Fun with Franchises: The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Part II — “Less Bullshit, More Hugo Weaving”

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We continue with another entry in our Fun with Franchises series. This week’s film is The Matrix Reloaded.

Fun with Franchises is a series born out of my friend Colin and I realizing how much fun it was for the two of us to watch the same movie separately and then share our reactions. We started by watching all of the James Bond movies, for the purposes of ranking them for the blog. I brought him in because he was much more of a Bond expert than I was at the time, and I felt his perspective would liven things up. He would be the color commentator to my play-by-play man.

We soon discovered that, by watching the movies separately and then putting everything we said together in the same place, hilarity ensued. We each brought in our own observations, not knowing what the other would say, and then reacted…

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Trailer Park Tuesday



After the slowest weekend at the movies so far this year, it looks like the box office is going to get that much needed jolt in a few days.  With spring approaching, we’re finally getting to the good stuff again.  This weekend you have two choices: a family friendly fairytale or murder, mayhem and the mob.  9 times out of 10 I’d go for the latter, but I’ve seen Taken 1-16 and I’m a little over Action Neeson at this point.  So, my pick of the week goes to Cinderella.  Yeah, you heard me. Now, I don’t need to sell this one too much, do I?  We all know the story.  It’s Disney.  Kenneth Branagh directs.  It’s going to be good.  I only wonder why more A-listers didn’t sign on.  At least we have Cate Blanchett.  She hasn’t let us down yet and I don’t foresee it happening now.


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Tim Burton To Direct Disney’s Live-Action Dumbo Film


Following his recent Margaret Keane biopic Big Eyes and the currently-in-production Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children, director Tim Burton is making plans to return to Walt Disney Pictures for a new live action adaptation of an animated feature. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Alice in Wonderland helmer will take on Dumbo, first announced for development last summer.

The original animated Dumbo, released in 1941, marked Disney’s fourth full-length animated feature and told the story of a young circus elephant who, mocked for his enormous ears, discovers that he can actually use them to fly.

The new film, which is planned to blend CGI and live-action, will feature a screenplay by Transformers scribe Ehren Kruger.

Disney has been finding quite a bit of success lately with live action takes on their classic films. The recent Maleficent grossed more than $750 million worldwide while Burton’s own Alice in Wonderland took in…

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Whatever Metacritic, or, Chappie is Better Than Jupiter Ascending

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Critics have not been kind to Chappie. Sure, Neil Blomkamp’s latest film has plot holes and an ending that stands in defiance of the movie’s otherwise emotionally and philosophically engaging themes, but it’s by no means a terrible movie. I left it slightly disappointed in its final twenty minutes, but any disappointment I felt was far overshadowed by sheer shock at just how critically eviscerated the movie was.

Metacritic, a site that aggregates films’ critical reception on a 100-point scale, lists the quantified critical reaction to Chappie as precisely equal to that of Jupiter Ascending.


So before I really say anything about Chappie I just wanted to let you know that that’s insane.

Here goes.

That’s insane.

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In Chappie, Blomkamp’s signature South African Sci-Fi ghetto of the not too distant future becomes the setting of its broadest subject matter yet. Where District 9…

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