DVD Of The Day: The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix

You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.

The Stats
The Director:  The Wachowski Brothers
The Cast:  Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano
The Release Date: 1999
The Runtime: 136 Minutes

The Plot

A computer hacker learns that his reality isn’t real, it’s just a computer program designed to keep him docile while machines feed on his energy. He “wakes up” and the revolution begins…

The Lowdown

OK, if you’ve never seen The Matrix, please hand in your Man Card. It’s been officially revoked.

Seriously, though… we have all seen this movie. If it wasn’t for the putridly terrible Phantom Menace, it would have been the biggest movie of 1999. The thing is, it’s been years since I sat down and watched it. Why? Well, we have those crappy sequels to blame for that. Those movies left such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t want to pick up and watch the original again.

But recently, I re-watched it. And I’ll be damned if it isn’t just as good as when I first saw it in theatres 11 years ago. It definitely holds up.

Seriously, everything about this movie works. It takes the man VS machine aspect of sci-fi and improves it. Its special effects and CGI STILL hold up all these years later. In fact, I dare say most current CG doesn’t even hold a candle to The Matrix. If that wasn’t enough, the Wachowski brothers were so revolutionary in their filmmaking, that when they realized they couldn’t get some of the shots they wanted with the technology of the time: THEY FUCKING INVENTED NEW TECHNOLOGY. I don’t care what anyone says, that’s awesome.

On top of the that, you have probably the greatest fight scenes ever recorded on film. Go out of your way to re-watch this sci-fi action classic. Just pretend the story ends here and never watch those sequels again.

Site Updates – Podcasts, Reviews, And Turtles – Oh My!

Turtles Week is kicking all kinds of ass. We got two AWESOME articles up by Brandon Myers and Sportsguy515 respectively. Firstly, Brandon reviews a plethora of TMNT video games here in the latest Classic Gaming Retrospective. Then, Sportsguy begins the first in a series of movie reviews covering the TMNT 1990s films, starting with the first one here.

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RETRO-Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]

In celebration of Turtles Week here at SuperfriendsUniverse.com, I will be reviewing a TMNT film each day, starting today (Wednesday – in conjunction with tonight’s broadcast of Superfriends) and ending on Saturday with the latest film, the CGI-based TMNT. But for right now, let’s start at the beginning…


Details about X-Men: First Class from Bryan Singer

We’ve been waiting for a new X-Men film for quite some time now, including the infamous Magneto solo film, but Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and X-Men 2: X-Men United, is dishing out some secrets about the story of the film:

-The movie is set in the 1960s. JFK is President.

-Charles Xavier will have hair and use of his legs (mostly).

-The Hellfire Club are the antagonists, with Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, and January Jones as Emma Frost (which means they are indeed ignoring the character as established in WOLVERINE).

-Costumes will be more “comic bookish” than previous mutant movies.

-No Cyclops or Jean Grey. But there are still MORE characters we haven’t heard about yet.

-The movie will have “a much more international feel than the prior X-MEN movies.”

I hope its good. You can read the entire article here.

DVD of the Day: The Kingdom (2007)

The Kingdom

Don’t fear them, my child. We are going to kill them all.

The Stats
The Director:  Peter Berg
The Cast:  Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven
The Release Date: 2007
The Runtime: 110 Minutes

The Plot

After a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia kills one of their own, four FBI agents head to foreign territory and try to investigate what truly went down

The Lowdown

In the post 9/11 world there have been a good deal of films released about terrorism. Some movies take it really seriously and are depressing as hell. Others take the pure action route. The Kingdom falls somewhere in the middle. This film succeeds in being both a political “message” kind of movie, but also has some pretty sweet action sequences.

On top of that, though, the film is also a “police procedural” as well. Once the FBI agents get to Saudi Arabia, it follows their process and investigation to find out just what the hell blew up their friend, and who was responsible for it. And it tops it all off with an incredible action/chase sequence that is incredibly suspenseful. One of the agents is kidnapped and is about to be executed on camera… can the rest of the team get there in time to save him? Pretty tense shit right there.

The film is incredibly well cast as well. Foxx really dials down his normal tendencies to over perform and delivers a really kind of stoic, bad-ass performance. Chirs Cooper and Jason Bateman are pretty much great in anything they do. Jennifer Garner isn’t great, she’s not bad, but not great either. However, she’s hot… so can you really complain? The only real complaint about the cast is Jeremy Piven who is playing the same character he plays in everything he’s ever done.

Don’t be afraid that this movie is going to preach to you. It won’t. At the end of the day it does have a “message,” but it’s not over the top. But if that kind of stuff does bother you, you still get a really good action thriller.