May 17, 2003

The Matrix, School, and Other Stuff

I took some time this afternoon to go see The Matrix Reloaded. I haven't really read any reviews or anything because I didn't want to spoil the movie. In general though disappointment seemed to be the word going around. It lived up to my expectations without a doubt though. When I first saw The Matrix I wasn't that impressed and didn't care for it alot. I didn't catch onto things until I watched it again and paid attention to it. In Reloaded it at first feels as though its largely an action movie without near as much of the philosophical details the first movie brought. Once you leave the theater though and start thinking about it you realize it was there to a much greater degree. You certainly won't miss the Christian and mythological elements that run throught the story though. And hey, who will complain about a PVC clad Trinity?

I've heard some complaints about the CGI but I found it much less visually flawed than the last Lord of the Rings movie. Others have complained about the fight scenes involving too much wire work or bullet time. You went to a Matrix movie, how could you not expect them to be used? The score was pretty good too, although I don't think it necessarily was as good as the first movie's. Spybreak seemed to fit into that scene perfectly. I still like the Rage Against the Machine (what and apt band name for the movie) at the end of each film. The hallway scene from the first movie still might top any in this movie in my eyes. I would have been okay with less action and more dialogue and development, but by no means was it bad. I will definatley be going to see the movie again soon to catch things I missed the first time. I'm anxious to see the final movie and how the story concludes. There is one really obvious potential conclusion you could draw from this movie, although I think its unlikely it will be correct. It will be interesting to see if the chosen ending is a typical Hollywood happy ending, or a surprising disappointing one. Or for that matter, given the nature of the two pervious movies, I think it will be more likely the ending will be somewhat vague and force the viewer to think and determine what actually happened on their own.

Interim classes are now in session for me. I can say I truly had forgotten how much I hate rising at 7:00 am. I'm so much more of a night person. I just don't function well this early. Just a couple more weeks of it though and its another three credit hours bagged. Sadly though immediately following it I have summer classes starting. I don't think they will be too bad, but I'm already starting to feel like I need a break. If all goes well though this time next year I'll be finished with my BS and won't need to worry about a break as much. I've still tried to delivery a form to my counselor practically all week. She's been out of the office each day when I try though.

In other news I emailed someone that I knew in high school and heard back! Its always really cool to hear from people that you haven't heard from and see what they're up to. There are very few people from high school I care to keep up with and even fewer, perhaps two to three tops, that I haven't been able to do so with. Anyway I'm glad to have heard back and look forward to catching up and hopefully staying that way, so if there's someone cool you wish you would have kept in touch with, try and see if you can get in touch with them!

Posted by johnm at May 17, 2003 08:27 PM
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