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How long?! Not long! Cause what you reap is what you sow! [Feb. 6th, 2008|03:17 am]
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torak303
[Current Location |Melbourne]
[mood |awake]
[now playing |Radiohead - 15 Step]

I had the joy of having two big awesome Matrix moments:

The first was I got to go to Sydney to see one of my favourite bands, and while there I got to, FINALLY, do the Clubbed To Death walk of the Agent Training Program, AND the Wake Up end-of-the-first-movie corner!! Guess what? There's even a phone box there!!!!!!! I got to listen to the song, and hang up the phone, and walk away and EVERYTHING! It was one of the geekiest moments of my life, and I loved every second!

The second is that I had the most rare and amazing pleasure of seeing Rage Against The Machine play at the Big Day Out festival, and they played Calm Like A Bomb and Wake Up. I've never yelled "COME ON!" that loud before, and doubt I will again. I was scared they wouldn't, since they didn't play Wake Up in Brisbane or Sydney, but they brought it back out, much to my great delight. You'll be pleased to know I didn't recover my voice for several days after that.

So yes, they were my Real Life Matrix moments. I'm very pleased :D

Also, today is the 5th anniversary of first seeing The Matrix, sitting on my couch with my mouth wide open. I think I'll go and do that again. I've missed it a lot.

Righto! Back to the Matrix I go!

PS. I've missed you all, Matrixers. Even though I still speak to a few of you over LJ, I still miss the good old days of TMC.
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Something I didn't know about Don Davis [Feb. 3rd, 2008|04:11 pm]
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niaouli
Today as I've been choosing books to sell in preparation for moving, I felt the need for something to comfort me (it hurts to let go of my books), and since I've also been winnowing my old VHS collection and put a few old things aside to watch again before getting rid of them, I chose two episodes from the old TV series, "Beauty and the Beast" that were in that pile. I loved, loved loved that show. The music was lovely - calming and poignant and lyrical by turns - and I was interested to note that the composer was none other than Matrix trilogy composer, Don Davis.

I also noticed a few similarities between the worlds of "Beauty and the Beast" and Zion: both "cities" were underground, both communities recovered, reused and recycled materials for their own use; both communities were peopled by 'outcasts' and those who chose not to follow society's rules; both had their own mythologies.
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Speed Racer Legos [Feb. 2nd, 2008|12:33 am]
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igpajo
Not sure how many of you will be as excited about this as I am, but apparently Lego has secured the rights to the Speed Racer film and will be producing a line of Lego Racing sets based on the film.
For a press release and photos of the sets themselves, Go Here.

Can't wait to start playing around with the Indian Jones Lego Sets.

Lego's Rock!!!
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For Alan Moore fans [Jan. 31st, 2008|07:05 pm]
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niaouli
(Via BoingBoing)

Documentary on the man himself (77:42 mins)

http://www.altertube.tv/view_video.php?viewkey=31b55aa50c06529eaa21&page=1&viewtype=&category=mr

It was slow to load, and I've got high speed broadband, so patience may be required.
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TMC Redirect [Jan. 28th, 2008|11:45 am]
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igpajo
Just noticed that my old favorite link to TMC now redirects to here.  Good idea whoever did that.  Is there a way to stick some sort of message to the top of this community webpage to let people know this is the new home of the community, or just assume that most people know that?
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Christopher Plummer on Heath Ledger, and the Gilliam curse? [Jan. 25th, 2008|11:14 pm]
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igpajo
Just read a really good interview with Christopher Plummer who gave his thoughts on the loss of Heath Ledger this week.  Ledger and Plummer were costarring in the Terry Gilliam film "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus".  Apparently Ledger had a pretty significant role in that film which had just wrapped six weeks of shooting in London.  They were to begin production in London next week.  Which leads me to wonder if Terry Gilliam is cursed of late.  If you remember his film a few years ago called "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" that was plagued with all kinds of production problems and the illness of lead star Jean Rochefort which lead to him having to leave the film.  Eventually the film was scrapped.  The only hint of what may have been lies in the documentary "Lost in La Mancha".  Now with the tragic death of Heath Ledger, the completion of Gilliam's latest seems in question.  According to Plummer, Heath was very much looking into the future and was very dedicated to his craft.  It even sounds like he may have been shadowing Gilliam and looking at directing in the near future.  So it doesn't sound like it was a suicide.  Terrible news. 
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Let's talk about "Cloverfield" [Jan. 21st, 2008|12:17 am]
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igpajo
Okay, so I know you've all heard about it, but who's seen "Cloverfield" yet?  I took my son to see it tonight and I loved it.  My son, who's 10 1/2 liked it a lot too.  I was a bit worried about it being too intense for him but he handled it alright.  (I kind of wished I could fast forward past the sex talk in the beginning, but it's not like there were any graphic descriptions or rude comments, just "so and so slept with so and so" stuff.)  At one point about half way through he kind of elbowed me and asked if it was normal for his legs to feel kind of jittery, giggling as he asked it.  He was talking about it all night so I think he enjoyed it.

