The Matrix changed things. In 1999, this cyberpunk action movie exploded into theaters heralding a new millennium, a new era for filmmaking and a time when bending over backwards and flailing your arms while making whooshing noises was the coolest thing ever. Twenty years have passed since The Matrix opened in the US on March 3, 1999. (It debuted on April 8 in Australia and on June 11 in the UK.) Computer-generated imagery (CGI) was revolutionizing special effects, video tapes were giving way to DVDs, and mobile phones were fast becoming a must-have. The Matrix captured all that. It's a movie everyone remembers -- even if they haven't seen it. Two decades on, we asked sci-fi fans among the global CNET crew to share their memories of the Wachowskis' Oscar-winning, franchise-starting original. In your playground, college dorm or family home, was The Matrix a groundbreaking instant classic or a pretentious cyberpunk snooze? A whole new universe I was in … [Read more...] about The Matrix remembered at 20: Keanu classic or cyberpunk snooze?
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Movies are often described as a visual medium, but what we hear has as much impact as what we see."Depending to what degree the director unleashes you," says movie sound designer Johnnie Burn, "you can hugely change people's interpretation of the image."Burn made his name working on the sound for the famous Guinness Surfer advert, as well as the avant garde Scarlett Johansson film Under The Skin. Director Yorgos Lanthimos was so impressed with Burn's soundscapes that he recruited Burn to work on his highly acclaimed and highly idiosyncratic films The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and his new movie The Favourite -- in US theatres on 21 November and Australia and the UK from 26 December.Starring Olivia Colman, Rachael Weisz and and Emma Stone as feuding noblewomen, this blackly comic period tale required Burn and his team to recreate the sound of an 18th century palace -- using 21st century technology.I chatted to Burn on the phone about the process of … [Read more...] about How an iPhone and a hairy hamster create magic movie sound
Doctor Who returned last night, and brought with it a whole new look, a whole new cast, and a whole new Doctor in the form of Jodie Whittaker. There were thrills! Chills! Lots of accents! It had so much, we just had to grab a few people to hash it all out. “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” had the job not just of introducing us to the newest Doctor—a half hour since she was unceremoniously punted out of her own TARDIS—but also the Doctor’s new circle of friends: Yaz, Ryan, and Graham, tied together by the sinister threat of a toothsome villain by the name of Tim Shaw...sort of. While a bit more down to earth—literally!—in its tone and pacing than your usual episode of Doctor Who, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” (which scored big in ratings) had a lot to do in order to bring us back into the timey-wimey world of the show, and it did so in a manner and style that’s nothing like the series has done before. To take us through the highs … [Read more...] about io9 Roundtable: Breaking Down Jodie Whittaker’s Stellar