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See Wachowski Starship At Their Fantastic Fest Q&A For CLOUD ATLAS!

Published at: Oct. 2, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

This was one of those experiences as a film geek that's definitely going to be stored in the Safe Of Awesome Memories.  After seeing CLOUD ATLAS (my review here) the normally reclusive Wachowskis stayed for an extended Q&A with Drew McWeeny, a sampling of which was in the video below.  They were incredibly gracious and charming, with Lana answering the bulk of the questions.  I really hope that with this movie that the Wachowskis talk more about their work and their worldview, because I found them very sweet in person and fiercely intelligent. They also seemed very proud of their work with Tom Tykwer, and they should be.  CLOUD ATLAS is a monumental achievement.  I hope eventually that the entire Q&A will be released - possibly on the eventual Blu-Ray of CLOUD ATLAS?  This was one of the best give-and-takes between artist and audience that I've been witness to.

Afterwards at the Highball I got to meet them and express my gratitude for them and their work.  It's not often that you get to meet your heroes.  I just wish I could have talked with them longer, but a fierce wave of shyness slammed into me and I bolted.  Otherwise I would have stood there for half-an-hour telling them just how terrific SPEED RACER is.  Here's some of the Q&A - enjoy!

I will be hosting a screening of CLOUD ATLAS in Houston, along with Meredith Borders of Badass Digest, on Tuesday October 23rd.  More details to come.  I am chomping at the bit to see CLOUD ATLAS again.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    This could be good, color me excited...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...and Lana looks great. Hard to imagine her as a man now.

  • ...Billy Bob cameo?

  • ...I'm predicting the same here.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    That's a man?

    by StarQrtrs

    Well, was.

  • so sez Austin's KEYE News.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Gnardling is posting way too much about this movie

    by Deaft0ne

    it's either going to be great or completely suck and be very hamfisted and overwrought. There will not be any middle ground. And I refuse to call these douches 'Wachowski Starship'. The Wachowskis or The Wachowski Siblings is what the rest of the planet will say or 'those fuckers that made the first Matrix which was awesome and then the 2 sequels that were total shit.' No one except themselves and a 'reporter' like Gnardling fawning over them will ever call them 'Wachowski Starship'. If I knew you and you did that in my presence I would kick you in the sternum on general principle.

  • (310) 274-8791

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Remember how much they posted about John Carter? My bet is on suck

    by happybunni

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Relax deaft0ne... Wachowski Starship is a joke.

    by Happyfat73

    No need to get sand in your 'giney about it.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Those hot pink dreads ROCK!

    by 3D-Man

    You go, Lana. Fuck the haters.

  • Bound is the reason I went out of my way to see The Matrix at a preview screening, prior to the huge hype wave that soon followed. The Matrix was the reason I attended a midnight screening of Matrix Reloaded. Matrix Reloaded was the reason that I was worried prior to seeing Matrix Revolutions. Matrix Revolutions is the reason why I still haven't bothered to see Speed Racer. Now they have a new film on the way, and have teamed up with some impressive talent, and yet I just can't get excited about it. I actually do hope it is good, but right now I'm utterly indifferent to when, or even if, I'll ever see it, though I'm sure I will eventually.

  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    SON OF A BITCH.....

    by Thomas

    I have always been generally annoyed when TB'ers would complain of pandering. I mean...who the hell are they to take a cheap shot at someone's opinion without any chance for the author to defend......."I would have stood there for half-an-hour telling them just how terrific SPEED RACER is." Credibility gone. Sorry.....its true. And I enjoy almost everything. You have zero credibility in my meaningless eyes.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Started reading "The Cloud Atlas" and then...

    by Simpsonian

    realized was "Cloud Atlas" I meant to read. Oh well, it's pretty good anyway...

