Simulated Realities on Film

This post contains spoilers for recent episodes of WandaVision.

Toward the end of the third episode of WandaVision, Marvel’s incendiary new television series, something strange happens.

Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) gives birth to two beautiful yet rapidly growing baby boys, and she and her neighbor Geraldine (Teyonah Parris) lean over the crib and coo and quail and admire the newborn twins. “I’m a twin,” Wanda smiles. “I had a brother. His name was…Pietro.” As Wanda starts to sing an old Romani lullaby, Geraldine attempts to break the ‘60s sitcom spell cast over Wanda’s suburban sanctimonious society. “He was killed by Ultron, wasn’t he?” Caught off guard, a single tear strokes Wanda’s cheek. “What did you say?” The Scarlet Witch blinks away her sorrow. Geraldine tires to play off her statement as casual conversation, but the damage is done, her cover blown. Bell-bottoms zigzag across the sunken living room carpet as she offers to take a shift rocking the babies, but Wanda’s grown privy to the S.W.O.R.D. agent in the room. She looks at the outsider with eyes of fire. Her brows furrow. She asks Geraldine to leave.

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a glitch in the matrix trailer

Rodney Ascher‘s (Room 237) new documentary asks: what if we’re all living in a simulation? It’s a creepy thought, and A Glitch in the Matrix explores it in detail. The documentary, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, explores the subject of simulation theory, a long-held theory that reality is not what it seems. Watch the A Glitch in the Matrix trailer below.

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A Glitch in the Matrix review

Rodney Ascher is still best known as the filmmaker behind the enthralling 2012 documentary Room 237, a deep dive into several unconventional readings of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining that ended up being a movie about obsession. He’s directed a few other projects since then, but now he’s back to explore that same topic from a different perspective with A Glitch in the Matrix, a film which delves into the long-held theory that we’re all living in a simulation.  Read More »

A Glitch in the Matrix trailer

Magnolia Pictures has acquired A Glitch in the Matrix, the newest documentary from Rodney Ascher, who made the acclaimed film Room 237 which presented fascinating deep-dive analyses of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. This new film, which will premiere at next month’s Sundance Film Festival, explores the notion that we are all trapped in a simulation and our concept of reality is not what it seems. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »