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ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Always Be My Maybe (2019), Keanu Reeves, Netflix
Always Be My Maybe (2019), Keanu Reeves, Netflix

Always Be My Maybe, a comedy about childhood sweethearts who reconnect after they fell out fifteen years ago is quite funny and features a handful of moving but not too overly  sentimental scenes. 

As was the case with the trailer, Keanu Reeves entering the frame is one of the best moments for me because, well, it’s Keanu Reeves – but also because his character is funny and the music that plays as he enters the room could not have been more perfect.

The entire cast led by Ali Wong and Randall Park all perform well and the second most memorable moment for me is the lovely speech delivered at the red carpet event near the end.

There are just two things in director Nahnatchka Khan’s film that had me wanting. Firstly, with the exception of the great music that plays when we first meet Reeve’s character, I found a noticeable absence of music in most scenes when compared to other comedy / romance movies. It’s a thing I wished I didn’t notice because it would probably mean I was too busy being fully engrossed in everything happening on screen with the characters. Secondly, this is just my preference when it comes to comedy / romances but, I missed the rhythm, attitude / atmosphere and music that I often enjoy in a J.Lo movie of the same genre. 

Even with all the above said, give Always Be My Maybe a chance because Reeves is fun and you may just like it more than you expect. 

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ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (2019): New Trailer From Ali Wong, KEANU REEVES, Randall Park, Daniel Dae Kim…

Always Be My Maybe (2019), Ali Wong, Randall Park, Netflix
Always Be My Maybe (2019), Ali Wong, Randall Park, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Always Be My Maybe (2019)


Always Be My Maybe is a new comedy starring Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves and Daniel Dae Kim.

Directed by Nahnatchka Khan, it’s the story of childhood sweethearts who reconnect after they fell out fifteen years ago. Except now, one of them is a celebrity chef and the other a happily struggling musician who lives at home working for his dad…

I’m definitely ready for the humour, sights of San Francisco, Keanu Reeves in a comedy role, what is possibly a great soundtrack and a story about a woman living her best life; professionally at least.

I’m quite sure that I’m not the only one who was ‘mouth wide open surprised’ and very happy when Reeves showed up at the end.

Charlyne Yi, Miya Cech, Susan Park, Karan Soni, Marcella Bragio, Ashley Liao, Karen Holness and James Saito also star.

Always Be My Maybe Release Dates: May 31st, 2019 (US)…

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JOHN WICK (2014): The Things I Liked…

John Wick (2014), Keanu Reeves, Lionsgate
John Wick (2014), Keanu Reeves, Lionsgate

Everything that happens at the start of John Wick may not feel as perfectly put together story-wise as one might prefer. However, it isn’t long after the beginning and / or end that one realises the story and sometimes the dialogue didn’t feel especially polished for a reason. The reason being, the main focus of John Wick is really the fight choreography, stylish shots and shoot-out fun. That isn’t to say that you can’t have both a very well put together story and fun shoot-out action in the same movie. You just won’t necessarily get that here.

Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, I liked seeing Keanu Reeves as a highly skilled and certainly well-dressed hitman. I had fun as the camera followed him as he moved around the city of New Yorkenacting revenge against the people who killed his precious dog.

It’s clear now why post John Wick viewing, ‘All that for a dog?‘ was a common question asked by a number of people. The story could have been executed in a way that meant such a question never even arose but the filmmakers had other plans. And anyway, for me, the killing spree wasn’t so much about the dog but rather, everything that the very precious dog represented.

All things considered, John Wick isn’t my favourite revenge movie. It also isn’t the worst. The moments that featured a noticeable light blue wash over the film’s imagery, denoting the coldness of the characters, their actions and mindset were one of the key highlights.

I’m quite certain that it’s not just me who kept picturing how a good a John Wick video game might look as the movie played. I definitely imagine that those who like shoot out games, don’t mind relatively graphic violence and enjoy stylishly executed cinema will have the best time.

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JOHN WICK – CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM (2019): New Trailer From Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas…

Directed by Chad Stahelski, Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry and Jason Mantzoukas are among the stars of John Wick – Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

This time the Super-assassin has has become the target of hit men and women everywhere, thanks to the $14 million price tag on his head. That sort of thing tends to happen when you’re on the run because you killed a member of the international assassin’s guild…

I can’t wait to see just how fun Stahelski can make this instalment because I’m expecting lots of badass fight sequences, as well as bullets flying around at all times.

There’s also the cinematography; I love the colours, the moment on the horse, Halle Berry’s entrance and how well her character teams up with Wick towards the end.

Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Robin Lord Taylor and Lance Reddick also star.

John Wick – Chapter 3 – Parabellum Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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DESTINATION WEDDING (2018): The Things I Liked…

Destination Wedding (2018), Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves
Destination Wedding (2018), Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves

Destination Wedding– Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder’s comedy / drama about two unpleasant wedding guests who develop a mutual affection despite themselves is just as delightful as the trailer suggested.

The beautiful destination, the way the dialogue posed some of life’s key questions and how it was all so engaging throughout. These are the things I liked most about Destination Wedding. My favourite moment if I had to pick one is the scene when Ryder’s character gets carried. Overall though, I really liked it all.

In my mind, director Victor Levin’s movie can probably be likened to a dark and funny cousin of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995).  

In conclusion I say, watch it because it’s misery but fun. Fun that stars many ‘props’ and two engaging characters. 

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REPLICAS (2019): New trailer From Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch…

Replicas (2019), Keanu Reeves
Replicas (2019), Keanu Reeves

Directed by  Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Replicas stars Keanu Reeves as a scientist determined to bring back his wife and children who died in a traffic accident.

Other key cast includes Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch…

More than the story and even though I’m far from a scientist, I find myself most interested in the cloning process and what Eve’s character felt as she realised something was wasn’t quite right.

John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony, Nyasha Hatendi, Amber Townsend, Amber Rivera and Aria Lyric Leabu also star.

Replicas Release Dates: January 11th, 2019 (US)…

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TO THE BONE (2017): New Trailer From Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Liana Liberato…

To The Bone (2017), Lily Collins
To The Bone (2017), Lily Collins

In To The Bone which stars Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston and Liana Liberato, Collins plays a young woman dealing with anorexia for whom hope comes in the shape of an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves)…

I’m interested to take in what this movie has to say about anorexia and how it says it. If I’m really honest though, another really big reason I’ll tune in is because I loved Carrie Preston’s character (Elsbeth Tascioni) in the hit drama series The Good Wife (2009 – 2016) and I’m curious to see her in what looks like a very different type of role.

Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To The Bone also stars Lili Taylor, Brooke Smith and Hana Hayes.

To The Bone Release Dates: July 14th, 2017 (US)…

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JOHN WICK – CHAPTER 2 (2017): New Trailer From Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane…

John Wick - Chapter 2 (2017), Keanu Reeves
John Wick – Chapter 2 (2017), Keanu Reeves

Based on the following trailer, John Wick – Chapter Two promises more by way of thrilling action and gunplay as the Chad Stahelski directed sequel takes us along for the continued adventures of the former hitman played by Keanu Reeves…

Also starring Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Laurence Fishburne and Common, I’m expecting good things.

John Wick Chapter 2 Release Dates: February 10th, 2017 (US); February 10th, 2017 (UK)…

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