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    This really looks like a damn interesting film

    by MrWonka

    Even if it succeeds in half of what it's going for, it'll be worth seeing. I'm definitely seeing this on a BIG screen. (not "the big screen", but an actual BIG screen) Also, remember when the Lana Wachowski thing was kind of a big deal? Now I barely blink anymore. Of course, here I am bringing it up again, so fuck me very much.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    It really is good!

    by konkrete590

    Some of the guys next to me at the secret screening were saying they thought it would be Cloud Atlas, and to tell the truth I was not excited about that prospect. The trailers had really done nothing more than intrigue me, but really wasn't getting the connection and had planned to read the book. Man, was I wrong. The movie absolutely blew me away. I think it is probably best to go in with some doubts, because I hate seeing a movie that someone has hyped up too much for me, because it is hard to live up to it. But this movie is really good, and the actors are just amazing. I am still seeing trailers and realizing parts that are played that I never got when I was watching it. I can't wait to see it again to catch more things that I know I missed.

  • As in, compared to shit like "Battleship," for instance? It's like when you run across low-cultured mouthbreathers who see perhaps two new movies a year, and who pick some Spielberg or Nolan film they don't like as "the worst movie of all time." It's clearly ludicrous, and you're better off ignoring them.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    leto iii

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    They are bad, so bad in fact that they even bring the MAGNIFICENT Matrix down. They are fucking abortions compared to the first one. People in their right mind everywhere thought it couldn't get worse. Then came Speed Racer.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    In defense of Lana

    by 2soon2eat

    I have to admit, I used to find transgendered people kind of gross (sorry). After reading "She's Not There" by Jenny Boyle I have a much better understanding of what they are going through. It's tough for them, it really is. It's not something that can be easily explained. It's not the kind of condition you can lay out in a three sentence paragraph. And it's progressive, it's a condition that only get's stronger with time.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and ask,

    by Ted Knight

    WHAT IN THE COTTON PICKING BLUE BLAZES IS THAT THAT THING WITH THE RED SWIFTER MOP ON IT'S HEAD SITTING BETWEEN ANDY AND DREW???????

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    nice Jerry Lewis voice too

    by Ted Knight

    HEY LADY!

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Mark Millar hired as the Joss Whedon of FOX's Marvel movies.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Come on, it's been almost a week. We want it here on the proper movie talkback site! I think you guys should get some intern that just check the web for news. Many times we just need a talkback, not an entire article with memories of childhood.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    The Live-Action Speed Racer Is An Insult To The Cartoon...

    by Media Messiah

    ...further, the live-action version fo Speed Racer is also an insult to films. Worse, the Matrix sequels are terrible. Why? Because the Wachowskis ripped-off Dark City and Blade for The Matrix, and after that, they ran-out of good source material to steal from in regard to the sequels, so everything fell apart. Dark City didn't have a sequel for them to copy, and the sequels to Blade were terrible, so the Wachowskis had to wing it, and were exposed as people who don't know how to write a good original story, absent stealing one from others, and they have been proven to be crooks who can't expand on material they have stolen, story-wise.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Fox On Whedon???

    by Media Messiah

    What a joke? They double-crossed him at every turn...when he worked on the X-Men films and Fantastic Four, and now they are telling their people that they need a guy like Joss to shape and guide their Marvel films?Talk about having schizophrenic loyalties. They have absolutely no integrity. They had a genius right under their noses...and then happily betrayed him, lied to him, underminded him, and let him go--after throwing him under the bus, repeatedly.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    media messiah

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Well I dont think FUX use those two words (joss and whedon), but they even speak of a shared Marvel universe and Millar being the consultant on all. Sounds familiar?

  • Holy fucking shit, Fox isn't fucking around anymore. As a few have predicted on this board after the Avengers success their would be a major paradigm shift in the way Comic Book films are made and produced. I would expect Sony to follow suit, the only bad thing is this pretty much guarantee's that FOX and Sony will hold on to these properties for a considerable amount of time. If they were smart they would allow these characters to cross over in their films universes, Comic book movies are going no where they're only getting bigger and much better. So for all of you who're tired of Comic book movies this sucks for you.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Wachowski Brothers make beautiful films

    by stvnhthr

    I was really afraid this film was going to be a celebration of Humanism or try to sell reincarnation; but I'm starting to get interested in seeing what they've created. I think it looks fantastic, but the Wachowski Brothers don't do big world view stories well; they don't explain how the world on the screen reflects our own. The Matrix sequels were blah story wise, but they have some great action moments. Speed Racer is just nuts, I love that film. Bound is decent. And the original Matrix is aging quite well, it has lost nothing in terms of entertainment value.

