• [Article 87]Anticipation is rising in view of February 6th theatrical release of JUPITER ASCENDING

    For any fan of the varied work of the Wachowskis another moment of intense anticipation and high hopes is approaching as their newest film, the SciFi Epic Jupiter Ascending will be hitting cinemas on 6 February. The road to this work apparently has been a thorny one which a much discussed postponing of theatrical release last year, when Jupiter Ascending was supposed to be released in June 2014. But the Wachowskis felt that SFX were not ripe and truly worked to a perfect finish and thus managed to force the studio to delay the release. I say it can only be for the better! I’d rather wait another seven month than seeing a debacle of a film with an unfinished, rough feel to it.

    The latest trailer raises expectation levels to the almost unbearable I’d say and after seeing it I will definitely be on the edge of my seat until seeing the last credit disappearing from the screen on opening night.

    As an avid SciFi lover and buff I can’t help but feeling like a child before Christmas, so many sparkly things at display and high hopes for a gift that will make a lasting impact, maybe even at a level like THE MATRIX, but that remains to be seen and judged by viewers after seeing the flick.

    So let’s be done quickly with the remaining 5 1/1 weeks …!

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  • [Article 76]What is Sense8, the new Netflix Series by the Wachowskis all about?

    “The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally,” co-showrunner J. Michael Straczynski tells Deadline. “They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”

    The series, due to hit Netflix next year, stars Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill”), Naveen Andrews (“Lost”), Freema Agyeman (“Doctor Who”), Tuppence Middleton (“Jupiter Ascending”), Aml Ameen (“The Butler), Terrence Mann (“The Dresden Files”), Jamie Clayton (“Hung”), Miguel Silvestre (“I’m So Excited!”), Tena Desae (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Doona Bae (“Cloud Atlas,” “Jupiter Ascending”)

    Doona Bae, known from her role as Sonmi 451 in the Wachowski's 'Cloud Atlas'
    Doona Bae, known from her role as Sonmi 451 in the Wachowski’s ‘Cloud Atlas’

    , Max Riemelt (“The Depraved”), Erendira Ibarra (“Capadocia”) and Alfonso Herrera (“El Diez”).

    The Wachowskis wrote and directed the “Matrix” movies, “Speed Racer” and “Cloud Atlas.”

    Writer Straczynski’s resume is much longer, encompassing everything from the “He-Man,” “Real Ghostbusters,” “Captain Power,” “Jake and the Fatman,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Babylon Five” and “Crusade” TV series to big-screen projects like 2008’s “The Changeling” and 2009’s “Ninja Assassin” and 2012’s “Underworld: Awakening.” (He also received “story” credits on “Thor” and “World War Z.”)

     

    source: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/67746

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  • [Article 72]Let’s gather the troups!

     

    In view of how difficult it is to regroup the scattered rebels, TMC has now a page on Facebook to help in that noble task of reuniting the matrix people after their many meanderings and diasporas.

    If you would like to contribute or prefer to share your contents from there, have a look. Ultimately though we believe that the only way of discussing profoundly and deeply in a sense of COMMUNITY is not going to happen over there, but here on our domain and within our DISCUSSION FORUMS.

     

    See you in the Matrix or the real world, you choose! :)

     

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  • [Article 64]Invitation to Synchronised Viewing of The Matrix Reloaded on 17th May 2014 Midnight GMT (Saturday to Sunday)

    The matrix fans will remember the 11th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Matrix Reloaded on 15th May 2014. Even if the second film of the trilogy might not have wooed as many people as the first film, we still believe that it would be a great occasion to repeat the great experience of last month Synchronised Viewing of The Matrix, by doing the same for The Matrix Reloaded.

    This means that during the night of Saturday to Sunday 17th to 18th May, at stroke midnight London time (GMT) we will have a countdown and everyone will start their movie at their homes, while everyone will be connected to our IRC channel #dotr to chat and discuss what we see or remember. I promise you it’ll be great fun as you will realise when reading the chat log from our previous occasion HERE.

    For those who might be new to the procedure, you will find all required information about our own IRC channel #dotr on our website.

