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Terrence gets burned on Phantom Menace Oscar comment

2000-03-26 21:59:17+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Obligatory Oscar note: On this morning's hike Terrence, recently of ILM was whining about how The Matrix was probably going to win the effects Oscar 'cause people were gonna confuse story and entertainment with effects excellence, and Phil, apparently innocently, asked "The Matrix and...?" It took a while for the howls of laughter to stop, but then we all agreed we'd be tempted to vote that way too just to give George his come-uppance for the overall entertainment value of Episode 1. But I also took pains to not point out that the main new effect in The Matrix[Wiki] was also used in Wing Commander[Wiki](giggle)...

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:29:52+00 by: ziffle

I have not read any reviews of Matrix. A friend loaned it to me. I found it to be an annoying mix of not so subtle Christianity and Kantian epistemology - either dreadful in its own right, but mixed in together -- hard to watch. The visual effects seemed cool. I liked the slow bullets, and the exploding posts. Could have been a great movie, if it only had a script. So rereading your comment, I think I like it for the reasons you don't like it and vice versa. Ziffle

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:29:52+00 by: Dan Lyke

It's not that I like The Matrix, it's that I disliked Phantom Menace[Wiki]. No, when I watched The Matrix[Wiki] I found myself caught up in it, but afterwards felt like I had to go take a shower to wash the icky stuff off. I found The Matrix[Wiki] an extremely effective adrenaline manipulator, no matter what the philosophies underlying it that alone made it a more effective movie than George Lucas's drawn out snoozefest. And if you wanna talk philosophy, let's not even start on the gobbledygook that was... To go back to your message: The special effects in The Matrix[Wiki] made it entertaining. Nothing could have saved Phantom Menace[Wiki]. I think that sums it up, and sums up why they won.