  • oh gawwwwwwd pthbpthbbbbb

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Still "reclusive"?

    by krylite

    They used to be all over the place with their "whoa, dude, that's bullet time, yah!" Guess the fallout from Reloaded and Revolutions is still in the air. I remember the "Year of the Matrix" Newsweek cover lol. Then TTT and ROTK wiped their nose in it.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 5:06 a.m. CST

    I like that they're finally getting out more

    by Steve Lamarre

    And this movie looks amazing.

  • just sayin.....although Reloaded had a small in-continuity in one of it's wraps, might still have the most exotic flavour out of the bowl & Wachowski's in general.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST

    @ media messiah Speed Racer was brillant.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    No sir, the live action Speed Racer is fucking awesome and you sir have no appreciation for brilliance.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    director of dawn of the planet of the apes

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Whoever thinks that Speed Racer was brilliant...

    by Vladimir I. Lenin

    ...is either a troll or also thinks that herpes is fun!

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Jeff Sinclair of Babylon 5 is dead

    by Vladimir I. Lenin

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    The Matrix sequels were terrible, both of them.

    by Jack Black

    The Matrix is a scifi masterpiece though.

  • I took my kids to see it and I was on the edge of my seat as well as my kids. It was like I was 6 yrs old all over again.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Who would hit Lana? Seriuosly, she's kind of hot.

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Aww and all this time I thought Moriarty was slim like his cartoon

    by bowtiehoon

    Sorry Moriarty just saying... and even though I think this movie will rock... marketing is killing this movie, trailers look kinda kinda bland, pretty but bland... Then again, its prob a hard movie to to promote...

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    In many decades...

    by popeofchina

    This movie will be decades old. That's enough justification for Nordling to spoil all 6 stories right there.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Drew McWeeny!

    by Carmen A

    Please, don't go down the obesity route like so many other geek writers! We're going to have a whole generation of writers die too early. Poor Harry has a tough time and he should be a lesson for the others. Please get control over it!!

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    @johnwaynewasgay

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Planet of the apes? This is the Mark Millar as FUX's Joss Whedon tallback! And something Wachowski...

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    It seems that...

    by Darkness

    ever since Larry became Lana, he, along with his brother are more loquacious, and open to questions than before. There were occasions when the brothers wouldn't even say boo to a goose. Anyway, i think Lana looks a happy soul, and even more open and jovial on these "Cloud Atlas" junkets, than she did as her former self. Hats off to her.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST

    @ lenin1969 -- been posting here since the 90s

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    So no I am not a troll and not being funny. That movie is a love hate type of movie and there is never anyone who thought it was ok. Either you got it or you didn't. Those who did saw the brilliance in it and there's no argument on that. Just like Prometheus which I also thought was a masterpiece of Sci Fi. You have two groups with that movie too. Love and hate.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Wachowski Fuckstick...?

    by j

    I have a large group of friends and casual friends. For various organic reasons, over the years, many ended up with nicknames and monickers. Someone brought a new couple on one of our campouts and the guy loved all the nicknames and "literally" begged for one... new guy... his name was Tom... within seconds, again in a completely organic way, his nickname was Tom-ass and he was addressed by that whenever he came around.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    regarding Speed Racer