    Those who wish to participate should check their local time zone on the World Clock to see what midnight London time (GMT) means in your location.

    Later this month we shall set up a thread to register if you are interested to be a part of it.

    Looking forward to seeing as many members of our old Community as well as new “recruits” for that event!

     

    unholy Trinity

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  • [Article 53]how to replug humans into the matrix, now called social media (yeah, the Architect’s name is Zuckerberg!)

     

    I found this incredible article by Jack Clark in today’s The Register and thought it was highly relevant, especially in view of the subject of facebook’s role in our Community chat on occasion of the 15th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Matrix (transcript can be seen on our website).

    Allow me to recapitulate some of the paragraphs to let you in on the next phase of social media dominion over coppertops’ minds:

    “Facebook has bought startup Oculus VR, which makes the much-hyped virtual-reality Rift headsets, for $2bn.

    The acquisition comes as people spend more time with their pals in digital worlds rather than the physical realm, and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg wants to tap into that shift.

    The acquisition of Oculus VR Inc was announced on Tuesday – and will see the West’s largest social network acquire a technologically sophisticated upstart dedicated to persuading people to escape their real lives.

    “Virtual reality technology is a strong candidate to emerge as the next social and communications platform,” Facebook wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition. “Facebook plans to extend Oculus’ existing advantage in gaming to new verticals, including communications, media and entertainment, education and other areas.”

    human state of affairs: social media-like united alone in our pods
    human state of affairs: social media-like united alone in our pods

     

    So there we go. Social media in real time and worldwideweb realms is not enough, we all need a virtual realm and matrix to be plugged into in order to escape news like last weeks UN declaration of Global Warming having become irreversible, of NASA studies revealing that our zivilisation is about to crash within a few decades at the most, given our abuse of natural resources and climate, the ever so growing inequality of the world with its inevitable result of wars and social uprisings etc etc pp.

     

    The article by Jack Clark continues:

    Then, revealing perhaps he has watched The Matrix a few too many times, Zuck continued: “But this is just the start. After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face – just by putting on goggles in your home.”

    Over at Oculus, co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe added: “We are excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual reality platform in the world.

    “We believe virtual reality will be heavily defined by social experiences that connect people in magical, new ways. It is a transformative and disruptive technology, that enables the world to experience the impossible, and it’s only just the beginning.”

    Doom creator John Carmack recently left ID Software to take up the chief technology officer role at Oculus VR to help the company fix some of its tech issues, such as the vomit-inducing visual “smearing” that can occur when you move your head too fast. The graphics-programming genius is now, technically, a Facebook employee.

    The upstart’s VR goggles have also received support from gaming behemoth Valve Software, which is testing support for Oculus Rift in its Steam gaming platform via a service named SteamVR.” … “

    Every single acquisition of facebook, especially the latest astronomically expensive purchase of Whatsapp has had one single purpose: to keep owing all your precious data about your social circles and pals, your shopping behaviour, your spending and consumer profile, everything you ever reveal in the digital realms of Facebook, instead of you sharing those with other platforms who might commercialise them and taking away profit from “Mount Sugar” … or as the author of this excellent article summarises:

    “In the long-term, perhaps Facebook worries that it could be eclipsed by a social network forged in virtual reality, much like the digital worlds predicted by the cyberpunk sci-fi authors Neal Stephenson and William Gibson. …”

    Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?!

    together lonely
    together lonely
    together lonely

    The original article can be found HERE

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  • [Article 43]The invigorating power of a Synchronised Viewing of The Matrix

    So we did it, those of our former Matrix Community who got the call and felt like taking a shift, joined us last night for a long since not practised Synchronised Viewing of the first Matrix film, the one piece of art that started our fascination and brought us all together as a Community, way back in 1999. We had held several of these Synchronised Viewings before. They consist of everyone at their respective places starting their copy of the film at a Countdown executed within our Community’s own IRC chat channel called #dotr ( Desert of the Real ). While everyone is watching the (hopefully same ) scenes, a chat is going on with everyone in IRC and thoughts, ideas, questions or comic release are being shared. One of the toughest issues apparently is timing, no matter how organised and precise this World has become in matters of time-keeping, apparently time transcurs at different pace for all members involved and at some point in the Synchronised Viewing everyone realises that they are either lagging or rushing, but that too is part of the energising experience.

