Our summer blogging project, the Cameron Curriculum, comes to a denouement this Friday with my review of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). I’ll be very sorry to see this series end. It’s been a heck of a lot of fun, and the feedback and discussion have been extraordinary.
Beginning, August 26 (and then continuing on September 2 and September 9), I’ll next be revisiting The Matrix films (1999 – 2003). So, if you get the opportunity before we begin, please haul out your DVDs (or blu-rays), put on your sun-glasses, and swallow the red pill.
Some aspects of The Matrix series I especially want to gaze at include the revolutionary special effects, the trilogy’s view of technology, the strong Buddhist influence underpinning the narratives and also the politically/culturally subversive material. I’m especially intrigued by the idea, so powerful in The Matrix, of a person living two “lives” — a real one of “drudgery”and responsibility and a romantic, heroic one of fantasy and escapism. I’m also endlessly intrigued by Agent Smith’s view of humanity, and his description of mankind as a “virus.”
I’ve long been an ardent admirer of The Matrix (and yes,even the much-derided sequels too, especially Matrix Reloaded…), and this will be my first time writing about the films in depth.
So I hope you’ll join me starting August 26, and together we can see just how far down this rabbit hole goes…