scottishlass: (#puwhip)
... is it that some ppl create masterpieces with just one flick ... but cannot carry the impetus and genius into a second or third part???

To quote the Blair Witch (another trilogy suffering flick)
"WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS TERRIBLE!"


SPOILERS - so beware if you read on!

I guess you can only follow the white rabbit once. That is what the Wachowski Bros did in 1999 and they did so brilliantly. For me, the MATRIX will be one hell of a movie of the late 20th century, but that is it. Reloaded and Revolutions were as painful to watch for me as were Ep 1 & 2 of Star Wars and that says a lot as I hate the new SW.
I have calmed down somewhat since last night when I watched the movie and all I can say is that I was sadly right about my hunch. I had deliberately kept away from spoilers and reviews to see for myself but what I saw yesterday were my worst nightmares unfolded about this movie.

Were the FX extensive throughout the movie? Yes, sad but true
Had it a dark mood? Yes, but since Blade Runner continuous rain has been a highly overrated plot device in cyber-punk/sci fi.

Okay so I give, Matrix (the one and only) had extensive FX but they were used to further the plot and were NOT the plot as in Reloaded and Revolutions.
Matrix had cool one-liners: There is no spoon; We need weapons, lots of weapons; ... follow the white rabbit; Dodge this. Matrix had style. Matrix was coolness perfected.

The second and also now the third had platitudes and bad dialogue ... and I have to say bad acting. Oh Hugo Weaving was his usual self ... he was good but somehow he lost his evilness and his expressive eyebrows along the way! Gee, folks, he is the Überprogramme, he is evil - that is how it was intended anyway and it just didn't work IMHO. Plain evilness is just plain boring, folks. The subtleness makes it brilliant!!
Keanu Reeves... well to be honest we all KNOW this guy can't act even if his life depended on it ... his Cooooool in the first part was straight out of the bogus journey *lol* but hey he was cool in Matrix and the fights glossed over the fact that heis not the brightest apple in the acting bushel. But in 2 & 3 ... I think I can only think THIS much that a dazed and confused or determined pout in Keanu's face is cute, after a time it gets boring fast.
And can someone please tell me what Carrie-Ann Moss and the script writer were thinking during that godawful death scene??? And then to end it all with a stupid "S'okay" ????? HELLOOOOOOOOOOO????? Did someone skip scriptwriting and plotting 101 somewhere between 1999 and 2002????
And don't get me started on Morpheus ... he was acting like his name .. he certainly put me to sleep with his holier than thou attitude. What was Lawrence Fishburne thinking??? This guy is Mr. sizzling Super-coolness in Matrix but in 2 and 3 ... better not go there. His dialogue was convoluted and I can't remember ONE single line he had.

And why did they forget that there are BILLIONS of ppl still hooked to the Matrix??? Helloooo??? Anyone there with half a bain still working??? Folks, this was one of the main punches in Matrix. That the Matrix is not real. IMHO they got so hooked up in the FX that they totally and completely lost and forgot about their initial plot. And where is the mysticism? I'm sorry but the bull that the oracle was sprouting made me yawn. BIG time. ARGH!! I'm getting all worked up again.

Then there are the FX ... don't get me going about the trackers ... in 1999 I already thought they looked like some sanitary sink tubes, now I'm certain we will be enslaved by sanitary chrome sink tubes in the future that glow in the dark. And speaking about FX ... sigh ... give me an old Atari and I can make better FX than these ... Okay, so I probably can't with an Atari *wiggles eyebrows* but hasn't SOMEONE told those FX artists that the human eye can be fooled only this much??? If you create an FX only on one level without at least two depth levels to give the eye and brain a sense of fuzziness and depth of an image, the brain will register the scene as off or false. That is straight out of Image Rendering 101. When everything is perfect, everything is without fuzziness, the brain KNOWS it is wrong, because we don't have perfect 20/20 most of the time and we need and expect fuzziness and that kind of gradual loss of depth in seeing. If you create a complete land- or in this case cityscape on a computer you need to add noise to the background to add reality and depth to the image, if you don't you have one perfect picture or scene but it is too perfect and thus being artificial. I could go on and on ... perhaps I'm too trained on images or something but that is always my main concern when seeing computer generated images on screen be it TV or silver screen.

