Double Feature: Ghostwatch and The Blair Witch Project

Thanks in part to the ineptitude of the bulk of latter-day "found footage" movies, it is easy to heap derision on Ghostwatch and The Blair Witch Project, two movies that in many ways pioneered the genre. In the latter case, the fact that it became such a phenomenal cultural touchstone in 1999 also meant that it achieved the level …

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Franchise Ruminations: The Matrix Trilogy as Misunderstood Masterpiece

It is hard to overstate just how big a deal The Matrix was when it first came out. The sci-fi action thriller seemed to perfectly combine heady philosophical concepts with kick-ass action. It's dystopic world was at once wonderfully alien and also shockingly not so far from ours. It felt completely relevant to reality at the end …

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