Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "The Interview" comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, and is the second film by "This is the End" directors Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Check out the trailer below, as well as the movie's propaganda poster.
Plot: The story follows celebrity interviewer Dave Skylark (Franco), the host of the hit night time talk show "Skylark Tonight." The brain behind Dave's empire is his producer and best friend, Aaron Rapoport (Rogen). Unfulfilled, Aaron yearns to do meaningful work. He scores the chance of a lifetime when he secures an interview for Dave with Kim Jong-Un, the mysterious and ruthless dictator of a nuclear-armed North Korea. As Dave and Aaron prepare to leave for North Korea, they are approached by the CIA and asked to assassinate Kim. They accept the mission, becoming two of the least qualified men ever to assassinate – or interview – the most dangerous man on earth.
"The Interview" co-stars Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park and Diana Bang, and is set to hit theaters on October 10th.
Interesting that they actually named Kim Jong-Un. Normally movies like this use a generic Communist country with a leader who looks a lot like the person they mean it to be but they change their name..
Sure, sure, "The Matrix" popularized the bullet-time phenomenon and cinema was never the same again. Yes, fine, Plato and Baudrillard and Lewis Carroll all saw their prolific work borrowed for a modern-day sci-fi audience, and lovers of literature and highbrow cultural theory found themselves seated next to action-film aficionados.
Why, then, 15 years later, is "The Matrix" so dull and dated? It's all action and no substance, unless you like faux-spiritualism psychobabble and blatant metaphors about the simulation of reality. Because, gosh, we are just such a troubled society, so let's use a seething Keanu Reeves and a smug Laurence Fishburne to prove it.
"The Matrix" has the deadly combination of being both confusing and juvenile, and were it not for the Wachowskis' impressive visual effects, everyone would have just taken the blue pill and shut up about it.
Whoever said The Matrix is overrated must have seen the movie years later...
and doesnt like vagina or pizza
I feel sorry for their significant other
minkowskiwrites: on June 12th, 2014 at 11:20:30 PM
The Matrix IS over-rated. Like the article says, it's all imagery and action over any substance at all, and features virtually zero characterization. None. The characters aren't even likable, much less well-developed.
I'd add: the movie makes no logical sense, either, because why would machines capture waste heat from humans to power their city? Waste heat is of no use, beyond heating, i.e., it can do no work, and thus the machines would have to pump more energy in, to keep the humans alive, than would be generated by them.
Of course, all that ignores the fact that The Matrix is one long nausea-inducing screed against the capitalist consumer machines of the American middle and upper class, and the over-arching narrative of robotic drones and their law-enforcement lackeys is even more blatant than the film's appeal to the what-if question of whether or not reality is simulated.
The interesting thing is The Matrix isn't really postulating that we're living in a simulation on or in a computer, but that everything you see is a corporatist lie, a capitalist fantasy, constructed by the mindless machines and "agents" of Big Business. That's the REAL message. Basically They Live writ large with robots instead of aliens and computer simulations instead of hidden propaganda.
A world above this one, but unlike The Thirteenth Floor, The Matrix's Noam Chomsky message adulterates its science fiction premise to the point of absurdity, all without the humanity, warmth, contrast and beauty of Dark City.
Everything else within The Matrix is merely the kitchen sink thrown in to make the film's socio-political parable stick with a pretentious appeal to the viewers' inordinate vanity, much like Nolan's incomprehensible Inception.
Damned shame though the entire length of The Matrix plays like a non-interactive video game.
minkowskiwrites: on June 12th, 2014 at 11:23:36 PM
I knew I didn't close a tag.
@Rambo: once again your innate trogolyditic personality trumps your crude attempts at human conversation, and if you had bothered to even peruse the article, you'd see the actual reviews are written by both men and women.
minkowskiwrites: on June 12th, 2014 at 11:25:41 PM
Well do tell, Leonard Maltin.
minkowskiwrites: on June 12th, 2014 at 11:29:27 PM
I'm starting to see why Triggax almost never posts here.
minkowskiwrites: on June 12th, 2014 at 11:36:08 PM
I think the article means "over-rated with the average moviegoer". Rambo, and not "over-rated with the elitist pricks in Hollywood".
And yes, Avatar, Gravity and The Matrix are ridiculously over-rated. So is Titanic.
minkowskiwrites: on June 13th, 2014 at 12:08:39 AM