Anyway, Matrix Revolutions was a huge let down for me. Personally, I'd wish the Wachowski Bros would have left Matrix as is, it is in itself a completed story line and as a stand alone an outstanding and innovative movie. As part of a trilogy, it looses its flair because of the two following parts. It is sad, but true.
scottishlass: (#puwhip)
... is it that some ppl create masterpieces with just one flick ... but cannot carry the impetus and genius into a second or third part???

To quote the Blair Witch (another trilogy suffering flick)
"WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS TERRIBLE!"


SPOILERS - so beware if you read on!

I guess you can only follow the white rabbit once. That is what the Wachowski Bros did in 1999 and they did so brilliantly. For me, the MATRIX will be one hell of a movie of the late 20th century, but that is it. Reloaded and Revolutions were as painful to watch for me as were Ep 1 & 2 of Star Wars and that says a lot as I hate the new SW.
I have calmed down somewhat since last night when I watched the movie and all I can say is that I was sadly right about my hunch. I had deliberately kept away from spoilers and reviews to see for myself but what I saw yesterday were my worst nightmares unfolded about this movie.

Were the FX extensive throughout the movie? Yes, sad but true
Had it a dark mood? Yes, but since Blade Runner continuous rain has been a highly overrated plot device in cyber-punk/sci fi.

Okay so I give, Matrix (the one and only) had extensive FX but they were used to further the plot and were NOT the plot as in Reloaded and Revolutions.
Matrix had cool one-liners: There is no spoon; We need weapons, lots of weapons; ... follow the white rabbit; Dodge this. Matrix had style. Matrix was coolness perfected.

The second and also now the third had platitudes and bad dialogue ... and I have to say bad acting. Oh Hugo Weaving was his usual self ... he was good but somehow he lost his evilness and his expressive eyebrows along the way! Gee, folks, he is the Überprogramme, he is evil - that is how it was intended anyway and it just didn't work IMHO. Plain evilness is just plain boring, folks. The subtleness makes it brilliant!!
Keanu Reeves... well to be honest we all KNOW this guy can't act even if his life depended on it ... his Cooooool in the first part was straight out of the bogus journey *lol* but hey he was cool in Matrix and the fights glossed over the fact that heis not the brightest apple in the acting bushel. But in 2 & 3 ... I think I can only think THIS much that a dazed and confused or determined pout in Keanu's face is cute, after a time it gets boring fast.
And can someone please tell me what Carrie-Ann Moss and the script writer were thinking during that godawful death scene??? And then to end it all with a stupid "S'okay" ????? HELLOOOOOOOOOOO????? Did someone skip scriptwriting and plotting 101 somewhere between 1999 and 2002????
And don't get me started on Morpheus ... he was acting like his name .. he certainly put me to sleep with his holier than thou attitude. What was Lawrence Fishburne thinking??? This guy is Mr. sizzling Super-coolness in Matrix but in 2 and 3 ... better not go there. His dialogue was convoluted and I can't remember ONE single line he had.

And why did they forget that there are BILLIONS of ppl still hooked to the Matrix??? Helloooo??? Anyone there with half a bain still working??? Folks, this was one of the main punches in Matrix. That the Matrix is not real. IMHO they got so hooked up in the FX that they totally and completely lost and forgot about their initial plot. And where is the mysticism? I'm sorry but the bull that the oracle was sprouting made me yawn. BIG time. ARGH!! I'm getting all worked up again.

