No matter how old you are, you remember the moment you were introduced to The Wachowskis. For me, it was February 1999. I was sitting in a screening of what I figured was some dumb new Keanu Reeves movie with about 1,000 of my fellow college students. A girl in black leather started to get into a fight and as she jumped in the air she froze. The camera spun around her, and she delivered a bone-shattering blow. Every single person in the room cheered wildly at the iconic visual moment at the beginning of The Matrix and, for the next two hours, we continued to be amazed at what was unfolding on screen.
The Matrix went on to gross almost $500 million worldwide and spawn two hugely anticipated sequels. More importantly, it supercharged the careers of Lana (then Larry) and Andy Wachowski. The filmmaking siblings have since gone on to make several films that are technical marvels and intellectual thrill rides. This past weekend, their latest film, Jupiter Ascending, finally hit theaters, so we saw a perfect opportunity to rank the films of The Wachowskis. Read More »
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When Cloud Atlas, my favorite movie of 2012 was released, I was given the amazing opportunity to talk to the directors. That meant Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski. Tykwer is great but talking to the Wachowski’s was the unique thrill. The once reclusive filmmaking team behind The Matrix were finally speaking to the press after years out of the spotlight. I found their insightful answers and openness to talk about anything refreshing. It was a true honor, which you can read in full here.
Since then, the Wachowksi’s have been working on another original sci-fi vision, Jupiter Ascending, which finally hits theaters next month. So we’ll likely be hearing from them again but, over a year ago, they sat down at the DePaul Visiting Artists Series for a career spanning, 100 minute long interview. You can watch the new Wachowksi interview. Read More »
When 2014 began, many of us thought Jupiter Ascending would be one of the coolest films of the year. We eagerly anticipated its summer release date. As that date drew closer and closer, however, it was pretty obvious something was happening. Warner Bros. bumped the sci-fi film by Andy and Lana Wachowski to February of 2015. Was this a cry for help or just a delay for something awesome? We still don’t know. But a new Jupiter Ascending trailer might offer a clue. It’s filled with new footage that expands the scope of the film and intensity of the action even more. Check it out below along with a new poster. Read More »
The second full Jupiter Ascending trailer is now online.
It’s the latest sci-fi spectacle from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the writer and director siblings who previously tackled the genre in The Matrix Trilogy, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. This time they’ve got Channing Tatum protecting a princess played by Mila Kunis in what seems to be one of the most unique looking sci-fi films in recent memory. Will it live up to those huge expectations? Check out the second Jupiter Ascending trailer below. Read More »
While many fans have started looking ahead to the summer of 2015, we have a full summer of blockbusters to watch before that. 2014 will provide new movies from well-known franchises and characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, Transformers, Fast and Furious, as well as Planet of the Apes. Lots of familiar properties to go around for everyone.
Then on July 25, 2014 comes a film with no precursor. It has no built-in franchise awareness and, at this point, very few clues to its nature are available. That movie is Jupiter Ascending, the latest film from the groundbreaking Andy and Lana Wachowski. The wholly original sci-fi action film stars Mila Kunis as “a cleaning woman who, unbeknownst to her, shares a genetic makeup with the Queen of the Universe. The Queen isn’t all that happy about the existence of a potential rival, and sends a character played Channing Tatum to track her down.”
In a new interview, Tatum revealed that he’s playing a half-wolf, half-human in the film and said the Wachowskis are “doing stuff that’s never been done.” Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Warner Bros. has taken a bit of time to shift around its release schedule, and there’s both good news and bad news for film fans. On the plus side, the studio has set Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending for a coveted summer 2014 release date, which reads as a vote of confidence in the film.
Not looking so hot, however, is the Sylvester Stallone-Robert De Niro team-up Grudge Match, which has been pushed from a respectable fall 2013 slot to a less auspicious January 2014 one. Hit the jump to read more.
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Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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As fantastic a film as Cloud Atlas is, one of the best things about this new film is that fans are finally getting to hear from two of its directors, Andy and Lana Wachowski. Formerly the Wachowski Brothers, the siblings exploded onto the scene in 1999 with the seminal sci-fi action film The Matrix, which was then followed by two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. All three were massive commercial successes, but the sequels were far from revered by fans. Unfortunately, since the Wachowskis chose to maintain their privacy during this time, few got to discuss those films with them.
So now there’s Cloud Atlas and the Wachowskis are being incredibly generous with their time to discuss the film. I had 25 minutes to talk to them and while I had a few Matrix themed questions prepped, we delved so deep into Cloud Atlas we never got around to the subject of their other films. (That interview will be up soon.) One journalist did talk about The Matrix, though, and was fortunate enough to do it on camera. In the video, Lana Wachowkski talks about their intentions with the films, focusing on how the trilogy evolved into more than just a straight action vehicle. Watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Given the sprawling scope and staggering ambition of the Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer‘s Cloud Atlas, it seems only appropriate that the movie open on some of the largest screens in the world. IMAX has announced that the epic saga will hit their super-sized screens next month, on the same day as Cloud Atlas‘ regular, non-IMAX release. It’s worth pointing out, however, that Cloud Atlas was not shot in native IMAX but is being digitally remastered for the release.
Still, whether you plan to see it on the big screen or the extra-big one, Cloud Atlas looks like one of this fall’s most intriguing offerings. To pique viewer interest, Warner Bros. has just unveiled the first TV spot for the movie. While the previously released extended and theatrical trailers underscored the movie’s more emotional themes, the new 30-second spot cuts straight to the sci-fi action goodness. Watch it after the jump.
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