If you live in the US, The Lake House is playing at a theater near you!
V. and I have a date tonight to go see it.
" And if "The Lake House" has nothing else, at least it has Keanu Reeves. Bullock is perfectly serviceable here: Her performance has some gravity; she doesn't throw off the aura of desperate cuteness that sometimes dogs her. But Reeves is the soul of the movie -- he's not so much playing a character here as simply being a presence.
Reeves has the kind of casualness that people often confuse with "doing nothing." He's not an aggressive actor; what makes him so charming to watch, and so moving, is the way he keeps his emotions in check -- as if displaying them too baldly would be a way of disrespecting them. Reeves has some lovely moments here, many of them seemingly tossed off: When Kate (in one of the few scenes where the two characters speak to each other directly) explains why she so dearly loves Jane Austen's "Persuasion," he listens carefully, attentively, and then politely challenges Kate's devotion to a work in which a happy ending isn't guaranteed: "Why do you like that?" he asks, in a way that suggests he really wants to know the answer.
And in one of the picture's most beautifully shaped scenes, Alex looks at an old family picture and can't help breaking down. We live in an era when it's supposed to be OK for men to cry, but we feel uncomfortable when they actually do it. We want men to be open about their feelings -- but not too open. Reeves plays this particular moment as if Alex has revealed something of himself involuntarily. We feel as if we've intruded upon something private, a moment we weren't intended to see. Reeves isn't a splashy actor by nature; he thrives in negative space. But his slight reserve makes him more alive rather than less. Even when he's playing a dreamy romantic lead, he's never anything less than flesh and blood. "
I really like the aspect that the film is basically about a fantastic long-distance romance and am looking forward to vicariously reliving some of the feelings through Kate and Alex, with V. sitting beside me.
I expect he'll be getting some tonight.
Recently, thanks to the upcoming films' promotion and the world's most popular psuedo-personal ad ever produced by a publicist, Keanu's getting a lot of search engine attention, bringing new folks and fans to the site.
It's also brought a few fruitbats that I don't have time to clean up after, so I'm going to turn off all comments for the time being.
Keanu Reeves In Slow Mode
~By RON DICKER, Special to The Courant
With Two In Release, Actor Looks For Right Movie
CAP D'ANTIBES, France -- Hearing Keanu Reeves imitate a Jewish grandmother might surprise you. Hearing him talk about staying in one place is downright shocking.
"Oy, you get older, you want to settle down," the famously itinerant actor says, sounding more like a bad Catskills comic.
Reeves, 41, is in a place that many of us would like to be: stinking rich - thanks to his 15 percent take of "Matrix" sequel ticket sales. He has not worked in a year, content to watch the fruits of his labor hit the screen this summer: the time-travel romantic drama "The Lake House" on June 16 and the sci-fi adaptation of "A Scanner Darkly" on July 7.
In the meantime, he spends his days weaving his motorcycle through the canyons near his permanent Los Angeles home and reading the likes of Thomas Pynchon. He quit his band Dogstar because the other members wanted to tour. He has no work planned. He doesn't need a job. The "Matrix" trilogy netted him more than $100 million.
"It has afforded situations where I could afford to say no," he says. "It's nice to have that situation. I've been in situations where I can't."
Maybe it's the salt air wafting off the French Riviera at the Hotel Du Cap, one of the most elegant settings in the world. Or perhaps it's his pride at attending the recent Cannes Film Festival for the third time. "It's a big deal," he says.
He seems to have transcended his cosmic surfer boy image to an even more positive plane. It is a stage that perhaps his alter-ego Ted from "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" might never have comprehended.
Reeves remains inscrutable during this chat in a cliffside ballroom overlooking the Mediterranean. Freshly shaven yet a tad puffy, Reeves doses out small bits of misdirection in between the sincere answers.
But he seems darn glad to be here. He is no longer wed to a film franchise, making him free to explore and be adored and dissed all over again for what some see as stiff acting chops. He will never be invited to teach a Juilliard master class, but he will always be invited to the party.
"Artistically I hope to be able to make films that entertain but also that have redemptive qualities to them," he says. "I'm anxious to see what happens next."
Which brings us to his latest. "The Lake House" reunites him with "Speed" co- star Sandra Bullock as loving pen pals who discover that they are living two years apart.
"It's a little older, a little more mature in terms of leading romances I've had in a film," he says. "It's a sweet romance. Love is good."
"A Scanner Darkly," which Reeves accompanied to Cannes, gave him another sci-fi platform. He landed with a thud in "Johnny Mnemonic" then floated on the mass-market phenomenon of "Matrix," which served deep-dish philosophy on a video game platter.
Based on Philip K. Dick's novel, "A Scanner Darkly" chronicles the paranoid comings and goings of friends (Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson) in the drug-saturated future. Reeves plays a detective whose
addiction splits his personality, compromising his ability to spy. Director Richard Linklater applied the same rotoscoping of his previous film "Waking Life" to make his actors half-cartoon, half-human.
Reeves says he liked the concept of government and business colluding to seize control from citizens. It's "a carnivore aspect" with his character Bob Arctor as the "sacrificial lamb." Reeves scrapes the comment off the top of his head. However, his approach to the role was far more deliberate.
"He's the kind of guy who will call you at night because he's been up thinking about it," Linklater says. "He really digs in thoroughly to what he's doing. He has two gears, and all I saw was the `on' gear."
To some observers, Reeves has operated in neutral through much of his moviemaking life. As if he skated from his hockey playing youth in Toronto through a few arty films such as "My Private Idaho" to mainstream ("Parenthood") to action hero ("Point Break") just by being Keanu. Reeves tried to make it look that easy. He was self-deprecating to a fault, and invited lunkhead perceptions.
Not these days. He says he would like to direct if the right project comes along. "I know it's [going to]be really hard, but I like that." And he would like to return to the stage. "It would either be Shakespeare or a modern play. I don't want to do Brecht." (He played Don John in the Kenneth Branagh's 1993 film version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing.)
As for his personal life, Reeves remains a sphinx. Fleet Street gossip last year linked him with Diane Keaton after he broke up with "Lake House" castmate Lynn Collins. (Keaton and Reeves were onscreen lovers in 2003's "Something's Gotta Give.") And murmurs about Reeves and Bullock when they attended the Oscars together in March were just murmurs.
But somewhere in the "settle down" part of the conversation was the hint of something permanent - either now or in his heart's desire.
As Reeves' fictional Jewish grandmother might tell him, "From your mouth to God's ears."
Keanu - hunky as ever - and Sandra Bullock - looking darn cute as well - at last night's MTV Movie awards. More at Yahoo Photos.
Keanu will be presenting at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend. The show airs on the 8th of June.
Yay, after finally getting cable last Christmas, I'm going to be able to
watch it tape it and fast forward to the Keanu part.
You can make your message private or public, and you can browse through other people's public messages as well. It's pretty interesting to see what people are saying to themselves.
I've sent one, maybe you'll come across it.
Now, if there was only a way to send messages to THE PAST.
I'd like to tell a much younger me:
"Hey, how you think getting a tattoo there is gonna look in your wedding photos?"