Then there are the FX ... don't get me going about the trackers ... in 1999 I already thought they looked like some sanitary sink tubes, now I'm certain we will be enslaved by sanitary chrome sink tubes in the future that glow in the dark. And speaking about FX ... sigh ... give me an old Atari and I can make better FX than these ... Okay, so I probably can't with an Atari *wiggles eyebrows* but hasn't SOMEONE told those FX artists that the human eye can be fooled only this much??? If you create an FX only on one level without at least two depth levels to give the eye and brain a sense of fuzziness and depth of an image, the brain will register the scene as off or false. That is straight out of Image Rendering 101. When everything is perfect, everything is without fuzziness, the brain KNOWS it is wrong, because we don't have perfect 20/20 most of the time and we need and expect fuzziness and that kind of gradual loss of depth in seeing. If you create a complete land- or in this case cityscape on a computer you need to add noise to the background to add reality and depth to the image, if you don't you have one perfect picture or scene but it is too perfect and thus being artificial. I could go on and on ... perhaps I'm too trained on images or something but that is always my main concern when seeing computer generated images on screen be it TV or silver screen.

Anyway, Matrix Revolutions was a huge let down for me. Personally, I'd wish the Wachowski Bros would have left Matrix as is, it is in itself a completed story line and as a stand alone an outstanding and innovative movie. As part of a trilogy, it looses its flair because of the two following parts. It is sad, but true.
scottishlass: (#puwhip)
... is it that some ppl create masterpieces with just one flick ... but cannot carry the impetus and genius into a second or third part???

To quote the Blair Witch (another trilogy suffering flick)
"WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS TERRIBLE!"


SPOILERS - so beware if you read on!

I guess you can only follow the white rabbit once. That is what the Wachowski Bros did in 1999 and they did so brilliantly. For me, the MATRIX will be one hell of a movie of the late 20th century, but that is it. Reloaded and Revolutions were as painful to watch for me as were Ep 1 & 2 of Star Wars and that says a lot as I hate the new SW.
I have calmed down somewhat since last night when I watched the movie and all I can say is that I was sadly right about my hunch. I had deliberately kept away from spoilers and reviews to see for myself but what I saw yesterday were my worst nightmares unfolded about this movie.

Were the FX extensive throughout the movie? Yes, sad but true
Had it a dark mood? Yes, but since Blade Runner continuous rain has been a highly overrated plot device in cyber-punk/sci fi.

Okay so I give, Matrix (the one and only) had extensive FX but they were used to further the plot and were NOT the plot as in Reloaded and Revolutions.
Matrix had cool one-liners: There is no spoon; We need weapons, lots of weapons; ... follow the white rabbit; Dodge this. Matrix had style. Matrix was coolness perfected.

The second and also now the third had platitudes and bad dialogue ... and I have to say bad acting. Oh Hugo Weaving was his usual self ... he was good but somehow he lost his evilness and his expressive eyebrows along the way! Gee, folks, he is the Überprogramme, he is evil - that is how it was intended anyway and it just didn't work IMHO. Plain evilness is just plain boring, folks. The subtleness makes it brilliant!!
Keanu Reeves... well to be honest we all KNOW this guy can't act even if his life depended on it ... his Cooooool in the first part was straight out of the bogus journey *lol* but hey he was cool in Matrix and the fights glossed over the fact that heis not the brightest apple in the acting bushel. But in 2 & 3 ... I think I can only think THIS much that a dazed and confused or determined pout in Keanu's face is cute, after a time it gets boring fast.
And can someone please tell me what Carrie-Ann Moss and the script writer were thinking during that godawful death scene??? And then to end it all with a stupid "S'okay" ????? HELLOOOOOOOOOOO????? Did someone skip scriptwriting and plotting 101 somewhere between 1999 and 2002????
And don't get me started on Morpheus ... he was acting like his name .. he certainly put me to sleep with his holier than thou attitude. What was Lawrence Fishburne thinking??? This guy is Mr. sizzling Super-coolness in Matrix but in 2 and 3 ... better not go there. His dialogue was convoluted and I can't remember ONE single line he had.

