January 31, 2004
things that occupy my mind when I really should be practicing the bass

I don't know where it originated, but have you ever seen the shorthand where the names of a couple are combined to form a single name, i.e., "Spuffy" and (ugh!)"Bennifer"?

It's actually very handy, and sometimes it just works. "TriNeo" "Robecca", even?

I believe it was Joelle that dubbed Fran and Wendy - "Frendy", which is so damn cute you can almost see the little bluebirds flying around it.

Sometimes you have to have to try a few combinations out.
"Jjaddie" is pretty lame, but "Fraks" kinda works.

Heh, they even LOOK like a couple of Fraks

As far as Keanu and I are concerned, I think "Keanix" sounds like a programming language, but "Krianu".....gosh, that just rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?

So, if you and Keanu were so cute a couple that you went by one name, what would it be?

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 01:03 PM | comments (47)

image from Vogue-Japan courtesy POTD - Thank you to the fan that sent it

Have I mentioned that I require him like no other?

spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 09:48 AM | comments (15)
January 30, 2004
speaking of getting hit in the face...

This sounds like a good way to get beaned with a box of milk duds.

"Moviegoers settling into their seats for "The Matrix Revolutions" in November were startled when actors scattered throughout the audience stood and delivered poetic lines timed to coincide with an ad on the screen for Nissan Motor Co."

- from an article at forbes.com

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 01:13 PM | comments (19)
Please Hugo! Not the Face!

Roi (very excitedly and pleased with himself) brought me a copy of December's Maxim magazine because it has an interview with Hugo Weaving that mentions Keanu:

hugomaxim.jpg So we hear that you Australian men are all supposed to be tough. Are you a tough guy?

No, I'm not. [whispers] Don't tell anyone.

No martial arts background?

Not at all. My background for the last 20 years has been that I'm an actor, prepared to jump in and do whatever is necessary for the role, whether that means bulking up or getting frail or getting really fat or whatever.

Any workplace injuries?

We all had our knocks and bruises, but certainly there were a few more serious injuries too. When you get up to take 17 doing the same movement that involves, like, kicking in the ribs, you know, you're all black and blue.
There were times I wanted to go home.

Did you ever "forget" to pull a punch and actually bean Keanu?

Yeah, I hit him in the face every now and then, but he did the same to me. So first there's a little suspicion and then an apology. Keanu Reeves is a gentleman. By the time we got on set, we were pretty careful not to whack each other around too much.

Did you have any idea that The Matrix would explode the way it has?

No one really knew for sure. The more we worked on the first one, the more I felt the Wachowski brothers are wonderful people. They are really intelligent and interesting, funny guys. They conceived it in such detail. The more we worked on it, the more we realized it was pretty extraordinary.

There. Now I can get this magazine back to him and out of my car...

Also, Justin Clark of Screenwriter'sVoice selects "Why, Mister Anderson, Why?" as one of the top 11 scenes of 2003:



Description: A bloody, broken mess of Neo continues to rise against a seemingly triumphant Smith, prompting the ultimate questioning of Neo's motives.

Why: I can hear the flames in my inbox now. But, I continue to stand by this trilogy. I continue to believe. And I relish the fact that time will smile very fondly upon this trilogy when the clouds of hype and expectation die down. And I offer this scene as solid proof. Granted, this scene is pretty much owned by Hugo Weaving from end to end. But again, what has always kept me rapt and attentive to this trilogy is how the ideas and influences at hand mix together to create something unlike anything American film has seen. What we have here is the bookend to an incredible anime-influenced fight, given human perspective by a rebel computer program who honestly cannot grasp the human propensity to keep fighting, even when there's zero hope for any victory. The Wachowskis ask all the right questions, and give Smith all the right lines to say, but Weaving gives it life: a combination of confusion, pity, and unflinching superiority. Say what you will about the series as a whole, but the Wachowskis have at the very least left cinema history with one of the most interesting villains in history.

Key Elements: A simple response to a big question; Hugo Weaving's gloriously over-the-top final portrayal of Agent Smith.

I certainly agree that "time will smile very fondly upon this trilogy".

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at 12:10 PM | comments (15)
January 29, 2004
freckle therapy redux

click for celebratory DVD announcement fest wallpaper

Seeing how there was such a reaction to this Armando Gallo pic, I thought I'd do a wallpaper.

The quote is from Uta Hagen, actress, teacher and author of several books on the craft including Respect For Acting and who was a major influence on Keanu and his ambition to act. Sadly, the world of theater lost this great gift to audiences and students this month.

doodles | from inside the mind of krix at 12:57 PM | comments (13)
January 28, 2004
today's all about the bass, babies

Lesson tonight, I HAVE to practice - pic from the Thud

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 11:11 AM | comments (33)

I really love this picture - from POTD

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Jack Nicklaus had more major tournament wins than any other golfer in history. Skill and practice were at the heart of his athletic prowess, but on at least one occasion he tapped into a more mysterious source of power. In 1973, he got into an uncharacteristic slump that had him stumped. Then one night he had a dream in which he experimented with a new grip on his clubs. When he went to the golf course the next morning, he tried the dream's suggestion. It worked; his funk ended. I hope you'll draw inspiration from Nicklaus' example, Virgo. If you start drawing a blank in your area of expertise, be willing to call on help you'd normally never seek -- maybe even the woo-woo kind.

-Brezsny's FreeWillAstrology

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 06:33 AM | comments (7)
January 27, 2004
Golden Globe clip no longer available


The Clips are no longer available

Thank you to Anja

also...PLEASE update your virus software, kids.
There's a new bug in town and I've had to delete everything in my inbox that had an attachment. Grisoft.com has free antivirus software if you need it.

the site | from inside the mind of krix at 07:27 PM | comments (20)
freckle therapy

soothing like a cup of chamomille tea

spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 02:36 PM | comments (17)
January 26, 2004
god gave rock and roll to you

Wyld Boys

The Telegraph UK recognizes Wyld Stallyns along with Spinal Tap and Almost Famous' Stillwater as one of film's most memorable bands...

Bill S. Preston Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) were created by writer Chris Matheson as a withering parody of Californian surfer-cool, but he imbued them with so much charm that they became unlikely screen idols. Their two-man, Van Halen-inspired rock band Wyld Stallyns is the worst in history, bar none.

Only just before the end of Bogus Journey do they actually learn their craft. By this point, they've played "20 questions" in Hell and beaten Death himself at Clue. They end up saving mankind through the sheer power of rock.


it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 12:36 PM | comments (4)
playing doctor

click for larger image

An interview with Keanu for The Sunday Mail -UK...Thanks POTD

Keanu sets hearts racing as hunky cardiac doctor How Keanu Reeves trained to play cardiac medic who wins heart of Diane Keaton

Hollywood hunk Keanu Reeves has caused many a female heart to flutter over the years.

But in his latest role, as a cardiac specialist in romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give, he had to learn how to look convincing as he cures dodgy tickers.

