Where’s The Matrix???

Posted: June 27, 2007 in Uncategorized
The American Film Institute released their list of Top 100 movies of all time a few days ago. Although the speaking lines of the script was only slightly better than wretched, Star Wars somehow made it all the way up to #13 on the list. Although it tanked at the box office, Blade Runner made #97. Although there is an entire warehouse somewhere loaded with DVDs that didn’t sell, Titanic made #83. So the question is: why was The Matrix left off the list? Besides the fact that this movie single-handedly propelled DVD players into every home YEEEARS after DVD was introduced, The Matrix had all of the elements of a classic film:
  • The audience is taken along with the lead character on a journey of discovery (what is the matrix?)
  • Good vs. Eeeeville
  • A love story (boy meets girl, girl loves boy, boy is CLUELESS, girl wins boy)
  • The reluctant hero
  • The wise mentor…who can "jump" (Morpheus is actually crazy, but Ben Kenobi was a crazy old wizard, too)
  • Benedict Ahhnuld character
  • An unrelenting, seemingly undefeatable enemy (you see an agent…you run)
  • Lead character’s self-discovery and self-awareness (you won’t need to dodge bullets)
  • Cool clothes, cool phones, cool shades, cool attitudes…by people who in the ‘real world’ look like the homeless people you see living under a bridge
  • The perfect accompanying music soundtrack
  • Camera angles and shots that made comic books come alive
  • Guns. Lots of guns.
  • He knows Kung-Fu.

There’s just no justice in the world…

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