The Wachowskis’ Sense8 Is the Philip K. Dick Adaptation We Always Wanted

Critics seem unsure whether Sense8 is a masterpiece, a disaster, or both. But it’s still a game-changer—pushing the limits of narrative, and testing genre fiction’s patriarchal worldview for weak points. And with a concept that revolves around empathy and personhood, it’s also a great Philip K. Dick tribute. » 6/23/15 10:41am 6/23/15 10:41am

The Matrix Reloaded Is A Fun Movie. Stop Pretending It Doesn't Exist.

It seems to be a law of the Internet that, whenever someone mentions the Wachowskis’ 1999 film The Matrix, someone must inevitably snarks, “It’s a shame they never made any sequels.” Sure, the first sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, never reaches the heights of its predecessor, but it also isn’t worth tossing aside. » 6/12/15 3:00pm 6/12/15 3:00pm

The Wachowskis' Sense8 Is Slow, Confusing... And Kind Of Fascinating

Sense8, the mysterious new show from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, goes up tomorrow on Netflix. We’ve seen the first three episodes... and we’re still not sure what the show is about. No real spoilers here, because we would have to understand what’s going on to spoil anything. » 6/04/15 1:55pm 6/04/15 1:55pm

Jupiter Ascending Is A Very Decadent Movie About Why Decadence Is Bad

Jupiter Ascending isn't just a mediocre film. It's also self-indulgent, and in love with its own excesses. It's like the sick love-child of Zardoz and Fifth Element. But what's really odd about Jupiter is that it wants to criticize opulence and selfishness, and yet it's a movie that thinks "more" is always "better." » 2/06/15 9:00am 2/06/15 9:00am

Final Jupiter Ascending Trailer Is A Mini-Version Of The Entire Movie

Warner Bros. is clearly worried about Jupiter Ascending. Sure, it looks gorgeous, but it also looks so damn weird — which is presumably why WB released this three-minute trailer just a week before the film's release which seems to explain everything that's going to happen in the movie, in chronological order. » 1/29/15 6:44am 1/29/15 6:44am

New Jupiter Ascending Trailer Finally Merges Scifi Spectacle With Story

The early trailers for the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending have always looked impressive, but they seemed like they wanted to bludgeon people into theaters by assaulting them with an overabundance of chaotic scifi/CG action. But this third trailer is the first one to makes me want to see the movie. » 9/25/14 12:40pm 9/25/14 12:40pm

Jupiter Ascending Comic-Con Footage Sealed The Deal: This Movie Rocks

The trailers for Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis' wild-and-demented space opera collision, have looked pretty fun but also somewhat goofy. But today at Comic-Con, we saw a ton of footage, and we're pretty much sold on the humor, the incredibly creative action, and yes, the "chosen one" storyline. » 7/26/14 12:35pm 7/26/14 12:35pm

New Trailer Makes Jupiter Ascending Look Like 18 Space Operas In One

Seriously, this film is busy. There are space princesses, space elves, space ships, space real estate issues, some kind of space dragon, a space Sean Bean — no wonder the movie was pushed back seven months to work on the special effects. It probably took 'em two months just to do the SFX for this new trailer. » 6/27/14 12:41pm 6/27/14 12:41pm

Why You Should Never Write Action Scenes For Your Blockbuster Movie

It's the height of summer movie season, which means that action movies are blowing up all over. And that makes this the perfect time to revisit some advice from John Rogers, creator of Leverage and writer of the new webcomic Arcanum. Here, he explains why you should never write an action scene. Ever. » 6/06/13 12:31pm 6/06/13 12:31pm

Still confused by Cloud Atlas? Infographic & featurettes break it down

There's an awful lot going on in Cloud Atlas, the time-spanning, super-ambitious movie that's out on DVD and Blu-ray today. Six time periods, tons of characters, the same actors playing different characters, all cutting back and forth. So here's a super handy chart and some featurettes from the DVD, to explain it to… » 5/14/13 11:03am 5/14/13 11:03am

J. Michael Straczynski teams up with the Wachowskis for a new scifi TV…

Holy smokes. Netflix has announced that they're making a scifi TV series titled Sense8. Now, seeing as Netflix's original TV series have genuinely done all right for themselves — e.g., the critically acclaimed House of Cards and the rather anticipated Arrested Development continuation — that would be pretty great news… » 3/27/13 11:45am 3/27/13 11:45am

Revel in the technical details and biomechanical weirdness of The Matrix

After the Wachowskis saw his vision of dystopian Los Angeles in Frank Miller's comic miniseries Hard Boiled, they approached Geof Darrow to work as a conceptual designer on their Matrix films. Darrow's visual fingerprints are all over life outside the program, and he's responsible for some of the most iconic images in… » 1/27/13 7:00am 1/27/13 7:00am