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'The Matrix' Anniversary: 7 Pre-Bullet Time VFX Effects That Blew Our Minds

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 3, 2014 12:07 PM
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15 years ago this week, a pair of siblings with only a modest cult indie movie under their belt, to that point, released a film you might have heard of: “The Matrix," a heady and immediately classic mashup of sci-fi, cyberpunk, Baudrillardian philosophy (or a distortion thereof) and anime, all wrapped up in an immensely compelling Messiah-myth story. On a macro level, the Wachowskis' film was such a successful fusion of all its various influences that it felt like something new, raked in just shy of half a billion dollars worldwide, and spawned a franchise (which we won’t talk about any further here for fear of spoiling the celebratory atmosphere). But on a micro level “The Matrix” was revolutionary too, delivering, in amongst some terrifically stylish set and costume design and spectacular action setpieces, one of the most jaw-dropping effects we’d ever seen to that point in a film: Bullet Time.

Watch: Rejected Alternate Opening For 'Gravity' Featuring Cameo By Superman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 4:37 PM
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With Warner Bros. promising an imminent announcement about their planned series of films based in the DC Comics universe, it seems the studio first tried to lay the groundwork in one of last year's most acclaimed films. And while the scene didn't make the cut, thanks to the internet it's here.

Bond, Dracula, Batman & More: Who Played These 10 Iconic Characters Best?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 3:10 PM
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Bond, Dracula, Batman & More: Who Played These 10 Characters Best?
This past weekend saw the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," the latest film to feature Tom Clancy's CIA analyst. It's probably fair to say that the film didn't live up to Paramount's expectations as a franchise re-starter, opening in fourth at the box office with a disappointing $15 million, and is heading to a rather ignominious future as a film that you watch ten minutes of on cable before realizing that you've already watched it.

4 'Superman' Movies That Never Took Flight

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 12, 2013 1:49 PM
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This weekend, "Man of Steel" finally takes flight. An ambitious, massively expensive project devised by "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan (serving in a story writer/producer role), writer David S. Goyer, and directed by "Watchmen" filmmaker Zack Snyder, the film, while flawed, is an epic rejuvenation of the Superman mythos, encapsulating everything from the destruction of Krypton to the very human feelings of isolation and dread on Earth (you can read our non-spoilery review here).

Where Will 'Man Of Steel' Rank? Rating The ‘Superman’ Movies From Worst To Best

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 10, 2013 12:04 PM
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Ranking The Superman films
Perhaps you’ve heard about a little movie that’s opening this week called “Man of Steel.” The small, under-the-radar, kitchen sink drama follows the adventures of one Superman as he struggles with the kind of identity issues familiar to many x-ray sighted, preternaturally strong orphan aliens gifted with the power of flight, and saves humankind from a terrible peril. Our review will be coming later today, and while we’re not going to include “Man of Steel” in our rating of the Superman films right now, come back next week when more of us have seen it and you can argue over its correct placement.

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