Eighteen years have passed since the Wachowskis concluded The Matrix trilogy and were met with varying degrees of disdain and disappointment from the fan base. Now, Lana Wachowski (sans sister Lilly) has brought audiences back into the Matrix with The Matrix Resurrections. With this installment, Wachowski reintroduces us to Neo and Trinity and some familiar (and not so familiar) faces as they find themselves once again at the whim of machine overlords who’ve imprisoned humanity in a simulated world.
A tricky biography of one of America’s most singular voices.
An eight-week long car crash of human proportions.
Though it should be commendable and refreshing anytime new players are introduced to the MCU, the storytelling issues within Eternals (and the greater MCU formula itself) are oftentimes not enough to delay the inevitable. The truth is, Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought with it an undeniable sense of franchise fatigue.
The thinking man’s MCU film.
A masterful exploration of memory and grief.
An explosive new western with enough style to make up for a middling script.
Frank Herbert’s Dune is a highly respected work of science fiction that’s influenced storytellers for decades. The novel tells the story of Paul Atreidis, a young man who has visions of his destiny while his present is rife with conflict and danger as his House arrives at the nearly inhospitable planet Arakkis so they can assume control over the planet’s Spice (a hallucinogenic substance needed for interstellar travel) production for the Empire.
One of the best movies of the year, which never forgets to put the characters’ difficult emotions first.
The rare independent animated film that wears its influences on its sleeves.
A beautiful film that avoids easy narrative answers in exchange for emotional honesty about the creative process.
An interview with writer/director Anna Baumgarten on her debut feature.
Season two comes to an end, with hope for the future but frustration for the present.
Introduces new conflicts for the finale, and brings long-simmering conflicts from throughout the season to a head.
The show returns after last week’s divergence with some mostly positive character drama