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The Matrix Reloaded

Whoa It takes my old computer about five minutes to restart, so it’s no surprise that it took the Wachowski brothers a few years to reload the Matrix. They’ve spent their time well, producing a sequel that feels more like … Continue reading

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Metropolis

Anime vitae Osamu Tezuka was so taken with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis that he had to create his own version. In 1949, Tezuka was one of Japan’s favorite young cartoonists. His New Treasure Island series had been a big hit, and … Continue reading

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A.I.

The Anti-Intellectual This film will always be remembered as the project left unfinished by Stanley Kubrick, then picked up and finished by Steven Spielberg. The first question this brings up is: how much of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)is Kubrick and how … Continue reading

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Bicentennial Man

Man or Ro-man? Well, it was probably a mighty struggle, but Robin Williams (What Dreams May Come) put aside the ham for once and let the story breathe. Which is excellent, as movie adaptations of the works of Isaac Asimov … Continue reading

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Mystery Men

All In Color for $5.25 (matinees) The Flaming Carrot is cartoonist Bob Burden’s most original and inspired creation, but that big carrot mask must’ve scared off facetime-loving Hollywood, so his second greatest creation gets the movie treatment instead.

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The Matrix

One Pill Makes You Bigger, the Other Makes You Small As any SubGenius knows, the normal world is an illusion. Those with the gift can see through the veil and see the wondrous and horrifying reality lurking beneath the surface. … Continue reading

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Dark City

Back in Black Well, you can’t accuse them of using an inaccurate title. Director Alex Proyas’ follow-up to his tremendously successful The Crow is set in a city where there’s never daylight, yet nobody ever notices the lack of sunlight. … Continue reading

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L5: First City in Space

Space was Never Spacier The biggest science fiction film ever made – literally!

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The Crow: City of Angels

Tar & Feathers Why this unnecessary sequel is set in LA beats me. This poor retread looks the same as Detroit did in the great original. Good perfs by punk vets Iggy Pop and Ian Dury, but otherwise there’s really … Continue reading

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Judge Dredd

Not the People’s Court This movie is based on a British comic-book that started before a lot of you were born, so I’m sick of hearing about how it’s so “derivative”. The concepts, look and character have influenced Road Warrior, Bladerunner, … Continue reading

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