The Matrix (1999)

Rated PG. Your kids can listen!

Today is our 6th anniversary, so yay for that, but also yay for one of the most influential, cool, wire-fu, sci-fi thrillers of all time. It’s the ultimate Jeopardy question: “what is The Matrix?” The Next 144 Project spends nearly an hour digging into that (a movie that Bev thinks could have been called “The Exposition”), with its main plot point being a dude (not a damsel) in distress. Also, we discuss who really is The One. Plus, as much as we geek on Keanu Reeves as Neo in his best role, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity might even be better. The Wachowskis will probably never top this picture, but who needs to? It reached classic status almost out of the gate and it’s certainly at that point 20 years later.

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For The Record: Joel Silver did produce the 2 sequels, in addition to this picture.


Coming Attractions Trivia Stuff: ??? and ???

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1999 U.S. Box Office

IMDb’s Top 250

National Film Registry in 2012

1999 in film

1999 Academy Award winners and nominees

Oscar acceptance speeches: Editing and Visual F/X + Sound F/X and Sound

Links to: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and The Animatrix and Bound and Speed Racer and LOTR

YouTube links: Trinity v the agents and blue pill/red pill and Morpheus explains the Matrix and Neo fights Morpheus and Cypher turns heel and the lobby shoot-out and the bullet dodge and the subway fight and he really is The One

Previously on the Next 143 Project: Wayne’s World

April 1st on Next 145 Project: Clueless