    I enjoyed this practice very much, especially since it constituted a fabulous journey way back memory lane, to share with everyone those insights and the maybe new way we look at the film after all that time. But if there was one common notion shared in the chat, it was that The Matrix had not aged (except for the clothes of the lot in those Night Clubs :D). The film still has this striking smartness, the timeless elegance and the appeal to mind and senses. This to me was one of the most amazing aspects.

    A heartfelt thanks to everyone who could make it to the Viewing and let’s keep the hope up, that there might come more occasions in the near future, in order to keep this unique tradition alive!

    unholy Trinity

     

    The Transcript of the chat can be viewed here

     

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  • [Article 40]lo and behold, a new Matrix prequel trilogy appears at the far horizon!

    Rumour has it that the Wachowskis are planning a trilogy of Prequels to the existing Matrix trilogy. Apparently the idea is of following the fate of all those other previous “Ones” that had tried and failed.

    As a die hard Matrixite I love the idea although there is always some sense of cautiousness indicated, since some things just can’t get better and when Directors continue their previous works after such a long break, the more modern technological possibilities often rather generate a lesser product than a better one.
    Let’s just keep all our fingers and toes crossed for a good auguring!

     

    More about these rumours can be found here

     

    Operator on your marks!
    Operator on your marks!
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  • [Article 37]Déja Vú! (On occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the theatrical release in 1999 of THE MATRIX)

    Many of us might remember that very first viewing (for very few the only one, I assume) of  that intriguing film by a relatively unknown pair of Directors, the Wachowskis, called The Matrix. I do recall that night extremely vividly and it constitutes a very special moments to me. Never before had a Science Fiction film grasped my attention and fired up my imagination as this magical SF flick did!

    If there has been ever a breathtaking, jaw-dropping opening sequence in cinema history that stood out, the Matrix opening with Trinity being almost captured, fighting back whilst running up on a wall and then going on the run, chased down by cops and something that would later be introduced as an “agent” (of the system), dashing madly over the nightly city roofs, doing a surely impossible 30 meters jump right over the street to crash straight through a small window, tumbling down a narrow staircase just to crash-land in a ready-to-shoot position. What on Earth was going on here?, everyone must have been asking themselves and my mind started creating feeble explanation for this enigma. t12That girl surely must be an android, a beguilingly beautiful, somewhat androgyne cyborg created to cause havoc. My and others’ utter puzzlement rose to unimaginable levels, when that “borg” ran towards a phone booth despite clearly noticing the garbage truck on its course to run down that booth or herself. Why would she try to call for a second or so just to become herself killed? Next moment: three agents gather around the remains of that phone booth, smashed to Smithereens by said garbage truck, staring at a dust-covered phone mouth piece and uttering: “She got out” …!! At this moment I KNEW I was in for something exciting beyond the expected and too strange for further chancing any explanation attempts. The rest of the film saw me sitting on the very edge of my seat, barely breathing, no drinks, no talk, just pure bewilderment and gobsmackedness. When that first viewing ended, I myself shared Neo’s puzzlement and needed a two hours walk home through the cold night in order to find myself in front of my door not knowing how I had gotten there. I could have sworn I’d be able to kick that door open like the rebels did in Matrix while the soundtrack was still hammering in my brain (Leave You Far Behind by Lunatic Calm).

