jdreyer wrote on Jan 2, 2022, 23:34:
Definitely looking forward to Don't Look Up. What a cast, and I'm a sucker for that science vs politics source material. And yes, I expect to combine RedEye and BoP: I will simultaneously find it cathartic and depressing.
Currently watching The Silent Sea on Netflix. Stars Doona Bae from Cloud Atlas (although I first became a fan seeing her in Linda Linda Linda) and Gong Yoo from Train to Busan and Squid Game. Three episodes in and enjoying Aliens meets Moon meets Stranger Things plotline.
I watched Matrix Resurrections. I think the first 40 minutes are mindblowingly good, and wish they had continued with the story as initially posited (spoilers): the first three movies are games designed by Thomas Anderson, and Trinity is a muse that he's been watching come and go in a cafe for 15 years. It would have been awesome if they had made his discovery of and relationship with Trinity the key to realizing they were still stuck in the Matrix, kind of a Matrix romantic dramedy. But alas, they went in a different direction, and while there are some interesting things there, I think it's a missed opportunity. Oddly, Keanu's acting during that first 40 minutes is superb, but somehow falls off in the second half of the movie, almost as if he lost interest when the story went more conventional. Carrie Ann Moss is excellent as always. She's worked consistently for the past 20 years, but I always thought she should have been a bigger star than she was. And Jessica Henwick needs to be a superstar already.
20 years on and i finally figured out what was wrong with the sequels while watching resurrections.
the resonant power of the original was its main theme of Rising up, and the relentless struggle; both against the powers that be and the mental chains that hold us back. the sequels completely abandoned this idea of the limitless capacity of people to fight, and turned into a basic-ass action adventure. what needed to happen was for Neo to die in the second one, and for someone else to take up the mantle; on and on until the fight is won, which may be never.
resurrections on its own was entertaining enough as a digital romance, but had almost no DNA thematically with the originals. a complete failure of possibility.