Here’s how they made Speed’s immortal bus-jump scene

Speed is one of the great ’90s action movies, a clean post-Die Hard action flick that elevated a preposterous (but compelling) premise with Keanu Reeves’ physical showmanship and Sandra Bullock’s considerable charisma. But that almost wasn’t the case. Stephen Baldwin actually turned down the role before it went to…

A slayer’s lineage: 9 pop cultural precursors to Buffy

When Buffy The Vampire Slayer debuted on The WB in 1997, it signaled a new direction for the fledgling netlet, a pivot toward audiences who could see themselves reflected in Buffy Summers and her Sunnydale High classmates. Of course, it’s the distinctions between Buffy and all previous TV teens that made all the…

How John Wick makes the most of Keanu Reeves’ emptiness

There’s a scene in the outrageously entertaining new shoot-’em-up John Wick: Chapter 2 that winks at the enduring appeal of Keanu Reeves. Early into the movie, Reeves’ character, the unstoppable yanked-from-retirement assassin John Wick, flies to Rome on reluctant assignment. But before he can get down to grisly…

Keanu Reeves boards a bus that can’t slow down for one of the great ’90s action movies

There was a science to the ’90s Hollywood studio action movie. It had to have movie stars: People who were charming and pretty, not square-jawed and ripped to shreds, as they had been in the ’80s. It had to take place in environments that were at least vaguely familiar. It had to have a flamboyant insane-genius…

Read This: an oral history of Speed, as told by the passengers on the bus

It’s been 20 years since the release of Speed, Jan De Bont’s surprise summer blockbuster about a group of L.A. commuters trapped on a bus that couldn't slow down. To celebrate the milestone, Kristopher Tapley at Hitfix has put together a fascinating oral history of the film’s shooting, as told by the diverse group of…

Speed’s Graham Yost says he’ll help guy trying to collect every VHS of Speed

Putting aside for a moment the fact that all this has been done before, let’s talk about that guy who is trying to collect every VHS copy of Speed. Ryan Beitz has been getting a lot of press thanks to a recent Vice  story about his mission to get “all of them, duh”—“them” being every extant VHS of Speed. Beitz has…