‘47 Ronin’ is a bit disappointing, but it isn’t awful

Keanu Reeves is "Kai" in '47 Ronin'
Keanu Reeves is “Kai” in ’47 Ronin’

[rating=2]Starring:  Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rinko Kikuchi and Jin Akanishi
Writer(s):  Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini
Director(s):  Carl Erik Rinsch

There is no American equivalent to the story of the 47 Ronin.  It is a story so famed and honored in Japan that it has its own word in the language, Chushingara.  It has been made into plays, an opera and before this film, six different movies.  The basic events in the story actually took place in Japan at the beginning of the 18th Century.

Read more‘47 Ronin’ is a bit disappointing, but it isn’t awful

‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Collection’ is the perfect package for a pair of perfect classics

[rating=3]Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winters, George Carlin, William Sadler
Director(s): Stephen Herek (Excellent Adventure), Peter Hewitt (Bogus Journey)
Writer(s): Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon

Ted (Keanu Reeves) and Bill (Alex Winters) with George Carlin in 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'
Ted (Keanu Reeves) and Bill (Alex Winters) with George Carlin in ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’

If ever there was a pair of movies that deserved better treatment than a simple throw away onto DVD, it’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and to a lesser degree, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. And finally they are getting it today in a special 3-disc set.

This new box-set includes both movies in their original DVD release packages, along with a third disc filled with… well, “excellent” bonus material. This third disc provides a behind the scenes look at the making of both films, as well as a few featurettes about the art of the air guitar and more.

Read more‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Collection’ is the perfect package for a pair of perfect classics