The Matrix films
Jan. 10, 2010 | 4:21 p.m.
Bring it on? John Harlow, writing for The Times of London, reports that the success of “Avatar” and its less-in-your-face style of 3-D is inspiring Hollywood executives to eye their archives for films of the fantastic that might be represented with a new dimension: Hollywood is preparing to re-release some past hits, including “Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, in 3-D following the record-breaking success of “Avatar.” Studio executives are drawing up schedules of popular films that will be “retro-fitted” with 3-D technology after the science fiction blockbuster, directed by James Cameron, last week became the second highest grossing movie of all time. A 3-D version of “Avatar” has driven ticket sales to more than $1.14 billion in just three weeks; only “Titanic,” Cameron’s 1997 epic, has made more money at the box office. Rival studios had been […]
March 26, 2009 | 10:28 p.m.
Ten years? It’s hard to believe that, on the last day of this month, a full decade will have passed since Neo broke through The Matrix and changed the perception (and ambition) of special-effects flicks forever. Jammed with both adrenaline and ambition, "The Matrix" and its sequels left audiences awestruck and, coming two years after the odious Joel Schumacher camp-fest of "Batman & Robin," it signaled that the future of successful fanboy films was to get smarter, not dumber. Andy and Larry Wachowski directed the “best comic book movie ever made even if it’s not a comic book,” according to "Constantine" producer, Michael Uslan, and the film’s influence still echoes; there may never have been a greenlight for "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" without "Matrix," and certainly not one for "Watchmen." Forget the symbolism, who could forget seeing Hugo […]
Oct. 04, 2008 | 11:55 p.m.
Roger Ebert has a quirky piece that popped up this week on his website. Turns out he went to see a special screening of "The Godfather" at Kinowerks in Chicago and ran into the Wachowski Brothers. Kinowerks’ post-production sound, editing and screening facilities are state-of-the-art. The screening room has big reclining chairs. Who walked in but Andy and Larry Wachowski and their S.O.s. They’re zillionaires after the "Matrix" trilogy, but they looked like guys who had spent way too much time playing "Speed Racer" before making it into a movie. Nice people. Friendly. No Hollywood attitude. The blogosphere paints them as mysterious recluses, which may add to the legend but doesn’t match the reality. I’m guessing that Ebert never read Peter Wilkinson’s 2006 article in Rolling Stone about Larry Wachowski, which adds considerably to the legend of "The Matrix" mastermind. […]