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Destination Wedding Analysis — GC #319

May 30th, 2019

A Man Called Keanu comes to an end on episode 319 of the GenreCast. This week, we end things in the post-John Wick portion of Keanu's career as we talk Destination Wedding. This small scale romantic comedy sees two very unlikable people navigate a very prickly relationship over the course of a weekend. Keanu is joined by his longtime friend and former co-star Winona Ryder. In many ways, it feels very full circle. We discuss the importance of chemistry, the dynamics of relationships, sex in cinema and much more. Tune in as we add some additional materials to pair with Destination Wedding, and then decide its fate as we close our chapter on Keanu Reeves.

Man of Tai Chi Analysis — GC #318

May 23rd, 2019

Episode 318 of the GenreCast continues with the penultimate discussion of our A Man Called Keanu series. This week, we take things international with Man of Tai Chi, which also doubles as Keanu's directorial debut. Man of Tai Chi is a story of temptation, pride and tradition. Tiger Chen's journeys down a dark path, but can Donaka fully bring him over? You'll have to watch and find out. Once you do, join us as we discuss meta critiques, the commodification of Kung Fu heroes and much more. To help you expand your reference points, we expand the syllabus and then declare the film's ultimate fate.

A Scanner Darkly (2006) Analysis — GC #317

May 16th, 2019

A Man Called Keanu continues on GenreCast Episode 317 as we move into the Post-Matrix Years of Reeves' career. This week, we're tackling the Richard Linklater adaptation of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly. With a star studded cast—including Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey, Jr and Woody Harrelson—and a unique animated style, A Scanner Darkly is a funny-yet-tragic look at drug usage. On this episode, we talk all things drugs, including legalization, government roles and more. We also talk about the use of animation in the mode of storytelling, genre and finally, Philip K. Dick himself. Tune in now!

Speed (1994) Analysis — GC #316

May 9th, 2019

Episode 316 of the GenreCast continues the marathon of The Man Called Keanu. Last week, we discussed River's Edge, this week, we're talking all about the 1994 action hit, Speed. Keanu is joined once again by Dennis Hopper, but Sandra Bullock and Jeff Daniels both appear as well. The high-stakes hit has a simple premise, which is executed well. After our quick reviews and syllabus expansion, we talk about suspense and thrills in genre, the masculinity presented by Keanu, commodification of people and much more. Tune in now to hear our thoughts on Speed.

River’s Edge Analysis — GC #315

May 2nd, 2019

Episode 315 is the kick off to A Man Called Keanu. We're going to be taking a look at the starring work of Keanu Reeves. Each week, we'll look at a different film from a different period of Keanu's career. This week, we start with the early days as we take on the Independent Spirit Award-winning River's Edge. This angst-ridden teenage thriller sees Keanu trying to come to grips with what is right in wrong in the face of a murder. We talk gender politics, teenagers in film, angst, Gen X and much more. As always, we expand your syllabus and decide whether River's Edge goes on the shelf or in the trash. Tune in now!

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