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Keanu Reeves is, both famously and undeniably, one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. Or anywhere. No favor is too small for Neo. Just peep Esquire US's winter cover story (on which he stars), where, during a conversation in Paris, Reeves went through a scroll-hunt on his phone, sifting through years of texts in search of something important: a list.
The list is a movie recommendations collection between friends—it just so happens both friends are megawatt movie stars. Carrie-Ann Moss, the actress who breathed life into The Matrix's Trinity, goes back nearly 20 years with Reeves. And as the story goes, Moss asked her co-star if he could throw out a couple movies that she should watch with her teenaged son. Reeves, who has a tendency to take the requests of his friends quite seriously, didn't rattle off a couple personal favourites like most of us would. He went all in and created not one list, but two. A first pass of favourite films, and then, then an updated collection. We present to you, the latter.
Moss was, as you will be once you page down, grateful. "His work ethic is unlike anyone I’ve ever met, and I’ve seen it up close: He trains harder, works harder, cares more, always asks more and more questions to understand the depth of what we’re doing. And while he was doing all of that for himself, he always had an eye out for me," she says. "Like when I asked him for those movies, it seems like a little thing, but he’s so busy, he’s exhausted, and took the time to write this very, very thoughtful list."
The list itself is a mix of capital-C Classics™ and a few personal classics—you know the type. Definitive to you, enough so that you feel compelled to pay them forward to the next viewer. Without further ado, we present:
"The KR New Recommends Film List"
The Neon Demon
A Clockwork Orange
The Bad Batch
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
The Evil Dead
The Big Lebowski
La Femme Nikita (the French version)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Road Warrior: Mad Max 2
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