Twenty years after its debut in theaters, The Matrix remains an exhilarating experience, not simply an homage to cyberpunk novels and Hong Kong martial arts films but a technical marvel of truly inventive filmmaking. Directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski drew from the fringes and the mainstream of contemporary pop culture to synthesize the philosophy of Jean Baudrillard, the playfulness of Grant Morrison, and the fluency of Katsuhiro Otomo’s visual style into something that—very much to its credit—could only exist as a movie.

Hong Kong fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, whose directorial debut Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978) and second film Drunken Master (1978) established—with star Jackie Chan—the template for fusing comedy and kung fu, was hired to help give The Matrix a world-within-a-world sense of movement and identity, and in the process helped shape what fight scenes and video games would look like in the 21st century.

Keanu Reeves now seems universally loved in a way that’s certain to fall apart before too long, but he’s among a tremendous international cast in The Matrix (including Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss) that grounds the sci-fi smorgasbord behind them in the lived slights and frustrations of the modern world.

Smart, funny, self-aware, and bigger than life, the film is a great way to celebrate American ingenuity (the Wachowskis hail from Chicago) and collaboration across cultures on our nation’s birthday weekend.

Please join us for The Matrix (1999, 136 minutes) this Friday, July 5, at 7:00 pm in CERIA 365.

Free and open to all UNM students. Enter CERIA through the front doors by the fountain.

This movie is a part of our “How Have You Not Seen This?” Summer Film Series, curated by Film & Digital Arts major Jodie Calhoun.

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Please join us for Chinatown (1974, 131 minutes) this Friday, July 26, at 7:00 pm in CERIA 365. Free and open to all UNM students. Enter CERIA through the front doors by the fountain. “It’s the Los Angeles that is at the edges of my memory: the Los Angeles...

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