Keanu, 39, said: ''I met with my GP and he gave me some pointers in terms of dealing with the stethoscope and how you lay hands on people to make them feel comfortable and dealing with things like the blood pressure cuff.

''And I took all of my friends' blood pressure and listened to their hearts.''

The Matrix star even went undercover to treat real-life hospital patients.

He said: ''I went to a couple of emergency rooms and I'd be introduced as the intern got the greens on, the scrubs and I'd hang out.

''Then I went to Southampton hospital, near New York, and they were very gracious with their time and I got to hang out in ER there and speak with the head of the ER department.''

All of which must have provided some shocks for the patients he examined. How would you feel on realising the man taking your blood pressure began his career not at medical school but as a moronic teenager in Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure?

But it seems most of them were only too delighted. He said: ''I gave some autographs and met some people while the blood was popping out of their arms. It was nice actually.'

Dear Keanu,

You are always welcome to listen to my heart. If you can stand in front of your own amp, I'm sure you'll be able to handle the pounding. You have to promise to huff on the stethescope to warm it up first, though. I'm kind of weird about that.

a HypoKeanudriac

Read the whole interview at the Sunday Mail website....

media spot | from inside the mind of krix at 11:53 AM | comments (4)
about last night

Actors Keanu Reeves (looking smashing in all black) and Uma Thurman (wow, do you have to have the perfect body to wear that dress or what?) serve as presenters during the 61st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills January 25, 2004. REUTERS/Chris Haston/NBC/Handout

Yeah, well.....I forgot to set my VCR, but thanks to the magic of pictures and a lovely play-by-play by Jena in email it was almost like being there. Or at least like being in front of the TV.

From what I've seen he was breathtakingly dashing and charming as always.

Also ,Yay! for Keanu's Someting's Gotta Give co-star Diane Keaton on her Golden Globe for best actress/comedy and to Charlize Theron for her best actress GG for Monster.

And Yay! to 24 as well for best drama series.

media spot | from inside the mind of krix at 10:44 AM | comments (13)
Keanu has a posse

A blog posse, that is...


Thanks, Catz :)

tribe | from inside the mind of krix at 10:06 AM | comments (29)
January 24, 2004
totally globular

Don't forget that Keanu will be presenting at the Golden Globe awards tomorrow. Thanks Jena for these programming notes:

  • E! is doing an all day Golden Globes special starting with coverage from the red carpet at noon ET - 6pm ET, followed by a 2 hour Live Red Carpet Arrivals Special starting at 6pm ET - 8pm ET. The Red Carpet Arrivals Special repeats after the Golden Globe Awards at 11pm ET - 1am ET.

  • The Style Network is doing a special before the awards from 6pm ET - 8pm ET (for PST, check your local listings, but I believe it's showing 3pm for you). The special repeats from 9pm ET - 11pm ET, and repeats again from 11pm ET - 1amET.

  • Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 8pm ET - 11pm ET

More programming listed at A Keanuholic.

Sunday is jam night for me, so I'll have to set my tape. I'm sure there will be photos at the news sources before midnight tomorrow as well.

I'm taking the weekend off.

Both Stacie and Catz are doing some great Keanu desktops and graphics so be sure to check them out, and Nudel's been getting her photoshop on as well.
Keana has posted some of her personal photos from when Dogstar came to town, and has all sorts of cute little girlies and gifs going on. I love the little flying Neo!
Sweet Keanu_Soul could charm the fuzz off a peach and she makes music videos!
And I don't know how Keanuette does it all, keeping up both a major site with news and gallery, her creative work on her blog and she still manages to be quite the social butterfly as well. Thanks to her and the Keanu blogger ring I've discovered even more Keanu fans with blogs, like Furious-Angel. A self-proclaimed 'bad girl', I like her already.

Have a good one....

media spot , tribe | from inside the mind of krix at 01:14 PM | comments (15)
heart on

click here to go to the calendar page

doodles | from inside the mind of krix at 11:14 AM | comments (16)
January 23, 2004


A message posted by Rob over at the beckybandboard sounds like things are moving forward toward the production of the bands debut CD.

happy new year everyone.

this year is looking to be our year. after loads of hard work, demo recording, shows and with the help of our fine web team, the word is out and people are listening and showing the love. our fan base is building and we thank you all for your understanding and patience.
the band would also like to thank our agent, keith, at w. morris for introducing us to jeff rabhan. we also like to thank jeff for introducing us to producer josh abraham. if all goes well we will start pre- production with josh on our first offical recording in febuary. (if he still likes us by then) we feel blessed to be in such company.
we will re- record some of the tunes that were up on the site, adding the new ones, and writing some more. we hope to deliver the best possible record that we can. we are done fooling around. its time to kick some butt.
we will also try to book a few live gigs next month.so see you soon.
we miss you all. be kind to one another.
love and good health, the band.

Maybe some gigs on the horizon as well? Groovy.
I'm so ready to see Keanu play bass again with my new peerspective (Bwahahaha! shyeah, right....*sniff*).

Seriously. I want to watch his hands.

becky | from inside the mind of krix at 02:29 PM | comments (5)
maybe I'll actually get cable this summer

Thanks to Ann for calling this to my attention and to Chianti for posting over at Club-K:

According to an ad in the New York Times, Keanu will be a guest on Inside The Actors Studio. The taping is scheduled for May 10th. A TV airdate will be confirmed at a later date.

media spot | from inside the mind of krix at 02:04 PM | comments (13)
January 22, 2004
dude with a view

pic by ADC from arena mag

"The outside view of Hollywood, in terms of being a celebrity, is kind of a myth to me. It's ephemeral, it's like something that's not real. I can understand why people get confused, because, if you're outside it, it's fantasy.

spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 06:00 PM | comments (6)
playing bass is hard! errr, fun!

hee! it looks like he's wearing a kitty hat

So, I had my first bass lesson last night and the first thing Cliff (my teacher) did was take away my pick.

Then I got quizzed on what theory I remembered (I knew my dotted quarter notes, sharps, flats, etc. eighth rests threw me) went over what notes are in various chords and tried miserably to "play a B, now where else can you play it?, now where else?, now where else?" I have 4 songs (Little Wing, Kids are Alright and a couple others that you'd laugh at) for homework and have to work on my major scale fingering and excercise/stretch my left hand while getting my fingers walking on my right.

Oh and fifths. Sounds intimidating, actually easy.

Tonight I'm going to try and get through a whole vibemerchant practice without the pick, wish me luck.

I love this.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 12:29 PM | comments (13)
it's really easy to mistype 'martial arts' as 'marital arts'

the tea house fight will always be my favorite

Thank you Ale, for this link to an interview with Collin Chou at kungfucinema.com where he speaks about Keanu's martial arts abilities...

"What was it like shooting with Keanu Reeves? That was a great fight you both had in the Tea House."

Collin Chou: Yuen wo-ping did a great job on the fights, along with his team. I was very impressed with Keanu Reeves' work attitude. He only trained for half a year to prepare for his part in the Matrix sequels. From watching the movies, you can see that he has attained such skills that are equal to many martial artist who have been training since childhood. You can imagine if Keanu had started his martial arts training when he was a child, his abilities would surpass many of the martial artists of today.

