It’s a truth universally acknowledged that The Matrix is a great science-fiction movie, but there is more to it than that. For its 20th anniversary I’m going to take a look at all the elements that made The Wachowski’s movie such a cinematic milestone and how it raised the bar for all subsequent genre movies. When The Matrix was released in 1999 it opened up new vistas of imagination in screen science-fiction – a domain of cyber existence that no film had yet explored. It was a sci-fi movie that changed the genre. It was, in fact, a movie that changed film-making in general.
Class of 1999 is a spiritual successor to Mark L. Lester’s Class of 1984; a tale of revenge that depicted an increasingly violent gang clashing with the music teacher of a troubled inner-city high school. The tagline for Class of 1984 – “Look at us. We are the future. You can’t stop us. Don’t even try.” – was derived from a comment made in the film by the leader of the gang, Peter Stegman (played by director Timothy Van Patten): “I am the future!”
But that was 1984. The year is now 1999…
“The ultimate teaching machine… out of control.”
Cavity Colors fights back with a collection of officially licensed Terminator 2 merchandise 💀 – featuring a wide array of exclusive apparel designed by Devon Whitehead, and five killer new enamel pins designed by Matt Skiff.
“The Survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against machines.”
“You must learn to be faster than any punch or kick, that way won’t get hit.” Comet TV, Charge! and Attack from Planet B are delivering a pulse-pounding cyber-slam, to give one randomly chosen person the offensive maneuvers to win awesome movie merchandise. “Action has a new hero.”
Competition ends Tuesday, April 3rd 2018
This December, Gregory Suicide was released via Dark Horse Books to both brick and mortar, and online comic book stores everywhere. I have my copy, and I suggest you do the same. The hardcover graphic novel is written by Eric Grissom, with artwork by Will Perkins.
“[Gregory Suicide] deals with what it means to be flawed and the wonderful humanity in that, all while tackling our disposable society.”
In 1992 Albert Pyun directed his 14th feature length film since debuting in 1982 with the sword & sorcery fantasy, The Sword and the Sorcerer. At the time of writing this review, Pyun has directed over 50 movies, so to say that Pyun, as a director, was (and still is) prolific is an understatement… He is a fucking machine!
From the moment the title appears, until the end-credits roll, Nemesis is a sequence of non-stop, over-the-top action set pieces woven together by a myriad of influences.
“In the future… it pays to be more than human.”
Japanese anime has become a global worldwide culture for many reasons. Becoming popular in Japan after the second world war, anime provided an alternative format for storytelling. The common misconception in the west is that animation is primarily aimed towards the children, but this is not the case in Japan.
“For most Japanese consumers of anime, their culture is no longer a purely Japanese one (and indeed it probably hasn’t been for over a century and a half). At least in terms of entertainment, they are as equally interested by Western cultural influences as they are by specifically Japanese ones.”
Battle Royale (2000): Enforcing the terms of the new ‘Battle Royale Act’ one class of ninth-grade students is selected annually by lottery and relocated to an isolated island, fitted with explosive collars, given random weapons and forced to participate in a 3-day survival competition in which the last student left alive is the winner.
“There’s a way out of this game. Kill yourselves together…here…now. If you can’t do that, then don’t trust anyone… just run.”
When a new era of Asian horror films entered mainstream Western cinema with Hideo Nakata’s ‘The Ring’, Asian horror movies were soon perceived to be chasing Hollywood’s more hackneyed horror efforts into the shadows.