5 September 2016

Feeling Minnesota

Feeling Minnesota 1996
  • Director: Steven Baigelman
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, Vincent D’Onofrio, Delroy Lindo, Dan Ackroyd, Courtney Love, Tuesday Weld
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Keanu Reeves – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Lake House, A Scanner Darkly, Something’s Gotta Give, Matrix Revolutions, Matrix Reloaded, Sweet November, The Gift, Matrix, The Devil’s Advocate, A Walk in the Clouds, Johnny Mnenomic, Speed, Much Ado about Nothing, Dracula, My Own Private Idaho, Tune in Tomorrow, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dangerous Liaisons
    • Cameron Diaz – In Her Shoes, Gangs of New York, Being John Malkovich, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, A Life Less Ordinary, My Best Friend’s Wedding
    • Vincent D’Onofrio – Men in Black, Strange Days, Ed Wood, JFK
    • Delroy Lindo – The Exonerated, The Cider House Rules, A Life Less Ordinary, Ransom, Get Shorty, Clockers, Malcolm X
    • Dan Ackroyd – Bright Young Things, Grosse Pointe Blank, Chaplin, Driving Miss Daisy, Trading Places, Blues Brothers
    • Courtney Love – Sid and Nancy
    • Tuesday Weld – Author Author, Looking for Mr Goodbar, The Five Pennies
  • Why? Like it. Cool title
  • Seen:  Twice before. Now 2 September 2016      

       It’s Keanu Reeves’ birthday today. Reason enough to watch a Keanu Reeves movie. We were going to start the Matrix trilogy but we’re very intensely into David Tennant’s Dr Who so thought Matrix would be a sci-fi overload. Speed would be too much extra excitement and his Shakespeare films we save for our Shakespeare sessions. So.
       Oooh, violent beginning. Forced wedding. Nasty people. Brothers, one of them the groom, Sam, the other the returning abandoned younger brother, Jjaks, for the moment out of prison. There’s no love lost between the brothers. The bride, Freddie, hates her new husband and at the wedding reception she and Jjaks end up, well, you know.
       What a bunch of losers.
       Freddie and Jjaks escape, sort of. Chased by brother and other bad guys. Freddie and Jjaks have their dreams but Hal just said: ‘I don’t think things are going to go well.’
       Oh they so aren’t.
       It’s sad, absurd and sometimes funny. I quite like this film. And I always like Keanu Reeves. Happy birthday.

3 * of 5.  

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