Keanu Reeves in “Street Kings”!

Image result for taffey tawanna championHello, and Welcome to Miss TaffeytheChamp’s Blog! Are any of you familiar with any of the films within Keanu Reeves’ film repertoire? Well, I am, and one in particular I’d like to mention is entitled, “Street Kings”. Now, whether any of you have seen it, or have not seen it, I would like to make it the focal topic of discussion for this week.

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In “Street Kings”, Keanu Reeves portrays the LAPD Detective “Tom Ludlow”, who is a somewhat implacable and eccentric undercover policeman. He is best friends with his superior, a “Captain Jack Wander”, portrayed by Forrest Whitaker. This relationship is quite advantageous for “Tom Ludlow”; as “Captain Jack Wander” always covers for him. Thus, this advantage incites much jealousy among his fellow comrades-in-blue who often help cover for him, also.

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Tom Ludlow” becomes a target of an Internal Affairs expert by the name of “Captain James Biggs” (portrayed by Hugh Laurie) when he is accused of using excessive force after rescuing a child sex slave from a violent and unconscionable Korean gang. It is important to note that the “James Biggs” character is disgruntled over “Captain Jack Wander’s” promotion to Chief of Detectives, instead of himself. And the unethical ex-patrol partner of “Tom Ludlow” by the name of “Terence Washington” sides with Internal Affairs (which is seen as betrayal by his comrades-in-blue). Amazingly, “Terence Washington” is killed in a convenience store robbery whilst Keanu’s character, “Tom Ludlow” is in attendance, as well.

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Storyline: “LAPD detective Tom Ludlow is a ruthlessly efficient, unorthodox undercover cop. Captain Jack Wander always covers for Tom, as do even his somewhat jealous colleagues. After technically excessive violence against a vicious Korean gang during the liberation of a kidnapped kid sex slave, Tom becomes the target of IA’s hotshot, captain James Biggs, who feels passed over after Wander’s promotion to chief. Tom’s corrupt, disloyal ex-patrol partner Terrence Washington sides with IA but is killed during a shop robbery in Tom’s presence.” Written by KGF Vissers via imdb.com

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Please feel free to read the Rotten Tomatoes Movie Review below the weblink: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/street_kings/

“A lot of reviewers seem to have disliked Street Kings because of its negative view of the LA police, and perhaps the country at large. That is not a problem for me.” Written by Tony Macklin of the Fayetteville Free Weekly {who praised it with a Rotten Tomato (i.e. High Marks)}

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I found “Street Kings” to be quite an exciting and action-packed police drama with both suspenseful and surprising highlights throughout. It was interesting watching Keanu Reeves’ character, “Tom Ludlow”, struggle against having his eyes opened concerning all of the corruption surrounding him throughout the entirety of the LA county police departments. “Tom Ludlow” already felt very disturbed by past tragic events in his life that he appeared to feel as though everyone he loved and everything he touched would become cursed. But, I will say that nothing in this film prepares one for the gripping and violent climax which occurs when “Tom Ludlow” does finally experience enlightenment, and decides to act upon such devastating revelations.

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Now, I must admit to enjoying viewing Mr. Keanu Reeves’ impressive physique in a police uniform. Keanu does tend to look very attractive in a variety of uniforms; from football and American soldier to that of an heroic policeman. And incidentally, the official anniversary date of the “Street Kings” release has only just passed a few days ago. So, this would be a great time for anyone to re-familiarize themselves with such an intriguing film in commemoration of the diligent work that went into its production. And it is just as good a time as any for those who have not seen it yet, to do so. Therefore, please feel free to watch this intriguing film (again, or for the first time).

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Now, I am Miss TaffeytheChamp; Creator of this Blog and Author of the Action Adventure/Futuristic Fantasy E-Book entitled, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga”. Keanu Reeves is my Special Muse and Inspiration for my creation of “Evian Magi”, the protagonist (main character), within this E-Book. And “Evian Magi” is the Mystic Fantasy Hero version of Keanu Reeves.