-Read the whole interview at KungFuCinema.com

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at 11:37 AM | comments (7)
and lo a thunder god was born

Mmmm...Rob, shirtless

Happy Birthday to Rob Mailhouse...

becky | from inside the mind of krix at 08:30 AM | comments (8)
January 21, 2004

To the one searching for "keanu with balls"....

click for larger image

I'd say he certainly has some balls here.


red pill | from inside the mind of krix at 02:04 PM | comments (18)
I dare plenty

Keanu's horoscope this week is sort of creepy, yet boring so I'm posting mine instead.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): For many male athletes, having sex before a big game is taboo. They believe it saps their energy and hurts their chances of winning. The coach of the Chinese Olympic ping-pong team has gone even further, banning his players from falling in love. In my opinion, this approach is crazy and wrong. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, the best way for you to prime yourself for your upcoming moment of truth is by enjoying as much sweet affection and erotic delight as you dare.

Even Brezsny knows I need to get laid.

it wahs , off topic | from inside the mind of krix at 02:00 PM | comments (5)
just peachy

click for celebratory DVD announcement fest wallpaper

DVDanswers reports that Something's Gotta Give (R1) is due to hit the shelves on March 30. (via keanuweb)

No word on extras, though I imagine there'll be a few. Did "What Women Want" have directors commentary? If so, then I expect SGG will too, along with a "featurette" or something.

I'll be searching for the easter egg that contains Dr. Julian's pager number.

You can pre-order it at amazon.

cinema , doodles | from inside the mind of krix at 01:20 PM | comments (11)
January 20, 2004
sitting up and begging

in finland

I Wanna Be Your Dog - Iggy Pop and the Stooges*

So messed up I want you here
In my room I want you here
Now we're gonna be face-to-face
And I'll lay right down in my favorite place
And now I wanna be your dog
Now I wanna be your dog
Now I wanna be your dog
Well c'mon
Now I'm ready to close my eyes
And now I'm ready to close my mind
And now I'm ready to feel your hand
And lose my heart on the burning sands
And now I wanna be your dog
And now I wanna be your dog
Now I wanna be your dog
Well c'mon

more pics from Finland - from a fan at dogstarfans

*I originally posted these lyrics last July, I'm reposting with a couple more pics and adding the track to the K-mix...

it wahs , k-mix | from inside the mind of krix at 12:08 PM | comments (21)
Same smit, different day

My sweet babooo looks a little tuckered out here....

Thanks to POTD for this picture and link to a filmstew.com article on this new American in London project. Unsurprisingly, Erwin Stoff will also be producing.

The only other info I know on this project, that perhaps the character is a successful chef (?), comes from Lanfear in the comments of this entry (thank you again). I know that some people, myself included, thought he might be playing an actor but this is much more interesting. Maybe there's cooking scenes involved and who wouldn't want to see him in action in the kitchen? Besides, if he played an actor wouldn't it be just like Lost In Translation only without the need for the translating? Speaking of which, I still need to see that movie. Did you know that Keanu is thanked in the credits? I wonder if at some point he inspired Sofia Coppola with some anecdotes of his Suntory days?

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 10:57 AM | comments (17)
January 19, 2004
to offset monday morning blahs

For those of us that don't have the day off....a couple more pics from Roadshow

thoughtful boy

smiley boy

spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 08:24 AM | comments (20)
January 18, 2004
life after neo
Photo by Sam Jones - from Keanu A-Z
“My hope, in terms of trying to relate my life to my work, is that I can understand what I know and seek to understand what I don’t know; part of the interest for me in dealing with roles is trying to seek what I don’t know. But whatever life experience I have is who I am, and so whatever that is comes with me.” - Keanu Reeves

Keanu A-Z has a great article from The Times UK, Life After Neo. Go check it out....

media spot | from inside the mind of krix at 01:32 PM | comments (22)
January 17, 2004
(road)show me

V. Big Love to the fan that sent these scans from January's Roadshow magazine..

Hi! click me!

take a deep breath and click

now click this one

you might as well click here too

spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 11:32 AM | comments (13)
I assure you that I needed it

ees Ortiz It's been a while since I've shared a ridiculous recockulous* eBay purchase on the blog. Mostly because I've been very good and haven't really made any. Ok, but not that many.

Shut up.

How could I pass up a nine inch Ortiz the Dogboy? Evidently, no one else wanted the Guevarian mongrel and if I hadn't bid he would have gone to the pound. I figure he'll only increase in value once Freaked comes out on DVD.

Also, I need something to take my mind off the fact that Wee Neo has apparently gotten a touch of wanderlust since Seattle and last I saw of him he was mumbling something about passport photos and frequent flyer miles. Who better than a hybrid of man's best friend and a sex god?

OK, I just really wanted the doll.

*We strive to be on the linguistic cutting edge here at keanuvision.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 10:40 AM | comments (9)
January 16, 2004
movie meme

This is a bloggy thing involving 100 of IMDB's top 250 movies. (last seen at tenth-muse.com, also at kat's)
There's also a bottom 100 and I'm happy to say I've only seen a couple on that list, and dammit I LOVED that Sgt. Pepper movie.

I declare this all on-topic because the list includes The Matrix.

Read on, the ones I've seen are in bold.

1. Godfather, The (1972)
2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
4. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, The (2003)
5. Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, The (2002)
6. Casablanca (1942)
7. Schindler’s List (1993)
8. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
10. Citizen Kane (1941)
11. Star Wars (1977)
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
13. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
14. Rear Window (1954)

15. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
17. Memento (2000)
18. Usual Suspects, The (1995)
19. Pulp Fiction (1994)
20. North by Northwest (1959)
21. Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain, Le (2001)
22. Psycho (1960)

23. 12 Angry Men (1957)
24. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
25. Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
26. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
27. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
28. Goodfellas (1990)
29. American Beauty (1999)

30. Vertigo (1958)
31. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
32. Pianist, The (2002)
33. Matrix, The (1999)
34. Apocalypse Now (1979)

35. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
36. Some Like It Hot (1959)
37. Taxi Driver (1976)
38. Paths of Glory (1957)
39. Third Man, The (1949)
40. C’era una volta il West (1968)
41. Fight Club (1999)
42. Boot, Das (1981)
43. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) (Spirited Away)
44. Double Indemnity (1944)
45. L.A. Confidential (1997)
46. Chinatown (1974)
47. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
48. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

49. Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
50. M (1931)
51. All About Eve (1950)
52. Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
53. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
54. Se7en (1995)

55. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
56. Cidade de Deus (2002)
57. Raging Bull (1980)
58. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
59. Rashmon (1950)
60. Sting, The (1973)
61. American History X (1998)
62. Alien (1979)
63. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
64. Leon (The Professional) (1994)
65. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
66. Vita bella, La (1997) (Life Is Beautiful)
67. Touch of Evil (1958)
68. Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
69. Wo hu cang long (2000) (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)
70. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
71. Great Escape, The (1963)
72. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
73. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
74. Annie Hall (1977)
75. Amadeus (1984)
76. Jaws (1975)

77. Ran (1985)
78. On the Waterfront (1954)
79. Modern Times (1936)
80. High Noon (1952)
81. Braveheart (1995)
82. Apartment, The (1960)
83. Sixth Sense, The (1999)
84. Fargo (1996)
85. Aliens (1986)
86. Shining, The (1980)
87. Blade Runner (1982)

88. Strangers on a Train (1951)
89. Duck Soup (1933)
90. Metropolis (1927)
91. Finding Nemo (2003)
92. Donnie Darko (2001)
93. Toy Story 2 (1999)
94. Princess Bride, The (1987)

95. General, The (1927)
96. City Lights (1931)
97. Lola rennt (1998) (Run Lola Run)
98. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

99. Notorious (1946)
100. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)

The list between 95 - 105 fluctuates due to ongoing rankings.

