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Bill & Ted Face the Music and Their Franchise Future

8 Sep

Bill & Ted Face the Music poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on VOD

SPOILER ALERT

Bill and Ted still have an insurmountable task to accomplish in Face the Music. They still have to make that song to bring harmony to the universe. The pseudoscience and sociology behind being able to achieve that is hard to grasp as not even the Oa who created the Green Lantern Corps can promise universal peace. As cinema’s most lovable doofuses would say, being happy means being excellent to each other.

The story by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon is not too perplexing. Time travel stories often struggle with its own internal logic, and this film is no different.

The film is brilliant at realizing this mantra because the future shelves of Bill and Ted simply forget their own credo and need reminders. They are cruel to their past shelves. It’s sort of funny, but I can’t help but wonder when each future iteration decided to be nasty. Part of it has to do with how they failed as musicians. Sadly, the film doesn’t spend any time about them as family men. Their wives are concerned for their wellbeing and suggested couples therapy to “separate” them. Just why their kids adore their fathers is mind-boggling.

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Otaku Film Review: John Wick

25 Oct

JohnWickDirectors: David Leitch and Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki

E: John Wick is one of those films where Keanu Reeves lays down the law heavy, if he was an enforcement officer. Instead, he’s a former hitman that everyone in New York respected. But he found a life outside of the seedy underground that operates. There’s a lady he loved, but when she passed away due to cancer and left him an adorable puppy, life seemed good. However, after meeting one spoiled brat of a Russian kingpin, Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), that quickly changes. Much of the film speeds along like Terminator 2 meets The Raid 2.

J: And speed along it does with lots of gunplay involving fluid fight scenes. You can tell the action sequences were choreographed and it looks good in the finished film. And Reeves as John Wicks wasn’t just respected, he was also feared even by the criminal underworld.

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