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(CNN)   'Bruce Almighty' topples Matrix Sequel in Memorial Weekend upset   (cnn.com) divider line 253
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2003-05-26 04:32:51 PM
Well sir, I enjoyed it. Can't say I thought it was a blockbuster but it made me laugh enough to feel I got my money's worth.
 
2003-05-26 04:38:09 PM
It was a movie. What difference does it make tho? Are some geeks going to kill themselves because the Matrix made less money in its second week then this hyped up comedy made in its first? Who cares about box office performance besides movie execs? I know I don't.
 
2003-05-26 05:36:26 PM
This would be because The Matrix is laaaaaaame.

/commenting without ever seeing either movie, nor the original Matrix
 
2003-05-26 05:58:54 PM
Who predicted The Matrix would beat Titanic in box office gross? Anyone without their head up their ass would realize no R-rated movie is going to be the top grossing film
 
2003-05-26 06:18:18 PM
Matrix will rise again. The only reason it got spanked so hard is because of its "R" rating. Kids are off school for the Memorial holiday, and a lot of parents just wanted to take them to see a family oriented movie
 
2003-05-26 06:25:06 PM
NO! (I must be the first geek to hit the thread.)

I just came back from my fourth viewing of Reloaded (and one more to go, when it comes out in Imax), and I was sorely disappointed to be joined in the theater by only three other people. It was the 12:20 showing, so naturally there would be fewer people in it than at other times, but I don't think that it was very different from many of the other times it was shown. I'm glad it set some records during its opening weekend, although I was also saddened that it didn't beat Spiderman for total opening gross, I was happy to see it beat Harry Potter's record.

I do generally agreee that the movie wasn't "as good" as the first one, which I think is attributable to the facts that (1) the first one was completely groundbreaking and surprising (pulled a Fight Club for the first thirty minutes or so) and (2) this is a sequel that continues the story; it cannot begin or end major plotlines. A few other aspects of the movie also disappointed me, especially the over use of CG in spots and the absolutely blatant and detracting product placement by GM.

Nearly every car in the Merovingian's garage was a Cadillac. Obviously, multi-millionaires buy cars other than American P.O.S.s. Admittedly, he would perhaps have an Escalade (seeing as GM is doing everything they can to push those cars, particularly with rappers), but I doubt that the Cadillac the Keymaker selected would be in such a prominent parking location to make it easy and available to take. I didn't see a single Aston Martin, Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, or any other stylin' car that would certainly have been purchased.

Also, the status quo from the end of The Matrix was not preserved. You can read Slashdot reviews for extensive lists, but basically Neo kind of knew what to do and could beat the heck out of any Agent with his hand behind his back, yet struggles aimlessly in Reloaded.

Still, I don't feel like I've wasted the money I've spent (having picked up three of the four tickets so far) because I'm dedicated to the Matrix series. This whole theory is revolutionary and one that I had thought about well before I saw the first movie, and I'm glad to see it hit the big screen. Bruce Almighty, though, is just a vessel for Jim Carrey's comedic humor, and honestly, I'd rather see him in Dumb and Dumberer than in some big-budget, God-wannabe film.
 
2003-05-26 06:37:59 PM
Well, I just got back from Matrix and the theater was pretty sparse. I thought it was a pretty entertaining movie, so as far as I'm concerned it's okay. I did notice the proliferation of Caddys but it didn't detract from the movie experience.

What did detract from the movie experience were the friggin' Coke and other commercials that were shown prior to the movie. I had already bought a goddamn Coke, I didn't need to be sold on it again.
 
2003-05-26 06:42:35 PM
The question is which one will stay in the theaters longer? I have not really known many comedies who can stay in the theaters longer than top sci-fi films. Although American Pie and movies of like have done really well.

/do i need a flame retardent blanket?
 
2003-05-26 07:10:26 PM
the problem with the matrix is that it's a fanboy's movie.