And why did they forget that there are BILLIONS of ppl still hooked to the Matrix??? Helloooo??? Anyone there with half a bain still working??? Folks, this was one of the main punches in Matrix. That the Matrix is not real. IMHO they got so hooked up in the FX that they totally and completely lost and forgot about their initial plot. And where is the mysticism? I'm sorry but the bull that the oracle was sprouting made me yawn. BIG time. ARGH!! I'm getting all worked up again.

Then there are the FX ... don't get me going about the trackers ... in 1999 I already thought they looked like some sanitary sink tubes, now I'm certain we will be enslaved by sanitary chrome sink tubes in the future that glow in the dark. And speaking about FX ... sigh ... give me an old Atari and I can make better FX than these ... Okay, so I probably can't with an Atari *wiggles eyebrows* but hasn't SOMEONE told those FX artists that the human eye can be fooled only this much??? If you create an FX only on one level without at least two depth levels to give the eye and brain a sense of fuzziness and depth of an image, the brain will register the scene as off or false. That is straight out of Image Rendering 101. When everything is perfect, everything is without fuzziness, the brain KNOWS it is wrong, because we don't have perfect 20/20 most of the time and we need and expect fuzziness and that kind of gradual loss of depth in seeing. If you create a complete land- or in this case cityscape on a computer you need to add noise to the background to add reality and depth to the image, if you don't you have one perfect picture or scene but it is too perfect and thus being artificial. I could go on and on ... perhaps I'm too trained on images or something but that is always my main concern when seeing computer generated images on screen be it TV or silver screen.

Anyway, Matrix Revolutions was a huge let down for me. Personally, I'd wish the Wachowski Bros would have left Matrix as is, it is in itself a completed story line and as a stand alone an outstanding and innovative movie. As part of a trilogy, it looses its flair because of the two following parts. It is sad, but true.
scottishlass: (#puwhip)
As the third parts hits the cinemas worldwide today - and I have an uncanny feeling I will be too pissed off tonight when I get back from the flick to be too coherent, here is a little review of the second part of the trilogy I wrote a while back. I JUST HOPE, PRAY; BEG that I won't write a review in kind of part 3.

29th May 2003 @ 02:08 AM
This is a review of the second part of The Matrix, if you don't want to be spoiled don't read on!!!

My, my, my ... 1999 !!! THAT year was great. MATRIX hit the cinemas, and boy what a movie, the special effects, the plot, the characters .. OH MOMMA!!! And the prospect that in 2003 there will be a second and third part, the whole story.
Great, just frelling great ... NOT!!!
Either I'm getting too old or the Wachowski Bros. took me on a ride on a Star Destroyer... WHAT THE FUCK???????????????????
Not only that I had several, and I mean apart from the obvious spotting David Franklin as French Major D'Omo of Merowinger, several Farscapey moments, no the whole ZION scenario reminded me of Star Wars (Ep 1 & 2) and Battlestar Galactica rolled into one ... and the sex cum (pardon the pun) techno beat scene was straight out of Farscape ... Hello??? Thank God It's Friday, Meltdown and what not rolled into one. Don't get me wrong I love Farscape, the more Fasrscape the better, but not when I'm expecting and watching the frelling fucking MATRIX !!!! And please, no council members who could have been standins in Ep 2 Attack of the Clo(w)nes.
Reloathed, I mean Reloaded, was a whole load of bollocks!! It was utter bull. Sure, the action sequences were great but ... I could make the computer graphics out from a mile. JESUS; FUCKING CHRISTUS. That was just BULL!!! The multiple Smith fight scene was awful. If I use CGI, and want to make it snappy in close-up, I'd make sure to use a computer programme that doesn't mess up the details. Sure I'll then need more bucks and a bigger processor and all, but what the hell, it will look all the better. But not the Wachowski Bros. Anyone could make it that the faces were off, even with consideration of the motion blur. Gee I have seen better animes than that. And all this deus ex machina shit about the lock keeper and the oracle. Okay I take it that the oracle is a vigilant computer programme, that in fact there are more out there in the Matrix but come on !!! "I'm here, because my purpose is to be here." That is a whole load of shit, utter, HUGE bull shit.
I have never been so utterly disappointed. As far as trilogies go Return Of The Jedi was almost unbearable, but Matrix Reloaded topped it off, lots of money going into the KABOOM, nothing into the plot and less than expected into the special effects and NADA, zilch, zero into the dialogues. Sorry, but after watching this, I'm certain to say .... There is NO spoon!! I will make sure to watch the last part when I can snag it off the internet instead of spending 16 Euros on two utterly, and totally wasted tickets again.

