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Constantine
Anakin McFly
2013-10-10 16:38

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I took 2:01. :D
SaneSun
2013-10-10 17:14


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2:28
You're fast
ARYA
2013-10-11 07:10


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I am glad to entertain you both for either 2:01 or 2:28 minutes...
I'll add more.
Joke
2013-11-23 10:24


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http://www.frequency.com/video/check-out-this-exclusive-interview-with/132969537/-/5-2392
Freya
2014-04-13 00:30


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'Constantine' on tv again - somehow there's a lot of vampires, werewolves and paranormal activities in the movies last days (maybe that's a coincidence only)
allhailkingjack
2014-06-12 11:08


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He so exudes noirish weariness of the soul, even amidst the physical demands of battling demons, that it forces you see that the dude has some serious chops that he hasn’t had exactly the right vehicle to demonstrate them in.

THIS. Is exactly why this is my all-time favorite of Keanu's roles. I cannot get enough of the way he wears Constantine's bitterness and despair - with a healthy undercurrent of fear thrown in for good measure - like they're his second skin. The way he starts to care about Angela totally against his own will. Just Such. Brilliant. Work.

Sorry, I'm new here and I needed a place to gush.

LucaM
2014-06-12 19:33


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oh, gush away, you're in good (or bad? :D ) company....

I love his Constantine. Most comics fanboys got stuck on looks - he ain't blonde, he ain't British, the trench coat ain't the right color, waaaaaaaa! - but if they looked past appearances (which, in Constantine's world, is a must ;) they'd have seen that the essence was there, and more than that.
And the cinematic language is brilliant. That opening scene, in which we first 'meet' Constantine? Just a hand out of a cab window, letting the cigarette butt drop, with that particular move of the wrist... That's the character already, in a nutshell.It sets the tone.

and so on ;)

allhailkingjack
2014-06-12 20:07


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Just a hand out of a cab window, letting the cigarette butt drop, with that particular move of the wrist

As much as I detest cigarette smoking - except when I smell a tobacco I like, which makes me want to light up - he made it look uber-cool. All the physical business he does with the lighter and cigarette throughout the movie are just spot on. The shot where Angela's telling him about her sister and all you see of him are his hands as he lights another one...perfect stuff. His gestures and general physical expressiveness can be quite good but I've never seen them so offhandedly deliberate as they are here, which to me indicates a very thoughtful take on the character.

As for appearance, I'm not familiar with the comics but dark hair and eyes seem very well suited to Constantine, who I think shouldn't be conventionally handsome.

LucaM
2014-06-12 20:28


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well, Alan Moore wrote John Constantine's appearance in a specific way - which was not conventionally handsome, but was as he saw him. (legend goes, Constantine was drawn with Sting as inspiration) And that appearance is one of the character's trademark.
So yeah, I can understand it *being* an issue. But since the movie was obviously an adaptation,it should have been evaluated as such. Oh well.

As for Reeves... he often tells more with a glance, a tilt of the head, a shrug, a gesture, than 30 minutes of theatrically delivered monologue. He'd have made a great silent movies actor (or maybe he was ;))
47 Ronin is yet another proof of that.

allhailkingjack
2014-06-13 01:31


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47 Ronin is yet another proof of that.

Thanks for this. Though I haven't seen it, I was starting to suspect 47 Ronin was not as bad as everyone said. I think I've started to see my mistake about his acting over the years - I assumed he was playing some version of himself in every role (as if I knew him personally or something), which is absolutely not the case. No one can "tell more with a glance, a tilt of the head, a shrug, a gesture, than 30 minutes of theatrically delivered monologue" if all he's doing is riffing himself. That kind of attention to character detail happens with the best actors, not the worst. He's actually a much better chameleon than I've been giving him credit for.

LucaM
2014-06-13 01:39


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He's actually a much better chameleon than I've been giving him credit for.

better late than never ;)

oh, do watch 47 Ronin. nevermind what anyone said. just watch it and see for yourself.

Anakin McFly
2014-06-13 09:31

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The thing about 47 Ronin is that it compromised in too many areas in an attempt to please too many people, and in the end didn't meet any of their expectations.

-> http://anivad42.tumblr.com/post/72060907827/conclusions-drawn-on-47-ronin-based-on-internet

Plus the studio interference didn't help. But as a film on its own, it's pretty good.

allhailkingjack
2014-07-16 07:02


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Okay, this just pissed me off:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/constantine-producer-won-criticize-2005-movie-character-article-1.1866315

Pro tip, moron - saying "We'll do it right this time" is indeed criticizing. And the article didn't even mention the fact that so many comic book fans dismissed the movie for stupid superficial reasons like Constantine's hair color. Just no.



LucaM
2014-07-16 17:13


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Well, a non-smoking Constantine is NOT 'doing it right' ;)

Nor is scenery-chewing acting.

But I'm waiting, patiently, until the series are broadcast. Well, at least the pilot and a few episodes.... ;)
I prefer to make my opinion only after actually watching their version.

LucaM
2014-09-17 02:28


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http://thewannabes.org/2014/09/15/in-defense-of-keanu-reeves-constantine/
Anakin McFly
2014-09-17 09:42

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are they happy now

LucaM
2014-09-17 17:56


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*note to self : do not open WINM at work.* ;)


some of the Hellblazer fanboys will never be happy.
but I am ;)

neaura
2014-09-17 18:58


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Well i understand why they compare but then again i don't understand why they compare
It is a different movie, just an inspiration not an adaptation but i guess thats how hard core fans are...
for the pic though. Dark, blond, coat, no coat, smoking, chewing - who cares - Constantine rocks! *correction: our Constantine rocks!

Just saw the trailer for the show, well except for the Misha Collins coat(atleast half of it anyway)i like, i don't... ok , i shouldn't do what others do to Keanu and like a good gal i should wait till i watch the show (but am still crying on the inside)

Anakin McFly
2014-09-17 21:02

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Misha Collins coat. :D Though I heard that Castiel's coat was based off Constantine's.
neaura
2014-09-17 21:12


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Ya, it was :-) Misha himself said that but since our Mr Constantine doesn't sport it and i haven't invested myself in hellblazer, and adding to that the fact that Misha is one other person that i really respect and admire(who is both quirky and sweet), Castiel's coat it is

Ps, i also heard that he loves The Matrix, made me even happier

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