Hummed and hawed about making this thread ever since I saw the movie a few weeks ago. I know most of the traffic we get nowadays is usually people lurking out of nostalgia (guilty) or giving real life updates (always nice to see) but The Matrix as a franchise really was hugely influential for OB back in the day and I was curious to see what people from back then made of it.
Personally I was kinda whelmed overall I guess, somewhere between 6.5 to 7 out 10 seems fair.
There were a lot of interesting ideas raised and the usual big philosophical questions were there but I didn't feel that those ideas were as well capitalised on as they could've been and some of the most interesting (for me) were barely addressed at all
. I thought the cast and casting was good overall for what was intended with retrospect, Groff and Harris I would've liked to see pull themselves back a bit, particularly Groff given the character he played (I wasn't expecting 1:1 of the original but Ian Bliss's version still felt like the character IMO). I thought the concept for Harris's character was great but again not well executed. This is purely a me thing but I'd also have
Visuals-wise I thought it was pretty badly let down by the action sequences/fight choreography (Woo-Ping Yuen not returning) and a general lack of polish in comparison to the original trilogy, lot of very obvious green-screening. There was apparently substantially less prep work in comparison to the first three and that's pretty palpable. The soundtrack itself was actually quite forgettable for me which is very weird to say about a franchise with such a strong stylistic sense.
The meta commentary though makes it clear the sequel itself wasn't a work of passion for Lana like the originals and whether it was intentionally used as a sort of "take that" to Warner Bros for forcing it, or just that lack of passion (and Lily's absence) translated into an end product which is missing the Wachowski "spark" isn't clear to me, probably it's a mix of both.
It struck me as the type of movie that benefits from multiple viewings, I'll probably give it another go in a few months.
Lana Wachowski Main Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff & Neil Patrick Harris. Writers:
Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell & Aleksandar Hemon. Based on original characters by Lilly Wachowski & Lana Wachowski. Release Date:
18 December 2021 Runtime:
148 minutes. Summary:
To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, Mr. Anderson, aka Neo, will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. If he's learned anything, it's that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of -- or into -- the Matrix. Neo already knows what he has to do, but what he doesn't yet know is that the Matrix is stronger, more secure and far more dangerous than ever before.
Rotten Tomatoes: 63% (Audience & Critics) IMDB: 5.7/10
Not sure how I got myself back to OB and not sure if this thread is still alive but I figured I'd come back to check it out. Thus, here I am, writing this post.
I hope everyone is doing well during this pandemic and has been doing great things throughout the years that I have been gone.
As for me, after my long 12 years in the Navy, I left medically retired. I am now back at home, enjoying my life on the other side as a civilian. Honestly, it's strange for me to think I had a life before the Navy; seems like the Navy is all I know.
But anyway, hope to see some familiar names pop up.
I couldn't believe it, after so many iterations of OtakuBoards, I thought for sure the attachment in the original thread was gone, and the original files, because I was so bad at backing things up then, were long gone.
Then I saw it, in my attached files, still there. A movie I made about OtakuBoards life set to a parody of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the daftly titled Moderator and Otaku: The Short Side of TheOtaku.
Back in the day It had little fanfare and was watched by about 5 people. I think this was due to the need to zip the file in an attachment as there was no YouTube or anything like it back in the day and image hosting websites had their limits. You did have to jump through a couple of hoops and then have a flash player installed on your pc to watch it, after all.
Besides being a parody of Master and Commander, the film references several notable events and the crazy characters of OtakuBoards at the time and was heavily influenced by Dragon Warrior's Daily Comic series. The cop-out ending was hastily thrown together simply because I got bored with the project as the frames piled up and Flash became less stable on me, computers of the time, eh.
I thought this might be interesting to some as a throwback very much of it's time and it certainly did bring back a few good memories. 😛
I was in the process of writing something where I referenced my time posting on the OB and thought 'hey, I wonder if that place is still up and running'. I guess it is, in some capacity, although my beloved Theater seems to be primarily populated with mothballs and tumbleweed...
Hope everyone is doing well, looking back on my post history I think the last time I posted here I was a single, unemployed and slightly depressed 25 year old living with his parents - I'm now a happily non-single, gainfully employed and only occasionally depressed 31 year old who is in the process of buying his first house.
You and me both! I'm currently funnelling all of that same energy into the D&D campaign I'm DMing, but looking back here my creative output was crazy for a time.
Yeah, so much work went into those RPGs. I have really fond memories of them.
I'm wondering if anyone has heard from Kevin/Rick Hunter? What's he doing these days? He had a YouTube channel for a little while but it's gone now...
Well, that regret is mostly hindsight after coding support changes across site versions, so ... I wouldn't regret it too much, honestly. The site supported it at the time, and most of you guys who knew what you were doing with it were really good at it, so it typically looked fantastic. You were making the most of what your medium at the time offered you. 😃
....plus, you know, several site updates broke even basic coding options. I've gone back through several of my old threads updating my own posts to reflect the code I meant it to have after things went goofy. And I've fixed posts from my friends sometimes when I had moderator privileges, just to make things readable in case anyone other than me decided to thread-crawl.
Not the same as HTML stuff, I know, but ... then I was never a Myspace/MyOtaku page customiser either, lol. Didn't get into the internet in time to catch that wave, and wasn't really interested in it by and large anyway.
ANYWAY. I still think of the stuff you guys did as flagship projects in those forums, so.