I haven't been shy about my love of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and I guarantee that Keanu Reeves will be the subject of one of the upcoming In Appreciation pieces. So it delighted me to learn that he was hard at work trying to get a third film made, the one that would finally unleash the song that puts the universe into perfect harmony. Alas, the sad Keanu meme reflected true life once again, as the darkness has swallowed up current hope for the sequel. Unfortunately the darkness is not the big bad of the film, but not-so-thinly-veiled Keanu-speak for the film industry giving the sequel a collective shrug and moving on. I would be delighted to have another film in the series, but considering the directors of the first two films went on to make Rapture-Palooza and Garfield, this may be for the best.
In news for sequels I'm not clamoring for, Jim Carey released this photo of his classic chipped tooth from Dumb and Dumber for the sequel that has the full green-light. Both the Farrelly Brothers and Jeff Daniels are locked-in as well. I'd like to rouse some excitement for this too, but the last two films that really stick out in my mind from this crew are Movie 43 and Mr. Popper's Penguins, combined with the fact that they are trying to create magic from over 20 years ago, has me a little pessimistic. It also doesn't help that the prequel, Dumb and Dumberer, held the coveted spot of Worst Film Ever for a few years. Again, cautious optimism may win the day, but for now my rueful realism triumphs.
I was also able to catch the trailers for Zero Charisma and Grace of Monaco. The former was painfully familiar to me and culled up a lot of memories playing Dungeons and Dragons at various houses during high school and my first few years of college. Even the in-group drama is accurate, right down to the way players get too caught up in the spirit of the game and form their own rivalries. The latter is about Grace Kelly and very light on content with the glimpse at the film consisting entirely of a noble voice-over and Nicole Kidman looking elegant. It's a step up from peeing on Zac Efron, but not exactly material that lights the flames of my curiosity.
Tomorrow I'll be back with a review of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring.