April 23, 1999 |
A current fascination in Hollywood concerns the blurred line between illusion and reality. We find this theme in movies as diverse as "Wag the Dog" and "Dark City," in the current box-office smash "The Matrix. " The latest to play around with it is David Cronenberg in "eXistenZ," a horror story about virtual-reality game makers whose fantasy world becomes indistinguishable from the real thing. "eXistenZ" stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as a designer of virtual-reality games who is ready to test-market her newest, eXistenz, to a focus group.
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.
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.)
December 11, 1998 |
The great advantage of being a science-fiction writer is the unlimited amount of liberating b.s. at your disposal. Sci-fi scribes boxed into a narrative corner can simply trot out a made-up phrase like "positronic matrix" and they're out of trouble, no explanation necessary. "Captain, they're gaining on us. " "OK, head for that positronic matrix. We'll lose them. " The more story trouble you encounter, the more technobabble you invoke. This would explain the enormous volume of space smoke that "Star Trek: Insurrection" blows in your face - enough to conceal the fact that this sequel is a leftover TV episode stretched uncomfortably to movie length and proportion.
October 21, 1998 |
The New Jersey Section PGA defeated the Philadelphia PGA, 10-8, yesterday in the Matrix Cup competition at Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham. The team of 12 New Jersey pros produced wins in seven of 12 singles matches, with another halved to decide the match after Philadelphia won three of six four-ball (better ball of partners) matches with one halved.
October 25, 1996 |
The Philadelphia PGA successfully defended its title in the second annual Matrix Cup Matches, defeating the New Jersey PGA on Wednesday by 10 1/2-7 1/2 at the Forsgate Country Club in Jamesburg, N.J. The competition followed the Ryder Cup style, consisting of three separate nine-hole matches worth six points apiece for a total of 18 points.
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.
October 19, 1995 |
The Philadelphia PGA team won the Matrix Challenge Cup golf matches by 11-7 over the New Jersey PGA team yesterday at Commonwealth National Country Club. The competition was in three parts: a nine-hole two-man scramble, won by Philadelphia, 3 1/2-2 1/2; nine-hole foursomes match play at alternate stroke, which was halved, 3-3, and nine-hole four-ball better-ball, won by Philadelphia, 4 1/2-1 1/2. GAP TOURNAMENT Richard Erb of Old York Road Country Club was reelected president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia at the 99th annual meeting at Green Valley Country Club.
July 30, 1990 |
For the last several years, Okidata has ridden the crest of America's love affair with the computer. From its headquarters in Mount Laurel, the U.S. arm of Japan's Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. has sold 4 million of the computer's sister product, the dot-matrix printer. Until recently, such "impact" machines were the most popular type of computer printer, spewing forth copy and graphics in the dot patterns that form letters and figures. The dot-matrix printers kicked in more than 80 percent of the $300 million in revenues that Okidata says filled its coffers in the fiscal year that ended March 31. (Okidata's parent company doesn't break out the revenues of its divisions.
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.