(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu, Crackle
The Pitch: Two bodacious dudes (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves) are in danger of flunking most heinously out of high school, unless they can complete their final history class presentation with flying colors. But they get a chance to salvage their grades (and prevent Reeves’ Ted from being sent to military school) when a time traveler (George Carlin) is sent from the future where their band is the foundation for a perfect society. Using his time machine, Bill and Ted travel through history, picking up various historical figures to help with their history presentation.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure could easily be a disposable stoner comedy — one of the many that would flood the cinemas in the late ’80s and early ’90s. But there’s something unabashedly sweet and wholesome about this movie about two slackers who stumble their way through history. Perhaps it’s Winter and Reeves’ joyful performances as airheads with hearts of gold, the two of them always donning a wide-toothed smile whether they’re talking to a lovely historical lady or a murderous knight. Maybe it’s the innately silly image of two bros traveling through time in a phone booth. Or maybe it’s the surprisingly accurate attention to historical detail. But to me, it’s the inarguably optimistic approach that the movie takes, and it’s vision of a perfect future where the only mantra is “be excellent to each other.”
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This summer brings the release of Bill and Ted Face the Music, the third installment of the sci-fi comedy franchise. We’re still waiting patiently for a trailer, but the recent appearance of Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Walmart’s Super Bowl commercial has sparked the arrival of the sequel’s first teaser poster, featuring the famous time traveling phone booth. But that’s not all. You can now get your hands on a life-size replica of the phone booth that first debuted in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Read More »
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- See a familiar substance on the set of Ghostbusters 2020
- Get a heartwarming new look at Bill & Ted Face the Music
- Check out an expansion of Jurassic World in LEGO form
- Find out who else has joined Coming 2 America
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Right now, production is underway on the eagerly anticipated Bill and Ted Face the Music, a third installment in the unlikely time traveling comedy film franchise that began with Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure in 1989. Since that movie doesn’t arrive until next August, you can pass some of the time by adding two new incredible sixth scale figures to your shelf from Blitzway that bring perfect likenesses of Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter). Check out the Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure figures below. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
There’s too much streaming content out there these days. You know it, and I know it. With so many options to choose from, you can easily get overwhelmed at having to pick something to watch. So why not sit back and let me pick for you? My latest streaming column is here to help you find the perfect title to kick back with as the weekend rolls in. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out some things you maybe didn’t know about the beloved sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Plus, watch Adam Savage and the crew from Tested build a snub-nosed blaster from Blade Runner, and listen to Mike Myers give a touching tribute to his late Austin Powers franchise co-star Verne Troyer. Read More »
Nearly 30 years ago, Bill Preston and Ted Logan stepped into a time-traveling phone booth and wreaked havoc on history. But in the process, they taught us an important lesson: Be excellent to each other.
It’s a simple, jovial message from two pure-hearted lunkheads, one that has resonated in the decades since Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure became a cult classic. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have since moved on — Reeves to breaking the bones of assassins, Winter to his tech and political activism – but it’s always excellent to revisit the cult comedy. And the latest jaunt back in time comes courtesy of one of Bill and Ted’s creators himself, writer Ed Solomon.
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The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
In this edition, we’ve got an outstanding two-pack of figures featuring the titular characters from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a new picture disc vinyl set of the soundtrack for Star Wars: A New Hope, a fun Rick and Morty game involving Mr. Meeseeks and more.
See everything in The Toy Box after the jump.
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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This week we’ve got some new Star Trek goodies for the 50th anniversary, including a new Barbie doll set and an exclusive bobbelhead diorama coming to San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, there’s a great new Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure movie set that comes with an action figure of George Carlin as Rufus, new Funko POP Vinyls for Power Rangers and Preacher, and a few new Star Wars items, including a couple featuring BB-8.
See all that and more in The Toy Box after the jump.
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Did you know that not every single shot in a movie is overseen by any given film’s primary director? There’s an entire crew of people called the second unit whose responsibility it is to shoot supplementary footage such as establishing shots, stunts, inserts and cutaways. The director still has to approve that footage, but he’s not on set to actually shoot it. It’s not exactly a secret in Hollywood, even if most people outside of Hollywood don’t know it.
However, what you may not be aware of is that there are instances when recycled movie footage is used to complete a movie. We’re not just talking about a shot of a cityscape or mountainside, but very specific shots and scenes that were reused between two different movies. For example, did you know War and Peace footage can be seen in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Read More »