Thank you exceptionally, Keanu Reeves, for being a wonderful Muse and such a sweet and genteel gentleman towards me, Miss TaffeytheChamp. And I thank GOD, most immensely, for every blessing which You have bestowed upon me. And if any of you are interested in purchasing a copy, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” is located at: https://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Alliance-Evians-Saga-ebook/dp/B01L0K28KS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1480461906&sr=8-2&keywords=the+mystery+alliance. Thank you, in advance, for reading. And do enjoy a splendid week!

References

Keanu Reeves in Street Kings: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Regency Enterprises, 3 Arts Entertainment, Dune Entertainment III, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFO Films), and Yari Film Group (YFG) [Online Image]. (2008). Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421073/mediaviewer/rm1355191808

Keanu Reeves [Online Image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://cliponbadges.com/assets//images/picstreet3.jpg

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The Reality of Ageism in Hollywood: How Actors & the Audience are Cheated!

Hello, everyone! Welcome to My Blog. I would like to discuss the reality of ageism in Hollywood these days. It is amazing to me just how ignorant many individuals are when it comes to this sensitive issue. It has been happening to actresses in Hollywood, and in many professions, for countless decades. But, now it appears to be becoming prevalent with men; particularly, in Hollywood.

Now, there are discrepancies; especially with Sean Connery (the original and most legendary “James Bond”), who retired several years ago. Let me add that this phenomenal actor was still in demand (and still being asked to star in movies) when he made the decision to retire. This gentleman was loved the world over, and those of the female persuasion (of most age groups, including adolescents and older women) found him extremely attractive, even though he is quite an elderly gent.

Many were surprised when the sequels to “Tron” and “Wall Street” were produced. Now, Jeff Bridges and Michael Douglas do hail from Hollywood royalty; as they are the sons of the late great Lloyd Bridges and the phenomenal Kirk Douglas (famous mostly for the film “Spartacus”, among others). I must add that they are both great actors in their own right, also. I, for one, could not imagine “Tron Legacy” and “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” without these actors starring again in those characters which they had made famous. Now, it must be noted that in “Tron Legacy”, Jeff Bridges was even made to appear younger through a form of computer-generated imagery or visual special effects.

Yet, in this modern day age, Film making conglomerates are known for removing some of our most beloved and celebrated actors from their films as they grow older. When actors are younger, some of these mammoth producers have them cast over and over again in amazing films. But, as they grow older, we (of worldwide audiences) see them less and less; and it appears that these same actors are rarely asked to star in their films any longer.

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In addition, instead of producing highly-conceptual and innovative screenplays often, Film making conglomerates are oftentimes revamping Hit films and Hit television shows that audiences have loved the world over. Just some of these include “Footloose”, “Miami Vice”, “The A-Team”, “Point Break”, “Fantastic Four”, “Fright Night”, and recently “CHIPS” (as if anyone can step into Chris Sarandon’s and Erik Estrada’s shoes); not to mention, the shocking reboot of “The Matrix” (without Keanu Reeves). I cannot even imagine “The Matrix” without Keanu Reeves because he  is “The One”. As “Neo”, Keanu has the perfect height, perfect image, and has the camera-worthy physique to wear the stylized-attire that we associate with this beloved, hero-archetype character.

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I have written this Blog post in order to help people wake up to what is occurring in Hollywood and within the film industry. It is heartbreaking when our celebrated actors are replaced, and the characters they are known for are taken away from them. What Film making conglomerates must understand is that we (the audience members) feel as though we are being cheated when they make such hideous and atrocious decisions. Unfortunately, all that seems to matter when producing most of these films today is making money; and making as much money as they can stuff their pockets with. Gone, it seems, are the golden days of Hollywood; which is such a great shame.

References

Keanu Reeves [Online Image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e8/95/1c/e8951cf9c45555fe364ca8387b7be9a3.jpg

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