An unknown virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Forced to live underground, only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035. A convict, James Cole (Bruce Willis), volunteers to be sent back in time to 1996 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic (supposedly spread by a mysterious “Army of the Twelve Monkeys”) and locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it. Unfortunately, Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, six years prior, and is arrested and locked up in a mental institution, where he meets Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe), a psychiatrist, and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the insane son of a famous scientist and virus expert.
We return to the world of time travel, a concept Bruce Willis should be well-acquainted with, considering he’s starred in multiple time travel movies—The Kid (2000); Looper (2012). This time, he jaunts the years via the brilliant insanity of director, and former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. Join us as we discuss this often overlooked gem that spawned a successful television series… two decades later. Listen, as Johnny has the Keys time-travels somewhat recklessly to save the world, searching for the origins of man’s folly amongst fools.
Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) sees dead people—meaning ghosts. He is plagued with visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He confesses his ability to his child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) who attempts to uncover the truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities. The results for patient and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something startling and profound.
M. Night Shyamalan has become a director with a reputation for fantastic twist endings, and this is the film that started that—at times, unfortunate—trend. A beautiful, small movie, The Sixth Sense (1999) warrants multiple viewings, but you will absolutely never forget your first. Join us as we relive our initial encounters with this paranormal classic and ponder its effects on pop culture. Listen… as Johnny Has the Keys turns the red door handle and enters the room where the temperature suddenly drops as people attempt to reach us from beyond the grave.
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In the 23rd century, a New York City cab driver, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the planet in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) literally falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to reunite with the other four to keep the impending Great Evil from destroying earth. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and wacky broadcast personality Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity.
The Fifth Element is director Luc Besson’s grand vision of the future where things are not always dark and, at times, are very funny. Join us as we discuss the origins of the film from its story genesis in the mind of a sixteen-year-old Besson to the ultimate in outrageous fantasia, fashion, and fun. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys blasts into the far future where things may look a lot different, but human nature certainly is not.