Lana and Lilly Wachowski have always been bold, innovative, and constantly surprising. They’re best known for their Matrix blockbusters, of course, while their audacious box office flops Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas, and Jupiter Ascending confounded expectations and helped create a profoundly idiosyncratic body of work that many struggled to pigeonhole. But the last few years have reframed their filmography in exciting ways.
Sense8, now complete on Netflix, brings together themes that have permeated the Wachowskis’ work for decades, and their coming-out as trans women puts their entire oeuvre into a new context. Suddenly, all these big-budget effects spectacles click into thematic sync. It all stems from the relationship between the body, the mind, and the soul – the self the world sees, versus the self inside.
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Netflix has made good on their word to give the cancelled Sense8 a proper send-off with a series finale film. You can now watch the Sense8 finale trailer below.
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Writer Zak Penn has been offering updates on the potential Matrix reboot since March of last year. Now, Penn, who is out on the circuit promoting Ready Player One, has offered new details, telling us where his The Matrix reboot currently stands.
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In March, word broke that a potential reboot of The Matrix, the influential 1999 sci-fi hit that reshaped the action movie landscape and made billowy coats cool again, was in the works at Warner Brothers. X-Men: The Last Stand and Ready Player One screenwriter Zak Penn was mentioned as being attached to the film, and Penn later tried to set the record straight by saying the film was not really a reboot. Now Penn has offered a new update. Get the details on the new Matrix movie below.
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Netflix has premiered the first three episodes of the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski‘s (Changeling, World War Z) new Netflix series Sense8 to select press, and the first Sense 8 reviews have begun to come online. What is the early word? Is it a return to form for the Wachowskis? Is it worth watching? Find out after the jump, alongside new character videos released for the show by Netflix. Learn more about “eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival” in a series of videos embedded after the jump.
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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 »
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 »
Coming into 2014, Jupiter Ascending was one of my most anticipated films of the year. The combination of sci-fi action and the Wachowskis made it look like all the best parts of The Matrix and Cloud Atlas rolled into one. Then the film was delayed from a summer 2014 release to a spring 2015 release and that anticipation began to wane. Maybe it was delayed because of the effects work, as the studio said, maybe they knew the potentially weird movie would get buried in the summer or maybe it was a bit of both. Either way, the seed of doubt had been planted.
Now, the film is almost here. Jupiter Ascending opens February 6 and I’ve heard some early buzz it’s actually pretty good. That’s encouraging, as is this short but sweet new international trailer. Check out the latest Jupiter Ascending trailer below. Read More »
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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 »
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 »