As for the hype, did it live up to it?  I think it did.  I don't think it was quite as groundbreaking a film as some of the reviewers over at AICN seem to think it is.  Someone over there made it sound like this was as important a film in the horror genre as the Matrix was to the Sci-Fi genre.  That's stretching it.  Harry went as far as to say it is  "a bold genre-reinvention unlike anything we've ever seen before" and "The movie is a landmark genre film.  A true milestone in film.".   Well yes if the genre we're talking about is "the hand held camera" genre.  To compare them, I wouldn't say it's anymore ground breaking or genre-reinventing as "The Blair Witch Project", but it's definitely a better film.  I think they're much different films too.  Blair Witch was all about being alone and scared in the woods and was effective as hell in creating that slow creeping dread.   Cloverfield is all about the balls out holy shit action and panic that comes from suddenly having your home town destroyed by a big ass freaky fucking monster.  This movie will get your adrenaline going.  It will give you that "OMG HOLYSHIT" feeling you felt when you first saw some of the hand held video images being broadcast from the Manhattan on 9/11/01.  There's no getting around that comparison. 

I wouldn't say I loved every minute of the film.  I think they could have gotten to the action a bit quicker.  The party where we meet all the characters takes up a full quarter of the film.  There are parts of it where they just sit in silence wondering what the hell they should do next that kind of get you ansy for the next step of the story.  And there are parts where the shaky cam thing just goes too long.  Parts where they're running like hell and the guy with the camera forgot to stop recording.  But I think all of that kind of compiles together to make the scary parts that much more effective.  Definitely do not go see this movie if you get sick from simulated motion because this will have you puking in the aisles.  Wait till it comes out on DVD so  you can watch it on the small screen.

And just so you know, this is not a movie with a slow down take a breath kind of an ending.  Remember, the whole thing is found footage.  It's an abrupt ending with no real explanation as to what you just saw.  And it doesn't seem to be a happy ending either.  But there's nothing definite about it either so if you want to imagine a happy ending you can I guess.  There's no real d'enouement here.  There is a few seconds of something that could be called a breath after the climax, but it's time shifted.  A flash back.

But enough of that...let's get down and talk about it.   I would probably consider that the rest of the comments are open for spoilers so if you haven't seen it yet, don't read anymore.

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Neuromancer movie to star Darth Vader??? [Jan. 9th, 2008|10:09 pm]
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igpajo
From the WTF department, the following comes from SciFiWire.com:
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Christensen To Be A Neuromancer?

JoBlo.com reported a rumor that Hayden Christensen (Jumper) may star in a proposed film based on William Gibson's seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer.

Citing an anonymous source, the site reported that Christensen would play Case, the hacker at the center of the story. The 1984 novel, which is credited as one of the earliest examples of cyberpunk, is set in near-future dystopian Japan and an American megalopolis called The Sprawl.

Joseph Kahn (Torque) is directing the film, which the site reported would be an independent production.

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I hadn't heard there was any movement at all on an adaption of this. Tons of rumors and years of shelved scripts. But this just came out of nowhere. And Hayden Christensen as Case?? Hmmmm..... I don't think so.
Need to check the bio for Joseph Kahn, because just listing "Torque" doesn't impress me.

SciFiWire.com sourced this JoBlo.com article. I found another article there that says "Producer Peter Hoffman will essentially make the movie as a $70 million indie." I hope this doesn't end up looking like a SciFi Channel original or straight to DVD b-film. Although, creative minds can do amazing things when forced to work with a low budget. Darren Aronofsky comes to mind.
I'm not holding my breath, but I'm not writing it off just yet either.
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Cognitive Dissonance and Z3N theory [Dec. 19th, 2007|10:51 pm]
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taintedkiai
[mood |contemplative]

I've come to a little bit of a problem, not a physical problem, not really a psychology problem.

I guess a Spiritual problem.

I was raised a Mormon, after being inspired by the matrix and several others sources I looked into buddhism, And found zen. In case you didn't know :P

But I find myself conflicted and confused. I've looked into and read abit about a great many religions and systems. So far only one has forced myself to ignore it completely (Scientology~ I can't stand it)

So what is the problem? I think at heart I'm still a christian, some kinda Christian.

I looking into Christianity and buddhist/zen mix, yes its out there. I found a form of Buddhism/zen called 3 stones, which was interesting. But not yet there.

Then I found Gnosticism, it's the only christianity form I feel at home with. But then my philosophical node/psyche is conflicted.
I continued my stumbling around and found Existential Christianity, but sadly their Christianity ideals are akin to the structured Christianity of now adays.

I guess I am into Existential Gnosticism


See what happens when we don't have a TMC :D
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Speed Racer!!!!! [Dec. 6th, 2007|09:58 pm]
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igpajo
Holy Shit!! That's all I can say through the big ass smile on my face.
There's a trailer out for the Wachowski's SpeedRacer. And it kicks all kinds of ass!!

The Brothers have done it again!! So can't wait to see this on the big screen. I can't even think about what that might be like in 3D on an IMAX screen!!!

Iggy is Giddy!
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