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Street Kings!
Anakin McFly
2010-04-23 22:17

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Some great threads over on its IMDb boards. They make me happy. :D

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421073/board/threads/

Also Jamie Moss apparently co-wrote one of the earlier drafts with Keanu; first time I heard about it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421073/board/flat/156021791

(didn't see the linked video yet because I don't have the time.)

LucaM
2010-04-24 01:47


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oh, man, I missed the IMDb boards.

Ani, it's just one line in a behind the scenes video.
but watch it ; it's just a 49 seconds vid. and it's always interesting to see how there are at least 20 crew people swarming around the two-three actors playing a scene... how what we see on the screen as 'real' is in fact 'make-believe'... the way actors have to zone out everything else but the scene and yet take care to be in the right spot for the camera to catch the right angle...the complexity of movie-making...
As that poster said, the more I watch making of and behind the scenes videos, the more my respect for actors increases. It's a difficult job.

LucaM
2010-04-24 02:18


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I liked this one :

Just a few words and it should clear everything up:

1. This movie wasn't mind blowing as the Matrix, or entertaining as let’s say Lethal Weapon, nor was it as dramatic as The Departed. However someone said it was on the level with Training Day, and I'd tend to agree, it had somewhat of a similar tone. In addition it had some great cameos as well as minor supporting roles that made it more entertaining and authentic to itself.

2. If to be honest they could've gone with better than Keanu if they would've wanted a very dynamic character. However as you can tell, the character meant to be somewhat of a black-sheep that's mainly following orders while trying to get clues to his own agenda, and while is the main protagonist, his character is entirely driven and fed off of the other characters around him. That's Keanu's biggest gift and biggest flaw. He can carry a tremendous movie, but somehow his character is never the catalyst, rather propelled into action and then taking a life on its own. This is why some people may call him a wooden actor... But believe me, he's far from it. There's no way you can take the character from The Replacements, Bill and Ted, Devil's advocate, Speed, The Matrix or The Watcher and say it's the same one every time, not to mention this one as well.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421073/board/flat/125620357?p=2




inkhuldra
2010-10-23 03:25


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This review makes me happy. So do the comments. It's so rare to see film critics understand Keanu as an actor. I recommend that you all read and get happy, too:

http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2008/04/street_kings_review.html

LucaM
2010-10-23 04:09


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ooooh, total conversion here !
Ted-Neo-Constantine-Ludlow, the evolution of an actor and the awakening of a film critic ( and of many more, myself included ;) :D ) do I see a pattern here ? :D

the comments are worth reading too :)


nafsunaek
2010-10-23 05:04


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Thanks for the link, Ink! It was really good to read this article.
Ani, could you put it in the articles section?
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I'm HAPPY!!!!

Donna_J
2010-10-23 05:24


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I'm happy too, thanks.indeed comments were interesting.
Anakin McFly
2010-10-23 11:31

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added. :D
nafsunaek
2010-10-23 18:20


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Thanks!! ;)
LucaM
2010-12-18 01:54


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http://elitestv.com/pub/2010/12/street-kings-2008

an elitist who didn't get it :(

nafsunaek
2010-12-18 02:42


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No, he didn't get it. One more for the fish tank...
Donna_J
2010-12-18 02:53


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He really didn't! And I thought that the purpose of cinematograph is to show different aspects of life situations and human relations.
Oh, that racism thing was good!Come on, it was just shown that Ludlow used all that(and guns and a phonebook) to reach his aim and will stop at nothing.I saw THIS. I also saw a good cast and exactly the last thing that can bå said about the film is that it is boring!(IMHO)
LucaM
2010-12-18 02:55


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Oh, that racism thing was good!Come on, it was just shown that Ludlow used all that(and guns and a phonebook) to reach his aim and will stop at nothing.

EXACTLY.

lindawn
2010-12-18 06:24


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He should watch with the commentary from David Ayer. Ayer says Ludlow doesn't see the world as black and white, just good or bad.
LucaM
2010-12-18 06:28


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he should watch the movie period. ;)

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My fiance and I just watched this for the first time, together. I was very surprised at how good it is. I'd heard a lot of the same reviews saying it was bland, etc. but it had a good handful of plot twists, was well-written and acted, and, of course, Keanu sure knows how to fill out a uniform. And that tight blue polo shirt. Mercy.

I really liked his character; Keanu played Tom's surface racism and crassness just right. I felt like all of his actions were based in total apathy; at one time Ludlow really wanted to be 'the good guy' and do what was right, but somehwere down the line he stopped caring, and was just going through the motions. He couldn't even enjoy the off-the-book perks and liberties of his unit. But in the end he was the perfect man to eliminate the source of corruption. I think the line that really defined his character was at the end, when he asked "What happened to just locking up bad people?"

ARYA
2011-08-15 23:30


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Yeah mercy. There is the lip licking thing on the extra Scene 19 that I have been freeze framing click by click. Right after he takes a swig from that bottle of beer. Yowzer. I don't think he even knows he's doing it.
LucaM
2011-08-16 02:11


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I know how this sounds ;) but dug up the DVD and most probably I have a different edition than yours 'cause mine has 15 deleted scenes and 10 alternate takes but there's no extra scene 19...
so. which scene and which particular bottle of beer are we talking about?

XD


later edit : re-watched the whole movie anyway. just had to ;) I still say it's one of his best performances ever.

ARYA
2011-08-16 02:45


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@Luca, sorry, it's the scene with Grace. You know the one where he sez "they were sucking my dick"
LucaM
2011-08-16 02:57


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aha. well, that scene is awfully dark so can't see the 'lip licking thing' XD.

... don't tell me there are screencaps somewhere on the net...

later edit: ... just discovered that my monitor's settings are shot to hell. the image is about 3 times darker than when the DVD is played with the player connected to the TV. AAARGH! have to see what can be done about that... :(((
any ideas?

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