There are a couple films I didn't count because I am not sure if I saw them or just have seen so many clips/references to them that I think I did. The Godfather is a good example of that.
There's a few that I know I need to add to my Netflix queue, including Lawrence of Arabia. Being a fan of Mr. O'Toole, I'm sure Keanu would be very disappointed in me.

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at 05:39 PM | comments (13)
I [heart] Rama Kandra

Read This.

Really interesting. Thanks, Nudel.

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at 02:42 PM | comments (12)

Keanu is scheduled to present at The Fifth Annual Hollywood Makeup Artist & Hairstylist Guild Awards tomorrow in Beverly Hills. I don't think it will be televised but there may be some press photos and entertainment news coverage.

Also, thanks to both Kristin and Jena for letting me know that he's scheduled to appear at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards, which will air live on the 25th on NBC.

I'm hoping he gets to hand Charlize the award for Monster.

media spot | from inside the mind of krix at 12:15 PM | comments (8)
Upcoming comedy project

From Coming Soon.net, thanks POTD

"Producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, whose Along Came Polly opens today and Garden State bows at Sundance, have closed development deals for projects involving Keanu Reeves and Harrison Ford, reports Variety.

The Reeves project is a comedy based on an idea generated by the "Matrix" star. He'll play an American who becomes a success in London and has to deal with the cultural differences. They've set Michael Kalesniko to script the film."

Oooo, I'm very excited to hear this. Especially that it's going to be an original story based on an idea of his. Should be interesting. And of course, I love him in a comedy.

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at 08:49 AM | comments (16)
January 15, 2004




-from Club-Keanu's Gallery

spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 11:30 PM | comments (18)
matrix music news

'Matrix' suite soon available for concert programmes:

Don Davis and his orchestrator Erik Lundborg are currently working on a concert suite based on the three critically acclaimed scores for the Matrix films. The suite will be approximately twenty minutes and in three movements using material from each and one of the films: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The suite is being re-orchestrated for a standard orchestra, which means that the brass section will be different from the original scores, the percussion will be reduced a bit, and there will only be one piano.

The first movement of the suite, featuring music from the first film, will be performed in concert by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden in three film music concerts from 18th-20th March 2004. More information about this event when the complete programme is ready.

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at 03:59 PM | comments (6)
Dear Jack Black: Yeah? Well, you're short.


This hard copy photo was sent to me a while back, it's from Dogstar's concert in Petaluma in 2001 . If anyone knows the photographer, I'd love to credit them.

Today I'm teaching myself the bassline to Velvet Underground's Femme Fatale.

Google News search: Keanu.

Find Keanu in The Picture of Everything - Thanks, Rhonda.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 12:31 PM | comments (33)
January 14, 2004
I thought Chuck Spadina was his pornstar name.....

if you imagine the vest is all he has on... - Picture from the Daily Thud

Brezsney tries to corrupt us all this week...

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I predict that 2004's mysterious gifts will free you from your old self. At least one of your inhibitions will disappear. Attacks of self-consciousness will diminish in frequency and intensity. You'll realize how fun it is to rebel against your antiquated image. The only new taboo you might take on is a taboo against imitating the overused shticks that have worked for you in the past. Because of these explosive improvements in your relationship with brash spontaneity, you may be ready to acquire your *porn name.* Here are two suggestions about how to generate the new moniker. 1. Combine the name of your first pet with the name of the street where you lost your virginity. 2. Go to www.mypornname.com and follow the directions.

Following suggestion # 1, I'm "GiGi Lindell"
My web generated porn name is "Honey Hills".

In other news, my bass came today (yay!) so expect light blogging for a bit.

Come to think of it, Fender Mustang is a GREAT porn name.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 11:00 AM | comments (21)
January 13, 2004

If you watch the clip with the interview mentioned yesterday, you'll hear Keanu pronounce Constantine, 'Con-stan-TEEN'.

Now, when I first heard about this project that's how I would say it aloud as well. Then I learned the pronounciation 'Constan-TYNE', according to Alan Moore, the creator of the character. Figuring his would be the lead to follow, I started saying 'Constantyne', having to catch or correct myself at first and quite honestly I still think it as Constanteen.

I'm sure at one point I even posed this question to the forums but can't recall if I ever got a final answer beyond "This is what Moore says, but some still say "teen". I just tried a search and ran across this amusing thread on it, though.


So anyway, I guess we can assume the movie is going to be 'Constanteen' since that's how the lead actor pronounces it. Although it was actually the interviewer (who also says "fuck!" when they tell her she only has five minutes with Keanu instead of ten so I have to like her) says it first, so maybe Keanu was being polite and not correcting her....

Yeah, as polite as he is, that's probably a stretch.

To be on the safe side, I might just start saying 'Constantayne'.

Or maybe 'Constantee-yotch'.

constantine | from inside the mind of krix at 01:37 PM | comments (14)
my roadie is 12" tall

dojo rawks

Is this not the cutest thing ever?

It's a Fender mini-amp and it actually works. It has a headphone jack and was about half the price of a Rockman, so I figure I can toss it in a satchel with a tuner and a cord and be fairly portable for practicing at the office and such. And did I mention it was cute? I'm such a girl.

Yes, I can practice bass in my office. Sometimes I don't hate my job.

So, my baby arrives tomorrow (FedEx tracks it in Phoenix today), and I can hardly contain myself. I'm going shopping tonight for some accessories (strap, a gig bag, etc) so I'm ready to rock when it arrives. Aieee. I can't wait.

I'm sure I'm going to have to invest in a real bass amp very soon. I was planning on just using the Yamaha guitar amp I already have, but have been warned about blowing out the cone.

Boom boom boom.

Yep, I can see that happening.

off topic | from inside the mind of krix at 12:01 PM | comments (11)
Warner Home Video, you minx!

Thanks to Lisa, of DVDfanatic.com, who sends news of an exclusive Q&A with Warner Home Video about the DVD release of "The Matrix Revolutions" at DVD Fanatic. (This link was also posted yesterday in the comments by Melissa, but I wasn't paying attention. Sorry and thanks)

Along with a little more detail on the features and extras of the 2-disc set, Warner shimmys like a lap-dancer around the pressing question...