/runs from fire

i'm kinda looking forward to getting to see Bruce Almighty
 
2003-05-26 08:42:51 PM
I saw Bruce Almighty today. It was ok. Basically there to see Jennifer Aniston. I'm a big fan. See does have a "god" induced orgasim. Just like in my dreams...

/drueling

Don't plan to see the Matrix sequel until it comes out on DVD.
 
2003-05-26 08:43:58 PM
Bruce Almighty must be better than Reloaded. It's got actors in it.
 
2003-05-26 08:44:31 PM
What more do you expect from an R Rated movie? If anything, Reloaded did awesome.
 
2003-05-26 08:44:53 PM
Well, I've seen both, and basically I thought they were both mediocre. I mean, I don't feel like I wasted money on either of them, but they weren't the best movies I've ever seen.

The Matrix was better then Reloaded, hands down.

Bruce Almighty had its moments, but I can't see myself buying the DVD.

/my two cents
 
2003-05-26 08:45:30 PM
All I can say is bring on Episode III (half looking forward to it/half wanting it to just be over and done).
 
2003-05-26 08:45:44 PM
That Matrix flick is Teh Suxor. Especially the first hour. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.......... Who wrote that asinine dialog?
 
2003-05-26 08:46:48 PM
Dunkinbean

What more do you expect from an R Rated movie? If anything, Reloaded did awesome.


I am surprised an R-rating means anything. Is it true that movie theaters actually stop kids from going to an R movie??

They didnt when i was 13, 14, 15....
 
2003-05-26 08:48:48 PM
We have a different kind of movie," said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of U.S. distribution.

that's what i'd heard Dan. all that's keeping it afloat are people like BloodyL. comments like Weaps will keep me away. i didn't see Clones either for the same reasons.
 
2003-05-26 08:49:02 PM
And you all know it was because of Jennifer Aniston's boobies....
 
2003-05-26 08:50:05 PM
I saw Bruce Almighty today. It was ok. Basically there to see Jennifer Aniston. I'm a big fan. See does have a "god" induced orgasim. Just like in my dreams...

Does she play a cute ditz? She does that well (for some reason??), The Good Girl was one example.
 
2003-05-26 08:51:35 PM
They do now, Downstairs.
 
2003-05-26 08:51:36 PM
Enjoy:

http://www.jen-aniston.com/a_thephotos_shoots001.html
 
2003-05-26 08:53:03 PM
Before Titanic went on its huge run, you never heard about what movie won this weekend or that weekend. For some reason, it's been a huge deal ever since that.

"Oh my God, the Matrix dropped to second!" is just a bit too sad.
 
2003-05-26 08:53:10 PM
It doesnt take a genius to tell you that after what all has happened in recent events the world is ready to laugh.

This is a good summer for comedies and the people who realized this are gonna make bank :)
 
2003-05-26 08:54:05 PM
Just saw Matrix Reloaded this morning, and it was pretty great. The theatre here was packed, even though it was an 11:30 showing.

The theatre had the show running about 45 minutes on three screens, too.
 
2003-05-26 08:54:19 PM
Meh. Matrix Schmatirx. Overrated. Read "Snow Crash" instead.
 
2003-05-26 08:55:15 PM
Ringtone - I believe that would be the Wachowski Brothers.

Anyway. I'm a movie geek at heart, so I hold a special place in my heart for movies that attempt to do something different, or try to defy expectations. Both the original and the sequel in the Matrix story arc thus far have accomplished that.

Bruce Almighty? Same old, same old.
 
2003-05-26 08:55:16 PM
The keymaker just knows how to make GM keys.

Anywho, at the beginning of the movie, Smith arrives in an obvious Audi. The cars are not all GM, but GM did give them something like 300 cars for free. If I had 300 free cars, I wouldn't buy a whole lot of Audis, anyway.
 
2003-05-26 08:55:42 PM
BloodyLStill, I don't feel like I've wasted the money I've spent because I'm dedicated to the Matrix series

Sir, your brand loyalty is commendable. Coca Cola, Nike and GM would be proud to have you as a customer.
 
