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★★★★★A lot has changed since Bound was released in 1996. The Wachowskis went from hotshot upstarts to paradigm-shifting savants with The Matrix (1999), a film that has irrevocably altered the form of the action movie. Its sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) were met with rather less rapturous response, while Speed Racer (2008) and Cloud Atlas (2012) split critical opinion right down the middle. As the critical tide gradually turns to a re-evaluation and recognition of the later Wachowski achievements, the time seems more than ripe to return to their first movie. Thankfully, a brand new special features-packed release from Arrow Video does just that.
- CineVue UK
We've seen movies like Kill Bill and Blade Runner turned into 8-bit video games, but YouTube user and San Francisco State University student Phillip Raupach has decided to do something different inspired by old school video games. Instead of taking The Matrix Reloaded and turning it into an 8-bit video game, he merely took footage from the film, a fight scene with Neo and thugs in the house of the Merovingian, and replaced all of the music and sounds with those you would find in these early video games. The result is funny and impressive, as his work won him Best Sound Design at Sfsu's BECAfest last year. Watch below! Here's Phillip Raupach's 8-bit version of The Matrix Reloaded (via Movies.com): For those who don't know, BECAfest 2014 is the annual showcase of student work produced in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts. It's pretty clear why this won Best »
- Ethan Anderton
HBO have got a new comedy show in the works and it has just added a few more cast members to the mix; Jaimie Alexander and Bernard White will join Jack Black and Tim Robbins in the shows’ main roles. The Brink, a half-hour comedy series tipped to be released by the end of the year, will be a humorous slant on the scramble to prevent geopolitical crisis as World War III looms ever closer.
Doesn’t sound that funny to us either but there’s several reasons we’re remaining optimistic. Firstly, the script is being written by seasoned writer/producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim, the former with credits including Ally McBeal and Weeds. Secondly, on board directing is Jay Roach who makes his first foray into directing a TV series after movies such as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Meet The Parents and The Campaign. »
- Victoria Bull
Bellucci wears dresses from a past spring/summer collection from Dolce & Gabbana.
In 1996 she was nominated for a 'César Award' for best supporting actress for her portrayal of 'Lisa' in "L'Appartement".
She has since played in numerous films including "Tears of the Sun" (2003), "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), "Le Deuxième souffle" (2007), "Don't Look Back" (2009), and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010).
Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film "Shoot 'Em Up" (2007), also voicing 'Kaileena' in the video game "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" and the French voice of 'Cappy' for the French version of »
- Michael Stevens
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- Justin Vactor
Jada Pinkett Smith knows a thing or two about wedding bliss. The 42-year-old actress, who has been happily married to husband Will Smith since 1997, took to Facebook on Sunday to share a bit of relationship advice and reveal her secret for sustaining a successful marriage after spending 17 years with her hubby. And it's a tip from which we can all benefit. "A message to a friend: A wise man shared with me yesterday one word responsible for his 24 years of marriage. You know what that word was...forgiveness. Happy Sunday:) J," Pinkett-Smith posted on social media, opting to share her sentiments sans a photo. The Matrix Reloaded star and her 45-year-old hubby are certainly a testament to »
Snowpiercer is not the masterpiece that you want it to be, but it’s a damn good try. South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language film attempts greatness, playing around with dystopian tropes, numerous cinematic allusions, and some obvious-but-still-sorta-ingenious neo-Marxist political philosophy to deliver a gritty but somehow darkly comedic (as is the case with most of Bong’s films) action thriller that’s worth your while only if you temper your inflated expectations.
In 2031, a device designed to eradicate global warming by lowering the Earth’s temperature backfires, throwing humanity into the next ice age. The only known survivors live on the titular train, created by a mysterious figure named Wilford, that is powered by a perpetual-motion engine travelling on a global track once every year, and is comprised of a train car-based class system (all of this being a seemingly skewed product of an Ayn Rand fever »
- Sean Hutchinson
Exclusive: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Japan’s Bees Connexion has announced But Life Goes On, starring Collin Chou from the Matrix series, has been picked up for international sales by Toronto-based 108 Media Corporation.
Written and directed by Yuji Kanda, the Japanese arthouse film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Based in La and Beijing, trilingual action talent Collin Chou is known for playing Seraph, protector of the Oracle in The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded. He plays the lead in But Life Goes On, as a taxi driver suffering from a traumatic event whose past catches up with him.
Ryo Ebe, director, Asia, at 108 Media Corporation explained their decision to pick up the film: “Japanese movies are having a very »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
It was the big sequel showdown of summer 2014: the R-rated comedy 22 Jump Street vs. the family-friendly How to Train Your Dragon 2. While the latter’s predecessor was a much bigger hit and widely expected to open at the top of the box office, it was the Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum team-up that rocketed to the #1 spot. The comedy sequel opened with an estimated $60 million, making it the fifth-largest opening for an R-rated film of all time (behind The Matrix Reloaded, The Hangover Part II, The Passion of the Christ and 300). It zoomed past the original’s $36.3 opening from March 2012, as well as raunchy summer hits Ted ($54.4 million) and Neighbors ($49 million).
22 Jump Street‘s victory over How to Train Your Dragon 2 was even more impressive considering the comedy was playing in nearly 1,000 fewer theatres and did not benefit from 3D surcharges. Not only that, but Phil Lord »
- Jordan Adler
It was the battle of the two sequels of two very popular movies - one an animated family friendly film with a cuddly dragon, and the other, a violent, profane R-rated buddy comedy.Now logic would assume that the animated film would be the victor, appealing to a larger, more mainstream audience of all ages; but instead it was the R-rated film that won this weekend. Who saw that coming?"22 Jump Street" grossed $60 million, making it the 4th highest weekend tally for any R-rated film ("The Matrix Reloaded" is still No. 1 with an opening $91.5 million)."How to Train Your Dragon 2" came in second with $50 million, which is being considered a disappointment, despite the »
What do drug dealing, prostitution and Hollywood have in common? If you answered ‘Charlie Sheen’ you’d be wrong…sort of. The correct answer is they all thrive on repeat business and nothing brings the crowds back into the cinema like the second and third films in a successful trilogy.
