The Matrix 4 (2022)

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It was great watching Bound again on the big screen during last year's Ebertfest with both Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly in attendance. Actually bumped into Gershon all by herself at the theater's concession stand while getting a popcorn-refill (she was grabbing something else), and we both shared some chuckles about the film.
 

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Yeah, my favorite Wachowski movies are Bound, Speed Racer and Jupiter Rising (I think that movie is misinterpreted as being a sci-fi/action movie and they deliberately made a campy near parody of that kind of movie) but even movies that I hate like The Matrix sequels are still bold movies with their vision on screen which is more than you can say about a lot of the big budget franchise movies that are made now.
I own Jupiter Rising in 3D - I don’t know what Eddie Redmayne is doing but I can’t look away. He steals that movie.
 
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Yeah, my favorite Wachowski movies are Bound, Speed Racer and Jupiter Rising (I think that movie is misinterpreted as being a sci-fi/action movie and they deliberately made a campy near parody of that kind of movie) but even movies that I hate like The Matrix sequels are still bold movies with their vision on screen which is more than you can say about a lot of the big budget franchise movies that are made now.
I keep forgetting that Bound was a Wachowski affair. Great film.
 
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I sort-of-liked The Matrix when it was new because of the action (and I was 13), but I seriously didn’t understand the point of it so much. The sequels perplexed me even more. Have no interest in re-watching them nor another sequel.

Speed Racer was awesome though. I really need to watch that again soon.
 

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It was great watching Bound again on the big screen during last year's Ebertfest with both Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly in attendance. Actually bumped into Gershon all by herself at the theater's concession stand while getting a popcorn-refill (she was grabbing something else), and we both shared some chuckles about the film.
I watched Bound once, years ago, and the only thing I remember about the film is the camera shot of the telephone cord from the wall to the phone- the camera follows the cord through a twist in the cord. Funny shot!
 

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Other than the original Matrix, my favorite Wachowski film is V for Vendetta, followed by Bound and the Matrix sequels. I absolutely LOATHE Jupiter Rising, one of the worst big budget movies ever made IMO. Didn't much care for Cloud Atlas either. With their track record, I'm not expecting much from this new Matrix film.
 
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I'm not expecting much from this new Matrix film.
I think that might be the key to actually liking it. The first two sequels set such a low bar, and I'm so skeptical of another one, that they have a lot of latitude here to surprise me with something that is better than what I think it will be.
 

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The cast has signed 8-week extensions to their contracts amid the coronavirus, and WB hopes to resume shooting in July.


Good luck with that. I really don't think filming will be safe to resume that quickly. I'd love to be wrong.
 

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The cast has signed 8-week extensions to their contracts amid the coronavirus, and WB hopes to resume shooting in July.


Good luck with that. I really don't think filming will be safe to resume that quickly. I'd love to be wrong.
I think it may be possible for a lot of productions to resume in that timeframe if they take precautions and take them seriously. I haven’t been thrilled about it, but I‘ve been continuing to work since this started. My company manufactures influenza (and other) vaccines so it is an essential business. Everyone is required to wear masks and everyone tries to stay 6 feet apart, though that is difficult in an environment when you are working collaboratively with others. They also do temperature screenings for everyone entering the site, though that has minimal (if any) benefit. We have roughly one thousand employees still working onsite (with another approximately two thousand working from home) and I think there have been something like 7 cases so far, with no multiple case clusters from people working together (yet).

To be honest, even with all that I still don’t feel comfortable. I’ve been a ball of freaking stress for over two months now. Every day I’m 110% “on” as far as wearing a mask (and making sure others are wearing theirs), being paranoid about everything I touch and constantly washing my hands (and then washing them again), disinfecting my works areas (and then disinfecting them again, and again), and trying to maintain a six foot distance from everyone. It’s exhausting, and not everyone is on the same page with how strictly they follow these precautions. So it’s all extremely stressful. Then I go home to a house I currently share with older parents and I have to constantly assume that I am infected so I have to keep interactions to an absolute bare minimum always at least 6 feet or more away, wear a mask in my own home, wipe down everything I touch, and basically go through a freaking cleansing ritual every time I’m I need to venture onto the the story of the house where they live. Just pure exhaustion and stress.

Anyway, one way that I think a lot of that stress (and risk) could be reduced is if my workplace had the ability to actually test employees weekly or better daily with 15 minute results. I think if you can do that, and still practice distancing and wear masks, the risk of being at a particular work place would be quite low. Unfortunately, we just aren’t there with the availability of testing.

For television and film productions, I think there is potential to work relatively “safely”. However, since these aren’t “essential” jobs the bar should be much higher for resuming work. My suggestion would be that testing would have to be performed on a regular basis. If the production studio doesn’t have access to their own rapid testing unit (and test kits) and have a nursing staff to administer the tests then don‘t bother. You’re play acting for entertainment. Don’t bother if you can’t do that. So test EVERYONE involved with the production on at least a weekly basis. Actors who will have to work closely with others without masks have to tested daily. Makeup and hair people (and anyone else who has to interact closely with others) have to get tested daily. EVERYONE who isn’t in front of a shooting camera has to wear masks all the time. People cannot congregate for lunch breaks because you can’t wear your masks when you eat. And, obviously, you would treat the sets as though you were shooting a nude scene of a sex scene in a normal production. Closed sets. The only people allowed on set are those who absolutely have to be there.

So the availability of testing is key. If they can test on a regular basis while still practicing mask wearing and distancing I think lots of these productions can resume. Don’t know how realistic it is for a studio to be able to get the access to that kind of testing. But if they could, then that would make a huge difference. Distancing practices without testing is not enough. For “essential” work, sure what else are you going to do? It’s essential. Needs to get done. Movies? Nope. You want people to risk their lives and the lives of their loved ones to come and do a job before there is a vaccine or a knockout therapeutic? Then test. Test, test, test.
 
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