Question: Are there any plans for a special edition DVD?

WHV: The Wachowski brothers are extremely creative and have a rich and complex vision for this story and WHV is continuing to work with them to bring their vision to the fans. We have no specific plans for a special edition that we can discuss today.

Which pretty much means "Just buy the DVD. Of course there'll be a special edition someday, but we can't say that now because we don't want you putting off purchasing our yummy Matrixy goodness in April for it. Ask us again around Thanksgiving 2004."

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at 10:52 AM | comments (9)
January 12, 2004
I have a new keychain that says "Rock On", it rocks

While I was frittering away my weekend with shopping and band practice,
POTD club sent out several interview links in addition to (as always) some great Keanu pictures...

Swoooon. Thanks POTD

Tribute.ca has a Matrix cast interview and also a interview with Keanu.

B.L. Why do you think that these Matrix films are so popular?
K.R. Because they rock! (laughs)

B.L. I totally agree, but...
K.R. They totally rock, man. There is so much movie on the screen, there's ideas, there's kung fu, there's interesting relationships. I think that they are ethical, moral. The taste, the aesthetic, and how much movie is on the screen. I enjoy and respect and I feel that from the filmmakers. I think that they are fun, I think that they are provocative and I think cinematically they're unique. I think the acting and the relationships that you see in the films, the editing and the music, the style, the content is just really unique. They are great, get some popcorn sit down and watch the Matrix. You know what I mean, all of them. I think that the care that Larry and Andy Wachowski - the writers/directors - what they have put in these movies is just cool.


B.L. Now you are shooting Constantine.
K.R. Constantine rocks.

B.L. It's based on the comic hero Hellblazer, how cool is that?
K.R. It';s awesome. Now working with (director) Francis Lawrence, it's his first feature and I don't know, we are four weeks in and I'm working with Rachel Weisz and it's a great script, it's conceptual, it has great ideas and it's a fun character and great crew and hopefully people will like it. I am working right now, which is great. It's a great part and I hope it will turn out.

Read this whole interview here.

Also, there are Keanu article/interviews on Reloaded and Revolutions at PreVue magazine's Matrix archive.

media spot | from inside the mind of krix at 11:17 AM | comments (4)
Matrix Revolutions DVD

Everything That Has a Beginning Has an End: ``The Matrix Revolutions'' Premiering April 6 on DVD and VHS From Warner Home Video

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2004--Warner Home Video:

-- Must-Own Explosive Conclusion in the Unparalleled "Matrix" Trilogy -- One of the Most Successful Film Franchises Ever, Having Grossed Over One Billion Dollars Worldwide Box-Office This Year

-- Mind-Bending DVD Bonus Features Transport Fans on an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Journey Into the Creation of "The Matrix" Phenomenon

-- "Two Thumbs Up!" -- Ebert & Roeper

-- "A mesmerizing conclusion to the best trilogy in cinematic history." -- Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV

The end is near as the epic war between man and machine reaches a thundering crescendo with the must-own DVD and VHS release of "The Matrix Revolutions," the stunning action-packed final chapter to one of the most highly touted and groundbreaking film series ever produced. Debuting April 6, 2004, from Warner Home Video (WHV) and Village Roadshow Pictures, "The Matrix Revolutions" will be priced to own at $29.95 SRP for DVD and VHS priced for rental.

Released in an unprecedented worldwide scenario that unveiled the film simultaneously in 80 countries around the globe, "The Matrix Revolutions" debuted to the worldwide box-office gross of $310 million in its first 10 days of release. One of the biggest film franchises of all time, "The Matrix" trilogy has grossed a staggering $1.5 billion dollars in worldwide box-office receipts to date.

Written and directed by the Wachowski brothers and produced by Joel Silver, "The Matrix Revolutions" stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Jada Pinkett Smith.


The two-disc DVD release includes hours of bonus features:

-- Revolutions Recalibrated -- A behind-the-scenes overview that drills deep into the groundbreaking work that went into the final chapter.

-- CG Revolution -- Explore the special effects arsenal and take an inside look at the making of the creatures and environs of the CGI-intensive third movie.

-- Super Burly Brawl -- A crash course on the final Neo/Smith showdown with three multiple video streams: storyboards, behind-the-scenes and the final scene all running in sync.

-- Follow the White Rabbit -- Watch the special features and select the White Rabbit icon to go further into the making of the film.

-- Neo Realism: The Evolution of Bullet Time -- A closer look at how "Bullet Time" was taken to the next degree of madness.

-- Super Big Mini Models -- The intricacies of filming in the world of models and miniatures.

-- Double Agent Smith -- A look at what it took to make this incredible scene, including the work to replicate Hugo Weaving, with body doubles, lifelike mannequins, head casts and costumes.

-- Mind Over Matter: The Physicality of "The Matrix" -- A look at what it takes for the actors and stunt people to perform the dramatic stunts of "The Matrix."

-- Future Gamer "The Matrix Online" -- An introduction to the massive multi-player game "The Matrix Online," created by the Wachowski Brothers.

-- 3-D Evolution -- Transition to different levels of the Matrix to view concept art, storyboards, pre-visualizations and realizations for several elements in "Revolutions"

-- Before the Revolution -- 3-D timeline of the concurrent story development occurring in the Matrix between the "Matrix" trilogy, "The Animatrix," and "Enter the Matrix."

-- Theatrical Trailer -- Weblinks to the official "Matrix" website and "The Matrix Online" test site


In the powerful final chapter of the "Matrix" trilogy, Neo (Keanu Reeves) took another step forward in the quest for truth that began with his journey into the real world at the outset of "The Matrix" -- but that transformation has left him drained of his power, adrift in a no man's land between the Matrix and the Machine World. While Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) holds vigil over Neo's comatose body, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) grapples with the revelation that the One in which he has invested a life's worth of faith is merely another system of control invented by the architects of the Matrix. During the stunning conclusion, the rebel's long quest for freedom culminates in an explosive battle. As the Machine Army wages devastation on Zion, its citizens mount an aggressive defense -- but can they stave off the relentless swarm of Sentinels long enough for Neo to harness the full extent of his powers and end the war?


DVD - $29.95 SRP
VHS - Priced for rental
Street Date: April 6, 2004
Running time: 129 mins.
Rating: R (for sci-fi violence and brief sexual content)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

With operations in 82 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at 09:01 AM | comments (16)
January 10, 2004
and with a triple word score that's...

Keanu's Scrabbleİ Score is: 9.
What's yours? Get it here.

(via metafilter)

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 07:56 PM | comments (20)
January 09, 2004
And lo, it was good

Excerpt from:
Beyond the Bass Clef:
The Life and Art of Bass Playing

by Tony Levin

In the beginning there was a bass. It was a Fender, probably a Precision, but it could have been a Jazz - nobody knows. Anyway, it was very old ... definitely pre-C.B.S.

