Andy Wachowski

The Matrix: Reloaded (2003)

Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix: Reloaded (2003)

Director:

Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Laurence Fishburne

Carrie-Anne Moss

Plot:

Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.

Review:

I love this movie. It’s in my top ten favorites. I’m pretty sure I like it more than the first Matrix movie. The last forty-five minutes are jam packed with some amazing action scenes. My favorite is the scene where Neo fights all the bad asses in the palace on the mountain. Some great shots and great action. The highway scene is just as good with the ghost twins providing new enemy abilities.

The CG is dated and occasionally looks pretty bad, but they don’t focus on it for long periods and the way its shot helps mask the shortcomings.

I remember getting out of school and rushing to the theater to see this. I had been blown away by the first and I devoured anything I could find about the sequels before they came out. I was not disappointed by this film and it hurts my heart that people actively hate this movie.

Oh well. I enjoyed watching it again and plan on re-watching Revolutions soon.

5/5

Sense 8 (2015-?)

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Sense 8 (2015-?)

Network:

Netflix

Creators:

J. Michael Straczynski

Andy Wachowski

Lana Wachowski

Starring:

Aml Ameen

Donna Bae

Jamie Clayton

Tina Desai

Tuppence Middleton

Max Riemelt

Miguel Ángel Silvestre

Brian J. Smith

Plot:

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

Review:

First, this review is not based on just the pilot. Normally I’ll watch a pilot episode, decide if I’m at least mildly interested in the show and then give it three to six episodes to catch me. I would not recommend that for Sense 8, you really need to watch all the episodes to make that decision.

I loved Sense 8 and I’m on pins and needles waiting to hear if Netflix has renewed it. I’ve talked myself down several times already with assurances that Netflix is willing to try new things and was aware that the show was pitched as multiple seasons. Still, I’m on edge.

I can completely understand if you watch this and end up not liking it. Sense 8 is not for everyone. The pacing is slow, it’s very much an origin story, and it’s almost all character building.

I flip flop between who my favorite character is, Lito, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, is awesome and I love his partner. Van Damm, Aml Ameen, is hilarious and so much fun to watch. Then there’s Wolfgang, Max Riemelt, who’s the troubled bad boy that doesn’t believe he deserves love. There are some characters I don’t like as much, but none that I out right hate.

The pacing did get annoying at times. It was pretty slow for a show that is twelve episodes long. There was a lot of information that they were feeding you, though. I wished there was a bit more action and I thought the action they did show wasn’t on par with other Wachowski movies. Of course this wasn’t a movie and they had to deal with a smaller budget and actors who don’t necessarily have fighting experience.

I could easily see this becoming one of those things that people either love or can’t make it through. It’s almost like Jane Eyre in that the first three hundred pages can be a little dry, but then it starts to really pick up. The first eight episodes are a lot of information and unanswered questions, but by episode nine things pick up. A little. When it ends there are still a lot of questions unanswered, but they’ve also answered a fair amount too.

I really enjoyed this show and would highly recommend it, but I’m not going to be mad if you don’t like it. Just give me some good reasons, though.

5/5

EDIT: So happy this was picked up for a second season!

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix

The Matrix (1999)

Director:

Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski

Starring:

Keanu Reeves

Laurence Fishburne

Carrie-Anne Moss

Plot:

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Review:

This is one of my happy movies. I watch it and can’t help but grin. So many scenes that I love, a great world, great editing, and a great story.

I really shouldn’t review movies and books I love because I get so caught up in them that I can barely think past OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!

The movie opens great, I love that you get to see Trinity kicking so much ass. The cool little slide phone. Her flight through the window looks a little bad, but the movie is from ’99 it gets a pass.

This was the first rated R movie I ever owned; it might have even been on VHS I’m not sure. I remember letting my little brother watch it, without my parents’ consent, and getting so angry that the coolest part for him was when Neo flips of Agent Smith. How could he not see how cool the action scenes were or how amazing the world was? Kids.

The scene where they walk through the metal detectors makes me grin like an idiot. From there until the end it’s just nonstop, everything is so spectacular and eye opening. The world becomes so much bigger.

5/5

 

“I know Kung Fu.”