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Join us for a special episode with Carlos Carrasco, the actor who played Ortiz (aka Gigantor) in the film SPEED and Popeye in BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT, among many others (including THE FISHER KING and CROCODILE DUNDEE 2)! Hear all about SPEED's infamous script rewrites and death-defying stunts. Plus, Carlos gives great advice to young actors and filmmake…
 
Never has the screen brought you a more shocking revelation. Out of World War III came ... The Creation of the Humanoids. Special guest Dawn Garcia joins us in the virtual Speed cave and gives Keanu Reeves a run for his money with an influential sci-fi cult film that asks the question: "How do you apologize to someone for killing them?" Next episod…
 
For a refreshing change of pace, who's in the mood for a desert apocalypse? We crawl across the barren landscape of Ana Lily Amirpour's sophomore film, The Bad Batch, and perform our task once again: compare every movie to Speed. With Keanu Reeves as a charismatic cult leader nicknamed "The Dream," what could possibly go wrong? Looking for Ana Lily…
 
This is our podcast and its freaking us out! Join the BTS crew as they take a trip Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Will they succumb to the film's pills and thrills? Do they love it when a beautiful woman licks between their toes?? Turn on, tune in, drop out and find out! Check out the soundtrack to the film on Spotify. Also, donate, join the prote…
 
The BTS crew officially begins Season 2's look at cult films by taking a trip deep into the jungles of Werner Herzog's Aguirre, The Wrath of God. What lies down river for our explorers - fever, famine, COVID-19? Tune in and find out. Plus, hang around for a special reading of poetry written by Keanu Reeves. From Aguirre to Zatoichi, the bus boys ar…
 
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Big Bus is strength. Celebrate an entire two years of laughter, love and heartbreak in our tumultuous season finale that will permanently alter Better Than Speed history forever. Here's George Orwell's doubleplusgood essay on Politics and the English Language. A huge thank you to all our listeners, guests and fello…
 
Punch, kick, it's all in the mind. Join us as Zatoichi, the blind swordsman, slices and dices his way through the Edo countryside of Japan in the fan-favorite film Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival. If you've stuck with us through our very extended season 1 tour through the alphabet, you have our sincere thanks. You won't want to miss our season f…
 
Fourscore and 7 days ago, the BTS crew decided to tackle John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln. Is it a classic of the studio system era or a corny piece of hagiography? Lie down, let your mind stand up, and take a listen. Wanna find out what the critics from Cahiers du Cinéma thought of the film? Here's that essay we name dropped in the episode. And pleas…
 
Kaiju run amok when we discuss this campy cult classic. Will they subdue Speed, or can Keanu Reeves conquer them all? You can watch The X From Outer Space streaming on the Criterion Channel. You can also catch next week's selection, The Young Mr Lincoln, for free on Tubi. Check out the full backstory on Jan de Bont's unfinished Godzilla film at Sci…
 
We wish Ingmar Bergman a happy 101st birthday by comparing his elegiac masterpiece Wild Strawberries to the mortality pondering vehicular mayhem in Speed. Plus, get all your latest Keanu Reeves news in our new segment, KeaNews. Wild Strawberries is available streaming on the Criterion Channel, as well as our selection for the next episode, the kale…
 
The man, the myth, the legend, Jan de Bont, invited the BTS team to come hang out at the original Speed cave to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. The director spills the beans on all the production secrets, terrifying stunts, and classic Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock moments from the iconic film we’ve based our podcast on. Somebody pinch us,…
 
Finally: an episode dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment. Better Than Speed investigates the truth behind Cronenberg's Videodrome, and discovers the graphic violence depicted may not be as fake as they thought. Plus, special guest Dawn Garcia professes her undying love for Keanu Reeve's Speed. Head's up: Videodrome is one of the more inte…
 
Hope you brought your umbrellas, because we're about to shed projectile tears over this sentimental classic from the French New Wave: Jacque Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. You can catch the film streaming on the newly launched Criterion Channel, along with John Woo's The Last Hurrah For Chivalry. Be sure to join us next episode for David Cronen…
 
We give a Better Than Speed salute to Ernst Lubitsch's powerful and punchy anti-Nazi comedy from 1942. The only thing we hail at Speed HQ is that big blue bus going 50 miles an hour. Make sure to join us for our next episode where we tackle our first musical, Jaques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Plus, if you leave us an iTunes review or recomm…
 
The glitz, the glamor, the hype! The gold watches and the coveted Keanus! This year's awards ceremony goes off the rails when the best and worst films of 2018 duke it out in a balls-out battle. Plus, your burning questions answered... Was 1999 the best year in cinema history? Will David disown Predator? Will Daniel's popcorn populism save the day? …
 
Beverly Hills. Century City. Everything's so nice and pretty, but the ever acute Alex Cox turns his lens to the gritty underbelly of LA's punk scene. Special guest Dawn Garcia takes us on a tour of California counter-culture at the end of the century. Which is a more quintessential LA flick: Keanu Reeve's Speed or Emlio Estevez's Repo Man? Has Harr…
 