And God looked down upon it and saw that it was good. He saw that it was very good in fact, and couldn't be improved on at all (though men would later try.) And so He let it be and He created a man to play the bass.

and what a man.....

And lo the man looked upon the bass, which was a beautiful 'sunburst' red, and he loved it. He played upon the open E string and the note rang through the earth and reverberated throughout the firmaments (thus reverb came to be.) And it was good. And God heard that it was good and He smiled at his handiwork.

Then in the course of time, the man came to slap upon the bass. And lo it was funky.

And God heard this funkiness and He said, "Go man, go." And it was good.

And more time passed, and, having little else to do, the man came to practice upon the bass. And lo, the man came to have upon him a great set of chops. And he did play faster and faster until the notes rippled like a breeze through the heavens.

And God heard this sound which sounded something like the wind, which He had created earlier. It also sounded something like the movement of furniture, which He hadn't even created yet, and He was not so pleased. And He spoke to the man, saying "Don't do that!"

Now the man heard the voice of God, but he was so excited about his new ability that he slapped upon the bass a blizzard of funky notes. And the heavens shook with the sound, and the Angels ran about in confusion. (Some of the Angels started to dance, but that's another story.)

And God heard this - how could He miss it - and lo He became Bugged. And He spoke to the man, and He said, "Listen man, if I wanted Jimi Hendrix I would have created the guitar. Stick to the bass parts."

And the man heard the voice of God, and he knew not to mess with it. But now he had upon him a passion for playing fast and high. The man took the frets off of the bass which God had created. And the man did slide his fingers upon the fretless fingerboard and play melodies high upon the neck. And, in his excitement, the man did forget the commandment of the Lord, and he played a frenzy of high melodies and blindingly fast licks. And the heavens rocked with the assault and the earth shook, rattled and rolled.

Now God's wrath was great. And His voice was thunder as He spoke to the man.

And He said, "O.K. for you, pal. You have not heeded My word. Lo, I shall create an soprano saxophone and it shall play higher than you can even think of."

"And from out of the chaos I shall bring forth the drums. And they shall play so many notes thine head shall ache, and I shall make you to always stand next to the drummer."

"You think you're loud? I shall create a stack of Marshall guitar amps to make thine ears bleed. And I shall send down upon the earth other instruments, and lo, they shall all be able to play higher and faster than the bass."

"And for all the days of man, your curse shall be this; that all the other musicians shall look to you, the bass player, for the low notes. And if you play too high or fast all the other musicians shall say "Wow" but really they shall hate it. And they shall tell you you're ready for your solo career, and find other bass players for their bands. And for all your days if you want to play your fancy licks you shall have to sneak them in like a thief in the night."

"And if you finally do get to play a solo, everyone shall leave the bandstand and go to the bar for a drink."

And it was so.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 04:51 PM | comments (20)

Thanks to Wry for pointing me to Keanu-site.com, a huge and glorious collection of Keanu screen captures.
Part of Keanupolis' K-Team, the lovely Natalia has not only most of Keanu's films covered but also the special programs "In His Own Words" and "Journey to Success", both of which have some great interview and appearance shots.

I LOVE the eyebrow thing

I love the lip scar as well

I don't really know what's going on here but I'm pretty sure I love it

Be prepared to spend some time looking at everything.

tribe | from inside the mind of krix at 11:11 AM | comments (13)
January 08, 2004
SCORE newsletter

I know, hard to believe I'm milking this event for content well into the new year, but since I received the December Newsletter from SCORE, I figured I'd share the pic and article since it gives a full listing of the teams.

Keanu and SCORE's Sean Gjos3rd Annual Celebrity Hockey Game by Sean Gjos
Keanu Reeves, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rob Blake, Luc Robitaille. These are just a few of the Hollywood celebrities and NHL players that generously participated in the 3" Annual SCORE Celebrity Hockey Game.

This year's event, held at the Los Angeles Kings practice facility at the Health South Training Center in El Segundo, CA was watched by a capacity crowd of all ages. The fans were treated to a fast-paced game with excellent plays at both ends of the ice.

In between periods, SCORE volunteer Mike Siegel presided over a human bowling contest which used a giant sling-shot to catapult contestants down the ice into large foam bowling pins - a big crowd favorite!!

SCORE was fortunate to have substantial media coverage of the event ESPN, Extra! and City-TV (Santa Monica, CA) ran television segments on the celebrity game. In addition, USAToday.com posted a lengthy article on its website.

The SCORE is grateful for the support provided by the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings and Mission Hockey. The SCORE team extends special thanks to Daryl Evans and Alex Axsen for their hard work, and to Lisa Fooc (emcee) and Rob Blake (who gratefully donated t-shirts for the SCORE volunteers). We are also indebted to the many volunteers who helped out, including Tracy Schoreack Candice Zee, Jeff Zanarini, John Thvedt, Pat Masson and the UCLA Hockey Team as well as many others.

The line-ups for the game were as follows:

Team White

Rob Blake - Colorado Avalanche
Rachel Blanchard - Actress - Clueless, Rood Trip, Sugar and Spice
Kip Brennan - Los Angeles Kings
Steve Carell - Comedian - Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Daryl Evans - former LA Kings
Aaron Fitzgerald - CBS-TV
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Actor - Pearl Harbor, Radio, Jerry McGuire
Paul Guilfoyle - Actor - CSI
Alexi Lalas - Professional soccer player/Musician
Keanu Reeves - Actor/Musician - Matrix trilogy, becky band
Luc Robitaille - Los Angeles Kings
Mathieu Schneider - Detroit Red Wings
Iraj Dowlatshahi - Disney Goals
Les Gonzales - Disney Goals
Daniel Lopez - Disney Goals

Team Green
Chris Drury - Buffalo Sabres
Nelson Emerson - former LA Kings
Brendan Fehr - Actor - Roswell
Jay Harrington Actor - Coupling, The Division
Ken Jordan - Musician - Crystal Method
Paulie Kosta - Musician - becky band
Marty Mc Sorley - former LA Kings
Glen Murray - Boston Bruins
Ken Olandt - Actor and producer
Robyn Regehr - Calgary Flames
Chris Simon - New York Rangers
D B.Sweeney - Actor - Cutting Edge
AlanThicke - Actor/Producer - Growing Pains
Joe Carlone - Entertainment Representative
Frank Cardona - Disney Goals
Grace Cardona - Disney Goals
Luis Castro - Disney Goals

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 02:42 PM | comments (7)
Yodel Lay He Who?

KeanuA-Z has some video footage of a recent lucky fan encounter with Keanu in Switzerland.

For the whole story and the footage, go to KeanuA-Z.com.

tribe | from inside the mind of krix at 11:25 AM | comments (3)
Yay Morpheus

Laurence Fishburne as MorpheusCongratulations to Laurence Fishburne on his NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in The Matrix Revolutions.

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at 10:59 AM | comments (9)
I wanna be "that girl"

photo by Lance Staedler, I believe

Thanks POTD for the link to this interview with Keanu. Excerpts below, read the whole thing at InSiteAtlanta.com.