Now I'm cranky, I want my Farscape back. I want my fifth season, the money that went into Matrix 2 & 3 would have bought us a whole season five, and the CGI as well as the story would have been top quality. If I want to have freaky dance scenes (BOOGIE WOOGIE WOOGIE BABY) and hot sex scenes then I will watch TGIFA, the Princess Trilogie, Won't Get Fooled Again, Meltdown, and the whole lot of Farscape instead of that shit again. This particular DVD will not darken my door, definitely not.


Questions? ;-)
scottishlass: (#puwhip)
As the third parts hits the cinemas worldwide today - and I have an uncanny feeling I will be too pissed off tonight when I get back from the flick to be too coherent, here is a little review of the second part of the trilogy I wrote a while back. I JUST HOPE, PRAY; BEG that I won't write a review in kind of part 3.

29th May 2003 @ 02:08 AM
This is a review of the second part of The Matrix, if you don't want to be spoiled don't read on!!!

My, my, my ... 1999 !!! THAT year was great. MATRIX hit the cinemas, and boy what a movie, the special effects, the plot, the characters .. OH MOMMA!!! And the prospect that in 2003 there will be a second and third part, the whole story.
Great, just frelling great ... NOT!!!
Either I'm getting too old or the Wachowski Bros. took me on a ride on a Star Destroyer... WHAT THE FUCK???????????????????
Not only that I had several, and I mean apart from the obvious spotting David Franklin as French Major D'Omo of Merowinger, several Farscapey moments, no the whole ZION scenario reminded me of Star Wars (Ep 1 & 2) and Battlestar Galactica rolled into one ... and the sex cum (pardon the pun) techno beat scene was straight out of Farscape ... Hello??? Thank God It's Friday, Meltdown and what not rolled into one. Don't get me wrong I love Farscape, the more Fasrscape the better, but not when I'm expecting and watching the frelling fucking MATRIX !!!! And please, no council members who could have been standins in Ep 2 Attack of the Clo(w)nes.
Reloathed, I mean Reloaded, was a whole load of bollocks!! It was utter bull. Sure, the action sequences were great but ... I could make the computer graphics out from a mile. JESUS; FUCKING CHRISTUS. That was just BULL!!! The multiple Smith fight scene was awful. If I use CGI, and want to make it snappy in close-up, I'd make sure to use a computer programme that doesn't mess up the details. Sure I'll then need more bucks and a bigger processor and all, but what the hell, it will look all the better. But not the Wachowski Bros. Anyone could make it that the faces were off, even with consideration of the motion blur. Gee I have seen better animes than that. And all this deus ex machina shit about the lock keeper and the oracle. Okay I take it that the oracle is a vigilant computer programme, that in fact there are more out there in the Matrix but come on !!! "I'm here, because my purpose is to be here." That is a whole load of shit, utter, HUGE bull shit.
I have never been so utterly disappointed. As far as trilogies go Return Of The Jedi was almost unbearable, but Matrix Reloaded topped it off, lots of money going into the KABOOM, nothing into the plot and less than expected into the special effects and NADA, zilch, zero into the dialogues. Sorry, but after watching this, I'm certain to say .... There is NO spoon!! I will make sure to watch the last part when I can snag it off the internet instead of spending 16 Euros on two utterly, and totally wasted tickets again.

