Dennis suggests Permanent Record (in Feature Drama). I try to be fair. I watch a lot of movies, like a lot, and in doing so I necessarily form opinions, or judgments if you will, about the actors and directors whose work I see, and, because I have those pesky standards that the majority of the moviegoing public seem to get along without, there are some actors, directors, etc. whom I have, on the basis of the manner in which they ply their trades, come to genuinely dislike. Hate even. And while I find it hard to hate someone as essentially harmless as he is, Keanu Reeves has secured his place firmly on my “is this some sort of joke?” list of people I suspect are either the perpetrators or the victims of a vast conspiracy to make them famous in despite of their seeming lack of any laudable qualities whatsoever. Like someday it’ll be revealed that the whole “Keanu Reeves- major actor” phenomenon has been a sophisticated sociological experiment designed to prove exactly how gullible and standard-less the viewing public can be. I mean, seriously: the hooded, inexpressive eyes, that monotone surfer drawl voice, the motions, and facial animation, of a tangled marionette…I mean am I missing something? Is everyone else in on this except me? Did anyone else get stomach cramps from his typically-wooden lump of a performance smack in the middle of the otherwise-delightful Much Ado About Nothing (Keanu does Shakespeare?!?!)? Anyway, like I said, I try to be fair, and it is in that spirit that I heartily recommend the early Keanu teen suicide drama 1988’s Permanent Record. Keanu plays the best friend of the unfortunate dude who takes the big leap, and, I’ve got to admit, he’s not bad. Sure, the whole “dumb but pleasant stoner dude” role is right in his wheelhouse, but Reeves is affecting as he tries to make sense of what his seemingly-more together pal has done. Nice, sensitive direction by Marisa Silver (the opening scene introducing all of the characters is masterfully understated), and a great score by the late, great Joe Strummer. See, I can give credit where credit is due. Even to Keanu Reeves.