2003-05-26 08:56:54 PM
BloodyL, don't compare any member of The Matrix franchise with fight club. They're on two entirely different levels (One is vastly overrated, the other is underrated... try to guess which is which!).
 
2003-05-26 08:56:56 PM
I am surprised an R-rating means anything.

Midnight Cowboy was X! What a difference 34 years makes. Back then actual movies (i.e. NOT prOn) could get to the theaters rated X... and even win an oscar!
 
2003-05-26 08:57:35 PM
Two things:

Machines rising up and dominating mankind is not a new or revolutionary idea. It's been done before, and it's been done better. This is not to say that Matrix Reloaded is bad, or a waste of money (I tend to agree with the "mediocre movie but not a waste of money" line of thought).

And please please don't say that since it's a 2nd movie in a set of three, it can't have as enthralling and self-contained plot and story. Return of the Jedi, anyone?

Overall, this movie fanboi thing is just kind funny.
 
2003-05-26 08:59:05 PM
You can count the decent actors in the Matrix trilogy on just a couple fingers.
 
2003-05-26 08:59:23 PM
I hold a special place in my heart for movies that attempt to do something different, or try to defy expectations. Both the original and the sequel in the Matrix story arc thus far have accomplished that.

No.

Take Torgo's advice.
 
2003-05-26 08:59:31 PM
Sinatra: I think it'll be the biggest disappointment ever in the movies (in terms of the hopes people had before Episode I; now we know to expect a lot less).

RingToll: Amen to the dialogue comment.

And the Merovingian's wife is a million times better than Trinity...she looks much older although she was born only one year before Bellucci.
 
2003-05-26 08:59:36 PM
Jennifer

Aniston's boobies SFW
 
2003-05-26 08:59:55 PM
Although I must add, my usually stuffy theater major friend loved reloaded.
 
2003-05-26 09:00:25 PM
CRISPY

Don't you mean Empire Strikes Back?

Jedi was 3/3 in the Original Trilogy.
 
2003-05-26 09:00:53 PM
BloodyL, they used GM cars because they got them for free. If GM hadn't donated the cars, the chase seen wouldn't have been in the movie. So based on that, I'm GLAD that all the cars are GM.

And if it makes you feel any better: When the cars were returned after filming, not a single one survived without at least some damage. GM must have been happy =P
 
2003-05-26 09:01:51 PM
Hey, matrix was a sweet movie...


FOR ME TO POOP ON!
 
2003-05-26 09:02:15 PM
Evil enemies using humans as a source of powerfoodprocreation also isn't new, before anyone points that out. :)
 
2003-05-26 09:02:39 PM
of course Bruce Almighty did better this weekend. The Matrix had been out already for eight days before Bruce Almighty opened! If you compare opening weekends the matrix beat out Bruce Almighty by over 5 million (86.4 vs 91.7).
 
2003-05-26 09:04:38 PM
Was jedi 3/3? Ack, I was basing that off a comment I heard. The example still stands... just, er, slightly corrected. ;)
 
2003-05-26 09:06:11 PM
I do generally agreee that the movie wasn't "as good" as the first one,
Besides the Godfather II, how often is the second movie better than the first?

Nearly every car in the Merovingian's garage was a Cadillac. Obviously, multi-millionaires buy cars other than American P.O.S.s. Admittedly, he would perhaps have an Escalade (seeing as GM is doing everything they can to push those cars, particularly with rappers), but I doubt that the Cadillac the Keymaker selected would be in such a prominent parking location to make it easy and available to take. I didn't see a single Aston Martin, Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, or any other stylin' car that would certainly have been purchased.
The bothers, were trying to offset the cost that wasn't being picked up by anyone else. If the brand of car in a movie is really that important to you, than you must have other things on your mind than the movie's story itself.

Also, the status quo from the end of The Matrix was not preserved. You can read Slashdot reviews for extensive lists, but basically Neo kind of knew what to do and could beat the heck out of any Agent with his hand behind his back, yet struggles aimlessly in Reloaded.
Neo improved over the course of the first movie. By the second movie, Smith had also.

