Today’s New Releases
This week there is a cultural phenomenon that people are addicted to and a movie about addiction.
Lets start with the phenomenon. THE MATRIX RELOADED is part two in the uber-popular MATRIX film series. It stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss.
With computer generated action, sequences that feature 100 of the same person in the same scene and a world you have to see to believe this movie uses every technological possibility to its advantage. But unlike most science fiction films that are being released these days with great computer generated effects THE MATRIX RELOADED also has an interesting story, strong characters and will make you think.
Mostly you will wonder “how do they think up this stuff?!”, but you’ll be thinking.
Something you likely won’t think about at all is how every single action sequence isn’t there just for effect. Every single action sequence in a MATRIX film is there to help move along the story.
In most action films today cars crash, people fight and things explode. And it all happens because people like to see things “blow up real good” in movies.
In THE MATRIX RELOADED no one fights without a reason. Things don’t explode without cause. And when cars crash, they do so with purpose.
But I’m just gushing over what I feel is a smart, intelligent, exceptionally made action film that still, even after multiple viewings, cause me to wonder how the brother team of Larry and†Andy Wachowski came up with this stuff.
Some of it is just amazing!
But don’t mistake me, even though it does have a great story and interesting characters if you don’t like science fiction films, then you should stay away from THE MATRIX RELOADED.
But if you like your action smart, your amazement level high and like to never know what to expect visually, then this movie is for you!
If you’re just in the mood for a small little film then skip THE MATRIX RELOADED and look for OWNING MAHONEY, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman from PUNCH DRUNK LOVE and ALMOST FAMOUS.
OWNING MAHONEY is an engrossing, fact-based comedy-drama about the perils of compulsive gambling. The subject is hardly new to movies, but as Toronto bank-loan manager Dan Mahowny, Hoffman brings depth and humanity to his portrayal of a man who helplessly feeds his pathological need to gamble with millions in embezzled bank money that he can’t afford to lose.
OWNING MAHONEY has a delicate balance of humor, adrenalin, and escalating tension. Its a safe bet for film lovers everywhere.
COMING NEXT WEEK
The Adventures Of Indiana Jones Collection – The complete Indiana Jones movie trilogy. (Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw)
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – The Angels must recover key to secret identities of witnesses. (Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu)
28 Days Later – Small group of virus survivors try to save humanity. (Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston, Cillian Murphy)
It Runs In The Family – A dysfunctional family attempts to reconcile. (Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Bernadette Peters)
George Of The Jungle 2 – George battles mother-in-law to keep Ursula and his son. (Chris Showerman, Julie Benz, Thomas Haden Church)
Enjoy the movies and I’ll see you on the couch!
Today’s New Releases