Now I'm cranky, I want my Farscape back. I want my fifth season, the money that went into Matrix 2 & 3 would have bought us a whole season five, and the CGI as well as the story would have been top quality. If I want to have freaky dance scenes (BOOGIE WOOGIE WOOGIE BABY) and hot sex scenes then I will watch TGIFA, the Princess Trilogie, Won't Get Fooled Again, Meltdown, and the whole lot of Farscape instead of that shit again. This particular DVD will not darken my door, definitely not.


Questions? ;-)
scottishlass: (#puwhip)
As the third parts hits the cinemas worldwide today - and I have an uncanny feeling I will be too pissed off tonight when I get back from the flick to be too coherent, here is a little review of the second part of the trilogy I wrote a while back. I JUST HOPE, PRAY; BEG that I won't write a review in kind of part 3.

29th May 2003 @ 02:08 AM
This is a review of the second part of The Matrix, if you don't want to be spoiled don't read on!!!

My, my, my ... 1999 !!! THAT year was great. MATRIX hit the cinemas, and boy what a movie, the special effects, the plot, the characters .. OH MOMMA!!! And the prospect that in 2003 there will be a second and third part, the whole story.
Great, just frelling great ... NOT!!!
Either I'm getting too old or the Wachowski Bros. took me on a ride on a Star Destroyer... WHAT THE FUCK???????????????????
Not only that I had several, and I mean apart from the obvious spotting David Franklin as French Major D'Omo of Merowinger, several Farscapey moments, no the whole ZION scenario reminded me of Star Wars (Ep 1 & 2) and Battlestar Galactica rolled into one ... and the sex cum (pardon the pun) techno beat scene was straight out of Farscape ... Hello??? Thank God It's Friday, Meltdown and what not rolled into one. Don't get me wrong I love Farscape, the more Fasrscape the better, but not when I'm expecting and watching the frelling fucking MATRIX !!!! And please, no council members who could have been standins in Ep 2 Attack of the Clo(w)nes.
Reloathed, I mean Reloaded, was a whole load of bollocks!! It was utter bull. Sure, the action sequences were great but ... I could make the computer graphics out from a mile. JESUS; FUCKING CHRISTUS. That was just BULL!!! The multiple Smith fight scene was awful. If I use CGI, and want to make it snappy in close-up, I'd make sure to use a computer programme that doesn't mess up the details. Sure I'll then need more bucks and a bigger processor and all, but what the hell, it will look all the better. But not the Wachowski Bros. Anyone could make it that the faces were off, even with consideration of the motion blur. Gee I have seen better animes than that. And all this deus ex machina shit about the lock keeper and the oracle. Okay I take it that the oracle is a vigilant computer programme, that in fact there are more out there in the Matrix but come on !!! "I'm here, because my purpose is to be here." That is a whole load of shit, utter, HUGE bull shit.
I have never been so utterly disappointed. As far as trilogies go Return Of The Jedi was almost unbearable, but Matrix Reloaded topped it off, lots of money going into the KABOOM, nothing into the plot and less than expected into the special effects and NADA, zilch, zero into the dialogues. Sorry, but after watching this, I'm certain to say .... There is NO spoon!! I will make sure to watch the last part when I can snag it off the internet instead of spending 16 Euros on two utterly, and totally wasted tickets again.

Now I'm cranky, I want my Farscape back. I want my fifth season, the money that went into Matrix 2 & 3 would have bought us a whole season five, and the CGI as well as the story would have been top quality. If I want to have freaky dance scenes (BOOGIE WOOGIE WOOGIE BABY) and hot sex scenes then I will watch TGIFA, the Princess Trilogie, Won't Get Fooled Again, Meltdown, and the whole lot of Farscape instead of that shit again. This particular DVD will not darken my door, definitely not.


Questions? ;-)

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