A film junket press conference is a surreal event. Reporters from all around the world crowd into oddly shaped rooms and jostle with each other for a seat close to the “talent,” many of them ultimately asking asinine questions that mean nothing. Such as when a reporter blurts out from the back, “Your character, Julian, is a confident character. Where do you get your confidence in real life?”

Keanu leans forward and says with mock seriousness, “From within. You know, there’s a book I once read... No, I was playing a character. I thought he was well-rounded and grounded, and [portraying that was] the obligation of the role.”

The actor’s remarkably youthful appearance belies his age. How does he stay so young? “I have a picture in the attic,” he says, smiling. How does he plan to spend his fortieth birthday next year? “For my birthday, I’ll either be really alone, in the middle of the desert, or I’m going to have an outrageous party.”


Yet another inane question gets asked– are you romanic in real life? “On good days,” he says good-naturedly, but doesn’t elaborate. And what, one reporter wants to know, is the craziest thing he’s ever done for love? “My friends would probably say, ‘Falling for that girl,’” he answers in typically enigmatic fashion.

A longtime bassist in the band Dogstar, Keanu was inspired by and brought up on punk music. Strangely, it’s when talking about music that the actor is at his most animated. “I was a lucky kid who heard The Ramones, Violent Femmes, the Clash, Exploited, Joy Division... My worlds got a lot better. I found something I could express myself with– music I vibrated to.”

Heh. He vibrates.

media spot | from inside the mind of krix at 10:41 AM | comments (10)
January 07, 2004
I hereby coin the term "tierection"

Here's a brand new Constantine still from SuperHeroHype...

click for full image

constantine | from inside the mind of krix at 11:17 AM | comments (21)
Saint Keanu

image from the Daily Thud

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pope Jean Paul II has canonized 477 new saints, exceeding the total of the last 86 popes combined. His secret? Previously, candidates had to have performed three miracles, whereas now it's two at most. Other saint-makers have been inspired by the Pope's example. The Church of the Subgenius is creating an average of 2,100 new saints per year (non-Catholic variety), while the Discordians are close behind with 1,875. I'm embarrassed to say that my own faith, the Temple of Sacred Uproar and Rowdy Blessings, has been lagging far behind -- until now, that is. In honor of the miraculous feats of beauty, truth, and love that "Free Will Astrology"-reading Virgos have been pulling off lately, I hereby bestow sainthood on every one of you. You may hereafter put a "St." in front of your name.

-Rob Brezsny, FreeWillAstrology

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 07:43 AM | comments (11)
January 06, 2004
nothing rhymes with orgasm, either

Thank you to the Keanu Pic-of-the-Day Club for these gorgeous DeChristo pictures...

...and for the translation of a French Premiere article about the session.

Friday, April 23, 1999, Miauhaus Studio on La Brea Ave. After a few uncertainties, we were worried that he wouldn't show up. Keanu Reeves suddenly appears on his motorcycle wearing a helmet and a grey three-piece suit. The bike, the same old black 70's Norton.

His agent, who also handles public relations worldwide for Sharon Stone, Christina Ricci and half a dozen of other clients, gives us exactly two hours to interview and photograph him. Therefore, the meeting will take place during his make-up session.

After turning down Speed 2 for The Devil's Advocate, Keanu Reeves totally disappeared from the media during a whole year. Thus, his name was no longer being associated with any of the multi-million-dollar Hollywood projects. He doesn't hide the fact that it was not only a choice... After a fourteen-year career, fatigue had accumulated even though his amazing face and look didn't show it. With a gross of 100 million dollars in only three weeks, The Matrix is the perfect movie for a comeback. If Keanu makes efforts to promote this film, he also knows how to remain a star: he accepts only a few rare photo sessions. For the simple reason that he hates them (like three quarters of the actors, by the way).

Reeves doesn't seem to be aware of the endless transactions that preceded his arrival after a night spent rehearsing with his band Dogstar. "May I smoke?" he worries. "Of course! It's for the French Premiere!" In Hollywood, the French are the worst "smoking polluters". Reeves hasn't shaved and is not willing to do so at all. "Depends on the razor you propose..." After five minutes of intense reflection, we tell him that it's not that important and that his morning shadow suits him quite well. Which, suddenly, makes him want to shave absolutely. "Now that we tell you it's okay, you want to shave! You really do have a contradiction streak!" - "Yeah, that's me", he says with his mocking smile. He goes to the bathroom. During the lathering stage, we talk about motorcycles a bit: no, he's never driven with Johnny Depp for the simple reason that he doesn't know him; he has a 70's Kawasaki 750, yes; otherwise, he's an ardent admirer of Nortons. We get back to make-up and questions.

spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 08:43 PM | comments (15)
Sometimes I want to poke Frodo with a spork

Not that that has anything to do with this entry. I just thought I'd share.....

Thank you to Nadia for this article from Pacific News Service

Lord of the Rings vs. The Matrix

The "Lord of the Rings" and "Matrix" trilogies have defined early 21st century cinema more than any other big-screen flicks. But as critical acclaim has increased with each new hobbit-filled "Rings" installment, the "Matrix" films have fallen from favor. "Return of the King" is hailed as "glorious," "a triumph," and "masterful," while "Matrix Revolutions" is ridiculed as "dismal," "pompous," and "underwhelming."

Like most, I was entertained and awed by the artistry and technical achievements of "The Return of the King," but by the end of the film's 3.5 hours I thought the final chapter should have been dubbed "The Return of the Patriarchy."

The "Rings" films are like promotional ads for those tired old race and gender paradigms that were all the rage back in author J.R.R. Tolkien's day. Almost all of the heroes of the series are manly men who are whiter than white. They are frequently framed in halos of blinding bright light and exude a heavenly aura of all that is Eurocentric and good. Who but these courageous Anglo-Saxon souls can save Middle Earth from the dark and evil forces of the world?

On the good side, even the mighty wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) is sanitized and transformed from the weed-smoking, rather dingy figure we first meet in the "The Fellowship of the Ring," into Gandalf the White, who, by the time of "Return of the King," has become a powerful military leader complete with pure white hair and an Eisenhower attitude.

Say what you will about the convoluted storyline of the "Matrix" trilogy. At least those films give women and people of color some characters they can relate to.

From its earliest scenes, "The Matrix" flips mainstream Hollywood's minority representation manual on its head. A multi-culti group of hackers dressed in black leather and sporting funky hairdos are our heroes; Secret Service-type "agents" in suits and ties are the bad guys. Neo, the trilogies' central figure, is played by mixed-race actor Keanu Reeves. His savior and mentor is Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), a powerful leader who also happens to be a black man. The wisest figure in "The Matrix" is The Oracle, a warm and witty African American woman. The films are also infused with a strong sense of Asian style and culture, exemplified by the character Seraph (Collin Chou), the Oracle's protector, who is both a martial arts expert and Buddhist meditation practitioner.

Physically powerful female characters also rock and rule in "The Matrix," led by the high-kicking Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), the Emma Peel of the 21st century, daring pilot Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) and military wife turned fighter Zee, (played by Marvin's daughter Nona Gaye).

