Sat. March 27th, 1999 at the Toronto Advanced Sneak
Preview (after waiting in line for 4hrs, free tickets and free
posters! *The posters arrived in a hummer with the poster printed on
It is the most KICK ASS movie I've ever seen in my life!
Friday April 10th.
Friday April 16th.
Tuesday April 20th.
Saturday May 1st (AND IT STILL ROCKS!)
Friday May 7th (I think I've got most of it memorised
Friday June 4th (It still has me...!)
September something...for $2.50
Saturday November 13th at the Toronto Cinesphere -
Only seen it once more since I own it...I'm busy, alright!
Some time in February (I believe...) at Bloor Cinema. You'd
think I'd have more of it memorized!
ANYWAY, it's been over a year since it first came out! And it's still
strongly one of the top movies for rental and otherwise! Woohoo!
"Johnny Mnemonic" was a good attempt, on Keanu's part, to act in a
decent sci-fi role. That movie didn't really work out.... The Matrix
however is, shall we say to the "-enth" degree of that. It combines
not only the science fiction theme, but also the unique angles of
Japanese Anime/Manga (Japanese Animation and comics), along with the
classic Hong-Kong action film moves. That makes it a mixture between
(*for example*) "Robocop" (he he), with Jackie Chan-type fight scenes,
mixed in with the camera angles of those Gap Swing commercials, with
sights like Mortal Kombat I guess, plus it's own morphing thing
("bullet time") that looks REALLY COOL.
Don't know about anyone else, but I think that it is a cool
combination especially with the addition of Keanu Reeves. =)
In general, the whole thing just kicks ass!
4 months of Kung-Fu and stunt training irritated (Aussie
actor) Hugo Weaving's hip (hense a pic of him on crutches) and
Keanu's neck was in a brace the first day on set. They must've
thought it was worth it.
Keanu also thought it was worth it to shave his entire head, including
his eyebrows, for some of the last scenes back in late August 1998,
despite the odd look. (Note: he also shaved some other places - legs,
arms, etc...taking him two hours to complete the...task...he talked
about it on the Tonight show, on April 1st.)
Of course, not to worry his head (several months later...) is back to
it's hairy-old-self! If you saw him at the MTV Movie Awards (June
1999), you'll agree...very hairy.