The news has been circulating lately, and I’ve been mulling over it. A Matrix reboot or remake. Huh.
It seems definitely like – while remake might be what we would expect with everything Hollywood has been doing these days – reboot is the more likely route they will go. So not restarting the franchise, but simply dipping back into it. Here’s several articles on the news:
I am unapologetic in the fact that I really like the Matrix trilogy. I think in part I felt a strong connection between the films and the Dune book series, and it felt like the Wachowskis trying to work their way through the themes of the books – much like I was doing myself at the time. I think it was with these films that I coined my often-used phrase, “Just Like Dune.”
But that means the films felt like, for lack of a better term, fandom to me. Fellow travelers in a Dune fandom. But somewhere along the line, I also picked up some Matrix aesthetic (I still love my long black coat), and in writing this post I now have “Mona Lisa Overdrive” stuck in my head – I absolutely loved the music.
The Matrix Reloaded is still one of my go-to pop-in-and-watch movies, though I typically start it roughly when they head back into the Matrix to find the Oracle, and often stop it before reaching the Architect. This skips some of the stronger like-Dune aspects but is just action and effects fun.
All of which is to say… returning to this world? Possibly without the Wachowskis? Disconnected from the plot and characters we know? How do you build a new movie in the Matrix universe? There are only a couple of really big reveals, and it seems like those are already covered. So let’s consider a few things.
This is the third in a three-part recap/reaction to Voltron: Legendary Defender Episode One — the Rise of Voltron. I broke off last time about 44 minutes in when the Sendak’s warship was orbiting Arus.
So far, I’ve been doing a rough scene by scene breakdown of the episode, but I don’t have much to say about third half of the episode.
This is the second in a three-part recap/reaction to Voltron: Legendary Defender Episode One — the Rise of Voltron. I broke off last time about 24 minutes in when the team had just landed in front of the Castle of Lions. Continue reading →
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David, and guest host Julia, respond to the conversation sparked by our Superhero Fatigue post. For lack of a better term, we’re calling the phenomenon Hollywood Fatigue. Are there any original stories? Are there always going to be remakes? Is the movie industry doomed? Yeah, we kind of tackle questions like that.
When I was nine, Voltron was my secret guardian. He went to school with me and towered over the bullies who picked on me in the lunch room and the demanding teacher who screamed more often than she spoke. At home, he stayed close all night while my parents yelled and threw things at each other. Of course, no one could see him but me.
I remember the first time I saw Voltron: Defender of the Universe. It was early morning, before the sun came up. My father was passed out on the couch, and I had about an hour before I had to make the school bus. My siblings were still in bed, and I relish that hour because it was the only time I got to watch anything that I wanted to see on television.