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Several years ago, my best friend stopped by my house with a surprise. he had brought over a pizza, and then we would be kicking each others' asses in Super Street Fighter II .. Anyway, he had stopped at the pizza place, and ordered the pizza, and it turned out to be a two-topping deal. He asked for pepperoni, which of course is my favorite. But then he froze up on the second topping. He said the guy kept saying, 'And your second topping Sir? Sir, your second topping?' ..and in a moment of panic, blurted out 'bell peppers'! Well, unfortunately, I *HATE* bell peppers on pizza. Absolutely despise them. I don't like the taste, and it is SUCH a foul, overpowering taste that you can't just remove them from the pizza - their overpowering foul stench and taste infects the entire pizza to the point of making it entirely inedible. So, his kind gesture was ruined because I couldn't eat it. I actually ran out to the pizza place myself to get another pizza which was fit for human consumption. That is how much I hate bell peppers on pizza. Now, why do I mention this? Susan Sarandon. To me, she is like bell peppers on pizza. Having her in a film ruins it, making it unwatchable. Any casting director who gets suckered into agreeing to put her in a film has instantly doomed the movie to eternal crapdom. She is the foulest, ugliest, most talentless HARPY on the planet, even taking into account Barbara Streisand. Plus, those stupid and way too long retarded scenes with the kid and the chimp. If not for those two facets, the movie might actually have had a chance. As it is, it is slightly watchable as long as the remote is in hand and I can skip past any scene involving susan sarandon. And the monkey crap. This is why a movie like Enchanted, which was actually pretty adorable, went from delightful to just meh. Again, that movie can only be consumed by watching it with remote in hand to skip the awful sarandon-ness.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Agree with by allpowerfulwizardofoz!

    by JarJar25

    There seem to be a lot of people who hate and love Matrix Trilogy, and you can count me in as a Matrix and Prometheus lover of those films. It does appear that a lot of haters are more vocal on this site, but it won't sway our opinions of those films.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    re: Speed Racer

    by Dollar Bird

    I confess I fall somewhere in the middle on that movie. I did not adore, but I did not revile it. I thought there were a lot of fun moments and the races were pretty great. Loved the zebras in the last race. But any time someone wasn't zipping around in a car, I either got bored or was turned-off by the preaching. I recall the subplot and the "message" being crammed into the film, and it really felt out of place and too much. (And it's not like I disagreed with the credo of the movie, I just felt like it was tremendously forced and kind of killed the spirit of the film.) I did not always like the saturated color and the everything's-in-focus, but I commend the Ws for trying. [On a side note, I saw the movie at a matinee where kids got bored in the movie and kept running all over the theater, shouting at each other. During the climactic race, I finally yelled, "HEY! SIT DOWN!" and they meekly did. I say this story not to show how mean I am to kids, or that some parents don't know how to control their offspring, but to reveal that if some hyperactive boys can't sit and watch SPEED RACER, something might be imperfect.] Anyways, that kind of ham-fisted preaching from SPEED RACER is kind of what I'm scared I'll meet in CLOUD ATLAS, and probably will keep me out of the theater. (Not to mention that all the absurd fawning here sours me a bit.)

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer and the Matrix sequels

    by j

    SPEED RACER: Are the people that hate on Speed Racer familiar with the serialized anime at all? It is decades old. I used to watch it as a wee lad. Love it or hate it, it is a truly faithful story from a universe where all that crazy shit happens regularly. Bringing it to the screen the way they did was visually Masterful, and if they had brought some OTHER anime to life with the same faithfulness to visual tone and world-building, they might have had a huge success. As Art, it was sincere and true, I just wonder at where the passion for it came from. I was a fan as a kid and I only watched it once. If they ever did a sequel, Id want it to be about the Monster Truck (not what we think of now). MATRIX and SEQUELS: Matrix, again, was Masterful. You can say they borrowed from other works but all art is derivative. The sequels lacked the careful world building and the layered reality of the stories version of truth. In the rush to strike while the iron was hot, they made two movies at once without crafting the story properly. I was sad. The second film could fit into what I "thought" was going to happen, but by the third I could see it had gone off the rails, storywise, and was just racing to a a conclusion. Remember when ppl didnt GET the first movie and there was something to explain to them? The sequels had nothing to get, it just devolved into an actioner. Im looking forward to Cloud Atlas. Hopes are high. Deliver Bitches!

