The underwhelming Matrix sequel

By in Arts And Entertainment, Random Thoughts on March 27 2015


The first Matrix was one hell of a film. It helped redefine science fiction for the new generation by incorporating not just western science fiction references but also styles from Japanese manga, anime and wuxia movies. The Matrix was revolutionary and it became the bar by which “cool” movies were measured.
It’s a shame that the two subsequent sequels failed to live up to the promise of the first movie and even damaged its potential to become a classic much like the Star Wars have become over the years. It’s going to take a few more years to find out if The Matrix’s reputation does survive the effects of the poorly received sequels.

Awards and Nominations

By in Trivia on March 20 2015

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By: MJ

The Matrix movie received Oscar Awards on the following areas:

a.) Film Editing
b.) Sound Effects Editing
c.) Visual Effects
d.) Sound

The Matrix also became the first ever movie that received the Academy Awards for Visual Effects against the Star Wars series (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). It won the 1999 Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. Moreover, it had received awards for Best Sound and Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects. Other than that, it had also been nominated for an award in the following categories:

a.) cinematography
b.) production design
c.) editing categories

The Matrix and Philosophy

By in Information on March 13 2015

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The Matrix and Philosophy is a compilation of 20 essays by professional philosophers and professors. Each essay is about 8 to 25 pages long and gives the reader a solid introduction to theory without overloading you with complex ideas. It’s aimed at those who are curious about philosophy, using the roots of The Matrix as its starting point into deeper thinking. The Matrix and Philosophy is divided into five different sections, each focusing on a certain aspect of the Matrix. Topics covered include moralism, skepticism, reductive materialism, Marxism, etc. If you’ve always wanted to know more about philosophy but wasn’t sure about where to begin, this is a good place to start.

Acclaims and Criticisms

By in Trivia on March 6 2015

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By: MJ

The movie of Matrix Trilogy had been applauded for its action stunts and interesting graphic effects. But the acclaims seemed at its climax for the first two movies only. Many were amazed by the storyline of modern technology and the supernatural. The audience noticed more interest in the animation rather than the flow of events.

Critics have been extremely disappointed with the last movie of the Matrix Trilogy. The events were said to have ended with unclear and preposterous conclusions. Certain events have left the viewers confused and annoyed because there was no rational ending. Moreover, the music even degraded from its “coolness” to “stupidity” states one critic in a forum.

Life Lesson # 3

By in Information on February 26 2015

So one does not have to dissect the Matrix movies or to look at each and every line in order to get a life lesson from it. One of the main story lines throughout the three movies can serve as out life lesson # 3. And this is that Love is Important, possibly the meaning of life itself. Neo’s relationship with Trinity from beginning to end and the importance of this event in Neo’s life fully supports this.

As we pass through our lives, we will no doubt gather experiences, meet new people, create and recreate goals and dreams but it cannot be denied that there is one thing that every person strives for whether they know it consciously or not, and that is the pursuit of love and happiness. Once a person has this, it is interesting to see how and what he or she will give up for it. So it is not hard to understand this third life lesson nor is it hard to accept that, indeed, love is the root of life.

弾丸時間エフェクト:説明

By in Imp @ja on February 19 2015


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マトリックス三部作は「弾丸時間」(Bullet time)と言われる視覚効果を一般化したことで有名だ。 これは観客が一瞬の時間をスローモーションで捉えながら、カメラは被写体を中心に普通の速度で一周しているように見せる技術だ。 この効果を得られるとされている一つの手法はハイスピードカメラをレール上に固定し、ロケットを使用してこのアクションが起こっている時にそれを捉えるという手法だ。 この手法はカメラが壊される事と、第一に制御不可能である事から実行不可能とされた。 後で場面を再現するために昔写真を撮るときに使われていた手法を使用された。 それは一般的に知られている「時間割写真」(time-slice photography)だった。 この手法は静止画を撮るカメラが数台、被写体の周りに設置され、同時にシャッターを押してアクションを捉える。 結果として、観客はそのアクションの二次元的なスライス効果を見ることとなるのだ。

Bullet-Time Effects: Explained

By in Information on February 12 2015


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The Matrix trilogy is known for popularizing the use of a visual effect known as “bullet time”. It allows the viewer to explore a moment, progressing in slow-motion as the camera appears to circle around the scene at normal speed. One technique supposedly planned to create those effects involved mounting a high speed camera along a fixed track, using a rocket to capture the action while it happened. It was soon considered to be unfeasible due to the fact that the camera wil surely be destroyed and it will be uncontrollable in the first place. An old photography technique was later used to catch the scene. It is what we commonly know as time-slice photography. It involves a number of still-image cameras placed around an object and simultaneously triggered to capture the action. As a result, the viewers see a two-dimensional slice effect of the captured scene.

Enter The Matrix

By in Information on February 5 2015

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Enter the Matrix is the first licensed game based on The Matrix movie series and is an essential part of the plot of the overall Matrix story. As a player you’ll get to enter the Matrix itself and experience the martial arts and gunplay, which is a trademark of the movie. Besides the hand to hand combat and gun fighting, you also get to drive Niobe’s car from The Matrix Reloaded, pilot the fastest hovercraft the Logos, visit the Oracle, hack into your computer, and battle Agents. The game isn’t merely set in the Matrix universe. Rather, it’s a whole new aspect of the Matrix experience set in between the first and second installments in the trilogy. Whenever Niobe and Ghost go off the screen in The Matrix Reloaded, they’re probably handling a mission in Enter the Matrix.

The Matrix Reloaded – Persephone

By in Information on January 29 2015

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First, the movie Persephone. Played by Monica Bellucci, Persephone is the wife of Merovingian. Neo and crew are told by the Oracle to talk with Merovingian because he holds the “Keymaster” – and the Keymaster is who they need to open a special door to get the answers they need. He opens a gateway to new knowledge.

Merovingian refuses to give up the Keymaster, and talks to them about choice and lack of choice. He demonstrates that he gave a gorgeous woman some food to make her super-horny, and that she has no choice about her feeling this way. He then of course proceeds to go and “take advantage” of her in this state. Persephone has had enough at this point, and tells Neo that she will give him the Keymaster – in return for a REAL kiss. Neo is unsure but agrees to do it.

Matrix Plot (Part 2 of 6)

By in Matrix Plot on January 22 2015

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It’s 2199 and humanity is fighting against machines that were created in the early 21st century. Thick black clouds conquered the sky due to the attempt by humans to cut off the supply of solar power. The machines used human beings as their energy source. People in pods are used to absorb bioelectrical energy and body heat. 1999 is the world which Neo inhabited and he is now living in an illusory stimulated reality construct due to the birth of the Matrix. The group of Morpheus can unplug others from the matrix and include them in their team against the machines. According to Morpheus, Neo is “The One” that was predicted to end the war between the humans and machines through his limitless control over the Matrix.