forward, Richard’s colleague (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) begins to suspect that not all is as it appears. Watch The Whole Truth trailer below.  Read More »

The Bad Batch

Two years ago, Ana Lily Amirpour came seemingly out of nowhere with her singular first feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The black-and-white feminist Iranian vampire Western felt like nothing we’d seen before — heck, just the description “black-and-white feminist Iranian vampire Western” sounds like nothing we’ve seen before. Now all eyes are on her as she debuts her second film, The Bad Batch.

In concept and style, The Bad Batch is every bit as dazzlingly unique as Amirpour’s last film. It’s set in a dusty dystopian landscape that looks like Venice Beach by way of Mad Max, with some Burning Man and Electric Daisy Carnival thrown in for good measure. Our main characters are Miami Man, a hulking cannibal played by Jason Momoa, and Arlen, a tough bit of prey played by Suki Waterhouse, and the story follows their unexpected collision. But despite a promising start, The Bad Batch runs out of gas about halfway through, and spends the rest of its time meandering through a halfhearted narrative.  Read More »

The Neon Demon Mondo poster

The initial reactions to Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon were, as expected, polarizing. The director’s surreal horror-comedy isn’t for everybody, although it is more accessible than his previous feature, Only God Forgives. If Refn’s fans and harshest critics can agree on one thing, though, it’s that the director certainly knows how to create a mood, usually one of beauty and horror. Mondo’s print for The Neon Demon strikes that balance as well.

Below, check out Mondo’s The Neon Demon poster.

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The Neon Demon

I don’t think anyone was expecting a unanimous reaction to Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon. Refn’s horror film just screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and the critical response was mixed, to say the least. Some have claimed the reaction was even more divisive than when Only God Forgives debuted at the festival — which likely pleases Refn, who never attempts to satisfy all audiences. “I can only say if you’ve polarized, you’ve done something right,” he once said. “If everyone likes it, you’ve done something wrong.”

Check out The Neon Demon early buzz below.

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The Neon Demon international trailer

“Beauty isn’t everything; it’s the only thing,” Keanu Reeves‘ (John Wick) character claims in The Neon Demon international trailer. We haven’t seen much of Reeves in the past trailers for the film, and, thankfully, the international trailer continues to portray him as more of a background player. Besides plenty of neon lighting and blood, we still don’t fully know what to expect from Nicolas Winding Refn‘s upcoming film. While international trailers tend to have a habit of spoiling surprises or major plot points, this one doesn’t appear to reveal too much from the Drive and Only God Forgive director’s latest project.

Watch The Neon Demon international trailer below.

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The Neon Demon

Maybe it’s because Nicolas Winding Refn‘s films tend to be light on plot, but whoever has been cutting the trailers for the Drive and Bronson director’s upcoming horror picture, The Neon Demon, has done an excellent job not giving away any of the film’s secrets, instead focusing far more on the picture’s atmosphere. We still don’t even know the exact significance of Keanu Reeves‘ (John Wick) role in The Neon Demon, which is a great rarity in this day and age, but we’ll soon find out more about Reeves’ mystery role. Amazon Studios, in association with Broad Green Pictures, will release Refn’s latest on June 24th.

Learn more about The Neon Demon release date plans below.

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Yes, Keanu Reeves Voices Keanu the Cat in ‘Keanu’

keanu voice

The kidnapped kitten at the center of the new comedy Keanu is obviously named after Keanu Reeves, the seemingly immortal star of Speed, Point Break, The Matrix, and John Wick, but we now know that the actor himself has a tiny cameo in the film. Keanu Reeves plays Keanu the cat. Well, technically he voices Keanu the cat in a scene where a character hallucinates during a crazy drug trip. However, this cameo almost didn’t happen and we have Mr. Reeves’ sister to thank for its existence.

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bill & ted 3

It was over six years ago when Keanu Reeves first got our hopes about a Bill & Ted 3. The sequel has taken its sweet time getting to the big screen, but every once in a while, Reeves and Alex Winter let fans know the film is still very much alive, despite whatever challenges the project has faced.

Below, Winter says he’s hopeful the film will start shooting later this year, although a shoot in the first quarter of 2017 sounds more likely.

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john wick chapter 2 synopsis

My love for John Wick is unapologetic and pure. It knows no boundaries. Keanu Reeves‘ 2014 revenge film is a perfectly crafted breath of fresh air, an action film that actually cares about its action, a thriller that takes its time to let you love its characters, and a totally gonzo portrait of a fascinating and fantastical criminal underworld that puts most cinematic world-building to shame. So yes, I’m pumped that professional assassin/criminal boogeyman John Wick is being plucked out of semi-retirement for another bloody adventure where every bullet finds a head and every bone gets a clean breaking. And Reeves certainly seems ready, too.

Thanks to a newly released official synopsis, we now have an idea of what Mr. Wick will be up to in John Wick: Chapter Two. Spoiler alert: he won’t be avenging a murdered puppy this time around.

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