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I keep returning to something my colleague Ed Yong wrote: There are two groups of Americans right now. Group A consists of those fighting the virus. Group B is everyone else, and its only job is to stay home.
If you, like I, are in the latter camp, think of this job as both a privilege and a moral imperative. To keep you fortified in this new role, let us top off your weekend to-do list with some suggestions.
Atlantic Movie Club
For our first #AtlanticMovieClub, our film critic David Sims decided to revisit the career of one beloved, but perhaps underappreciated, ’90s actor. We asked our readers to choose among Jennifer Lopez, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Will Smith.
More than 5,000 of you voted. And the winner is: Keanu Reeves.
Consider David’s opening argument:
For 35 years, Reeves has worked across every genre, in tiny art-house projects and big-budget blockbusters, reciting Shakespeare and doing kung fu. He has consistently proven that there’s far more to his skill as a performer than meets the eye—something that much of his generation failed to recognize. …
While Generation X mostly dismissed him as wooden and one-note, younger viewers better understood his nuances as a performer; the weird, hypnotic specificity of his line readings; and the movie-star magic inherent in parts like Neo, John Wick, or Johnny Utah. It’s impossible to imagine anyone else in those roles, which is the best evidence of Reeves’s singular screen presence.