Throw Down: The Matrix (1999)

Throw Down: The Matrix (1999)

Opening with studio logos turned into malleable green code, The Matrix immediately signaled its ethos of rebellion against corporate systems. A verdant haze blankets the film, a visual coding of a false reality, a world that must be shattered, an oppressive existence without freedom or agency. A hapless software developer lives one life as a cog in the machine, feeding into structures of systemic control in a bleak office space of rigid walls and separation. The same man lives another life in rejection of those same systems, undermining power with blackhat efforts from a dilapidated, organic room of electronics and screens, a cyberharmony between digital and physical. Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s cyberpunk masterpiece is a million things – a rich philosophical text of existentialism and agency, a masterful cyberpunk odyssey of grungy apocalyptic landscapes and digital realities, and a beautiful trans allegory about becoming who you were meant to be. For this show, however, it is first and foremost the coolest action movie ever made. This week, Jack and Vaughn dive deep into their love for The Matrix on the first episode of Enter The Maytrix, our month long series on the punk tetralogy.

Next week we’ll be back with The Matrix Reloaded to continue Enter The Maytrix, a whole month dedicated to the cyberpunk cinema of Lilly and Lana Wachowski. Until then, for more words, thoughts, and action adoration, find us all around the internet.

Vaughn on Letterboxd and Twitter.

Jack on The STACKS, Letterboxd, and Twitter.

Throw Down on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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