May 14, 2003 |
At some point, the balance tipped and the cult of The Matrix became the culture of The Matrix. The Matrix Reloaded, the sequel to the Keanu Reeves sci-fi action flick that grossed $171.4 million in 1999, officially opens tomorrow in the United States and 15 other countries. But many eager philosophy buffs, cyber punks and martial-arts fans will jam selected theaters late this evening for the rollout of what is expected to be the summer's biggest blockbuster. Directed by brothers Andy and Larry Wachowski, the Matrix series - a third film is scheduled for November release - is a pop culture phenomenon that has influenced movies, music, video games, fashion and advertising even as it confounds those who prefer narratives that don't require a study guide.
March 31, 1999 |
"The Matrix" is about a war between oppressed humans and a hidden enemy fought with perception-altering software on a battleground of psychic projections. Yet despite the availability of such astonishing technology, both sides agree: We'll settle this with kung fu and guns. It's an attitude that suits "The Matrix," a loud, expensive-looking movie with the mind of a ambitious sci-fi epic and the soul of a Hong Kong action flick. It almost could have been made by two people.
May 16, 2003 |
OK, maybe Aristotle didn't give a fig about the issue, but: What does Tastee Wheat really taste like? And what about those other puzzles in The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded. You know, "What's really real?" And "What's control, anyway?" They're almost as challenging as the $195 million question (as in prorated investment for the first two films): Are the two movies just big-budget Hollywood product, reeking wannabe philosophical pretension to suck in the dollars of pseudo-intellectual teen fry with the rest of the masses?
May 17, 2003 |
Trinity: It's the question, Neo. It's the question that drives us. It's the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did. Neo: What is the Matrix? Trinity: The answer is out there, Neo, and it's looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to. Yeah, right, the answer is out there. But so are the questions. It's been four years since The Matrix, the Wachowski Brothers' super-great cyberdelic mind trip, presented us with the cosmic conundrum.
November 27, 2001 |
The under-21 dance club Matrix, the scene of repeated problems in recent months, was denied a renewal of its operating license last night. In a 6-0 vote, the Township Council voted to turn down the club's application for a public-amusement license, based on the opinion of Police Chief Brian Malloy. After the vote, Malloy said that he could not "in good conscience" recommend the approval of the license for Matrix. The latest disturbance to bring police to the Cuthbert Boulevard club occurred early Sunday morning, when several fights erupted inside Matrix and spilled out into the parking lot. Police from surrounding areas had to be called in to lend assistance.
September 30, 1988 |
The Matrix Organization Inc., a business-consulting firm in King of Prussia, expects "a fairly dramatic increase" in employment because of a French firm's investment, Matrix's chief operating officer said yesterday. CGI Systems Inc. of Pearl River, N.Y., the U.S. division of CGI, a software and consulting firm based in Paris, acquired controlling interest in Matrix on Aug. 29. Terms were not disclosed. CGI's most successful product is a software system called Pacbase, which simplifies the process of programming mainframe computers, said CGI Systems spokesman Walter Stradling.
February 12, 1996 |
Working to raise money for Our Place, a social center for people with HIV and AIDS, the group Matrix performs at St. Luke's Church in Willingboro. The fund-raising event Saturday was the center's first since it lost $2,700 to embezzlers. On stage were (from left) Richard Peterson, Andy Sinatra and Joe Nickel.
March 4, 2002 |
A group of residents has filed a petition with the Bucks County Board of Elections seeking a ballot referendum that would establish a commission to study the township's government. The 48-page referendum petition was filed last month by Better Government for 2002. The petition alleges that Lower Makefield's Board of Supervisors acted improperly when it approved the Matrix Development Group Inc.'s plan to build the $200 million Octagon Center, a 185-acre hotel-retail-office complex, in December 2000.
February 6, 2004 |
Efforts to build a national terrorism and crime database for police have slowed as more and more states raise privacy concerns about the federally funded project. But one of the earliest proponents of the plan - the Pennsylvania State Police - remains committed to it. A year ago, 13 states had signed on to the Matrix project, a $12 million program to create a mega-database of criminal and other publicly available records for local law enforcement. But only six states, including Pennsylvania, remain in the project, which began a test phase in November.
March 31, 1999 |
A cyberpunk Alice in Wonderland in which the rabbit hole is a coaxial cable plugged right into your cerebral cortex, The Matrix asks the big questions: "Am I awake or am I dreaming?" "Do I take the red pill or the blue pill?" "What is real?" "Will Hollywood ever match Hong Kong when it comes to making crazy-beautiful, gravity-defying, blow-'em-away martial-arts movies?" (The answers, for those keeping score: dunno; red; your guess is as good as mine; and yes, Andy and Larry Wachowski, writer-directors of The Matrix, have just done it.)