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Matrix Reloaded...looks great, less filling

Posted on 2003.05.16 at 00:48
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: Johnny Cash-Ring of Fire
So I went and saw the new Matrix movie with Peter and Sarah, my bro-in-law and sister, respectively. We were going to see X-Men, which Sarah seems unexpectedly keen to see, but it was sold out. So, Matrix. While this is undeniably one of the most visually stunning movies ever made, the story is total crap. The acting is bad, except for the evil Agent Smith, who does a seriously good job of delighting in his deviltry. Most of the way through the movie, someone remembered that there was supposed to be a plot, so the completely extraneous character of "The Architect" or whatever he was called is introduced, who explains the whole thing, in this bizarre monologue that makes no sense, but which did allow me to experience the sound of an entire theater's worth of eyes glazing over.
What there is of the plot is a thoroughly diluted version of Philip K. Dick's books, especially Valis. Read that. But who cares about the story?????? There is action aplenty! Keanu can fly!!!! There are albinos who can turn into ghosts! Motorcycles flip off of moving trucks! That is pretty much worth the price of admission, but I would like to see an edited version with none of the plot, just the action scenes. It would still be about an hour long, and more enjoyable.
And just in case anyone was wondering if there is a lady in Iowa who sculpts things out of butter, there is. She specializes in making cows, but also has made Garth Brooks and Dwight Eisenhower. There is even a movie on her site of this woman making a cow sculpture out of butter. Her name is Norma "Duffy" Lyon, but she is better known as the Butter Cow Lady.
Now I ask you... could the computers have dreamed anything like that up? Never.

On a sad note, we should all listen to Ring of Fire in honor of its co-writer, June Carter Cash, of blessed memory, who died this morning. Johnny Cash is a true American hero, and I hope he can find some comfort soon. While he sang Ring of Fire, June actually wrote the words, and they are about her falling in love with him. The world is a poorer place for having lost her.


(Anonymous) at 2003-05-16 12:41 (UTC) (Link)


Today is Friday. I went to bed last night praying that I would wake up this morning and realize that the HORRIBLE Lakers loss was all a bad dream. Unfortunately, although it WAS A BAD DREAM, it was reality. So, I will must now drown my sorrows in Nestles' Quik, lick my wounds and chocolate mustache, and begin the healing process. After three kick-azz seasons, I forgot how to lose.

I'm humbled.
And...in need of Nestles' Quik.

theservant at 2003-05-16 12:43 (UTC) (Link)


Come to Boston! You will remember!
(Anonymous) at 2003-05-19 11:48 (UTC) (Link)


couldn't agree more about the matrix...but still entertaining and unfortunately I will probabaly shell out $10 to see the final on coming out later this year

I still want to see x-men 2 --Sarah
theservant at 2003-05-19 11:54 (UTC) (Link)

Re: agree

Yeah, true on both counts. Oh well. Who am I to be above manipulation by the military-industrial-entertainment complex? It was good for what it was, it just wasn't that much besides eye candy.
(Anonymous) at 2003-05-19 20:43 (UTC) (Link)

from the hometown folk

Well, I was terribly saddened by June Carter Cash's recent dance off this stage. I'm glad you have the time to keep us up to speed on such events. What a duo...
theservant at 2003-05-19 20:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: from the hometown folk

They were. Their duet on "Springtime in Alaska" is haunting.
(Anonymous) at 2003-05-25 20:06 (UTC) (Link)

Re: from the hometown folk

What do you have of theirs? I'd love to hear some.
theservant at 2003-05-25 21:10 (UTC) (Link)

Re: from the hometown folk

We'll talk later, when the feds aren't listening in...
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