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Cross The Streams With The Matrix: Revolutions, Jean-Claude Van Damme, And Christian Slater

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There’s a pretty good chance you’re still too busy with holiday events or traveling to sit around watching movies and TV on the Internet. And that’s probably a good thing in this case, as the titles we have for you in this week’s Cross the Streams are only worth your time if you’re into bad movies or interesting nonfiction series. Depends on if you took the blue pill or the red pill, I guess.

The Matrix: Revolutions
The Matrix: Revolutions (Amazon Prime Instant)
It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since I felt the supreme disappointment that accompanied me as I walked out of the theater after watching The Matrix: Revolutions. There was obviously no way it would be better than the original film, but I’d hoped the Wachowskis would have spent as much time on the story as they did on that massive battle scene, the one part of the movie worth the watch, even though it looks much more dated than I would have expected. As part of a trilogy marathon to show your kids or your friend who was trapped in that gravel pit for the last 20 years, it’s probably worth going back to, but never as a standalone.


The Matrix Wins Lawsuit, Wasn’t Actually About Jesus Fighting Nazis

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the matrixIt appears writer Thomas Althouse took the red pill this week, or rather was force-fed a red pill and told to go on about his day. Last year, Althouse took Warner Bros., Andy and Lana Wachowski, and Joel Silver to court, alleging the filmmaking siblings ripped off his unproduced screenplay The Immortals with The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. A California federal court ruled the properties were dissimilar and spooned Althouse’s lawsuit right out of the door. (There is no spoon.)

Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled “the basic premises of The Matrix trilogy and The Immortals are so different that it would be unreasonable to find their plots substantially similar.” This is where I’d make a joke about how Althouse’s script was about a youth league football team who needs to win the big game, but the actual plot is even more vastly different.


The Matrix Re-Reloaded: A New Trilogy In The Works?

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the-matrix-revolutions-neo.jpgWith the popularity of the reboot trend, we’ve been seeing plenty of older film franchises getting a new coat of paint, including Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man, and X-Men. Now it looks like Warner Bros. is bringing a sci-fi classic back to bat that we never expected: rumor has it we’ll be traveling back into The Matrix once again.

According to Latino Review’s inside sources, Warner Bros. and Andy and Lana Wachowski are teaming up again for a new Matrix trilogy. While the last Matrix movie was released more than 10 years ago in 2003, Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis are allegedly looking to breathe new life into a franchise whose second and third installments left many fans cold. While Latino Review is usually a solid source when it comes to exclusives like this, I’d still take this with a grain of salt. Latino Review has been proven wrong from time to time.


The Matrix Trilogy Gets An Honest Trailer

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In 1999, the Wachowskis released a game-changer of a science fiction movie called The Matrix. The film was ahead of its time, with amazing visual effects, story design, and action sequences. It brought the Wachowskis into the mainstream, and spawned countless copycats in the years that followed. Four years later, the Wachowskis would release two sequel films, The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions, which built upon the mythology of the original. Sadly, the sequel films were just shells of their predecessor’s greatness.


Hugo Weaving Reprises His Role As The Matrix’s Agent Smith In New Commercial

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The Matrix has been a pop culture touchstone since its initial release in 1999. The film was a revolutionary piece of science fiction that examined the meaning of life, existence, and humanity’s relationship with machines, while also delivering mind-bending action sequences and special effects. A few years later the visionaries behind The Matrix release two sequel films – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – that fell extremely short in quality to the greatness of the original film. 10 years later, it seems like The Matrix is making a small comeback in pop culture.

The commercial above features Hugo Weaving reprising his iconic role as the villain in The Matrix┬ámovies – Agent Smith. Although The Wachowskis didn’t direct the commercial, director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington) took the helm to re-create the look and feel of The Matrix.


The Matrix’s Wachowskis Sued For Alleged Copyright Infringement

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The first time I watched The Matrix, I was really blown away by how many ideas the Wachowskis threw into the slick martial arts extravaganza. Conversely, I was astounded by how many of those ideas foundered once the sequels came into play. Still, though, pretty cool fight scenes.

Clearly someone who has never farted and passed it off as someone else’s, Hawaii’s Thomas Althouse is representing himself in a lawsuit against Lana and Andy Wachowski, as well as producer Joel Silver and Warner Bros., suing them all for copyright infringement to the tune of $300 million, claiming they stole ideas from a script he’d written. Althouse submitted his Writers Guild-registered screenplay, The Immortals, to Warner Bros. in 1993 , a year prior to the Wachowskis’ arrival at the WB with original scripts for Bound and The Matrix.

To be clear, Althouse is saying that The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions are the real culprits, and not just for wasting viewers’ time. He says the sequels stole his ideas concerning the “neck enhancers” that characters use to slip in and out of the virtual world, as well as claiming that Neo bears a striking resemblance to his Immortals character Jim.

The two questions that spring to mind are, “Who would take responsibility for those overblown money-chasers?” and “Why now?” Well, it turns out Althouse only recently realized he’d been ripped off when he first watched the two Matrix sequels in 2010. Maybe there’s some hope for this guy after all.

(Lawsuits of this kind are pretty common in Hollywood. James Cameron has been sued multiple times in recent years by people claiming he ripped off their ideas for Avatar.)

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