  • Joss Whedon brings a sense of fun and wonder to the stuff he has done for Marvel ( its the only whedon work I am familiar with so I am not a fan boy of his)...whereas Millar is too much into deconstructing superheroes until there is nothing left that made them who they are. At least that is how it seems to me. He's done some amazing work on some things ( Ultimates)...but for myself, the more I read his work, the less I liked or cared about the characters. Still having someone familiar with the universe and the characters to the extent Millar is could help.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    big_daddy_nero

    by James

    so I guess you're more of a *Thelma* type of guy, then.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    aremisslake

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Hey she was pretty good in Long Kiss Goodnight

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer is a GREAT film.

    by Laughing Boy

    My two cents.

  • It all seems to be in the service of making superheroes more ''realistic,'' which is a sort of pubescent drive I find understandable if kind of sad, but inevitably it just ends up that all his characters are massive dicks. Which is certainly not what Fantastic Four needs. With the X-Men, First Class seemed to have a certain assholish sheen that actually worked for Xavier and Magneto. I don't really need to see the rest of the characters also become jerks.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Good radio interview with Lana and Andy

    by zodiacman

    http://soundcloud.com/wbez/afternoon-shift-153-hour-2-i

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Did you say,"How Terrific Speed Racer Was"..??

    by D o o d

    yes you did and you've lost credibility on your review for that.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    ah yes...credibility...

    by Aquanaut

    as granted or revoked by the self-deputized conformity police that patrol every geek community. opinion that differs from the majority=loss of credibility. BELIEVE AND OBEY nordling! speed racer was pretty good. i'm not that familiar with the original cartoon, so i can't compare...then again, i never require adaptations to strictly adhere to their sources. i consider them alternate takes on the mythology. but i thought it was fun, and i was even moved at points. so what else? why is it so bad? so far all i've seen is someone with an inexplicable hatred of susan sarandon, and someone who felt the movie was too preachy... as for the matrix and it's sequels...i felt they served the ultimate thematic ideas. the matrix is to cyberpunk what star wars is to space faring sci-fi. star wars is space opera, while the matrix can be called cyber opera. the whole trilogy is a fascinating junction between oriental and occidental myth- plenty of classic joseph campbell stuff to go around, but neo's story, which the original matrix announces via megaphone, is buddhism and hinduism in cyberpunk trappings. the matrix sequels, just as the original film, are simply following the mythology and fulfilling it's premise.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Lana, Speed Racer and Susan Sarandon walk into a bar...

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    On Lana: I don't care. It's her life. I hope she's happy. I really don't think she cares what I or anyone else thinks, so maybe we can all move on past the name-calling and silliness. Attacking someone for their looks and life choices is the crudest, lowest form of argument. And no, I'm not going to slap an LGBT sticker on my car any time soon, I just think it's none of my fucking business. On the Matrix movies and Speed Racer: I liked all three of the Matrix movies and thought the first was definitely the strongest. Not sure what riled people up about the others. Watched about 10 minutes of Speed Racer, then gave up when my kids got bored. Happy to watch it again on my own, though. On Susan Sarandon: she's pretty bad, but she's completely outgunned by Julia Roberts, who is the anal crotch-spawn of Lucifer. There I go, calling her names... but she's just so fucking dreadful.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    the Speed Racer Movie was Speed Racer

    by nametaken

    if you liked the cartoon i don't see how you could not like the movie. good stuff. matrix sequels i won't defend.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Wachowski "Brother and Other" are OVERRATED!

    by Chris Moody

    THE MATRIX was great. However, what have they done since then? I don't think that there has ever been a greater letdown for a anticipated movie sequel! The MATRIX 2 & 3 films make the STAR WARS prequels look like works of art. SPEED RACER was a piece of shit. Seriously. I loved the cartoon as a child. However, I saw kids squirm during the film and heard a couple of children complain how stupid the film was in the theater. "Lana" is simply mentally ill. His mind tells him that he is a woman even though his body, DNA, genome and testosterone say otherwise. I guess that there are quite a few "artists" (and hair dressers) who are mentally ill though. Hopefully, the film will be a noble effort devoid of subtle or overt "preachy" elements that I suspect will be present in the film.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    matrix sequels are misunderstood..speed racer is a great family movie

    by FleshMachine

    yep

  • You really, don't know how any of this works do you? Biology is a little more complicated than that.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I liked the Matrix sequels