"Meh. Matrix Schmatirx. Overrated. Read "Snow Crash" instead.
Have. Movies and reading serve different purposes. Read Neuromancer. It's better than Snow Crash. I've read it several times, it's more abstract, and more interesting as well.
 
2003-05-26 09:07:08 PM
Putita_caliente

ha link uind my kyboad!
 
2003-05-26 09:09:00 PM
And the Merovingian's wife is a million times better than Trinity...she looks much older although she was born only one year before Bellucci.

I hadn't even thought of that , but you're right. I'd have slapped the make on those prime mucosa before she finished with the boring schpiel, and kicked that anorexic biatch to the netherworld.
 
2003-05-26 09:10:27 PM
I heard the Matrix 2(tm) DVD was being given away on the MTV show TRL. A lie? Perhaps. It is true that the movie is all over the net. At this very moment Kazaa has thousands of servers hosting the movie. (hmm, some even say dvd quality...)
 
2003-05-26 09:10:47 PM
99% of those who hated Reloaded hated it because it actually made them use their pwetty wittle bwains. Oh no! Not an action movie that actually tries to make me think a little bit!
And come on people... it doesn't deserve the derision Ep 1 got, and everybody acts like this is another turd out of Mr. Lucas a$$. The CG wasn't THAT bad, its a middle movie, and Morpheus talks like somebody out of the bible because he THINKS of himself like that.
As for all of the GM's that were in the garage... who said they were the Merovingians? It could have been a parking garage for a city dealership or something. Or maybe that was just the GM floor or something. Regardless, I feel bad enough trying to rationalize all this... it WAS just a movie, and an entertaining one at that. Its still gonna crush at the box office, and its gonna sell a billion DVDs. Then probably a billion more when they come out with the ultra-mega-super edition with all three films, making of discs, video games, etc.
 
2003-05-26 09:12:54 PM
i haven't seen Bruce Almighty, but the Matrix 2 was not that great of a movie. Cool effects though- if people remember correctly, the original Matrix was not that great of a movie, but had cool effects, also. JMHO
 
2003-05-26 09:13:42 PM
Downstairs I am surprised an R-rating means anything. Is it true that movie theaters actually stop kids from going to an R movie??
They didnt when i was 13, 14, 15....


I used to be a Theatre manager. Theatres do all that they can. Rated R means that noone under the age of 17 admitted without parent. Which means the kids can go and see it with an adult 21 years of age or older. The policy differs from theatre chain to theatre chain. The one that I worked at, you ID people at the box office, ticket taker and before going into the auditorum. Kinda redundant, but you would be amazed how many parents buy tickets for thier kids and drop them off. Or, how many kids buy tickets for one movie and try to sneak into another.

What pisses me off is parents who complain how the movies are screwing up thier kids. No, they are not. Movies are thier for public viewing so that way adults and parents can make a decision for themselves whether they want to see a psrticular movie or not. What has happened to me, on more than one occasion, is parents who take thier kids into a Rated R movie, then about 1/2 hour into it, they come out and complain to me about how too much violence, language or nudity is in a Rated R movie. What the heck do the morons think Rated R means?!?! Its called take personal responsibility for screwing up your won kids.

The system of verifying age is not perfect, but some theatres do whatever they can to stop it. I have had kids become voilent when they are denied entry into a Rated R film. I had one punch me one time. I am a farkette, 5-5, about 110 lbs, not a pretty sight. Actually that is when I left, security sucked A$$. Some kids are gonna sneak in no matter what is done.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing the Matrix reloaded, have not yet. Bruce Almighty looks really good too... Box office figures are all kinda farked up anyway.

I'll get off my soap box now, soory for the rant. Just speaking from expierence! Happy Farking!
 
2003-05-26 09:13:55 PM
Cernunnous, the nali's head. You hit it.
 
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