    It’s fifteen years since that day and many more viewings of the Wachowski’s masterpiece followed for a simple reason: this film exercised a complete spell on me. Once it was over and the powerful credits score (Wake Up by Rage Against The Machine) started, I would feel sick, a real cold turkey was holding me in its grasp and made me want to return to the ticket queue to buy yet another ticket. And each viewing brought so many more revelations, so much more understanding of what a magnificent piece of SF art the Directors had created here: from the beguiling aesthetics over its intoxicating soundtrack to my personal main reasons for loving it: the smart script, the multiple references to real life matters somehow perfectly transported into and adapted for a digital world and reality. The dialogues were so incredibly compact and full of intelligent cross references, every word bearing a meaning, not just image-accompanying vacant babble and bons mots. Sure, the clothing was made for those who love stylish stuff and pulled a whole audience of latex fetishists into the theatre. Sure some acting was extremely geeky like Tank’s Operator performance. But overall every single aspect of this movie was brought to perfection: there was a harmonious interrelation between contents/ storyline and the performance of all actors, the visual means actually made those Science Fiction scenarios fully plausible, the film offered plenty of action & suspense that actually had a reason to be there in view of a sense-making storyline. There was Dystopian imagery in the real world, perfect digital visuals in the programmed reality, different colours of filters for the different realities and a just wonderful film cut that really took over some storytelling by itself through managing perfectly the sequence of scenes supported by superb sound editing and effects.

    I truly marvelled at that interplay of cut and sound effects that guaranteed the strongest impact of each scene. Remember Neo’s being dragged to a Night Club, then being awoken bytank_neo his alarm clock, whose noise mixes perfectly with the beats of that Night Club’s music (Clubbed to Death). Or the estranging noises of the metal cabin door when Neo awakes for the first time on board of the Nebuchadnezzar, the sound effects when he touches that strange neck plug for the very first time … All this creates such an intense feeling of alienation, which is precisely what he must have felt after being “unplugged”.

    The Matrix as the first instalment of the later completed Trilogy represents a perfect Science Fiction film to me. A film where basic ideas for the plot, storytelling, visual means, specially created SFX like John Gaeta’s  highly elaborate Bullet time camera, the highly effective wire-works for old fashioned kung fu of the real actors, the poetic allegories of trickling down matrix code resembling rain drops running down a window, the splendid and digitally crisp sound effects transporting us into this universe of programmed reality,  the mystery of the search for “The One” and an Oracle whose provenience was not all that clear, created suspense and perfect means for the development of this captivating story.

    Many later flicks have tried to learn from The Matrix, to copy its success by following similar ways or employing similar devices, but in my humble opinion, not a single one has lived up to that impact and perfect artistic creation which is The Matrix. Its sequels didn’t live up to the high expectation either, even if they have their merits, but more about those in my next instalment.

    Do you think it’s air you are breathing now?

    pods

     

     

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  • [Article 31]Head count for Synchronised Viewing

    Hi again,

    So next Saturday/Sunday is approaching swiftly. I just wanted to let you know who so far has shown up to either pledge their participation or to inquire and give a maybe:

    Confirmed participants (chat on #dotr)

     

    3seas

    Aamir

    Bester

    Gambit

    Negah

    3seas

    Oneiromancer

    Scraps

    unholy Trinity

     

    Maybe:

    Furiosity

    Graphic Enemy

     

    Please drop me an e-mail if you want to register. Looking forward to next weekend. I will be in dotr plenty of time before the Viewing to make sure everything is fine.

    Operator! I need an exit to dotr … FAST!! :)

     

    unholy Trinity

     

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  • [Article 1]Mr. Anderson! Welcome back, we’ve misssssed you …

    If there are any of the by now heavily scattered matrixers from our once striving Matrix Community out there, here ZION calling!

    Please check in to the Nebuchadnezzar for a head count and the planning of a great event that should get our code flowing: the 15th Anniversary of the original release of the first film, THE MATRIX, on March 31st 1999.

    For this reason we are planning the renewal of a once cherished tradition – a SYNCHRONISED VIEWING of the film – during the night between Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, 2014.

    The precise starting time is set for midnight 12:00 am GMT (London time). This seems to grant the best chance for matrixers from all time zones to be part of the event. Please check the world clock for  your respective local times and leave a comment here to register properly for the viewing.

    While everyone will watch the film after a common countdown on their respective device at their homes, we will be commenting and chatting away in our still existing own IRC channel – dotr (desert of the real). Instructions how to get there and how to access it, you will find HERE

     

    invitation to Synchronised Viewing
    invitation to Synchronised Viewing
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