    by lv_426

    Sure the first Matrix and Bound are better Wachowski flicks, but Reloaded and Revolutions are good. If anything, they've gotten a bit better with age (except for a few FX shots here and there, like CGI burly brawl Neo). Now years later, after the hype is but a distant memory, I find the sequels are more enjoyable than they could ever be nearly a decade ago. I mean, they are certainly better than the Star Wars prequels and better than a lot of sequels and prequels to other big franchises. Also, for as many Alien 3, Predator 2, Terminator 3, and RoboCop 2 apologists we see round these parts, I'm surprised it is the Matrix sequels that still get so much hate. Oh, and Speed Racer wasn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Did I love it like I do the Matrix films or Bound? No. I actually prefer the V For Vendetta film they wrote and produced over Speed Racer. Thing is Speed Racer was one of those films that you could see the Wachowskis were just having fun with. After all the work that went into wrapping up the giant filmmaking effort that was the Matrix trilogy, I'm not surprised they needed to make a cinematic palette cleanser like that. Now with Cloud Atlas, it appears they are back in crazy ambitious filmmaking mode. I think for me, that is what is most exciting about Cloud Atlas. Oh and Tom Tykwer is awesome too.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Actually, player01, I do.

    by Chris Moody

    However, I couldn't care less about his mental confusion. I only care if it is pushed through policy and legislation and infringes on the rights and views of others.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    You can tell...

    by zodiacman

    ...the 13-year olds on this site by the digs lobbed at Lana. It took courage for Larry to become Lana. Get over it.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    SPEED RACER AND MATRIX TRILOGY OWN YOUR ASSES

    by Johnno

    Matrix 1... nuff said! Matrix 2 & 3... not as good as 1. Technically 1 long movie cut in half whcih is why people feel it's disjointed. They literally just cut 1 movie in half. Still loved them. Lots of good stuff in them. But the biggest issue I guess was the change in directiorial style. I loved the edgy dusty direction and presentation of the first film. The sequels felt too clean, too artificial, which was maybe the point. I get why they changed their style after being so imitated, but perhaps that's why it feels different. But still worth the trip even if it turned out nothing like I'd imagined I still love what we got and there's plenty there worth discussing! Also Animatrix was one of the most brilliant made-for-fans projects ever conceived! Seriously! I want an Animatrix 2, or like a television series where each episode is a short story directed by different top industry folks foreign and domestic! Live, 2D and 3D animation! It could be so freaking awesome to play around in the Matrix universe! Speed Racer was a fun movie! Boring in between, but like the Matrix, the Wachowskis have this thing where they open well, plod around with dialogue and plot around the second act and then kick into a crazy drive for the third toa spectacular build, climax and finish! And damnit! Speed was one of the msot original things put to celluloid in a damn long time! As for the discussion on Larry. It's incrediblly sad that someone has to go through what he is, but I'm not going to pretend like many cowards here are and play along like what he's going through is something normal that should be accepted just because society these days is too cowardly and lazy to deal and help people with these incredibly difficult problems. Fuck you! I love what the Wachowskis have given me, and I'm not going to sit back and let Larry succumb to this inept reality-bending ideology that people these days accept which wants to avoid solving hard human problems by pretending they don't exist and running away from reality by reinterpreting it to mean whatever bullshit they want it to be. This here is the real world and it's time to wake up. So deal with it! Larry! If I ever get to meet you, I'm going to get you and your bro to autograph a poster and then I want to talk to you about all kinds of stuff including this gender issue of yours, as one who loves some of the films you've made!

  • Fuck haters

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    johnno -- The Matrix as a TV series

    by lv_426

    I remember when the DVD for Revolutions was about to come out, the next phase of The Matrix saga being promoted was the MMO game Matrix Online. I never got into that, but the fact that they were going for a continuation after the movies always made me wish for a Matrix TV series. I always figured live action, but your suggestion of an expanded Animatrix style anthology series is better. I'd love to see that. They could even adapt some of the stories from the two Matrix comic book collections, which was basically an anthology comic of little stories set in the Matrix universe. There were some good ones in there that could work in an Animatrix style format.