There are exceptions to every rule (cough) Iron Man 2 (cough) but generally speaking the second film in a trilogy always improves on the original. Characters can be further developed without having to spend valuable screen time explaining their motivations or origins. The film’s world can be further explored in greater detail and the scope of the story can be greatly expanded.
The second film also tends to be remembered more fondly than the third and final film for a myriad of reasons. The last film in the trilogy may struggle with providing a satisfying ending for example. »
- Kristopher Powell
Mark looks back at the much-reviled Matrix sequels and asks: what went wrong?
This article contains spoilers for the Matrix trilogy.
It seem like a long time ago to some of our younger readers, but those who were there will remember that 2003 was branded “the year of the Matrix” by Warner Bros. Four years after the first film knocked everybody's socks off, Andy and Lana Wachowski made two sequels, an animated anthology, a video game and numerous other tie-ins to expand upon a world that was only hinted at in the original.
The Matrix Reloaded became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time when it was released in May and held that record until the following Easter's The Passion Of The Christ. A vitriolic critical reception and bad word of mouth undercut any chance that the final instalment, The Matrix Revolutions, had in terms of topping its predecessor when »
Directed by Marc Webb
The distinct whiff of chaos pervades The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from its first scene, both narratively and visually. Because its director and writers aren’t likely intending on this sequel to a reboot to feel persistently, unavoidably messy and chaotic, it also winds up being about as mediocre despite having a handful of charming moments as its predecessor. The ensemble cast is full of charismatic performers, but only a few are allowed to utilize their inherent charm while others are shoved into comic-book character tropes awkwardly, as if they’re being forced to wear tight-fitting clothing for a family portrait. Even though Spider-Man and his world is as bright and colorful as that of The Avengers, the other big Marvel property these days, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 leans too hard on the »
- Josh Spiegel
The lawsuit was filed by Thomas Althouse in California federal court in 2013, who said that the suit was filed so late because plaintiff it was not till 2010 that he watched 'The Matrix Reloaded' and 'The Matrix Revolutions' and found that it resembled his 'The Immortals' script, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
He also said that he sent his script to Warner Bros. in 1993.
Judge R. Gary Klausner mentioned that the basic premises of the movie trilogy. »
- Meeta Kabra
It's official: The Matrix trilogy had nothing to do with Nazis. On Monday, Warner Bros., Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joel Silver won summary judgment in defense of a lawsuit that contended that the Keanu Reeves starrer was stolen. The lawsuit came from Thomas Althouse in California federal court in 2013. Why so late? The plaintiff said that it was not until 2010 that he had watched The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and began investigating the possibility that those films released way back in 2003 had possible similarities to his own script, The Immortals. Althouse said he had submitted
- Eriq Gardner
Movies inherently rely on the viewer’s suspension of disbelief, especially when they introduce new worlds, incredible creatures, superheroes, mass destruction, and mind-bending visuals. We live in a world where things like CGI and motion capture are such a common practice that we hardly think twice about them, accepting what is presented on screen and moving on.
However, there’s still something to be said about “movie magic,” and contemporary filmmakers don’t get enough credit for the incredible tricks they pull off each year. Some would argue that gazing behind the curtain, and looking at the plethora of behind-the-scenes images and videos that find their way from movie sets onto the internet only ruins the illusion (after all, a magician never reveals his secrets), but sometimes the results can be quite impressive.
The iconic images that have been achieved using such smoke-and-mirrors techniques as »
- James Garcia
Neophyte actor /producer Josh Howlett came up with the idea after watching a story on Espn.s Aussies Abroad which chronicled how five Aussies were recruited by Saint Mary.s College near San Francisco and contributed to the team.s greatest success in 50 years.
Robert Lewis Galinsky is writing the screenplay and serving as executive producer. Howlett will produce via his new company Handmade Media in league with a Us producer whom he declines to name until the project is fully funded.
He said roughly half the development budget has been raised from private investors and the plan is shoot the film next year, two-thirds of it on location in the Us. Howlett and Galinsky have a short-list of Us directors. »
- Don Groves
French actor Lambert Wilson, best known for his role as The Merovingian in "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" has been chosen to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival next month. Wilson first made an appearance at Cannes in 1985 for the film "Rendez-vous," co-starring alongside Juliette Binoche. He later served as jury president for the Un Certain Regard section in 1999. Most recently; however, he starred in 2010 Jury Prize winner "Of Gods and Men," which earned him a Cesar award. Wilson will open up this years' festival on May 14th and will introduce jury president Jane Campion ("The Piano" and "Top of the Lake") as well as the opening film, "Grace of Monaco." The rest of Cannes lineup will be announced April 17th. »
- Eric Eidelstein
French actor Lambert Wilson will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Cannes Film Festival next month. Wilson will host the festival’s opening night on May 14, including welcoming jury president Jane Campion to open the festival, as well as the closing awards on May 24. Photos: 50 Never-Before-Seen Portraits From Cannes Grace of Monaco will be the opening night film, with last year’s jury member Nicole Kidman gracing the red carpet once again. Festival regular Wilson, best known in the U.S. for his role in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, first came to
- Rhonda Richford
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)
But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor »
- Darren Franich
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