Contemporary pop culture’s supreme interpretive confidentiality!


The series first invoked Lewis Carroll’s elusive bunny in the first movie, the 1999 genre game changer that was jointly directed by the Wachowski siblings and soon set audiences’ heads on fire. “Follow the white rabbit” Neo, a.k.a. the One (Keanu Reeves, cinema’s ideal savior), reads on his desktop monitor, shortly before doing just that. The chase continued and at times seemed never-ending as it endured through two sequels, comics and video games. It also provided grist for reams of articles, dissertations and scholarly books (“The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real”), taking its place as one of contemporary pop culture’s supreme interpretive chew toys.At one of those clubs, Stan meets a cold-blooded psychiatrist, Lilith (Cate Blanchett), who is unburdened by professional scruples about confidentiality. With her help, his ambitions balloon again — but the bubble is overdue to burst.

Set during World War I, The King’s Man follows Orlando Oxford (Ralph Fiennes), who uncovers a plot against England during the onset of the war. Allied with Shofa (Djimon Hounsou) and Polly (Gemma Arterton), they set off to put a stop to it. Their mission puts them in conflict with the sinister Rasputin (Rhys Ifans), and sets up the Kingsman organization that audiences know and love.It has been confirmed that Kingsman 3 is officially happening. However, this won’t follow on The King’s Man’s story, but will be a sequel to Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Therefore, while the Kingsman franchise itself is continuing, there appear to be no immediate plans for The King’s Man 2. It’s understandable considering Matthew Vaughn has helmed each installment in the series and can only afford to focus on one project at a time.

The series resumes in “The Matrix Resurrections,” which nudges the cycle forward even while it circles back to swallow its own tail. Once again, Reeves plays both Thomas Anderson and Neo, who exist in separate yet conjoined realms. Anderson’s world resembles our own (though airlessly art directed) but is a software program called the Matrix that’s run by artificially intelligent machines. Here, human avatars go about their business believing themselves free. In the series’ wittily perverse take on the circle of life, these machines keep human bodies — Anderson’s included — imprisoned in goo-filled vats, using the energy from these meat puppets to power the Matrix.

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