When he sees someone rich both his thumbs start to itch and he has to pick a pocket or two. The wonderful Morgan Hanner-Morfesis joins us to discuss Robert Bresson's transcendental meditation on love and loss, PICKPOCKET. Drinking game: take a shot every time we mention Paul Schrader. This episode's film selection PICKPOCKET is available on FilmStr…
 
It's an unwritten rule: never pull a boner in front of Cary Grant. But rules were meant to be broken. Join us for a perilous excursion into the Howard Hawks adventure film where bonds are tested, planes demolished, and friendships forged. With special guest Matt Maddox, editor of the upcoming Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder film DESTINATION WEDDING. …
 
Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand / left-hand? The story of good and evil? The story of Mitchum vs Hopper? Tonight, three bros get in touch with their dark side and ride down the river of hate with Charles Laughton's expressionistic masterpiece THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. You can find it streaming on Amazon if you want to jo…
 
The distinguished actor Beth Grant joins us to share amazing behind-the-scenes secrets from her role in the film Speed. Before throwing herself in the line of fire, she wasn't afraid to ask the big question: "What about the rest of us?" Plus, Sandra does the salsa, Keanu does the cockroach, and Alan Ruck gets stuck in every actor's nightmare. We ho…
 
Editor Julio Cesar Perez IV (It Follows, Under the Silver Lake) turns Speed HQ upside down with his controversial film selection in an unprecedented episode filled with twists and turns and double crossings. However you choose to pronounce it, Le Corbeau is a barn burner. But do its explosive themes burn brighter than Speed? The film selection for …
 
We dive headfirst into the murky waters of biographical criticism with our most challenging episode to date. Special guest Greg O'Bryant bravely forges through the marsh with us as we examine Roman Polanski's debut film. Content warning: there is a brief discussion of Polanski's notorious past, so be prepared for some difficult subjects which we do…
 
It's no shame to have a dirty face, honey baby. The shame comes when you keep it dirty. Robert Blake makes short order of all the Charlie Potatoes who dare cross him in the Richard Brooks adaptation of In Cold Blood. We're joined by photographer and documentary filmmaker Jessica Schilling to track all the rain drops and beautifully lit silhouettes …
 
John Woo woos the crew with his extravagant Hong Kong action pageant Hard Boiled. Director Stewart Hopewell joins us to compare apples to apples, and helps us issue a verdict on this film's worthiness next to Speed. Hard Boiled is not available on most streaming services, so if you’d like a chance to win a Blu-ray copy, leaves us a review on iTunes…
 
Jean Renoir enters the ring to take on the undefeated heavyweight champ SPEED! If you'd like to view the internationally beloved anti-war classic GRAND ILLUSION, you can find it streaming in beautiful high definition on Amazon Video. You can also find THE GREAT ESCAPE and SUNSET BOULEVARD on there too. Erich Von Stroheim's four hour silent film GRE…
 
If you’ll permit us a bit of verse, the Devil whispered behind the leaves: "It's pretty, but is it better than Speed?” Special guest Morgan Hanner-Morfesis throws down on tricksters, hoaxes and forgeries in the extravagant Orson Welles swan song F For Fake. Wanna watch along before listening? You can find F For Fake streaming on FilmStruck, where t…
 
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the bus, Not a creature was speeding, not even us; The explosives were hung by the gas tank with care, In hopes that Keanu soon would be there; Dennis Hopper was nestled all snug in his bed, While dreams of retirement danced in his head And Sandra in her 'kerchief, and Ortiz in his cap, Had narrowl…
 
Where there were eyes there’s only space, as a mad doctor attempts to heal his daughter’s broken face. Special guest Alex Gootter hops aboard the Speed bus to dissect Georges Franju’s eerie horror gem EYES WITHOUT A FACE. You can watch all three Franju films we discuss on this episode, including JUDEX, EYES WITHOUT A FACE, and BLOOD OF THE BEAST on…
 
Czech it out! Get ready for a deep dive into the feminist Czech New Wave classic DAISIES (aka Fucking With Dudes and Putting Them on Trains). Documentary filmmaker Jessica Schilling joins us to debate its merits against the bus that couldn’t slow down. Plus, Daniel mounts a spirited yet unsuccessful defense of the disastrous Tom Hanks vanity projec…
 
Never cross the Yakuza. The cherubic cheeked Joe Shishido stands his ground against a Japanese crime syndicate with a thirst for revenge in this action-packed and surprise-filled episode. From Tokashi Nomura to Seijun Suzuki and beyond, we yak it up about the Nikkatsu Noir crime genre and finally answer your burning question: Is A COLT IS MY PASSPO…
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! The BTS crew dissects Brian De Palma’s slasher sendup Blow Out, with the help of special guest Morgan Hanner-Morfesis. It’s a battle between two Jacks, Travolta vs Keanu. No matter who wins, we all lose. *Spoiler Warning and Violent Content Advisory* We talk about EVERYTHING. You can watch Blow Out through Amazon Prime’s Starz stre…
 
In this spectacular inaugural episode of Better Than Speed, your hosts David Holland, Daniel Morfesis, Jessica Schilling and Matthew Walden tackle the legendary Polish film Ashes and Diamonds, directed by cinema heavyweight Andrzej Wajda. If you'd like to watch Ashes and Diamonds too, you can find it streaming at http://filmstruck.com/ where they h…
 
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