Most of the really bad guys in "The Matrix" are Eurotrash, including the very snobby Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) with his French accent, the dread-locked, very British albino twins (Neil and Adrian Rayment) and the Oracle's evil counterpart, The Architect, (Helmut Bakaitis), a rather stuffy and pompous white guy with white beard and white suit who reeks of imperialism.

By comparison, three women play minor roles in "The Lord of the Rings": the powerful elf Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), the selfless Arwen (Liv Tyler), who is willing to give up immortality for the man she loves, and Eowyn (Miranda Otto), the niece of the king, who must disguise herself as a man to go into battle. Beyond this threesome, the rest of the women of Middle Earth are largely an unwashed, helpless mass who, in the face of a virtually hopeless battle against overwhelming enemy forces in "The Two Towers," can do little more than look anxious and cower with their children in fear.

Plenty of critics got lost in the complex post-modern philosophy of "The Matrix," but a few noted its more important message. As the New York Times said of the second Matrix installment: "'Reloaded'" has one of the most excitingly subversive and radical points of view ever seen in a major motion picture – a postmodern purview that accords philosophical ideals from people of color equal weight."

"The Return of the King" is a fantastic finish to a memorable film trilogy, but on a personal level, I was much more satisfied with the conclusion of "The Matrix" series. For once, the major female characters in an action film aren't whimpering and waiting to be rescued by some steroid-laden Schwarzenegger-type in the end. For once, all of the major characters of color aren't lying in a heap of corpses as the credits start to roll. To my African American female eyes, the biggest difference between "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Matrix" isn't swords versus automatic weapons, or low-tech versus high-tech. It's the patriarchy of the past versus the Rainbow Coalition of the future.

-By Andrea Lewis

Andrea Lewis is a San Francisco-based writer and co-host of the "Morning Show" on KPFA-FM 94.1 in Berkeley, Calif.

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at 04:27 PM | comments (21)
you can't buy happiness, but you can pull up right next to it in your Porsche

Thanks to Spike, for this cute comic that she customized a bit to remind us of someone....

click for full view

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 12:48 PM | comments (12)
bloggy goodness

There seems to be a growing number of Keanu fan blogs so I've given the ones on my blogroll their own Most Triumphant section on the sidebar.

Check 'em out.

I put the Matrix related blogs there as well.

If you're a Keanu fan with a blog and want to be in that section, let me know.

Keanuette's started a new Keanublogger webring as well.

Oh, on an unrelated note, my Outlook keeps shutting down so If I owe you an email it may take a bit until I figure it out.

tribe | from inside the mind of krix at 12:38 PM | comments (9)
January 05, 2004
Beaverton! loves Keanu

I'm still waiting for Chase Offerle to stop by the comments of this entry and give us some info on Thumbsucker. It's sure to be coming out soon, right?

Anyway, via Club-Keanu, the Beaverton Valley Times has an article about the effects on the Beaverton local family and dentist who had their home and business featured in the movie.

Galloway helped coach Reeves on some dental examination techniques, but mostly he watched as the actor gave Pucci “an E-ticket ride” through the world of dentistry.

“I just showed him how to hold the instruments and adjust the chairs, that type of thing,” Galloway said. “He pretty well had his character all set by the time he showed up here.”

Read the whole article at the Beaverton Valley Times website.

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at 03:40 PM | comments (5)


spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 01:56 PM | comments (8)
viva las thud

image courtesy Elsinore of the Daily Thud

He's so Vegas in this, I love it.

spoony | from inside the mind of krix at 11:46 AM | comments (9)
January 04, 2004
how to be a rockstar. Step 1.

So, you want to hear my bassplaying debut?

Always On.mp3

Now remember, I've only been playing bass for 2 days.

Dave fucking rawks.

off topic | from inside the mind of krix at 06:36 PM | comments (29)
SGG Down Under

Thanks Kaz, for this....


media spot | from inside the mind of krix at 09:24 AM | comments (22)
January 03, 2004
freaking out

You know how hard it is to get a hold of a copy of Freaked, right? Yeah, you can find it amazon on VHS, but I wouldn't recommend it for 30 dollars, especially since the US version has one of the very few scenes with Keanu cut out of it.

Well, maybe there's hope...

Petition to get Freaked released on DVD

Yeah, I know, we have yet to see an online petition have any weight or result, however I am linking this one and saying "go sign" for the simple reason that this, unlike other petitions I've seen, has actually been started by the makers of the film, Alex Winter and Tom Stern. So I'm hoping that the show of support behind it will actually be channeled where it needs to go.

Though the studios may regularly ignore collections of digital signatures as the work of over zealous internet nerds, I can see this being a useful tool to gage interest. Plus, at least you're letting the filmmakers know that you support their work.

While this movie is hardly one of my favorites (I've only seen it once and the copy was really horrible which only made me wail louder) I would certainly buy it on DVD if it had some commentary, some extras and was the full cut that included the Hollywood Squares-type game that Keanu's character, Ortiz hosts.

-Via AlexWinter.com (Bill blogs!)

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at 10:10 AM | comments (31)
January 02, 2004
smattering of linkage
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of your most wonderful qualities is your aptitude for helping people. It's also the part of your nature that is most likely to be abused by charming narcissists and charismatic manipulators. But in 2004, you will have a knack for freeing yourself from these oppressors. You'll be able to spot potential new ones from a mile away, and you'll know how to break the hold that the old ones have on you. Take this pledge now: "I will serve only the smart, effective people who also serve me."

From freewillastrology.com

-My Hawaiian name is Kilikina, I'm going to guess that Keanu's is...um, Keanu....
What's yours?
(thanks r.j.girl)

-Also, thanks to Nadia, who found a couple nice pics of Keanu at Hollywood.com's Year in Pictures feature (you have to click around a bit), and to Michelle who sent the link to Dogstar's page at the William Morris site, that has a HUGE promo photo from the early days with Keanu looking about 14, Bret looking like a boy to fall in love with, and Rob looking like he's in a police lineup.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 11:05 AM | comments (32)

Fender Mustang Bass

I just bought a bass.

Long story short, I played bass on one of Dave's songs tonight and really had fun.

Sam Ash has instant online credit.

And free shipping.

I'm gonna need some lessons.

off topic | from inside the mind of krix at 12:43 AM | comments (11)
January 01, 2004
low resolution

I'm going to pretty much stick to the road I'm on

I'm actually not the making resolutions type. This is an improvement on being the making then breaking resolutions type, which I think we can all relate to.

I suppose I should try and be more organized this year. I still need to sort the thousands of image files on my machine, but I really feel it's time for a replacement anyway, plus what I really need to do is spend a little less time on the computer, because I'm starting to develop a little wrist/hand thing in my mouse hand.

See? This is why it's pointless for me to make resolutions.

If I do, I am going to follow skits' lead and make ones that are easy to keep.

So, in 2004 I resolve to...adore and admire Keanu Reeves.

it wahs | from inside the mind of krix at 02:13 PM | comments (20)