The action film career of Keanu Reeves continues this July with Siberia!
In this one, Keanu’s a diamond trader whose partner disappears in Russia. Keanu hops on an airplane so he can investigate. I’m going to guess that it will all somehow involve the Russian mafia because almost everything does nowadays.
Personally, I think they missed an opportunity when they didn’t call this one, “John Wick in Siberia.”
I also think that someone needs to team Keanu and Liam Neeson up for an action film. Speaking of Liam, did you remember to see The Commuter earlier this year? It was surprisingly good.
Billionaire Boys Club is an upcoming film that’s based on a true life murder. In the 1980s, two wealthy young men murdered a con artist named Ron Levin. The film was first expected to be released in 2017 but then it got pushed back by a few months. That’s rarely a good sign but I still plan on seeing the film because I enjoy true crime reenactments and, at the very least, I would imagine there would be a lot of fun 80s music on the film’s soundtrack.
That said, the trailer is totally awkward because of the presence of Kevin Spacey in the role of Ron Levin. I saw one comment on YouTube from someone declaring, “It’s cool to see Kevin on screen again.” Of course, what needs to be remembered is that this film was shot in December of 2015, long before Anthony Rapp and several others came forward with stories of decades of sexual harassment and abuse at Spacey’s hands. In fact, this film was completed long before Spacey started work on All The Money In The World. While Christopher Plummer was busy reshooting Spacey’s scenes in that film, Billionaire Boys Club was sitting on the shelf.
Anyway, this film is finally going to be released in August. Interestingly enough, Levin’s murderer will be played by Ansel Elgort, who previously co-starred with Spacey in Baby Driver. I’ll probably see the film, though perhaps not in theaters.
Somewhat under the radar, Texas’s David Gordon Green has had one of the most interesting and varied film careers of any modern filmmaker. How many other directors would be capable of directing both Your Highness and Joe?
Green’s latest film is a sequel/remake/reboot of the horror classic, Halloween. The trailer picks up decades after the end of John Carpenter’s film, with Michael Myers again coming for his sister (Jamie Lee Curtis) and, this time, his niece (Judy Greer). However, Laurie isn’t just passively waiting for the next night that he comes home. Laurie’s got a gun and she’s not shy about using it.
So, judging from this trailer, all of the original Halloween sequels never happened. Needless to say, the two Rob Zombie films have been pushed to the side as well. Whether that’s a good thing or not will depend on how you feel about those films. I’ll be sorry to loseHalloween IIbut the one with Busta Rhymes? Who cares? Rob Zombie’s first Halloween was good but his second one can ride out of town on a mysterious white horse for all I care.
As for this latest film, the trailer looks good. I have faith in David Gordon Green.
The obscure Southwest FOB climbed to #56 on the pop charts with their psychedelic hit “Smell of Incense”:
This cover of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band tune by five high school pals from Dallas, Texas gained national exposure, and the kids released one album. They even opened some shows for a group that soon became much bigger – Led Zeppelin! But the band broke up, and Southwest FOB (which stood for ‘Free On Board’, don’t ask me why) was relegated to the Bargain Bins of rock history… almost. Two of the group’s members later became prominent in the 1970’s as one of that decade’s most boring soft-rock duos, England Dan and John Ford Coley:
Yes, the pair behind such snoozers as “Nights Are Forever Without You”, “We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again”, and “Love Is the Answer” first hit it big with Southwest FOB. Should’ve stuck to…
Today is National Best Friends Day so I knew I would absolutely have to share something from Kedr Livanskiy. My best friend Evelyn introduced me to Kedr Livanskiy’s music a few years ago and she quickly became a favorite of ours.
Evelyn and I absolutely love this wonderfully atmospheric song and video. As usual, one of us thinks that this song is about being young and free in Russia while the other thinks that it’s about young vampires who are learning how to deal with the ennui of being immortal. Try to guess who believes what! It’s fun!