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I went to see "The Matrix: Reloaded" with the family yesterday evening...not a bad movie, but about as subtle as a 16-ton weight outlined in hot pink neon. Not that the first one was subtle either, but this one was much less so. I would have posted about this last night, but I was really tired and went to bed as soon as we got home, which was at about 8pm.

And then I woke up at 3:30am with a massive headache, after having had dreams about the Matrix being made of liquid metal (possibly due to the T3 trailer before the movie) and baking cakes with my grandmother (the other one, not the one I posted the pic of). Speaking of movie trailers, I'm really getting sick of the trend where they show you just enough information to make you wonder what the hell the movie is going to be about, assuming you'll see it based on cool special effects and curiosity as to how those effects fit into the plot, which you're told nothing about. Needless to say, this really doesn't work on me. Then again, given the quality of the average Hollywood production, when they do tell you about the plot in the trailer, watching the movie usually isn't worth it, because anything not mentioned in the trailer is easily predicted from what was mentioned in the trailer. This is a big reason I don't tend to see movies until they're available for rental.

One more thing. I don't know why I didn't notice this before--probably because I never got it from separate sources so close together before--but several of the native speakers of Japanese that I know say "are you okay?" when they really mean "is that [idea, plan, etc] okay [with you]?" It's not particularly confusing, since I know that both of those are expressed the same way in Japanese, but I do have to think twice about it. I'm only a little concerned about it because the person I know who does this the most is the person I'm supposed to be tutoring in English, and I feel that I should try to explain the difference, but I don't know how. I suppose it would help if I knew how to say both of those sentences in Japanese with all the parts that normally get dropped...If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably the difference between [あなたは]大丈夫ですか and [あなたにあれは]大丈夫ですか...hmm.

Well, it's time to start getting ready to go. My mom has to drive to Austin on business today, and she hates going anywhere alone (maybe that's where I get it from), so she's asked me to tag along. She hasn't decided yet if we're staying overnight or not, but it's a definite possibility. It probably depends on whether or not she finishes whatever she's got to do today. So it might be tomorrow night before I check my email or anything. Just so you know.
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From: lobotomymonkey Date: Friday 16th May 2003 05.13 (UTC) (Link)
Movie trailers have been like that for a long time. Not really a "trend"...
You'd rather they give away the secrets of the story in the 1 minute trailer? Bah.
I remember going to see the Matrix and not knowing "what the matrix is" beforehand, just thinking it was some new rehash on a superhero movie. It was a pleasant surprise, and that's what made the first viewing of the movie that much more exciting; I like it when they can show a movie trailer, tell you just enough to get you to want to see it, but not tell you the details.

It's not always about the "special effects" either; sometimes they simply only point out one (often minor) subplot of a movie in the trailer, and when you go to see it you're shocked to find that it is about something else entirely. An example of this is when a group of friends and I went to see Stepmom, expecting it to be a lighthearted comedy from the trailers, only to find out it was a sappy cancer drama that really put us all off.

There are more examples of both sides of the coin, but I'd rather they didn't tell the whole story in the trailer, or why would I pay 8 bucks to see the film?
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Saturday 17th May 2003 19.13 (UTC) (Link)
i saw the first Matrix movie because my boyfriend at the time had seen it with a friend of his and demanded that i see it because it was fucking cool. i didn't know a thing about it. but after seeing it, i agreed with him, and i've probably watched it 15-20 times since, 3 of which were in the theater.
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Saturday 17th May 2003 18.44 (UTC) (Link)
you missed my point entirely.

i don't want them to reveal important details of the story in the trailer. but neither do i want them to just show a couple of cool scenes and say nothing about the plot, because that doesn't make me want to see it.

what i do want is to know the general idea of what the story is about--something in between those two extremes.