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Time is a strange thing. Scientists say a watch travelling in a jet will experience time more slowly than the same watch in a tug boat. It won't slow the watch down - it literally experiences time differently. Speed affects time, basically. Which probably explains why Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of those very rare films that feels long, but is never boring. Time slows down for it because it moves so fast.
It's also very much a product of its time. Terminator 2 is a violent film, made in a violent period of history. According to James Cameron, the Rodney King beating didn't just take place near the biker bar they shot Arnie's opening scenes in, it happened on a night Terminator 2 was filming. There's something too eerie about that story for it not to be true. After all, what was more prescient in 1991 than the sight of an »
Whether she’s playing a conservative dance coach defending the pedophile motivational speaker or the nagging grade school teacher every child had only to meet her demise at the hands of a killer doll, Beth Grant always holds a strong presence in her roles. She has one of those voices that demands attention, no matter how small or insignificant her role may seem. Both indie and mainstream crowds will recognize her in great roles ranging from blockbusters like Speed to cult favorites like Donnie Darko.
In The Midnight Swim she has only a few lines of dialogue, primarily heard through an old VHS tape, but her presence lingers, not only to the film’s characters, but to the audience. She is the face we keep looking for in the water, the voice we think we might hear in the night.
- Jovy Skol
Once upon a time there was a movie called Meg set up over at Disney. Based on the New York Times bestseller "Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror", the adaptation was to be about two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark -- the Megalodon, Meg for short -- that is threatening the California coast. But after the financial failure of Deep Blue Sea in the summer of 1999, Disney gave up on the project and Meg entered development hell. amz asin="1599551691" size="small"New Line Cinema purchased the rights to the film in 2005 (and even had Speed director Jan de Bont attached at one point) and today it appears Meg is back on track at Warner Bros., perhaps because of the success of Jurassic World (which features a massive prehistoric underwater monster) or perhaps because according to Variety someone found a way to set the film on the »
- Jordan Benesh
After decades of development and several directors, a big screen adaptation of the New York Times best-seller "Meg," is finally moving forward at Warner Bros, which just hired Eli Roth to direct the film. The book revolves around two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark that's threatening the California coast. The Megaladon, considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in history, can reach a maximum length of 60 feet. Originally set up at Disney in 1997, "Meg" fell into limbo after the studio was unable to get it into production before another shark movie, "Deep Blue Sea," hit theaters unsuccessfully. At one point, "Speed" helmer Jan de Bont was set to direct. »
Read More: Review: Keanu Reeves Kicks Ass to Avenge His Dead Dog in Satisfying 'John Wick' To some, the name Keanu Reeves conjures up images from "The Matrix," "Speed" or even "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but for true cineastes, Reeves' most significant role yet may be as the producer of "Side by Side," the 2012 documentary about the transition from photochemical film to digital production. Now, Reeves has produced the follow-up, "Side by Side Extra," Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of "Side by Side." Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original documentary and produced by Reeves and Justin Szlasa, "Side by Side Extra" is a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made. In an interview with Indiewire, Reeves conjectured why we feel so sentimental »
- Paula Bernstein
On May 26th, 1995, music video director and artist Robert Longo made his directorial debut with Johnny Mnemonic, an adaptation of William Gibson’s futuristic short story of the same name (Gibson also penned the screenplay) that starred Keanu Reeves in the titular role as a “mnemonic courier” who finds himself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy with implications for all of mankind.
Johnny Mnemonic celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and while it may not necessarily be a film many sci-fi fans celebrate, it’s always held a special place in my heart, undoubtedly being one of the coolest films I saw that year and one that also revitalized the cyberpunk film movement (yes, even before The Matrix came along and did it a bit more effectively).
For the uninitiated, Johnny Mnemonic transports us to the year 2021; in the opening text crawl, we learn that corporations have taken over »
- Heather Wixson
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »
- Shane Ramirez
Ok, we have more than a half a year of movies to go, so "win" is hyperbole. But thanks for clicking all the same. What I'm saying is George Miller's latest is such a nuts-and-bolts marvel of the form that not only should it be up for consideration in a number of areas, it really ought to be the impetus that drives the Academy to finally add a certain new category that has long been championed in some industry circles. The look of this film is absolutely bonkers. And, admittedly, it's the accumulation of a few departments that really gets it there. But with that in mind, if it wasn't clear by my interview with the man, cinematographer John Seale needs a serious victory lap for jumping onto this wild ride, strapping in and delivering much of this spectacle in-camera. Many of us are surely pleased he didn't go out on "The Tourist, »
- Kristopher Tapley
If you’re a member of American Idol‘s Season 14 Top 4 (or is it 5?), you stake everything you are on… Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” (say what now?!). A Justin Bieber track (oh hell naw!). Or the “baby lock them doors” jam that defined Scotty McCreery’s Season 10 run (#IDontUnderstandTheQuestionAndIWontRespondToIt).
VideosAmerican Idol‘s Quentin Alexander on His Most Inventive Performances, Wildest Outfits and Favorite »
Jeff Daniels has just signed on for The Divergent Series: Alleigiant and as with all great film series of the day, The Divergent Series: Allegiant will be split in two. Daniels, star of Dumb & Dumber, Speed, and TV sensation The Newsroom, will be taking on the role of the main antagonist, David.
The film will continue the adventures of Shailene Woodley’s Tris, a girl in a world in which the inhabitants must choose which faction they belong to, while under the thumb of an oppressive government. I won’t give away anything from this year’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent, other than the ending left us wanting more, and certainly switched things up a bit.
