Keanu Reeves says he’s lonely, despite living in a world obsessed with Keanu Reeves

The world loves Keanu Reeves. So much so that they’ve demanded four John Wick movies, turned the blockbuster action star into an infinite meme, and even created film festivals surrounding his eclectic oeuvre. Even so, and amidst all of this lavish praise, the actor says he’s lonely. In a new interview with The Jakarta Post, Reeves mildly opened up about his romantic life, admitting, “You know, I’m the lonely guy. I don’t have anyone in my life. But if it does occur, I would respect and love the other person; hopefully it’ll happen for me.” While that may disappoint the super fans hoping he was as incredible with romance as he is with motorcycles, horses, and speeding buses, there’s something quite affecting about his response. It’s not just human, it’s brutally romantic. When pressed about how fans might perceive him as a lonely guy — you know, those of you reading this article — he boldly stated, “I don’t concern myself with it that much. I’m an actor, so in terms of what you’re asking about, I have no answer.” Not surprisingly, that brand of modesty extended to the rest of the interview in which he talked about his love […]

The Matrix Was Prescient About the Online World, But Also the Real World

There’s a tension at the heart of The Matrix. The film frames its machine-forged digital ecosystem as a prison, as a lie intended to keep humanity docile. It’s the work of an authority that means to tame us. But the Matrix itself is also a world of unlimited possibility, one where you can look cooler than the real world would ever allow, do what no flesh-and-blood human ever could, and see and feel and experience things that simply aren’t possible outside of this virtual space. The film quickly establishes a tug-of-war between the truth but meager subsistence the real world offer and the blinding but comforting falsehood of the world made out of ones and zeroes. The inherent push and pull between those two realms keeps The Matrix resonant 20 years later. Granted, certain elements of the film feel dated, like the phone-centric imagery that made sense in an age of dial-up but seems quaint in an era of ubiquitous connectivity. And yet, beyond the movie’s stunning action, intriguing and adaptable premise, and philosophical bent, the thing that makes the film remain so potent and prescient in 2019 is how that essential dichotomy it presents is still with us. Because […]