6.3.03 - Updates
Some of you have expressed concern about my lack of updates recently. I assure you all I am still alive.
I am designing a new website, so thats why I am not posting much. You can see the preview here: Linky
5.18.03 - My Rant Reloaded
Ok, it seems my rant against the Matrix was a little harsh. All in
all, I really like the Matrix Reloaded. It's just that this trilogy
has such high expectations that it unwillingly created for itself. The
producers obviously saw how much potential the first movie created and they
are cashing on on this big time. There's no denying this. The
animatrix, the video game Enter the Matrix, selling out to powerade in
commercials, its capitalism at work, baby. They even opened the movie
early on the 14th to make their opening weekend figures appear larger.
If you pay attention to all these, you can even catch subtle things in the
movie like what happened to the Osiris and why the kid is following Neo.
Little things that you can probably guess what happened, but are there
simply for the people who shell out the money to feel elite. I saw the
movie for the second time today and I'd like to go over the things I liked
and disliked about my favorite movie's sequel. Spoiler alerts ahead,
but if you haven't seen it yet, you suck. I've seen it twice.
I've given them my money, so I can feel elite.
What I disliked:
1. The first thing that I disliked was also the first thing in the
movie. I hate it with a passion when movies or stories start with
dream sequences. Maybe I just think its overdone or something, but I
always hate dream sequences. This started the movie on a downward
slope for me.
2. I know Link is supposed to be the comic relief to the movie, but it
got damn annoying after a while. And the puss- joke was out of place.
There wasn't much comic relief in the first movie, and it should have stayed
at the same level. At least he wasn't as bad as Jar-Jar Binks.
3. The Adventures in Zion, as I like to call it, took a long time and
had too many corny jokes. Once again, it should have been either more
serious or less boring. And don't say I'm too stupid to catch what
they were saying. I understand it perfectly but its boring to listen
too. This is why DVD technology is so great, you can skip past this
4. I will never in my life retract what I said about the "Rave / Neo
Ass" scene. This is trash that pushes the movie from a PG-13 rating to
an R rating. Producers do this because of a preconception that people
won't go to anything rated beneath R rated movies because it's childish.
Lots of movies will add meaningless profanity or sex scenes to make the
movie seem more adult. Personally, I think this usually detracts from
the movie experience because it seems out of place most of the time.
It is especially evident in this movie. I think the motive to
this make this scene was that they assume you will watch all three movies
back to back to back eventually, and you will need an intermission with some
cool music. :D
5. Morpheus mentioned that they have freed more minds in the last 6
months than the last 6 years. This goes against what they said in the
first movie about most minds not being ready to be freed. It's about
enlightening the chosen ones, not simply meeting quotas on freed people.
6. I still think the part with the Merovingian was a little uncalled
for. We could tell what was happening to her without the need for
matrix code. And the part where Persephone wants to kiss Neo is
stupid. It would have worked if she just gave them the keymaker
because she was mad at her husband.
7. The fight scenes, while still awesome, were different than before.
The fights in the first movie used a lot of guns with was awesome.
Also, the fighting revolved mostly around who was stronger in the second
one, as opposed to the first. In the first, they were very creative
about how they beat agents. I liked the old way much better.
8. I don't like the fact that Neo can fly. It's just weird.
I'm sure there's more, but i forget at the moment.
What I liked:
1. I liked the main point about whether it is choice or causality that
controls us. I liked how the Merovingian saw through them, showing
that they were just doing what they are told to do by the Oracle. They
are helping that which they are trying to destroy.
2. I liked the double matrix theory, but I hope it doesn't go too far.
For example, if it turns out that Neo or any of the others are programs, or
if the entire Matrix is just a part of some other program, I will be mega
3. The fight scenes were awesome, of course. But there was still
a lot of CGI used. In the first movie they didn't get attacked
freaking every single time they were in the Matrix. I know.
someone will respond with "Upgrades". To that, I say "Upyours".
Another thing I don't get is why Neo even bothers beating the shit out of
people. If he's the one, shouldn't he be able to rewrite the matrix?
I can't wait to see the next one in November. I will have tickets to
the first showing then too, so don't label me a Matrix hater :D.
On to the next topic: the Whempy's LAN in Columbus was on the 17th, and I
went with Krhainos, Swiftwulf, and Codex. We set up this cool wireless
network between our cars as we made the two hour drive. More about
that on its own special page here.
The LAN was exactly as I had remembered it from a year ago. Must be
doing something right then, huh? No. I still hate every single
thing they do there. Their tournaments are always FFA or TDM
(including CTF and gameplays like this), never 1v1. They always have
the worst rules that you have to follow, like a certain number of people
have to be offense and defense. Offense players are not allowed to
chase people entering their bases down. Also, they have this obsession
with playing the oldest games around. HLDM is fun, but they couldn't
get it working due to some HL virus that I was accused of having. BS!
They obviously don't know who they are dealing with, right? I asked at
the beginning of the LAN if the UT tourney was UT or UT2k3 and they said it
was UT2k3. It ended up being original UT, so it was not fun. The
tourneys ended up being HLDM, UT, Quake2, and Starcraft. I hate their
tourney system soo much I don't know why I keep doing them. It's this
reputation I gotta keep up, eh? Right. I had fun at the LAN
though, simply because of the amount of people there. The unorganized
gameplay there is way more fun than than anything else. I barely had
any time when I was not playing anything. Got to play a little BF1942,
though not as much as I wanted. Got to play a LOT of Q3, and a
(almost) 1v1 against Ecrivian that lasted 92 minutes. Good God!
:D Maybe we'll go back again next month or the one after that.
Gotta play some more with the mobile wireless!
Well, I guess I am done writing for now, Peace.
Special Link Update! (thanks Swiftwulf):