The Divergent Series: Alleigiant Part 1 will be released 18th March 2016, with Part 2 following on 24th March 2017.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
More than 20 years after driving away with our hearts in "Speed," and six years after her Best Actress Oscar for "The Blind Side," Sandra Bullock is now on the cover of People magazine as the World's Most Beautiful Woman. What would Gracie Hart think?!
Bullock, now 50 and mom to 5-year-old son Louis, said she just laughed when she heard she was given this honor, adding, "That's ridiculous. I've told no one." Now People has told everyone! "Real beauty is quiet," she told the magazine. "Especially in this town, it's just so hard not to say, 'Oh, I need to look like that.' No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they're in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying."
Love it. She does »
- Gina Carbone
Director: Joss Whedon
Running Time: 141 minutes
Synopsis: Tony Stark (Downey Jr) creates the ultimate artificial intelligence in an attempt to defend the world. Sadly the AI decides the only way to protect the world is by destroying the human race. The Avengers team must join forces once more in an attempt to stop it from achieving its goal.
Joss Whedon has always been good. Some might know that he was the (uncredited) master behind Keanu Reeves mega-hit Speed as well as adding the best bits to Alien Resurrection. Then came Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Serenity; passion projects that saw him enter the circle of worship to many a TV geek. None of us were prepared for what came next though, his comic book caper The »
- Kat Smith
2015 has seen many beloved long-running shows coming to an end. We bade farewell to “Parks & Recreation” in February, and in a few weeks “Mad Men,” one of the seminal shows of the so-called golden age of TV drama, will be wrapping up as well. But tonight sees the series finale of a show that, while not necessarily matching the column inches of some of its contemporaries, has over the past five years proven to be just as compelling, thrilling and surprising as anything else out there: FX’s “Justified.” Created by “Speed” writer Graham Yost and based on a character created by Elmore Leonard in his novels “Pronto,” “Riding The Rap” and specifically on the novella “Fire In The Hole,” the show revolves around Raylan Givens, an old-school, gun-slinging Deputy U.S. Marshal whose uncompromising methods see him reassigned from Miami to his home of Harlan County, Kentucky, where he »
- Oliver Lyttelton
John Wick, 2014.
Directed by Chad Stahelski.
A former hitman comes out of retirement hell bent on revenge for the men who took everything from him.
After a few dud movies and some time away from the spotlight, Keanu Reeves returns to the action genre with the blistering John Wick. A former hitman for the Russian mob, Wick has turned his life on his days of crime and settled down with his wife (Bridget Moynahan). Unfortunately she dies from cancer and he is left alone except for an adorable Beagle puppy which she picked out for him. All Wick has is his dog and his car, until a boisterous young thug called Iosef takes an interest in his car. Wick is beaten, his car stole and his dog is brutally killed. »
- Helen Murdoch
John Wick, 2014.
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
Since that fateful day when Keanu Reeves fired his gun in the air and yelled “aaaarrrrgggh” he’s become a regular in the action genre. He dipped his toes with Point Break. He experienced box office and pop culture success with Speed, before ending the century as Neo in The Matrix, arguably the most significant action movie of the last 20 years in terms of cult-following, pop culture reference and blue printing future action films (even if The Matrix pilfered from more sources, than films in turn have since aped The Matrix).
Whilst Reeves has often been dismissed as someone lacking in acting range, »
- Gary Collinson
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome. Our review is finally live so why not have a butcher’s at it once you’ve finished this feature.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. The man has made some brilliant movies over the years as well as the odd turkey. The interesting thing about a Keanu Reeves turkey though is that somehow you still enjoy it. For example, Johnny Menmonic and Chain Reaction are some of the silliest films – Mnemonic has a mind-reading dolphin for Pete’s sake – and yet we’re still completely charmed by Reeves and his old Ted persona. »
- Kat Smith
Hollywood is hard. The world of film is a fickle place; one moment you’re at the top of the pile, the next you’re trapped at the bottom under a mountain of bodies, forgotten about. This happens so often that most of us don’t even realise it’s happening until someone makes it back from the brink.
Coming back is a million times harder than the first time, mainly due to the stigma that just one turkey can leave. But there are a few famous faces out there that have come back from terrible fates, stronger and ready to fight for their place amongst the elite. This Friday sees Keanu Reeves’ comeback flick John Wick released in cinemas and it’s a return to the Speed/The Matrix heydays for the action star. His most triumphant return got us thinking about other actors who have clawed their way back from obscurity, »
- Kat Smith
Running Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hit man who finds himself drawn back into the dangerous world of organised crime after the local mob boss’ son Iosef (Allen) breaks into his home and murders his dog, a gift left to him from his recently deceased wife.
In recent weeks we at Thn have been taking a walk down the memory lane of Keanu Reeves’ career in our series Keanu Classics. The series has looked at past victories Bill & Ted, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. Since The Matrix though it’s all been a little quiet on the Keanu front. He popped up in Christmas 2013 release 47 Ronin briefly and then vanished again. All that is about to change this »
- Kat Smith
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. Having spent my evening post screening ordering an alarming amount of Keanu Reeves films, both good and bad – Henry’S Crime anyone? I realised that my schoolgirl crush was far from over. Reeves is exceptionally handsome yes, but he also seems like such a nice, genuine guy. Recent interview appearances for John Wick revealed that he has a very down-to-Earth nature and that he doesn’t take himself, or life to seriously. He has also »
- Kat Smith
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