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The Matrix

(BFI Film Classics)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,356 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The Matrix (1999) was a true end-of-the-millennium movie, a statement of the American Zeitgeist, and a prognosis for the future of big-budget Hollywood filmmaking. Starring Keanu Reeves as Neo, a computer programmer transformed into a messianic freedom fighter, The Matrix blends science fiction with conspiracy thriller conventions and outlandish martial arts created with g ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by British Film Institute (first published June 12th 2004)
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The Matrix, Joshua Clover
The Matrix (1999) was a true end-of-the-millennium movie, a statement of the American Zeitgeist, and a prognosis for the future of big-budget Hollywood filmmaking. Starring Keanu Reeves as Neo, a computer programmer transformed into a messianic freedom fighter, The Matrix blends science fiction with conspiracy thriller conventions and outlandish martial arts created with groundbreaking digital techniques. A box-office triumph, the film was no populist confection: its bl
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Leo .
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Know that you are a slave Leo...I mean Neo. Oops!

The Red pill? Or the Blue pill? What only two choices? Sounds like the reality we live in for sure. The Red Team or the Blue Team? Red politics or Blue Politics? Communism or Capitalism? Two choices. Hmmm! What about no bloody pill? What about no choice? What about no Government? Anarchy! Slow down! Anarchy just means without rulers unlike, Monarchy, one ruler.

What about free will? Forget choices and labels, decisions and crossroads. Get off the
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Gregory
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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If you are looking for a superficial, easy-reading analysis of The Matrix, try one of the countless other books on the subject. In his analysis of The Matrix for the British Film Institute, Joshua Clover brings his wry wit and background as a pop-culture guru* to bear on the film's far reaching cultural implications.

Clover's analysis invokes the work of many postmodern luminaries, not surprisingly focusing on Baudrillard and his simulation. He drops the M-Bomb** on several occasions and trashes
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Ethan Mash
I thought the book was great. It was the perfect balance of non-ficion and fition
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.??? 2000s: take two red pills and call me in the morning...
Ben Bush
Jul 18, 2011 added it
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I liked Joshua Clover's 1989 and his Believer essay about the economic crash enough to check out his write-up of the Matrix even though I've always kind of disliked the movie, which makes probably an imperfect audience for this book, which focuses a group of films that came out in the pre-millenial moment/dot-com boom that he describes as "edge of the construct" films (Truman Show, Existenz, Dark City, Strange Days). I like Clover's focus on the economic but I feel like his seeing the Matrix as ...more
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مورفئوس : میخوای بدونی ماتریکس چیه ؟ ماتریکس همه جا هست ، دور و بر ما حتی توی این اتاق , از پنجره که به بیرون نگاه می کنی یا تلویزیون رو روشن می کنی میبینیش وقتی میری سر کار وقتی میری کلیسا وقتی مالیات میدی احساسش می کنی دنیاییه که جلوی چشمت کشیدن تا حقیقت رو نبینی
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تیکههای خوبی، نه در مورد فیلم ماتریکس، که در مورد دنیای سینما داشت
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Andy
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just read this for the 3rd time as I'm teaching it again. A great entryway to critical theory for early undergrads and written in enviable turns of phrase at nearly every turn.
عبدالرحمن خضارى
the most exciting novel and movies i have ever read and seen
Naliza Fahro-Rozi
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Matrix blends science fiction with conspiracy thriller conventions and outlandish martial arts created with groundbreaking digital technique.
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Daca lumea e asa cum e doar in imaginatia noastra? daca ne gandim ca putem mai mult, vom putea?
Behnam M
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
اطلاعات خوبی رو در مورد سینمای آستانه ی دنیای مصنوع به خواننده میده اما چون تنها در مورد فیلم اول ماتریکس صحبت میکنه و کلیه صحبتاش در مورد فیلم های قبل از اونه، برای الان کمی قدیمی محسوب میشه چون بعد از ماتریکس فیلم های خیلی خوب دیگه ای هم توی این حوزه داشتیم. اما برای تحلیل فیلم اول ماتریکس کتاب خوبیه و محتویاتش چیزی نیست که بشه راحت توی وب فارسی پیدا کرد.
Javier Sevilla
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Even though I consider it to have some flaws, this is a great book. Specially for fans of the movies.
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Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Joshua Clover is a professor at the University of California Davis. He is a published poet, scholar, critic, and journalist.

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