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   Re: <nettime> The Matrix Reloaded                                               
     Steve Cisler <cisler {AT} pobox.com>                                                 

   Matrix II: Nintendo Meets Pearl Harbour                                         
     "Andrey Zheluk" <andreyz {AT} rcpa.edu.au>                                           

   Re: <nettime> The Matrix Reloaded                                               
     eyescratch <eyescratch {AT} share.dj>                                                

   Re: <nettime> The Matrix Reloaded                                               
     "ritchie pettauer" <lists {AT} pettauer.net>                                         


Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 06:57:54 -0700
From: Steve Cisler <cisler {AT} pobox.com>
Subject: Re: <nettime> The Matrix Reloaded

<this is from a mailing list on high tech>
"Despite all of the the tight security surrounding the
distribution of the film, a fairly watchable copy (1.2 GB in size) of 
<Matrix Reloaded>
the film showed up Wednesday on the Darknet. * So like the new 'X-Men'
film, it will be available for download on the same day that it opens
in the theaters. "

<U.S. National Public Radio had a piece on the theology of the movie: a 
mix of gnosticism, buddhism, and mainstream christianity.  As one said: 
gentle ideas conveyed through violence>


<I have not seen it but my son knows I must atone for falling asleep 
during the first one before seeing the sequel. Mea culpa.>


* http://crypto.stanford.edu/DRM2002/darknet5.doc
"Darknet and the future of content distribution"   Highly recommended 
paper on file sharing.


Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 09:55:30 +1000
From: "Andrey Zheluk" <andreyz {AT} rcpa.edu.au>
Subject: Matrix II: Nintendo Meets Pearl Harbour

Saw the Matrix II yesterday.
Ewww. Real stinker.

Pearl Harbour meets Star Wars.

Narrative structure and fight scenes straight out Nintendo (circa 1996)

Lots of Zen -gobbledegook straight out of Donald Rumsfeld (circa 2003).

Score 1/5.


Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 14:04:41 -0400
From: eyescratch <eyescratch {AT} share.dj>
Subject: Re: <nettime> The Matrix Reloaded

I watched it too yesterday. Here at the local Metro Twin, one block 
from the Amsterdam Avenue projects. So it was a mixed income crowd, not 
too unabashed to clap and holler at the screen after each dance. You 
know someone by sparring with them.

The part of The Matrix Reloaded that was unbelievable was the scene 
with the architect.
"Oh but he is just a boot program?" you say, reliving the scene in 
Total Recall with the psychiatrist who sweats: the architect rambles on 
about choice and doors.

There are those that repeat and those that create, was the 
classification recently on a CSPAN political rally. The multi-culti one 
filmed in australia + u.s. the crowd felt it was their turn. Yet much 
we were told instead experienced. With dance interludes the stalemate 
continued in a blockbuster readout. The film seemed shortened, leaving 
you thirsting for deleted scenes on the DVD or in the PS2 game. It is 
an initiation rite.

Standing in line outside the plex, the movie was attempted-ruin for all 
by some strollers who shouted "Trinity dies." The infidel spreading of 
"me" apparently mirrors the diversity in the system code. So the 
original is discarded for the r3peat in a chance meeting of the minds 
where the exchange of "I know what you have to say..."s spread like 
wildfire and "it's encrypted" haunts emotional content. We've seen the 
revolution before, now will the summer turn out like the movie next in 
line, waiting on dry dock?

Think of all those humvies waiting for a car-jacking and a high-speed 
chase cowering in the rubble of media memory of too much *vice*. The 
general looses, but we'll have just sit and wait to witness that 
amalgam. So distant, so far away. Moments of which manifest become 
measurable as we close in on the recent past. Have a sno-cap?

The bank and roll quality of this kind of simulation incipiently 
alludes to relation gone sour. This product may contain 
:'.::'..:'..:'..:'.::'.: traces.


On Saturday, May 17, 2003, at 12:14 AM, Ana Viseu wrote:

> first 'The Matrix' seemed more like a pun (or reflection) on a large 
> conspiracy theory and the 'nature' of reality, this one is overtly 
> about a far away galaxy in a very distant future.


Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 12:30:10 +0200
From: "ritchie pettauer" <lists {AT} pettauer.net>
Subject: Re: <nettime> The Matrix Reloaded

>'The Matrix Reloaded' is one of the best examples I've seen of the 
>application of a 'new medium' narrative style to a 'traditional' medium. In 
>that sense it is the perfect counter-example to Marshall McLuhan's 'the 
>content of a new medium is an old medium'.

not necessarily, it's a bi-way connection I think: how would computer
games look w/out movies? In my experience most story-driven
games "contain" filmic scenography and narrative techniques,
and of course new media reflect back on the old ones. But it's
not like pc games turned up out of the great nothing.


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