Category Archives: Cinema

Reloaded

Well, I saw it. 10 AM on Saturday. It was as expected. Amazing special effects, sequel-itis, and that sinking feeling that now I have to wait until November to finish the story. I’m just glad it’s only months away and not years.

The first Matrix was awesome because nobody had any clue what to expect. That was out of nowhere. Now we’ve been saturated by it. We know what the story is about. So the thing is really there to satisfy our craving for more. Much like the iMac – sequels are really hard to do. There were certainly scenes in there that just made me say “WTF?” – Like the big git-down funky dance scene in Zion with the hot and heaviness and all that. OK, ok, we get the point. Get a room already… oh OK they did. But still – there was hardly a point to all that and it seemed like the whole scene was inserted just for the sake of having some steam to look at.

With that said and out of the way – the movie was totally freakin’ awesome. Nice twists to the whole reality of the Matrix and the plot itself, gripping white-knuckle scenes, badass special effects, and I have got to get me some of those threads those dudes are wearing. I’ll spare any further details for those who haven’t seen it yet.

Spirited Away

I just watched Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film “Spirited Away” on DVD. This movie is a fantastic tale about a young girl that is lost in a spirit world as she tries to save her parents. As she takes up a job in a bathhouse for the spirits, she is put through several trials all in an effort to turn back the spell that has been cast upon her parents and to find a way out of the spirit world. This is an amazing, fascinating, must-see movie. I had seen Mizayaki’s old Totoro episodes and there was definitely a huge resemblance in the character and feel between the two. The artwork in this film is gorgeous, and the story line is strangely captivating. The whole thing is like one big dream sequence, almost as if it was written from a subconscious state (and for that matter, so is Totoro). And at the same time the movie really does a beautiful job of highlighting, from a childhood perspective, so many experiences and emotions such as apathy, fear, courage, determination, and love. This one definitely goes into my list of favorite movies of all time.