WHOA E04: Dangerous Liaisons and 47 Ronin

Dangerous and Ronin

This week on WHOA: A Most EXCELLENT Keanu Reeves podcast, Educating Geeks Executive Producer Alice Baker joins Krissy to discuss two completely unique Keanu Reeves movies. First up is Dangerous Liaisons, a movie with characters trapped by their roles in society and compelled to make war out of love. They also discuss 47 Ronin – a movie with characters trapped by their roles in society and compelled to make war out of demons, dragons and literal war.

Spoiler Alert

We are absolutely going to spoil all the details of these two epic period pieces. So if you want to know what makes the Marquis a “Virtuoso of Deceit” or what makes Kai a half demon warrior before we tell you all about it in the podcast…. maybe watch the movies before you listen. Alert extended.

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Episode 4 Features

Dangerous Liaisons. From 1988 this romantic drama stars Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfieffer, Uma Thurman, Peter Capaldi and Keanu Reeves as the charming young Chevalier Danceny. Danceny is a talented but penniless music instructor who becomes enmeshed in the schemes of the villainous Glenn Close. For Uma Thurman’s love Keanu must battle John Malcovich to the death with a sword!

Please be encouraged to watch this Academy Award winning movie. Stream it on Amazon HERE. 

As mentioned in the episode, here are our side by side comparisons of the stars in 1988 and 2015…

Glen CloseJohn MalkovichKeanu ReevesUma ThurmanPeter Capaldi

In Episode 4 we also cover-

47 Ronin. From 2013 and starring Hiroyuki Sanada (Alice’s fave), Ko Shibasaki and Keanu Reeves as Kai. Kai is a half breed taken in by the kindly lord of Ako providence, but is abused and mistreated by the Lord’s noble Samauri. Everyone in Feudal Japan becomes enmeshed in the magical schemes of a witch and the evil Lord Kira. For the love of the lord’s daughter, Mika, Kai must battle a cloth dragon to death with a sword!

Though this movie gets a lot of flack, I still love it and recommend giving it a watch with an open mind. Stream it on Amazon HERE. 

Meet The Guest 

My super fan girl grin with the elegant Nichelle Nicols

My super fan girl grin with the elegant Nichelle Nicols

Alice Baker is one of the co-founders and co-owners of Educating [Geeks]. With her partner Megan, she oversees all aspects of content and business operations including the production of weekly podcasts and written content. She is also a regular geek host and the voice of Educating [Geeks] on Facebook. Alice has had many careers. She has 15 years of experience in the Clinical Trials Industry managing data, people and operations. Before that, she worked for online magazines Slate and OnHealth News in a variety of roles from production coordinator to project manager. She also worked professionally in theatre as a costumer working on productions such as As You Like It for the Great Lakes Theater Festival and  Cosi Fan Tutte for Florida State University. She also enjoys filling her free time with the creative arts by volunteering on film sets, creating costumes, and serving on non-profit boards.

What’s Up Next

Episode 5 is coming at you on July 27th, 2016. We are headed forward into 1989 & hopping backwards into 2013.  In 1989 we’ve got Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – certainly one of Keanu’s best known and well-loved movies. In Excellent Adventure Keanu is Ted Theodore Logan, a floppy haired philosophizer who simply MUST pass his history report with the help of George Carlin, a time traveling phone box, personages of historical significance and, of course, his most excellent friend Bill. In 2014, we’ve got Man of Tai Chi – a dual language action movie in which Keanu not only stars as the evil billionaire Donaka Mark, he also directed the Movie!

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Bonus Keanu. You are welcome.

hTo get you excited for Episode 05 ere we have all the moments in Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure where the most excellent duo says “Dude.”

  • Olivia Meridia

    Thank you so much for your podcasts dedicated to Keanu Reeves and his movies! I enjoyed listening to all of them so far. But I looked forward especially to this latest episode as I’m not only a huge fan of Keanu but – yeah, believe it or not – 47 Ronin is actually my very favorite Keanu movie. It was this movie that rekindled my passion for Keanu Reeves after a long time during which it just – let’s say – dozed. Apart from being a Keanu fan I have always been a sucker for period pictures and for pictures with an Asian (especially Japanese) background. That’s the reason why I went to watch 47 Ronin and why I enjoyed it big time. I have to admit that to me the love story between Kai and Mika was the most important narrative thread of the entire movie – I even got his line: ‘I will wait for you … ‘ as a tattoo. I could have done it easily without the fantasy elements and even more without most of the fighting but would have preferred to get more information about Keanu’s character Kai as his character is a pretty dramatic one. As I said I already enjoyed the movie when I saw it for the first time. But then I read Joan D. Vinge’s novelization of 47 Ronin – and WOW! – that book was like a
    key to a much deeper understanding of the movie and each of its characters.
    After having read Joan D. Vinge’s book I didn’t only like the movie but I came to
    really LOVE it as I now had all the missing background information that made me
    bond with each and every character but especially with Kai! So I can only
    recommend the book to everyone who wants to know more about what made every character in the movie the person he/she is. If those in charge of making 47
    Ronin had focused on the wonderful story of the book developing each character so perfectly that the reader really cares for all of them the movie would have
    been a different and for sure an even better one. – Thanx for reading.

    • k. lenz

      Thank you Olivia! I love 47 Ronin too and thank you for the awesome recommendation… They definitely tried to reshape it into a Samurai Lord of the Rings.

      I have to admit though, I still love Samurai Lord of the Rings.

    • k. lenz

      Thank you Olivia! I love 47 Ronin too and thank you for the awesome recommendation… They definitely tried to reshape it into a Samurai Lord of the Rings.

      I have to admit though, I still love Samurai Lord of the Rings.